Summer Eats from Coast to Coast

Here’s some of the amazeballz things I’ve been eating/drinking this summer:

1.  This photo is reaaaally old but brunch here was amazing and The General Muir (http://www.thegeneralmuir.com/) is my oldest friend and future chef business partner’s favorite place to eat in Atlanta.  Highly recommended.

The Avenue A open faced bagel:  nova, schmear, avocado, grapefruit, cucumber, onion.

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2.  While in sunny SAN DIEGO for the 4th of July, I had lunch with my lovely mother at Prep Kitchen (http://www.prepkitchen.com/) in Little Italy:  to start, probably one of my favorite cocktails to date, London’s Burning.  Gin, jalapeño, avocado and lime.

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Followed up by a cold corn puree soup:

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And mussels with garlic, white wine, cream and fries:

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3.  Homemade lobsters and stuffies with some of your oldest friends in Rhode Island:

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4.  A build your own bloody mary from Stephanie’s on Newbury (http://www.stephaniesonnewbury.com/) in Boston:

Tito’s vodka, spicy mix, blue cheese stuffed olives, pickled dilly beans, salt and pepper rim, pepperoni and cheese stick and beer chaser.  I should’ve also gotten the shrimp, damnit!IMG_2799 2

5.  Got some really awesome food during a happy hour at Banger’s (http://bangersaustin.com/), which is bomb by the way with half off of any of their millions of pints of beer.  They make all the sausages in-house, along with curing a bunch of meats, and it was all delicious.  Poutine fries to start:

Poutine fries mmm

Fries, gravy, cheese curds om noms

The duck, bacon, and fig sausage:

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Dried figs plumped in port wine & honey with bacon

And the real winner, the dah bulgogi.  Bulgogi chicken sausage topped with Sriracha, kimchi, oyster sauce, cilantro, carrots, jalapeños and soy caramel.   Holy shit this was good.

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6.  During a bowl at Ramen Tatsu-Ya (http://ramen-tatsuya.com/), I discovered this wonderful and delicious Asian coffee drink!  Remind me so much of Rhode Island coffee milk.

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7.  Today I met an old friend and coworker for lunch at Sway on south First (https://swayaustin.com/).  Started off with Kosmic Kombucha’s Sway House Brew and the shu mai: crab, shrimp and cuddlefish dumplings with trout roe, white soy, and cucumber vinegar.

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Second dish was a bowl of Tom ka Gai soup.  Chicken, coconut broth, bamboo shoot, baby corn, snow pea, lemongrass.  Our waitress claimed it was the best she’d ever had.  Really good but not as good as mine!  There was all sweet and no spice.  Excellent broth though.

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Probably the most popular dish at Sway:  the Son in Law.  Crispy farm egg, braised pork shoulder, thick soy and chill vinegar.  You mash it all up and mix from the bottom up to distribute the flavors and juices.  Pork shoulder is super tender and delicious.

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8.  This past week for work I was in Grand Rapids.  Here are two great dishes from my favorite place to eat, The Winchester (http://www.winchestergr.com/).

This amazing cauliflower with a trio of sauces (tomato, romesco and some green one).  The knife straight up was killer presentation.

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PEI mussels with spicy chorizo, garlic, white wine and tomatoes.  Delicious but dayum those mussels were tiny.

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9.  And last and certainly not least, a few weeks back we went to Barley Swine for our buddy Jen’s birthday.  Here is most of the wonderfulness, I of course forgot a few because I’m a dum dum.  We got the entire menu plus all specials.  Boom.

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crab salad, shrimp, chamomile, melon, crispy grains

beets, avocado, cucumber, harissa, popcorn brittle

beets, avocado, cucumber, harissa, popcorn brittle

scrambled egg, shitake dumplings, smoked roe, almonds

scrambled egg, shitake dumplings, smoked roe, almonds

watermelon, tomato, bacon, shishito peppers, goat cheese

watermelon, tomato, bacon, shishito peppers, goat cheese

the perfect bite.  just a little of everything.

the perfect bite. just a little of everything.

salmon special with bacon, funnel cake, other things i forget

salmon special with bacon, funnel cake, other things i forget

pulled pig face, fermented field peas, hot sauce, peach

pulled pig face, fermented field peas, hot sauce, peach

smoked lamb shank, cocoa, grape, squash, basil trumpets

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rabbit nachos, chorizo, green tomato, corn, fatty duck livers

cheese and fig dessert

cheese and fig dessert

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peach semifreddo, thai basil, ginger, oatmeal cookie

2 thoughts on “Summer Eats from Coast to Coast

  1. The cheese and fig dessert looks wonderful! Make for me when I visit in September.
    What beautiful food selections.
    Mom

  2. That mussels with garlic, white wine, cream and fries makes me want to drive to San Diego right now. (I live in LA, maybe I’d best leave tomorrow – the traffic this time of day would kill me!)
    Everything looked amazing – yum!

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