Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Great Soup

I have to post about the really great soup I had last night.  I was on the run to my dad's house to see how he is doing since his discharge and needed something fast to eat.  I stopped into Valanni on Spruce Street, one of my regular haunts to see what I could get on the run. 

Chef Even Turney convinced me to sit down and relax for a minute and have a bowl of his soup special for the evening.  I am thankful he took the time to slow me down.  The soup was worth its weight in gold.  Deep brown broth filled with caramelized onions and mushrooms, a piece of toasted French bread floated in the middle.  I sat at the bar and relaxed as the bowl of hearty goodness warmed me and settled me down from a long work day.  The magic was worked.

This is the second week in a row I have had a great bowl of soup at Valanni.  Last week, Turney put out a wonderful butternut squash puree with lump crabmeat and grilled asparagus.  I thought that would be hard to beat, but this week's Monday soup special blew me away!  The onions fell apart in my mouth and the veal-base was perfectly salty and robust for the windy evening. 

I eat out a good bit.  At least once a week.  As noted earlier, I eat at Valanni a good deal too.  The reason is simple.  The food is unfailingly excellent.  There are other reasons too, but that's the basic one.  Excellent food gets my attention all the time.  The staff is top-shelf and it's easy for me to get in and out of there, but it's really the great stuff that comes out of the kitchen that ranks it at the top of the restaurant scene for me. 

While he food is always wonderful and the place is fun, last night deserves a special mention.

PS - for all those who have asked, Dad is home and doing well.  Thanks for your support!

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