Virginia Beach Foodie Spot: Eurasia Cafe & Wine Bar

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Virginia Beach is a vacation spot and, as a result, it has a lot of touristy restaurants. Most of the time the view at these restaurants is much more pleasing to the senses than the food. Don’t get me wrong, I have fun going to these places, especially for the hush puppies and cheap beer. However, sometimes my sophisticated taste buds need to be awakened with more inspiring dishes. And when this happens, my husband and I head to Eurasia Cafe.

Lobster Mac & Cheese at Cafe Eurasia

Eurasia Cafe (Virginia Beach, VA): Located off the beaten tourist path in a small strip mall behind a wine shop, Eurasia Cafe is THE local foodie restaurant in Virginia  Beach. There are no views of water here, in fact, there isn’t a single window in the whole place. Eurasia Cafe simply knows how to produce fresh delicious dishes and, as a result, the restaurant is packed every night. A rare feat for Virginia Beach in this economy.

Eurasia’s menu consists of New American cuisine with heavy influences from Asia, Europe and southern cooking. Here you can get hot & sour soup to start then move to a summer melon prosciutto and crispy goat cheese salad for a second course and finish with shrimp and grits for your entree. Eurasia prides itself in using fresh seasonal ingredients and every night they have a long list of specials. If it is soft shell crab season one of their specials will be sure to consist of the freshest soft shell crabs in the area paired with some sort of delicious sauce. I took my father here once and he ordered the soft shell crab appetizer. After his entree he ordered another soft shell crab appetizer for dessert. It was just that good.

While Eurasia’s specials are always great, there are a few staples on their regular menu that are truly outstanding and a must try:

Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio at Cafe Eurasia

– Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio: A generous portion of perfectly sliced beef tenderloin carpaccio served with fresh arugula, a truffle egg salad that is to die for, thin potato crisps,  parmesan cheese and a balsamic mustard vinaigrette. The texture is there, the color is there, and most importantly, the flavor is there. This dish is simply heaven for the senses ($10).

– Lobster Mac & Cheese: Cafe Eurasia takes my two loves (lobster and mac & cheese) and composes them into a dish that is rich yet fresh and extremely flavorful. There are a number of ingredients in this dish that go together beautifully including a creamy raspberry ale aged cheddar sauce, thick cherrywood smoked bacon, fresh peas, local pea tendrils and a balsamic reduction. Tossed with claw and knuckle meat and topped with a tempura lobster tail, this lobster mac and cheese is definitely a food euphoric experience ($24).

Shrimp & Grits at Cafe Eurasia

– Sautéed Shrimp & Smoke Gouda Stoned Grit Cake: While I only lived in Charleston, South Carolina for a year, that one year was all it took for southern cooking to hold a special place in my heart. Cafe Eurasia takes the typical southern dish shrimp and grits to a whole new level with a rich elegant gouda grit cake and fresh buttery jumbo shrimp. Tossed with surry county sausage, roasted red peppers, basil and old bay butter, this dish truly does shrimp and grits justice ($21).

While the dishes listed above are priced on the high end for Virginia Beach, Eurasia Cafe also offers a variety of delicious sandwiches all ranging between $8 to $10. You can order these sandwiches for lunch or dinner and probably spend the same as you would at an average chain like Panera Bread. Also, because Eurasia Cafe is located behind a wine shop you can pick out a bottle of wine at the shop and bring it with you to dinner for a $10 corkage fee. And since most restaurants double the price of bottles, this is an excellent deal. So if you are ever in Virginia Beach and want to take a break from the typical touristy seafood restaurants make sure to check out Eurasia Cafe. Oh, and invite me to come along with you :). (Reservations highly recommended and must be made at least a day in advance for weekend nights. Open Monday thru Saturday. 960 Laskins Road, Virginia Beach, VA).

Must-Eats of NYC

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French Onion Soup Dumplings at Stanton Social

It has become a recent tradition for the Savory Sisters to meet up in NYC each year with our third sister for a weekend of shopping, exploring and, of course, delicious food.  There are a few go-to places that are a part of the tradition and a few others that we had the pleasure of trying for the first time on our recent visit.

Our Traditions:

Magnolia Bakery: Tucked away in a little corner of Greenwich Village is this small bakery specializing in cupcakes.  Featured in an episode of Sex in the City, this little shop has had a huge amount of success and is known to have spurred what is now known as the “cupcake craze”.  As avid Sex and the City fans, we tried out this cupcake shop after the episode premiered years ago and have been addicted ever since.  The cupcakes are nothing out of the ordinary but their simple pastel buttercream frosting on top of moist vanilla cake is, to us, perfection.

