During last week's recap, I mentioned that I'm starting to cut back on the unhealthy dishes that I order when I eat out. Well, I definitely overlooked that statement on Thursday... Ha!
We went to cha2o again, and since it was family style, we ordered spring rolls, a chicken and mushroom hot pot, and noodles. I tried my best to eat mostly veggies in the soup, a few noodles, and avoided the fried rolls altogether!
I ordered the milk snow and the five toppings I picked were taro, honey boba, red bean, milk pudding, and condensed milk. It's so dangerous that they're opening up so many shaved snow, snow ball, and ice cream shops in time for the summer!
I had a pretty relaxing night and just caught up on e-mails and blogging stuff. A lazy day every now and then is a good thing. :)
We celebrated at a good friend's birthday party with a barbecue and ridiculous amounts of good food. Hey, it doesn't hurt that is family is connected to the food business! Anyways, no pictures of the shindig. :)
It was Father's Day, so my dad picked out a restaurant that he'd been wanting to go to for forever, Fig & Olive. This one is now a definite favorite of mine and jumped to the top of my unofficial list of restaurants that I love.
Just walking in, it seemed so clean, fresh and modern. There is tons of natural light in all three rooms. There was this amazing bar (top left), a large dining room with a high ceiling, and a smaller room where we chose to sit, since it was a bit quieter. The decor is awesome with rosemary growing amongst the tables (bottom left) and a simple wine display with olive oil cans on higher shelves (right). I want my home to look like this. Not too much to ask for, is it?
To start, they gave us wonderful focaccia, which you know I love, and olive oil of course!
There was a separate crostini menu before the appetizers, and it was its own course on the tasting menu, so we decided to do the same and order some before our appetizers! My guy and I shared 6 of the crostini and coincidentally my mom and dad ordered the other 3 on the menu. Therefore, we ended up being able to sample a little bit of each!
They were all fantastic, but if I had to pick out some favorites, it would be the "Manchego, Fig, Marcona Almond" and the "Burrata, Tomato, Herbs, Balsamic," which undersold the pesto as herbs. The plating was so unique, and each one was like a tiny work of art.
For the appetizers, I ordered the Crab & Heirloom Tomato (top right), which was so fresh, delicious, and perfectly balanced. Not too much seasoning and just the right amount of crab to seasoning ratio. I could eat this every day and never grow tired of it!
My guy ordered the Provence Vegetables & Burrata salad, which he loved even though he doesn't usually eat raw tomatoes, since they can be acidic for him. However, these tomatoes were totally worth it, because they were a beautiful heirloom variety.
For entrees, we ordered the Mediterranean Branzino, Veal Milanese, Paella Del Mar, and the special Lobster Risotto. So beautiful, so delicious, and definitely all winners!
Since some of you won't be able click on the picture above to see the details better, I just decided to share a couple of the dishes in their full glory!
The paella that I ate had such perfectly cooked rice, and I have a hard time saying no to anything with saffron in it!
My mom's lobster risotto looked so delicious, with all of the colors and textures.
Had they not run out of the Creme Brulee Cheesecake (yes it's a real thing!), we would have ordered that along with the Dessert "Crostini" and the Chocolate Pot De Creme.
The Pot de Creme was amazing, but the crostini was TO DIE FOR. I am serious when I say that I would have inhaled all three pieces if it wasn't Father's Day. I have to write into one of those food magazines to see if they can share the recipe for this, because it sounds so simple but it's divine. I'm having a yummy taste memory right now!
And finally, I have a non-food related event to share with you even though I didn't have any pictures. My cousin's 8-year-old kid is out of school and they wanted to sew a couple of dolls to display some of her old baby clothes. I had some time and the doll pattern, so I spent the later part of the day giving my first sewing lesson!
It was so much fun, and she was seriously content to thread and rethread the machine. They cut the pattern and the little one watched while I sewed and explained what I was doing. I don't quite have pictures of our finished products yet, because she has some homework to finish stuffing. Next time, she'll get to use the machine herself!
I'm also excited because I had the chance to (almost) finish my pencil skirt! All I have to do is hand sew the hook and eye closure, and I'm done! Now, I just have to find a few daylight minutes to photograph the thing. :)
In a second non-food related event (for reals!), I watched my guy in his soccer league, and did my best to not yell at the other team when they played rough. Ugh. I would be the worst soccer mom ever, so hopefully my future kids play non-contact sports like I did in high school. Anyways, I didn't take any pictures because I somehow only remember to photograph my food, but I assure you that I was a great cheerleader!
This weekend, I get to do some house hunting, go to the horse races, and do some sewing if I'm lucky. Fingers crossed!