Saturday, June 20, 2015

McCrady's: A Weekend in Charleston

 

After eating lunch at Chef Brock's Husk, we wanted to do something a little fancier for dinner. What better than to try Chef Brock's other restaurant, McCrady's?

Friday, June 19, 2015

Husk Restaurant: A Weekend in Charleston



For years now, friends have been telling me to visit Charleston. They've raved about the history, the architecture, and mostly, the food. So when I finally got around to visiting this summer, I was crazy excited about all the eating ahead of me. My very first stop, James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock's Husk Restaurant.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Eating In Orlando 2015 Guide




I've seen so many changes to the food scene since I moved to Orlando, I feel like I need to rewrite this post every other moth. So as of now, Summer of 2015, this is my guide to all the eating the Orlando area has to offer.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Cherry Old Fashioned


There is nothing wrong with a classic Old Fashioned cocktail. Whisky, bitters, and sugar combine beautifully to make a gorgeous drink. I'll admit, I can be a bit fussy when it comes to making Old Fashioneds. I prefer to start with a sugar cube, add my bitters, and muddle with some orange peel. Add in the whiskey (rye is always my first choice, but a great bourbon works for me as well) then stir with ice and serve in a rocks glass. No soda, no added water. I'm all about highlighting the whiskey in the glass.

But being me, I also like to play.

Monday, June 08, 2015

My Favorite Potato Salad



I love cold salads. Macaroni, chicken, coleslaw, potato, pasta, egg, they all call to me and are exactly what I crave when I'm making grilled food over the summer. And while I love a classic creamy potato salad, once I started making this I never looked back. The lemon and dill is so bright against the creamy potatoes there isn't a trace of heaviness. And since there's no mayo or any dairy in the recipe, it's a dish that can sit out at a barbecue or picnic without worry.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Black Bean Deli: A Cuban Cafe

Papas rellenas platter and a creme soda - the perfect lunch.











In Orlando, there are some places that I've eaten at so often I forget that and haven't already written about them. Yet they are special and part of the food scene here that shouldn't be missed. Perfect example, Black Bean Deli.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Classic Spanish Rioja - R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia and Viña Gravonia





There are classic wines and wineries to be sure, but when you've been in the business for more than 100 years you become synonymous with the the wine of the region. Enter R. López de Heredia. Founded in 1877, the winery is still owned and run by family (now in it's fourth generation) and Viña Tondonia is one of the iconic wines of Rioja.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Caramelized Onion, Kale, Bacon and Egg Pizza









Pizza is a glorious food. Even when it's bad, it's pretty good, and when it's great, you are talking about love, comfort, and deliciousness wrapped in one dish. I've written about pizza before, but this week, for pizza night with my hubby, I tried a couple of new things, at least things I hadn't written about previously, and what resulted was my husband's favorite pizza to date. Caramelized onion, kale, bacon, and egg...

Monday, June 01, 2015

Swine & Sons Provisions


I have made it very clear that my favorite restaurant in O-Town is the Ravenous Pig. When they expanded and opened their sister restaurant, Cask & Larder, I was beyond excited. Now they've opened a third restaurant, this time a casual take-out and sandwich shop, Swine & Sons Provisions, right next door to Cask & Larder.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Taste Testing Trader Joe's Three Buck Chuck



Orlando got our first Trader Joe's last year. As a fan of many of their products, I was excited about the opening and braved the crowds to do some shopping. And do you know what I saw? People stocking up on bottles (and in many instances cases) of Charles Shaw Wine. Previously known as 2-buck chuck, the price had gone up a whole dollar per bottle. But people were ravenous, the 50% increase did nothing to slow the fervor.