The first road trip I ever took to San Francisco was with my best friend on spring break during college. As we were driving up from LA, she pointed out Gilroy, telling me that that’s where all the garlic is grown. She told me they even had a garlic festival!
Here’s a bit about Gilroy, California:
Gilroy is well known for its garlic crop and for the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival, featuring various garlicky foods, including garlic ice cream. … Gilroy’s nickname is “Garlic Capital of the World,” although Gilroy does not lead the world in garlic production. While garlic is grown in Gilroy, its nickname comes from the fact that Gilroy Foods processes more garlic than any other factory in the world; most pickled, minced, and powdered garlic come from Gilroy.
Garlic ice cream?! Uh, no thanks. Although I have had olive oil ice cream, and it was amazing. I do love garlic, though. So naturally when my recent road trip from San Francisco to Monterey and back passed by Gilroy, I had to get out and take some photographs.
If Jack Kerouac’s road trip sustenance was all about apple pie, perhaps mine was about gaaaaaaahhhhhrlic!
If you have any good recipes for dishes with garlic, let me know!