Sunday, February 28, 2021

PW Pizza The Other Wine Dinner

For the second month in a row, we opted for the wine dinner instead of beer from PW Pizza. While there is either a beer or a wine dinner each week, the amount of pizza we were eating started to get out of hand so now we're just picking one a month.

Basically, we look for the best combination of either beer or pizza. For the wine dinners, you only get one pizza for three courses total, whereas the beer dinners are four courses.

The featured wine was the Peirano Estate "The Other" Red Blend. The blend was 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Syrah, which lended to a very tannic wine and unfortunately, we didn't make it through.

The Other - a red blend

I think "The Wolf" pizza is what grabbed Patience's attention as it came piled with toppings: tomato sauce, house-made fennel sausage, pepperoni, bacon, caramelized onion, green peppers, roasted garlic and mozzarella.

The Wolf Pizza

Instead of a salad, the appetizer was Three Cheese Spinach - Artichoke Dip served with pita. Now this could have been a meal by itself and we were only able to eat one piece of pizza each!

Three Cheese Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Of course we saved room for dessert, Gooey Butter Cake with caramel sauce.

Goeey Butter Cake

Next month we'll be doing the Irish beer pairing since St. Patrick's Day falls on a Wednesday!

Resources:

PW Pizza = https://pwpizza.com/

Photos by Patience Scanlon

Where we are quaran-dining February 2021

We're still waiting for our turn for a vaccination so it looks like we'll be doing this for several more months...

February 5th = One of our favorite teenagers told us he made his own Flying Pig sauce and then guess what we ended up having for "Take Out Friday"! Guerilla Street Food!

Flying Pig

February 6th = We kept tradition and swung by Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream for National Eat Ice Cream Day for Breakfast as well!

Ice Cream for Breakfast 2021

Then later that night we tried a NEW pizza place! Motor Town Pizza, a ghost kitchen out of Revel Kitchen! The name refers to Detroit style pizza, and boy was this pizza THICK, filling, and tasty! Definitely a must order this winter!

We ordered a few larges and just added our own toppings, although there are many pizzas to choose from. One person can only eat 2-3 slices, they are so thick and heavy, so I'm happy to report there were LOTS of leftovers!

Check out the giant slices of pizza!

February 12th = Farmhaus had been on my list for a while now since they are so close to us, but held off since they are more upscale. Pai and I have only been once, for her birthday, years ago. 

Unfortunately, I made the mistake of picking them the Friday before Valentine's Day as they had a separate menu for the "holiday" weekend that was not published online. 

Our poor Postmate driver had to read the special menu to me over the phone and so our delivery was quite late. I made sure to tip her extra too.

Regardless, our meals were delicious, although a little small. Pai and I split Sea Scallops and a Venison Bolognese with cavatelli noodles. 

Toasted Bread, Venison Bolognese, and Sea Scallops

Farmhaus is probably a better choice for in-person dining.

February 19th = Since Patience had to work late and it was her turn to pick, I asked myself, "What would she pick after a long, cold week of work?" Mai Lee Restaurant of course. I ordered her favorite for her: ducky curry.

Duck Curry
February 27th = When we heard about the flooding problem at Cafe Natasha , you know we wanted to do our part to help out by moving them to the top of the list for "Take out Friday"! Since it's during lent, they had a baked fish special with rice.

Baked Fish Special


Friday, January 29, 2021

Where we are quaran-dining in January 2021

It feels so great to say 2021 for sure, although I'm afraid I'll be wirting quite a few more "quaran-dining" posts in the new year instead of writing about new food adventures. 

January 3rd = We skipped "Take out Friday" since it was New Year's Eve and postponned it until Sunday night. I had been dying to try the new ghost restaurant, "Wing Runner" from the BEAST Butcher & Block folks. It was fun to try a variety of flavors and paired perfectly with football.

Char Siu Wings

January 8th = The cold weather definitely calls for ramen and we went with our favorite Nudo House!

Hebrew Hammer from Nudo House

January 15th = I had been wanting to try Soup Dumplings ever since they opened and since it was my birthday weekend, this was finally my chance! I am sorry I waited so long! 

Unfortunately, they don't deliver to my house, and the soup in the dumplings lost quite a bit of heat in travel, so this is definitely some place that I'm going to have to visit after COVID so I can eat them fresh. We tried the chicken and beef flavored ones (chicken was my favorite), and I definitely want to try the other ones. 

Soup Dumplings

January 22nd = Pasta House again since Patience wanted some comfort food. I can never say no to that salad!

Pasta House Salad

January 29th = A neighborhood restaurant that had been on my list for a while is River's Edge Social. In addition to bar food, they also have paella and other Mediterranean dishes!

Paella


Saturday, January 16, 2021

PW Pizza Swartland Wine Dinner

For this month, Patience decided she preferred the wine dinner over the beer dinner from PW Pizza, due to the pizza option. Even though we've had it before, she like the Shrimpy Shrimpy Bang Bang pizza, which has roasted jalapeno on it to give it a kick.

Normally I would have picked a Riesling or a sweet wine to go with something spicy, but I know Patience prefers red wine, and I prefer it in the winter time. The featured wine was The Curator Red Blend 2019, from Swartland, South Africa. Big time baked cherries on the nose AND taste.

The Curator

The first course was a BLT salad with a peppercorn ranch, so this was definitely well paired with a red wine.

BLT salad

The Shrimpy Shrimpy Bang Bang pizza is topped with garlic olive oil, shrimp, bacon, roasted jalapeno, corn, monterey jack, mozzarella and a cilantro-avocado drizzle.

Shrimpy Shrimpy Bang Bang Pizza

Dessert was a Peanut Butter Satin Pie with chocolate ganache that was just heavenly. Definitely a red wine was needed to stand up to all that richness!

Peanut Butter Satin Pie

Resources:

PW Pizza = https://pwpizza.com/

The Curator = https://www.broadbent.com/the-curator/

Photos by Patience Scanlon

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Wing Runner

Look! A new restaurant-ish! Wing Runner is a ghost kitchen run by the BEAST Butcher & Block folks on Manchester Ave in the Grove.

Before the end of football season, I figured this would be a fun new place to try while watching a game You can read more about it here: https://www.stlmag.com/dining/david-and-meggan-sandusky-launch-wing-runner-pick-up-delivery-gourmet-chicken-wing-concept/

You can check to see if you're in their delivery range right on their site too!

There are A LOT of flavors to choose from so I ordered the five-piece option of five different flavors in order to try a variety of wings, but there at least ten. You know I'm a spice wimp and stayed away from the hotter flavors.

Mild Buffalo - Just the right amount of buffalo flavor for someone like me, but there is a Hot version.

Mild Buffalo

St. Louis Style BBQ - This was my personal favorite since it the wings were coated in a sweet BBQ sauce and included a side of pickles.

St. Louis Style BBQ

Roasted Garlic Butter - Probably could have used more garlic and no heat whatsoever.

Roasted Garlic Butter

Char Siu - I saw this was labeled as "sesame and green onion" on the website, and these wings were definitely the most interesting. No ranch necessary here.

Char Siu

Dry Rub - The website labeled this as a "sweet heat", but these wings definitely had a kick and I needed a lot of ranch. 

Dry Rub

We also ordered some fries on the side, which came with a "Fry Sauce". Even the sauce was more sweet than I was expecting. Probably will stick with ktechup next time.

Fries and Fry Sauce

If you love wings with a variety of flavors and want to keep it local, these wings are definitely worth a try!

Resources:

Wing Runner = https://www.wingrunnerstl.com/

Photos by Patience Scanlon