Monday, June 16, 2014

Out and about - thinking about Merrysville El Toro's

 Out and about  with Jerry and Janet
 
Deep fried cheese burrito
 
#outandaboutwithjnj - for you Marysville El Toro's fans. I asked Nachos of
Lake Stevens if he would make me a deep fried cheese burrito...

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Out and About - Lombardi's Italian Restaurants Mill Creek and Novelty Hill Wine Maker's Dinner


Lombardi's Italian Restaurants Mill Creek Wine Maker's Dinner
Out and About…

Lombardi's Italian Restaurants Mill Creek Wine Maker's Dinner featuring wines from Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Vineyards….

Mike Januik's award winning wines are paired with Lombardi’s Executive Chef Matt's culinary creations.

Out and About - Lombardi's and Novelty Hill – Lombardi's founder Diane Symms
Lombardi's founder Diane Symms started the evening off with introductions.  

Appetizer

Out and About - Lombardi's and Novelty Hill – Dungeness Crab & Shrimp Crostini
Dungeness Crab & Shrimp Crostini
 
2012 Sauvignon Blanc***+

Pasta

Chef Matt’s gnocchi and Novelty Hill’s Sangiovese were the stars of the dinner.

Good news, Matt has finely agreed to make his “no egg” gnocchi for the restaurant…. But only once a month and then if it turns out. His “no egg” gnocchi is a labor of love. Thanks Matt!

Bad news, Novelty Hill’s Sangiovese is sold out at the winery….

Out and About - Lombardi's and Novelty Hill – Matt’s Gnocchi Carbonara
Handcrafted Gnocchi Carbonara
Garlic cream sauce, crispy pancetta, peas, oven roasted tomatoed

2011 Sangiovese***+

Entree

Out and About - Lombardi's and Novelty Hill – Porchetta Pork Loin
Porchetta Pork Loin
"Porchetta style" roasted pork loin & belly, blood orange agrodolee, broccoli rabe

2011 Malbec***+

Dessert

Out and About - Lombardi's and Novelty Hill – Darkest Chocolate Cake
Darkest Chocolate Cake
Red Wine glaze & fresh berries

2011 Cab Sauvignon****

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Out and About – Road trip to Whidbey Island Washington

Out and About…
Road trip to Whidbey Island Washington
Penn Cove - Whidbey Island, Washington

Captain Whidbey Inn - Whidbey Island Washington

The historic Inn, celebrating its 100th year in 2007, still with the original timbered walls and ceilings, stone fireplaces and dining room. The Inn is constructed with native trees harvested on the property in 1907.

The rooms facing north have views of Penn Cove. The southern view is of peaceful gardens.

The 12 rooms of the main lodge, each with its own wash stand and European style shared bath facilities; one for men and one for women....


Captain Whidbey Inn - Whidbey Island Washington
Captain Whidbey Inn – The main building
Captain Whidbey Inn - Whidbey Island Washington
View of our room…
Captain Whidbey Inn - Whidbey Island Washington

Captain Whidbey Inn - Whidbey Island Washington

Out our window for the garden view.
Captain Whidbey Inn - Whidbey Island Washington

The upper hallway.
Captain Whidbey Inn - Whidbey Island Washington
View from the rooms on the other side.
Captain Whidbey Inn - Whidbey Island Washington
More from the upper hallway.
Captain Whidbey Inn - Whidbey Island Washington
 Flyers Restaurant and Brewery – Oak Harbor, Washington


Flyers Restaurant and Brewery – Oak Harbor, Washington
Flyers Restaurant and Brewery – Oak Harbor, Washington
Flyers Restaurant and Brewery – Oak Harbor, Washington
Soup of the day - Broccoli-Cheddar Soup. Always enjoy a cup of Broccoli Cheddar Soup…
 
Flyers Restaurant and Brewery – Oak Harbor, Washington
Bacon Cheese Angus Burger. Love their Bacon...
 
Flyers Restaurant and Brewery – Oak Harbor, Washington
A few pictures of the brewery.
Flyers Restaurant and Brewery – Oak Harbor, Washington

Flyers Restaurant and Brewery – Oak Harbor, Washington

Frasers Gourmet Hideaway – Oak Harbor, Washington
http://www.frasersgh.com/

What a great restaurant, sitting at the bar watching the chefs’ work, is amazing. The food and service were outstanding, the atmosphere is delightful.
 
