Brunchin’ It Up: The Market Italian Village

The Market Italian Village
1022 Summit Street
Columbus, OH 43201
(614) 745 2147
https://www.themarketiv.com/

The Market Italian Village is one part actual market (buy craft beers, well-priced wines, and local food products), one part bakery, one part restaurant, and a large dash of perfection. The menu at any time of day is always seasonally-focused, creative, and artfully prepared. One of The Market’s best kept secrets though, is brunch. Start your weekend morning right by snagging a stool in front of the open windows and people-watching while savoring some rib-sticking cuisine.

Let’s start with the French Toast and Chicken. Say sayonara to the Chicken and Waffles gracing every brunch menu in town. This dish is immense (hooray for leftovers!) and hits all the right notes: huge slabs of French toast, crunchy fried chicken, creme fraiche, and smoked maple syrup. I’m always partial to a good egg sammie, so the B.E.L.T. is an ideal option. Consisting of thick-cut bacon, a runny egg, greens, garlic aioli, tomato jam, sourdough, and optional smoked salmon (vote yes) this a simple but well-executed dish. Don’t forget the crunchy home fries on the side! Other mouthwatering selections include the Market Waffle (topped with bourbon bananas foster and pecans), Shakshouka (baked eggs, tomatoes, red pepper sauce, crispy chickpeas, and feta with stone-fired pita bread) and the biscuits with lamb gravy. Each dish is familiar with an elevated twist.

Feeling festive? Brunch cocktails are also available, such as the house Bloody Mary, garnished with candied bacon. Fruit fans will flip for the sangria: red wine, Grey Goose l’orange, Copper & Kings brandy, hibiscus, orange juice, and honey, or pry those eyes open with the Espresso Milk Punch (bourbon, molasses, spiced simple syrup, Snowville milk, Deeper Roots espresso, and nutmeg). Pair your meal with a luscious lavender latte, score a pastry for the road, and #brunchgoals are complete.

Tell me more about your favorite Italian Village brunch spot in the comments below!

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Caroline

Caroline’s Picks: 5 Sweet Breakfast Treats to Try

Cruffins: Dan the Baker/Toast Bar

http://dan-the-baker.com

This one is simple: croissant meets muffin and has the flakiest baby imaginable. The result is a handheld delight that will satisfy your every breakfast desire. Fillings range from strawberry cream to spicy cardamom. Pick one up at select farmers markets or at Dan’s Grandview restaurant, Toast Bar.

Caramel Mocha Kolache: Kolache Republic

http://kolacherepublic.com
Caramel Mocha Kolache: Kolache Republic

All the kolache flavors are wonderful, but the not-too-sugary filling of the caramel mocha kolache has my heart. If coffee isn’t your speed, these Czech pastries consist of a soft, yeasty dough packed with sweet or savory items like chocolate, bacon, or cheese. Pick up a couple extra for mid-week snacks – you won’t regret it.

Custard Donuts: Fox in the Snow Cafe

http://www.foxinthesnow.com
Custard Donuts Fox in the Snow Cafe

For a place that isn’t a donut shop, Fox in the Snow has created one tasty confection. Basic but not boring, these donuts are bursting with a generous amount of thick vanilla custard, then rolled in sugar. Keep a napkin handy for the superb stickiness that will ensue. I dare you to eat only one.

Red Velvet Croissant: Angry Baker

http://theangrybakerote.comRed Velvet Croissant Angry Baker

Ok so I really like croissants. Mainly because I like butter, and croissants have an indecent amount of butter. But also because the Angry Baker is serving up a red velvet version. With a cream cheese center, chocolate drizzle, and brilliant red hue, you can have your cake croissant and eat it too.

