Picked up lunch from the recently opened Tokyo Grill. Hannah Sayle will have all the details in the next week's Food News column, so I'll only be sharing my favorite dish from the meal, the fried tofu appetizer ($3.75).
For a fried dish, this appetizer has a surprisingly delicate touch. It's lightly battered in tempura and the tofu is absolutely creamy. Wonderful.
Check out this bad boy from Burly's Burgers Fries & Shakes.
It's a combo with a Blue Bacon burger with blue cheese and bacon and the chili cheese fries ($9.25).
(And, fyi, vegetarians, move on. There's nothing to see here.)
Burly's, 662 Madison (521-9200)
At the newly open Urban Outfitters, a few items for the home bar:
A darts and shot glass set ($16).
We came to a realization today during lunch at Caritas Village: Coworker B always, always orders the same thing as Coworker A.
On this occasion it was the chicken & dumplings ($6), the special of the day.
Dayna Dillard and Tiffany Polk are friends who like desserts and like making desserts. A lot.
"We were making them all the time anyway," Dillard says, "so we decided to make a business out of it."
And so they did. About three months ago, they started Afters Boutique, a confections business with a wild imagination.
Does fighting back kudzu with a machete or planting kohlrabi plants in orderly rows sound like a good start to a Saturday? Then you might want to stop by Urban Farms, where a hearty group of volunteers is helping farm manager Mary Phillips get a running start on the spring growing season.
My kitchen is now a de-mustard-ized zone. But all this began with a bottle of Balsamic vinegar.
I was making a vinaigrette and when I upturned the bottle of vinegar ... nothing. Shake ... nothing. The vinegar had congealed.
I was telling my coworker about this, and she said, Unheard of. Not possible.
... And that's all I know. I've never been to a Chipotle, so I'm curious to see what the fuss is about.
Morning commuters who pass the busy intersection of Sam Cooper and Tillman will soon have a new stop for a quick cup of coffee. Plus, they will be able to buy staples or lunch.
Urban Farms Market opens Saturday, March 26, offering a drive-through window for coffee Monday through Friday from 6:30 to 9 a.m. “We wanted to do something to attract people passing by,” explained market manager Rosalie Bouck, who hopes the coffee will help promote the market’s primary focus to offer fresh and affordable food in a neighborhood with limited options.
Picked up the cute sticky rice cakes at Kwik-Chek last Saturday.
The spring colors — pink, yellow, purple, green — matched the gorgeous spring-like weather.
The cakes are sort of hard to describe, sweet with a bit of coconut and a red-bean paste inside. Their most marked trait is how very chewy they are.
Kwik-Chek, 2013 Madison (274-9293)
All that hype you're hearing about the paletas and ice cream at La Michoacana Paleteria y Neveria is deserved.
Hannah Sayle has all the details in next week's Food News, but here's a sneak peek:
La Michoacana, 4091 Summer
My coworker Bianca Phillips and I were recently invited, along with some other foodies, to sample some of Ashley Dunn’s Cosmic Coconut menu items. The all-vegan, organic treats were delicious, and I can’t wait to check out the new smoothie/juice bar when it opens next month.
We started off with shots of wheatgrass.
Got a recipe that requires minimal effort and planning but yields a true culinary delight? My favorite is the roasted root vegetable medley. Combat those fools who think fresh produce is solely a summer treat ...
Thanks to the hardy vendors who braved Saturday’s downpour at the Tsunami Farmers Market, my Sunday breakfast was fresh, easy to prepare, and locally produced, down to the butter.