Surprise! The farm’s great friend Diane is in town! A trip for dinner is in order. Down to the village we go.
It’s been ages since we’ve seen each other. Though thanks to our blogs, at first, and social media, later, we’ve been keeping up with each other’s lives for longer than a decade.
Nix is a vegetarian restaurant that even meat-lovers can love. The dishes don’t try to make up for not having meat; they celebrate the vegetables they’re created around. The flavors are bold, the textures are varied, the plating is beautiful. Chef John Fraser earned a Michelin star, and it’s easy to see why.
We’re starting with raw vegetables and two dips.
Then we shared several plates as a table.
Wild arugula, baby beets, goat’s cheese, almonds:
Burnt broccoli, white cheddar, hazelnuts & chili:
Wok roasted carrots & parsnips with chimichurri:
Pea dumplings, radish, ginger & scallion oil:
Jeanne and Theresa, whom I’m also been keeping tabs on over the years!
Theresa said she always looks better in photos that are taken with a flash, so I’m putting both out here for you all to judge.
Potato gnocchi with ramps & fresh garbanzos:
Artichoke and broccoli rabe sauté, preserved tomatoes:
Cauliflower tempura with steamed buns & house pickles:
And the piece de resistance, Shiitake “cacio e pepe” with green beans and creamy polenta:
Food and friends.
Flash or no flash?
And a nice walk back to the car afterwards.