A Wealth In Common

March 31, 2012

After a couple of episodes of Portlandia and a bit of relaxation, we found ourselves recharged enough to venture back out into the world.


We did a few laps on the downtown mall before settling in for dinner. Had to work back our appetites!

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Back in October, at our first visit to Commonwealth, Larbs made the following comment:


And then earlier this year, on our third visit, she planned tonight’s dinner:


So Commonwealth was where we went!


We have very similar taste, so I knew she’d like it. I hoped she’d love it! The girl loves tasting food even more than I do!


We started with cocktails on the rooftop deck


And then headed downstairs for dinner a while later


We were tucked in a cozy, dark corner. Great for us, bad for photos!

On this visit to Commonwealth, I had a dish with coconut rice and have been thinking about it ever since! It was like rice pudding it was so perfectly coconutted. So when I saw the same rice on the menu tonight, I had to get whatever came with it. Luckily it was a dish that sounded great!

Trout with Spiced Cashews and Coconut Rice

This was absolutely incredible. From the rice, of course, to the blackened bits of spicy nuts to the succulent trout. Best CW entrée to date!


Matt had gourmet-fried chicken with plantains.


You’ll have to check Larbs’s blog to see what she had, but her redfish was awesome as well. I’d say she liked them, as the dishes she and her Matt shared got high marks:


Dessert was…interesting. Being a table full of foodies, we must have debated what to do for 15 whole minutes. The boys were “up for whatever” and Larbs and I, always striving to make the perfect decision, were trying to get them to vote between the Peanut Butter Chocolate Tart and ice cream at Chaps. Finally it was decided we would get the PB&Chocolate dish and those who still wanted ice cream after (Matt A!) would be accompanied to Chaps. So complicated!


When the dessert arrived, we were surprised by the fruity sauce on the bottom. And we didn’t see any traces of peanut butter. Not only did we debate bite after bite if there actually was peanut butter involved, but we also though the whole dessert just tasted kind of odd. Larbs was just SURE it was not the right one.

Finally, after the dish was gone, we asked the server how the peanut butter was incorporated to settle the debate. And he told us we had consumed the Amaretto Chocolate Torte! No wonder it tasted off – I don’t like amaretto! [If you do, you would have loved this.]

We were totally fine with the misunderstanding, but our server ended up bringing us the Peanut Butter Tart anyways – and of course we had to give it a try as well. It was awesome! Huge props to Commonwealth for their generosity!


Can’t wait for our next visit. As much as I think Larbs would like to return, next time she has already requested Zocalo and the Relleno Pepper!

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1 Michelle @ Esculent Dreams March 31, 2012 at 9:28 pm

oh my goodness that happened to me (the dessert mixup) at Gertrude’s in Baltimore!
The server mixed up 3 of the desserts (out of four…) so for the first 10 mins we were all confused as to why nothing tasted the way it was supposed to! i never told the restaurant but i doubt they would’ve given us ALL new desserts haha~ Commonwealth is nice!


2 Kerry @ Totes My Oats March 31, 2012 at 9:32 pm

All of the food looks great!


3 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde March 31, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Ooh that Peanut Butter tart looks amazing! Glad you were able to try it after the mix-up.


4 Megan's @ Megan's Munchies March 31, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Both desserts look amazing!


5 Susie March 31, 2012 at 9:41 pm

I went to Commonwealth with my fiancé when I was in Cville a few weeks ago and he got the redfish special too and OMG it was unreal! I had the ginger shrimp and it was sooooo good. What a great place!


6 KathEats March 31, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Their flavor pairings are just wonderful!


7 Kayley Ray March 31, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I’m always in awe of how much the Matts look alike. This may be a silly question or I may have missed something along the way, but is there any relation? Surely I’m not the first to notice the similarities, right?


8 KathEats March 31, 2012 at 9:49 pm

No relation :) I guess Larbs and I just have a lot in common!


9 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen March 31, 2012 at 10:21 pm

I have severe food envy after this post! It all looks way better than the leftovers we had out of the fridge tonight.


