So - Hello!! Here is the first post of my blog. Will it always be about food? Will it always be a restaurant rave? Or a restaurant rant? Hell no!
It will be my random thoughts, which mostly revolve around food, wine, my husband, my furbabies (referred from here on out as my kids) and my family and friends. And I'll apologize now (well, not really apologize, but more to explain) for the fact that I'm a very wordy, opinionated person - so my blogs may be much longer than you'd care to read. So? This is my page and I'll be as wordy as I want!
|Sam (white) and Lilah|
In this first post, I will start with a restaurant rave...Finding this place with Dave and having a fantastic meal is what prompted me to sit down and say to myself "Em, it's time to do this". Plus, it's the excuse I needed to go back again just to I could taste more and more of the delicious food!
Friends, I'm talking about Left Coast Kitchen and Cocktails in Merrick, NY.
Upon being seated, we were immediately served a pail of herbed popcorn. I don't have a picture of that, as Dave and I pounced on it so quickly, there wasn't any left!
We perused the menu and decided to have an appetizer listed under their "Share" section - The Mediterranean Nosh "Hummus, California Capponata, Spinach Pie, Warm Pita, Olive-Feta Salad"
The Hummus was just about the best I've had.. very nutty, smooth, just the right amount of garlic...The Feta was divine, with a bit of spice but not enough to overpower...and the California Capponatta was so full of flavor and texture... While the spinach pie was good, it simply wasn't a thought in the presence of the other wonderful flavors on the dish.
Dave, my carnivore, ordered the Root Beer Glazed Pork Chop..."Double Cut Pork Chip, Berkshire Pork Belly, Harvest Yam and Rice 'Salad', Onion Rings"
Ever have pork so moist that when you bit into it, pork juice shoots down the back of your throat? That's what you'll get with this dish. I can hardly remember the delicious sweet glaze on the pork, as the pork is such the star here. Yes, I would order this again, just for me and NOT let Dave take a bite!
But my dish...(I just had to take a moment and sigh) Pan Roasted Sea Scallops "Sweet Corn 'Pudding", Shiitake Mushrooms, English Peas and Truffle Brown Butter"
Yes, my friends, if I had a vat large enough and it was filled with this corn pudding, I would bathe in it. I would swim around with my mouth open and eat as much as I could possibly hold. The sweetness of the corn and peas is so balanced by the earthy mushrooms...and the Scallops were perfectly cooked with a nice crust and the most amazing flavor. I loved this dish so much that I couldn't pass it up the next time I was there. And when I go back, I'm not sure I could say no!
Best thing was, I had enough left over to have for breakfast the next day, which just conjured up so much good memories of a perfect dish!
So, when I recommended this to a group of friends - they agreed and I went back... Yes, I did get my scallops again for dinner and we did get the Mediterranean Nosh to share... but we also got two other appetizers to try:
Fried Green Tomatoes "Chopped Romaine, Sundried Tomatoes, Olives, Roasted Tomatoes and Creamy Parmesan Dressing"
This was my first Fried Green Tomatoes experience, and it was a good one! The salad was crisp and full of flavor...the Fried tomatoes were so nice and crunchy (and of course anything served with that much cheese gets my complete vote of confidence!). It was a lovely appetizer, but it - in no way - compared to our other selection...
From the Shared section: Surf n' Turf n' Mac n' Cheese "Our famous Short Rib, Lobster Meat, Mushrooms, White Cheddar, Truffle Oil and Bread Crumbs"
Yes, this and that corn pudding are on a level playing field for me! Pasta cooked al dente, the cheese sauce, truffle oil (I mean, who doesn't like truffle oil??) was absolute perfection and as odd as Short Rib and Lobster together sound... let me just say "Hello, Lovers". This dish screamed flavor and even looking at the picture as I write this, I hear it talking to me..."come and get me tonight". (I have to add...the Short Ribs were so good.. that I completely believe their boast that they're Famous!)
So, do you think I liked this place? No. I LOVED it. (duh!) Chef Christian Randell knows what he is doing in the kitchen, that's for sure.