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Eating local at home and away: Indianapolis, Indiana

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It is finally spring. But this brief return to windy and cool weather elicits memories of the wonderfully warm summer and a tour of sustainable agriculture farms and dairies in Indiana. Being sure to sample at least one farm to table restaurant while visiting, Cerulean was the top choice with open reservations.

A gem in a developing area of downtown Indianapolis with a beautifully decorated and inviting atmosphere. Attentive staff and food with such attention to detail that you enjoy it twice - first the visual feast then flavors that ground you with the familiar while taking your taste buds on a culinary whirlwind.

Starting with corn meal macaroons with pork belly to the massive yet perfectly seasoned chop and ending with the chocolate and coffee dessert finale, the meal was memorable, complete with interludes of deliciousness.

If you are ever in Indy, take the time to discover Cerulean each season because the menu changes and each visit will be time well spent.

Amuse Bouche
Amuse Bouche NWilliams

Amuse Bouche

With just the right amount of tartness and sweetness, this seasonal pickled amuse bouche with an edible flower kicks off the start to an inviting meal.

Bread & Butter
Bread & Butter NIWilliams

Bread & Butter

Not your common bread and butter but rather homemade churned butter from local seasonal organic milk paired with saffron infused oil and black sea salt.

Fried cauliflower
Fried cauliflower NIWilliams

Fried cauliflower

Breaded cauliflower on a summer restaurant menu? Sure, not unusual. But this delightful delicacy is definitely different. Seasonal, organic, sweet, tender and seasoned perfectly with just the right amount of crisp breading. The accompanying aioli was an added treat.

Pork belly
Pork belly NIWilliams

Pork belly

Pork belly from locally raised hormone free pigs. Deftly prepared to bring out the subtle flavors of the dish: corn meal macaroons, local spicy microgreens, smoked cheddar, seared pork belly, and a tasty slightly creamy sauce.

Pork chop and veggies
Pork chop and veggies NIWilliams

Pork chop and veggies

This chop was super tender, well-seasoned and grilled to perfection. You could taste the herbs and spices along with the meat. If it looks enormous, it was; enough to feed two who had partially filled on first dishes and bread. The vegetables were perfectly prepared as well. 

Sorbet
Sorbet NIWilliams

Sorbet

A smooth and creamy palate seasonally flavored cleansing sorbet with a whimsical gastronomical accompaniment. It performed its duties as we prepared to choose and devour the dessert of choice.

Cerulean coffee & cream dessert
Cerulean coffee & cream dessert NIWilliams

Cerulean coffee & cream dessert

The Cerulean dessert menu option coffee and cream features creamy roasted white chocolate with a hazelnut flavored sponge, Ethiopian coffee ice cream and mint. The menu is bright and colorful, echoes the design aesthetic of the restaurant.

Coffee and cream dessert
Coffee and cream dessert NIWilliams

Coffee and cream dessert

The Cerulean coffee and cream dessert with creamy roasted white chocolate with a hazelnut flavored sponge, Ethiopian coffee ice cream, mint and intricate chocolate accents.We did not go for the suggested pairing as my dining companion was under age for an alcoholic beverage. Easily one of the best coffee and cream desserts ever!

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