We now find ourselves arriving to Part Three of The Smart Kitchen series entitled “Wining & Dining Mama Smart.” With my mom in town last weekend, I knew from the minute we sat down to our first meal together–at Whole Foods, naturally–that the theme of this week’s blogger potluck (hosted, as always, by the lovely Jenn) would be What (Mama Smart) Ate Wednesday.*
*And yes, I did announce that to the table upon sitting down and whipping out my camera.Of course, we should love our mamas all year long, and not just in this month of February, but today I choose to celebrate loving what my mama ate. And, well, what I ate, too. [Because it was good, y'all!]After starting the weekend off with a wine pouring at Beer Run, we moseyed on to Whole Foods for dinner, because when no one knows what they want, that’s the best place to find out what you didn’t know you needed.I wish I could tell you exactly what Mama Smart crammed into her hot bar brown bowl–I recognize steamed Italian veggies, curry tempeh, sauteed greens, and BBQ––but one thing ‘mommy and me’ have in common is our relentless, random attack of salad bars of all shapes and sizes.Unlike Mama Smart, I needed to spritz and drizzle on some extra accessories.*
*Ones which, contrary to Rachel‘s assumption, I did not pull from my purse. [Although that totally could have happened.]Even though Mama Smart doesn’t share my predeliction for Bragg’s and ketchup––nor my desire to use chopsticks on every occasion at which they are an option– because she loves me, she doesn’t judge.All the carousing through Charlottesville wine country made ‘mommy and me’ quite hungry. Lucky for all of us, The Mill Creek Market was on the way to vineyards galore.Mama Smart needed her fix of good, salty Kite’s Country Ham, so she went with the Keswick, featuring said ham, along with Swiss cheese, honey mustard, and the Market’s famous (in my memory, anyway) herbed mayo.I abandoned my usual Ednam–bacon, turkey, Havarti, avocado–for a veg-friendly Ivy– on sunflower seed bread. I added roasted red peppers, scratched the mayo, and realized that sprouts and avocado are an all-to-scrumptious duo.Perhaps the most surprising meal came following our wine-filled day and swanky dinner at Hamilton’s on Saturday night. Waking up, as per usual, fairly early on Sunday morning, we decided to do something unusual for us and nix our ordinary mommy-and-me bowls of oats for a breakfast out.All through college, I heard about The Bluegrass Grill & Bakery. Having won countless “Best of Cville” awards for its famous breakfast, I was always told I “just had to” go. It’s the kind of place where, having arrived 15 minutes before opening on a Sunday morning, there is already a line formed at the door. It’s also the kind of place where coffee comes in mismatched mugs.Lucky for Mama Smart and me, we were able to snag a table for two right after the doors opened for business. Mama Smart went was about to place an order for two eggs over easy with grits and dry whole wheat toast (what she always orders on the fairly rare occasion she dines out for breakfast)……but I stopped her and told her that Bluegrass was reknowned for their whole wheat muffin-esque, ginormous biscuits, which–of course–we shared.As for my breakfast, I did something shocking and ordered a big, hearty, filling meal. Noticing the Gaia’s Revenge, a vegan hash–somewhat ironically–located just above both Bacon Candy and Chocolate-Covered Bacon on the menu……I, happily, could not resist ordering both it, and a side of fruit.Oh my goll, y’all…this was incredible: slightly spicy soy chorizo sauteed with onions, mushrooms, spinach, and tomatoes on top of what was undoubtedly the star of this show–super peppery home fries made with red potatoes.
Do you see the crisp on those babies???As will all of our other meals over the weekend, both ’mommy-and-me’ cleaned our plates.Like mama (Smart), like daughter (Smart): we know good food when we see it.