Déjà vu Food

October 27, 2011

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When you find something good, ‘tis better not to stray too far away!

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Tonight we repaid a visit to our new favorite restaurant, Commonwealth. Trip number one was just a few weeks ago with Anne P! This restaurant is just doing everything right. Ambiance, good service, amazing menu, local food support.

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We loved last time’s Alexander Valley wine so much we got a bottle of the same again!

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AND the same Lobster & Cod cakes! We generally are people who like to taste tons of different flavors, but these were just so good we couldn’t pass them up again.

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For dinner I ordered a salad with avocado and goat cheese

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And a side of red beans + chorizo. None of the entrees were calling my name, but these two were!

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However Amanda’s pork and Matt’s steak were both outstanding! [We’re sharers]

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We can’t thank Amanda enough for her expertise and enthusiasm. The bakery’s lobby looks SO MUCH better now – full and styled!!

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The three of us shared dessert – ‘cause it’s my birthday week and ‘cause it’s delicious!

This was a coconut custard and it was OUTSTANDING! Like a crab cake made of pure coconut with a coconut reduction on top. Loved it 100%!

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And with that, on this balmy autumn night, I’m tucking myself in bed!

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1 Krissy - Shiawase Life October 27, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Fun and YUM! Gotta swing by the bakery and check it out!!!

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2 KathEats October 27, 2011 at 8:57 pm

You do – and wait till you try the new coconut muffins on Monday (hopefully!)

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3 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 27, 2011 at 8:58 pm

oh goodness, that red beans and chorizo looks AMAZING. I would have ordered it too!

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4 Brittany (Eating Bird Food) October 27, 2011 at 8:59 pm

The Commonwealth looks amazing. I need to make a trip to c-ville to try all the delicious looking restaurants you post about. :)

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5 Brittany (Eating Bird Food) October 27, 2011 at 9:01 pm

PS – I was looking at my search terms today and someone is on my blog searching for “blogging job kath” – not sure what their looking for, but thought it was funny.

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6 KathEats October 27, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Haha – sweet!

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7 kathleen @ the daily crumb October 27, 2011 at 9:01 pm

we are totally guilty of finding a spot we love and going there time and time again. if it’s broke, don’t fix it, right?!

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8 kelsey @ living the gluten free life October 27, 2011 at 9:02 pm

That meal looks delicious!

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9 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 27, 2011 at 9:03 pm

We’re the same way, once you find something you like and trust…you stick with it. Dinner looks delicious! Sleep well!

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10 lynn @ the actor's diet October 27, 2011 at 9:06 pm

i love red beans. wish they weren’t so controversial to cook in the crockpot!

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11 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 27, 2011 at 9:07 pm

a little coconut cake w/ a coconut reduction? oh be still, my beating heart.

and that lobster + cod cake…wow.

And an Alexander Valley region wine? Oh, sounds like a perfect night to me!

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12 Chris October 27, 2011 at 9:08 pm

I say this as a compliment to you and not a complaint to your post tonight. I find your posts about your meals in your own home way more interesting. I just love reading them so much more. (I do love to go out to eat though, too). :)

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13 KathEats October 27, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I totally agree. I skim over other bloggers when they eat out. I have to wonder if anyone reads about the dishes in detail?

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14 emily October 27, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Ha, I love when bloggers (or good at descriptions bloggers at least) post meals out! Partially because it makes my inner foodie happy and partially because we are so dang poor right now and it’s fun to live vicariously.

…not to say I don’t enjoy your at home posts too :)

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15 Sonya October 28, 2011 at 7:59 am

I read your restaurant and home cooked food posts! Love the pictures and the detail.

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16 Kimberly October 28, 2011 at 8:12 am

I actually like the restaurant posts better! The meals are always more interesting to me…I do read the descriptions! Maybe it’s just because I love to go out to eat too. The oatmeal posts sort of run together for me, but I like seeing all the different restaurants you go to.

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17 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) October 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Ha! I totally just skimmed this post and then saw this comment. I don’t know why it is I find this less interesting?!?!

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18 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 27, 2011 at 9:12 pm

mmmmm these look like tasty dishes!

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19 Molly @ RDexposed October 27, 2011 at 9:25 pm

We share the mentality of “what’s mine is yours” when we eat out! You get to taste so many more things. There might be times when I may flash a look of “take that last bite and you won’t survive to see the check”…but only if it’s really good of course!
I may have flashed it for that custard.

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20 Angel7 October 27, 2011 at 9:26 pm

It is totally a good night to get cozy underneath a warm blanket, because it is cold and rainy outside!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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21 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com October 27, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I can’t wait for the bakery’s new decor photos ;) Pls post some soon! Good night.

