As I've mentioned on numerous occasions, I love good food. You might call me a foodie or a food snob but that doesn't bother me. Salty, sweet, or savory; from the most complex flavor profile to the simplest, if the food is made with good quality products I enjoy it. I can be as equally satisfied with a creative salad as I am with a platter of meat. I prefer local and organic products but do eat carefully selected imported items. I would rather taste a single bite of a quality food item than have heaping plates of food of an inferior quality. In my opinion, when it comes to food, more isn't always better.
|The cheese course that included fresh ricotta and a sage-cheddar|
I posted about my first visit to Mrizi Zanave, Albania's tribute to the International Slow Food movement last year. I've been back several times since my initial visit with each meal being just as good, if not better, than the last. We returned again this past weekend and once again the menu didn't disappoint. From the endless mezzes that started the meal to the fruit filled desserts ---yes plural desserts--- and the meats and pastas in between, it was all amazing as usual. Some of the dishes like a carrot byrek and tempura broccoli I'd had before, but the pasta with blueberry cream sauce that accompanied the mushroom risotto was new to me. This is one of the things I love about Mrizi Zanave; they pair food combinations that I would never even dream of serving together with amazing results. Traditional Albanian meats of baby goat and lamb cooked in milk took on new flavors when they were slow cooked rather than overcooked.
|Three fruit desserts on a single plate|
|Wild pomegranates used for a refreshing juice spritzer; potatoes are in the forefront|