Good morning friends!
I know it seems like lately all I’ve been doing is eating warm bread, drinking Champagne and going to parties….and I’m happy to report that last night was no different! (Ok, there are plenty of salads, walks to work and all- greens drinks in my life too, but those aren’t as much fun to blog about).
Last night, my friend Abby celebrated her 30th birthday at a gorgeous tapas restaurant in Somerville, Dali. How convenient that this coincided with being a WWC! (Work Week Cocktail); we are FLYING through the alphabet now, friends!
I arrived at Dali right on time (a first for me)…
Once our group of 18 (!) was settled, we got to ordering drinks.
I ordered a glass of Cava (a Spanish sparkling wine) to start. Other folks were ordering Spanish beers or Sangria. Dali makes a Cava Sangria, which was a sparkling white wine sangria; it looked delicious!
I also loved the coasters!
The menu was full of gorgeous bites:
To start, we were brought a hummus-type spread, various breads for dipping and a cold potato salad with a garlicky mayo.
My friend Jenn ordered Queso Rebozado con Miel | Fried Spanish Cheese w/Honey & Sweet Onion
I ordered Gorditas| Bacon-wrapped Prunes stuffed w/Goat Cheese
The rest of the folks put their orders in and the onslaught of tiny plates started to appear. This was the collection of plates near us (there were easily 20 more dishes on other parts of the table)
The garlic shrimp came in a screaming hot ramekin, with the oil still bubbling and the shrimp still cooking. The shrimp was as light as air and tasted like garlic with a snap of olive oil. The short ribs were fall-off-the bone tender and smokey, and the ravioli was all sweet lobster and cream. Everything was a single perfect bite. Not too much, not too little.
The birthday girl ordered Churros (Fried pastry to be dipped in thick hot chocolate) for dessert; but I was too stuffed to manage any.
As I headed to the T; I was struck by how much fun and casual European dining is; with the emphasis on the portions being small but delicious. We need more of this attitude here in the US. Tiny plates for all! Who’s with me?!