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.

Cracklin’ Chicken Skins and Duck Fat Beignets, Gypsy Soul, Merrifield, VA

Brunch is  delicious at Gypsy Soul at the Mosaic District in Merrifield, Virginia. Now that the weather is getting warmer, plan a visit to this top-notch restaurant during the weekend to try one of these items. When I go, this is what  I love to order.

Cracklin’ Chicken Skins

Yes, it is not a low-cal item on the menu but it is worth every bite.  It is a crispy, pile of chicken skins that are deep-fried. They are drizzled with a sticky, sweet honey hot sauce. Indulge, it is worth it!

Yummy Brunch in #DC: Gypsy Soul, Merriefield, VA Cracklin Chicken Skins

Duck Fat Beignets

Another item that was added to the menu for the spring is duck fat fried beignets. You can get them as an appetizer to start your meal or save room for them for dessert. They are served with a caramel sauce that you drizzle over the beignets. Frying them in the duck fat gives them a mild taste, and does not overwhelm the beignets. They are crispy on the outside and light and airy   inside. Best outside of New Orleans.

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UPDATE: Gypsy Soul has closed.