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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tonight we met up with Ruth and Paul for a fancy dinner out together at La Medusa, in Columbia City. Wednesday's are Market day at the restaurant, because the Columbia City Farmers Market is just down the street, and the chef can literally walk over and pick up farm fresh produce and meats to include on the menu. For $25, they offer a 3 course Market Meal.
Both Dan & Paul went with the Market Meal, while Ruth and opted for other menu items that we all agreed were too delicious sounding to pass up - that way, we all got to taste a bit of each.
The Market Meal started with a small salad, featuring halved baby Walla Walla Sweet onions.
I went for a hot salad called 'Grandma's Greens', with wilted greens mixed with olives and nuts.
The Market Meal main course was a vegetarian pasta with Pecorino cheese shaved on top. Without a protein, it was a little sparse for a main course, but still reportedly good.
By contrast, my Duck Leg Pasta was very not sparse, with a pile of fettuccine noodles topped with olives, figs, and shredded roast duck leg.
And Ruth's Asparagus Risotto was beautiful, bright green, and very good.
For dessert, the Market Meal included a Chocolate Brioche that was unanimously a favorite.
Ruth ordered the Cannolis, given that you can't get them very many placed in Seattle.
And I went with the Tres Leches Coconut Cake. My only previous experience with Tres Leches Cake was at Senor Moose, and this was very different than that. I guess I can't say which was more 'authentic', but this didn't seem as moist or rich as the Senor Moose offering. It also didn't taste coconutty to me at all, making me wonder - in retrospect - if it wasn't the Tres Leches Coconut Cake at all, but some sort of Strawberry Shortcake, which is what it seemed to be. It was still good, but not at all what I was expecting.