Monday, June 14, 2010

Salmon and Broccoli Slaw

I made Broccoli Slaw to go with Chicken Yakatori as a side, but then the next day, added some grilled salmon, this is going to be a new dish for me.

Broccoli Slaw
  • One bag Broccoli Slaw
  • Two scallions sliced
  • 1/2 cucumber peeled, small dice
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas cut up
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  • Ginger or Asian Vinaigrette
Mix all ingredients.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Fish, Charleston, South Carolina

Each of the wonderful dinners out was followed by a performance at Spoletto. So, Fish was the restaurant next in the que. I was struck at first by decor, clean, multiple rooms, wonderful light and wine list that could have been a reference book (the prices were a bit steep). I started with Escargot dumplings, tomato fennel salad, potato duck confit, garlic cilantro cream. It was a wonderful marriage of uncommon ingredients. My dinning companions had the mixed green salad with goat cheese spring roll. The spring roll stole the show. I had the fish special-but for the life of me I can't remember what it was (I know I know so bad). It was just wonderful, I do remember that. My dinner companion had the Mandarin Chicken keegan-filion farm chicken, napa cabbage, cashews, brown rice, fennel and sauce a l’orange.

If you go to Fish, be sure to walk around and check out the artwork.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Cru Cafe Charleston, South Carolina

So, the 2nd night in Charleston we went to Cru Cafe. This place was super cute. I started with fried greeen tomatoes. I know, I know way to predictable, but these had red pepper jelly and were one of the best dishes I've ever had. I shared it with my dinning companions and they had to order their own.

For a main course, I had to go with another grouper. This was served over a saffron broth, grilled with crispy onions. Another home run. My meat loving dinning companion had the lamb shank, this was one of the most tender dishes.

Dessert was cheesecake that melted like snow in July, and the coffee was hot, strong and had a complex taste that made us want to stay for many more cups.

Fat Hen

This year my trip to Charleston, SC came at the perfect time. I had spent the previous few weeks caring for a family member who had just had surgery. So, after taking care of my family member I was ready for some fun, good food and company, I wanted to try some new places in Charleston. The first stop was Fat Hen. This is just a few minutes from Charleston on Johns Island. The meal started with heirloom tomatoes over field greens with a friend poached egg. This had a smidgen too much salt, but I enjoyed the combination of the fresh tomato and the crispy outside of the egg. My dinning partner had the stuffed pork chop with gritts. I was a huge hunk of meal, suitable for any caveperson. I had the fish special grouper over vegetables. Oh my, it was so good. The grouper was cooked to perfection. The vegetables were so fresh, it was a real treat.

The service here was just outstanding! Our server was very knowledgeable and friendly.

There is no picture of the dessert as it was consumed before my camera made it out of my purse. It was a chocolate bread pudding.

Girls Night Out Part Two

The second girls' night out in Colorado was not about the food, but great company and wonderful memories. We went to the Blue Parrot. We went to this restaurant when I was very little and my mom used to go with her parents (this was a real treat). Years later I remember two great meals here, one with my sister Janet, my grandparents, and my uncles and my sister being so silly we laughed the whole meal and my stomach hurt. The other meal was with grandfather one summer after watching a bicycle race. We talked and talked and I learned what wonderful man he was and that will never leave me.

So this was not about great food (the food was so so). This was about great family and time together.

Sorry the delay in posts.