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Rumi restaurant

There's a new restaurant in my home town named Rumi, and the OH and I went there last night as part of our tenth outlaw wedding anniversary (observed) celebration.

http://www.rumisancarlos.com/menus.html

I am a little uncomfortable with the idea of a restaurant named Rumi, it seems a bit like naming a restaurant Martin Luther or St. Francis or possibly Shakespeare. (Google tells me there are restaurants named all those things. So much for my delicate sensibilities.)

The food is described as "Mediterranean & Western Silk Road." They claim to use "local and sustain-ably raised foods from northern and central California."

I had a really interesting vegetarian entree, described thus:
baked ricotta, farro, Bloomsdale spinach, baharat scented acorn squash, pinenut picada, balsamic huckleberries

The foods were sort of overlapped like dominos to encourage you to try them both separately and together. The ricotta, farro, acorn squash, and pinenut all worked together in various combinations, and the spinach, farro, ricotta, and huckleberry sauce worked together in various combinations.

The OH had a lamb skewer and "pumpkin spaetzle," which was really yummy. We finished off the meal with a Numi Flowering Tea—Sunset Oolong, which was pretty good. (I was kind of bummed that they had already steeped the tea a couple of minutes before they brought it to our table, so we didn't get to experience the "flowering.")

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basketcaselady
Feb. 17th, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
Mmmmmm. The menu looks yummy. Too bad San Carlos is too far for us to go out to dinner :\
firecat
Feb. 17th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
If you ever get out to Half Moon Bay, San Carlos would be on your way home.
hobbitbabe
Feb. 17th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
Is flowering tea the same kind of thing that some people call Chthulhu tea? Like there is a big ball that unfolds into a creepy chrysanthemum?
firecat
Feb. 17th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's a good description of it.
karenkay
Feb. 17th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
What is farro? (I guess I could Google, but asking you is more fun.)

It all sounds delicious. The overlapping dominos thing is interesting. (I'm a food separator, for the most part.)
firecat
Feb. 17th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
I had to Google it myself. It's a kind of wheat related to durum wheat.
pyrzqxgl
Feb. 17th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
Happy anniversary!

I've been kind of uneasy with blatantly naming kids after very famous people -- like "here's my child Darwin(TM)" -- but something like this, if it it's done respectfully as a fan/follower rather than as a corporate exploiter, at least at the moment doesn't set me off.
firecat
Feb. 17th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

For me it's not the famous people aspect that makes me uncomfortable so much as the fact that Rumi is sort of a religious figure (a Sufi master). But it doesn't bother me that much, in the end.
liveavatar
Feb. 17th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
Nom nom nom
Oh yum! That looks delightful. Thanks for the review! I'll aim to get there in the next couple-three of weeks.
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