New Tricks for an Old Dog

Oh, the joys of going out to eat!  I enjoy eating out because it’s a chance to learn something new. Mom and pop joints are my favorite places to learn new techniques.  At Soup Spoon Café (located near the capital of Michigan), I got a bonus lesson on, none other than… the panini!!  This does not happen often- trust me!  In a prior post, I mentioned a panini place that had panini’s on french bread. However, it didn’t have the warm, grilled bread component that makes up a great panini.  Soup Spoon transformed their french bread to a “panini appropriate” sandwich.  How?? They flipped the bread inside out, genius.


In this picture you can see how the inside of the french bread is now the outer layer, and what is usually considered the outer part of the bread- is now on the inside.

This sandwich consisted of slow roasted pork loin, caramelized onions, pickles and melted Gruyére cheese with their bistro sauce.



Let me know if you try out this new trick!




Another small cafe..

Small cafes seem to be the latest trend for me.  My extensive research lead me to another small cafe called ‘ino Cafe.  Just like Piccolo Cafe, this cafe had 18 seats and a wine bar.  This place was filled with an array of unique and creative paninis, tramezzinis, bruschettas, and even antipasti’s.  The food, ambiance, people, all make this a place that is definitely worth going to.

I had half of a panini and a salad.  The panini itself was absolutely amazing! It was on the best bread ever, and was grilled to perfection.  Inside there was cacciatorini, goat cheese and tapenade.  Cacciatorini is a salami cured with garlic, so good!  



The salad that I got was completely out of my ordinary, but not at the same time.  It was a jerusalem artichoke salad with a parmesan vinaigrette.  At first, I was picturing jerusalem artichokes to be just like a normal artichoke but maybe chewier.  Wrong, they tasted just like a regular, but dryer potato.  Pretty good!  Both these dishes were very different than each other, they probably wouldn’t be the ideal pair.  But I, of course, always like to do something a little out of the norm.  Regardless, I enjoyed every second of it!