Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Quarters

 

Nothing tastes quite like summer to me as grilled foods flavored with fresh herbs and lemon. It’s a simple combination of bright flavors that makes your taste buds suddenly alert, like the lights came on and everyone wants to know what’s going on. I remember having this feeling of “mouth alertness” during almost every meal I ate in my travels in Greece. I can still remember the sweet, salty, and punchy flavors of a grilled stuffed calamari sprinkled with the juice of a fresh lemon I ate while overlooking the bright blue ocean as it slapped against the cliffs of Corfu. Continue reading

RVA Restaurant Preview: Chuy’s Midlothian

I love Tex-Mex food. There. I said it.

#RVA Restaurant Preview: Chuy's Midlothian @kristelpoole

Salsa Fresca – Comes with your chips and it is SO good.

Tex-Mex gets a bad rap, but I’m not sure why. Who doesn’t love chiles, cheese, tortillas, meat and more cheese? It’s not authentic Mexican food, but I think that’s okay. It’s not trying to be. Tex-Mex is kind of like jazz; multiple cultural influences can bring out some really wonderful things. Continue reading

RVA Restaurant Preview: Fan Noodle Bar

I was lucky enough to be invited to the VIP preview night for a new spot in town called Fan Noodle Bar. The owners Sonny and Zow Kiatsuranon officially open the doors tonight for dinner service, with lunch and late night service coming soon. When you arrive, you’ll be greeted with a lot of white and silver grey furniture and a nice long, rounded bar. There are little neon-colored uplighting details throughout, giving it a mod vibe you don’t see in many eateries. That’s all well and good, you say, but what about the food? Well, we were able to try a sampling of the menu items including apps, salads, soups, and noodles. Everything seems to have Thai roots, which makes sense because Sonny’s parents are the owners of long-standing Mom’s Siam in Carytown. (Sonny’s brother opened My Noodle not too far back, so it’s definitely all in the family.) Continue reading

Pan-Seared Tautog with Brown Butter Ramps and Asparagus

Pan-Seared Tautog White Fish with Ramps in Brown Butter and Asparagus - Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinner from @kristelpoole

Growing up, I hated eating fish. Crazy, right? I mean, I really hated it – so much that I would stand outside in protest with arms crossed while my dad made salmon for the rest of the family. Often I would make my dad open every window in the house and turn on every ceiling fan before he seared off a piece of flounder. If that wasn’t enough to make the smell go away, I’d just get sick. Seriously. Obviously, I had some issues with fishy stuff, but no one knows why and we probably never will. I eat it now, of course, as my palate has expanded quite a bit since 1989, and I’m so glad I do. Fish is easy to make, even though many people find it intimidating, so it’s perfect for healthy weeknight meals like this. I promise it’s easier than you think, and with a little bit of practice, you too can become a fish-searing master. Continue reading