Chef Judi's Weekly Eating

By Megan McDonald April 23, 2012

Not every week is filled with rock concerts and a New York/ New Jersey pig out (but I sometimes wish it was—see last week’s post).

Still, in our own backyard there are those weeks where you just smile and say, "Darn good meal!" This was one of them. So, in no particular order, I would like to recap the highlights:

Ode to Owen's Fish Camp.

•    Clam chowder and fish n chips at Owen’s Fish Camp. Gosh, I love this place. Go healthy, go wild, go fresh—it is all a fantastic bite and has something for everyone. Unfortunately, I rarely choose the healthy option--therefore, I won’t be tight-roping any time soon like the feat at the Sarasota Film Festival.

Think they followed my eating plan to get up on that tightrope?

•    Cream of wild mushroom soup at Morel, with a side of potato latkes and an artistic arugula salad. Every time we dine at Morel (located on Tuttle Avenue), I ask myself, "Why don’t we come here more often?"

•   Cauliflower rice at Taste of Asia. I had one order of cauliflower rice and one order of broccoli rice and was in heaven. Although the owner was a bit miffed that I didn’t want any protein, the flavors are ridiculously good on their own and need not one more thing to make these dishes a perfect vegetarian meal--and I wasn’t even trying!

•    Sliced stuffed pork at the Asolo's Men Who Cook event-what a good time, and so many terrific dishes by local men who support the Asolo. A stand out was the pork with cider au jus. (And Bob Plunket got ill and couldn’t bring his much-anticipated deviled eggs, so we will have to wait until next year to see if the eggs outdo last year’s infamous Twinkie casserole.)

Taste of summer.

•    The grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, coleslaw and sweet potato fries we just ate at home with a slice of watermelon while feeling summer in the air can taste oh-so-good!

What were your best food moments of the week?

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