Welcome to the first in a series of blog posts about the Lexington Food Tour that I enjoyed with my bubbly friend on Saturday. The tour treated us to all kinds of healthy and delicious foods followed by fabulous desserts. Life is short…so let’s eat dessert first!
To start the tour us gals need shoes the color of sherbet…these lime sherbet shoes belonging to our fabulous tour guide Amelia are appropriate walking shoes for the tour.
My shoes the color of rainbow sherbet are not appropriate for the tour. Fortunately I did not wear them on this walking tour.
We started our tour at the Robert E. Lee Hotel, home of the Rocca Bar and Restaurante. On this particular day the restaurant graciously offered samples of Zeppoli…delicious ricotta fritters, powdered sugar and nutella sauce on the side…to visitors who happened by. The people in this town are so friendly!
When was the last time you saw one of these?! Pay telephones in booths in the Robert E. Lee Hotel lobby.
One of our stops on the tour was this 1930’s cottage style gas station that used to be a Pure Oil. The current building (photo on right) still has many original details including the blue tile roof and the “P’s” on the chimney. Since 2011, the building has housed Pure Eats Restaurant.
Pure Eats Restaurant DELICIOUS doughnuts ~ made fresh every day in the restaurant. IF they have doughnuts left over at the end of the day they take them to the Security guards at Stonewall Jackson Hospital and Washington and Lee University. Now that is SWEET!
Although we were served a lot of delicious food on the tour we were always ready for the next course because we knew it would be tasty and delightful and the walking in between the seven tasting venues gave us a little respite between bites. Our last course was Fig and Cardamom Gelato at Pronto Caffe & Gelateria. We enjoyed talking with one of the owners Franky who shared how he learned to make gelato in Italy – a fascinating story that you will enjoy on the tour. His teacher told him that Vanilla Gelato should “taste like a butterfly on your tongue”.
This lovely caffe also serves Espresso Affogato (1 flavor gelato “drowned” in espresso) and Moscato Affogato (1 flavor gelato “drowned” in moscato wine) delizioso! Over 15 types of gelato offered daily. Salads, soups and sandwiches are on the menu too.
After the tour relax and have a cup of Lexington Coffee Roasters coffee…take some beans home to enjoy the next morning. http://www.lexingtoncoffee.com/about-us
We were pleasantly full at the end of the tour but we wanted to take a little piece of Lexington home with us so we stopped at the Cocoa Mill Chocolatier to purchase some delightful and delicious chocolates to take home. We brought a refrigerator bag with some bags of ice in it in anticipation of purchasing perishable goodies to take home. The Cocoa Mill Chocolatier makes award winning handmade artisan chocolates…received accolades from the Wall Street Journal, Bon Appetit, CBS Morning News and the Washington Post.
If you love food…love the charm of Main Street…love friendly people…love local…you will LOVE LEXINGTON! I will post more photos and memories from our Lexington food tour soon.
Please visit my Facebook Page: Bubblybee