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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Oaked

I actually have been twice so far. Because yes, it's that good.

Although the real reason I didn't post earlier is because I went without Patience and I have not heard the end of it. Luckily, we celebrated Bethfest at Oaked so we could all try it out and now I can post ALL the pictures.

Please note that the menu is seasonal so not all the items will remain, but all the food is just gorgeous. I really don't think I'll be writing much... and just let the pictures do the talking. But really, just go. Although, I should note that it probably is a special occasion kind of place. Yet, you could still make a casual night out of it hanging in the bar area sharing a few starters.

You could probably just make a meal from the starters, but there are just too many tasty items. Try to go with a large group so you can try a good variety...or go more often.

Avocado Toast

Baked Burrata

Cheese and Charcuterie Slate
I loved that there were a couple of cheese items to choose from, and I really could have used more avacado. Five crustinis are not enough!

Pork Belly
Smoked Trout Cakes
If you're a piggy fan, you definitely have to get the Pork Belly. It's one of those melt in your mouth kinds of dishes. And the Smoked Trout Cakes could easily be a main course. (You can add on any scallops!)

Now that you're warmed up and stretched, how about a salad course?

I loved the Tomato Textures...tomatoes three different ways!

Tomato Textures
Patience got her favorite green thing: Brussel Sprouts!

Brussel Sprout Caeser
If you're still possibly hungry, check out the Duck with Foie Gras...I felt fancy.

Duck with Foie Gras
The second time around, Patience and I were smart and split the 14 ounce Ribeye, but we added a scallop so we could take advantage of the add on as well. The Ribeye rested on top of a bed of corn and fingerling potatoes. You can also add on foie gras butter too!

14 ounce Ribeye 
Not full yet? Save room for dessert... you're going to want to. The desserts change frequently, but hopefully there will always be something chocolate and something cheesy!

Chocolate Mousse

Dessert plate with chocolate bark, fruit, and cheese
Or perhaps a lemon tart instead?

Lemon Tart
I didn't even have time to mention the wine list. With a name like Oaked, you're probably expecting a lengthy list. Let's just say it's of biblical proportions! Luckily, a sommlielr is on staff to walk you through it so have no fear.

I can't wait to go back.

Oaked Menu from August
Resources:

Oaked = https://oakedstl.com/

Photos by Patience Scanlon

PW Pizza Deschutes Beer Dinner 2019

Deschutes Brewery was back again with all new beers, with one exception from two years ago.

The Lil' Squeezy beer is just fun to say and of course it was the lighter beer paired with the Big Island Salad. A pineapple dressing helped give it that name.

The Big Island Salad
For a light beer, it still had 40 IBUs, so my favorite beer was probably the second beer, Da Shootz, which only had 25 IBUs. The beer's name was making fun of how often the name of the brewery gets mispronounced, so here it is spelled phonetically! No excuses this time!

Da Shootz was paired with an Gumbo Pizza, so I was nervous that it might be too spicy for me. But then I worried if it IS spicy, it would just overpower the beer. So the andouille on the pizza was not spicy at all, but still had a lot going on. (Why yes, that's rice on a pizza!)

Gumbo Pizza
Everyone else at my table preferred the big flavors from the Korean BBQ Pizza and Fresh Haze, which was plenty hoppy like an IPA. The Korean BBQ had a marinated grilled flank steak, but also pickled jalpenos and kimchi! A little too weird for me, but good for standing up to the hoppiness.

Korean BBQ Pizza
The Black Butte Porter is a great dessert beer and I don't think anyone minded that it was a repeat. This was probably my favorite pairing with the Warm Maple Pecan Cookie...I had three of them! Patience loved the caramel sauce drizzled over the top. (Not quite chocolate sauce, but still warm and soft!)

Warm Maple Pecan Cookie
Deschutes in Bend, Oregon is definitely someplace I hope to visit in person someday!

Menu
Resources:

PW Pizza = https://pwpizza.com/

Deschutes Brewery = https://www.deschutesbrewery.com/

Photos by Patience Scanlon

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Jollibee

Patience wanted a way to pay homage to Anthony Bourdain since a year has gone by since his death.  We just happened to be stopping in Chicago on our way back from Milwaukee, and she suggested (demanded?) we stop by Jollibee on our way through town.

I have no doubt that Patience saw herself walking in the footsteps as the great "food adventurer" Anthony that day...

We made it to Jollibee!
There are two Jolliebee restaurants in the Chicago area and this one was smartly attached to a Seafood City, frequented by many Asians.

