Local Vegetable Crudites served with
Two Dips of Tzatziki and Black Olive. The colorful presentation of vegetables were fresh and crisp. The sweet peppers were crunchy and sweet. The green beans had a nice snap and were vibrant in color and flavor. The cucumbers were just as crisp and refreshing. The tzatziki sauce was reminiscent of a ranch dressing dip and complemented the vegetable medley.
Thai Shrimp Dumplings with basil, mint, & jalapeno. These little dumplings were awesome! The shrimp was perfectly cooked, crisp and flavorful. The basil, mint, and jalapeno played nicely with the palate yet let the shrimp flavor shine through. These would be great in the winter time as part of an Asian noodle soup.
Asparagus & Artichoke Pizza topped with smoked mozzarella, sweet onion, and oregano. This was not my favorite. There was something a little too sweet on it, not sure if it was a sauce on the pizza or just the sweet onion. The asparagus was not cooked enough and was a bit too crunchy for me, almost like raw broccoli. The crust was pretty good - chewy interior with a slight crispy exterior.
Tuscan Kale Salad tossed with lemon, parmesan, and bread crumb. This was absolutely fabulous! You'll definitely have an OMG moment or two! The vibrant, mineral-rich, green flavor of the fresh kale is tamed by the tartness of lemon, and balanced with the saltiness of parmesan. I could have eaten a whole plate of this delectable salad all by myself. I would definitely order this again!
All Natural Steak Tacos topped with avocado, cotija cheese, tomatillo salsa, red onion, cabbage and tomatoes. The steak was tender like a good carne asada. The toppings worked well making it a flavor packed, yet healthy taco. I believe the tortillas were whole wheat which added another layer of flavor to this dish.
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp topped with vanilla ice cream. The rhubarb was a bit overbearing on this dessert, a little sour for my taste, but appealing to those who love rhubarb. The crisp topping helped tone down the sourness a little. The ice cream was a little disappointing perhaps because it had melted a bit much before serving.