House made sangria – Babalu Tapas & Tacos

House made sangria - Babalu Tapas & Tacos
Glass $6
Babalu Tapas & Tacos, Memphis TN

This sangria was on the watered down side, but the flavors were good enough. It was a decent size though.

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Stracciatella – Rolf and Daughters

Stracciatella - Rolf and Daughters
Zephyr squash, sunflower, aleppo, mint. $14
Rolf and Daughters, Nashville TN

This was tasty, but I wish I could have at least seen the stracciatella without all the stuff on top covering it up. It was weird to have the main ingredient away from view.

Peat Rose cocktail - Rolf and Daughters
Peat Rose cocktail. Rittenhouse rye, apple, lemon, grenadine, Laphroaig. $11

Wood fired oysters – Hog & Hominy

Wood fired oysters - Hog & Hominy
Parmesan, calabrian chile, butter, lemon. $14
Hog & Hominy, Memphis

Even though these oysters weren’t raw and fresh (my favorite way to have oysters), this preparation was really flavorful. I loved the texture of the wood fired oysters and its toppings. The calabrian chile was a great addition.

Cross-Town Fade cocktail - Hog & Hominy
Cross-Town Fade cocktail – Belle Meade bourbon, fernet branca, HH tonic, lemon, ananda ipa. $12

Peabody Old Fashioned – Lobby Bar at The Peabody

Peabody Old Fashioned - Lobby Bar at The Peabody
Crushed orange and cherry served with “Peabody Select” Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, soda. $15
Lobby Bar at The Peabody, Memphis TN

I came to The Peabody to see the march of The Peabody ducks, hehe! I know it’s super cheesy, but I love this kind of stuff. I must say that it was kind of a cool experience. The build up was much cooler than the march itself, but it was nice to relax at The Lobby bar while waiting.

Fennel absinthe bonbon – Pineapple & Pearls

Fennel absinthe bonbon - Pineapple & Pearls
Bar seating $180
Pineapple & Pearls, Washington DC

This fennel bonbon was beautiful and it tasted great! It was carefully presented over an absinthe cocktail garnished with a sachet of herbs. They said that they were going to phase this amuse bouche out to make room for new items. I’m so glad I was able to try it before then!

Welcome cocktail - Pineapple & Pearls
Welcome cocktail.

Swedish meatballs – Plaj Restaurant

Swedish meatballs - Plaj Restaurant
Potato puree, pan gravy, lingonberry, pickled cucumber. $20
Plaj Restaurant, San Francisco CA

Mmm, fancy Swedish meatballs! I loved the gravy and lingonberry combo. And the meatballs were really tender. The pickled cucumbers were a nice addition.

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Plajer cocktail - Plaj Restaurant
Plajer cocktail. $12