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.

Foodie Travel: Charleston Culinary Tour, Charleston, SC

Have you ever gone on a food tour when traveling to a new city? If you haven’t, I highly recommend it. It is a great way to learn the city’s history, some interesting facts and a great way to discover their culinary scene. While in Charleston, my husband and I went on the Charleston Culinary Tour. They offer a variety of tours of different areas in Charleston. From tasting local cuisine to touring behind some of the city’s famous kitchens.

HoM, Charleston, SC
HoM, Charleston, SC. Left, Green Gobble’n Turkey Burger. Right, Fried calamari on sundried tomatoes and goat cheese.

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Foodie Travel: Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is becoming one of the hottest foodie destination in the south. It has numerous chefs who have been nominated and won James Beard Awards for excellence in cuisine. If you are thinking of taking a trip to this beautiful, southern city, be sure to make reservations (and make them early because they book quickly) to some of  these restaurants.

Husk

Reading the menu will make you hungry. James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock changes the menu with what ingredients are in season. Located in a charming, historical Charleston building, Husk prides themselves on their farm to table cuisine. Their motto: “If it doesn’t come from the South, it’s not coming through the door.” The kitchen did not disappoint on my visit. The wait staff was great; very helpful in describing the menu items and steering you to choose what you are craving. Husk makes my favorite restaurants list!

Husk Restaurant, Charleston, SC
Husk Restaurant, Charleston, SC. Top row; cornmeal dusted catfish with pan roasted cabbage, red peppers and sweet corn. Middle row; house-made cocktail, sweet corn soup with fried ricotta dumplings, arugula salad with summer berries, candied pecans and ginger vinaigrette, braised pork in a rich broth with butter beans, peas and kale. Bottom row; buttermilk chess pie with strawberries and whipped cream, chocolate fudge cake with carmel chocolate chip milkshake, malt custard and smoked brittle.

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