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Food News! Episode 15

I spoke about a lot today…. From new Pop Tarts flavors to a cool new delivery car from Domino’s.

Check out the fun on Periscope: @kathleenhessman !

https://www.periscope.tv/w/aPpcnTcyODA5ODB8MU95S0F3ZE9ZanFKYj-jsXecDcjavqu1KWchsXgnmxFHO1ZuykNrEmSyRy5g

Food News! Episode 3

From a California guy living the #ChipotLIFE to pizza being delivered on trains (Yes!!) – here’s your weekly dose of food news via #Periscope (and a heartwarming bonus at the end):

https://www.periscope.tv/w/aH-5BTcyODA5ODB8NDQ3OTU4NTJfZ1Nl4K6SG_LVhIKzWWAPDCxvuqV-kPgjeUygmk78Vg==

Cool Article: 4/2

I’ll admit to you all right now, I’m a huge believer of horoscopes.

While yes, sometimes what the sites say do not always match up to your current situation, horoscopes really do say a lot about personality and in the cool article I found tonight, what you eat.

The Daily Meal wrote an article highlighting “Your Food Horoscope,” foods based off “your sign.”

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Click here to read about yours, but for a sneak preview, here’s what the site had to say about my sign, the Taurus:

“The Taurus sign is one born for good food and drink. Anything rich is right up their alley. Think decadent chocolate and full body wines too, as their bull sign is indicative of their, ahem, passionate natures. Do not do a common salad, they’ll be sad you skimped. Of course, such richness can sometimes cause a little pouch in the stomach, so be sure not to be too sedentary. “

So did The Daily Meal get it right?

For the most part, yes. I love good food and drink, and rich foods most definitely.  I love my chocolate, and full bodied wines (dry over sweet, white and red it’s a toss up). But I do love simple salads, haha!

Enjoy, and please comment to me and let me know what it says about you and whether you agree or disagree!

DAYTON: Tank’s Bar & Grill

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“Stories in these walls.”

As I sat on a cushy, wide bar stool at Tank’s Bar & Grill in Dayton, that’s the phrase I kept thinking of.

There are stories about the items hung on their walls. There must be. And I left this afternoon with many questions as to the stories behind all of it.

It’s Sunday.

And Sunday means one of two things: Sunday brunch, or Sunday dinner.

A fun favorite of my friends and I is to get brunch. Living on Long Island/Connecticut/Syracuse it was all about the diners and breakfast places. But when visiting a few of my friends in Manhattan ( and now Queens where these ladies live), we would partake in a brunch on Sunday, and yes, some booze would be involved.

Living in Dayton, I haven’t found that go-to “diner” yet. In fact, I haven’t seen a 24-hour diner here at all (if you know of one, please! let me know).

But today’s mission was to find a brunch that not only had good food, but a good breakfast beverage to go with it.

Which brings me to Tank’s. I’ve been here in Dayton officially 9 months now, and while I’m good at directions, I definitely had to use the GPS on this one. I had no idea where I was when I pulled into the neighborhood where Tank’s is situated. All I knew was, I was somewhere in Dayton, but nowhere near downtown.

I’ve read many reviews about Tank’s, on Urbanspoon, Yelp and Google, many praising its breakfast and staff, “best bar food ever”, a “watering hole”, “dive bar,” , and others saying its prices are “getting out of control” and one going out on a limb saying “you might break your legs leaving the place because of the stairs!”

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Clearly, there’s a lot of hype about the place, and today I wanted to see what the fuss is about.

The entrance
The entrance way.

The atmosphere:  RELAXED. The entrance is on the side, not the front, so you want to make sure you park on the side road next to Tank’s or actually on the side street parallel parking (that’s what I did). On weekends it definitely gets crowded. I walked in and you have to walk down this interesting set of stairs to enter (you’ll see what I mean in the picture), it felt like I was about to enter another world. I walked in to a crowd of people sitting at tables in an open atmosphere. I didn’t see a host. So I went straight to the bar and found a seat right on the end. It’s definitely not a new place whatsoever.

