I have been very busy eating lately. Unfortunately, I have not taken many photos. Oh well. Let me replay some of my recent foodie moments for you.
- Thai Me Up – Take-Out
Last Friday, The Boy and I set out to make homemade pizza, including homemade crust. This did not seem an overly daunting task. However, we truly took wrong turns the whole way through the process. We used this Quick and Easy Pizza Dough recipe. The dough seemed ok. The Boy rolled it out thin on a pasta board and we topped it. Oh course, the sticky thin dough did not want to budge from the pasta board. Eventually, we got it on a peel and put it straight on the rack in the oven. Very bad. Not sure why we did that. The dough proceeded to slide through the cracks. A cookie sheet was quickly slid on to the bottom shelf of the oven to prevent too much damage. The pizza ended up a half burned/half raw heap of dough and toppings. Sigh. This is likely the biggest FAIL in the Snickie kitchen in awhile. I don’t think the dough was necessarily the culprit – it was really our technique that got us in trouble. We should have kept the dough thicker and used a pizza stone.
The pizza being truly inedible, I called up Thai Me Up (1925 E Carson – BYO). I ordered Pad Thai and Summer Rolls (to split). Twenty minutes later, the Boy and I were in front of his fireplace with a bottle of red and our plates of noodles. Not bad. The chicken in the Pad Thai was a bit dry, but the flavors were tasty and it was not overly greasy or saucy. The summer roll was fresh and light. The bill was $14.
- Café Davio – Return Trip (see first trip here)
A last minute invite from the one and only Uncle Big D found me at Café Davio after a long day at work. I ordered from the a la carte menu but ended up eating all the courses anyway – they were brought family style to the table. I had linguine with mussels (listed as clams on the menu, but they were out). The pasta was lovely and lightly dressed, the mussels very tender and sweet. Ordering from the a la carte menu, this large dish of pasta was just $13. Can’t beat that. Other standouts of the evening were the warm, salty, crusty bread and the chunks of lovely sweet/savory sausage included on a plate of braciole. Mmm. A lovely meal with lovely company :).
- Yet Another Dinner at Cafe Du Jour
Still love this place. BYO and super casual, but with great and thoughtful food. On a recent evening I had salmon with a tomato aoili, curry dusted zucchini, and cous cous. This place is also great for lunch (located at 1107 E Carson – Southside).
- Piccolo Forno – Lunch
The Boy’s grandmother was recently in town. Therefore, a Saturday lunch out was on the menu. Originally, we planned to go to Pusadee’s Garden (read about a prior visit here). However, no Saturday lunch at Pusadee’s. Bummer, but not a problem. We zipped right down the road to Piccolo Forno (read about previous visits here and here).
Despite some bumpy service issues (my lunch arrived WAY before the other’s pizzas) the food was again pretty tasty. I had the caprese panini which was really quite lovely. Roma tomatoes, mozzarella, pesto. I expected the sandwich to be a bit more pressed – it was really just simply warmed and crusty but not necessarily pressed. However, the flavors combined beautifully and the pesto was great. The panini came with a light bean salad.
Of all the pizzas ordered, the Pizza Bianca really caught my eye. Perfectly gooey and fragrant. I did not try any but might be ordering that on my next trip.
- Chili Cook-Off
Now, you may think you have attended a “chili cook-off”. However, you have likely never seen anything like the event my extended family puts on. It includes renting a hall, projecting the Steelers game on multiple screens, and 20+ chilis ready for judgment. This year, The Boy decided to enter. He whipped up a batch of his chunky chili and hoped for the best. Sadly, he did not win. However, Mom of Snickie (MOS) did! Congrats! She made a great tasting chili with black beans, corn, red pepper, jalapeño, etc. The 2nd and 3rd place chilis were also tasty but leaned more toward smoky/sweet. MOS went more with the fresh ingredient spin. Delish. The chilis are ‘judged’ by five chosen judges.
- And just for fun (and to save this from being a picture-less post)…
To commemorate the laying to rest of ‘Jon and Kate + 8’ as we know it (last night was the final episode – gasp!) I will post a photo of The Boy and I in our much-beloved Halloween costumes.