Lemon Blueberry Aebelskabels: Alice’s Aebelskabels

https://www.aebelskabels.comAlice's Aebelskabels

Aebelskivers are stuffed Danish pancake balls, the morning essential you never knew you needed. Alice’s dishes out their take on the treats from a food truck, and can be hard to track down. But the hunt is worth every bite, especially for the lemon blueberry version. Tangy, bright, and with just enough of a dessert edge, you should add this to your wish list.

What do you think is the best sweet breakfast bite in Columbus? Let me know in the comments below!

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Caroline

Sassafras Bakery

Sassafras Bakery

Sassafras Bakery
657 High St, Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: (614) 781-9705
http://www.sassafrasbakery.com/

Top Tastes:

1. Donut Muffins
2. Egg Sandwich
3. Cherry Pie
4. Caramelized Onion, Apple, Cheddar, + Blue Cheese Quiche
5. Bacon Cheddar Scone

Tucked into a small shop in historic downtown Worthington, Sassafras Bakery is churning out delectable sweet and savory items. Arrive as early as you can for the best selection – these are some goodies you won’t want to miss. I’m always ready to gobble on a flaky pie crust, and have mentioned the divine cherry pie before here. Many bakery items are seasonal, but there is always a treat to try any time of year.

Pies are featured front and center, and are available in various sizes for carryout purchases. Each is piled sky-high with toppings and enveloped in a tender crust. Choices range from sugary (Salty Ohio Maple) to creamy (Vanilla Chai Cream) to fruity (Strawberry Rhubarb) and beyond (Bourbon Pumpkin). The donut muffins also keep me coming back. These jumbo muffins are baked to a cake-like texture, then the whole thing is rolled in cinnmon sugar reminiscent of your favorite donut. Granola bars, brownies, and blondies are for sale as well. Last but not least: happy hour for cocktails is all well and good, but have you ever had milk and cookies happy hour? Here, every day from 3-5 pm, Sassafras is serving up free milk and coffee when you purchase a cookie. And when available varieties include triple ginger, salted chocolate chip, and lemon-rosemary, what’s not to love?

Sassafras Bakery in Worthington

On the savory spectrum, you must order the egg sandwich. This isn’t your average breakfast between bread, but is instead bright and herbaceous. Sassafras’ version consists of ciabatta stuffed with egg souffle, peppered bacon, tomato, chimichurri mayo, cheese, arugula, and shaved onion. Veggie lovers will flip for the vegetarian jerk mushroom sammie and even the roasted carrot salad. The seasonal soups are noteworthy as well; during my last visit, the feature was a chilled strawberry soup with olive oil and black pepper. Quiches are made with the same thick and perfect crust as the pies. The Caramelized Onion, Apple, Cheddar, Blue Cheese, and Thyme Quiche is a personal favorite, but don’t forget about the bacon, fontina, and chive version either. Bacon is also the star of the craveable bacon-cheddar scones, with sausage and banana pepper as a close second in flavor. Various other drool-worthy items like asparagus galettes with cornmeal crust rotate on and off the menu board.

Egg Sandwich Sassafras Bakery

Culinary Clue: Stop by the bakery during the Worthington Farmer’s Market. Its location is right in the middle of the market, making Sassafras the ideal spot to take a break in the A/C. You can also visit Sassafras as a stop on the Worthington itinerary of Columbus Food Adventures tours.

Have you tried those ridiculously scrumptious donut muffins? Let me know your take on Sassafras in the comments below!

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Caroline

Sassafras Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Paulie Gee’s Short North

Paulie Gees Short North

Paulie Gee’s Short North
1195 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43201
http://pauliegee.com/short-north/
614-808-0112

Top Tastes:

1. Monte Cristo Pizza
2. Hell Boy Pizza
3. Cherry Jones Pizza
4. The Katzingers Pizza
5. Brisket Marmalade

I’m going to put the most important words in this post out there at the beginning: pizza flight. That’s right – Paulie Gee’s in the Short North is dishing up the best flight you never knew you needed, in the form of 3 mini pizzas. The owner, T.J., is an OSU grad with a passion for pie. He knew that our capital city would be a great fit for the renowned NYC eatery, and convinced the Paulie of Paulie Gee’s to franchise here. There is no bland corporate feeling in the restaurant though. The reclaimed barn wood walls and framed photographs of Cbus keep things local; even the pizza flight boards are crafted by Columbus purveyors.

