Friday, October 17, 2014

Random bites from the 2014 World Food and Music Festival.

Llapingachos, below left, from Mi Patria offers grilled potato patties stuffed with cheese, topped with warm peanut sauce. A spicy pea and onion-studded salsa verde was an option on request. I liked this dish in particular for its homey qualities. The yellow tinged potato patties had a denser texture than mashed and tasted quite buttery. The peanut sauce was exceptionally savory: I'd love to have the recipe.

Atkilt, above right, a mix of cabbage, carrots, green beans, and green pepper, in curry spice from the Ethiopian Association of Iowa is a straight forward dish, served atop white rice. Solid curry flavor and a very filling dish.

A beef bocodillo from Andalusia takes "pressed Arabic bread" as they call it though I'm pretty sure its a tortilla, and fill it with flavored ground beef, onion, and garlic. It was tasty enough but not quite what one would expect for a bocodillo.

The De Luxe crêpe from Crêpes de Luxe Café of Iowa City is simply flavored with orange liqueur, butter, and sugar, but the end result is delicate and delicious. Serving it in a paper sleeve is a stroke of whimsy that makes it easy to transport. I must visit them the next opportunity I can get for a cheap Megabus eastward.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Random Bits of Detritus in the East Village.

Parking scofflaws beware at Tacopocalypse; Pretty sure this is a typo on the chalkboard at Gong Fu Tea; Graffiti to ponder on the wall behind Open Sesame.

No Action Too Small, a mural by Chris Vance, on the east wall of the Metro Waste Authority building.

The prettiest entrance onto an alley that I've seen in quite some time, just off E. Fourth.

Exile Brewing Co. represents on a light pole; Fifty-nine years and going for the Salvation Army Thrift Store at E. Second & Court; Yes I am, outside the offices of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fine candies from Chocolaterie Stam and Beaverdale Confections.

Its a always a pleasure to visit Chocolaterie Stam for a sweet treat. Pictured from left: Creme Brûlée; Irish Coffee Cream; Orange and Mint bonbons in dark chocolate, plus a lagniappe with my coffee – a Speculaas cookie.

A perfect pair – Zanizbar's espresso with a Stam chocolate; A decadently rich Lemon Cheesecake bonbon.

It was but only a month ago that I first visited Beaverdale Confections. What a selection on display!

Beaverdale Confections' Chocolate Dipped Gourmet Marshmallows – it's what they are known for. A superbly unique treat.

Beaverdale Confections' smooth and decadent truffles, from left: Creme de Menthe and Key Lime.

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