Second Helping: Central Provisions

It was total no-brainer to set foot in here again, but quelling the urge to duplicate my last order was the true struggle. Their preparation of cod on my previous visit knocked my socks off and I almost ordered a heartier version of the protein, but felt I had hit my whitefish quota for the day with my tacos at Sonny’s. I set myself the task of  trying items in a raw, cold, hot, and dessert progression, but did not end up venturing outside my ingredient comfort zone. It didn’t really matter because I was just as impressed by the harmony of flavors & textures as before and I left completely satiated. My only disappointment lay in the two temperance drinks I tried. The spiced maple soda seemed diluted and the Cold Fashioned (cider, pomegranate, orange slice, bitters) went in the other extreme, almost blowing out my palate with the sweetness. Vena’s still has no equal in the mocktail realm!

Yellowfin tuna crudo with sesame, mustard, radish

Yellowfin tuna crudo with sesame, mustard, radish

Citrus salad: kumquats, grapefruit, blood orange over tahini with carrot-sesame cake crumbles

Citrus salad: kumquats, grapefruit, blood orange over tahini with carrot-sesame cake crumbles

Arancini with jamón, pecorino, spicy tomato

Arancini with jamón, pecorino, spicy tomato

Peanut butter cream puffs

Peanut butter cream puffs

~NOMaste

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