Top 5 Meals I Ate on Vacation

Just last weekend I returned from a two week trip to THREE different places! I began my journey in Indianapolis, Indiana for a friend’s wedding, then traveled to Boston, Massachusetts to visit with my brother for a few days (he is attending Boston College), and finally culminated my travels with a week and a half visit to my family beach house in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. If you find yourself feeling like you need a break from this crazy Charleston heat, New England is definitely the place to be! I ate a lot of delicious things throughout my travels and thought I would take some time to share a few highlights.

  1. Landwer Cafe’s Breakfast for Two

My brother’s apartment where I was staying was literally just a few blocks down the road from this fabulous Mediterranean restaurant, so naturally I went there for breakfast both days I was there. I was immediately obsessed with the place as soon as I walked in the door. I loved the diner style setting paired with an authentic Mediterranean ambiance. Upon my first visit to the restaurant, my brother and I enjoyed “Landwer’s Breakfast for Two”, which consisted of two veggie omelettes, cream cheese, feta cheese, labneh, halva spread, eggplant and tahini spread, tahini with salsa, guacamole, Greek yogurt with granola and honey, jam and butter, and pita bread to pair. The spread was perfectly arranged on a platter in small bowls, providing a very unique dining experience. The full meal cost us just $28, making it a pretty good bang for our buck.

2. The Circle Pizza

I admittedly was a bit concerned about eating my first meal in Boston at this divey Boston College bar, but I was with my brother and a few of his friends, so I went with the college kid flow. We ordered pizzas and well, turns out they were actually some exceptionally delicious pizza pies. We ordered a buffalo chicken pizza and a veggie pizza. I was impressed with how large the pizzas were and the heaping amounts of veggies they put on the veggie pizza! The dough was soft and flavorful and they definitely did not skimp on the cheese! I honestly probably would’ve gone back for more If I had the time.

3. Lobster Rolls at the Lobster Shack

One of my favorite places to eat a lobster roll when I go to Maine is the Lobster Shack, located at Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth. The restaurant is very casual and has picnic benches right on the water, providing a beautiful setting to enjoy your lunch. You can get a “lobster boat” for just about $16, which gets you a delicious, melt in your mouth lobster roll, as well as a side of cole slaw and french fries. You really can’t beat the views at this restaurant or the lobster rolls to pair.

4. Poutine at Duck Fat

I traveled 20 minutes from my beach house one evening to head into Portland for a bit of exploration and of course some dinner. Portland, Maine has many famous restaurants and therefore, getting into one of them proved to be more difficult than I expected. We were able to get a table at Duck Fat, which is known for exactly what the name entails…duck fat…particularly piled on top of a heaping plate of french fries! My family and I ordered the poutine, which consisted of Belgian fries topped with locally sourced cheese curd, duck gravy, and chives. We had the option to add duck confit on top, which of course we couldn’t say no to. The dish was messy, just as poutine should be and I loved the crunchy texture of the fries paired with the melt-in-your mouth texture of the duck confit. The cheese curds gave it just the right amount of tangy flavor, making it the highlight of our meal. I also enjoyed a delicious wedge salad, complete with duck fat bread crumbs and chucks of delicious and flavorful smoked duck. Highly recommend checking this place out if you ever find yourself in Portland!

5. Blueberries!

There is no ifs, ands or buts about it. Maine blueberries are the best blueberries. Every summer when I am in Maine, I stock up on all the fresh, local blueberries, which you can find in most grocery stores in the area. These blueberries have just the right amount of sweetness, with a hint of tart flavor and are so delicious paired with your morning yogurt or oatmeal. I had the opportunity during my visit to pick my own blueberries, which proved to be so beautiful and delicious that I baked a blueberry crisp on the final evening of my vacation.

Top Spots for Coffee and a Pastry

Harken Cafe

One of my go-to spots recently for some of my all-time favorite pastries in Charleston is Harken on Queen Street in downtown Charleston. Sister cafe of The Harbinger, this cafe is home to delicious homemade muffins, cookies, bars, and pound cakes. They also have a full food menu, complete with items such as avocado toast, salads, and sandwiches. My standard order at this cafe is the dirty turmeric chai latte and a pastry (I try to switch it up every time I go). Pictured below is a coffee cake they were offering up the day I went. Highly recommend snagging the table by the french doors so you can people watch while enjoying your coffee and pastry.