Brisket Marmalade at Paulie Gees

To start, a must-order item is the Brisket Marmalade. This concoction begins with Ray Ray’s Hog Pit BBQ mixed into a sweet tomato base, piled high and served with Laughlin’s Bakery crostini and microgreens. You can also find the local meat king’s brisket on the Hog Pit Brisket Pizza, BBQ pie plus pickled red onion and mozzarella. Wash it all down with a Columbus by Way of Brooklyn, an OYO Rye sipper made with luxardo liqueur and hopped grapefruit bitters.

Cocktails at Paulie Gees

But let’s get to the pizza. Don’t miss checking out the staff tossing dough and shoveling it into the cavernous brick oven that cooks each pizza in less than 2 minutes. Opt for the flight to maximize your tasting options; if you bring a friend, this means you can sample 6 pizzas and have plenty for lunch the next day. Even then, it is still so hard to choose a favorite. The divine Cherry Jones (Gorgonzola, prosciutto, dried cherries and more) and the sweet and salty Monte Cristo (Canadian bacon, gouda, and maple syrup) have captured my heart. But I can’t forget the Katzingers Deli-inspired pie, consisting of Swiss, pastrami, sauerkraut, and a Russian dressing drizzle. And then of course, there is the Hellboy, its dough spilling over with tomatoes, parm, mozz, hot sopressata, and spicy honey. It indulges my Mike’s Hot Honey obsession completely, a love first cultivated by Kittie’s Cakes. Finally, I especially love that so many of the pizzas are crowned with a dollop of ricotta. Why aren’t more pizzerias swirling on ricotta? Even vegans can get in on the ricotta action – the Red, White, and Greenpeace Pizza has a cashew milk version.

Pizza Flight from Paulie Gees

If you’ve ever questioned whether it’s worth it to go to the Short North for pizza, the answer is an unequivocal yes.

Culinary Clue: Speaking of the Short North, parking can be atrocious. But Paulie Gee’s has its own lot at Wall and 5th Streets during most hours. Look for the sandwich sign with Paulie Gee’s logo on it.

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Caroline

Disclosure: The Columbus Food Bloggers group and I received a free Paulie Gee’s smorgasbord; however, all opinions in this review are my own. 

Paulie Gee's Short North Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Flowers & Bread

Flowers & Bread

Flowers & Bread
3870 N High St
Columbus, OH 43214
(614) 262-5400
http://flowersandbread.com/

Top Tastes

1. Citrus Focaccia
2. Chocolate Bundt Cake
3. Mini Wheat Loaves with Butter and Fig-Apple Jam
4. Bacon Jam and Brie Sandwich
5. Lemon Lavender Scones

Clintonville’s newest bakery is combining all the pretty things in one spot, with baked goods, hydrangeas, and a cozy atmosphere. Beauty in simplicity rings true here; every element is aesthetically pleasing and not too stuffy. Flowers & Bread is open, airy, and filled with fresh floral arrangements created by the shop. You can pick up these same bundles of flowers to gussy up your own table at home.

Fresh Baked Items from Flowers & Bread

The bakery counter is small, but it’s churning out some seriously toothsome treats. On the breakfast front, don’t miss the delicate lemon lavender scones or the monkey bread muffins. I’m also crazy about the citrus focaccia, a fun twist on the typical savory bread sprinkled with pomegranate and punchy citrus segments. If you’re looking for lunch, sample the daily soup selections or the baguette sandwiches. Try the bacon jam and brie sammie with arugula and ham, or the deliciously Spartan radish, butter, and chives version. Finish with the tiny, tender chocolate bundt cakes; the accompanying gold silverware with intricate scrollwork makes every bite a treat. Take home a mini loaf of Semolina bread, with a crispy exterior and soft center. It’s the ideal item for breakfast the next day when slathered with house butter and fig-apple jam.

