Tomato and Roasted Fennel Soup

Originally posted on The Clean Plate:
The Original Urban Solace Version, complete with grilled cheese and sweet potato fries My husband used to work at a restaurant in San Diego. Not gonna lie, this restaurant makes some pretty delicious meals and my man is one of their biggest fans. He loves many a dish on…

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Tomato and Roasted Fennel Soup

My husband used to work at a restaurant in San Diego. Not gonna lie, this restaurant makes some pretty delicious meals and my man is one of their biggest fans. He loves many a dish on their menu… Beef cheeks, fig meatloaf, ahi tuna chop chop… I could go on forever. Not being one to…