QUOTE(tsquare @ Apr 26 2010, 04:00 PM)
Thanks. As I mentioned, most of my eating was done ala conference. Was that pork or chicken I had for lunch? Sad.
We had lunch at Moxie's - a cuban sandwich on a good roll. Do they remove the bready part and leave the thin shell? Also a cafe con leche - not sure how this was different from a latte, same price and description. Nice vibe to the place. Funny street of small independent places in the middle of high-rise buildings. 500 block of N Tampa St.
Did walk (too far) to Ybor City. Tourists out in the mid-day sun. Other than a Blue Bunny ice cream, I was not inspired. Took the trolley back which was a nice ride, and walked the remaining bit on the Riverwalk.
M ate, on his own, at Laughing Cat. Not sure what inspired him to try it. He wrote down the special for me as a laugh - pasta in a white cream sauce with shrimp, steak, portobello mushroom, and roasted red pepper. Really? "Inspired Italian". He also got a chuckle overhearing the waiter, "I've always wanted to work here" ask the owner/chef (?) what white wine to recommend to a woman who asked for one that wasn't sweet - "I guess she wants sour?"
We splurged for dinner at Mise en Place. The menu is really complicated, but the dishes we tried were well executed. Funny, this waiter also told us "he always wanted to work here" but otherwise was far more skilled. We both had heirloom tomato salad - ripe tomatoes in April - a treat for us. I had chickpea crusted soft shell crab, a small plate, and M had "Sous Vide Venison Loin, Rabbit Tasso Wild Mushroom Fricasse, Fried Green Tomato, Truffled White Cheddar Chili Grits, Peach Chipolte Jam, Quick Collards". Amazingly, it all worked. He wasn't impressed with the almond licorice ice cream, I liked my cocoa nib peanut dacquoise. Across from University of Tampa and an easy walk from downtown.
M had a lunch of curry goat at a jamaican hole in the wall Jerk Hut, 234 E Twiggs St. He liked that. Not so fond of the burrito he tried or the hotel breakfast buffet (don't ask me why he bothered!)
Happy to be home, though it is 20 degrees cooler.
The menu at Mise looks very complicated, you were being kind in your description. Huge, and varied. The wine list didn't come up for me, but the tasting menu combinations (crudo fluke, etc) looked engaging
Gotta put it on my list for the next visit.Mise