Saturday, January 1, 2011

COM Dunwoody Grill

Recently, my mom and I found ourselves in Dunwoody around lunchtime. We were enjoying a day of shopping together and wanted something delicious for lunch. I remembered reading an article by John Kessler about somewhere in Dunwoody that had great Banh Mi sandwiches. Here is where my favorite Iphone app came in very handy: Foodspotting. Sure enough, I typed in what I wanted and Com Dunwoody Grill was the answer. My mom had read about this place several times too over the years and it was on her list to try.

The menu was wonderful. Very hard to narrow down and I will be returning soon to try other things. It was a cold day so we opted away from Banh Mi and chose heartier, more filling options instead. My mom ordered the Pho lunch special which includes your choice of meat in a broth flavored with star anise, ginger, cardamom, and coriander and a spring roll of your choice. My favorite part of her meal was the lovely plate of fresh herbs and limes they brought out with it to "dress" your own soup as you wish.

I started with shrimp egg rolls and then I ordered the C'om Frangrance Rice with Beef. The rice was a strange shade of green that I am still pondering what made it so. But it tasted delicious and was served with tiny fried onions and peanuts. I ordered it with Pork which was artfully flavored and wonderfully tender. It will be hard to not order it again next time.

We are both anticipating springtime when we will return because our mouths are watering for the C'om Goi Salad which includes papaya, green mango, fuji apple, cucumber, daikon, carrots, basil, cilantro, mint, peanuts, crispy onions, and Com's house dressing.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Recipe Recruits: S'Mores Cupcakes

S'Mores Cupcakes:

2 cups crushed graham crackers
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
Hershey's kisses
mini marshmallows

Mix the first 4 dry ingredients together. Mix the milk and egg together. Blend dry ingredients with wet ingredients.

Spoon into cupcake papers.

Top each one with 2 kisses and 3-5 marshmallows.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Enjoy!!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Co Op: Celebrating with the Girls

We aren't ready for Christmas to be over yet so we thought we could still get by with Christmas posts at least til New Years! So here is one of several to come...

We have a long standing tradition of enjoying a family girl's lunch on Christmas Eve. Our favorite spot and the one we visit most often frequent is Bistro VG in Roswell. But this year we mixed things up a bit since we all wanted to see the latest Cirque show, OVO, in Atlanta. We booked our tickets and decided on a cocktail hour with heavy appetizers at my house beforehand.

I made popcorn that I popped in coconut oil and a dash of truffle oil. I tossed it with sea salt and rosemary and served it in paper cones that I made:

I also made a butternut squash, gruyere, and mushroom tart from Food and Wine Magazine:

We toasted with Almond Champagne from Trader Joes that is my absolute favorite:

Our other eats included Bacon wrapped dates grilled to perfection, cilantro shrimp, and of course delicious cheese and crackers. We ended with cookies and goodies from holiday bakes and swaps. For the finale we poured two different dessert sips, ChocoVine and 1921 Crema de Tequila served in edible chocolate cups.