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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Midtown Sushi and Ramen

Our friend Chris had never tried ramen before and there happened to be a location we haven't tried yet: Midtown Sushi & Ramen!

Patience loves ramen and she went with the original pork version.... porkbelly, ramen noodles, egg, bamboo, mushrooms, corn and beans.

Hakata Ramen
With only four ramen styles on the menu, Chris played it safe by starting off with Plain Ramen, which comes with Ramen noodles and an egg, and adding his own ingredients!

Make your own ramen
I believe there is some pork, kimchi and bean sprouts in this one...

I had heard great things about their sushi so I went with my favorite rolls to try it out, but I was blown away by the flavor of the broth after tasting the Ramen. This just may be our new favorite!

Rainbow, Caterpiller, and salmon & avocado sushi rolls
Parking is just east of the building on Fores Park Parkway, so just a heads up as you're approaching the building.

Resources:

Midtown Sushi & Ramen = http://midtown-sushi.com/

Photos by Patience Scanlon

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Valette

Even though this is not a St. Louis restaurant, I still want to share the beautiful pictures from Valette. I finally made it there after two years of its opening and it's the place I recommend the most in Healdsburg, CA in Sonoma County.

We started off with a lot of bubbles and charcuterie.

Rose, Bubbles, and Riesling

Charcuterie
I had never seen anything like these Scallops en Croute!

Day Boat Scallops en Croute
 The scallops were huge!

Scallop close up
The Crispy Skin Striped Bass...so pretty.

Crispy Skin Striped Bass
ItsNotA 'Snickers Bar' was so delicious!

ItsNotA 'Snickers Bar'
And I enjoyed dipping the Warm Frangipane Tart in the cocoa on the Snickers Bar plate. hehe

Warm Frangipane Tart
Resources:

Valette = http://www.valettehealdsburg.com/

Thursday, March 2, 2017

EAT Sandwhiches

My friend Chris invited me out to EAT Sandwiches and it was quite delicious.

My tuna sandwich was large enough (only $9.95) that I ate just half of it with a small side of Pasta Salad (only $1.00)!

Tuna with Pasta Salad
Here is Patience's Grilled Cheese with a side of Potato Salad. Super cheesy!

Grilled Cheese with Potato Salad

And Chris' BLT jammed packed with bacon.

BLT
Although there is a short menu, there was a daily special as well.

Resources:

EAT Sandwiches = https://www.facebook.com/goeatsandwiches/

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Boundary

I had been hearing about Rex Hale for a long time and since I missed the chance to visit "The Restaurant at the Cheshire", I really wanted to make it to Boundary. I finally got my chance with Beth and Matt for our biannual birthday meetup.

I was happy to see the right-sized menu... not too many choices, but enough for everyone to find something. The dish sizes also made it easy to pick a starter and a main course without being too overwhelmed.

Matt and I chose starters off the Raw Bar. I had a half dozen oysters, three from each coast, while Matt got his favorite, Tuna Poke.

Oysters

Tuna Poke
Patience couldn't resist her favorite Mussels Frites, which came from the "To Share" section of the menu, although I think she attempted most of this by herself! The best part came at the end when there were fries left soaking in the tomato-y broth.

Mussels Frites
Beth had a Bibb salad.

Butter Lettuce Green Goddess Dressing, oven roasted tomatoes, bacon & Maytag Blue Cheese
I admit that I had a hard time choosing an entree since there were quite a few fish entrees as well as specials that sounded amazing.

Patience came through and ordered the Sea Scallops so that I could try the Trout Piccatta. A very simple dish, but light and delicious.

Sea Scallops in Roasted Garlic, Butternut & Bacon Risotto

Trout Piccatta in Lemon, Olive Oil, capers, garlic & Autumn Greens
Matt kept it raw and ordered the Peruvian Ceviche, which came in this adorable coconut!

Peruvian Ceviche
Beth ordered the Roasted Buttonwood Farm Chicken Breast off of the specials menu.

Roasted Buttonwood Farm Chicken Breast in an Herbed Goat Champagne Cheese with Wild Mushroom Jus
And since we were celebrating a birthday...how about a pound of chocolate mousse?!??!?! My friends let me eat almost the whole thing myself!!

Chocolate Mousse
Resources:

Boundary = http://www.boundary-stl.com/

Photos by Patience Scanlon

Friday, February 17, 2017

Revel

I have to hand it to my juice-lovin' buddy for getting me in to Revel Kitchen as it is next door to Mei Lee, so I had a hard time getting myself to stop in.

I think they were smart to place themselves next to the Shred415 studio next door! This was an easy breakfast/brunch/lunch spot to get into and it felt super healthy.

What was really is nice is that we were all able to get our favorite things here!

I wasn't sure how it worked, but it was easy to get the hang of it. You first pick your style, Egg? Bowl? Salad? Wrap? And then you pick your flavor. That makes it easier than trying to pick out from a long list of specific ingredients.

Since it was morning, I went with my usual breakfast, an omelette, although you can get your eggs done any way you like. I added in organic smoked salmon and the Mediterranean Style! Can't wait to go back to try some of the other flavors too.

Omelette with smoked salmon and Mediterranean Style veggies
Patience got her favorite...pancakes! These are gluten-free of course.

Gluten-free Pancakes
And my buddy, Tony, was able to get his juice... Beets by R.K.

Beets by R.K.
Resources:

Revel = http://eatrevelkitchen.com