Mangia Qui

Last December we visited Mangia Qui in Harrisburg PA for dinner.

To start Tim and I had Scallops with chili beurre blanc and a salad with Belgian endive, peppadew, olives, pistachios and a sherry vinaigrette. For the Primi course we enjoyed spaghetti with Sangiovese, Bresaola, Barola and ricotta cheese and as Secondi a grilled duck breast in a tawny port cherry sauce with saffron and toasted almond quinoa. Finally we finished with bread pudding served with whipped cream.

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©2018 Joanne Bender

The Parrot

On November 2 we visited The Parrot in Gettysburg PA for lunch.

It was difficult to decide which appetizers to have so we started with Carrot Curry Ginger soup and Crab Cakes then later had Pork Pot Stickers and house made Won Tons. In the middle there was a Cuban sandwich and for dessert we had Spicy Mexican Mousse.

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©2017 Joanne Bender


On September 13 Tim and I revisited Luca in Lancaster PA. We had previously visited Luca in September of 2016.

This time we chose as appetizers the Asian Pear with lardo, parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar and the Burrata with grilled bread, greens and EVOO. For our entrees we had a Pizza with crema, mozzarella, shaved garlic, pancetta, pepperoncini and smoked cheddar as well as the Wood-Roasted Beef Shank with red wine, cipolini onions and lombardo peppers. For dessert we had an Amaro Custard Pie with brown butter, orange zest and marscarpone.

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Silantra Asian Street Kitchen

On August 23 we had a casual dinner at Silantra Asian Street Kitchen in Lancaster PA.

Tim had a wrap with coconut white rice and shrimp with lots of extra toppings and sweet and sour sauce. I had a bowl with brown rice and beef and also lots of extra toppings and yellow coconut curry sauce.

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Callaloo Trinidadian Kitchen

On July 5 Tim and I had dinner at Callaloo Trinidadian Kitchen in Lancaster PA.

We started with Pineapple Chow and 2 Doubles which are fried bread with curried chickpeas, cucumber chutney, tamarind and cilantro sauce. As entrees we shared Callaloo Rice with Beef and Buss-Up-Shut with Curried Chicken.

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The Left Bank

On April 27 Tim and I went across the Susquhanna river and had dinner at The Left Bank Restaurant in York PA.

For appetizers we ordered Flash Fried Calamari in a spicy banana pepper parmesan cream and Warm Brie Cheese Brûlée with blueberry compote, candied nuts and artisan crostini. I ordered Pan Seared Dayboat Scallops with smoked ham hock broth, red potato, pearl onions, sweet English peas and heirloom carrots. Tim had the Dijon Basted Domestic Lamb Prime Rib Chops crimini Mushroom risotto, grilled asparagus, heirloom carrots and mint & orange gremolata. We shared a Vanilla Crème Brûlée for dessert.

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©2017 Joanne Bender