It’s summer. It’s hot — at least, it’s supposed to be, although lately Columbus has been unseasonably cool — so who wants to eat soup? Who wants to spoon down piping hot liquid on a day when the temperature is up around 90?
All true . . . but there is one soup that is perfect for the summer. I’m not talking about vegetable-intensive gazpacho, which always looks like a bad excuse to use up the odds and ends from the vegetable crisper drawer in the fridge. No, I’m talking about the premier summer soup: vichyssoise. Vichyssoise, which rolls down your throat like a brisk stream of rich, creamy goodness and cools you to the very core. G Michael’s has potato leak vichyssoise on its current summer menu, and it’s just what the doctor ordered on a hot summer’s day.
Don’t you love it when you go to a favorite restaurant and see something that perfectly fits the circumstances and your taste buds?
I hate eating lunch at my desk. I think everyone deserves a break from the workday when they can go outside, stretch their legs, and get something interesting to eat with friends or family members.
Sometimes, however, work pressures just make eating out impossible. When that happens, it’s nice to have dependable options within walking distance where you can get a good lunch and bring it back to your desk. I’m lucky, because I’ve got a lot of really good choices.
When I’m in the mood for something on the lighter side — which in my case means soup — I head down Gay Street to Cafe Brioso. Every day this nifty little coffee shop and eatery offers your choice of five or six different soups, as well as a full spread of sandwiches and other fare.
Today I decided to try something a bit different and got a bowl of the coconut curry lentil soup, which set me back only $4. It was excellent, combining lentil heartiness, coconut smoothness, and a little curry kick to get me primed for the afternoon at the office. With some crushed saltines and a crumbled crust of bread, it filled me right up.
It’s just another reason why I’m a committed soupaphile.