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$20 Tuesdays at Restaurant Bloom

For those of you who have never tried Restaurant Bloom, you are missing out on a culinary gem.  When you walk down Monroe Center in Grand Rapids, you may have looked into the window of the former Cafe Solace window and thought, “Wow, that place looks like it would be expensive.”  But on Tuesdays, you get a three course taste of culinary at its best for a mere $20.  

My friend Kimberly and I went today for an early dinner and here is what we had…

Deviled Eggs

A Trio of Deviled Eggs: Classic, Smoked Paprika, and Scallion. (The scallion was my favorite!)


Roasted bass, braised cabbage, potato, and lemon vinaigrette. (The braised cabbage was amazing!)

Panna Cotta

“Hard boiled egg” panna cotta (Vanilla Panna Cotta with what I think was a frozen apricot mousse center) with toasted coconut and apricot.  The crunch of the toasted coconut, the chew of the dried apricot, the creamyness of the panna cotta and the cold of the apricot mousse all mixed in your mouth for an incredible bite. That was my dessert. Kimberly’s dessert was…

carrot cake

Carrot Cake with a Sweet Pea Ice Cream and Cream Cheese Icing.  The Sweet Pea ice cream really tastes like peas!  You would never have thought to pair it with the carrot cake, but it mixes with the cake and the icing and really balances out the denseness and adds its own layer of flavor.

Everything was amazing, the food, the experience over all, it was a nice escape from the real world.  I left completely stuffed and in a happy daze.  I would highly recommend you try it.  Every week the menu is different and you can sign up to receive the new menu by email.

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Bar Divani

Hello there, Valerie here. Last night, the girls and I went to Bar Divani, to catch up and take advantage of their happy hour specials. With the way the weather in Grand Rapids has been hitting us, we all agreed that going out early and then hanging out at home playing cards was a safer plan. I follow GR_food_police on twitter and they mentioned that the happy hour at Bar Divani was a good deal, so we met there.

If by deal they really meant to say steal, then they weren’t kidding. $2 for a plate of focaccia with warm dipping oil?? $6 for baked goat cheese with warm crostini! $6 for spicy tuna! And that was only some of the amazing food. Then there were $6 martinis, the one I got was champagne, peach schnapps and something else. But wait there is more, $2 off glasses of wine! My bill at the end of the night was $30 for two martinis, sushi, 1/2 of a pommes frites order, orange chicken, and 1/2 a bread pudding (don’t judge… I like food and shared with everyone). I know the next thing you are thinking, “Wow that IS cheap, but I bet you get what you pay for. It probably wasn’t that good.” Not at all, everything was really high quality. The Chef really knows what he’s doing back there.

Apart from the food and drinks, the atmosphere is also really nice. Warm mood lighting, exposed wine racks for viewing their selection, nice chairs, and two separate sitting rooms. Not once did I feel like we had to yell to each other (I have a relatively soft speaking voice and was able to talk at my normal level). Another problem that I have with a lot of places with bars is that they get smoky, but not at Bar Divani. There was even a woman sitting directly behind me smoking and I only smelled it when she first lit her cigarette, after that the smell was whisked away by some invisible force.

I know it sounds like I am puffing it up to be this amazing place, but really, I just had a great time and definitely recommend it.

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