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!

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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.

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

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That would be the most photogenic beer ever!

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

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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!

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

We started with bread. Duh. Breadheads.

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

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Plus some mussels

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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.

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

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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!

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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!

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3 KathEats April 19, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Wild squirrel… Linked in the post

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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!

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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!

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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!

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

What an awesome dinner! The pepper looks wicked good!

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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!

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

I actually mmmmmed during your entree description.

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

Love all the Instagram photos lately!

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11 KathEats April 19, 2012 at 9:35 pm

It’s such an amazing app!

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12 Gretchen April 19, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Agreed! I love that thing!

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13 Angel7 April 19, 2012 at 9:34 pm

It looks like you and Matt have some great employees!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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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 :) )

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15 Larbs April 19, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Nooooo….THE pepper….

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16 KathEats April 19, 2012 at 9:49 pm

You missed him again!

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17 Gretchen April 19, 2012 at 9:46 pm

That pepper looks ah.maz.ing!!!!

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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! =)

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

WOW!! Everything looks soooo yummy!!

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20 Clare April 19, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Oh wow.. YUM ! Looks amaaazing ;)

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

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

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

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

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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?

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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.

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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!

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26 Lauren April 20, 2012 at 5:45 am

LOVED that restaurant. The scallops were to die for!

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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.

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28 Hillary April 20, 2012 at 6:22 am

Goat cheese Israeli couscous?

Yeah. I need to get on that.

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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. :)

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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!

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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!

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32 robin April 20, 2012 at 7:03 am

dinner looks awesome!

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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 :)

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

Love all the colors and the presentation!

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

That beer looks so refreshing!

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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!

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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.. :)

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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!

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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!

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

Kath,

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!

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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

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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!

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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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