Pepper Play

April 19, 2012

I’m such a homebody with a job at home that when I’m gone all day long it’s weird to get reacquainted to my desk! Hi, desk!


We worked on things at the bakery – including our new line of Wild Squirrel nut butters on the shelves!

Mom & Pop sent me on my way for my walk home while they closed up shop. Those darlings.


Somehow, despite not passing me on my walk, Zeb + Matt beat me there via bike + auto! They were already on the porch with this:


That would be the most photogenic beer ever!


Only a few more months till I can partake again, so Baby KERF and I had trail mix and sparkling water instead.


We walked downtown for dinner, and after hyping Zeb up over the Spice-a-ritas at Mono Loco, he decided he had to try one.

Again I got a virgin one with limeade, pickled jalapenos and something spicy. Best virgin cocktail ever!


We took Zeb to Zocalo for dinner, one of our very favorite restaurants!! [Because of THE PEPPER!!!]

We started with bread. Duh. Breadheads.


And shared the cheesy fritters with a spicy plum sauce. Such wonderful foreshadowing to The Pepper!


Plus some mussels


And then I dove in head first!!!! This is my favorite entrée in Cville!

A Chile Relleno stuffed with corn + black beans + cheese, red-tortilla encrusted, served over smoked tomato grits with a sweet buttermilk-cilantro sauce.

Soooooooooooooooooo gooooooddd!!! But since we had filled up on apps and drinks, I could barely eat half!! Matt helped a lot, but I was sad I did not have more room.


He had the salmon over goat cheese Israeli couscous [Elizabeth, it was incredible! I think herbs are involved too. Cilantro?]


Not an inch left inside for dessert.

Wish I had more time to digest before bed, but I might just have to sleep sitting up!

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1 Allie@LiveLaughEat April 19, 2012 at 9:17 pm

I must consume that pepper the next time I’m in Cville!!! MUST!


2 Catalina @ Cake with Love April 19, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Kath, that cocktail looks amazing!!! I see some Chocolate Coconut PB, what brand is that I can’t see it in the picture? I would love to get some!


3 KathEats April 19, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Wild squirrel… Linked in the post


4 Sarah April 19, 2012 at 9:21 pm

The salmon and cous cous dish is one of my favorite meals ever! Zocalo also has an amazing spinach salad with fried oysters!


5 Justeen @ Blissful Baking April 19, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Mmm I absolutely LOVE the black bean and corn relleno at zocalo! It’s a tie between that and the vanilla scallops.
And I’m going to half to stop by the bakery for some of that pb – I’ve been dying to try it!


6 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance April 19, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Looks delicious! I can’t imagine how hard it is to resist a good glass or wine or cocktail – ugh!


7 Ashley @ Coffee, Cake and Cardio April 19, 2012 at 9:25 pm

What an awesome dinner! The pepper looks wicked good!


8 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 19, 2012 at 9:28 pm

The restaurants you go to always look amazing, lucky you! Although honestly, your home cooked food looks just as good!


9 Molly @ RDexposed April 19, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I actually mmmmmed during your entree description.


10 Katie @ Creature of Habit April 19, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Love all the Instagram photos lately!


11 KathEats April 19, 2012 at 9:35 pm

It’s such an amazing app!


12 Gretchen April 19, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Agreed! I love that thing!


13 Angel7 April 19, 2012 at 9:34 pm

It looks like you and Matt have some great employees!


14 KathEats April 19, 2012 at 9:38 pm

We do :) the whole crew is awesome! these two are the most camera ready (and work full time :) )


15 Larbs April 19, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Nooooo….THE pepper….


16 KathEats April 19, 2012 at 9:49 pm

You missed him again!


17 Gretchen April 19, 2012 at 9:46 pm

That pepper looks!!!!


18 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles April 19, 2012 at 9:52 pm

OMG I’m dying…salmon over cheesy cous-cous sound AMAZING! WANT! =)


19 Kelly @ Vegolosophy April 19, 2012 at 10:12 pm

WOW!! Everything looks soooo yummy!!


