Thursday, May 22, 2014
Fresh Origins is America’s leading producer of Microgreens and Edible Flowers. Combining the benefits of an ideal climate with a deep passion for quality and innovation, Fresh Origins products are sought after by the finest restaurants and top chefs. The farm is located in the picturesque rolling hills of San Diego County, where the near perfect weather allows for production and harvest all year. Fresh Origins produces almost 400 Microgreens, Petitegreens, Edible Flowers, Shoots, Tiny Veggies™ and related items. Many are not available anywhere else, with new introductions nearly every month. Fresh Origins products are on top of the finest cuisine in the world! Fresh Origins supplies distributors of specialty produce who serve fine dining restaurants and resorts nationwide. There are also a few online sources of their products available to private chefs and home cooks. Read our first Culinary Queen interview with Kelly Sasuga:
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Open since Valentine's Day 2013, The Dakota Bar has been thriving in the Upper West Side ever since and the overall experience was one of the best for us in takeout in recent experience. Owners Jennifer and Todd Klein are both total peaches and we loved meeting the stellar husband and wife team, and it's clear they take beaucoup de pride in their labor of love, which is of course your dinner. The Dakota Bar is named after the Dakota building, and you may know them from Wine and Roses. We began with the Arugula and Mixed Greens salad, above. The invisible angle of nutrition named Bloomberg who sits on Peachy's shoulder applauded at the party of avocado, pears, spiced walnuts, dried cranberries, red onions and crumbled bleu cheese in balsamic vinaigrette. They are detail-oriented here and remembered to put dressing on the side as we asked. Totally fresh, this salad was splendid and a laudable start.
For our main course we tried the Fettuccini which was accentuated with pancetta, asparagus and peas in a creamy white basil sauce served perfectly Al dente. Delicious! And, it's pink and green -a great color combination. Everything we ate was just as visually appealing as it was tasty.
Without a doubt our favorite of what we tried was the Shrimp Bruchetta. Chopped shrimp, avocado, tomato and fresh mozzarella simply shined their brilliance on a toasted baguette. We believe you will be wowed too.
The Dakota Bar is absolutely Terrific Takeout!
We adored it and can't wait to return. Judging from how popular it was when we popped in we advise the wise to make a reservation. And oh my goodness wait until you see the chandelier!