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Restaurant week: Vinology!

It being Restaurant Week, me and Fred couldn’t pass up the chance for another dinner with Caroline and Johannes!  The first time I went to Vinology, everything was great, and the second time, things were still pretty good, so we decided to go there again!  I remember spending more than $80 for just the two of us, so getting the three-course $25/person dinner was a great deal!

We started off by splitting a carafe of Weingut Eduard Kroth Kabinett Riesling from Mosel, Germany, which was light, sweet, and refreshing.  Johannes mentioned that Rieslings from Mosel are some of the best – from this particular sampling, it seems to be true; this was the best Riesling I’ve ever had!  Next time, I want to try the Andrieux et Fils Cotes du Rhone Blanc Viognier, from Rhone Valley, France, which Johannes also recommended.  Caroline got a glass of the Moscato for dessert, and it was bubbly and delicious.

For appetizers, we all went with the Prosciutto and Parmesan Dumplings (sweet peas, aged gouda cream, wilted romaine), except for Fred, who chose the Carrot-Ginger Soup.  The dumplings were tasty, but the soup was amazing!  It was sweet, tasting almost like a yam soup rather than carrot or ginger, and was really unique.  I hope Vinology adds this soup to their regular menu!

I got the veal (fennel sausage, balsamic roasted potatoes, tomato confit, mozzarella, asparagus) for my entree, and found it a little tough.  The chef came by and noticed that I hadn’t eaten all of it, and generously insisted on bringing me another dish.  This time, he cut it up for me, and I’m not sure what he changed, but it was much more tender!   He came by a few more times to make sure everything was to our liking, and answered all our questions!

For dessert, I was really interested in the Winter Creamsicle (buffalo milk mozzarella ice cream!!, persimmon sorbet, olive oil cake, and gorp), but accidentally ended up ordering the Mexican Chocolate Pave (spiced chocolate mousse terrine, toasted guajilo chile pepper marshmallow).  Fred and Caroline got the Bougatsa (vanilla farina custard, crisp phyllo dough, coffee pot de creme, metaxa caramel), which was sweet and delicious.  I love the unique assortment of desserts and exotic ingredients, as well as the unexpected combinations of flavors.

I love my new Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens, but it’s a bit too zoomed in to take clear shots of food.  I apologize if some of the pictures are really noisy or blurry!

Check out Vinology’s Restaurant Week Menu here, and past visit #1, #2.

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