Dinner at amuse at VMFA in Richmond, VA: burger with bacon jam and house made buttermilk bun, baked pimiento cheese, house made beef jerky, house made watermelon soda and vodka
I have had plenty of great meals in museum’s restaurants and this one was no exception. The bartender suggested that I dip the beef jerky into the pimiento cheese and that suggestion was spot on. The cheese was also good for dipping your fries into. The burger was fantastic - the bacon jam added texture and flavor.
Dinner at comfort in Richmond, VA: shaved Brussels Sprouts, fried chicken, mac and cheese, banana pudding
If you’re ever in Richmond, VA on a Wednesday night, head to comfort for their fried chicken. It was super juicy with great crunch on the skin. You can opt for two or three sides. The shaved brussels were excellent with the addition of their house made apple cider vinegar. And the mac and cheese was exactly what you would expect from a classic Southern food establishment. Dessert was recommended by a regular who was sitting next to me at the bar. They’ve taken banana pudding to a new height by torching the top a la creme brulee.
Dinner at Pane Bianco, Phoenix, AZ: Polpetonne (Niman Ranch beef meatloaf wrapped in bacon over mashed potatoes), watermelon and fennel salad with purslane, margherita and Sonny Boy (mozzarella, salami, gaeta olives) pizza.
Yes, we loved it so much, we came back. Again, the pizza was really good. The salad was a perfect summer salad - so refreshing. But the polpetonne was the star of our meal. The meat was so moist and the bacon added great flavor and texture.
Shrimp and Grits - from room service at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Richmond, VA
Probably the best room service I’ve had in years. I loved the addition of asparagus, mushroom, and bacon for added texture and flavor.
Dinner at Pane Bianco, Phoenix, AZ: Wiseguy (wood roasted onion, smoked mozzarella, fennel sausage) and Biancoverde (house made mozzarella, ricotta, parmigiano reggiano, sopressata, arugula) pizza, house made bread, cucumber and melon salad with yogurt and lemon rind, Niman Ranch beef meatballs
Pane Bianco is the sister restaurant of Pizzeria Bianco, which regularly makes “Best Pizza in the U.S.” lists, though Pane is much more intimate and definitely less busy. So you get all the pizza goodness without the madness. Chris Bianco is a James Beard award winner - for pizza you say? Bianco does not kid around with the pizza dough here - the flour that is used is from heritage wheat grown in small batches from Hayden Flour Mills. The menu has a lot of depth beyond the pizza, though it is most definitely the star of the show.
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A proper Sunday roast at Duke’s 92 in Manchester, England
Um, can I just eat roast and gravy and Yorkshire pudding every Sunday of my life? Ok, maybe not every Sunday but definitely every Sunday that I am in the U.K.
Look at the cool flavours of crisps I found at Marks and Spencer: roast beef and onion, honey roast wiltshire ham, and chipotle pork cracklings. I will report back on twitter once they are consumed.
Tapas at Brindisa in Borough Market, London: paté, sangria, cheese, squid ink rice, albondigas, anchovies, tortilla española con chorizo.
Yes, I go to London and eat Spanish food. I love that everyone that works there is a Spanish ex-pat.
High tea at Harrods, Knightsbridge, London UK: Tea with scones, Welsh rarebit, Sticky toffee pudding, and strawberry shortcake.
After the requisite shopping was done, we headed to the tea room for a snack. Tea and scones were a no brainer. We decided that the Welsh rarebit was too good to pass up. This is an open face cheese sandwich where the cheese is more like fondue. And of course I needed sweets - my fave is definitely sticky toffee pudding.
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On a recent trip to PDX, I hit up Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok and Sen Yai. On the left is his take on Pad Se Ew - this version is with pork. On the right is the Pok Pok special - papaya salad and half of a game hen. So delicious. Especially with the tamarind dipping sauce.
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