Outside of Flowers & Bread

Recently, Flowers & Bread has started offering “date nights,” featuring dishes created with the on-site wood-fired oven. Normally the shop closes at 3 or 4, but these special events are held at night and are BYOB. Menu items have included delectable-sounding smoky oysters, roasted hen, chocolate caramel lava cake, and champagne berries. I will have to try one of the offered cooking or floral arrangement classes soon as well. Topics range from flower crown-making to homemade marmalades and soups.

Butter + Jame | Flowers & Bread

Don’t wait to try this place – it’s one part carryout French bistro and one part dream kitchen with a florist’s touch.

Culinary Clue: Get to the shop as early as you can. They just added additional morning hours, and because of the bakery’s popularity things can get a little hectic at times. Going early or during a non-peak hour can help beat the crowds!

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Caroline

2 Year Anniversary Spectacular: My Favorite Posts So Far

I’ll be writing more about this for the March newsletter (Click here to sign up for the newsletter), but this week Columbus Culinary Connection celebrated its 2 year anniversary! 131 blog posts, 4,200 Instagram (@cbusconnect) followers, and 8.3 million pounds of cheese later, I’m still enjoying being a food blogger. It’s forced me outside my comfort zone in tasting new cuisine, but also in making new relationships. It’s been a creative outlet, and given me a greater appreciation for Columbus and all things Ohio. I’ve enjoyed looking back at the posts I’ve written over the past two years, and daydreaming about the places I’ve visited, and of course the food I’ve devoured up to this point. Here are some of my absolute favorites!

Rockmill Brewery

http://columbusculinaryconnection.com/rockmill-brewery-review/
Rockmill Brewery

One of my very first posts, Rockmill is still a place that has a certain magic for me. The countless good times on the brewery’s grounds and in the idyllic horse barn-turned-taproom make this a spot I’ll always go again and again.

Kittie’s Cakes

http://columbusculinaryconnection.com/kitties-cakes/
http://columbusculinaryconnection.com/kitties-cakes-bexley/
Kittie's Cakes

The original German Village location and the new Bexley Kittie’s cafe have some of my favorite treats in town. Bacon cheddar scones, immense Facecookies, and shop mascot Linus the Golden Retriever make Kittie’s a must-try bakery.

My Family’s Christmas Cookies

http://columbusculinaryconnection.com/christmas-cookie-recipe/
Christmas Cookies

My mom was the guest writer for this post, and she’s the reason I am crazy about cooking. It’s one of my all-time favorite family traditions, and it’s been fabulous seeing so many other people take her recipe and incorporate it into their own holiday customs.

A Visit to: Biltmore Estate

http://columbusculinaryconnection.com/biltmore-estate/
The Biltmore Estate

I love exploring, and have embraced my inner history nerd. Our mini vacation to Biltmore Estate let me combine my admiration for both fine dining and Downton Abbey, and I loved every second of it. I also used this post as a template for my Charleston Gazette article, another writing opportunity that blogging has afforded me!

Fox in the Snow Cafe

http://columbusculinaryconnection.com/fox-in-the-snow-cafe/
Fox in the Snow Cafe

The effort put into blogging is worth it soley because I learned about Fox in the Snow through blogger friends. What had I been missing? Only the cutest animal logo in town and some heavenly custard-filled donuts.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Grandview Heights

http://columbusculinaryconnection.com/neighborhood-spotlight-grandview-heights/
Sweet Carrot and Zauber Beers in Grandview

It’s been great seeing so many new foodie destinations pop up in Grandview recently, and there are some classic oldie but goodie spots as well. There’s something for every palette in this Columbus ‘burb. I need to get around to making another neighborhood dining guide soon.