Brown’s Court Bakery

Brown’s Court is home to another one of my go-to Charleston pastries, the Carmelita! This pastry is essentially a caramel and chocolate filled oat bar and it is incredibly addictive. Not only do they have amazing carmelitas, but they also have a plentiful assortment of freshly baked croissants, cookies, macaroons, bagels, breads, and donuts. They have a full coffee bar as well, so you can pair your sweet treat with a flavored latte. For the best asthetic, enjoy your coffee and treat on the second floor balcony!

La Pattiserie

This adorable french-style cafe is located inside the Hotel Bennet and offers a wide selection of croissants, sandwiches, exquisite french desserts, eclairs and other sweet treats. In addition, they have a full coffee bar offering an assortment of lattes, cappuccinos and other coffee beverages. I love this cafe because it truly encompasses the french-style cafe setting. Highly recommend sitting at a table outside in front of the cafe to observe the King Street passer-by’s and feel like you’re being transported to the streets of Paris!

Second State Coffee

You’ll find me frequenting this cafe quite often, as I am a sucker for their cold brew coffee and scones! Second State is a fantastic and very convenient option because they now have three locations! You can visit them downtown and in Mt. Pleasant in the shopping center off of Shelmore Boulevard or at the Oyster Park apartment complex. Second State offers a full coffee bar as well as delicious scones, muffins, and cookies. You can find a full food menu offered only at the Shelmore Boulevard location.

Mercantile and Mash

Mercantile and Mash nails it every single time with their delectable pastry assortment. Every morning this market-style cafe offers an assortment of scones, gluten-free pastries, cookies, and croissants to pair with their delicious coffee. Mercantile serves up delicious springbok coffee, as well as macchiattos, cappuccinos, lattes with house-made syrups, and specialty lattes that are featured each month. In addition, they offer a full food menu. You definitely don’t want to skip out on this Charleston favorite.

Dining Out and Eating Local

It’s summer time y’all and its honestly my favorite time of year. Not only am I the weird one who loves the heat, but I love the abundance of local produce that is available right now. Farmers markets are in full swing and restaurants are serving up dishes with some of the most beautiful and fresh local produce around. I thought it was the perfect time to tell you about a few of my favorite restaurant dishes that incorporate local produce and other locally made goods.

Holy City Brewery

Holy City is one of my all time favorite breweries in Charleston. Located in North Charleston off of Spruill Ave, this brewery not only offers a great craft beer selection, but a killer food menu as well. Recently they started serving a black bean hummus on their appetizer menu that is served with fresh rainbow carrots, and pretzel crisps. This dish is purely divine and you definitely do not want to skip out on this health-filled $8.00 dish to balance out the burger you’ll be eating next!

Rutledge Cab Company

Rutledge Cab Company is located in the upper peninsula on Rutledge Avenue and serves up a variety of delicious apps, salads, burgers, pasta dishes and even milkshakes! One of my favorite apps on their menu right now are their shishito peppers. Shishito peppers are basically right in between a jalapeno and a sweet pepper in terms of heat level. If you like a bit of heat, but not an overpowering amount, these peppers are for you! Not to mention they are super in season right now. Rutledge Cab Company serves up these delicacies sauteed with local Marsh Hen Mill benne seeds, some lime, teriyaki seasoning and pairs them with a roasted green onion aioli dipping sauce. If there is one way to get yourself to eat veggies, these peppers are the ticket! You’ll get a small cast iron skillet of them for $11 and its definitely enough for two to share (if you want).

Micho

Micho is located in an orange shipping container (literally) on the deck of the Pour House on James Island. Micho serves up gourmet tacos on locally made Milta corn tortillas. Not only are all their meats made fresh in-house, but they also incorporate fresh produce into their tacos as well. My favorites are the Hongos (mushroom) taco and the Roasted Cauliflower taco. You can get 3 tacos for $11.95, which is an excellent deal! Pro tip: check out the live music schedule at Pour House so you can be sure to enjoy your tacos with some excellent live music in the background!

