Whether it’s a short flight to a close-by country or an hours-long transatlantic journey, you by no means need to board an aircraft without some snacks, especially while offered with those hard-to-withstand airline-issued snack packs which can be loaded with sodium and high in energy. The 8-day party of Passover is on its way, and with it comes critical nutritional guidelines. Eating fermented grains or similar staples and wheat, rye, barley, oats, and corn is forbidden. The one exception is a matzo, a flat, unleavened that commemorates the Jewish slaves who fled Egypt three,000 years in the past and had to live off unleavened bread. These restrictions, however, may additionally make developing with Passover cakes a bit hard, mainly if you don’t commonly have fun.
We went for the seafood; however, in the end, it became all about the cheesecake.
My husband and I often have enjoyed walking the captivating streets of Olde Towne Portsmouth. However, we’d in no way dined at Lobscouser, a neighborhood fixture for three a long time. We determined to rectify that with a lunch visit to the intriguingly named seafood eating place on High Street, on a block between the Commodore Theatre and the Children’s Museum of Virginia. A chalkboard signal within the eatery’s entrance explained that “lobscouse” is Norwegian for a prepared dinner on a boat or delivery.
The word appears to be derived from “lobscouse,” which the net Merriam-Webster dictionary defines as a sailor’s dish of stewed or baked meat with greens and hardtack, a form of biscuit. Our food arrived quickly after we were seated in a booth in the quaint eating place with a gray, green, and blue indoors color scheme and waterfront scenes at the walls. The meals changed into reasonably priced, and the quantities had been just proper for a noon meal, leaving us with plenty of room for dessert.
I selected one of the “seafood favorites” at the menu, Scallops Smithfield ($eight), with five large, buttery scallops baked in a creamy Swiss cheese sauce with bits of Smithfield ham. The dish came with golden finger-formed hush dogs plus a preference of sides. Steamed broccoli retained some crunch, and a twice-baked potato, an item the menu said changed into to be had in limited portions, turned into fluffy and tacky.
Jay selected a lunch unique, fried fish bites with candy and sour sauce ($6.25). Our server advised us the battered fish, which changed into slight and barely sweet, changed into mahi-mahi. For his aspects, Jay had crispy, thick-cut French fries and, for a fab evaluation, tomato-basil-cucumber salad. The chalkboard mentioned above signal additionally touted made-from-scratch cakes so that we couldn’t depart without a flavor of something candy. We each enjoyed a massive, decadent slice of cheesecake ($4.50 apiece).
Mocha-almond cheesecake became a creamy, chocolatey traditional with an espresso kick, generously garnished with sliced almonds. The banana-chocolate cheesecake turned into even greater of a palate pleaser, with a rich banana flavor complemented using pieces of what tasted like a brownie or a dense chocolate cookie jumbled into the cheesecake. Lobscouser also offers a spread of landlubber gadgets on its lunch and dinner menus, and it has a full bar and bottled beers and wines via the glass or bottle. We didn’t imbibe because it changed into early in the day, although the $4 Bloody Mary lunch unique was tempting. Perhaps I’ll strive that once more, although what I look ahead to is any other slice of cheesecake.