Por’Ketta Food Truck

http://columbusculinaryconnection.com/porketta-food-truck/
Porketta Food Truck

I love the ease and variety that food truck dining brings, and I tend to seek out my favorites time and again. Por’Ketta’s family business is doing some really fun things, and my adoration has not waned even after eating that chicken sandwich a hundred times.

Top Secret Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

http://columbusculinaryconnection.com/chocolate-chip-cookies/
Chocolate Chip Cookies

The secret is the cheesecake pudding! Trust me on this – it’s been my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe for years. It makes the softest, tastiest cookies imaginable.

5 Queso Dishes to Try

http://columbusculinaryconnection.com/carolines-picks-5-queso-dishes-try/
Bodega Columbus: Loaded Truffle Fries

I have to end this round-up with another round-up! When you can list some of your most beloved restaurants in one cheese-laden post, i.e.  Hudson 29, Condado Tacos, and Bodega, what isn’t to love? I have a whole category on the blog of 5 to Try posts, when you’re in need of a quick reference guide.

Thanks for being on this journey with me! Cheers to another year of bacon and blogging.

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Caroline

Stack City Burger Bar

Stack City Burger Bar

Stack City Burger Bar
600 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 372-7229
http://www.stackcityburger.com/

Hooray for happy hour at Stack City Burger Bar! In a section of town where so many meals will break the bank, the Short North’s Stack City is serving up generous portions at prices that won’t break the bank. The restaurant is part of Hyde Park’s empire, which explains the tasty grub and impeccable service, for a casual joint. With a large local draft list (including Wolf’s Ridge, Land-Grant, and Seventh Son offerings) and a large patio primed for people-watching, this is an ideal place for post-work dining.

Buffalo Nachos from Stack City Burger Bar

Let’s talk more about the sublime happy hour pricing.  It lasts from Sunday-Friday,  3-6 P.M. During this time frame, all appetizers, fries, and chips are half off, there are 45 cent bonless wings, and drink deals. Most important of all, there is the $5 Red, White, and Blue Burger (complete with all the traditional toppings) – what a steal! We opted to start with the buffalo chicken nachos, a playful take on the spicy dip everyone adores. The platter that arrived was so immense, I took home half to devour later. There was just enough zip and shaved celery for added crunch, perfect for pairing with beer or the Rye Old Fashioned. Sides are shareable, so scout out some friends to join you and sample them all. The truffle chips were thin and crispy, just like I like them, and the thick-cut onion rings were also tempting, served with a Southwest ranch.

Rye Old Fashioned - Stack City Burger Bar

Burgers are something that even the most finicky of your friends can appreciate, and Stack City keeps the menu simple but with some original twists. All of the beef is locally sourced and never frozen, ensuring that your patty is perfection. I enjoyed that you can add an egg and bacon to any of their selections, because when is extra bacon or a drippy egg a bad idea? I ordered the Bison burger, brushed with a delectable balsamic glaze and topped with dollops of goat cheese, grilled onions, and tangy cranberries. I also snuck a bite of my husband’s more traditional Cowboy burger, with bacon, cheddar, BBQ sauce, lettuce, tomato, jalapenos, and capped with one of the aforementioned giant onion rings. It stacks up!

Biscoff Cookie Butter Shake

I had to save room for dessert, by snapping up a Biscoff cookie butter shake. If you haven’t had cookie butter, it’s a divine European spread made of crushed cinnamony cookies. When Stack City blends it up with vanilla ice cream and bourbon, it’s even better. There are other boozy shake flavors as well, such as the buckeye shake with chocolate vodka. I’ll be back for this one!

Culinary Clue: Don’t miss the featured burgers either; next time I’m fully prepared to devour the latest concoction, the Three Little Pigs. You guessed it – the sandwich features bacon 3 ways, including bacon mayo!

