As part of my effort to better appreciate Georgia agriculture, I took a road trip through middle Georgia. My first stop was Eight Oaks Farm in Moreland. After driving down a pretty side road for a mile or two, guided by signs with strawberries on them, I found the farm with the stand right at its edge. The owner explained that they have pick-your-own strawberries as well as fresh-picked strawberries and other vegetables. I bought a box of strawberries that will reside on top of my pancakes in the morning. I also bought some nice looking zucchini that will grace some future lasagna.
Trev, Jan, and Karem took me to a wonderful evening at West End Grill located, appropriately enough, in the West End. The restaurant still has its old tin ceiling festooned with stained glass chandeliers. I was too hungry to take a picture of our appetizers: crab cakes and bleu cheese tarts. The crab cakes had just a bit of heat to them, something you don't always find in a crab cake but which worked very well. The bleu cheese tarts lived up to their intriguing premise, rich and tangy. This is my caprese salad. The mozzarella, tomato, and basil were all outstanding. The balsamic vinegar had been very well aged, giving it a thick consistency. My main course was tuna, perfectly prepared to a medium well. The tuna left just enough room for a chocolate lava cake paired with decaf coffee. The cake was rich and moist. I kept scraping my plate to be sure I retrieved all of the chocolate.