Bay Street Biergarten

Bay Street Biergarten, located of course on East Bay Street is the perfect hang out for Sunday brunch or Friday night chilling with friends. Upon recent discovery, this restaurant is serving up a delicious asparagus and corn salad for just $10. The salad is made with Belgium endives, radish, peanuts, oranges and a lemon dill dressing. I can’t guarantee that all the ingredients in this salad are local, however they are all super fresh and seasonal. The salad itself is delicious and is full of citrus and nutty flavors. The asparagus is cooked to perfection, providing a slight crunchy texture to the salad. It’s the perfect thing to pair with a plate of Freaky Taters!

Budget-Friendly Ways to Enjoy Memorial Day Weekend in Charleston

  1. Flea-Esta!

Head over to 2221 Noisette Boulevard from 10-2 on Sunday, May 30 and shop tons of local artisans, local produce, enjoy food from food trucks, coffee, and FREE live music! Also, make sure you hit up my favorite bakery, Mabel Mae’s Bakery, who will be serving up all the sweet treats! This event will be happening every last Sunday of the month from May-August.

2. Hit up the Beach!

There’s really no better budget-friendly way to celebrate a holiday weekend than a day at the beach. If you go to Folly Beach, I highly recommend swinging by Baguette Magic on James Island and picking up a cruffin (if you get there early enough!) or the Recovery Baguette, which is only $9 and equally delicious and filling. Of course, the ultimate budget friendly way to enjoy a meal on the beach is by packing a picnic! If you do plan on heading to the beach this weekend, make sure to leave early on in the day to avoid lots of traffic!

3. Snag a Meal and a Brew at Workshop for Their Final Weekend

Workshop is shuttering its doors for good this coming Monday, May 31 so this weekend is your final opportunity to enjoy all that the beloved test kitchen/fancy food court concept has to offer! My personal favorite things to order at Workshop are the the chocolate babka from Blazing Star Cafe ($6 for a small loaf), the Chaat Papri Snack Plate ($10) and the Lahori Cholay with Puri ($16) from Ma’am Saab. Pair your meal with a brew from Edmund’s Oast Brewery. This weekend they are featuring a brand new beer selection – the Sour Sherbet, which is available both canned and on tap!

Lahori Cholay with Puri and a side of Masala Fries

4. Shop Local at the Sunday Brunch Farmer’s Market

Head over to the Pour House on James Island and stock up on local produce, honey, freshly baked bread and other handmade goods. You can also enjoy FREE live music and enjoy food from food trucks. The Foxes Fried food truck will be there for the first time, as well as Micho and the Don Sazon food truck. You definitely don’t want to miss out on a farmers market on a beautiful holiday weekend!

I hope you all have the most fabulous long weekend and that you have the opportunity to get out and enjoy one of these fun activities with family and friends. If you happen to spot me at one of these, be sure to say hi! Happy Memorial Day Weekend, folks!

Fine French Cuisine at Saveurs du Monde

Recently I checked out the Saveurs du Monde’s newest location in the Westedge shopping center downtown. Saveurs du Monde now has three different locations in Charleston. There is one on Long Point Road, one in the Seaside Shopping center (both in Mt. Pleasant) and finally the location in Westedge. The location in Westedge differs greatly than the other locations in that it is the largest and offers evening dinner and bar service. I was quite eager to see what it was all about!

The area of the restaurant that is reserved for dinner service is quite small, but also provides the perfect opportunity for personalized and elegant dining and drink service. We soon discovered that our waiter was in fact french and the executive chef himself was also from France so we knew we were getting the real deal!

Ok, so their dinner menu is definitely not the cheapest form of dining, but if you want to splurge and get an authentic French dining experience, this restaurant is the way to go. We did try to choose food that was among the cheaper options on the menu, such as the mussels ($12), the Crab A La Parisienne ($14), the gazpacho ($12) and the Burger New Lode ($32).

The mussels were served in a creamy white wine broth and were extra buttery and seemed to melt right in our mouths. We loved how easy to munch on these were, while still maintaining a very satisfactory flavor to tide us over until the rest of our food arrived. The mussels were served with freshly baked bread and butter. Yum!

