On Wednesday, I had lunch with my mom – Mimi. She and I met to plan the menu for our Mother’s Day class at The Kitchen Shoppe & Cooking School.
Since she wasn’t exactly sure what time she’d be done with an appointment she had, we met at Sophia’s at Walden – a favorite hangout of mine. I love to go there because the food is great, the atmosphere is funky and welcoming, and because I can stay all day and write and they don’t kick me out!!!!!
So I hung out there while I waited for Mimi and worked on menus for classes for the spring course catalog, sipped an iced tea and visited with a friend I didn’t know I’d see! I also glanced at the specials board and was intrigued.
When Mimi arrived she asked what I was going to have and I told her there was a special on the board that had piqued my interest. We ordered our lunches and set about our work. When our food arrived, we set aside our menu planning and dug in since we were both really hungry.
She commented on how good her soup was. For a change I was nearly silent – I was stunned at how good my sandwich was. So good that I had to think twice about sharing even a bite with Mimi! But the share was worth it because her soup was really yummy. Now when I tell you it was ham and bean, you’ll likely dismiss it as ordinary. You’d be wrong. It had a wonderful smokiness and great flavor!
Glad for the taste of soup, I turned back to my sandwich. It delivered everything you want in a grilled sandwich – it had a crisp exterior with a hint of butteriness, a gooey interior and a combination of flavors that both intrigues and satisfies.
OK, I’ve kept you in suspense long enough….the sandwich…….sliced pears with provolone and goat cheeses, bacon and apricot jam grilled to perfection! Mmm mmm mmm.
The picture doesn’t do the sandwich justice. There’s just no way to convey the complexity of flavors in words or photos – you have to taste for yourself!!!
If you haven’t eaten at Sophia’s at Walden, I’d enthusiastically recommend it for lunch. I’ve never eaten dinner there; so on that I cannot comment. Although it’s a bit pricey, the rest of the package delivers. The décor is comfortably trendy with lots of natural light, the service is attentive and the food is yummy 99 times out of 100 (ok, maybe I haven’t been there 100 times, but you get my meaning)!