Dirt Candy

Last night, Phil took me to Dirt Candy for my birthday and it is my new favorite restaurant.  I wish I had the little camera with me because the food was gorgeously presented.  I know this blog is about our frugality, but if you want to treat yourself to some amazing and inventive vegetarian food and live in NY, make a reservation!  You really have to make a reservation, the space is tiny and walk-ins were turned away.  We had jalapeno hush puppies to start with some sweet whipped butter and then split a green salad with grapefruit pops, which were a revelation.  Imagine a huge segment of juicy grapefruit encased in a hard sugar shell.   There is a picture of it here, but it really doesn’t portray the beauty of the pop.  I am seriously wondering how I can recreate this in my kitchen.  My entree was amazing – stone ground grits with pickled shitakes, bits of corn watercress and a tempura poached egg and bits of liquid huitlacoche. How did they do this egg? It was poached perfectly, dipped in tempura batter and fried?! Amazing! Phil had crispy tofu with green ragout – comprised of some lovely spring vegetables. We were too full for dessert, but will head back! Maybe with a camera next time.