Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Another Memorable Meal at the Harvest Vine

I recently had another delicious and memorable dinner out at the Harvest Vine.  I took some family from out of town so they could experience it.  The food is tapas style from the Basque region.  Click here to see my other post from the Harvest Vine from last summer.  Some of the items from that visit featured their seasonal summer menu, such as the Pimientos de Padrons- green peppers covered in sea salt.  The menu is always changing so its nice to come back and try new things.
Click here to see their menu.

To start, we were presented with the nightly pinxto- a red and golden beet soup.  Next, our bottle of wine arrived.  We ordered a 2011 Nexus Cosecha Ribera del Duero.  A delicious light red wine that went perfectly with our dinner.  We also ate bread and ash rubbed goat cheese with squash preserves and a blue cheese with candied walnuts.  Then the Remolachas arrived, a colorful beet salad with olive oil and sea salt.  Our waiter then surprised us with a 2008 Don PX Sherry to sip with our bleu cheese.  The sherry's a dessert wine that was syrupy sweet and not to my liking-but it was fun to try it.  He then served us the Tortilla Espanola which is a potato, onion omelet.  For another vegetable dish we ordered some cauliflower which was perfectly cooked and seasoned.  For our meat dishes we tried the Carrilleras de Vaca which is braised beef cheek with a puff pastry.  We also ate the Venado Grilled Venison and the Pato Confitado-duck leg Confit.  I loved all three dishes- each one was tender and delicious-very memorable.  Last but not least, we had some dessert.  We all shared two- the Santiago Lemon Tarte and the Pastel de Chocolate-Flourless Chocolate Cake with Espellette Ganache.  Can you say yum?  I loved every minute of our meal at the Harvest Vine and can't wait until next time.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

A visit to Laika Lounge in Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square has a new delicious spot to eat, Laika Lounge, which opened recently.  They serve traditional Russian food and craft cocktails.  I was invited by the owner, Tatiana, to come try it out.  We sat together and chatted while we sipped drinks and ate.  I immediately loved the flow of the place-part coffee shop, part café and bar.  The restaurant gave off a European feel right in the heart of Pioneer Square. 

To start off my experience at Laika Lounge, I sipped on one of their handcrafted cocktails, The Lenin.  The drink resembled a Creamsicle and had Vodka, muddled oranges and  house-make Midnight in Moscow Syrup.  A unique aspect about Laika is they make all their own syrups for their cocktails and coffee drinks. 

I then ordered the Beetroot Vereniki.  It had sage, parmesan, poppyseed, horseradish and crème fraiche.  I simply loved it and could have eaten a second plate.  The flavors blended well together and the crème fraiche seemed liked the perfect accompany to the dish.  Tatiana had the deviled eggs which looked original and tasty with cornichon, bell pepper and pimenton.

Then it was time to give in to my sweet tooth with some Dry Cured Olive Shortbread.  I ordered mine with lemon curd and was happy I did.  Really, how can you not adore lemon curd?  The dessert also had Chantilly and port cherry reduction.  I liked how the flavors and textures blended together.  The crunchiness of the shortbread with the tartness of the lemon curd, the sweetness of the cherries and the whipped cream on top.  I also got to try some chocolate mousse they had whipped up earlier.  That was also memorable with the richness and smooth chocolate. 

Click here for more info and to see their menu. 

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