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Tigelleria Organic Restaurant

August 22, 2013

Wow, I’ve been gone a long time.  I always seem to be apologizing for not writing more often.  I should just write more so I don’t need to apologize.   I don’t have a real excuse for not writing.  I haven’t mentioned it here but I’m going to be a Mom in a few months!  I’ve been incredibly fortunate and haven’t had any morning sickness or weird cravings at all… so I can’t even blame it on that.  Do you remember my crazy pizza obsession a few years ago?  I think TM was worried that I would get like that while pregnant.  Not obsessed about pizza but weird stuff like dill pickles dipped in peanut butter or beef jerky slathered in cottage cheese.  (BTW, I’ve never tried either of those combinations and I don’t plan on it.)

We ate a lot of good food in July.  TM’s birthday is at the beginning of the month and we celebrated at Tigelleria Organic Restaurant.  It’s close to where we live which was a huge plus since we were leaving on vacation to Canada the next morning.  We booked an early  reservation so we could pack after we got home from dinner and we were the first ones in the restaurant that evening.

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I actually enjoy eating dinner on the early side and beating the crowds.

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We started out with the burrata appetizer.  Whenever I see burrata on the menu, I’m immediately drawn to it and feel compelled to order it.  This one certainly did not disappoint.  It was a silky pugliese burrata; served on broiled organic white bread with organic arugula and tomatoes.  (We did ask if it was made with pasteurized cheese to make sure I would be able to eat it.  There are so many food restrictions when pregnant!)

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I’ve been on board the kale train for a few years ever since I read how good it is for you.  We buy organic kale at the farmer’s market whenever we can and make kale chips multiple times a week to go with dinner.   We don’t usually eat it raw in salads just because we love the taste of kale chips so much but we were both intrigued by the black kale salad.  This black kale was tossed in lemon juice, honey & olive oil with mango, pine nuts & homemade goat & walnut cheese.  It was light and refreshing and I loved sweetness of the mango in the salad.

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TM chose the filetto di maiale as his main dish.  He often gravitates towards duck or pork dishes when we go out to eat and this time he chose pork.  It was a pan-seared pork fillet with pancetta, sage and onions in a red wine sauce.   It came with potatoes and an apple puree’ and roasted chestnuts.   He definitely loved this dish as it was cooked to perfection.  I unfortunately, was not able to taste much of the meat since it was not cooked well done.  (another one of those pregnancy food precautions)

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I ordered the spighe al cinghiale: homemade organic ravioli, stuffed with wild boar slowly braised with organic veggies, herbs and
montepulciano wine.   It was tossed in a white porcini mushroom sauce with a hint of cream and white wine.  The picture makes this dish look small but it was quite filling.  It had an ever so slight “gamey” taste which truly accentuated the fact that I had ordered wild boar.

It was a lovely dinner and I could see us going back again, especially since it’s so close to where we live!

76 E Campbell Ave.   Campbell, CA

Mediterranean at Cyprus

October 29, 2011

My in-laws were in town and stayed with us for about a week.  In between work, house projects, yard work, shopping, quick trip to Napa,  and more housework, we managed to find time for some good meals.

I had considered taking TM to Cyprus Bistro & Cafe for his birthday dinner this year but we ended up going somewhere else for some reason.  I’m glad we were able to try this place out since it’s so close to where we live.

We started out with a hummus plate to share (not pictured).  It was your run-of-the-mill restaurant hummus.  TM’s Mom ordered a salad with greens, beets, gorgonzola, apples, walnuts, and an aged balsamic vinaigrette.  I tried a non beet and gorgonzola bite of the salad and enjoyed the dressing and greens combination.

She also ordered the Aleppo chili garlic prawns.  She said they had a kick to them but they were very good.

TM and his Dad both went with the Cyprus kebab platter.  It came with beef fillet, kefta (lamb) kebab & marinated chicken breast, rosemary roasted potatoes & tzatziki.  I got to nibble everything and the beef was probably my favorite.  TM and his Dad both cleaned off their plates and seemed to enjoy it although TM did mention, “I thought it would be bigger.”

I went with the jumbo prawn with brown rice linguini.  Along with the prawns, it came with roasted tomatoes, baby spinach, fresh herbs, shaved pecorino with a creamy white wine sauce.  I was concerned about the cream sauce being too heavy but it was perfect.  I was impressed with the presentation – the baby spinach was a beautiful green and not wilted at all.  They must have blanched the spinach then shocked it in ice water immediately in order for it to look so nice.  I’m not sure I would be able to do that.  Everything in this dish went so well together, I was excited to eat my leftovers for lunch the next day.

I love eating on the outdoor patios of restaurants on Campbell Ave.  The best part is Koa being able to join us for dinner!

379 E. Campbell Ave.   Campbell, CA

La Pizzeria

March 30, 2011

I had been wanting to try La Pizzeria for a long time.  We actually had our wedding rehearsal dinner at A Bellagio restaurant which has the same owner as La Pizzeria.  Based on the food at A Bellagio and the Yelp reviews, I expected La Pizzeria to be pretty outstanding.

TM and I started out with the Insalata Italiana.  I don’t speak Italian but I’m guessing insalata is salad.  It amazes me that ingredients THIS GOOD can be thrown together and be called “salad.”  This was perfection as it has all of my favorite ingredients put together into one dish.  Avocados, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and pita bread with some drizzled olive oil.  I would order this every time.

I ordered the Cotto Funghi pizza.  The blurry picture does not give this pizza justice.  It was Italian ham and mushroom pizza.  The ham was sliced really thin and just salty enough but not overdone.

TM went with the Quattro Stagioni.  His pizza came with artichokes, black olives, Italian Ham and mushrooms.  His pizza was saltier than mine because of the black olives but still tasty.  (I’d choose mine over his any day though!)

I can’t wait to go back and try some of the other stuff on their menu!  I’m hoping we can go this weekend since we live so close now.  Did I mention we moved??

373 East Campbell Avenue    Campbell, CA

Margaret’s French Bakery

June 21, 2010

There isn’t much to say about Margaret’s French Bakery because the cakes were dry and didn’t have much flavor.  It was disappointing because Margaret is such a sweet woman and I wanted to like her cakes but we had a hard time choosing flavors we liked from the tray below.

We actually had a hard time distinguishing which flavor was which… is this mocha or hazlenut?!?  I think our overall favorite was the banana cake but I would probably choose my Mom’s banana bread over an expensive banana cake any day.  Sadness.

750 McGlincy Lane #105   Campbell, CA

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