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22 Allison @ thesundayflog October 27, 2011 at 9:31 pm

So jealous it’s balmy there! Philly is about 40 frigid degrees and rainy tonight!! And supposed snow on Saturday! Eek

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23 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings October 27, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Gotta stick with what’s good! If it ain’t broke…

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24 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot October 27, 2011 at 9:38 pm

My family members and I are total sharers when we go out to eat too! It’s just so hard to pick one thing and not sample the others…

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25 Lena @Fit on the Rocks October 27, 2011 at 9:55 pm

That sounds so nice! My friends and I always share when we’re out. I don’t even think we ask anymore, but then we get to try a little bit of everything :)

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26 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 27, 2011 at 10:44 pm

The fact that you just used the word “balmy” to describe your night and it’s snowing here is pure torture!

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27 Krystina (Organically Me) October 27, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Wow, that steak looks so freaking amazing.

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28 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 27, 2011 at 11:46 pm

I would like that dessert. Please. ;)

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29 Khushboo October 27, 2011 at 11:58 pm

I’m guilty of sticking with the same dishes if I know they’re delicious…maybe I should branch out more!

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30 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco October 28, 2011 at 12:17 am

How do you get photos of food when you eat out to look so stunning? You’re so talented. ;)

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31 KathEats October 28, 2011 at 7:45 am

A good lens, really low aperture and elbows on the table!

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32 Hillary October 28, 2011 at 6:04 am

I never thought I’d crave chorizo at 7 am. But now I am.

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33 Christena October 28, 2011 at 6:37 am

Yum! Love the blog, Kath, (and read every post) but I must say that it bugs me a little bit when you give justifications for why you eat dessert or sweets…you did that in the post earlier in the day as well. Just curious: do you feel like you have to do this because this is a healthy living/real food blog and you don’t think that eating dessert regularly is consistent with the mission of your blog? I only ask because #1 I don’t think you eat too many sweets (your portion control is impressive) and #2 you look great and are obviously fit, so your diet is clearly working for you. I don’t think you need to justify it. But I could be reading more into it or reading it differently than you intend.

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34 KathEats October 28, 2011 at 7:48 am

Well I don’t always do this and I think a little commentary is entertaining, but I’m sorry if it was too much

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35 Christena October 28, 2011 at 8:20 am

Don’t apologize! Commentary is definitely entertaining. I guess I just don’t get or like the idea of “guilt” around eating sweets/desserts, especially for some one who eats as overall healthy and balanced as you! And clearly I read more into it than you meant. You are right, you usually don’t do this — I just hope you don’t feel any pressure to because you are a healthy living blogger.

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36 KathEats October 28, 2011 at 8:24 am

No guilt!!!! I’ve enjoyed every dessert I’ve put in my mouth :) And despite the fact that I love veggies, am and RD and exercise regular, I don’t really consider myself a “healthy living blogger.” Yes I’m part of that niche, but that’s not what I think about when I write. I’m not trying to prove any examples or give exercise plans or meal plans or anything – I’m just eating and blogging my way through life.

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37 Anne P October 28, 2011 at 7:04 am

JEALOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I need to go back to that restaurant. Immediately.

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38 KathEats October 28, 2011 at 7:49 am

It missed you

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39 Emmy (Wine and Butter) October 28, 2011 at 7:04 am

I miss American restaurants!! I love ones in the UK too, but the ambience is totally different. I love the way US restaurants can be both swanky and informal – doesnt happen here!
Im also so with you on the sticking with a good thing. In fact my mantra – which my friends often repeat back to me is ‘stick with the formula’ !!!

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40 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope October 28, 2011 at 7:07 am

I love how the restaurant displays their menu! Very unique. The lobster and cod cakes and the steak look delicious!

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41 Cait's Plate October 28, 2011 at 7:20 am

All the food looks absolutely incredible! I’m glad you had another fun night – you do birthday weeks right! :)

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42 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 28, 2011 at 7:27 am

I sometimes order the same dishes at my favourite restaurants too. If it ain’t broke… ;)

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43 Amanda October 28, 2011 at 7:45 am

I definitely have food envy over that coconut custard! I think I’m still searching for a restaurant that does everything right near me, but I may have found one (Oleana in Cambridge for any MA readers). But it’s kind of pricey so it’s a once-in-a-while treat for sure.

It’s balmy in Cville, huh? We got freezing rain and snow around Boston last night! Ugh.

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44 Lexi October 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm

I love the food here too! The downstairs is much better than the “rooftop”. I also get beer spilled on me upstairs.

Also, I didn’t know it was your birthday! Happy belated!

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45 Lindsay November 2, 2011 at 8:31 am

Can’t wait to see the spruced up lobby! And the spread looked yummy…the salad and red beans just was a great balance! Glad you are still lovin bday treat week!

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