Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Iowa's Best Pork Tenderloin

Last summer I met Shaundra when we were both taking a blogging class in Iowa City. Since then, we've had very occasional email contact -- but we've learned a lot by reading our respective blogs. Which -- of course -- was why we were both in that class...

I've put Shaundra's blog, "Musin Mama" -- on my sidebar. It's a personal blog -- and I love, love, love her thoughtful approach to this complex job of being a mommy...

Recently, Shaundra was back in Iowa City for another class at the wonderful Summer Iowa Writer's Festival. I met her for dinner at Sharpless Auction House (they have a weekly consignment auction -- with 5 auctioneers and BUILDINGS full of junk). I billed it as "the best pork tenderloin in the State of Iowa". And Sharpless did NOT disappoint...



Shaundra BROUGHT A GIFT FOR LILLIAN. Oh My God. Isn't this precious?? I can hardly wait to put Lilly in her new dress. The lime green ribbon is soooo perfect.

Obviously -- Shaundra is a petite, fit young thing. Reading her blog, I knew she was an avid "spinner" (that involves a bicycle, not a spinning wheel)....and I wondered if she would really enjoy a big fat juicy piece of pork...

But I needn't have worried...


What's not to love?? THE PORK TENDERLOIN at Sharpless was everything I remembered... big, juicy, hot, tender. On a soft homemade bun -- with ketchup, mustard, dill slices and a bit of chopped onion. WE'RE TALKING A LITTLE BIT 'O HEAVEN, PEOPLE...

We were so busy getting to know each other -- we sat on the little plastic chairs in the eating area (you couldn't really call it a restaurant...) for HOURS. I was stunned when the Sharpless crew started turning the lights off. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? The auction is over -- AND I DIDN'T BUY ANYTHING?? I'll post some pictures of the interesting stuff for sale at this auction. That post will be titled, "TREASURES I DID NOT BUY"

I wasn't sorry I didn't BUY anything. I was only sorry my time with Shaundra was over.

Oh, yeah. I love my life...

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for the best pork tenderloin ever, Rita! It was such a gift to have that time with you. Thank you!!!

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  2. The pleasure was all mine, babe...

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  3. Oh, my gosh! The pork tenderloin was what our bowling alley specialized in in my small town in Iowa! It made me drool to see that picture, and it's only 6 am!! Thanks for the memories!

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  4. Oh, my gosh! Our bowling alley in Dallas Center, Iowa, specialized in those pork tenderloins - your picture looks exactly like ours were in the 60's. Your picture made me drool, and it's only 6 am here in Washington!!
    Thanks for the memories!

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