Inside the Seafood City
Patience couldn't wait to try the Halo-Halo (HOLLA!), which was a frozen milkshake-like drink, but with this colored yam ice cream on top. There were also jello-like pieces in it, which were tasty, but the cannellini beans were just too weird for me. (You can see them at the bottom of the cup below.)

Patience is stoked to drink her Halo-Halo!
Jolliebee is known for their fried chicken (definitely could take on KFC), but there was also has a strange mix of other fast food and random sides thrown in.

I chose the one piece "Chickenjoy" with the "Jolly Spaghetti". I didn't think you could make spaghetti taste weird, but it did...

Chickenjoy with spaghetti
Patience chose the Palabok Fiesta noodles for her side, which tasted similar to Pad Thai, but with glass noodles. This was definitely the best side. Of course each piece of chicken came with a small container of gravy.

Chickenjoy with Palabok Fiesta
I am thinking the chicken sandwich or a burger may have been far safer choices, but the Peach Mango pie was just as tasty as McDonald's.

If you're up for a food adventure unlike most others I post about here, put this on your list for the next time you visit Chicago. At least know that I warned you...

Resources:

Jollibee = https://jollibeeusa.com

Photos by Patience Scanlon

PW Pizza Great Divide Beer Dinner 2019

I wasn't too familiar with Great Divide and this may have been their first time at PW Pizza for their beer dinner series. I admit that I do love their cans with the large letters... I'm sure it would grab your attention in the store!

We started off the night with their seasonal Strawberry Rhubarb Sour Ale. This was actually "not too sour" and seemed more like a sweet and fruity summer beer. This beer was purposely paired with a fruit salad as well, although the Spicy Watermelon Fruit Salad was a little too spicy for me! (The new chefs this year really like to heat things up!)

Spicy Watermelon Fruit Salad
I love the name of the first pizza...Wakey Bakey pizza, which is perfect for a breakfast pizza! There really were scrambled eggs on the pizza with lots of veggies and sausage gravy. This was paired with Colette, a farmhouse ale. I enjoyed another "easy to drink" beer, although it did ring up at 7.3% ABV.

Wakey Bakey Pizza
Yet, the Muffuletta pizza was the best, probably because I normally love olives on a pizza, but the salami and ham went great on top too. This pizza was paired with the Titan IPA, which helped to cut through the grease of the meaty pizza.


Muffuletta Pizza
I love the name Roadie for a beer and it makes sense to show a guy on a bicycle too. It's really a grapefruit radler, another seasonal beer, but the grapefruit was just too much for me. The stuffed banana muffin was amazing anyway, thanks to it being stuffed with chocolate ganache!

The edible flowers were so pretty too!

Breakfast of Champions

Great Divide Menu
Resource:

Great Divide = https://greatdivide.com/

PW Pizza = https://pwpizza.com/

Photos by Patience Scanlon

Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Boathouse at Forest Park

I had to look back through my posts to see when the last time I went to The Boathouse. I know I stopped by for a beer and burger with friends since then, but the last official event there was back in 2010 for a shrimp boil.

So it's been a minute...

And thanks to the new ownership by the Sugarfire crew, I had a really good reason to return. (Plus, Patience really wants to ride in the paddleboats for some reason. It seems like a lot of work to me.)

Since it was a beautiful Friday and the happy hour time frame, I got the expected "40 minute wait" response from the hostess, but luckily our friends had already gotten there early. So just a heads up...if you want to go and sit outside...get there early or just accept there will be a wait!

Because it's worth it...

We started out with the Smoked Crispy Chicken Wings...not too hot, just right amount of spice and everyone got two. No fighting!

Smoked Crispy Chicken Wings
I started with "The Hill" salad, which wasn't all that close to the Pasta House original version, but I still enjoyed their take on a "St. Louis salad" with all my favorite ingredients. For my main course, I chose another appetizer: the Smoked Brisket & Provel Toasted Ravioli. Keeping it local, but loved the twist and the "meaty" insides. This dish even came with BBQ sauce instead of marinara.

The Hill

Smoked Briske & Provel Toasted Ravioli
Patience got one of her favorite dishes: shrimp pasta. But since it's Sugarfire, it's formal title is actually Smoked Chicken & Shrimp Penne Saute. (And there's andouille sausage too!)

Smoked chicken & Shrimp Penne Saute
Our friends ordered a pull pork sandwich (good job ordering BBQ) and a Volpi Meats flatbread pizza. Again, all the entrees were the perfect size. (I swear the pulled pork is under that side salad!)

Sugarfire Barbeque Pulled Pork

Flatbread pizza
Gotta love patio season! The menu is just as big of a hit as the view.

Resources:

The Boathouse at Forest Park = http://boathousestl.com

Photos by Patience Scanlon