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Tank’s has been in business since 1987, and there was a lot of wooden decor to go around, including the wooden bar and the big cushy bar seats to sit at. There was a TON on the walls and at the bar alone to look at.  In one corner, on the ceiling, a working traffic light. In front of me, a stained glass sign that says “Tank’s Whine Bar” and a picture of a wine glass. The staff was VERY nice, I felt welcomed flying solo at the place. They were very friendly. On the speakers, an eclectic mix, from Bob Dylan, Mumford and Sons, to James Brown’s “Get Up Offa That Thing”, which really stuck in my mind sitting there. There was a wooden card catalog on the bar, and right in front of me, a glass-enclosed cabinet, one shelf having bobbleheads in it (one looking like a Dayton Dragons one? possibly?). Above me, hanging plants lining the bar, as well as lining the restaurant’s walls. All of this left me thinking what it all symbolized and why it was put there, it made me think.

What I ate/drank: 1 mimosa, and the Country Gentlemen meal (three eggs, choice of ham, bacon or sausage, toast and hash browns) with scrambled eggs, sausage links, whole wheat toast and hash browns with cheese.

Price: For both plus tax, $15.54.

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Mimosa, $5.25.

My thoughts: The mimosa was perfection. It tasted like Orangina in a glass, which to me says they know how to make a perfectly balanced mimosa, those pros! My waitress was telling the guy next to me that they can customize it to your liking too (i.e. adding strawberries, a splash of cranberry, etc.). The drink was excellent, and a big mimosa at that. I noticed they used Cook’s Spumante little bottles as the champagne of choice, which is a good, cheap option. I had only wished it was a little less than $5.25 per glass.

Country Gentlemen plate (L-R: Hash browns with cheese, toast, scrambled eggs and sausage links)
Country Gentlemen plate (L-R: Hash browns with cheese, toast, scrambled eggs and sausage links)

The food came very fast, which was great. The first thing I noticed was the toast had a piece of char on it (which I took off), and that it wasn’t buttered, which surprised me. If you’re at the bar, however, there are little cups with butter packets near you that you can grab, as well as a syrup bottle and other condiments. The bread itself was good, but it could’ve been toasted more. The plate was a good size: not too big, not too small. The portion of hash browns with cheese was huge, and delicious: not overly greasy and the cheese added a nice kick of flavor. The sausage links were BLAND. I even added my trusty syrup on them, and it didn’t help.

What really impressed me the most were the eggs.

Oh my god, the EGGS!

The eggs were fluffy, soft, airy, but not super buttery. It reminded me of how my mom makes them, which for eggs, I haven’t had in awhile.

Overall my breakfast was good,  but not super amazing. Was it on the higher end of the price scale for breakfast? I think so. $8.79 for the plate plus an extra $.80 for cheese.

Breakfast menu. There's also a lunch & dinner menu (separate from this)
Breakfast menu. There’s also a lunch & dinner menu (separate from this)

What else is on the menu:  Tank’s has breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Here are the highlights: for breakfast it has omelets with toast for $9.99 (any combination of green peppers, banana peppers, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, salsa, ham, bacon, sausage, American, Cheddar, Provolone, Swiss, Pepper Jack), or you can get a “girlie size” omelet for $5.99 (another unanswered question for me leaving the place, why is there even such a thing as “girlie” size on the menu?).

There’s more choices of combinations of eggs/hash browns/toast/pancakes, and then there’s a Biscuits and “Bull Dog” gravy option for $5.99 (Girlie Size $3.99), which is two homemade biscuits in homemade sausage gravy, and then goes to say “Grandma’s original recipe, except we use Oakwood Possum” (I’m assuming that’s a joke…). There’s also French toast, waffles, and “Road Kill” chili. Breakfast is 7 days a week, anytime, so if you want breakfast anytime, you’re in luck.

For lunch & dinner, there’s an array of food from burgers to overstuffed sandwiches. A few highlights: for $7.49 you can get the Tankburger, which is a half pound of ground Chuck on an Onion, Kaiser or Wheat roll. The “My Way” Grilled Cheese for $6.49 includes Swiss, Cheddar, Provolone, American, lettuce, tomato, banana peppers, mustard, mayo and horseradish on dark rye. You can get chips & a dill pickle spear with its burgers and sandwiches, and for $.99 cents more you can add a side of onion dip (which I noticed people talking about a lot in reviews, good things!). On the overstuffed sandwiches menu I also noticed you can get a peanut butter & jelly club as well as a plain PB&J.  In the “other stuff” part of the menu I noticed there’s one thing called “Couch Potatoes” which is essentially chili cheese fries. The Batter Fried Shrooms I noticed people talking good things about in reviews too. There’s also daily specials on its menu too.

