Big Yoga Houston, which has been making the time fly by. It's been super challenging, but super awesome! Next week involves a 3-day juice cleanse, and I'm not scared at all because by my estimation, wine comes from grapes, and grapes are a fruit, so juice cleanse = wine cleanse. Maybe I'll document the wine cleanse, I mean juice cleanse, for all of you in a later post.
Speaking of "juice cleanses".
My boyfriend Jon and I recently tried out the much buzzed about Radio Milano in City Centre with our friends Lindsey and Caleb. We decided to meet downstairs at their Milano Bar ahead of time. The best word to describe the inside of this bar is "swanky." It's old world meets prohibition meets Ron Burgundy's oasis of leather bound books and rich mahogany. The bartenders all wear fun hats, and don't be surprised if you see a "wild" mustache or two.
I'm going to level with you here. I have absolutely no idea what I ordered. I *think* it may have been the maserati, but my memory is a little hazy from the Radio Milano Juice Cleanse. I told the quirky, awesome
After our pre-dinner juice at the bar, we moved upstairs to the dining room, where I had my martini juice (that I should have just started with in the first place). Oh, and it was good. Super dry, dirty, and strong. I requested it with cocktail onions, but they didn't have them, so I went with olives and was not disappointed.
To start, we all shared the formaggio and carne antipasto.
Have I ever met a cheese I didn't like? No. Did I like these cheeses? Yes. I loved them. And word on the street from my dining companions was that the meat was also delicious. The variety on the platter was solid, and as with the drinks downstairs, I was in awe of the presentation. Our server came out and squeezed jam from a tube onto the dish for a simple yet stunning touch.
After our first bottle of wine juice, we decided to order our entrees.
(this is a judgement-free zone people).
There aren't a whole lot of vegetarian options on the menu (the carefully selected menu isn't large to begin with), but the ones on there seemed pretty impressive. I was discussing some of the vegetarian dishes with our awesome and hilarious server, and he responded by telling me that what I really should do is order the risotto without the pork belly and with added vegetables and truffle flakes on top.
You had me at "truffle flakes."
And how great is that? You seriously cannot get more accommodating. A+ for the attentive, considerate service at Radio Milano!
Oh, and YOU GUYS.
Creamy, fragrant, decadent, gooey, rich, and sinful, this dish is a force to be reckoned with. The delicate vegetables interwoven throughout the velvety risotto was a complete symphonic experience. And the pairing of the truffle flakes and pecorino romano on top of the porcini mushrooms was beautiful. Un. real.
Lindsey let me sample a bite of her fagotelli, filled with butternut squash and topped with sage, brown butter, and pumpkin seeds. This was also an exquisite dish. The flavors came together to form the perfect balance of savory and sweet. And it all was somehow magically light. She and I definitely gave this dish another enthusiastic thumbs up.
Radio Milano is a hip, romantic, exciting, new(ish) place around town that offers intricate, thoughtful, incredible dishes, and top-notch service. If you go (and you really really should), you're bound to have a lovely time!
Wine Juice. It's a thing.