Tuesday, January 14, 2014


Saturday night I enjoyed a lovely dinner with my friend Chris at FLOW From the Garden which is a family run restaurant located on Lark Street. It specializes in serving dishes full of fresh ingredients that are sourced straight from local farms around the area. The menu is usually update every two weeks.

The owners are well versed with all the food and wine on their menu - making sure they provide a detailed explanation of every dish served and glass of wine poured.

We enjoyed five courses and four different wines - everything fresh, unique, and delightful. 

First course was the roasted carrot and garlic soup garnished with a sprig of thyme and accompanied by a sample of red wine, which I think was a Pinot Nero.

To be honest I'm usually not one for soup, but this was great. It was a tiny bit on the salty side, but in the I-could-eat-this-all-day kind of way, and the freshness from the thyme garnished balanced the soup out perfectly. 

Second course was a sweet white wine and an artisan salad with roasted radishes, beets, apples and a ginger based dressing. Very light and refreshing. 

Third course was another red and my favroite dish - The Great Northern Crostini.

The texture of this was just heavenly. They used white beans instead of chickpeas, lots of garlic, and a bunch of fresh herbs. It was smooth and silky with a deliciously rich butter flavor.

I want!

Our samples ended at the third course so we told the owner we enjoy red wine & let him pick one for us. He chose a Cabernet Sauvignon from Northern California. It was spicy and had a lot of different flavors going on - but I liked it!

The main entrĂ©e was Ropa Viega - a shredded beef dish with vegetables served over a bed of rice, along with a cold cabbage salad on the side.  It was good, but very filling. I would have liked to see a bit less rice and a bit more meat! 

Dessert was definitely my second favorite dish of the evening. We were served a piece of homemade lemon poppy seed cake with an orange glaze.

They bake small batches repeatedly throughout the night ensuring each guest receives the freshest cake possible. It was so moist and flavorful that I was scraping all the crumbs off my plate. Oh..and the orange glaze absolutely made this dessert. I'm definitely going to make this in the near future, it's so easy!!

At the end of our meal the owner told us they do a wine class & dinner every Wednesday night from 7p.m. to 9p.m. You'll get to taste and discuss about 5-6 different wines and share a meal with the rest of the class. Seats are limited so make sure you reserve one ahead of time. Oh - they also offer cheese boards, so you know I'll be at one of their classes soon! 

Now wander on over to their Facebook page and give 'em a 'Like' so you can stay up to date with everything that is going on!

Have you eaten at From The Garden? If so, I'd love to hear about your experience!

1 comment :

  1. Looks delicious! We must go there sometime soon!!


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