Why you should go: This place is so relaxed that you could go with friends, family, or by yourself. Its exactly what I witnessed today: group of friends, families, older people, younger people. It was a gathering place. A place where I bet if you go frequently, they would know you by name, and know your order. I definitely think it’s a good place to have a “boozy brunch” with people on a Sunday afternoon. Would I frequent every week? No. The prices are definitely a little too high in my eyes. Is it worth the hype? For the decor and for the atmosphere, yes. For the drinks? Yes. For the food, definitely the eggs and hash browns, but I’d have to try some of the other food to give a full thumbs up.

Location/Hours:

2033 Wayne Ave.

Dayton, OH 45410

937-252-2249

Bar: 7 AM to 2:30 AM daily

7 days a week

Kitchen: 7am to 2:00 AM

Breakfast served any time

PINTEREST DINNER: Crock Pot Paleo Beef Stew

Eating out of convenience is my motto.

And easy cooking for me, a single on-the-go chickie in Ohio, is a huge plus.

A snow storm is supposed to move into the Dayton area tonight. And with that, I thought about beef stew for dinner, to eat warm & hearty tonight. I’m craving it!

As I was searching Pinterest for recipes, a thought prevailed on me:

“Why don’t I make a paleo recipe?”

While I’ll admit, I by no means stick to any one diet or another (I love my sweets!), I love trying new things, healthy or not, and paleo is definitely one of those healthy things that’s really good and I recommend!

The paleo diet, according to thepaleodiet.com, says the following about what the diet actually consists of:

“The Paleo Diet is based upon eating wholesome, contemporary foods from the food groups our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have thrived on during the Paleolithic era, the time period from about 2.6 million years ago to the beginning of the agricultural revolution, about 10,000 years ago. These foods include fresh meats (preferably grass-produced or free-ranging beef, pork, lamb, poultry, and game meat, if you can get it), fish, seafood, fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and healthful oils (olive, coconut, avocado, macadamia, walnut and flaxseed). Dairy products, cereal grains, legumes, refined sugars and processed foods were not part of our ancestral menu.”

Thought this was interesting too, the website also says:

Decades of research by Dr. Loren Cordain and his scientific colleagues demonstrate that hunter-gatherers typically were free from the chronic illnesses and diseases that are epidemic in Western populations, including:

  • Obesity
  • Cardiovascular disease (heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, atherosclerosis)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Autoimmune diseases (multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, etc.)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Acne
  • Myopia (nearsightedness), macular degeneration, glaucoma
  • Varicose veins, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, gastric reflux
  • Gout

After browsing and browsing I came across a fabulous recipe by another fellow Ohio blogger, Tales of a Closet Homemaker.

Truly I feel this was a case of fate.

Here’s her fabulous paleo recipe that I’m trying out tonight (with the link to her post):

Crock Pot Paleo Beef Stew

Ingredients:

2lbs beef stew meat

6 stalks of celery, chopped

1 large onion, chopped

1 pack mushrooms, chopped

1 bag baby carrots, chopped (4 or 5 whole)

1 bag frozen peas

3 potatoes diced (skins on)

2 TBS minced garlic

1 can diced tomatoes(or 1 1/2 cups)

1 can crushed tomatoes (or 1 1/2 cups)

1 cup beef broth

2 TBS Parsley (dried)

2 TBL Basil (dried)

1 1/2 TBL Sea salt

1 TBL Pepper

Instructions:

Throw it all in the crock pot (this will fill a 5 qt to the very top).  Cook high 4-6 or low 7-10.  You can’t really overcook this one, and it can be assembled the night before and left in the refrigerator.

