Archive for ‘Dining Out’

August 9, 2012

New in Town | Little Eatery

The Hills Market has a fantastic little pop-up happening on the Veranda, home to so many good events as it is.  Little Eatery is occupying the space on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the summer from 11am to 2 pm and creating fresh, locally-sourced salads.  Its chef, Cara Mangini, honed her craft on both coasts: in New York as Mario Batali’s vegetable butcher and in Napa in the farm-to-table kitchen of a restaurant and winery.

But honestly what I loved as much as anything was sitting and chatting with her while she deftly mixed up bowls of emerald kale with Lake Erie feta or arugula and peaches and doled out samples of her market salads: lovely combos of watermelon and that feta, or cabbage and peanut slaw.

Tastes all depend on the day, folks, as it should with good vegetables.

Not to be missed are her buttermilk cheddar biscuits with honey butter, the perfect foil to all those well dressed greens and veggies.

It’s nice to have a new face in town.  Grab lunch and go say “hi.”

Playlist included, of course, New in Town, by Little Boots.

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July 14, 2012

If You Have A Moment | JCT Kitchen

We had the good fortune to stop into JCT Kitchen when we were in Atlanta for the day during our vacation.  It was, perhaps, the best food decision we’d made, well, maybe ever.  Friends of ours love it already and we had heard from several folks (even strangers!) that it was their favorite spot in the ATL.

The fact that they serve Sunday suppers was what really made it a place that was aiming for my heart.  I mean, because what’s more important than that, really?  Most Sundays, you go over to Momma’s house and eat ’til you’re full.  But what if Momma’s out of town?  If you’re in Atlanta for any reason, eat here.  Anytime.  Truly.  It’s that special.

The food was thoughtful, modern Southern  fare.  We were there for lunch with (now five years old!) Cherub and were perfectly at ease.  Details, down to the inspired “kid’s menu,” were what made us feel so at home.  She ordered the “fish sticks” and we all nearly battled to polish off the light as air battered lengths of fish that were kissed with the freshest lemon.  She wisely ordered the green beans to go with and they were like almost none other: fresh bright green, perfectly seasoned and luxuriating in butter.  Sorry little one, Momma wants just a few more.

Appetizers of devil eggs with ham and the pimento cheese fry bread with picked veg had us hungry for more.  The yolks on the eggs were silky and the pickled vegetables with the fry bread were the perfect foil.  The chef here knows a whole lot about balance.  The fried chicken and the creamy Sea Island red peas were heavenly as was the salmon sandwich and truffle Parmesan fries.  I really don’t think you could have a bad meal there.

With the lovely afternoon light streaming into the dining room and our tummies pleasantly full we couldn’t  help but order a couple of desserts.  Let me rephrase that: Cherub couldn’t help order a couple of desserts.   Chocolate toast and banana pudding were the order and I have to say, I teared up just a little because man, this kid already knows how to order.

The prices for the freshness (we saw the chef outside after lunch with a farmer and his pickup truck buying all the produce he had) and finesse was almost jaw-dropping.  We expected to pay much, much more.

I honestly don’t have further words than this place really is good and when you’re in town you need to go.

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Playlist included Ho Hey by The Lumineers.

March 21, 2012

(Fairly) Wordless Wednesday | Dough Pizzeria

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Dough Pizzeria | 6989 Blanco Road, San Antonio, Texas | 210.979.6565

February 19, 2012

French Crush | Pâtisserie Lallier

I have a new pastry crush.

It’s on Michelle from Pâtisserie Lallier.  She is a French-taught (Le Cordon Bleu, natch) pastry chef that has an almost mystical way about guimauves (that’s marshmallows to you and me).  Her Crème de Violette ones are particularly swoon-worthy.  The chocolate ones already have a loyal following.

And wouldn’t you know, she is lovely in every way else, too.  I met her recently when she and I judged at Taste of OSU, and after that I just seemed to keep bumping into her.  She is bright, kind and amazingly hard-working (she’s a full-time banker) all the while making marshmallows and pâtisseries and all manner of laminated doughs practically in the middle of the night for her Pâtisserie.  She also has a penchant for local ingredients, even making pawpaw Madelines each September.  She’s a girl after my heart.

She is debating a jump to full-time Pâtisserie work because it’s what’s in her heart and

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November 6, 2011

Dine Originals Week | November Preview

I do so love the creativity of this group of restaurants.  And Dine Originals Week (November 7-13) really gives them a chance to shine.  To flirt a little.  To show off some extra personality.  Pair all that with a pricing structure ($10, $20or $30) that makes a three-course meal within reach of just about everybody and you’re set for some serious fun.

Great values are to be had at some of Columbus’s best restaurants this week.  Black Creek Bistro is one-upping the three-course guideline and kicking in an extra course 

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April 7, 2011

Dining Out | Freshstreet’s Takoyaki House

The beloved owners of Foodie Cart have a new culinary endeavor inside Mikey’s Late Night Slice in the Short North: an authentic takoyaki house.  Savory little ball-shaped dumplings filled with goodies like octopus, Japanese pork sausage or cabbage, are made fresh when you walk up and order. 

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March 8, 2011

The Real Deal | Taqueria Los Guachos

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The Tacos, Quesadillas and Volcanes at Los Guachos

Top picks from Persephone include anything with the very tender lengua (tongue), especially the quesadilla.  Also worth ordering  are the volcanes topped al pastor (pork and pineapple and heaven).

Lovely and loud with soccer on the two TVs, it’s a great spot to pop in for a quick snack washed down with sugary Cokes and Jarritos. The staff is friendly and fast and fawns over kids.  I can’t wait to go back.

Los Guachos | 5221 Godown Road | Columbus 43235 | 614.538.0211

More comprehensive location info and reviews can be found on AltEats and Taco Trucks Columbus.

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