Saturday, January 24, 2009


So apparently my blog is so popular people know me when I call because I got my husband and I table at Terrapin last night, even though it was booked SOLID for restaurant week. Okay, yeah, that's just a dream and no where near reality, but a girl can always hope!

So Terrapin...located down by the Oceanfront on Baltic Avenue, Terrapin a gem. It's one of the Virginia Grown restaurants in the area and it is absolutely delicious! Plus they have their own mixologist who makes amazing concoctions. We went for restaurant week so the meal was $25.09 a person (this has been extended until Tuesday January 27 for those of you have gotten here yet) and had 3 courses.

Starter: To start you could choose from a butternut squash soup with a chipotle sauce and spiced pecans, truffle oil mac & cheese, or a roasted winter vegetable salad. The soup was really amazing and I would definitely recommend it to anyone

Entree: You could choose from a half hen, seafood pasta, vegetable gnocchi or pork tenderloin meal. I had the half hen which came with brussel sprouts and the truffle mac & cheese. It was delicious. the Hen was cooked perfect and they had already taken it off the bone (thank you!). My husband had the seafood pasta was also delicious, though a fairly small portion; it had clams, shrimp and scallops in a vodka sauce.

Dessert: We had the flourless chocolate cake with chocolate sorbet and the caramelized bouchee with cider reduction and apples. Both were delicious though I think I'd have to go with the chocolate here. It had this amazing consistency and was super light - it reminded me of Nutella but of course way better.

For cocktails, there was a huge variety of great concoctions ($12-13 each). I tried both the sparking cranberry tini (house infused cranberry vodka, champagne and cranberry juice) and the Asian tini (lychee infused vodka, lemongrass syrup and something else I'm forgetting). Both were excellent. My husband had a Manhattan and said it was wonderful.

In all, you need to go to Terrapin. It was just rated #1 in Hampton Roads by Hampton Roads Magazine and I can't say I would disagree!

Price: $$$$ (expect to spend $60+/person including a few drinks not during restaurant week)
Food: 5 bowls (on a scale of 1-5)
Drinks: 2 martini glasses (out of 2)
Atmosphere: super cool

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Restaurant Week January 2009!

To anyone who reads this, it's Restaurant Week in Norfolk (both downtown and Ghent) and Virginia Beach right! If you have a chance, go out and try something delicious! If you're going to Terrapin tonight, I'm jealous!