For our main courses, we had a few of the things on the appetizer part of the menu and one thing from the entree section. I always find that when dining at a more expensive restaurant, trying to create the main part of your meal off the appetizer section is the best way to go. I enjoyed their gazpacho, which was a chilled vegetable soup that was salty, tangy and full of zesty flavor. It was paired with toasted bread, topped with a pesto spread. Dipping the bread in the gazpacho provided the ultimate flavor fusion! My mom enjoyed their Crab A La Parisienne, which consisted of crab leg, broccoli, carrots, and zucchini all mixed together to form one large heaping mound of goodness. There was some spiced mayo, lobster cream and seaweed thrown into the mixture as well. I not only loved the unique flavor combos of this dish, but also the creamy and thick textures thrown in as well. Lastly, we tried the Burger New Lode, which was a burger stacked very high and filled with mayo, minced oysters, red onion and ginger confit, a homemade beef patty, gouda cheese and beef jus. The burger was served with fries, which were essentially roasted diced potatoes. The minced oysters and the confit were definitely the highlights of this dish. I mean who knew you could mince oysters?! The confit had both sweet and tangy flavors and complimented this dish quite well. This burger was definitely well worth the splurge!

As delicious as our dinner was at Saveurs du Monde, I couldn’t help but wish their menu was slightly more expansive. I hope that as their restaurant continues to grow and thrive that they incorporate more vegetable dishes into their menu, as well as more fish oriented dishes and more CHEESE! Obviously you can’t have a French restaurant and not have a plethora of cheese on your menu. Finally, I will say that if you are looking for a much more budget friendly meal than what is offered through their dinner service, I highly recommend visiting the restaurant for breakfast or lunch. They offer delicious pastries and breakfast sandwiches, as well as crepes and quiches for lunch that are mostly in the $10 range. Bon appetit!

Support Local Culinary Entrepenuers!

Bet you didn’t know that Charleston is not only full of amazing restaurants but also home to many people who have nailed down old family recipes, as well as recipes that are traditional to their native countries and are now bringing those recipes to Charleston! I’ve recently had the opportunity to try some of these locally made products and am here to tell you all about them.

SuMi Argentine Bakery

SuMi Bakery is owned and operated by Andrea Chiorazzo, a Mt. Pleasant local. This bakery is famous for their made-from-scratch Alfajores, which are a traditional and very famous cookie in Argentina, as well as in various other South American countries. Andrea recently gave me the opportunity to try a variety of her Alfajores cookie flavors and I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious they were. I tried her dulce de leche flavor, as well as a few of her chocolate dipped Alfajores. The cookies were soft and sweet to the bite and creamy and rich on the inside. They are truly the perfect tea-time snack (if you’re into that), or even a light snack or post-dinner dessert! To get yourself some of these perfect Argentine delicacies, be sure to place an order for a dozen or more by sending Andrea a message through one of her social media channels.

  • Instagram: @sumi.a.bakery
  • Facebook: SuMi Argentine Bakery
Dulce de Leche and Chocolate-Dipped Alfajores

Diego’s Empanadas

If you need more Argentine delicacies in your life, Diego’s Empanadas are what you need to be indulging in next! Diego specializes in made-from-scratch Argentine style empanadas. There are multiple varieties available for purchase, including beef, spinach, corn, caprese, and chicken empanadas and they are all made with unbleached wheat flour. I recently had the opportunity to try a batch of the beef empanadas and they were probably some of the best I had eaten in a long time. They come frozen in small packages, but all you need to do is heat them up in the oven or toaster oven for about 15-20 minutes at 450. Voila! You have freshly made empanadas oozing with cheese in front of you. I loved that these empanadas didn’t taste super deep fried and you could really taste the fresh hand-made dough. The beef on the inside was perfectly seasoned and mixed with peppers, onions and a plethora of delicious cheese. I can’t wait to order more! You can find these empanadas at various pop-up events around Charleston, as well as by ordering them directly through Diego himself. Shoot him a message on Instagram or Facebook. Empanadas are sold in packs of 5 (same flavor) for $14.

  • Instagram: @diegosempanadas
  • Facebook: Diego’s Empanadas
Beef Empanadas

Mabel Mae’s Bakery

Mabel Mae’s is owned and operated by Niki Dube. This bakery is unique in that it specializes in baked goods that are dairy free and made with unrefined and processed sugars. The bakery also specializes in natural lactation treats that are great for mother’s looking to increase their milk supply (don’t worry they are great for those who aren’t too!). I have developed a deep love for Mabel Mae’s treats over the past few months, and have found myself buying her treats at weekly farmers markets because I just can’t get enough! Niki offers a variety of treats consisting of items such as Chocolate Suprise Cookies, Drop the Beet Cookies, Bliss Bars, Coconut Quarantine Bars and even cakes! I’ve recently become obsessed with her carrot cake, as well as the Coconut Quarantine Bars, which are made with date syrup, coconut, banana chips, nuts, peanut butter and a chocolate drizzle. It’s honestly hard to believe these treats have no refined sugar because they are highly addictive but are great because you don’t feel totally gross after eating them either! You can order your Mabel Mae’s treats by placing an order through the website or by finding Niki at the Holy City Farmer’s Market on Wednesday evenings at Holy City Brewery, as well as other pop-up events.

