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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Where we are quaran-dining in September

As we enter month number six...but who's counting...

September 4th: Trying to keep our pizza quest going, I recently read that Elmwood was switching to carry out and delivery pizza online. We tried three different types of pizza: When in Rome, Supreme, and Classic Pepperoni (for the kids).

When In Rome Pizza
When In Rome Pizza

When In Rome was too weird for me...corn chowder pizza? With potatoes?

Supreme
Supreme

The Supreme was also unusual...I think it needed some black olives...and hold the kale!

Classic Pepperoni
Classic Pepperoni

At least the kids were happy with the adorable, small pepperonis covering the Classic Pepperoni!

Unfortunately, the wings were already sold out. 

Note: Order early for a carry out / delivery time slot!!

September 11th: Pai chose La Catrina for their "to go" margaritas. (Someone ordered way too many tacos...yet, we still managed to eat them all!)

Steak Tacos

September 18th: It had been a difficult and tiring week for both of us so we opted for comfort food: Pasta House. We split the salad while we each had our favorites: eggplant parm and broccoli for me, spaghetti and meatballs for Pai. We also had "happy hour" with my friend on the phone so she could join us remotely.

Pasta House

September 25: It was finally my turn to pick again and I feel very bad for choosing an Italian restaurant, but there are still more restaurants in our hood that we need to support. Pietro's has been a long time favorite for me and their salad dressing is killer. I ordered online using their website and drove to pick it up. There are several parking spots in the back for curbside pickup and the food was delivered to my car mere seconds after I called to let them know what spot I was in! So easy!

Pietro's

Quite the delicious month! I hope you are taking the time to pick up from your favorite local restaurants as well as fit in some comfort food.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

PW Pizza Deschutes Virtual Beer Dinner 2020

I got a very biased opinion when I went to pick up the pizza today as the salad dressing, dessert, and The Blues Pizza were the cashier's favorites. I think I can see why...

Deschutes Beer lineup
Deschutes Beer Lineup

Another winner of a salad! Poached Pear with a bold, lemon-sage dressing. (There were even Deschutes pale ale poached pears in the salad!) This might have been the best pairing with the Modified Theory Tahitian Lime Agave "bevy". Not a beer, but a malt beverage. Very refreshing on a hot day. Not to mention all natural, no preservatives, and less than 4 grams of sugar.

Poached Pear Salad
Poached Pear Salad

I really enjoyed the Chicken Parmesan Pizza, but the IPA was way too hoppy. (My photographer forgot to take a picture.)

The Blues Pizza was definitely another winner - prime rib and blue cheese! The Obsidian Stout was way too overboard as a pairing, but at least Patience got to drink that beer all by herself.

The Blues Pizza
The Blues Pizza

The Key Lime Cheesecake was also just as decadent as the course before. Paired with the Neon Daydream Hazy Ale, the hoppiness was able to cut through the thick creaminess of the dessert.

Keylime Cheesecake
Key Lime Cheesecake

Menu
Menu

Resouces:

PW Pizza = https://pwpizza.com/

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

Photos by Patience Scanlon

Sunday, September 6, 2020

PW Pizza Left Hand Brewing Virtual Beer Dinner 2020

This summer I was supposed to do a road trip to Colorado, and Longmont was on the list...

Looks like I'll have another brewery to be stopping for now that I know where Left Hand Brewing is located!

Oddly enough, these virtual dinners have had the best salad courses. They are large enough that we always have leftovers (or in this case, feed a third person), and always come with so many delicious toppings and  homemade salad dressings. 

(Not to mention beautiful cans!)

Left Hand Brewery Can lineup
Left Hand Brewery Can lineup

The Cub Chopped Salad was another winner with blue cheese crumbles and hard boiled egg. I think it would have been better with the second beer, a lager. The Pale Ale, Colorful Colorado, was a bit too hoppy. 

Cub Chopped Salad
Cub Chopped Salad

The Capicola & Bacon Pizza came with an avacado drizzle, although it was very creamy and we had to "glop" it on more than drizzle. The lager was easy to drink, but oddly paired with a meaty pizza.

Capicola & Bacon Pizza
Capicola & Bacon Pizza

The BBQ Chicken Pizza was the best pizza of the two, although we all agreed that we could have done without the pineapple. The IPA was definitely the least favorite beer unfortunately.

