Fire & Ice

Friday night we joined Steve & Tammy Kirks and Greg Holman for a happy hour at Hickok’s. During the course of the time there we goaded Chris into creating a drink for the table with suggestions of 417 bartender of the year. He came up with what is now being called "The Steve" which was quite good – a modified …

Adobe Community Summit 2006

 I’m on my way back from the Adobe Community Summit – an event for User Group Managers and Community Experts. It was a phenomenal week of networking, learning more about the Adobe strategy and product lines, and training. After going through two days of Flex training I’ve got to say Flex is absolutely going to rock the RIA world and …

Paella & Croquettes

Last Saturday Sarah and I were searching for something to eat for dinner and I decided that in honor of San Fermin we should eat paella – albeit without seafood. We made a simple paella with tomatoes, red pepper, garlic, onion and chicken. The rice was cooked using chicken broth with a shrimp boullioin cube mixed into it. I have …

Ocean Zen with the Skelton Clan

We went to Ocean Zen last night with several of Sarah’s cousins that live near Springfield. At their family reunion a few weeks ago we commented that it was funny we had to drive two hours to see each other so we’ve started a semi regular dinner gathering. For some reason there’s a desire to get pins and funny hats …

Pineapple Whip Experiment 1

My first Pineapple Whip experiment went fairly well. Sarah thinks it might contain too much dairy, or too much fat in the dairy. It’s tasty, about the right consistency right from the ice cream freezer, and still quite good when frozen completely. The texture isn’t quite right out of the deep freeze and it is very unscoopable. I’ve moved it …

Washington DC: 2 Amy’s Pizza

While we were in Washington we ate at 2 Amys Pizza. 2 Amys is one of the few DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) pizza restaurants in the US. What does that mean exactly? It means that 2 Amys makes pizza that meets the exacting standards for producing authentic Neopolitan Pizza. This involves a specific recipe, wood burning ovens, etc. The …

Pineapple Whip

In Springfield there is a snack trailer with a hula girl dancing on the top of it. This trailer serves the best frozen dessert – Pineapple Whip. It’s sort of a pineapple, soft-serve ice cream. Our first year in Springfield it was very close to our house, last year it was only available at the fair, this year the trailer …

DC: Amsterdam Falafelshop

Amsterdam Falafelshop Originally uploaded by kerner. If I had to pick my favorite restaurants from the trip to DC it would be hard to split the top two. For quick, easy, and late night (although we ate lunch there) food the winner would be the Amsterdam Falafelshop. If you’ve never had falafel you have to try it – perhaps not …

DC: Old Ebbitt Grill

Old Ebbitt Grill is the sort of Washington establishment that you could imagine in movies. It’s steps from the White House, has been around for 150 years, was popular with presidents, and is still an active meeting spot in downtown DC. Sarah and I did our common appetizer, split entree, dessert routine and we were very pleased with the food. …

Hickok’s – Better than Flame

I’ve got a lot of things to write about from the DC trip – 5-6 restaurants, but I realized that I hadn’t written a review of Hickok’s, the new steak house across  the street from Patton Alley Pub and Agrario (it’s also managed by Eric Zackrison who owns the Pub and Agrario) We went to Hickok’s the first weekend they …

IMBB 25: Pain Perdu Panino

Originally uploaded by kerner. As my return to IMBB with the Give Us This Day Yesterday’s Bread theme I decided to try combining pain perdu (french toast) and the panini – two things I am very fond of  eating. I didn’t think to let any bread go stale, so I stuck pieces in a warm oven (about 225° F) for …

Galloway Station: Never Again

We went to Galloway Station tonight for a beer and some food. First let me say I’ve always liked Galloway Station. Writing this post makes me sad, but I’m so angry that this is the only decision I can rightfully make. I know the service is slow, we expect that. We don’t expect it to be bad and inconsiderate. We …