Coconut Quarantine Bar and Lemon Blueberry Bar

Lillie Fuel

Lillie Fuel is a family-owned and operated meal delivery service that specializes in foods that are great for babies and adults alike. Meals are created daily by executive chef, Alex Presswood and consist of breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack items, as well as fruit purees for babies. They recently opened up a brick and mortar shop on Coleman Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant and now offer an online ordering system, in which you place your order through their website and pick it up at the shop. One of my favorite things that they offer are their bento boxes, which consist of an entree and two sides and are served in a small pre-portioned container. They usually only cost about $6 each and are healthy and perfectly filling. Lillie Fuel prides their products on the use of farm fresh, local produce. Not only can your order their food at their brick and mortar but you can also find their products at various farmers markets around Charleston. I typically order snacks or a bento box from them at the Mt. Pleasant or James Island Farmers Markets. You definitely don’t want to miss out on a Lillie Fuel meal!

Sunflower Maple Cookies

Sausage and Gravy is Everything You Need at Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit

Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit has held a very special spot in in my heart ever since I moved to Charleston 7 years ago. The first time I tried one of these amazing buttery creations, I think part of me actually died and went to heaven. I don’t know how Carrie Morey, the founder of Callie’s mastered her biscuit recipe so well. What I love most about these biscuits is how moist, delicate and full of flavor they are. I also love that when you walk into any of their shops, you are immediately greeted with the smell of biscuits baking in the oven and you can see the staff literally rolling biscuit dough in front of you as you place your order.

Recently I had the opportunity to try their sausage and gravy biscuit, which incorporates their brand new sausage and gravy recipe! This meal consists of two halves of a biscuit smothered in the sausage and gravy combo. I’m not usually one for sausage and gravy, but this biscuit was definitely one for the books. The biscuit itself was perfectly warm and moist per usual, and the sausage and gravy was wonderfully creamy and full of salty and slightly spicy flavors. It seemed to pair so perfectly with the warm and moist texture of the biscuit. If you are a fan of sausage and gravy, but need a one up from fast food sausage and gravy that is lacking in flavor and makes your biscuit too soggy, this is exactly what you need for your next breakfast. Don’t miss out!

A Taste of India at Sambar

Recently I had the opportunity to try some of the delicious things that Sambar, an Indian pop-up food concept had to offer at Westbrook Brewery. Sambar formerly had a stall at Workshop, but now operates as a pop up at various locations periodically around Charleston. On Sunday, they held a tandoori pop-up at Westbrook Brewery and I just knew I needed to go get my fill. I tried all the things that were on the pop-up menu and not one thing disappointed. Read on to see what I indulged in!

Vegetable Tandoori on Pita

If you’re wondering what exactly Tandoori is, it is a cooking method that involves a large bowl-shaped oven that is heated by charcoal at the bottom. Typically meat and vegetable skewers are cooked on top. In fact, the vegetables that were placed inside my pita were cooked on skewers. They were cooked in all kinds of delicious Indian spices and were placed on top of a grilled pita, smothered in a curried lentil spread. It was huge but also incredibly delicious and I had enough leftover for lunch the next day! The pita was priced at just a little over $10, making this meal well worth the price!

Vegetable Tandoori Chickpea Salad

I balanced out the pita sandwich with a salad, which consisted of spiced chickpeas, tandoori grilled vegetables and cabbage. I loved the rich flavors of the seasoned chickpeas, as well as the smoky flavor of the grilled vegetables. This salad was definitely the highlight of the two meal options provided and it was devoured in minutes! I would definitely order this again. The salad was priced at $10, and was a pretty solid portion. If you ever find this salad offered at another Sambar pop-up, I highly recommend ordering it!

