Day 1 in Ithaca (Wednesday)

I should have posted this last night, but there was so much to do and so many people to see that I didn’t get a chance to upload pics and write an entry until just now.

Yesterday we went to ABC Cafe for lunch. This is an organic vegetarian cafe that uses local ingredients. They’re very accommodating to vegans as well, and many of their dishes are vegan to begin with.

We started off with a huge bowl of fire-roasted gazpacho. I make it a point to get the gazpacho any time it’s on the menu (at any restaurant) because it’s one of my favorite soups and I like to try all the different variations. This one did not disappoint! The fire-roasted tomatoes added kick to this soup and we finished the entire thing. There were also onions, cucumbers, and scallions, and a horde of spices that I can’t identify.

For my entree I got the “Viet Spring Salad”, which consisted of rice noodles served on a bed of lettuce with marinated tofu, sweet and sour carrots, peanuts, purple cabbage, cucumber, and scallions. It came with ginger-tamari dressing. I’d never actually gotten this dish before, but it was delicious. The tofu was firm and flavorful, the carrots were refreshing and tender, and the peanuts really topped it off.

Bobby got the classic ABC burger served in a pita with sprouts, tomatoes, cucumber, onions, and greens, with lemon tahini dressing. ABC makes their own burgers and they are fantastic. He also got a side of French fries. We agreed that the burger was perfect, but the fries were a tad too oily. He’ll go with a side salad next time.

For dinner we went to Four Seasons (Korean), my (formerly) favorite restaurant. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as good as I remembered it. Bobby says the quality has definitely diminished. We started off with the typical Korean side dishes, and they were very mediocre, to be nice. In fact, they were downright dismal. The kimchee wasn’t fresh, the sprouts were dull and tasted old, and they were stingy with giving seconds (not that we really wanted them). They no longer serve their signature rice tea, which was very disappointing.

For dinner I got cold Bi Bim Bap, a veggie dish of sliced sprouts, carrots, spinach, and zucchini, topped with a fried egg. It comes with rice on the side. I didn’t care for the rice, but the veggies were decent. I took out the egg yolk, added the red chili sauce (my favorite part of Korean cuisine), and mixed everything together:

Bobby got Dol Sot Bi Bim Bap (the hot version of what I got), which was similarly decent. It does come in a cool stone pot, which makes for a pleasing presentation.

Overall, not the best dining experience. I was disappointed, because this used to be my favorite place to eat! The management has changed, and the new people are not doing a very good job. Yes, the service is better (it used to be awful and slow), but the food has suffered a lot. I think I prefer crappy service and great food to decent service and poor food.

We finished the night with a medium cup of Tasti-Delite at Collegetown Candy and Nuts. It certainly made up for dinner! We got a swirl of chocolate chip cookie dough and coffee, then topped it with granola. Absolutely fabulous. I like the lightness and airiness of Tasti Delite – you get the taste of ice cream without the heavy feeling in your stomach.

So overall, a good food day. Later on I also enjoyed a fresh orange with nutella 🙂

2 Replies to “Day 1 in Ithaca (Wednesday)”

  1. aww i’m sorry to hear your dinner was a dissapointment! that Tasti Delite looks good, sadly we have none of them in my area!

  2. loveofoats – thanks 🙂 Yeah, I definitely miss Tasti now that I’ve moved to the west coast… I’ll have to get it every time I’m back here visiting.

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