Eggplant Two Ways, Kapnos Taverna, Arlington, VA

I love eggplant. I guess that is why I love Greek food so much. There are so many dishes that are made with eggplant. At Kapnos Taverna in Arlington, VA, I tried these two dishes that were incredible and featured this yummy purple vegetable.

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Piklia

A trio of three spreads you choose from their diverse selection of spreads. The bottom spread was my favorite! It was melitzanosalata. A smoky eggplant blended with roasted peppers, walnuts and feta cheese. Very tasty!  The other two spreads, taramasalata (top), made of carp roe, caviar and cauliflower. And the middle one, favosalata; yellow lentils, scallions, black garlic. Each order of their spreads comes with warm, airy, pita breads to compliment the spreads. Next time, I’m ordering the melitzanosalata just for myself!

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Crispy Eggplant

This dish featured fried eggplant which was light and crispy. It was served with a spicy, honey and orange purée. Delicious!

There are many other dishes at Kapnos Taverna that I will need to go back and try. Kapnos Taverna is a great addition to the Ballston area of Arlington.

Fresh Ice Cream, Nicecream Factory, Arlington, VA

Nutella ice cream, Nicecream blending ingredients in KitchenAid and Spiced Vanilla ice cream.
Nutella ice cream; Nicecream employee blending the ingredients in the KitchenAid and adding the liquid nitrogen; Spiced Vanilla ice cream.

Are you looking for a new place to try this Memorial Day weekend? Why not head over to Nicecream Factory in the Clarendon area of Arlington.

Here is why I think it is worth the trip. When I first read about the Nicecream Factory concept,  I could not wait to go try it. The idea that their ice cream is created in front of the customer and made with farm fresh ingredients sold me. No additives, no preservatives just good clean eating. Real food!

I was not disappointed. Nicecream Factory features 4 flavors of the day. On my visit, they had Lemony Jenny, Chocolate Banana Split, Spiced Vanilla and Nutella. We went for the Spiced Vanilla and Nutella.

The fresh cream is added to the kitchen aid blender along with the flavor you choose. The liquid nitrogen is then added to the mixer which hardens the mixture quickly. That alone is just a wow visual and great fun to watch. How does it taste? Amazing! The ice cream is so creamy and sweet. I compare the taste to the gelato in Italy where I personally indulged in gelato everyday because it was made fresh everyday.  Now I don’t have to wait to go to Italy to have fresh ice cream.  I can go to this store in Arlington to have this sweet indulgent!