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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Bishop's Post

When I first walked into Bishop's Post, I had a strong feeling of deja vu...no, it wasn't the Matrix being updated, but indeed, I had been there before when the restaurant was the West County version of Oceano Bistro.

I was so happy to see such a beautiful restaurant (with huge glass wine racks) going strong with new owners. Since it was happy hour, there was a great deal on discounted drinks and $7 appetizers. I ordered two, the crab cakes and the sliders, and it was the perfect size meal for a dinner.

Like before, there is a large selection of seafood and steaks, but if you can make it to happy hour, the list also included the House Smoked Missouri Trout, Flash Fried Razor Clams, and Beef Tenderloin Bruschetta to name a few. Certainly worth the $7.

The crowd died down after happy hour, but that just made it easier to hear the easy listening covers by Joe Metzka. It was worth the price just to hear him play and it's such a wonderful way to wind down after a long work week!

Since I was with friends, there are no pictures, but definitely worth a nice evening out or a happy hour.

Resources:

Bishop's Post = http://www.bishopspost.com/

A Pizza Story

I was all excited that I finally made it to A Pizza Story, which just opened up in downtown Maplewood last month. I convinced my boss to take us there for our weekly lunch instead of the same old sandwich delivery.

Since my boss was there, unfortunately, there are no pictures, and since I waited so long, another article also came out about it this week. So you can check out here:

A Pizza Story spins a flavorful tale in Maplewood
http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/dining/restaurants/reviews/a-pizza-story-spins-a-flavorful-tale-in-maplewood/article_b37ba77b-ebb8-551b-b815-287af918d3ce.html

I was pleased to see they had a small lunch menu so I could get a small side salad with fresh parmesan cheese on top.

Then there are two pastas or two pizzas (Magherita and Thriller - with Spanish Chorizo) from which you can choose and my Magherita was amazing. Huge glops of mozzarella and a very light crust. No greasiness! My boss inhaled his Thriller. I was smart and saved half for my next lunch!

The full dinner menu has several more pizzas as well as a few desserts.

Nice and quick for lunch and not too crowded (good for us) if you're there before Noon. Can't wait to go back again!

Resources:

A Pizza Story = http://www.apizzastory.com/

Inaugural WineGirl Wednesday at Scape

As a long time fan of STLwinegirl, I couldn't wait to for her next set of events...Wine Girl Wednesdays!

The first Wednesday of every month, the Wine Girl will pick a restaurant for happy hour 5:30-7:30pm where you can get a glass of wine and appetizer pairing for a discounted price. There were THREE different pairings to choose from if you prefer a specific wine or appetizer, but you know, I went ahead and got ALL THREE because everything was so delicious.

WineGirl Wednesday Menu
The Deviled Eggs and Caviar was the RICHEST deviled egg I have ever had. Perfectly paired with the Moet champagne to help cut through the creaminess.

Deviled Eggs & Caviar with Moet & Chandon Imperial, Epernay, France
And you know I loved the second pairing, since Kung Fu Girl Riesling (2012 Washington) was featured with the Ahi Tuna Tacos. The shell was crispy and you got a big taste of fresh tuna. So wonderful!

Ahi Tuna Tacos with Kung Fu Girl Riesling, 2012, Washington
Even though it was a bit warm for the Cotes du Rhone glass of red wine, it was amazing with the Braised Beef Bruschetta, which was my favorite appetizer of the night! 

Again, with the high humidity, we finished off the night with a discounted glass of the Spatburgunder Rose Trocken 2013 from Germany. Spatburgunder is really pinot noir and the rose was quite refreshing. 

I cannot wait for the next one on September 3rd at Element!!! Here is more information:
https://www.facebook.com/events/410242575774575/

Resources:


Scape Bistro = http://www.scapestl.com/

Photos by Patience Scanlon

Sunday, August 3, 2014

PW Pizza Six Row Beer Dinner

Another month and another new beer for us! I found the beers very wheaty, but the dishes really stood out!

Menu
We started with a very unique Watermelon salad, which was more like a caprese with something extra. The vinaigrette dressing mellowed out the sweetness of the watermelon.

Watermelon Salad
The chicken and peach pizza also used a balsalmic reduction to chill out the sweetness of the peach but had a very fresh flavor, and was my favorite. I found it went well with the lighter Whale Ale, which is a mix of wheat and pale ale styles.

Chicken & Peach Pizza
The cajun shrimp pizza only had a little kick to it and it tasted more like catfish to me. The Arch Nemesis was similar to an Imperial Stout.

Dessert was a total standout since fresh strawberries were paired with a whipped goat cheese. Oh my it was intense and I had to take a bite of the goat cheese with a strawberry each time! The Killer Whale
is hard to get (only available at PW Pizza and the brewery) and is a strange mix of an IPA style with some sweetness mixed in. While a lot of people said it wasn't the best pairing, I thought the sharpness of the beer
helped to cut through the goat cheese.

Fresh Strawberries and Whipped Goat Cheese
Resource:

Six Row Brewing Company = http://sixrowbrewco.com/

PW Pizza = http://pwpizza.com/

Photos by Patience Scanlon

Sidney Street Cafe 2014

I wasn't going to post about my latest trip to Sidney Street Cafe because I had been there once before and you don't really need me to tell you how wonderful it is.

So I apologize that I didn't note what everyone had, but the pictures came out so amazing, that I just had to share.

Greens

Squash soup


Pork tamales

Lamb with meatballs

Scallops

Creme Brulee
Resources:

Sidney Street Cafe = http://sidneystreetcafe.com/

Photos by Patience Scanlon