Saturday, September 7, 2013

Charlie Trotter's, 2012

I've been so behind on my Yelp reviews that some restaurants have completely closed and I can't review them anymore. This one is a boasting point for me, so it's nice to both have somewhere to brag AND update my very dormant blog.

When they announced that they were closing, I tried to make a date night to come here with the hubby, but of course, this, that, and the other happened, so we were getting to our anniversary, and I put my foot down finally and told him to block off that date. We were going there hell or high water. Would you believe, we almost had to cancel this one too. So I hire the car, we swan on over, and had an excellent evening here.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

I'm Still Around

I'm still here....I mean, not on this blog, I've been putting the reviews on Yelp, under lk p.  We're no longer in the Bay Area, we've moved into Chicagoland, and the food landscape's VERY different, to say the least.  But onward with the adventures, and if you're in the Yelp service area, look me up at LK P's Yelp link.  I'll still put the international trips here, as Yelp doesn't extend to most countries yet.  Still got a Barcelona trip to put up soon.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Labriola Bakery Cafe, Oakbrook, IL

Place all decked out for Xmas, pretty!

A friend suggested meeting here, and she was on the money.  Just walking through the door, you're hit with heady bread and gingerbread house smells.  I drooled all over the pastry case, trying to decide what to get for dessert.  Settled on tiramisu and a lemon bar, both very good.  The latte was fine.

But I'm getting ahead of myself.  First I grabbed a french dip, friend got the waldorf salad.  Star and a half off for really dry, tough meat.  Would not get it again.  The salad looked really good - fresh, crisp, just-cut apples, not too much dressing.

Service was pleasant and efficient.   Will definitely return to try other menu items.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Heaven on Seven, Naperville, IL

We've had fantastic food in New Orleans. We're not finding that kind of food here. But I guess Heaven on Seven's doing a decent job of whatever it's trying to do. It's a fun, tourist-y feeling Mardi Gras-like atmosphere, original artwork on the walls available for purchase, a portion of which goes to Katrina causes. The funniest captioned hot sauce bottles. But they weren't hot at all; however, I do love snacking on habaneros, so if you can't take any heat, I am sooo the wrong reviewer for you. Everything else kinda went downhill. We love gumbo, and this was NOT gumbo. If you like drinking super-salty thick thanksgiving turkey gravy with a couple pieces of sausage, then you'll be in heaven. We found it nasty. Hubby's jambalaya had a weird sweet-tasting sauce (what's with all the sugar?!), but the ingredients were ok enough. The shrimp and grits were decent, hence the 3rd star. Not returning unless friends make us. And they'll have to be VERY good friends.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Whisky Buys

Been forgetting to record the whisky tastings!  Ah well, at least here's the latest batch.  Finishing up an Oban 14 year, which was really lovely.  On the sweeter side, light peat, pretty smooth and mellow.  Perfect for over the summer.

Grabbed a Lagavulin 16 year and a Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban.  Have had the Lagavulin before, and if I remember correctly, it packs a hell of a punch - sharp bite, so smoky and peaty you could bite through it.  Perfect for winter.  Well, I'll soon refresh my memory when I open the bottle in a few days!  Don't think I've had the Port Cask, but may have had another Glenmorangie before.  That's what happens when I forget to put in the blog!

From Booze!
I'm also very partial to bourbon, especially around the holidays, when I'd like a sweeter drink.  Knob's Creek is a favorite, and going to try out a Jefferson's Reserve "Very Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky Very Small Batch", as in this bottle is No. 1584 of 2400 bottles of Batch No. 68.  Whatever.  It was freaking expensive for bourbon (almost just got another whisky instead, LOL) so it better be damned good.  Finished an Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon, which was just "ok".

From Booze!

From Booze!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Lime Tree, San Francisco

Laksa.  First time tasting this dish, so nothing to compare.  Really rich, thick soup, full of coconut-ty goodness, tender but firm noodles, shrimp and fish cakes, which I'm not a fan of, but worked well in the soup.  We asked for them to omit the sprouts (me no likey).

From My Food Adventures
Beef Rendang.  Again, new dish, no comparison reference.  Thick boiled or braised chunks of chuck cut meat with some gristle, but was sooooo tender it cut apart with a fork.  Tons of fried garlic, as you can see!  YUMMY!!

From My Food Adventures

Tuesday, October 20, 2009