Since last week’s post on the Best Thing I Ate This Week, there was more glorious food.
It is summer. Vegetables are starting to come on. It’s strawberry season, soon to be followed by blueberry and sweet corn season.
The Elkhart Jazz Festival brought some great food to downtown Elkhart. I love the wagyu (Kobe-style beef) burger that Cafe Navarre has on its lunch menu in South Bend. It was at the pop-up at the jazz festival. And it was good. Moist and medium rare, the way it should be. I saw one gentleman send his back for being too rare, but it was cooked how he ordered it.
The weekend also included the first camper pies of the season. There’s not much nutrition to pie filling or pizza filling in soft bread and cooked over in an iron over coals. But they are tasty. I’d love to figure out how to get more vegetables in those things.
In a week with some rich food, I did get a Martin’s salad in. Full of vegetables and color. I always make mine the same way. Do you? And what’s in yours?
This arugula salad with a lime vinaigrette and hunks of hard provolone, lava beans, red onion and crispy pancetta was simply amazing. It was one of the courses at the Antonio’s dinner with Mahoney Vineyard wines.
The western omelet at Olympia Candy Kitchen in Goshen wasn’t the best thing I had all week, but it appeared to be smiling at me. And I smiled back.
The best thing I ate this week was the caprese salad with friends Chris and Todd Martin. She makes an excellent bolognese, which you can also see in the photo. Chris and I were cub reporters at the Elkhart Truth in the 1990s. She and her family are still dear friends. And she made this amazing caprese with good tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, balsamic vinegar, basil and olive oil. I made a version later in the week, but it wasn’t as good.
Her salad tasted like summer should: sweet and balanced. And it was great to be with friends.
I’m hungry. Let’s eat.