Wednesday Weekend Wind-Up: Abigail Street

I have a running list of restaurants I want to visit around town and occasionally I'm able to convince Francisco to give one of them a try. (He's not as big of a fan of trying new things as I am.) I sent him a few restaurants to choose from, and at first, he wasn't interested in anything because he didn't think there was anything for us to eat. I reminded him that sometimes if you're going to a higher quality restaurant, even the sides are top-notch, so we shouldn't be put off if there aren't any featured vegetarian entrees. In any case, Abigail Street is more of a tapas-style restaurant anyway, so that eases any anxiety about showing up to a restaurant just to order a bunch of sides. :-P

Our service here was great from beginning to end with our waitress demonstrating a real passion for the restaurant and the food they serve. They have a small cocktail list, which is a bit on the pricey side, but they taste like quality drinks. I had the Lemon-Thyme Fizz, and Francisco had the Spice Spice Baby. I think I kind of liked his drink better.  The waitress recommended ordering 2-3 small plates for each person, but we only ordered three for our meal, and we were plenty full. Each of the plates was brought out separately, starting with the Moroccan Spiced Brussels Sprouts. These were an excellent start to the meal; they were crisp and slightly salty, complemented with an aioli-type dip that was on the sweeter side. Definitely full of flavor.  Next up was the Batata; these potatoes were a little spicy but definitely not overwhelming. These had an interesting flavor overall with a yummy harissa aioli. The dish we had found ourselves looking forward to the most - the Gnocchi - ultimately disappointed.  The gnocchi was very bland, although the mushrooms and asparagus were perfectly cooked and they helped to brighten up the dish and add flavor. We shared the Honey Roasted Almond Baklava for dessert. This is served warm, and while we both ordinarily tend to find baklava a little too sweet and cloying, this was not the case with this dessert. Very tasty.
Abigail Street Lemon-Thyme Fizz Spice Spice Baby Moroccan Spiced Brussels Sprouts Batata Gnocchi Honey Roasted Almond Baklava
Saturday morning, we went on a mad hunt for the new Starbucks Caramelized Honey Latte. They were out of it at our first two stops, but we were determined, and we found it at the last place. I think the hunt was worth it. It was a really smooth drink, not overly sweet. I would get it again.
Starbucks Caramelized Honey Latte
We had returns to make at Target and Kohl's, where we both tried on clothes but left empty-handed. I did like the fit of the pants in the middle, but I thought the print might be a little too bold for work. What do you think?
For lunch, we headed over to Seasons 52 to make use of a $10 off $30 coupon we had. We had the Blistered Shishito Peppers, which tasted a bit like popcorn. They were tasty, but I ended up getting a couple of unlucky spicy ones. Francisco had the Artichoke & Laura Chenel Goat Cheese Flatbread, and I had the Warm Caprese Salad. I love their desserts, so we decided to share three of them - Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cannoli, Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte, and the Amaretto specialty.
Seasons 52 Blistered Shishito Peppers Artichoke & Laura Chenel Goat Cheese Flatbread Warm Caprese Salad Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cannoli Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte Amaretto
We got home early enough to bake homemade bread, make some Roasted Grapes with Yogurt and Rosemary, and start a batch of Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Truffles.
Roasted Grapes with Yogurt and Rosemary
We capped off our weekend with a major Indian food splurge and got some Dusmesh delivered on Sunday.


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