Last night I met a pal for some drinks and eats and we ended up in this little place I hadn't visited in a couple of years. It was cool and dark, the bar was busy with interesting people. The cocktail list surprised me, it was totally stacked with big hitting drinks: I had a version of the Manhattan with Luxardo and Nux Alpina walnut liqueur. Our snacks came with condiments, one of which was a house-made dried garlic and chilies mix that found its way on every bite I took. It reminded me of the depth of good places in our towns, how we have many joints that quietly do good things and cull loyalties on a nightly basis. I spend so much time careening forward in search of the new that sometimes I forget to stop and enjoy the old. So when I tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the King and I lounge, maybe you say "Yeah, been there done that", but since when? This Fresh Forkin' Friday I'm making a pledge to go out tonight to somewhere I used to love but haven't visited in a while.Give it a shot, you might be surprised.
Pig & Fiddle opened this week at 50th & France.
Get Sauced is a newish food truck that has popped up. The funky cool graffiti truck is serving up tacos-a-plenty.
Rumors have been swirling about a chocolate shop opening in Cathedral Hill. Blood & Chocolates is the name of the shop that promises an apothecary vibe while selling global and house-made chocolates. They've been teasing with ideas for red wine caramels and a Freddie Mercury truffle. Sassy.
...for a month, Fusion in Uptown is shutting down in order to "remodel, retool, and reopen with a fresh NEW product." Didn't they just do that to become Fusion?
Were you looking for some new duds? Does this Piccolo shirt catch your fancy? If you and another person go for the whole menu experience, you get complimentary shirts signed by the whole team. Gauntlet, thrown.
Masa is killing it (sorry) with its Day of the Dead menu that starts on Halloween and goes through November 2. The four-course meal is $30 and includes your choice of braised short ribs in red guajillo chile broth or sea bass with black rice and avocado puree with pineapple salsa. ... Chino Latino's Day of the Dead dinner is one night, November 2, and is a bigger affair for $75 including a beef barbacoa feast and that damn bread pudding with rum caramel sauce.
Get ready, Monday is Food Day at the U of M. Free and open to the public, the event schedule includes an expo at Coffman Union, seminars and discussions on topics like Cooking on a Budget and Locavore 101, plus a screening of the film Dirty Work, which documents the dream of the new generation of farmers.
And hey, y'all ... It's Restaurant Week starting Sunday! Get those deals on!