Day 3 of Staycation started with traveling to a different part of town, Queen Village, for an excellent brunch at The Village Belle, which is another place that had been on our radar for a while. We hadn’t gotten to it yet because it’s a little inconvenient for us to get to; however, it was a little easier to get to than we initially suspected. It’s a bus ride and a healthy walk away, but it was a beautiful morning, so it was the perfect opportunity to go.
The food at The Village Belle has been inspired by Northern Mediterranean cuisine that showed in the brunch menu. Holly had the eggs benedetto, which came on a cheese biscuit with pancetta and greens. I had a crespelle filled with eggs, bacon and cheese and topped with a bit of marinara sauce.
Both were excellent, as was the coffee, but we were really blown away by the side of fresh ricotta with honey and pistachios.
We walked off brunch by wandering around Queen Village, a neighborhood with which we weren’t that familiar. We spent a significant part of staycation on the east side of town, so it was exciting to explore areas that were new to us. Our walk led back to more familiar terrain close to where a couple of movie theaters are. We decided to see a movie and the timing worked out for us to catch Beasts of the Southern Wild, which was absolutely fantastic.
By the time the movie was over, we were hungry again and headed over to Nomad Pizza, another place we had been wanting to try. We had heard a lot of good things about Nomad and weren’t disappointed. We shared a spicy soppressata pizza drizzled with honey.
Sharing the pizza was just right because we didn’t want too much for lunch because we were highly anticipating our dinner. After pizza, we walked home and relaxed before heading to a restaurant which had been on top of our list pretty much since the day we moved here. Pumpkin is a highly rated farm to table byo just a couple of blocks from our apartment. It was one of the first restaurants to open, about 8 years ago, in the recent resurgence of our neighborhood. We had been saving it for a special occasion, and felt it would be a nice centerpiece for staycation.
Armed with a couple of bottles of wine, we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner in the small, cozy dining area. Because of the tight quarters and the slightly dark atmosphere, we were inclined to not take pictures. On Sunday nights, they offer a fixed price meal. It was a bit of a challenge selecting wines. Because Pumpkin specialized in fresh local foods, they often don’t post a menu until the day of, so we based our choices based on recent menus.
The meal began with a cucumber gazpacho made with buttermilk and served with white grapes. We both had the fregola sarda, a pasta served with duck confit and a coddled egg. The cheese course was a Cana de Cabra served with baby beets, pickled ramps and pistachio. We both also had the hanger steak for our entree. The steak was perfectly cooked and came with a black garlic, red wine and cipollini onion sauce. And, finally, for dessert, Holly had the “Flavors of Banana Foster,” which was a cardamon flavored pot de creme with salted rum caramel and walnuts. I had the chocolate cake which came with passion fruit sorbet and coconut granola. Everything was incredible from the atmosphere to the service to the food. Truly a memorable experience.
- Staycation Day 1
- Staycation Day 2
- Staycation Day 4
- Staycation Day 5
- Holly’s Staycation Photoset
- Tom’s Staycation Photoset