Monday, April 19, 2010

Good Eats: Fargo

I assure you, Fargo is not a culinary void.  Nor is it full of citizens who wood-chip their local nemeses.  On a recent long weekend trip to Fargo, I had the pleasure of enjoying some new and familiar culinary goodies.  For one, Nicole's Fine Pastries:
This. Was. Amazing.  I didn't even know I liked coconut cream pie.

What meringue perfection.  I wonder if they use a creme brulee-type blow torch on the meringue?  I've never seen meringue look like that!  It's like Redi-Whip!

And last, but not least, fruit tarts.  Once you dive in, you can actually see the flecks of vanilla bean in the custard below.

And for another - the new JL Beers. I first read about it on The Heavy Table, and I think it fulfills a longtime area need for a restaurant/bar with an impressive list of taps.  And, I don't know of any other place in town where you can get a beer flight.  The place is small, and so is the food menu, but they do small well.  The burgers were perfectly tasty, and the fresh potato chips were a perfect complement to the flight.  I couldn't keep my eyes off the potato slicer - ribbon after curled ribbon of potato goodness!  My one complaint?  No tap water.  Who doesn't have tap water?  When I asked, they tried to sell me a bottle of water.  I told them no thanks, I'll stick to the beer. 

Friday, April 9, 2010

Bagel Love

Hands down, Common Roots Cafe has the best bagels in the metro. No need for fancy dough full of herbs or chocolate or pumpkin puree, no need for special flavored cream cheeses... just pure, unadulterated, gluten goodness and cream cheese divinity. My favorite combination pictured: toasted poppyseed bagel with plain cream cheese. Mmmm. 

(note:  pretty much everything on the Common Roots menu is good.)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

You, too, can learn to love sardines

I bet most people would say they don't like sardines.  I used to think I didn't like them either.  Until I made the "Sophia Loren of Pastas," that is. 

I found the recipe online and was instantly intrigued.  It calls for pappardelle, which, not ever having heard that word before, I had to Google.  Turns out it's just broad, flat noodles (like wider, flatter fettuccine).  At my office Christmas party I won a big basket of Trader Joe's groceries(!), which included about three pounds of spaghetti.  Needless to day, I was working to use it all up. I shopped for the rest of the (simple) ingredients, bought a bottle of wine, and invited over the boyfriend. Not only was it easy to make, it was delicious! We're sardine converts, and I'm anxious to make it again. Great success.

Recipe: here
Photo:  via Flickr