Chilaquiles ("chee-lah-KEE-lays") come in many variations and sexy to say once you got it down (haha). A traditional Mexican dish that is close to huevos rancheros. Typically fried or stale tortilla chips, meat, chile sauce, eggs, cheese then any additions toppings your heart desires. It's truly mexican comfort food that is in my way better in my option then those Tex-Mex loaded nachos you see as an appetizer every where. Part crunchy and part sort from soaking up the spicy flavorful sauce. Besides the point but anything topped with a fried egg I'll eat.
I typically don't drink wine. I'll drink it at weddings(free) or I'll drink Botham Vineyards cause I know which of theirs I like. Bloody Marys I'm on my way to have every one in the city. "Craft" cocktails with all the innovated drinks it's fun. With two brothers and a father who like beer I had a destiny to enjoy drinking all different styles. Put then started to grow grapes at home and needed to find a why to use them up. So with the last name Welch first came to mind juice then Wine. Made one batch. Put thought I should getting a better understanding so next year's we can tweak it to make it better and make multiple batches.
Dlux has been having this event called Match-dot-Somm every 1st wednesday of the month for quite sometime now. Where they pair junk food with wine. When I saw that they were having a breakfast food themed one this month. I jumped on it stat since biscuits and gravy hold a dear place in my heart and it usually sells out by the next day since there are only two seating with limited seating but you may luck out if they have cancellations.
Caitlin the Sommelier really does here homework or her job really well. Went to this by myself, which when Caitlin came over to talk about each course pairing it really felt like she was really just talking to me (she technically was but you get my point I'm trying to get across. I hope.) You also get a sheet with pairing info but Caitlin gave more information when she came around and an oppuitnity to ask her questions. One perk I had no idea about was the wine you drank during the pairing you can buy the bottle at a discount rate.
Since Caitlin is helping to open Cento. The next two will be different pairing. One being beer and the other a cocktail pairing. Then back to wine pairings when the new restaurant is off the ground. If you need a date idea, fun night out or more info on wine pairing I highly recommend. I see myself drinking more wine in the future.
One thing about me to know if you don't already is I love to travel. I have already had many opportunities to travel over seas already in my life. I recently got back from London and Paris. Got to eat bloody good food, see landmarks like Buckingham Palace, the Louvre, Notre Dame de Paris, and Shakespeare and Company, see things connect with Spice Girls, Harry Potter, Princess Diana and Kate. Also sat outside many Cafes and see the world slowly go by. Here are some of the food I ate. Some wouldn't upload sadly. I hope to recreate some at one point. Next I hope to go to is Ireland or Thailand but really any place with a different culture will do. Where have you traveled to or would love to go too?
Having lunch out can easily be over looked. You packed a brown bag, starving yourself to have a few drinks at night or you just go out for dinner. Graze, which you may hear more about for it's brunch and dinner also has a worthy lunch to talk about. The menu is diverse and has many options for vegans, vegetarians, dairy-free, gluten free people or can easily be modified to be. Also if you didn't know already Graze and it's sister restaurant L'Etoile strive to get most of their ingredients locally. So, upgrade your brown bag with a meal to go, stop starving yourself and/or go out for lunch with a friend.
Since I was little blue moon has been my go to ice cream flavor. Must of been the Smurf blue coloring that caught my eye to order it for the first time. Then after tasting it and finding it had a Froot Loops flavor I was hooked. Finally getting my own ice cream maker. I knew this had to be one flavor to master. Found a recipe on Serious Eats. Made some adaptions since I couldn't find lemon oil and didn't have blue coloring gel. What's you favorite ice cream?
- 2 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 tablespoon instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 teaspoon raspberry extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 30-40 drops of blue food coloring
In a medium bowl lightly beat egg yolks with a 1/4 cup of sugar and set aside.
In a medium saucepan add cream, milk, and remaining sugar. Whisking occasionally, heat mixture over medium low heat until bubbles begin to form along the edges of the pan. Remove from heat and add heated cream mixture to the eggs one tablespoon at a time while whisking constantly to temper the eggs.
Once the cream mixture and eggs have been combined return to the saucepan and heat on medium low until mixture coats back of a spoon or spatula and line drawn with a finger leaves a distinct trail. Mixture should register 170° to 175° F, do not allow mixture to overheat.
Pour custard into a medium bowl and whisk in vanilla pudding mix until thoroughly incorporated. Whisk in raspberry, lemon and vanilla extracts until thoroughly incorporated. Set bowl over an ice bath. Let cool at room temperature for 1 hour, stirring occasionally, then cover and refrigerate for 2 more hours or up to overnight until completely chilled. Add food coloring. Churn chilled custard according to your ice cream maker's instructions. Transfer ice cream into a container that will hold 1 quart. Cover and freeze for at least 3 hours to fully set. Serve.
I knew that I would fall in love with Bassett Street Brunch Club instantly. Serving brunch and comfort food all day long and late too. Below are photos of most of the food I've eaten off the Winter/Fall menu. They soon will be releasing their Spring menu. Their Facebook and Instagram are a good way to keep updated on specials and events. This coming Saturday, March 8th, from 8am to 3:30pm they're having a Luau-Themed Brunch. Tropical inspired food and drink specials. Spring break swag bag giveaways. Also wear tropical gear and get 15% off your check!