During the summer, heavy foods rarely make it to my dinner table. I stick close to light pasta salads, grilled veggies and plenty of fresh seafood. There is no way a chunky piece of steak on my stomach can compete with the 90° temperatures so I stick to the heat friendly foods. This summer I took the opportunity to explore restaurants and local markets with good, chilled summer options. Smucker Farms, Tonic at Quigleys and The Capital Grille were just a few stops on my run with a list that is constantly growing. Ready to eat with your eyes? See below.
The Capital Grille took two simple ingredients and brought them together for one of my favorite summer go-to salads. The combination of fruit, veggies and cheese is what every salad (in my life) should be made of!
Served chilled, this salad brings three food groups on one plate. Tonic, which is known for being the GW students hangout, has taken a turn for healthy with new summer menu items at reasonable prices.
Sounds simple enough and it is. The Capital Grille brought a dish to their lunch menu that’s been done many times over but it’s one of those things we can all appreciate in the end. Seared scallops and cous cous lightly tossed with EVOO is the perfect way to heat up a summer dish.
Nothing spells summer better than the grill. Asparagus and the grill are good friends and they should always be together during the summer! Since outdoor space is limited in my neck of the woods, I sauteed mines and tossed them in with my shrimp masala.
Despite my lack of excitement when it comes to sweets, Smucker Farms Whoopie Pies got me excited about the summer. It could be attributed to my thoughts of my awesome childhood summers and how much whoopie pies remind me of some of those adventures. Whatever the reason, no summer would be complete without something a little sweet.