Daily Archives: July 20, 2011

The Color Purple

breakfast

Before my morning walk today, I compiled a bowl of Breakfast Pudding. Stir together 1/4 cup each: rolled oats, TJ’s nonfat greek yogurt, water:

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About 10 drops Liquid Stevia + a handful frozen blueberries:

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Got inspired outside…

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…everywhere I looked, shades of purple!

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35 minutes later, my “pudding” had congealed and was a little lavender from the berries…

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…but I knew the hue could be kicked up a notch with some Maqui Powder (a complimentary sample from Navitas Naturals)

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Antioxidant power!

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Added the recommended serving size – 2 teaspoons

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“Violet! You’re turning violet, Violet!”

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The Maqui Powder has a very similar taste to the blueberries, so I couldn’t really differentiate between the flavor of the two. It was quite a delicious bowl, actually.

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What’s your favorite purple food?

Sotto

dessert - dinner - restaurant

After 2.5 hours in the dentist chair and 4 hours of housework, I was beyond ready for dinner last night. Our friend Michael’s in town for business, and he said to choose a place, any place. Gotta love expense accounts!

I went with Sotto, which has had a lot of buzz since its spring opening.

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Located under Picca (another newbie I’ve been hearing good things about), the restaurant is known for its $15,000 imported-from-Italy oven…

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…so of course, we ordered pizzas!

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Campagnola – potatoes, fennel, mozzarella, and marjoram. I told them to hold the lardo (for Abe) and added an egg.

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A simple (but runny) Margherita – they don’t come sliced; you’ve gotta do the work yourself!

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Fava bean, burrata cheese, and wilted escarole bruschetta, topped with a fried egg. Basically, you can’t go wrong with runny yolk here.

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Everything was stellar. Chewy, charred crust – well done, crazy expensive oven!

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Michael and I split the Fennel-Crusted Pork Chop, served on top of roasted carrots and green beans.

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I don’t normally order this cut of meat, but had read amazing things about this dish – it was definitely tasty, but I wasn’t doing cartwheels or anything. Don’t think I’m a total pork convert.

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Still, I had another slab, along with more pizza and veggies.

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Sotto offers only three dessert options…

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…we went with all of them!

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The cannoli reminded me of an egg roll – the pastry was crispy, not soggy like most. Our (slow but friendly) server raved about the panna cotta, which was very unique – light and herb-y – but I don’t know if I’d recommend it.

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Ordered a cup of ginger tea to go with dessert and was served an entire pot!

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My favorite was the salted rosemary caramel on the crostata – with the hazelnuts, it reminded me of natural PB whipped into a rich, chocolate-y pudding.

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If you like salt with your chocolate, check out my guest post on Keep it Sweet today!

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