Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
Claire and I recently took a day trip to Bozeman before I put her on a plane to Vegas. Best day of sunshine, good food and drinks I’ve had in awhile! First stop was lunch, Naked Noodle, for an amazing bowl of prosciutto wrapped scallops in a bowlful of bow ties. Why do we not have options like this in Helena???
After a day full of shopping we were ready for another meal. Next up, Plonk. I’ve been to Plonk a couple of times, but this visit was especially good. Claire and I started with a glass of white wine each on their back patio, surrounded by freshly potted flowers and creative graffiti art on the walls.
A cheese plate, crab cake, and Buffalo empanada later and we were stuffed. The food was all amazing! Plonk promises local, seasonal, fresh and organic and they delivered. Another glass of wine and a professionally crafted Negroni later, and we were ready to move on to our last stop.
Last stop was the new brewery in Bozeman, 406 Brewing Company, named for the Montana area code. The space is out in the old industrial part of town where old buildings are being reclaimed. There’s a new bakery, along with some other businesses not far off of Main. The brewery reused materials in their decor as well. There’s a chain along the bar for you to rest your feet on, the tables are all made from old wood, even the brewing equipment is recycled! They were not busy on a Sunday evening, and right now they only serve up about 5 different kind of brews, but the atmosphere was chill and the pourer friendly.
Households that have lost the soul of cooking from their routines may not know what they are missing: the song of a stir-fry sizzle, the small talk of clinking measuring spoons, the yeasty scent of rising dough, the painting of flavors onto a pizza before it slides into the oven.
Barbara Kingsolver Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life