Friday, May 22, 2015

Patty Wagon

Not the best night for going out last night I tell you what people, what a pain in the butt!
Our little man had karate so we were going to go grab a drink out.
Husband says lets try the Lyndale Smokehouse again, we had not been back since earlier this winter.  I say sure.  We get there, I have a bad feeling about this no one is in the restaurant and all the staff if hanging out at the front desk looking at their phones.
The loud bartender from our last visit finally notices us comes over asks, what we want.  I give her the "Really"?! Staredown, I mean seriously how rude!
Husband said we would like a table and are going to order a couple drinks, she said the hotel was sold and in the process of change over they currently do not have a liquor license.  Ok bye Felicia!!!

Not going back there again!
So on to the next place, a new restaurant opened called Patty Wagon right next to another burger joint we have frequented in the past.
Actually the story on the Patty Wagon is that for 24ish years they were a Mexican place and were not getting much business, also they say that there are far to many Mexican restaurants in the vicinity.  So they remodeled and became the Patty Wagon.
I question why a burger place when they are right next to another burger place that does well???
We get there walk in the doors are propped open, and it's hot in there no air conditioning, good thing it wasn't to hot outside.  Starting to get another bad vibe......
The server took our drink order and we decide to order food.  Ready for another drink I don't think we saw her for almost another 30 minutes,  Pretty poor service.
But the food was on point, really good.
Hubbie got the Four Alarm Burger, stuffed with pepper jack and jalapenos topped with the "danger sauce" with sweet potato tots

And I got the Speed Limit Breaker, charbroiled burger caramelized onion, bacon, chipotle mayo with a onion ring and cheese , hold the mushrooms with a waffle fries and seasoned sour cream

Would I come back?  Sure, but I might choose the neighboring burger place first.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Twin Cities Burger Battle

Like my FaceBook status said the other week, "What else do you do for your 14 year wedding anniversary but go to a Burger & Beer Festival"!
And that is exactly what we did this past Saturday.  It was a great day for it too finally the rain had stopped and the sun was out.
This was the second year that this festival has been put on.  A wonderful idea, proceeds went to the Sanneh Foundation  for inner city children.
The event was the 2015 Twin Cities Burger Battle.

To start the evening off we went to 612 Brew, that was our second time there we went right after they opened and the brewery was not even completed at the time. we had a Groupon :)

This past weekend was Art-A-Whirl basically art, drinking and music all over NE Minneapolis.
So this part of the city was hoppin'!

We only had a couple blocks to walk to get to the Burger Battle, I said to my husband "oh the line is not to bad", as we get closer we notice that is the beginning of the line.  Made me laugh pretty hard as we follow the line around the block, I didn't think that line would ever end!

Finally we get to the end of the line, it moved along pretty quickly.

And just a public service announcement people be respectful to others, always!  And DO NOT cut in line!  There were several people behind us and a couple right in front of us and oh 70 in front of them.  This very rude group of 5-7 people just cut into line.  I don't know if everyone was being Minnesota nice but no one said anything.  That got my blood boiling for a little bit but I did not want them to ruin the evening.

Ok enough of that, on to the BURGERS!

Finally we get in and there were tents of different resturant stations lined up in this field, two beer tents and one drink tent.

There was a band playing and yard jenga was happening.  Everyone gets one token and you vote for your favorite burger.  There was a people's choice winner and the judges winner at the end of the evening.

If we had a strategy at all it would be not to eat burgers from a restaurant we had already been to.

In total there were 19 burger joints participating in the festival.

Most places gave out mini burgers aka sliders, a couple were cut wedges.

I don't know how honestly fair this competition is because I could only eat 3.  My husband had 7.

I really wanted to eat more but I was so full!

There were not many tables so it was really tricky to eat with a beer in one hand and a basket with your burger in the other.  And taking pictures!? Forgetaboutit,  I only got a few.

And the winners were drum roll please!!!!!

People's Choice Award goes to St. Paul Grill! I didn't try this one :(  Boohoo I'll have to go there now see what all the hype is about!!!!

The Judges chose The Paddy Shack @ The Half Time Rec, who I wrote an article on earlier this winter!

Congrats to the winners!

Oh and my favorite of the evening (that I tried) was My Burger, and lucky for me they are opening up a location close to me soon!

3 types of beef in this scrumptious baby

Monday, May 11, 2015

Cabot Cheese Cookies

Cheese Glorious Cheese!  Can't get enough of you, moment on the lips lifetime on the hips!  Damn it!
My intention was to make cheese straws but that just did not work out, they ended up looking like big fat cheese fingers!
So I decided to make cheese cookies, they pretty much look like cookies too.  My son came home from school got excited thinking that I made actual cookies.  He unlike his mother is not a fan of cheese, what a little weird-o :)
My Auntie Margaret makes a wonderful cheese cracker that I have shared with you all on the blog a bit back, they too are wonderful.
These cheese cookies are very good, light and fluffy.

Here is what you will need:
8oz block of seriously sharp cheddar cheese made by Cabot, shredded
1 3/4 Cup Flour
1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter, I used Land O Lakes
1 Egg
1/2 Teaspoon Paprika
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Hot Sauce, I used Sriracha
Nuts of your choice, I had pistachios on hand & used those

How to make them:
Mix your wet ingredients in a food processor
Mix your dry ingredients in another bowl, then add to the mixture in the food processor
Once this is combined roll into a ball and wrap with saran wrap, pop that into the fridge for 30 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
Divide the huge cheese ball into smaller 1 1/2 - 2 inch balls
Place them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet about 2 inches or more apart
Press a nut into the the top of your cookie and bake for 10 minutes
Lay them out on a cooling rack.