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Good morning, readers of the most dangerous sort-of-food-related blog on the planet (or at least in Central Iowa)! It’s Monday, and you know what time it is…
Locally Grown Monday Morning Meltdown!
Let’s assume all of you made it through the Iowa State Food Fair alive and with minimal damage to your arteries, stomachs, figure, complexion, and pride. Let’s also assume that you were able to eat all of the ridiculous food items you fancied while maintaining your fat intake/health & safety ratio. But regardless of whether you stayed safe or not, it’s going to take some dedication to burn off those extra 70,000 calories, you might even need to do something extreme like ride the “Treadmill Bike” to work every day this week.
What were your favorites fair foods? I would love to have you share with the other 9 people who might read this, so drop a comment or email and I may get around to compiling a list. What’s my favorite? OH, thought you would never ask! Cajun Fried Cheese, which is essentially cheese fried in a spicy corndog batter. In fact, I would like one right now…but all of our Fair Fare Faves are something like 352 days from being re-realized. Yes, I am counting.
We will also assume that all 39 of the restaurants participating in Restaurant Week are still standing, and reaped the benefits of this Dining Promotional Event (which I think is to convert new culinary followers). I have gotten a crap-load (yes, that is an official measurement…it may even be in the new Webster’s Dictionary) of feedback so far, and it is ALMOST ALL GOOD! Haven’t heard one horror story yet…I will be checking out a few places this week, hope to see you out there expanding your dining horizons.
This Restaurant Week thing is working out pretty well for you humble cook, as this week contains the anniversary day of the life-bonding of myself and Mrs. The Cook. We will be able to go out to dinner a few more times than usual for our Anniversary.
A few must-visits include Baru66, Azalea, Alba, Cafe Di Scala, Bistro Montage, Cosi Cucina, Mojo’s on 86th, Trostel’s Dish, Sbrocco, and Mandarin Grill (who gets the award for most elaborate menu, even including a graph of the meal plans). Most of these places are requisite dining experiences if you are to consider yourself a DSM “Foodie” (I strongly dislike that term) and now is your chance to get your “Foodie Cred.”
Not much of a meltdown. Hmmm…still in a good mood from the New Belgium Urban Assault Ride.
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