Last Wednesday, Christmas came early when Chef Jason and our friends at Datz prepared a holiday tasting for the Tampa Bay Bloggers.
As usual, Datz rolled out the red carpet with chilled cocktails ready and waiting for us. This holiday cocktail, Wreck the Halls, mixes 360 Madagascar vanilla vodka, Kahlúa peppermint mocha and Adult Chocolate Milk, which made our evening very merry and bright.
For our first course, we sampled Flatbreads topped with fig, pear, goat cheese and arugula. The combination of tangy fruits and goat cheese with the crispness of the flatbread bundled a bit of Christmas flare in every bite.
Then, we nibbled on new-to-me dish, Poutine. The gooey, gravy goodness and the fries were a meal in itself. (After all, chips and gravy is a British delicacy.) Toss in some cheese curds and a fried egg on top and now you have a complete dinner. But ours didn’t stop there.
Next, we noshed on Corn Fritters with Powdered Sugar and Jalapeño Maple Syrup. The heat and sweetness of the jalapeño maple syrups finished the fritters off perfectly.
Our holiday sampling quickly became a feast once the main course arrived, Black Tea-Spiced Baby, Free Rage Chicken with Asian Pear Chutney served with Curried Vegan Winter Stew.
Just when we thought we couldn’t possible eat another bite, Chef Jason saved the best bite for last: Battered and Fried Oreos. It was deep fried slice of heaven.
But our evening didn’t end with dessert. To wrap up our tasty evening, the Tampa Bay Bloggers and I participated in a Secret Santa Swag Swap. Upon arrival, we placed our gifts under a slim Christmas tree, a beautiful centerpiece.
Jina of Behold the Turtle took home my Turbie Twist.
I scored some lovely lingerie from Raffi of Running Betty. Thanks to this sexy little number, I’ve been added to Santa’s naughty list for sure.
The evening was epic, but don’t take my word for it.
For more reviews of our Datz holiday sampling and our fun Secret Santa Swag Swap, visit my fellow Tampa Bay Bloggers.
By the way, the Tampa Bay Bloggers are so tasty, we were featured in the menu just below Eddie Vedder. Yep, we’re as hot and juicy as Eddie.