Posts tagged ‘dining out’

March 4, 2013

Taking Tea | Afternoon at the Harrison House

I see why they do it in the south and of course, it goes without saying, in the UK.

Taking time for afternoon tea is an immeasurably nice way to spend an hour or so in the afternoon.  And if you’ve got a girlfriend to catch up on some gossip, all the better.  The Harrison House, right now, kind of has a little secret.

But the scones and tea are so nice, it won’t be secret for much longer.

If you’re looking for an exceedingly quiet place to take tea, a few scones (good ones, with the exception of how they are cut, according to a very knowledgeable British source), some savories, some fruit, and a gorgeous dessert, let me recommend them.  No hustle and bustle here, just attentive service and the charm of a Victorian Village house.

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The afternoon tea service run by Savvy Spoon Tea is a pop up of sorts, taking advantage of off time in the Harrison House kitchen and its cozy parlor in which to serve it in.  All the better for us, who get to enjoy the scones that pop out of the oven as you’re arriving and being seated.  The tea menu is varied with all good selections, I chose the rose black.  The scones were marvelous with a little lemon curd and I was completely enamored with the mushroom pasty.  The pear cake was moist and a real treat.

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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.

December 13, 2010

Dining Out | Lunch at Lüke

South Texas has a long growing season, plentiful meats, feathered and furred game, and lots of space to grow and roam.  Why has it been so hard to find it?  I had an opportunity to meet CIA-trained  Chef Steve McHugh after a demo at the Pearl Farmer’s Market.  He may be planting the flag for San Antonio’s late- blooming local-food movement.  Having grown up on a Wisconsin farm, Chef McHugh knows a thing or two about how great local, fresh-from-the-farm produce can taste.  He sources many of his ingredients for Lüke from vendors at Pearl, all of whom are within 150 miles of San Antonio.  The salad he made at the market, which is on the menu, included Humble House baby blue cheese – some of the prettiest I’ve ever seen – snuggled up next to chili-spiced pistachios and candied beets.  I looked over the menus and decided we would cancel our lunch reservations to eat at the three-week-old bistro, Lüke. 

Lüke, on the Riverwalk, is the new sister to the original in New Orleans.  As a John Besh restaurant, Lüke has definite French Quarter flavor.  But there are menu touches here and there that make you remember you are in South Texas.

We started with cocktails, a French “75” for me and a Sazerac for Hades.

To start, I couldn’t resist the pâté de campagne of wild boar.  Served with watermelon pickles, mustard and a gelee, the pâté was luscious spread on crispy olive oil toasts.  Equally intriguing in terms of a first course would have been the fried Texas quail, which I will be sure to try next visit.

Hades ordered from the express lunch menu, which included a cup of soup.  He wisely chose the shrimp and sausage gumbo.

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December 9, 2010

Dining Out | Nosh

I have been meaning to get to Silo and its small plates/bar little sister Nosh for oh, well, forever.  Cue the heroic Zeus and Demeter who, very kindly, took little Cherub to see Yo Gabba Gabba Live.   We are, after all, a rock and roll kind of family. 

It’s lovely to have lots time.   We ordered started early with the cocktail menu and then ordered several times at a leisurely pace from the shared plates section of the menu. 

Nosh turned out to be everything I kind of hoped for: creative, local flavors with a bit of comfort thrown in.  It makes you realize that San Antonio is not all bar-b-que and enchiladas. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.  I will be having and posting about both in the next few days, to be sure.) Nosh is a perfect spot to hit if you’re a foodie from out-of-town.  It’s not far from Alamo Heights and the McNay, it’s got a decent happy hour and a creative cocktail menu.  I love Nosh’s concept of a flight of cocktails.  Especially if several are looking alluring.  Which they managed to do pretty easily.  The service is thoughtful and eager without being intrusive.

We will certainly be back again next time we’re in town, and if we lived here, it’d be a regular favorite.

 

Shrimp “corn dogs”: Tempura battered shrimp on a stick with spicy mayo
November 30, 2010

Giveaway of the Day | Dine Originals

This is, in fact, a cooking blog.  But there are times that even Persephone has to set down the saute pan and back away from the kitchen.  Every once in a while, I like to head out and let someone else do the cooking.  And when I do, most of the time, we head for a restaurant that’s part of the Dine Originals Columbus family.  Fifty-three independently-owned restaurants cover the entire cuisine spectrum from sushi to tapas to sandwiches to steaks.  If you’re in the mood for something, there’s a Dine Originals restaurant that matches your craving.

Dine Originals gift certificates make great presents.  As my final gift to you, dear readers, I have a Dine Originals Columbus $30 gift certificate to give you.  To win, let me know where, of the 53 restaurants, you’d spend your certificate.  Submit your answer in the comments section of this post or send me a tweet with your answer.  You have until tomorrow, December 1 at noon EST to enter.  For full giveaway rules click here.  Good luck and thanks for playing this week!  I’ve really enjoyed all your comments!

November 26, 2010

The Official Persephone’s Kitchen Holiday Gift Guide

The turkey coma is fading, the leftover turkey carcass is simmering on the stove for stock, and now you can start thinking about what to do about your holiday gifts.  ‘Tis the season to be giving!  Perhaps you’ve got a friend or family member that loves all things food, or all things Ohio or all things fabulous. 

Persephone is here with a trusty list that’s sure to have them smiling.  Here are some of the things that will be wrapped and given to our nearest and dearest this year, whether it’s under a tree or lovingly pressed into the welcoming hands of a hostess with a houseful of merrymakers.

For the Baker

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November 18, 2010

Cocktails at Mouton

Mouton, that swanky little bar in the Short North, tempted me with this vintage cocktail. Arsenic & Old Lace: Gin, Pernod, Creme de Violette, Vermouth, Orange Bitters. The perfect, strong happy hour libation. Happy Thursday.

Playlist included Time to Pretend, by MGMT.

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