I have never cared for tomatoes. It isn’t from lack of effort. I keep trying them ever so often to make sure my tastes haven’t changed. They are beautiful pieces of fruit and in the summer nothing looks more appetizing than a fresh tomato. Burgers look more appealing with a juicy, ripe, red tomato perched upon them. How I have longed to enjoy a Caprese salad.
The kicker is that I enjoy products made from tomatoes: pasta sauce and ketchup for example. My motto is to try everything once but I must admit that I’ve never tried tomato soup because to me I thought it would taste too much like a raw tomato.
This past week I went to eat lunch at Cobalt Grille in Virginia Beach. My lunching partner was friendly with the owner, Alvin Williams, so he sent our table a cup of the soup of the day: tomato soup. I had no excuse now; it was sitting right in front of me with a few lovely croutons resting on top. It was my time to taste tomato soup.
Wow! I must say if all tomato soup is as Cobalt’s I have been missing out for sure. The soup had a great consistency, it wasn’t runny and a great rich flavor that reminded me of a homemade marinara sauce. It was delish and it made me a convert.
It just goes to show you that you always have to be open to trying new things and now I have a new addition to my diet that has all sorts of health benefits in addition to an excellent flavor. Good timing since soup is one of my favorite things to enjoy on chilly fall and winter months.