My apologies for deserting my love for food and writing this past month!
The honest reason: School is kicking my ass. Just when I thought I was beginning to conquer my classes, week four happened, and it floored me. Still reeling from the stress of last week, I decided it’s time for some shout-outs.
New restaurant – Whirled Pies
Whirled Pies is a new pizzeria on Monroe and 11th and it’s great! They offer whole pies and pizza by the slice. If you just want a slice, you can get one for $2 plus 25 cents per topping. I had a slice with olives and roasted garlic, a house salad and a beer for just $10 and it hit the spot. The restaurant has a homey feel and it’s a great place for a casual meal with a few friends.
Other perks: The birthday book(!), gluten free crust, live music a few times a week, happy hour from 3 to 6 with $1 per slice and $2 beers!
The staff is enthusiastic and so friendly. They say that they are still struggling to find a good flow so try them out and support a new restaurant!
Newest brew pub – Falling Sky Brewing
I met my sister and some friends here about a week after they opened, and it was packed! I was so happy to see an already positive outcome for this little place. They have a wide variety of beer, plus custom pint glasses which make it taste that much better. The food is a bit spendy, but they offer fries with ranch so I can’t say no. It’s close to my place, and again, I want to support a new business so I will definitely be going back!
Best cake of January – Disco Ball Cake by Claire (new author of bikinginspirals)
For a recently attended Disco funk party, I was present (and helped a little) during the creation of Claire’s masterpiece. The glory was made up of three cakes – two domes and one 8-inch circle – and was gluten and sugar free. I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t sure if it would stay together but it totally worked! A perfect globe, plus some edible glitter and sprinkles, and we were ready to disco!
Best “Week 4 killed me and I now I need to relax” meal – Pizza night at my place!
I’ll admit, I’ve recently discovered that I’m a bit obsessed with pizza. So, after the week I had, all I wanted was to drink wine and eat my favorite comfort food with those I love. I made the dough for 3 pizzas (plus I bought one in case), I prepared dozens of toppings and got to work. The outcome… Pizza 1: walnut, gouda, apple. Pizza 2: olive, feta, roasted garlic, pesto. Pizza 3: Caramelized onion, blue cheese, pear. Pizza 4: Apple, feta, walnut, pesto/tomato sauce. Thanks to my guests for the wine/tea contributions and to Claire for the delicious salad!