Make sure you are following Sambar on Facebook and Instagram to find out where they’ll be popping up next! You definitely don’t want to miss out. It truly is a great way to get a taste of authentic Indian cooking.

My Favorite Easter Week Noms

Ok y’all, we’re keeping it short and sweet this week. I got my second vaccination this week (yay!), so obviously I’ve been taking it easy. Don’t worry though, I still did my fair share of eating. Keep reading to see the highlights!

Zata’ar Arepas

If you haven’t yet experienced the arepa heaven that is Mama’s Ana’s Arepas, you really need to be closely examining all your life choices. Mama Ana’s is a Columbian pop-up arepa concept brought to you by Ana herself (also known in the Instagram world as @beergirlmeetsworld). At each pop-up event, she features her own unique twist on an arepa, which is essentially a thick, warm and moist corn pancake with various toppings. This week I attended her pop-up event at Graft Wine Shop, where she was featuring arepas topped with zata’ar spice, house made labneh and pomegranate molasses. In addition to the zata’ar arepas, she also featured cheese arepas, which were stuffed with cheese and topped with a house infused honey. I opted for the zata’ar arepas, which were 3 for $16. Yeah, ok not the cheapest price, but definitely worth the splurge with those extra delicious and unique toppings and fresh, homemade arepas! Make sure you are following her on social media to see where she is headed next!

Pickled Shrimp Salad

I celebrated my second vaccination with a trip to the brand new Kingstide restaurant on Daniel Island. My favorite dish of all the things I tried (post on that coming soon!) was the pickled shrimp salad. I loved how flavorful and vibrant this dish was. It was complete with sliced cabbage, cilantro, peanuts, prik nam pla sauce and of course the most delicious and flavorful shrimp! I will definitely be ordering this again. Ringing in at $13, this dish proves to be a pretty good bang for your buck, considering it would probably be enough for 2 people to split!

Winin’ and Vibin’ at Stems and Skins

Last weekend I did a bit of Park Circle exploration with a few friends of mine. We capped off our evening with some delicious wine and snacks at Stems and Skins, an upscale wine bar. For as small as the space was, I was quite pleased with not only how great our service was, but also with the very large, sophisticated selection of wine and the delectable and beautifully presented food.

Stems and Skins sells a selection of wines from all around the world, as well as charcuterie and cheese, Mediterranean-style small plates and a few seafood dishes. The restaurant is small but plays a killer music selection, has well spaced out seating, as well as outdoor dining. With the lights dimmed and the upbeat music playing, along with delicious wine in your hand, you will be feeling like you’ve been transported to a fancy wine bar in New York City.

Upon my visit to Stems and Skins, I enjoyed a glass of the “Mission” red wine, which is from California. It is unique in that the wine is very light in color and has a very sweet, though not too sweet flavor. It also has very earthy undertones. I loved this wine and was quick to order another! Along with this delicious wine, I enjoyed a few small plates with my friends. We opted for the whipped ricotta with fermented garlic honey and the roasted oyster mushrooms. Both dishes were crazy delicious. I loved the thick and creamy texture of the whipped ricotta, along with its slightly sweet garlic flavor from the honey pooled on top of the ricotta. The dish was served with toasted bread slices. The roasted oyster mushrooms had a slight salty flavor and the texture was on point, being right in between chewy and almost crunchy. The mushrooms were combined with chopped egg and salsa verde, providing a hint of spicy flavor as well. We finished the plate in minutes!

As for affordability, the price of the very unique wines are definitely up there, so for ultimate affordability I would choose a wine by the glass that is under $10. Don’t worry, I’m sure it will still taste delicious. The small plates are pretty reasonable in pricing. The roasted oyster mushroom dish only cost me $10 and the whipped ricotta rang in at just $9. Both small plates were pretty decent portions and were definitely enough to feed at least 2 people. That being said, there are a lot of really cool places popping up in the Park Circle area, so if you find yourself in that area, be sure to hit up Stems and Skins for an appetizer, dinner, or even post-dinner drinks and dessert!

It’s also worth noting that Stems and Skins very recently hired a new executive chef (Julian Lippe), who formerly worked in the kitchen at FIG. He is planning to introduce more dinner-worthy dishes, such as fresh pasta and fish. He plans to incorporate lots of local produce and other local and seasonal ingredients into his dishes as well. Be sure to head there ASAP!