Cantinetta and Me

December 4, 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. I’ve had a nasty cold that just wouldn’t go away. Ick. I am on the mend and finally made it out of my house for a proper meal the other night!

My friend Craig (whose partner, Cary just opened a new vet clinic in South Lake Union… stop by and say hello!), told me about a new restaurant in Wallingford called Cantinetta. A lofty space with mellow lighting, mismatched dinnerware and vintage silver. The staff was very friendly and on a Thursday night they were almost full. We ordered 5 dishes, and every one was a delight. I can’t wait to go back. As of today, if I were Anthony Bourdain, this would be my death row meal restaurant of choice.

We started with the Beets served with Huckleberries and Chevre and a Insalata Mista that came with a very large wedge of blue cheese. It should come as no surprise that I ordered the Pork Belly. I can’t help it. I see it on the menu and everything else disappears. I should get a pig tattoo like Kevin on Top Chef (I hope he wins the whole shabang btw). Anyway… the Pork Belly was served with apple and sage and a cider reduction. The pork was cooked perfectly. Sean had the Lamb Ragu that had a little dollop of Ricotta on top. He was excited because there were carrots in the sauce.

And then… there was Chocolate Bombolini. I can’t quite convey this when typing, but if I were in person telling you about the next dish, rest assured that I would be speaking slowly and using a lots of descriptive words to convey just how much I loved it. Get this: a slightly chocolate flavored doughnut, made to order, then rolled in sugar and injected with espresso mascarpone. Let’s just take a moment to let that sink in. There was a coffee flavor inside a chocolate doughnut and then it was covered in sugar. 3 of my favorite things in one lovely bite. It blew my mind.

I don’t think I have properly introduced myself on this blog. My name is Jaime. Hello! I love food. I love wine. I am addicted to sugar and I find life a bit unsatisfying without it quite frankly. I will spin for twice as long on my bike if that is what it takes to be able to enjoy another Chocolate Bomboli in the near future. I wonder if I can order them to go? Anyway, it is nice to meet you! Here’s a picture of me from my birthday party this year taken with cake, naturally.

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