Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Today is the day! (hopefully)

As you are reading this, I am on my way to the doctor. Keep your fingers crossed that he clears me for walking at least a little bit today..... I don't know what I will do if he doesnt!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Restaurant Review- Mr Sushi

Mr Sushi is a new(ish) sushi joint downtown right around where oceanaire used to be. The inside is modern and swanky but still comfortable and cozy. I didnt have my camera with me so these are pics from Rob's iphone...sorry about that.

We ordered the "sushi for two" meal which came with two soups, two salads and a big plate of sushi including 20 pieces of sushi and 2 rolls...all chef's choice. Although the waitress let us tell her what we preferred so the chef could take that into consideration.

Soup & Salad:

I am not usually a fan of salad dressing at sushi places. My mind goes straight to hunks of ginger (particularly the Benihanna's dressing..which I hate)...but this dressing, even though ginger based was DELICIOUS. Creamy and lite at the same time. I loved it.

Main Course:

Great selection and sizes of all kinds of sushi. It was almost fun to let the chef pick for us because we got to try some things we woudn't normally order. Delicious.
If you're downtown and craving sushi...this is a great spot for you :)


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Friday, May 21, 2010

Congrats Nick & Haylie!

Congratulations to the newest newlyweds I know...
What a great weekend full of good times, good friends and a gorgeous new married couple..

Here are some pics...Can't WAIT to see the professional ones!
ps....I'm thinking Haylie should wear gowns every day....gorrrrgeous!!

Restaurant Review- Mayberry

So I am probably the last food blogger in the Greater Cincinnati area that has eaten at Mayberry...but cut me some slack...I've been on crutches for 5.5 weeks!

Anyway...I finally made it there and brought Rob and Wall along for the ride....

At lunch time you can get gourmet burgers and other lunch fare, but for dinner the menu totally changes to my favorite kind of menu ever... "small plates" which encourages sharing & getting to try a little of everything. Also the small plates come one at a time and nice and slowly, giving you ample time to try things, chat about them and just enjoy being at dinner with your friends. Oh, also it's a byo....can you say add Mayberry very close to the top of list of favorite restaurants in the city...

You can get small plates for $10 each or get 3 small plates per person for $25. There are also sides and desserts and it's my understanding that the menu changes pretty regularly... awesome. Rob and I decided to split 4 small plates between the 2 of us.

The place is tiny and has one very friendly and loyal waitress who knows and loves the menus (who doesnt love a waitress like that?!)....

Here are a couple of shots of the decor..look at that maximization of space...the side we were on had real tables as opposed to the trendy counter tables... love the black and white theme and the Cincy themed artwork :)





Our first course was:

Herbed flat bread with pork belly, gorgonzola, pepperdew peppers and house made bbq sauce


yumyumyumyumyum. The gorgonzola, the smokey bbq sauce and then every once in a while you get a bite of that rich pork belly. Everyone loved this...

Next up:
Chilled zucchini & roasted garlic soup with butter poached shrimp,
and lemon avocado creme fraiche.



I love a good chilled soup. It was light and refreshing and I loved the texture. Also the shrimp was cooked perfectly.... yum. get this.

Course 3: Ahi tuna with Israeli Couscous, crispy okra & citrus pablano reduction


Very tasty. Especially loved the couscous.

Course 4:
Grilled bistro chateau with black eyed peas, country ham, pole peans and red wine demi


I had never heard of this cut of meat and even googled it to try to describe what it was, and couldnt find anything....but it was cooked perfectly and had a great sauce.. so I guess in the end I don't really care about what it is.

Basically if you're like me and have waited this long to get to Mayberry...don't wait any longer.

Grab a great bottle of wine from the wine shop across the street and get there! (and if you go tonight...you might run into us :)

Mayberry on Urbanspoon

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Don't Miss It!!

Betty White is Hosting SNL tonight.
Set your DVR Or cancel your plans..and watch this golden girl work it!

Break a leg (but not a hip) Betty!!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Opinions Wanted: Kebobs

Today Rob and I were chatting and he mentioned grilling out tonight and said "maybe kebobs"

I realized then that all this time I have kept my disdain for kebobs to myself and have never really shared them. Other people want to make kebobs all the time and I just smile and say, "sounds great"...but today I am going to share my real feelings on kebobs...and I would like your comments to let me know what you think.