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Caroline

Stack City Burger Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: My meal was provided by Stack City, but all opinions are my own.

Caroline’s Picks: 5 Pies to Purchase

Flaky crust. Sweet or savory fillings. The perfect comforting bite. Everyone loves pie, and fortunately for us Columbus residents, we’ve got some excellent options to satisfy that craveable treat wrapped in delicious dough. Here’s some local pies that I always adore.

Brown Sugar Pie: The Pearl

https://www.thepearlcolumbus.com/

Affectionately known as “crack” pie (because it’s just that good), The Pearl makes varying pies in house but this one has the rest beat. Oatmeal cookies pulverized into crumbs create the crust, and the filling is buttery and rich with caramelized brown sugar. It’s almost too rich to enjoy by yourself, but I seem to manage every time.

Breakfast Handpie: Lineage Brewing

http://www.lineagebrew.com
Breakfast Handpie: Lineage Brewing

On the savory end of the spectrum, Lineage Brewery churns out a not-so-expected twist: the handpie. The center of scrambled eggs, sausage gravy, and cheesy potatoes is enveloped by hand rolled crust and dished up with cooked apples on the side. It looks like a kind of “breakfast calzone,” and pairs perfectly with Lineage’s beer offerings to kick your brunch off right.

Click here to read my full post on Lineage Brewery

Lemon Lavender Chess Pie: Dough Mama

http://www.dough-mama.com
Lemon Lavender Chess Pie: Dough Mama

All of the baked treats put forth by this Clintonville locale are utterly delightful, but none can melt my heart like the Lemon Lavender Chess Pie. Sparkling with citrus brightness and that unexpected floral lavender touch, the filling is luscious, creamy, and makes your mouth pucker just enough. Be sure you track down this seasonal dessert!

Chocolate Cream Pie: Bake Me Happy

https://www.bakemehappygf.com/menu

Chocolate in a pie is always dark and decadent, but with Bake Me Happy’s version, it’s so indulgent you won’t believe it’s gluten-free. The pies come in numerous sizes so you can get your chocolatey custard fix in the ideal amount. Check out their site to see where to track down their goodies.

Cherry Pie: Sassafras Bakery

http://www.sassafrasbakery.com/menu/
Sassafras Bakery

For a classic, all-American pie, I’m crazy for the cherry pie at Sassafras Bakery. The tangy-tart cherries give just enough pop to balance out the sweetness, and it’s a perennial crowd-pleaser. This traditional spin really takes the cake (or pie). Does fruit pie even exist if it doesn’t have a lattice top and crimped double crust like this one? Make sure you catch it in season.

Where do you get your pie fix? Is sweet or savory more your style? Let me know in the comments below.

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Caroline

Watershed Kitchen & Bar

Watershed Kitchen & Bar

Watershed Kitchen & Bar
1145 Chesapeake Ave, Columbus, OH 43221
(614) 357-1936
http://watersheddistillery.com/kitchen—bar.html

I was ecstatic to hear that Ohio changed its laws in 2016, allowing distilleries to open restaurants and make cocktails on-site at their production facilities. With some wonderful local spirit-makers calling Columbus home, the race was on to for distillers to open attached eateries. Last week, Grandview-area Watershed Distillery achieved that goal. Since I already loved their bourbon, nocino, and visiting their tasting room with Columbus Brew Adventures, when Watershed’s Kitchen & Bar opened last week I was itching to check it out.

Whiskey Lullaby | Watershed Kitchen & Bar

First recommendation: get reservations. We strolled in right when the space opened at 4, to learn all reservations were booked already. We happily ate at the bar, but it’s clear that the buzz around Watershed’s restaurant is huge. The space itself is well-appointed and simple. A glass wall connecting the dining room to the distillery allows you to peer at the gleaming tanks while you nosh, a fun touch, and the plenthora of candles and dim lighting makes this an intimate date night locale.

