Do you remember the Flaming Embers restaurant that was located on Woodward in Downtown Detroit? So do I! I want to share with you a restaurant that sits behind the old Flaming Embers. I sincerely apologize if I raised your hopes about a possible resurgence of Flaming Embers, but hopefully my review will make up for it and move you to try something new.
For the past two years, it has been custom for my husband and I, along with his aunt and cousins, to get together and have dinner together once a month. We were not disappointed in our choice of Angelina Italian Bistro. In fact, each of us gave the bistro an 8 or higher, out of 10 rating. Personally, I give Angelina a 9.5 for the overall experience. I would’ve given it a solid 10, but for the few menu choices.
The restaurant was clean and welcoming. The staff, including the valet, host and servers was personable, knowledgeable about the food, as well accommodating—all important in my book as a foodie and patron.
To start I had a Limoncello Martini, although they have a large wine list to select from. The cocktail was nice and sweet; with a little kick. You cannot have a social dinner and not have appetizers, if they are available. On this dinning tour,we tried the fried risotto–delicious! We had the salmon cakes–we all agreed were different and probably would not order in the future. The calamari was just okay. Our entrées, however,more than made up for any pre-dinning discrepancies. I had the magnificent shrimp risotto! It melted in my mouth almost before I could savor it, it was so tasty. Seasoned to perfection with a hint of spice, the tender shrimp and risotto were a perfect pair. I was highly pleased. So much so, my mouth is watering writing about it. I may have to pay Angelina a visit tonight. You coming? Oh! The bistro offers cooking classes!
When the food is good, they will come. In this case, I went to the quaint Oak Tree Lounge, in Jackson, Michigan, for the second time, in one week. Specifically for their addictive: Famous Salad, topped with grilled Cajun steak–cooked medium. The salad is always fresh and includes crispy romaine lettuce, cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, multi-colored peppers, and a boiled egg; I pair my salad with the house tomato basil dressing. You can have the dressing of your choosing. You also have the option of including, chicken and shrimp to the salad. It comes with Texas Toast, but I never eat the toast. The salad is adequately filling for me, and OMG! This salad is Attorney Carl Collins–GOOD!
Enough about the salad, I’m come to you today, to tell you about this amazingly wonderful couture alcoholic beverage, dreamed up by waitress–Amy! While I was chomping on my salad, I heard her giving the cook a directive to make a mini burger on Texas Toast. I thought to myself, big deal, you’re making a slider. What I didn’t know was that Amy was introducing her signature: Mighty Bloody Mary cocktail, to the patrons of the restaurant.
For $15 you will get you fizzled and full, simultaneously! Donning Oak Tree’s mini burger deluxe, along with a slice of bacon, a celery stick, pickle, an onion ring, a steak bite , lemon and lime wedges and don’t forget–the green olive, explains how Amy came up with the name for the Mighty Bloody Mary. Although I did not have to pleasure of relishing in the beautifully crafted treat (I was on my lunch break), I fully intend to go back for an after work affair with the Mighty Bloody Mary. Feel free to join us!
Today, I present to you, the sinfully delicious: Lemon Butta Pie by Lush Yummies Pie Company. I wanted a slice of pie to snack on during rehearsals for Vagina Monologues, but they were sold out. I ended up with a whole $20 pie, for later (I don’t spare any expense when it comes to my taste-buds.). Dangerous! Would you know, I almost didn’t get to indulge in the pie at all. I forgot it at the rehearsal venue and one of my caste mates took it home for me. I had to drive through the snow two days latter to be reunited with my Lemon Butta Pie!
I must admit, at first glance I was a bit puzzled by the appearance. The crust did not look like the traditional pie crust, but more like a cracker crumble–some of which, tops the pie, along with a sprinkle of confectioners’ sugar. Needless to say, my eyes didn’t know what they were talking about; my tongue is a far better judge as the taste is definitely one to write home about. No! make that one to share with the world! The buttered crust strikes an undeniable balance with the sweet pie filling. The texture is firm, but not jelly. The lemon taste, is perfection; not overpowering, but recognizable. I couldn’t resist having more than one piece in my first sitting. The pie would make the pickiest pastry chef proud and traditional bakers scream praises. In fact, Jenn, the owner of Lush, first learned how to make the pie by shopping for the ingredients with her grandfather and then watching him make the pies, as a girl. She put her own twist on the pie as a student at Le Cordon Bleu where she perfected her crust. For me, purchasing the the pie was a great segue into a new week. I compel you to get you some–of your own! I’m not sharing. Nope! It’s too good.
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