Stanton Social: The setting of this restaurant truly epitomizes the New York City scene with trendy music and pretty people, but what’s special about this place is the unique food.  Our favorite is the French Onion Soup Dumplings. Bite into one of these and the most amazingly delicious french onion soup bursts into your mouth.  The dumplings are topped with melted Gruyère cheese and a crouton so you get all the flavors of your typical French onion soup in a creative de-constructed presentation.

Places we’ve tried and loved:

Granola at Max Brenner

Max Brenner: Attention chocoholics – this place is for you!  If Willy Wonka took a trip to New York he would definitely stop here for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Max Brenner is all about chocolate with pipes pumping chocolate throughout the restaurant and creative chocolate creations such as chocolate syringes and chocolate pizza with marshmallows. Just about everything on the menu has chocolate on it or somehow incorporated into it. We tried Max Brenner for brunch and ordered the granola fruit bowl.  Although this dish sounds healthy, the granola is still topped with a generous scoop of dark chocolate shavings.   It is also served with a flask of honey that makes for a great presentation (keeping with the chocolate factory theme) and allows you to control the sweetness of granola. Order anything with chocolate at this place and you won’t be disappointed.

Cafeteria: A 24/7 diner located in Chelsea, this place is known for comfort food and yummy drinks. Almost everything on their large menu is delicious but some of the highlights for us are their Trio of Mac and Cheese including a smoked gouda with bacon and truffle oil (we can’t get enough of this stuff) and their Deep Fried Oreos served with mint chocolate chip ice cream and a chocolate shake shot. In the mood for lighter fare? No problem, Cafeteria offers a great variety of fresh salads and sandwiches.

The Savory Sisters Cape Cod Food Picks – Wellfleet Edition

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Mac's Seafood Market in Wellfleet

Cape Cod holds a special place in the Savory Sisters’ hearts. Ever since we were little girls, we’ve headed to this Massachusetts vacation spot with family to enjoy its beautiful beaches, picturesque towns and, of course, its food.  Are you headed to Cape Cod this weekend or at some point this summer? If yes, or if you just want to read about mouth-watering food, check out these Savory Sister food picks for the Wellfleet/Upper Cape area:

PB Boulangerie BistroThis is the best bakery we have ever been to outside of France, no joke. Recently opened in 2009, this French bakery serves a wide variety of delicious breads and pasteries, including a chocolate croissant that is truly out of this world with its crispy buttery crust and warm gooey chocolate center. If it happens to be a chilly day, treat yourself to their to-die-for hot chocolate. Next to the bakery is a sit down bistro with indoor and outdoor seating where you can enjoy yummy French fare, wine and refreshing cocktails. Forget about calories, go  here. You are on vacation after all :). (15 Lecount Hollow Rd, Wellfleet, MA. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays)

Mac’s SeafoodLocated in the picturesque Wellfleet harbor, this popular joint consists of a takeout restaurant and ice cream parlour in the front and a seafood market in the back where you can find some of the freshest local seafood such as Wellfleet oysters, Eastham mussels, littlenecks and lobster. If you want to pull a Savory Sister, get a french baguette at PB Boulangerie Bistro and fresh lobster meat at Mac’s to make a delicious homemade lobster roll. (265 Commercial Street, Wellfleet, MA).

Baked Oysters with Cilantro Pesto at Pearl

PearlAlso located in the Wellfleet harbor, this popular spot knows how to do local seafood with dishes such as baked oysters with cilantro pesto, pan steamed mussels with coconut milk, pineapple & basil, and a fisherman’s platter with perfectly fried cod, scallops, oysters, clams, shrimp & calamari. The restaurant can get crowded so after putting your name in head up to their rooftop deck for a cocktail and breathtaking view of the harbor. (250 Commercial Street, Wellfleet, MA. Open May thru September).

ArnoldsSituated just outside Wellfleet in neighboring Eastham, this seafood shack is a Cape Cod institution. There is almost always a line but its worth the wait. Nothing fancy here, just solid fried seafood and lobster. If you are hungry, order the Ginormous Lobster Roll, which is three times the size of a normal lobster roll. We also highly recommend their World Famous Homemade Onion Rings. After your meal, head to their ice cream window and/or test your golfing skills at Arnold’s Adventure Mini Golf (3580 Route 6, Eastham, MA. Cash only, ATM inside).