Creative Locale: Vilnius Gastronomic Week
Friday, January 8, 2016
Sometimes living in Lithuania can be a challenge (oh those dark winter days!), so I wanted to focus on forgetting about the challenges and enjoying the positives. To do so, I've started a monthly post (the second Friday of each month) that features the more creative side of Lithuania (or wherever I happen to be living). In previous posts I've written about Uzupis, which is truly a creative mecca. For this series I wanted to focus on creative events, unique aspects of the culture or language, and cool places that I find around Lithuania. Previously I've written aboutOpen Kitchen, the Beer Marathon, a Cat Cafe, the Lithuanian Design Block, Pottery Class, Coffee Enthusiasm, A book fair, and a felting class. If you have any suggestions of things to check out I'd love to hear them!
If you would like to participate in sharing creative things about where you live, tag your photos on Instagram or tweets on Twitter with #CreativeLithuania or #CreativeLocale. I'd love to see the creative side of every country! I'll share my favorite tweets and photos each month on social media and here on the blog.
This month for Creative Locale I got to do something I really enjoy - go out to eat! 2015 marked the second year in a row that Vilnius restaurants hosted a Gastronomic Week. During this week, restaurants offered special fixed menus for lunch and/or dinner that cost 10-20 Euro (for 2 to 3 courses, plus a drink!).
I hadn't heard about this event prior to the week, but luckily, one of my favorite Lithuanian Instagrammers (@where2eat_lithuania) mentioned it. When I looked into it a bit more I found 24 restaurants had signed up to participate. Some of the restaurants were already well-known, like Zuvine and Lokys, while others were relatively new such as Strange Love and Ti'ana.
Wanting to visit a couple of different places during the week, I roped a friend into lunch with me and Baby ISO at Strange Love. Unfortunately, I didn't manage to take any photos and we were too busy eating and chatting, but everything (as usual) was delicious. I've really got to bring J!
The next night, J, Baby ISO, and I went to Lokys, a popular restaurant that is a bit pricey so we hadn't tried it. Taking advantage of the 20 Euro fixed menu, we had three course meal and drinks. To start with we were served a generous bread basket with delicious butter, followed by a hearty meat soup. For our main meal we had the steak with cheese puffs and potatoes, which was really delicious, though I'm not a huge fan of wine-based sauces (I know, what is wrong with me?). The meal finished with a cup of coffee and a really delicious sorbet. We then were offered (gratis or on the menu - I don't know!) two shots of Lithuanian vodka. Everything was very tasty and our waitress was friendly, which is notable as that isn't always the case in Lithuania.
In 2015 the Vilnius Gastronomic Week took place from November 16 - 22. Check this website or sign up for the In Search Of Newsletter to be notified for the dates of the 2016 event.
What cool events have been going on in your area lately? Have you visited a Gastronomic Week or a Restaurant Week before?