Friday, May 18, 2012

KINKEAD's always conquers and is great on a diet! (5-16-12)

As you know we have been dieting and I am proud to say that in 2+ weeks, Will & I have dropped over 10 pounds each. We have been super well behaved and decided to head out with Samuel and two dear friends/ clients to Will's ould haunt KINKEAD's in Foggy Bottom. We made a great choice, as they still have the best seafood around and many of the options are much less fattening to boot. I arrived before everyone else and ordered a bottle of creamy, yet crisp CASTELO de MEDINA VERDEJO from Rueda 2010 in Spain; it was ideal with our starter of OYSTERS. We chose from Blue Point (Long Island), Ninigret Cups(Rhode Island) and tasty Creek Pungoteague (Virginia); it was very hard to choose a favorite. Meanwhile, Samuel ordered the Grilled Free Range CHICKEN BREAST with Parmesan Crusted Thigh, Roasted Artichokes, Mushroom Sauce (that he would have none of), Tomato, garlic & Lemon. He let us eat the tasty smoky arrtichoke hearts (odd, cause he loves them at home in garlic butter) and gobbled down with his chicken a side order of Boardwalk FRIES. We moved on to a MACON-VERGISSON Les Courthoges 2010 from Domaine Jacques Simonin which was a fruit intense Chard pairing ideally with our three different main courses: Pepita Crusted SALMON with Cilantro, Chilies, Crab, Shrimp & Corn Ragout Crispy Whole SNAPPER with Thai Curry Coconut Milk Broth, Straw Mushrooms, Thai Herbs & Cucumber Relish and my divine Cornmeal Crusted SOFTSHELL CRABS with Tasso (ham), Crayfish,& Artichoke Salad in Corn Butter Sauce All of the dishes were superb and yet not huge or very rich. Excellent diet choices if you stay away from the bread! Our server Beth was so kind when we hesitated at the dessert menu and was happy to bring out 5 forks with the one order of Kinkead's unbeatable APPLE TARTE TATIN with Vanilla Ice Cream & Caramel Sauce. Even Samuel's eyes rolled when he downed his forkful of tasty apple with the yummy crust. We went home and were both happy to see that the next morning our weight had yet dropped again. Hopefully we have fooled our metabolism and it will work hard all weekend as we have a charity dinner tomorrow and will need all the help we can get!