The wonders of food, the charity of human beings

I just watched this story on 60 minutes and was inspired. Not only is Chef Massimo Bottura doing wonders with food, he is also giving back to communities around the world. He is taking food that is still good, but a store may not want to sell it anymore and serving low income and homeless three-course meals.

Thank you Chef for giving back.

Steak ‘n Shake is not that great

I’m headed back to Colorado and needed a quick break for lunch. I just needed a break from driving and get lunch for me and the kids.  

Well the Steak n Shake at 1134 W Pearce Blv in Wentzville, Missouri, has not been the place so far. 

I-70 and Wentzville Parkway
I-70 and Wentzville Parkway

Despite having many tables and booths available, it took ten minutes to get seated. Then another ten minutes until someone came and took our order. 

I guess the two star rating on Google should have been my clue.  

It took about 20-25 minutes to get out food once we ordered. That is a little long for three hamburgers, oh wait they are Steak burgers, and three milkshakes to be made and served. 

Oh, they even forgot to put bacon on double, bacon cheeseburger.  

In total, about 45 minutes from walking in to being served. Not good. 

In-n-Out and Five Guys are a lot better. Definitely they are both a lot faster. In total about an hour.  

Cafe 222, A great place to eat

I am in San Diego for PRSA’s International Conference and for lunch today I went to Cafe 222.
This is a great restaurant for breakfast and lunch and is not too far from the convention center. I just needed to get out of the hotel.

I wrote a review in Yelp. But if you are in San Diego and downtown, check out Cafe 222 for a good meal.

Woodlands Grill is impressive restaurant, great food and service

Woodlands Grill in Westminster, Colorado is a great restaurant.  It has great food and service and we will defintely be going back.
I went their last night with my wife, sister in-law, and some friends.  We had a blast.

The drink specials were great and innovative, the wine list was quite expansive and many good choices.  We had the Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon from Cheateau Ste. Michelle in Washington and the d’Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz.

Both wines were great, good flavors, and were reasonably priced.  We enjoyed them alot.

The food was also great.  For appetizers we had the bruschetta and hot spinach-artichoke dip.  Both didn’t last long on the table.  We enjoyed them quite a bit.

For the main course I had a ceaser salad as a warm-up and the filet of beef tenderloin.  The ceaser was wonderful and for $6 you got quite a bit of salad.  It probably could have been shared by two people.  The beef tenderloin was quite tender and delicious.  The fingerling potatoes and fresh asparagus that were served with it were good.

Other entrees that members of our party had were the goat cheese tart, french cut pork chop, and the gemelli pasta with spinach pesto and chicken.  Everyone enjoyed their meals.  My wife was still raving about her goat cheese tart this morning.

For desert, the selections were equally amazing and delicious.  I had the William Tell (an apple cake and cheesecake combination). Delicious.  Also getting rave reviews were the other two items that we had.  The snowball (a chocolate concoction surrounding white icing) and the bruscheta bread pudding had everyone enjoying desert.

Overall, the Woodlands Grill is an impressive restaurant.  We enjoyed it and will be going back.  The drink and wine menu were quite expansive and will serve all your needs, there is something for everyone on the menu, and the deserts will leave you breathless.

I would highly recommend the Woodlands Grill for any meal, whether you are out with family, friends, or for business.  The service and food will not let you down.

Screw Cap or Cork, You Decide

On today’s CBS Sunday Morning, it focused all on food.
One of the stories caught my attention, Time to Pop A … Screw Cap?  The story focused on the number of wines migrating from using the cork to using rubber, glass, or gasp, a screw cap.

Some statistics caught my attention from the story.

“This year, 95% of all New Zealand wine will have screw caps, as will 50% of Australian wine. Only 5% of U.S. wine bottles have screw caps, but the number is growing.”

The problem is a chemical called TCA.  It taints the flavor of the wine.  This is because the quality of the cork has declined over time.

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Geno’s in Philadelphia

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Geno’s in Philadelphia, originally uploaded by Mile High Soapbox on Flickr.

This was a nice walk this afternoon.  I just headed down 9th Street from Market from my hotel and headed straight for Geno’s Steaks.

The neighborhood that I walked through was unique and good to see.  The curb market was also unique.  Coming from the west, it is something that we don’t have.

Of couse there was a line at Geno’s (and one at Pat’s).  But I was told to go to Geno’s, so I did.

I ordered, “Provolone with.” I got my Cheesesteak and headed for the next window to get my cheese fries and a diet coke.  I then added relish and Golden’s Mustard.

This was my first Cheesesteak and it was how I imagined it.  It was hot and it was delicious.

If you are in Philadelphia, you need to head down and go to Geno’s.  It does not get better than this.