July 23, 2003

Dining Out

It's been a busy couple of weeks, which I largely blame on RWA National. Sadly, it's kept me from the kitchen, in all but the most expedient ways. However, it did afford me the opportunity to rediscover a restaurant or two, and to revisit a favorite.

On Thursday the 18th, I had the opportunity to take a client to La Bonne Soupe. This is a cosy little place with homestyle French food - soups, crepes, fondue, and so forth. I can best describe it as comfort food with heart. Unassuming from the street, the upstairs level (my preference) has hanging plants that lend the room an air of French country. Opting to skip my favorite - the best onion soup I've ever eaten Stateside - I had "La Canadienne": a crepe filled with smoked salmon, cream cheese, and scallions. Magnifique!

The next day, another client and I lunched at Limoncello. It had been some time since I had the opportunity to enjoy this lovely light place, and I was relieved to find its quality as high as ever. The service is so good one feels like visiting royalty, which is not a bad thing as this place is not easy on the wallet - but the food is worth every penny. After introducing my client to the pleasure of carpaccio, we both indulged in a plate of "Zuppa di Pesce Alla Marsigliese" - a delightfully spiced thick bouillabaisse.

On the way home, Michael treated me to a reward for the grueling weekend of work: We stopped in New Haven for dinner at one of my favorite places: Istanbul Cafe on Crown Street. Authentic Turkish cuisine featuring some wonderful shish kebabs. We bracketed the meal on either side with Sigata Borek (an appetizer made of rolled filo dough stuffed with feta) and delicious baklava - my absolute favorite dessert. Having each had our own serving of the latter, I couldn't resist the luxury of splitting yet another helping. I really must learn to make it myself.

Posted by Jennifer at July 23, 2003 11:51 AM
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