Taking a short break from the Vegas series, here’s our recent date night at Pure Food & Wine to celebrate my birthday! My birthday (12/5) fell on a weekday this year, and with the mess that our apartment was in (pretty bad water damage while we were out of town), we waited until the weekend to celebrate. And we had a Groupon!
The last time we visited Pure Food & Wine was in July, the perfect time for enjoying their garden. This time, we had a good spot in the dining room. Woody textures and a lovely warm glow. A cozy, intimate setting for date night.We ordered the organic Pinkus Pilsner again. Tasty with all the fall/winter flavors, which were not as tart as our previous meal here during the summer. Appetizer: Tuscan Kale with Shaved Fennel and Orange ($16) with orange blossom scented honey, fennel pollen, candied almond crumbs. Lately, I’ve been craving some good leafy greens. This impressive mound of kale did the trick. I noticed other people nearby marveling at the kale too. The candied almond crumbs were delish. Entree: Cauliflower and Sweet Corn Polenta with Bourbon Maple Persimmons and Radicchio ($25) with cherry tomatoes, mache, candied pistachios, cashew cheese, avocado pistachio vinaigrette. After a bit of ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the colors of this dish, I finally settled in to enjoy the different flavors. Ooh, and more candied nuts! I need to try recreating this yummy polenta sometime. The cashew cheese was great, too. We didn’t get to try their desserts on our last visit. This time, I had a game plan… we shared the appetizer and entree so we wouldn’t miss out on sweets again.Dessert: Chocolate and Jungle Peanut Butter Cheesecake ($16) with a peanut butter cup, salted peanut butter ice cream. Isn’t it a beauty? Let me remind you that everything here is organic, vegan, and raw, which I find quite impressive. It tasted as good as it looks! I’m glad we were sharing the dessert as the cheesecake was very rich. The peanut butter cup was essentially an upscale version of Reese’s pieces. And that ice cream! I wish our vegan ice cream came out like that. What’s their secret?!