Here’s how I’m doing it:

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The top left picture has most of the ingredients. I used:

  • Lean Angus beef stew meat (I love lean meats and saw this on sale at Kroger today, got very excited!)
  • A can of crushed tomatoes
  • A can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup of beef broth
  • Two sweet potatoes, chopped (sweet potatoes are hard to chop when uncooked, do you agree? I used these instead of regular potatoes. Very paleo 🙂 )
  • A pack of mushrooms, chopped
  • 7 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped

The top right picture has the spices, I used:

  • 2 TBS parsley (dried)
  • 1 TBS Italian Seasoning spices, Garlic & Herb ( I didn’t have basil so opted for this instead)
  • 1 TBS black pepper
  • 1/2 TBS salt (the less salt the better in my opinion)
  • A little over 2 TBS chopped garlic (I loveee garlic.)

The bottom picture: I loaded all of the ingredients into my crock pot (with a liner in) and am going to cook it on high for 4-6 hours.

Excited to show you the final result!

I’ll post a picture later!

In the meantime, bon appetit and Happy Crocking! (And thank you, Tales of a Closet Homemaker for providing a fun recipe to try tonight!)

Cool Article(s) of the Week 2/23-3/1

HAPPY MARCH!

Today I have four very cool articles that will absolutely knock your socks off, foodies.

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The first one having to do with a snack most of us have eaten in our lifetimes: popcorn.

But I’m not talking movie theater popcorn, I’m talking the microwave popcorn bags you buy at the store and hope you don’t either under cook (with lots of unpopped kernels left in the bag) or overcook (blackened popcorn).

Photo Credit: whirlpool.com
Photo Credit: whirlpool.com

Michigan-based Whirlpool has come out with a new microwave that actually listens to the sounds of cooking to tell when something is done.

The article I found from The Daily Meal describes the microwave’s AccuPop technology for popcorn, that “can help the microwave adjust just by listening to and counting the time, between kernel pops.”

How cool is that?!Read on to find out what else it can do, and how you can buy it yourself!|||||One of my favorite quotes of all time: “If music be the food of love, play on.” Shakespeare truly has it right, and it goes along with the next article I’m sharing with you.
Food Network is holding its first EVER concert, as I discovered in an Eater article.

Photo Credit: foodnetworkinconcert.com
Photo Credit: foodnetworkinconcert.com

And it involves both music and food events!They’re taking on the concert scene at Ravinia, which is a music festival just outside Chicago.Headlining the music portion: JOHN MAYER.And there will be food demonstrations too throughout the day, from Food Network personalities such as Anne Burrell, Alex Guarnaschelli, Jeff Mauro and Marc Murphy. This foodie/music lover is quite excited about this and if you are too, click here to sign up via Food Network to get additional information about tickets, which go on sale in April.

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Have you ever been to a grocery store that is just, magical?Stew Leonards is that place for me. Growing up in Connecticut I always had so much fun wandering down the maze of an aisle that is Stew’s, with the really cool animatronic characters that would sing to you throughout the store (I know the songs – “We’re Dole fresh vegetables we’re good for you!”). It truly is the Disney World of grocery stores as many say.eatalyjpegEataly, a really cool Italian market in New York City serving up fresh Italian goods, is planning to build a theme park in Italy, which is indeed all about food, according to an article from Eater. And it’s being called the “Disneyland of Food.”Can we say awesome?! According to the article, “The nearly 20-acre park will build “restaurants, grocery stores, food labs, and an aquarium” on grounds that are currently occupied by unused warehouses.”Eataly’s planning to call the park Fico Eataly World, and according to the article, is hoping to open in November 2015. |||||And for my Dayton friends, EXCITING news this week from the fabulous guys of Fusian.

Photo Credit : fusian.com
Photo Credit : fusian.com

Fusian, the customizable sushi spot in Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus just announced officially this week they’re going to open its newest location in Washington Township, O.H.!Zach, Josh and Stephan write on its website that they’re coming to the brand new Oak Creek Crossing retail development that will also house the brand new Whole Foods Market.

The guys also go to add, “We love Dayton… it’s where we grew up, and it’s where we consider home. Our continued efforts to bring our food and our company to new markets would not be possible without supportive communities, a great team, and amazing customers!”

So more awesome sushi is coming to the Dayton area, get excited! I am.

