George’s Southern Road Trip Dinner [05.13.15]

May 13, 2015

The Dinner
1 invitie

The Diner
7 happy camper

The Details

Amuse Bouche – Fried Green Tomato
Google tells me this is a small complimentary appetizer in addition to the meal, sort of like a pre-appetizer appetizer. I’m in!
I don’t know food but I know what I like. And I liked this.
2 tomatoes

First Course – Deviled Crab Cakes
“I need a cigarette!” Moist and tasty with a little bite.
3 crabcakes

Second Course – Kilt Greens with bacon Dressing.
You had me at greens bacon. A warmish salad with a light bacon drippings dressing. Topped with cherry tomatoes, bacon and Parmesan. Another winner.

4 kilt salad

You alert readers have noticed a theme. Everything was spectacular!

Third Course – hold on to your seats: Southern Fried chicken, black-eyed peas, summer succotash, a genuine George Formaro biscuit and macaroni & cheese.
5 dinner

  • Chicken: Brined in a mixture of kosher dill pickle juice and seasonings. Dipped in buttermilk then dredged through flour and fried in lard. It doesn’t get any better than this!
  • Black-Eyes Peas: Prepared southern-style with smoke ham hocks.
  • Summer Succotash: Lima beans, okra, corn, grape tomatoes, smoked ham, heavy cream, et al.
  • Macaroni and Cheese: Not your school-lunch macaroni and cheese. It was so creamy. Creamy and dreamy!

Fourth Course: Chess pie.
it reminded me of a pecan pie but without the nuts. Topped with a thin layer of chocolate, it will be my go-to pie from now on. For eating, of course, not baking.
6 chess pie

Refreshing adult beverages were served as well.

If you get a chance to participate in one of George’s dinners, run, don’t walk.

Thank me later.


Where in the World Wednesday – (Thursday) [04.30.15]

April 30, 2015

In yesterday’s post I was at Louie’s Wine Dive-Des Moines. Note: When you go to the site, it states Urbandale. It’s actually more in the Drake Area. Marketing.

This was my first gimlet taste-test and I failed to request the control, Bombay Sapphire. In spite of that, the gimlet was quite tasty. Served on the rocks, without asking my preference, it had just the right amount of tartness. Freshly squeezed lime juice was used along with a little sweetener, likely simple syrup.  At the Happy Hour price of $4 it was one helluva deal.

To refresh your memory, here’s the gimlet.

louies gimlet

And, here’s Nick, the bartender.

nick louries

I’d go back.


Where in the World Wednesday [04.29.15]

April 29, 2015

Another episode of the wildly-popular Where in the World Wednesday: The Gimlet Edition, where I post a picture of a gimlet and you try to guess where in Des Moines the gimlet was purchased. Answer will be posted tomorrow.

louies gimlet


Where in the World Wednesday (Thursday) [04.23.15]

April 23, 2015

The drink. Bombay Sapphire Gimlet made with muddled lime and lime agua fresca. $7.50

The review: Tasty. Sort of a Latin spin on the gimlet. Ranks right up there with the better gimlets I’ve had. I’d order it again. Served “up” by default. Good call!

malo drink

The bar: Malo

The bar tender: Bjørn

malo bjorn


Where in the World Wednesday [04.22.15]

April 22, 2015

Where. Am. I.

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malo drink


This just in! [04.21.15]

April 21, 2015

Restaurant Week Des Moines August 14-23, 2015

restaruant week


Where in the World Wednesday (Thursday) [04.16.15]

April 16, 2015

In yesterday’s post, I was at Eatery A. It was a different gimlet. Likeable, but different. OK, I had two. It was made with Bombay Sapphire (the common denominator of my test gimlets) and fresh lime juice. Period. No sweetener. I like a tart taste but would have preferred a touch of something to take off the edge. Er, I guess the Bombay did that.
At $8 it would not be my go-to gimlet.

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Steven made the drink. He was sweet. But I digress.

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The A, which I will be calling the joint from this point forward, has one of the best Happy Hours in town. Tuesday-Sunday, 3-6:00, superb half-priced pizza (made in a wood-burning oven), half-priced draws and half-priced wine (including bottles.) What more could you ask for. A little sweetener in the gimlet, perhaps?.