It’s been way too long since I’ve posted! It’s been a busy time, but there have been some fun things going on! I was able to meet up with my cousin whom I haven’t seen in a long time – and I met her daughter and son-in-law. We met at Farm House Cafe in University Heights. If you haven’t been there, I highly recommend it. I opted to refrain from taking pictures of the food. This gives me a reason to go back asap to get photos! It’s such a comfortable country French restaurant, and I feel lucky to have it in my neighborhood. Good thing to know: Tuesdays and Wednesdays are half price glasses and bottles of wine. Great nights to go! Reservations are a must because it’s small, but there are a few bar seats where you can eat as well. Check it out (I even love the music they play on the website!): http://www.farmhousecafesd.com/#/intro
Also, I was able to check out a Cleveland Indians Spring Training game against the Texas Rangers in Goodyear, Arizona. I had never gone before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I loved the warm Arizona evening, and I order the biggest chili cheese dog I’ve ever seen. I was hit by a ball, too. That was exciting! It hit me as I was ducking, but I survived! Our beers did not make it though. But I got the ball!
On a minor food note, my husband and I joined up with a group of friends that have an IPA Night at different bars once a month. This month was Tiger! Tiger! in North Park (http://tigertigertavern.blogspot.com/). We couldn’t pass it up since it’s one of our favorite places. On Thursday, we grabbed a couple of beers at Small Bar (http://smallbarsd.com/) in University Heights. We never go out on a weeknight – and we did it twice! We’re crazy!! I have to mention something new I tried at Small Bar. I absolutely love their Corn Dogs and Fries, and I don’t think it has anything to do with the fact that I worked at Corn Dog on a Stick in High School. Last night, I opted to pay the buck extra and get the french fries beer battered (2 Corn Dogs and regular fries are $7.50). So good!! It was probably unnecessary considering the corn dog is battered, but why not? The food went great with our Speakeasy Double Daddy (9.50% abv). The only drawback to Small Bar is that there’s a patio where I could even bring our dog, but usually people are smoking cigarettes are out there and that doesn’t go well with my Double Daddy! However, that seems to be the problem with most patio areas. Such a bummer I can’t enjoy the outside as well. Another side note, do not plan on going to Tiger!Tiger!, Live Wire, or Blind Lady Ale House Saturday the 14th. Will Ferrell is hosting a charity Pub Crawl and these spots will be closed (http://cancerforcollege.org/PUB_CRAWL.php). And if you are attending the Pub Crawl, I am so jealous! Ring the cowbell once for me.
After all of that, the eating continues with the Holiday weekend! I love Easter! Coloring hard-boiled eggs is a must! And drinking champagne is a definite! And we’ll fit Mass in there, too! One thing I love, whether it’s on Easter Day or anytime of the year, are Danish Pancake Balls known as Aebleskiver. The first time I had this delicacy was in Solvang, California the morning after touring wineries. I was in Heaven. These dough balls can be filled with savory things (like cheese or bacon or both!), or sweet things (like fruit), or filled with nothing but more batter. Franz bought me an Aebleskiver pan during one of our trips to Solvang, but you can find the same pan at Great News! Cookware and Cooking School (http://www.great-news.com/home.php) or Williams-Sonoma for around $40 (Good to know: If you sign up for Great News! Newsletter, you get coupons occasionally to use at their store! Great deal!).
The recipe I use to make Aebleskiver is http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/danish-pancake-balls-aebleskiver-10000000663064/ If you are having people over for Easter, this is a great way to start the meal! Unfortunately, this is not appropriate for a Seder meal, so anyone celebrating Passover will have to try out this recipe next week.
I hope everyone has a great, fun, and food-filled weekend! Take Care and Happy Eating!