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Salutations Readers!

Kalamazoo has good food.
Great food, in fact. We have made it our mission to check out all the local eateries one at a time - and more for our own poor memories than any other reason, we'll be chronicling our adventures in food here. And some places float our boats way more than others, which is why we have developed the very scientific
five golden forks rating scale. Ok. It is not scientific at all. It is actually quite unscientific. But, it is something. And now, you can search all of our reviews by the forks rating. YAY!

But, wait! There's more!
Kalamazoo Foodies no longer just eat at restaurants then review them. There are recipes posted, some easy, some less easy, all delicious. There are, or will be, book reviews, the new
Foodie Movie Review-y which will focus on movies about food or ones that have a lot of beautiful food in them. There are other food musings, and hopefully soon contests and so much more. But, Foodie Friends, it is all about food. Because we love it!
And, we want to hear from you!

We want to hear your comments on our recipes and reviews. We want to know where you love to eat. And, we are looking for GUEST bloggers to broaden our horizons a bit. And, if you haven't found us on Facebook, you should do that too. Like our page for other fun Foodies stuff like photos, polls, and more.

SO KALAMAZOO PATRONS - where do YOU love to eat? Because we'd love to check it out and share our thoughts here. Give us a comment below, and quickly! Our tummies are grumbling in anticipation.

A Note from the Foodies about our typical fair:
So, you may notice as you read our blog that we often order the same thing wherever we go. OK, maybe not quite, but we do often order similar things. Kristin has her caprese salads and mushroom dishes. Kate has her baked goat cheese and things with tofu. Well, readers, we wanted to let you know that this is absolutely intentional. A) We love those things, so why not order what you love? And, B) It is a lot easier to compare apples to apples than it is to compare apples to comquats. So, we like to order similar things to have a good sense of how to compare them. Just wanted to let you in on that little secret. Bon appetit!

Friday, December 31, 2010

Cafe Rustica

Kate: Local and Domestic Artisan Cheese Plate, Antipasti, Smoked Chicken Angnolotti, Pumpkin Flan
YAY! It is New Year's Eve and Paul and I saved some Christmas money to take ourselves out for nice dinner. In true Foodie fashion, we will avoid NYE parties and instead go out for a decadent dinner.

Since Cafe Rustica opened, we have been dying to go. We check the menu often, and were so anxious to try it. But, since we were saving up for a wedding, fancy dinner out was something we couldn't splurge on. Well, the time had finally come to check it out, and we are SO GLAD we did!

Cafe Rustica does not take reservations. But, they will do call ahead seating. Since there is not a huge amount of seating available, and it was New Year's Eve, we knew we needed to utilize this function. So, when we arrived, we had a short wait before being seated. Having already perused the menu, you would think that we would have a sense of what we wanted. FALSE. We still had to take a decent gander at the menu and ask for our excellent server's suggestions.

First off, she made an excellent wine suggestion for me. I wanted a crisp, white wine that would help me celebrate the new year. Her suggestion, Bin #3 (Sauv. Blanc/Semillion- Chat. Recougne, Bordeaux) was wonderful. Exactly what I asked for. Crisp. Clean finish. Light. Perfect!

We splurged a little and ordered the cheese board AND the antipasti. The addition of the fig jam (what!?! Seriously? Yes, seriously) and local honey were perfect additions for the cheeses. AND, the Antipasti with the picked vegetables (surprisingly delicious) and wonderful olives, was a perfect addition to the cheese board. We were practically licking the plate.

Then, came our meal. Presentation is excellent. Taste is even better. My pasta was rich, with this wonderful citrus-y finish that I wasn't expecting. It was a perfect portion. And the walnuts were a fantastic addition. Homemade pasta is so great, and this was no exception. Paul's pork chop was to die for as well. I, of course, had a bite or two. It was served with spaetzle and deliciously braised cabbage. Plus a house made mustard that really brought the whole dish together. Really, just a fantastic meal on both plates.

We did manage, shocking I know, to save room for dessert. We were going to be good and share one, but then, at the last minute, opted for a total splurge. Paul went with the tiramisu and I, I my friends ordered the pumpkin flan with ginger snaps. Holy Cow! You WILL clean your plate of all of the flan. Oh, so rich. And the ginger snaps, a perfect balance of flavors. Plus, the fresh whipped cream. Wow! If I was stranded on a deserted island and for some odd reason could only eat one thing, I think this dessert might be it.

So, really, all around experience, I will go so far as to say, it is the best in Kalamazoo. Amazing food. Great atmosphere. Just great! Go there, as soon as you can!



ten golden forks out of five
(ok, I know that isn't a real rating, but, if it was, I would give it that!)

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