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Indiana trip report

David W | Jan 5, 2008 04:49 PM

Our plane arrived early, so we had the chance to eat at Guatalinda on Lafayette Road-we ate way too much, but enjoyed the pupusas, the tortas and empanadas-they do a fine job with beef, especially. We finished with plantains with bean paste that were very nice. Note that English is very much a second language here, but they are very patient with Spanish-challenged visitors. The space is very spare but comfortable and it’s quite inexpensive-we spent $18.00 total.

We then stopped at Goose, the new market (I knew about it thanks to myplateoryours’ website-thanks!). This is obviously already a hangout-they serve nice looking sandwiches and soups, along with gelato. A small selection of organic produce, wines, meats and dried products. I noted that they had some Lambic beers from Belgium. We picked up some nice lamb sausage, a decent bottled pesto sauce and some Arborio rice, along with Pecorino Romano and some pasta. Very friendly store-if I lived nearby I would be back.

Then a short stop at my brother’s house and it was on to Bloomington. We stocked up on wine at Big Red (still an amazing selection) and a quick stop at Farm. As I mentioned in another post, we stayed only a few minutes, since the bar doesn’t really offer wines by the glass and we were headed for Tallent. I found that very odd, indeed. The place was packed, though.
Fortunately, Tallent wasn’t, and we were seated promptly even though we were a half-hour early. We had a great bottle of Bandol from Domaine Ott. We started off with Pumpkin Angnolotti (similar to the previously reviewed gnocchi), whitefish croquettes with pickled vegetables, and a roasted vegetable salad. We then had elk, sea scallops and tagliatelle carbonara. Everything was terrific, but the tagliatelle was amazing, redolent of truffle. We finished off with persimmon bread pudding and a chocolate tart. We were trying to be good, but then they brought us the apple/cheddar upside down cake, with honey thyme ice cream that was delicious. I had a great glass of Creekbend ice wine from up the road as well. We had a nice visit from Chef Tallent and another great meal-still one of my favorite restaurants.

A trip to Shelbyville and the Cow Palace brought a nice tenderloin sandwich and an ice-cream soda. Another classic local diner.

I enjoyed our dinner at Elements as well. We had a Chablis from Domaine Seguinot-Bordet that was well priced at $45.00. We had a nice mussel soup, scallops and an amazingly good salad (I usually think salad is a waste of time out) with pine nuts and Parmesan cheese. The next course: striped bass, pike and tuna. The tuna was especially nice, with pepper coating and seared lightly. We finished with an apple tart and really tasty oatmeal/coconut cookies. My only problem was the Euro-trash techno soundtrack, which just didn’t fit the place.

I’d like to give a brief positive note for El Caballo Blanco Mexican restaurant in Connersville In as well-at 419 East 5th St. The space is very nice and the food is very good, and not dumbed-down (though it’s not quite as spicy as I would like.) If you’re in the area, it’s a nice alternative to the sea of fast-food joints.

Thanks to all the chows who contributed to my knowledge of these establishments, and to the folks who work at all of them as well.

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