Make Frasers dinning your destination. You will not be disappointed. The food isoutstanding in its preparation and in its presentation.



Frasers Gourmet Hideaway – Oak Harbor, Washington


Frasers Gourmet Hideaway – Oak Harbor, Washington
Chef Scott Fraser, Sous-Chef Michael Tsosie and Staff hard at work...


Frasers Gourmet Hideaway – Oak Harbor, Washington




Frasers Gourmet Hideaway – Oak Harbor, Washington
Frasers Gourmet Hideaway – Oak Harbor, Washington
Our food being fired....
Frasers Gourmet Hideaway – Oak Harbor, Washington
Escargot with puff pastry.  A great start to any meal.
Frasers Gourmet Hideaway – Oak Harbor, Washington
Young Greens - Mixed salad with pear slices, spiced pecans, gorgonzola, blood orange vinaigrette. Love this salad.
Frasers Gourmet Hideaway – Oak Harbor, Washington

Gnocchi with Mushrooms РHouse made ricotta gnocchi, season mushrooms, and saut̩ed greens in vodka tomato cream sauce. Over the top!
Frasers Gourmet Hideaway – Oak Harbor, Washington

Filet Miqnon grilled & topped with a colossal prawn, sea scallop & mussels, garlic mashed potatoes, balsamic demi-glace & a garlic cream sauce. Just look at that presentation.
 
Frasers Gourmet Hideaway – Oak Harbor, Washington
Rack of Lamb - Herb & pistachio crusted lamb, risotto, red wine demi-qlace. I well never eat beef again....
 
Frasers Gourmet Hideaway – Oak Harbor, Washington
Tiramisu. More please......

Front Street Grill – Coupeville Whidbey Island, Washington



Front Street Grill – Coupeville Whidbey Island, Washington
Front Street Grill – Coupeville Whidbey Island, Washington
Front Street Grill – Coupeville Whidbey Island, Washington
Ahi Poke - Raw Yellowfin Tuna cubed in a soy ginger marinade. Love this dish, the slaw under the tuna was delouses…

Front Street Grill – Coupeville Whidbey Island, Washington

Crab Artichoke Dip - A blend of Dungeness crab, artichokes, red peppers, and parmesan. Served warm with pita bread. Love the crab flavor…
 
Front Street Grill – Coupeville Whidbey Island, Washington
Caramelized Onion and Cheese Bites - Pepper jack cheese with sweet carameuzea onions on rustic Italian Bread with a red pepper romesco dipping sauce. Great taste…
 
Penn Cove - Whidbey Island, Washington


Penn Cove produces Penn Cove Mussels, Mediterranean Mussels, Manila clams and 27 varieties of Pacific Oysters. 


Penn Cove - Whidbey Island, Washington

Penn Cove - Whidbey Island, Washington

Penn Cove - Whidbey Island, Washington
 

Toby’s Tavern – Coupeville Whidbey Island, Washington

Toby's located in the town of Coupeville on Whidbey Island Washington. The building is located on the shore of Penn Cove. Originally a mercantile built in approximately 1890, the structure has housed many businesses. Following prohibition, it became a beer parlor and has been a Tavern/restaurant since the early sixties.

The back bar was originally brought around the horn and placed in the Fort Warden officers club in about 1900. It then moved to Fort Casey and then eventually to the Central Hotel in Coupeville. When the Hotel suffered a serious fire, the back bar was then moved to its current location at Toby's.

Toby’s Tavern – Coupeville Whidbey Island, Washington

Toby’s Tavern – Coupeville Whidbey Island, Washington

Toby’s Tavern – Coupeville Whidbey Island, Washington

Toby’s Tavern – Coupeville Whidbey Island, Washington

Toby’s Tavern – Coupeville Whidbey Island, Washington
Steamed Penn Cove Mussels with garlic bread. One of the best tasting mussel dishes we have had….

Toby’s Tavern – Coupeville Whidbey Island, Washington
Deluxe Broiled Cheeseburger with Bacon. OK, this has burger made our “best thing I have ever ate” List. Over the top in flavor….




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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Janet's cooking at home - Learning two new recipes

Roasted brussel sprouts in brown clarified butter, with hazelnuts, balsamic vinegar and Swiss cheese.

Roasted pork chops with a Creme Fraiche wine sauce.