20 Clare April 19, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Oh wow.. YUM ! Looks amaaazing 😉


21 Averie @ Averie Cooks April 19, 2012 at 10:36 pm

The cheesy fritters with a spicy plum sauce look fabulous! So does, glad you were able to enjoy a great dinner!


22 Khushboo Thadani April 20, 2012 at 12:41 am

Wow Matt’s entree sounds fab….as does yours, smoked salmon grits mmm!


23 Carin April 20, 2012 at 3:53 am

Can you explain about grits please, for this Brit-turned-Kiwi who’s never experienced it? Does it taste like oatmeal or savoury porridge? What are they?


24 KathEats April 20, 2012 at 6:38 am

Have you had polenta? Porridge made of millet? Even oat bran. All very similar. Grits are made from corn.


25 Amy @ amy loves food April 20, 2012 at 4:03 am

I’m so jealous by how many nut butter varieties you have in the US, the UK needs to catch up!!

The food looks delicious – you may find you don’t want an alcoholic drink when BERF arrives, it goes straight to your head – not an ideal feeling with a baby LOL!


26 Lauren April 20, 2012 at 5:45 am

LOVED that restaurant. The scallops were to die for!


27 Ashley @ Freckles & Spice April 20, 2012 at 6:07 am

That meal looks absolutely incredible! I love chile rellenos! And that fact that it was over smoked tomato grits just puts that over the edge. Craving this now…
And I’m dying for that Wild Squirrel pb.


28 Hillary April 20, 2012 at 6:22 am

Goat cheese Israeli couscous?

Yeah. I need to get on that.


29 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope April 20, 2012 at 6:40 am

The food at that restaurant looks amazing! All of these restaurants you go to really make me want to visit where you live sometime! It looks so nice there. :)


30 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles April 20, 2012 at 6:42 am

Wow! What an amazing looking meal…incredible flavour combinations…wonderful presentation…your local restaurant rocks!


31 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count April 20, 2012 at 7:01 am

The chile relleno looks incredible! That’s one of my favorite dishes anyway and that one looks remarkable!


32 robin April 20, 2012 at 7:03 am

dinner looks awesome!


33 Cait's Plate April 20, 2012 at 7:17 am

YAY! So exciting Wild Squirrel is on your shelves!

And that place looks just incredible. Those cheesy fritters?! Holy cow.

Glad you guys enjoyed yourselves :)


34 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat April 20, 2012 at 7:18 am

Love all the colors and the presentation!


35 Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not April 20, 2012 at 7:26 am

That beer looks so refreshing!


36 Katie @ Kate and the Finn April 20, 2012 at 7:58 am

Oh my – that does look sooooooo goooooooooood! We have yet to try Zocalo! Might have to give it a shot this weekend!


37 Elizabeth April 20, 2012 at 8:00 am

So glad y’all enjoyed the salmon and cous cous!! I’ll let you know if I have any luck experimenting with the recipe.. :)


38 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac April 20, 2012 at 8:47 am

OMG that salmon looks like it is to die for!!!!!! The chile also looks so great! You’re making me ready for dinnertime!


39 Laura Lea@ Beanie Bumbles April 20, 2012 at 9:03 am

I totally agree that The Pepper is the best entree in C-Ville and from the best restaurant in C-Ville in my opinion! I think the scallops are the only potential rival but I had them sooo many times at school I think I OD’d!


40 Kim Weigand April 20, 2012 at 9:20 am


I must recreate this chili relleno this weekend…what kind of cheese was inside and what were the red tortilla chips? YUMYUM!! I live in GA and don’t think I will be in C’ville anytime soon!


41 KathEats April 20, 2012 at 10:28 am

I really have no idea… Maybe cheddar cheese and red, hot and blue chips? They are a little spicy


42 Nicole April 20, 2012 at 10:14 am

I bet it was cilantro. I get a salmon dish at our local Lebanese restaurant and it’s grilled salmon with tomatoes, onion, toasted pine nuts and cilantro. It’s so interesting because I’m not a huge fan of cilantro when it’s raw but it takes on a totally different flavor when it’s cooked!


43 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth April 20, 2012 at 6:03 pm

All the food looks amazing but I think I would have skipped the mussels to save room for the main. I also think pregnant women are advised to not eat shellfish in the UK but I could be wrong?


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