A little bit of a hodge podge post here.
We're up in Madison for the Great Taste of the Midwest. It's the friday before the fest. It's raining. It stops, just as we show up to Brickhouse, we go outside. What do we find? A double rainbow all the way! Woah!!! Oh my God! Oh my God!
Do you see it? I only had my 50mm f1.4 lens with me so I couldn't zoom out enough to get the whole thing. But can you imagine how funny it is to listen to 50 beer filled strangers recite "What does it mean..."
It was starting to look like a triple rainbow, but then it dissipated. We never found out what it meant.
When we got home on Sunday, we went tomato picking in the backyard. 12 lbs later.
Yesterday was my birthday. To celebrate, we went to dinner at Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard's brand new restaurant, The Girl & the Goat. Here is what we ate.
We started off with a loaf of bread, filled with corn. It came with whipped goat cheese and corn relish. The two cocktails in the background were delicious.
We'd actually partially tried a similar dish to this one at one of Stephanie's Wandering Goat dinners. We wanted to try the finished product though.
hiramasa crudo - crisp pork belly - aji aioli - caperberries
one of our faves of the night.
A delicious salad. Perfectly balanced.
shaved kohlrabi - fennel - blueberries - evalon - toasted almond
Since it's normally one of my favorite dishes, I was expecting more from this dish. Probably the biggest let down of the night. Not that it wasn't yummy...
escargot & goatballs - romesco, bagna cauda, almonds
This was our other favorite. Mmmmmm.... can you believe those servers tried to take the plate away from us before we'd sopped up all of the delicious juice?!?
seared scallops - braised veal - caponata - marcona almond butter
At this point, we figured we had one more small plate in us. We asked to see the menu so we could decide between a dessert or another savory dish. The waiter pretty much insisted that we get a dish that combined them most. I know I said that two other dishes up there were our favorites, but this last one was beyond a favorite... it was perfection. And it came with a birthday candle for me!
fried potato dumplings - lemon-poached eggplant - figs - honey yogurt
I know, I know... eggplant in a dessert? Well believe it or not, this is the second eggplant dessert I've eaten and I loved them both!
Stay tuned for my review of the Taste of the Nation event!!!