When you make kebobs, you take up the time to cut everything in smaller pieces, put it piece by piece on a stick, only to put it on the grill where it usually grills completely unevenly (veggies are burnt, meat isnt cooked, everything isnt touching the grill correctly because of the way its on the stick, etc etc) Then you take it off the stick.... and put it on your plate and cut it up and eat it.....

Am I the only one who doesnt understand the point of this? It would be totally one thing if you ate it festival food style off the stick, but that is never the case...what is the point of going to all the trouble to put it on the stick just to take it off and then still have to use a knife and fork because the beef is usually too big to be bite size... Also your reply might be, "well it's fun" what, exactly, is fun about it...because maybe I'm missing some super fun step in cutting up meat, putting it on a stick, cooking it unevenly and then taking it off the stick and eating it.... if I am...please let me know.

Thanks,
Jen

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Restaurant Review- It's Just Crepes

I was a little leary about it's just crepes because in my head they are always sweet and mostly for breakfast. My grandma makes crepes and spoons in apricot preserves and rolls them up and eats them that way... delicious...but not really a filling lunch. After looking at the menu online, I was very excited to check it out for myself.

Anyway...onto the crepes...each one is handmade to order.
The staff is very excited about the food and happy to answer any questions, all the ingredients are fresh and the menu is very creative... I'm not even really sure what else I would want...

First they take a scoop of the crepe batter and put it on the hot plate type thing...

Then they take a stick and smooth out the batter onto the circle..


and then start with the toppings... (sizzle sizzle)


I got the roast beef special, because it was the last day for the special and I am a sucker for things i might not be able to get later... It was so yummy with sauteed onions a light horseradish sauce and tender roast beef.... and i just LOVED it on the crepe...what a nice break from a regular sandwich!-

If I wasnt so full I would have most definitely wanted to order a dessert crepe afterwards... ( I had my eyes on the Elvis and the S'mores)

Here are a few more crepes for your viewing pleasure:

Pizza Crepe
Mozzarella Cheese, sliced pepperoni, Sauteed Mushrooms and pizza Sauce:


Club Crepe
Smoked Gouda, Sliced Turkey, Diced Bacon, Tomatoes & Ranch Dressing:
Pesto Turkey Crepe
Smoked Gouda Cheese, Sliced Turkey, Pesto Sauce:



Can't wait to go back and try some of the other choices!!!

It's Just Crepes on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Proud of the Piggies

This weekend was the flying pig marathon and the culmination of training for Rob and the rest of our friends for the past couple of months.. Saturday afternoon we hit up Olive Garden for a carbfest for the runners (don't judge...we literally called every Italian joint in the city and everyone was filled up- guess everyone had the same idea...next year when I have two good legs... I'm cookin!)

Anywhoo... after (an early) dinner, a couple of us headed back to our place for a movie and an early bedtime to be up and at 'em bright and early the next day for the race. We woke up Saturday morning to the house flashing with lightening, loud bursts of thunder and monsooning rain....great day for a run! Rob was out of the house around 5:30am and I turned over and wished for the rain to stop before it was time for us to leave...
My Dad arrived at 6:45am to pick up me, my sister (who had come down from Athens for the weekend to support Rob) and Suzi and we headed to mile marker 6 in the rain to support our piggies!

Here is a shot of some soaking wet runners right around mile marker 6:

And me with my camping chair and crutches...



Dad was all smiles even though it was 7am and pouring :)





GO PIGGIES!!


The best part of our spot was that we were at mile 6 and then all we had to do was turn around and walk a few steps and then we were at mile 11(ish) so we didnt have to walk far to be able to see them twice. We got a shot of my two favorite runners on their way to the final couple of miles... soaking wet, but happy to be almost done!


I cant believe in all these years I've never gone and watched this! It was so fun to even cheer for strangers, bc you could really see how appreciative everyone was for the support! I'm excited to go next year when the sun is shining (fingers crossed) and I can walk!
SO PROUD of all of the half & full marathon runners!! Great job!!