Over the years, I’ve sat in Three Ships Coffee and pondered many things over their beautifully prepared coffee. Many of those times what I’ve pondered was what to have for breakfast.
The ViBe District roaster and coffeehouse, owned by husband-and-wife Brad and Amy Ewing, make some darn good breakfast items to go with that cuppa java.
Biscuits are deliciously baked and offered with a number of quality fillings. The savory and sweet hand pies are edible works of art held together in a light, flaky pastry. Everything, good to the last crumb.
Then I met the Avocado Toast. It’s a generic and deceptively simple term. And, indeed, the ingredients are simple, as described to me from Brad: half of a fresh avocado, a house mix of dried Mexican spices, and finishing salt atop toasted artisan bread.
But the thick cut bread, still soft inside but toasted crunchy with dark golden brown crust on the outside, sets the platform with quality ingredients. And that’s what good cooking is about, sourcing the best ingredients that you can get your hand on.
The avocado was at that ripen point where the rich, green flesh becomes so velvety soft you can spread like butter across the bread. A delightful blend of earthy spices with the proper hint of heat is mixed in with the avocado, and a large-grained salt garnished is sprinkled across the top.
Every single bite was accented with a rather loudish moan in approval, although not as animated as the deli scene in "When Harry Met Sally." The firm texture of the bread, with the dichotomy of the buttery avocado, was just the first in several wonderful complementary textures as well as taste.
I also like dishes that, when you finish them, you feel satisfied, and not full; and you also feel, well, maybe even a little healthier after the delicious meal. Three Ship Coffee’s Avocado Toast is just that dish.
Three Ships Coffee is at 607 19th St. Call 757-301-1848 or visit www.ThreeShipsCoffee.com.
A NEW TALL TOQUE AT PRESS WINE BAR
Just celebrating their first, Press Wine Bar on Shore Drive starts on year two with a new executive chef.
Rodrick Lawson, previously executive chef at sister restaurant Press 626 in Ghent, made the change in late November. The move came after the departure of Keith Hunt, who had been the wine bar’s tall toque since the eatery opened.
Lawson has been with the Norfolk location for eight years.
“He’s taking over to ensure brand cohesiveness,” says Lindsay Bennett, who owns both Press restaurants with her husband, Ed. “He’ll be revamping the brunch menu and adding his very popular Duck Confit and Sweet Potato Hash.”
Another brunch dish to look for from Lawson: New Orleans BBQ Shrimp and Jalapeño-Cheddar Grits. Bennett says at dinner, the chef will add popular items from the Norfolk location including Seared Scallops with Coconut Risotto and Citrus-Vanilla Beurre Blanc.
“Along with that will be other dishes, such as Chef Lawson’s Short Rib Bourguignon and Mushroom Pappardelle with Truffle Cream, Spinach, and Toasted Walnuts. Bennett notes the new items will be on menus in the coming weeks.
Press Wine Bar is at 2301 Red Tide Rd. Call 757-481-9463 or visit www.PressWineBarVB.com.
FIREBREW BAR & GRILL HOSTS FIFTH HOLIDAY DINNER
Firebrew Bar & Grill is hosting their fifth Holiday Food & Wine dinner on Dec. 16. There are two seatings; a more casual service at 3 p.m., and a more elevated service at 6 p.m. Open since 2011, the Red Mill restaurant focuses on open flame cooking.
At 3 p.m., three courses are served from Chef Caples’ kitchen: starting with appetizer, then salad. There are four options for the main course: Cedar Plank Salmon, Bone-In Center Cut Pork Chop, Prime Rib, or Roasted Vegetable Lasagna. The cost is $40.
At 6 p.m., dinner starts with the choice of, soup, a winter salad, then two appetizer options. The main course showcases four selections, Cedar Plank Salmon, Center Cut Veal Rib Chop, Filet Mignon, or Roasted Vegetable Lasagna. The cost is $60.
Wines at both seatings are presented by Matthew Fitzgerald of The Country Vintner. Seating is limited, and a secured reservation is required.
Firebrew Bar & Grill is at 1253 Nimmo Pkwy. Call 757-689-2800 or visit www.Fire-Brew.com.
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