-Exciting news all over. Eat, drink and be merry 🙂

MIAMI VALLEY: Miami Valley Restaurant Week EXTENDED!

Photo credit: dineoutdayton.com
Photo credit: dineoutdayton.com

One of the amazing things about restaurants, and the love of food, not only just here in Dayton, but every place I’ve lived thus far in life, is RESTAURANT WEEKS.

It’s the bang for your buck, and an amazing way to explore your (for me in Dayton, still fairly new) city, and try new foods.

Three or four course meals, for a great price.

Last week, was Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s Winter Restaurant Week. Many restaurants across the Miami Valley joined forces for a week of three course meals for price points of $20.14 , $25.14 and $30.14 .

And by participating, you’d be paying it forward, as a dollar from each meal goes towards local charities, according to MVRA’s website.

Well tonight, I have some great news for all of you Miami Valley foodies out there.

Its been EXTENDED until Saturday the 8th!

Here’s the list of restaurants still participating:

Amber Rose

Wellington Grille

If you click on this link, you can check out each one’s restaurant week menus.

Enjoy, bon appetit, and please let me know if you try some new restaurants!

Cool Article of the Week – 11/11 – 11/17

These cool article(s) of the week are dedicated to all of you wonderful college people out there, living in the dorm rooms.This is also dedicated to the budget-friendly person who wants some really awesome, cheap and easy food ideas.

Ah, college.

I remember it like it was yesterday. Living in the dorms (er, residence halls, as one of my closest friends always corrects me on! She was an R.A. ), with those communal kitchens with the oven/stove. I remember having big communal group dinners with my friends at times, in our residence halls, sitting around the couches and having a great time.

You had to be strategic, because you don’t have a TON of space in those kitchens, but you had to have yummy food too! (Hence, as well as those group dinners in the dorms, there were tons of late night orders as well to various pizza places, ah, the days).

So as Thanksgiving is on its way, one article of the week speaks 11 Easy Recipes for Friendsgiving In Your College Dorm (thank you, BuzzFeed Food!).

Photo credit: BuzzFeed Food
Photo credit: BuzzFeed Food

I appreciate that they advise to make turkey cutlets. I’m actually a huge fan of those and when I was home living with my parents, that was one of our meals we’d make, breaded turkey cutlets with gravy and noodles. Delicious! And VERY easy to make. I approve!

The one on the list I probably would not make is #8 (Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, Parsnips and Brussel Sprouts). As much as I love those vegetables, I think mashed potatoes, cornbread, biscuits, etc. are beautiful items for a Friendsgiving menu. Those personally don’t yell out “college comfort food” to me, but I see how throwing roasted veggies in the oven would indeed impress people.

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Photo credit: BuzzFeed Food

What would you make on the list? Let me know, comment below! 🙂

Speaking of college foods, this VIDEO is technically article #2 that I know ALL of you will love, again, from BuzzFeed Food.

Simple College Snack Hacks You Should Know.

Oh man.

First of all, love the use of Kroger products throughout this video (love you, Kroger!).

Second, these ideas are GENIUS.

If you ever wondered what to do with your cereal, ramen noodles, or kettle corn to spruce it up a bit, you will definitely be salivating over these easy ideas.

((And for the record, Nutella DOES make everything better.))

 

Photo credit: BuzzFeed Food
Photo credit: BuzzFeed Food

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Enjoy!

 

 

Cool Article of the Week: 9/15-9/21

This week, I have a tie of cool articles of the week!

Both of these come from one of my favorite foodie sources: BuzzFeed Food.

The first ties in with a big awards show tomorrow, the EMMYs!

Primetime TV’s big night!

We’re all rooting for our favorite shows, but hey, how about the food the actors use during their performances?

This article highlights 21 Emmy-Worthy Performances by Food in a Television Series.

You’ll even see how the food is used, like a pizza pie that flies in the air!

The second cool article of the week is for people that are looking to eat some really delicious treats, but may be lactose intolerant.

This article highlights the 18 Treats You Might Not Know Are Dairy Free.

One being….drumroll please….Oreos!

Did you know this? I certainly didn’t realize the cream in Oreos Isn’t actually…well…cream. Woah!

Enjoy both articles, and please let me know what you think, join the conversation below!

 

 

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