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Mar 18

Let’s Talk Chalk … Again

In an earlier review, I established that I’m pretty much a fan of Chalk Food + Wine. It’s safe to say that I could live on Summer’s pastries and some alcohol and be perfectly content. Fat, but happy.

LambKevin & I decided to try the St Patrick’s Day Menu last night. It was incredibly creative! I think I’ve mentioned before that despite my love of fine wine, I’m a notoriously picky eater and I’m truly attempting to expand my horizons. That horizon-widening includes occasionally eating what were once cute, fluffy animals. Yeah, I know.

So last night, I dived into lamb. Now, I know I had lamb growing up. Somewhere in the past, lamb and veal sort of became off-limits for me because of the cute fluffiness. I’m past it – at least with lamb. I was incredibly impressed with last night’s Shepherd’s Pie duo. Yes, there was a big piece of lamb on the plate and that was fine, but the tart, filled with ground lamb, covered with amazing mashed potatoes, and covered in cheese? That was fantastic. It was all happily sitting on a bed of pureed peas and corn. If all Shepherd’s pie was like that, I’d eat it more often. It also paired with an O’Hara’s Irish Red (I believe).

While all the courses were tasty last night, the other standout item was the Carbomb Cake. It was an amazingly rich chocolate layer cake, with strips of whiskey-infused cream and topped off with Guinness ice cream. It paired nicely with the Young’s Chocolate Stout, which is normally too heavy for me.

I love dessert. And there are always nut-free desserts at Chalk I can eat. I love that.

Now let me focus in on drinks for a minute. In my initial review of Chalk, the only thing I was not overly thrilled with was a Mimosa Royale I had at the end of the meal.

Brandon, a bartender who seems too young to make and enjoy the classy drinks he appreciates, made sure that I had a properly created and mixed Mimosa Royale last week, when Jen & I dropped by for Restaurant Week.

Go ahead and order this drink if you’re in the mood for something light and fun. I believe it’s champagne, orange juice, chambord, and a pinch of orange bitters. It looks rather nifty unblended, but it tastes better, I think, when properly mixed together. So, Brandon with the spiky hair, you’ve redeemed your drink. ;-)

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