Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Trying New Things

January has been a good month for eating at the Lou. 

During our last visit to Guerrilla Street Food on South Grand, Ben and I were super pleased to see new items on their menu we've never tried before. As a kid, I never really liked savory dishes with coconut milk-based broths, but I'm glad I gave this Bicol Express a chance. Pork braised in coconut milk with shrimp paste and ginger, topped over a huge bed of rice, this totally satisfied my craving for something rich and savory. 

Ben ended up getting their special of the day which was a Longganisa Spaghetti, which-- I SWEAR-- tasted exactly like the spaghetti of my youth: sweet and slightly spicy. I was craving fried chicken and hotdogs on skewers topped with marshmallows as soon as I had that first bite!  

Monday, January 29, 2018

Kitchen Kulture: Locally sourced, sustainable, Asian-inspired Goodness

It's been a hot minute since the last post. 

The second half of 2017 got a lot hectic for both Ben and I, including the fact that we managed to make and sell our pottery at five shows! 

Our 2018 is looking to still be busy, but we've definitely been trying to set some time aside to make sure we're also enjoying ourselves and what the Midwest has to offer during the (semi!) cold wintertime. 

This first post for the year is of one of our new favorite spots to get delicious take away. We've heard about Kitchen Kulture and even tasted their samples at the Tower Grove market, but never thought to venture to their brick and mortar store at Watson until very recently. And oh em gee, I'm so glad we finally did. 

The noodle dish above is a blue crab and mango salad that I could not stop nibbling at. 

We also indulged in a pork belly bao. I don't know what I liked better: the unctuous pork bites or the satisfyingly soft bun. Just thinking about its pillowy texture is giving my tummy butterflies.  

Ben and I also picked up a container of Audhumbla moujean tea ice cream-- which capped our decadent meal perfectly. This is the first time we've had this local ice cream (and flavor) and it definitely won't be our last. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Peach Picking at Eckert's

Though Ben and I have lived in the Midwest for a decade now, we've never gone on those pick-tour-own farm activities until this year. To be honest, the prospect of being carted over with a bunch of people (with loud kids) really isn't our cuppa. But we heard (and I tasted!) that the peaches at Eckert's this year were too delicious to pass up, so we relented and drove about an hour southeast of StL to Eckert's Belleville farm to get our peach and blackberry fixes!

It was a gorgeous and surprisingly mild summer day when we decided to visit, so it was perfect for a languid fruit-picking. We spent about three or four hours walking down the rows of peach trees with boughs sagging with the weight of heavy fruit-- each one perfectly taut and blushing. When we'd picked more than the comfortable weight to tote about, Ben and I headed over to the blackberry fields and quickly filled our basket (and mouths) with the large, ripe berries.  

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Beast Craft BBQ

Ben and I love our BBQ. Especially after moving to St. Louis, we pretty much have made it a priority to try as much barbecue as we can, and we definitely have our favorites here in the Lou. 

We were pleasantly surprised by our amazing first meal at Beast Craft BBQ, and admit that we underestimated what we would be getting. The photos we took do no justice to how tender and flavorful the meats were. Holy moly-- Ben's Texas pork belly was so porky but not overly fat and greasy. AND the ribs were seasoned impeccably plus! had actual bite to them. 

Ben, I guarantee, will wax on about how stuffed and tasty the taquitos were (which, they were!) but by the cheese gods, I swear-- their mac and cheese beats every other mac and cheese out there!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Shaved Ice

Summer nights here in St. Louis are hot and humid--  perfect for shaved ice weather. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Firefly Grill

On our drive back to St. Louis from Champaign-Urbana, Ben and I decided to make a lunch stop at Effingham to try out Firefly Grill... because we read that it was a lovely farm to table restaurant, was open on a Sunday, and was literally a few exits from where we already were when we decided we were crazy hungry.

I must admit that when we got off our exit, I had a little panic attach because there was nothing as far as the eye could see but gas stations and fast food restaurants. But we kept on driving and came upon a quiet road, away from the scads of travelers. Then we saw the large rooftop sign surrounded by field flowers and tall grasses.

It was just getting busy as we walked in, as people were filing in for brunch, but we had pretty good seats, looking out into the koi pond. Ben and I decided on a light lunch: he got a burger with a side of fries, and I ordered the Caprese salad with a crab cake. Each bite from all three dishes was delectable! I especially enjoyed my salad-- the tomatoes each had a distinct flavor and were bursting with sweetness. We capped our meal with the Chocolate Valrhona cake that had a layer of caramel and espresso ice cream.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Graphic Urbana

As we rushed to get our morning cuppa, all the color caught my eye. 
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