This post is a few days late. I’ve been having some trouble because I am OVER inspired!! I’ve seriously been immersing myself in all things cooking and eating. I had so many topics that I wanted to share with you this week, and I couldn’t just pick one. So, let me take you on the journey that I went on last weekend. I had an incredible anniversary getaway to New Hope PA, with my husband that awakened my palate again. We literally ate our way through the entire weekend.
We started off with Ahi Tuna Tartar Tostadas at Havana. Well, we actually started off with a cheese platter and glass of wine at Hopewell Valley Vineyards. It’s a quaint little place that has jazz and brick oven pizza on Saturday nights. I highly recommend this place for either a nice afternoon with your girlfriends, or a date night with your significant other. Anyway, back to the Ahi Tuna Tartar Tostadas. They were the perfect fusion of Cuban and Asian flavors. The crisp, salty tostada was paired perfectly with the fresh ahi tuna both of which were complimented by the heat of the wasabi sauce. I washed that down with a spiced Mojito (or two). We then walked around, and decided to stop to smoke my very first Hookah. I’m not a smoker, but this was the first time we have been away since our son was born, and maybe it was the Mojitos or the sense of freedom that I felt, but we stumbled upon place right by the Delaware River, and decided to go for it. Blue mist was the flavor we chose, and it was basically blueberry with a slightly minty finish. It was great and relaxing to just talk and watch the sunset on the river.
Our next (and final) destination was a cool and homey little wine bar beneath the Lambertville Station Pub. It features a cozy fireplace, comfy chairs, and stone walls. It’s the perfect place to sip on some wine or whisky and maybe even nosh on some dessert or an appetizer. We decided to do ALL of those things.
First, we got right down to business and ordered two flights. We ordered one of whisky and one of scotch. I currently have an e-mail into the restaurant to get the names of everything we ordered because it was THAT good. We had no intentions of drinking them all, but we certainly drew some stares! Next name the Rustic Flatbread which consisted of “smoky bacon, arugula, caramelized onion, dried cranberries and smoked mozzarella baked onto a crispy grilled flatbread crust”. This is the flatbread to which I will measure all other flatbreads!!! The crust danced the line of being a bit too crunchy, but then at the right moment that luscious bite was also soft. The combination of the smoky bacon, and cheese with the sweet caramelized onion and the cranberries danced on your tongue like an elegant waltz that turns into a salsa because you are then hit with the tangy and slightly spicy notes from the arugula. The whole experience was magical. So magical in fact that after we finished our chocolate truffle ice cream torte, we ordered another flat bread.
The next day, we ventured out to the Stockton market. If you live in the area this is a MUST see. This place has an awesome selection of fresh veggies, seafood, meat, cheese, olive oil, lavender, fresh pastries, & crepes. It also features BBQ food stand, fresh coffee, and a juice bar. It’s small, but in a beautiful building and a quaint little town.
We ended our journey at the Tiger’s Tale restaurant in Montgomery NJ. This is a place my husband and I frequented on Sundays well before we were married, well before our son was a twinkle, and well before day drinking at our age was inappropriate. We bellied up to our old seats at the bar, munched on some popcorn and delicious fish tacos, and washed it all down with a few wheat beers.
This weekend was the first time we’ve been away from our son in 20 months. While we missed our little guy it was nice to have an adventure the way we used to. It was also inspiring to eat, and read menus with this new journey of food blogging that I am embarking on in the back of my mind. It’s like looking at life from a whole new perspective and I have to say, it’s pretty damn awesome.
I have two more posts in the works for you. I haven’t forgotten the vinegar quest that I wanted to go on nor have I been neglecting my perfect sandwich bread challenge. I will keep you posted. In the meantime, there are things that I want to share with you that aren’t quite post worthy, but are still interesting. I’ve decided to share these things through Facebook. So when you have a moment, take the time to scoot over and ‘Like’ my Facebook page here: Most awesome FB page EVER!