Traders Point Farm

We found the website to this organic farm (you may have seen them selling milk, yogurt, and other diary products at local farmers markets or at some supermarkets) and discovered that, in addition to their own weekly organic farmers market (Fridays from 4–7pm), they also serve a totally organic/free‐range dinner from 5–7pm.

After a harrowing drive out to Zionsville (which was neat, since after five years of living in Indy, neither one of us had ever really been to Zionsville), we found this quaint little country farm, just how you would picture it; gravel driveway, wooden barns, a pond (full of nature!) and chickens running all over the place.

Dinner was $15 (as it is every week), and this week’s menu offered chicken pot pie with huge chunks of tender chicken and big chunky vegetables. The buttery biscuit on top really made it the “pie”, but otherwise it was really more like delicious chicken stew, just like Mom used to defrost.

Accompanying the pot pie was arugula with a fresh beet salad, topped with organic goat cheese and a tangy balsamic dressing. We also had a wonderful eggplant and zucchini caponata on crostini. It was very hearty, even for a cold dab of topping. Wonderful!

Perhaps the most enjoyable part of the meal was our beverage (included in the price). You could choose between water, or regular or chocolate milk. We both opted for chocolate (hey, we’re drinking whole milk anyway, why not splurge all the way?!), and it was just like dessert in a cup. Their milk is nonhomogenized (meaning the fat isn’t blended up) so it was rich and creamy and decadent, compared to the grocery‐bought skim we’re used to, but still healthy in its own way.

The dinner is only served May through October, but word of mouth told us they offer a Saturday breakfast in the winter. We’ll have to check that out. It would be great if the farm would post their anticipated menu on the website (or maybe offer an advertized vegetarian dinner once or twice), but regardless of what is prepared, chances are it will be wholesome and delicious and worth fighting Friday afternoon traffic on the northwest side to get to.

Don’t forget to take a little walk out to the pond after dinner; frogs, a green heron and blue heron, a kingfisher, swallows, and all sorts of cool nature surrounded us as we gazed at cows on a hillside. it doesn’t get more peaceful (or pastoral 😉 than that.

Amalfi Ristorante Italiano

Rumor has it that “Mama” works in the kitchen preparing many of the dishes and the fantastic sauce offered by Amalfi. Wow!

We were in the mood for something quiet and romantic, and we managed to snag an outdoor table for four on a Saturday evening. The weather was pleasant, our server (Ishamel) was very friendly, and while it’s rare that all four of us are totally satisfied, this time we were in total agreement. We wanted to bring Mama home with us.

Bread was a sort of rosemary flatbread (not quite as “nasty” as we would have preferred, but very tasty) and was served warm… a must. The house salads were served with a beautifully balanced viniagrette, and Chris ordered his Ceasar with (real) anchovies.

And then there was dinner. Jon loved his spinach ravioli (smothered in the sauce…have we mentioned the sauce?!). Christine’s gnocci were equally as pleasing. I had the fetuccini with red clam sauce (forgive me for not recalling the fancy Italian name), and though clams aren’t typically my most favorite seafood, it was the perfect combination of flavors. My sauce was slightly different from everyone elses, but just as good. Chris had the tortellini Michaelangelo (cheese tortellini with bacon, onions, and a light cream sauce) and it was so worth all the stolen bites I snitched.

Then we went for dessert. Christine enjoed the cheesecake, Jon tried the homemade tiramisu and a glass of Sambuca (which burned my nose from across the table). Chris and I split the ice cream dessert, and it was fabulous. To top off his evening, Chris also sampled the homemade Limoncello, and as he put it, “It was the same revelation I had when I first tried port: where has this drink been all my life? Why have I not tried this before?” I know I shouldn’t have, but I had the teeniest sip, and it was wonderful. It made the meal. I can’t wait to be able to have my own big girl glass!

In addition to the fabulous food, we made a new friend in Chef Mario. He came out to talk with us when we asked for dining suggestions for our trip to the Amalfi coast. Although it had been 14 years since he had last visited, he gave us some names and we promised we’d see if they’re still around. At the very least, we promised we’d come back after the trip (if not before) and give him an update, and he warned us that Naples is dangerous for tourists. We’ll stay away.

What a delightful evening! We’re going to certainly come back for another dinner, and if it’s as enjoayble as our first experience, plan to see four stars…

Update: You’ll notice that we’ve added that last half‐star. Yes, it’s just that good. We love this place.

Kabul

An unusual, but rewarding experience. We were pleasantly surprised by the zesty dinners and the friendly atmosphere shared by the patrons and servers alike. It was clear that many diners are regulars, from the family feel. Dinners featured ingredients such as saffron‐scented rice, pasta pillows, and tangy greens