Thursday, July 15, 2010

Elizabeth's Cafe

Long time readers of my blog will remember that my brother, Michael is a CIA grad chef with his wine certification. He had been living and working in California at a Mobil 5 star restaurant, but now he's back on the east coast!

He has returned to the restaurant where he started as a dishwasher and worked his way up, Elizabeth's Cafe. They used to be dinner-only, but he now offers his own lunch and accompanying wine menu for casual dining inside or on the patio.

We went with long time family friend Lyn and her daughters Cecelia and Marissa (my God daughter!), my mom, and her friend Pam.

When Michael saw us approaching through the kitchen window he immediately started on the girls' lunch so they wouldn't have to wait long. They had grilled cheddar cheese sandwiches with their favorite cottage cheese!

I ordered the saffron shrimp salad on Ciabatta roll with the apple slaw to share with my mom and it was delicious! My plate was sparkling white by the end of the meal!

My mom ordered the seared diver scallops with the green bean salad. These were so awesome and scallops are my favorite seafood!

Pam ordered the crab and cauliflower lasagna, which she let me take a few bites of. This was really creamy and I loved the cauliflower in there - I'll have to add that to mine in the future!

Lyn was adventurous and went for something she said she never would have considered - the peach and plum gazpacho! I also stole a spoonful of this and it was so refreshing!

The warm French bread that came at the beginning of the meal was SO addicting, I asked my brother if I could take a few pieces home. Imagine my delight when he popped out of the kitchen door and handed me a whole loaf!!!


Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats said...

That crab/cauliflower mac and cheese is right up my alley! I would also be very excited about taking home a WHOLE loaf of bread!

Simply Life said...

oh that meal looks delicious!

The Diva on a Diet said...

Wow, what a wonderful meal! So lucky to have a chef in the family! I'll bet that unusual gazpacho was to die for ... yum!

Also, what a great picture of you ... and that yummy bread! :)

Judy said...

Oh yum, wish I lived close enough to go to that restaurant. Would love that crab & cauliflower lasagne.
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Autumn @Good Eats Girl said...

Wow!!! What a meal! Everything looks great!

Allie (Live Laugh Eat) said...

Somehow I missed the post of your brother graduating from CIA--so cool! The food looks fabulous...I hope he's coming home for Thanksgiving every year :)

Laura said...

WHOOP!! love the bread :) All his items look so great-the crab cauliflower lasagne especially. I want to make that this fall.

Anonymous said...

Okay, I am going to have to find a recipe for the cauliflower crab mac n cheese!

Looks like you are having a great time Christina!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Christina!! Wow i had no idea your brother was a grad of the CIA. THAT is way too awesome!! TOo bad i'll have no chance convincing my brother to do that...just so I can eat the food he cooks for me. :P

you are ADORABLE with that loaf of bread. hahahah I would be smiling from ear to ear like you if I got a whole loaf when all i wanted were a few bites! :)

jenn@slim-shoppin said...

That's so cool Christina! My dad was a professional chef growing up, so I was SUPER spoiled with great tasting food!

Your brother's restaurant looks great!