I have driven past Castroville more times then I can count and with each trip brings visions of the vast fields of artichokes all growing within sight of Monterey bay. These are one of my favorite vegetables but strangely are just a unopened flower bud. Simple is always the best option for eating most foods and these nice big artichokes were cooked that way, trimmed of the thorny leaf tips and then steamed till tender. To finish they were grilled for a charred smoky flavor. Citrus is in season now so I made a tangy Meyer lemon aioli for a dipping sauce. I am going to have to buy more real soon.