Everything But The Lily Pads

June 23, 2012

I did squeeze in that nap – I needed it!! Baby said thank you in the form of an elbow.

And thankfully, I’m super tired now and can’t wait to get in bed, so it didn’t disrupt my sleep too much.

Snacked on trail mix before dinnertime


We had plans to meet Ginger & David, who are applying to become Great Harvest owners! They came up to visit our bakery today so we continued the conversation over dinner.


Of course we had a difficult time picking “the perfect” restaurant! Not just something good, but something good that we hadn’t been to in a while.


Turns out that place was Zinc!


Worth the one mile walk to get there


Post-walk snack:


And I ordered a Chilled Peach Soup for an appetizer!


It was AMAZING! Makes me want to have a peach smoothie for breakfast!


I ate everything but the lily pads, although I bet they were edible..


Matt had a caprese salad to start – yay for tomato season!


Matt and I both ordered fish for dinner.

I had the Rockfish with all kinds of strange things – marcana almonds, eggplant puree (the layer of black), “sea beans” (whatever those are) and pattypan squash (I think?). Fennel on top!


All of those weird flavors worked though because this was absolutely delicious!! The fish was so crispy it crunched!


Matt had Char with zucchini, lentils, dill, sour cream, and mustard. Check out the sear on that fish!! His was amazing too.


On our walk home, we decided to pop into Chaps for a little dessert.


I licked this Butter Pecan + Caramel cone – but it melted so fast I could barely enjoy it!


Settled again, digesting, and ready for some wild Saturday night reading!

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1 [email protected] June 23, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Where are they hoping to open a GH?!


2 KathEats June 23, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Likely Winston Salmon Salem


3 Sana June 23, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Cones are so hard to eat! I get ice cream everywhere!


4 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde June 23, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Mmm, chilled peach soup sounds so refreshing! I went on a cruise with my family when I was in high school and I remember being really impressed by the chilled fruit soups – they seemed so exotic and fancy at the time. I probably haven’t had any since! Also, Chaps looks so cute.


5 KathEats June 23, 2012 at 8:43 pm

That’s where I had my first too! On a cruise – a chilled strawberry soup!


6 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles June 23, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Love fish dinners! Looks delish! Hubbie and I enjoyed my spicy shrimp pasta dish tonight!


7 Amy in TO June 23, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Those are nasturtium leaves. You are so cute! You made me laugh. Totally edible–they taste peppery.


8 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats June 23, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I have never heard if peach soup but it looks delicious!


9 Cait's Plate June 23, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Yum – that peach soup looks so perfect…especially with this heat!

Exciting that they’re looking to open a GH!! The more of those, the merrier I say :)

And Chaps looks so cute! Reminds me a little bit of Pike’s in Charlotte!


10 Krissy @ Make it Naked June 23, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Aww. Chaps. Love it. They made our wedding “cake” :) Pumpkin ice cream cake!!


11 Kelly June 23, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Hi Kath, Your meal looks delicious… Seafood Watch has an article about Rockfish that you may or may not have seen. http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/SeafoodWatch/web/sfw_factsheet.aspx?fid=55


12 Neel Lassetter June 25, 2012 at 9:14 am

Hi Kelly and Kath,

Thanks for the great review Kath!

An FYI on Rockfish: in the mid Atlantic, Chesapeake Bay area, the name “Rockfish” refers to the Striped Bass, not to the West Coast Rockfish. Our delivery was actually from near the mouth of the Potomac river.


We go to great lengths to be as sustainable as possible on both our menu, and in our daily operations.
Thank you again for such a lovely review, we are glad you enjoyed!



13 KathEats June 25, 2012 at 10:25 am

Thanks so much for the info Neel! Glad to know the fish was sourced mindfully :)

Our dinner was delicious!


14 Angel7 June 23, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Chilled peach soup sounds AMAZING!!! That would be good morning, noon or night :)



15 Khushboo June 24, 2012 at 12:02 am

That soup sounds so strange yet delicious!


16 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 24, 2012 at 1:01 am

that fish is seared/crisped to perfection!

and Chilled Peach Soup – WOW. I would love to try that. Is there a hint of savory or salty in it or is it like eating a peach smoothie with a spoon? (which would be fine, too!)


17 KathEats June 24, 2012 at 6:27 am

It wasn’t savory at all


18 Lynn @ the actor's diet June 24, 2012 at 1:34 am

Fun night of eats- even the trail mix!


19 Grace @ Grace Dishes June 24, 2012 at 2:07 am

The meal looks delicious. Chilled soup is perfect for a hot summer day :)


20 Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama June 24, 2012 at 4:36 am

I love retro diners – absolutely love the photo you took!


21 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count June 24, 2012 at 7:02 am

What a pleasant evening! I like how all of the Great Harvest people seem to be so supportive of each other. Sounds like a terrific organization.


22 Jordan @ Bake Write Sleep June 24, 2012 at 8:01 am

Mmmm peach soup! That sounds amazing.


23 sarah June 24, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I believe that “lilly pad” is miner’s lettuce. It’s wild and grows like gangbusters. I used to pick it and eat it all the time as a kid…definitely edible and delicious!


24 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See June 25, 2012 at 10:14 am

Mmmm I love seared fish! I had a great char at the Culinary Institute of America the other week :)


25 Jenee Libby June 25, 2012 at 10:31 am

Those lily pads were nasturtium leaves, completely edible, probably from Zinc’s garden :)


26 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac June 25, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Wow, that Rockfish almost looks like salmon from the top! I love the minimalistic presentation of your appetizers!


27 Dennis June 25, 2012 at 9:04 pm

The food looks really pretty but those portions look so tiny, but then portion size is why I am overweight.


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