Sunday, March 20, 2011

Fancy schmancy.

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Disclaimer: this post is an inaccurate representation of my social life as of late.

Last night, TFG restaurant week came to a close. But an exciting close, nonetheless! Deepa and I were joined by three of our friends: Chris, Gihan, and Greg for dinner at Maynard's Kitchen.

I was completely unaware that this restaurant was so fancy. (And hence I was very under-dressed...woops). Anyway, we decided to sit outside, and the ambiance was so classy!

I was trying not to cause a scene by taking a picture so I turned the flash off.
We got some complimentary bread and butter to start.

I don't know what kind of butter it was, but it was really flavorful!
Deepa and I split two dishes as usual (which in this case, really worked out to our advantage because this place is pricey).

Roasted beets salad:

Beets, fennel, pears, oranges, walnuts, goat cheese, dressed in raspberry vinegar.
When we ordered the salad, we didn't look closely enough at the menu to know exactly what was on the salad. So when we were eating this, it was actually really difficult to figure out what each fruit/veggie was! (The dark atmosphere didn't help the situation, either). But, I must say I was pretty proud of myself for figuring out that there were pears in there! The cheese was SO creamy. And of course, beets are my fav veggie. Yum.

Butternut Squash Gnocchi:

Gnocchi accompanied by rapini, hazelnuts, figs, a cheese called Grana Padano, in an orange brown butter sauce.
I can't even begin to describe how tasty this was. And how amazing the texture of the gnocchi was. My descriptions wouldn't even do justice to the dish.  So we'll just leave it at that. Also, after ordering this dish, I learned that rapini is a type of broccoli. Also, I'm pretty sure there were other ingredients in the dish, but I really don't know what they were. Highly recommend if you feel like splurging on a meal! Seriously.

That was fun. Hopefully we'll have some more T-town restaurant adventures in the next two months.

In other news, I went to the farmer's market again this morning! This time, Sheila and I went together.

We shamelessly sampled a lot of foods (and tried interesting things like a pomelo!). And I shamelessly took pictures.

Locally grown, organic produce
Live music [and people dancing!]

This was the best stand! I got two types of kale, swiss chard,  and cilantro--all in a huge bag for only $3!
Just picking up some pretty looking tomatoes!
We also found out that there is so much to eat while there, lunch-wise! And it's all from local businesses and healthy! So cool.

My stash:

Tomatoes, leeks, huge bag of greens, fruit salsa, and fresh cheese.
I've never cooked with leeks before, so I decided that would be my experiment for the week.

I immediately dug into my bag of greens and huge cilantro bunch for lunch today.

I'd like to think this was a pretty fancy 5-minute lunch.

1 egg atop sauteed collard greens with a side of fruit salsa, topped with cilantro.
I really like eggs sunny side up. Unfortunately eggs don't really sit well with my stomach, and runny yolks really don't sit well. So I made some super cooked sunny side up eggs. Sigh.

This was a LONG post. Thanks for reading. :)


Tasha @ Voracious said...

That gnocchi dish looks incredible! I've been seeing gnocchi dishes all over the place lately, and it keeps reminding me how long it's been since I've made some. That has got to change soon.

Tulika said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by :). Yeah--the gnocchi was pretty incredible; I made gnocchi once and unfortunately, it just did not compare to this dish!! I'll have to check out your recipe when you get around to making it!

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