10 Khushboo March 31, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Glad my sis aren’t the only ones who take dessert very seriously :)


11 Emily March 31, 2012 at 10:37 pm

In the first picture the Matts look like they could be brothers, even twins! Odd!


12 Heidi Bundles Of Hugs March 31, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I’m so jealous of your evening! Mine was not so great. Was the food as good as it looks – yum!


13 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl March 31, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Dinner looks great! And I love Larb’s top in the first pic.


14 Amelia March 31, 2012 at 11:11 pm

I loved Portlandia! Mostly because it’s a show making fun of people like me, and life is more fun when you can laugh at yourself 😉


15 Averie @ Averie Cooks March 31, 2012 at 11:34 pm

The Trout with Spiced Cashews and Coconut Rice sounds absolutely incredible! Coconut rice is awesome and trout, haven’t had it in….oh, about 2 decades. I think I’m overdue!


16 Claire March 31, 2012 at 11:36 pm

Cute outfit Kath! Lovin the orange bag!


17 Jenn March 31, 2012 at 11:38 pm

LOVe your big orange bag! Where’s it from? Looks like a delicious meal!


18 KathEats April 1, 2012 at 9:24 am

It’s Colab brand and I got it at Loehmann’s


19 Alexis April 1, 2012 at 12:03 am

I dont usually think your sister and you look alike but you do in this pic. Both very pretty!


20 marie ann April 1, 2012 at 12:11 am

i never have commented but larbs is GORGEOUS! i would be completely jealous of that hair and height!

your food looks amazing, i cannot wait to come try the food


21 j3nn April 1, 2012 at 12:59 am

The way you are standing in your first photo I thought for a second you were wearing REALLY high heels!! ha! I was like… “Preggie AND doing laps in heels… OMG!” 😯 LOL

Your dinner sounds SO delish. I have been wanting to try coconut rice! I hear there’s a version with mango. Can’t wait to have it one day soon.


22 Michelle (Peachy Palate) April 1, 2012 at 3:24 am

Second dessert definitely even looks way better (at least you got to try two even if the first was a little off :) ) Your little pink shoes are super cute, are they from somewhere that ships to Ireland?!


23 KathEats April 1, 2012 at 9:25 am

They’re from Target!


24 Michelle (Peachy Palate) April 1, 2012 at 10:42 am

No way they’re shipping them to me! I need a visit to the US for food, clothes and all other things that this little country of mine lacks a little of!


25 Joyce @ jranola Joyce April 1, 2012 at 5:09 am

You look great :)


26 KathEats April 1, 2012 at 9:25 am
27 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth April 1, 2012 at 5:22 am

Your dinner looks amazing. I could eat exactly that meal today and be VERY happy.


28 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 1, 2012 at 6:40 am

I love rooftop bars in nice weather, they are so relaxing and fun! Glad you had a great evening!


29 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles April 1, 2012 at 7:17 am

What a beautiful piece of trout! The flavour combination of the spicy cashews and coconut rice sound awesome! Looks like a lovely evening out!


30 Cait's Plate April 1, 2012 at 7:27 am

HAHA! I do that SAME exact thing with my sister when she send me pictures of places she’s eaten at! I’m headed her way in a couple of weeks and we already have a list a mile long of places we want to eat at! :)


31 allpointswhole April 1, 2012 at 7:56 am

Love sisters!!


32 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count April 1, 2012 at 8:18 am

Looks like fun!


33 dee April 1, 2012 at 10:54 am

Holy. Oh. my. gosh. Your trout dish looks divine! (ps. great photos btw in low lighting!)

pps. I love your bag! May I ask what kind it is?


34 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 1, 2012 at 11:04 am

I love coconut rice! I had it at a restaurant last summer and I’ve been dreaming about it ever since! I’ve tried making it at home, but it just doesn’t taste the same. 😛


35 Angel7 April 1, 2012 at 11:55 am

If we are ever in Charlottesville, we will definitely have to stop by Commonwealth!



36 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings April 2, 2012 at 11:03 am

Yum, yum and yum! What a fun looking spot and delicious food. Love it!


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