Working in the travel industry, I have an opportunity and obligation to see the world. Though most of my travels last only a day or two at a time, I manage to swig an espresso (or three) and get on with the party. Follow me as I shamelessly devour the foods of the land, (over)indulge in the local beer and wine, and discover new cities with old friends.
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A friend of mine chose this Latin eatery for restaurant
week. We arrived during happy hour so we made a beeline to the bar for some
cocktails. The bartender, Alex, was very helpful and attentive. We tried two of
his creations. The first was the Fig & Honey: blended scotch whiskey,
Drambuie, figs, Peychaud’s bitters, and lemon juice. The next was the Pisco
Pina: pineapple infused pisco, yellow chartreuse, grapefruit bitters, and lemon
juice. Both were the right amount of sweet with a kick. I love kicks.
We were seated for dinner and I noticed the place was
filling up fast. The lights were dim, the staff was upbeat, and the three
courses of food began…
To start, I had the Tuna Tartare with potato salad and crispy
wontons. For my entree, braised short ribs with boniato puree and black bean
sofrito sauce. I shamelessly devoured my entire plate within minutes, unaware
of my momentary slip into a blackout binge. When I realized my two friends had
more than half of their entrees still in tact on their plates, I began to push
around the remnants of my dish in hopes of them not noticing how fast I wolfed
mine down. In some cultures, guzzling food that fast is considered a compliment. Right?
For dessert, I got the Mexican chocolate brownie with
vanilla ice cream and strawberry salsa. It wasn’t quite what I expected. I was
hoping for a rich dark chocolate brownie with a chunky strawberry topping.
Instead, I got a blonde brownie with a tiny strawberry syrup drizzle and a
scoop of ice cream. I love my chocolate so I was slightly disappointed when I
saw the brownie was a shade of gold. However, I quickly found out it tasted
just as delicious as I had hoped!