The cocktail menu is printed in a playful booklet with photos of each drink and trivia tidbits, which lets you see what your drink will look like before you select a choice. No more asking your seat neighbor, “what are you drinking?” For a winter warmer, the Bon Apple Tea (Watershed vodka, apple, lemon, dry curacao, honey, ancho chai spice, winter potpourri) is poured into a floral mug. Harken back to your childhood with the Nostalgia & Moxie: bourbon, ovaltine, cream, chocolate bitters, and more, all topped with torched marshmallows. Fans of libations on the rocks will adore the Improved Whiskey Cocktail, an effective blend of bourbon, luxardo, angostura & peychaud’s bitters, and of course, absinthe. There wasn’t a disappointing drink on the menu, from my perspective. Local draft beers are also on tap, as are a generous selection of wines.

Lions Tail | Watershed Kitchen & Bar

The food offerings are a mix of comfort dishes and eclectic bites. Options include buttermilk fried chicken accompanied by whipped pig butter, house hot sauce, and pickles, or we loved the fried Brussels sprouts, crispy brown and swimming in a peppery-sweet sauce with mint and citrus. The main selections are twists on classics as well, such as the Watershed Burger, a beautifully messy concoction of bourbon-glazed onions, tomato jam, and Brie. Dip the fries on the side in the addictive aioli. It seems like every restaurant has short ribs on the menu lately, but the dish stands out here with punchy pickled cabbage, cauliflower, and miso polenta. My pick for the next visit? The Duck Confit, plated with celery root, potato gnocchi, walnuts, and prune demi-glace.

FRIED BRUSSELS SPROUTS | Watershed Kitchen + Bar

Culinary Clue: Don’t forget to catch a distillery tour or pick up some merchandise in the gift shop. Their pre-mixed Old-Fashioned blend is great for lazy people (me) when you want a fabulous cocktail with minimal effort. The other bottled spirits like the bourbon-barrel gin and nocino are also available for sampling and bottle sales!

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Caroline

Watershed Distillery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

A Touch of Cambodia: Aloha Streatery Pop-up

A Touch of Cambodia: Aloha Streatery Pop-up

Have you ever tried Cambodian cuisine? I hadn’t until last week, and I had been missing out! Aloha Streatery is one of my favorite local food trucks, serving up Hawaiian buns and pineapple rice bowls. So when I was invited to a Cambodian pop-up concept presented by the truck’s chef, I was so in.

Crunchy Papaya Salad with Tofu Skewer

Held at the always tasty Bonifacio restaurant, we enjoyed cocktails on the regular Bonifacio menu, and then got down to gobbling up the courses. My husband and I went for the divide and conquer strategy in order to try everything! To start: crunchy papaya salad with just a kiss of heat, paired with a lemongrass beef or tofu skewer. It was a perfect blend of textures.

Bonafacio Cocktail

Next we moved on to the soup, Cambodian tomato pineapple broth with chicken, surprisingly light and flavorful. For mains, we noshed on crispy stuffed chicken wings with sweet chili sauce, and marinated beef with garlic-lime sauce. I’m still dreaming about the garlicky goodness of this beef sauce and imagining all the things I could slather it on. Tacos? Pizza? Yes to all. The grand finale was mango sticky rice with warm coconut milk. It was rich and heavenly, and as soon as I got home I pinned a bunch of recipes to try and recreate it myself at home.

crispy stuffed chicken wings with sweet chili sauce

I was fortunate enough to sit with a group of super kind folks who had actually visited Cambodia, so I got some background on many of the dishes too. It was a fun evening filled with memorable dishes and I can’t wait to see what comes next for the Aloha crew. There will be another pop-up event in about a month, so follow Aloha’s social media channels (instagram /twitter/facebook) to catch the next dinner!

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Caroline

Disclosure: I was invited to this event by Aloha Streatery, but all opinions about the experience are my own.