BBQ Chicken Pizza
BBQ Chicken Pizza

The best pairing of the night was the dessert course - Raspberry Satin Pie paired with a raspbery beer - Wheels Gose Round. Another bonus is that beer benefits the National MS Society.

Raspberry Satin Pie
Raspberry Satin Pie

I am hoping I can actually visit this place someday!

Left Hand Beer Dinner Menu
Left Hand Beer Dinner Menu

Resources:

PW Pizza = https://pwpizza.com/

Left Hand Brewing = https://lefthandbrewing.com/

Photos by Patience Scanlon - who should not have taken pictures of the courses in their plastic containers.

Monday, August 24, 2020

PW Pizza Boulevard Virtual Beer Dinner 2020

These virtual PW Pizza Beer Dinners are coming quick and steady every two weeks. I love that it's another night I don't have to come up with something to cook! This week's beer dinner was a good lineup of Boulevard Brewing's summer beers...and then Tank 7.

Boulevard Beer Lineup

Speaking of "Quick", it looks like Boulevard is trying their hand at seltzers and this is one of three new flavors. Definitely a patio pounder, and perfect by the pool as well as the salad course. Strawberries, Manarin Oranges, almonds, and feta screamed summer.

Strawberry Salad
Strawberry Salad

Tank 7 stood up to the "meaty pizza" pretty well, but the 8.5% ABV of the saison just isn't my thing. 

Sausage & Ham Pizza
Sausage & Ham Pizza

I hadn't heard of the Single-Wide IPA before, but it was quite hoppy at 57 IBUs so it makes sense that it was paired with the blackened chicken. The spice level was not overpowering so I was able to eat it no problem.

Blackened Chicken Pizza
Blackened Chicken Pizza

Dessert was my favorite course since it was a Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake, which suprisingly went pretty well with the Unfiltered Wheat, even though it had a lot of lemon on the finish. Perhaps a lemon bar might have worked better? But I never say no to a chocolate chip!

Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake
Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake


Boulevard Brewing Menu
Menu

Resources:

PW Pizza = https://pwpizza.com/

Boulevard Brewing = https://www.boulevard.com/

Where we are quaran-dining in August

And the beat marches on!

August 7th: We kicked off the month with a birthday party from St. Louis Pizza and Wings. (Nice and hyper local!) Why yes we did get pizza AND wings...so many different flavors of wings too.

August 14th: Patience was ready for some Chinese comfort food as our middle kitty had fallen ill. New to me, we ordered delivery from Corner 17 in the Loop! Stir-fried hand-pulled noodles with chicken for me, and Pai and I split the handmade dumplings too, which were SO filling. (We both could only eat half our dinner and at $9.99, a great deal.

Hand Pulled Noodles with Chicken
Hand-Pulled Noodles with Chicken

Handmade Dumplings
Handmade Dumplings

August 15th: What?!?! This is a Saturday! We ended up doing another super small birthday celebration by ordering Tony's favorite, LoRusso's. They even have cones set up for curb-side pick up! I felt like a celebrity! (Completely forgot to take pictures.)

August 20th: A few days later, I did a "front porch birthday" and my friend picked Pasteria, which was perfect because we had yet to order from there. Holy smokes they are SO in demand! It was a 90 minute wait for food and then some, as we pulled up out front (awkwardly in front of diners) to wait the last few minutes for our meal. Everything was delicious of course, with the Tagliatelle or “Pastaria Bolognese” as the most popular choice. Unfortunately, I only got a picture of the "The Allan", which was topped with tomato, mozzarella, mushroom, country ham, oregano, Grana Padano.

The Allan

August 21st: It was my Friday to pick and I had my eye on Juniper for a while since I've been on their email list since they opened. Not only are they doing their own delivery, but they now have "Family Meals" at VERY affordable prices. So much that I got an extra side dish and tipped well. I ordered the "feeds 4" size so that we could get two meals out of too! Almost forgot to take the picture as there are some bones on my plate! Fried chicken, broccoli (collard greens for Pai), mac & cheese (of course it was my favorite), and a ton of cornbread.

Fried chicken, mac & cheese, broccoli, cornbread