Summer of Eating

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

So, I think this summer will officially go down as the Summer of Eating....  Partly because there have been so many great restaurants opening their doors, as well as established ones that are continuing to serve impeccable food. In the last couple of weeks we have enjoyed savory dishes from the following and all that I highly recommended making a visit to.

Cardamom Hill -- We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at this Westside eatery....  Ordering among other dishes, their signature Kerala-style Fried Chicken (pictured above).  

Cakes & Ale -- Pictured above and below are dishes we enjoyed last week....  Fresh Tomato, Cucumber, & Zucchini Salad as an appetizer and a Whole Roasted Fish with fresh herbs for an entree, followed by a delicious Counter Culture Cappuccino with our desserts. Sorry for the dark photos....

The Optimist --  We stopped in for a little late night dessert and coffee to see what all the hub-bubs about. I knew that our desserts would be interesting, since Chef/Owner Ford Fry has hired pastry chef Taria Camerino from our favorite Sugar Coated Radical. We sat in the bar area, which evoked a more intimate and cozy atmosphere. Plus, loved the interiors, designed by longtime friend Smith Hanes. {See more pics here and read more here}

Ibiza Bites -- Hitting the Wednesday night Food Truck Gathering in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood and feasting on Fired Green Tomatoes and Coconut Fried Chicken.

Sweet & Cool Treats.....  After seeing the photo (above) that Cacao posted on their Facebook page, a must visit was in order -- Dark Chocolate Milkshake with Aztec Spices.

The Fresh Market is carrying Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams (photo below), which are so unbelievably rich and delicious its hard not to grab all available flavors in the case for a taste test! So we did, and loved the Dark Chocolate, Brown Butter Almond Brittle, and Salty Caramel.

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