Saturday, June 18, 2016

Garlic Scape Pesto

I love making fresh pesto in the summer, I rarely buy it - only garden fresh for me!
You can make this in the summer and then freeze it, use throughout the year!  

Do you just love this fun platter my daughter gave me?!  Makes me laugh, yes it's true, I am over camping.  Maybe glamping is more my style?!

Now don't get me wrong I love the outdoors and all the great activities, I just don't want to sleep in a tent.  

This pesto is made with garlic scapes, garlic scapes are new to me within the last few years.  Garlic scape is what grows out of the top of garlic bulbs, go figure!
They are really cool looking, all twistey!  I have never seen them in the grocery, I pick them up at any of the farmers markets around me.  I can get 2 bunches for $5.

Now the basil, I grow myself, this year I have a whole raise bed in my garden dedicated to all herbs. Also a few pots on our back patio.  

Ok here we go, it's super easy to make and very delicious!  

What you need:
25 Basil leaves
5 garlic scapes, chopped
1/2 Cup Almonds, or you can use pine nuts or walnuts
1/2 Parmesan cheese, I used shaved (but use what you have on hand)
1/2 Cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

How to make it:
Make sure to wash your basil and dry it, add basil, chopped garlic scapes and nuts to a food processor.  Get that well mixed.
And in cheese, salt, pepper and finally add in olive oil, add more or less depending on your consistency preference.

So many ways to use pesto, pasta, salads, pizza or just on bread!

I have a wonderful appetizer recipe using pesto - SO easy you can read that here Goat Cheese Bruschetta Bites.

Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Domo Gastro and More!

Friday night is usually date night but this weekend we switched it up for Sunday night.  Places were way quieter, no waits.  So it has it's good points. But I do love people watching so I don't mind busy nights.
First a little antique shopping at my favorite shop, Hunt and Gather, I'm looking for the perfect table for my garden.  Didn't find it that day.
I told hubbie to pick a brewery we have not been to yet, in the area of the restaurant we were going to check out that night.  
He choice Dangerous Man Brewery, he has never heard of them before, I was shocked that I had he didn't.  Well shocked might be a strong choice of words :)

OMG I had the best beer ever there!  Peanut Butter Stout on Nitro, if you like peanut butter you need to get there & have this beer!

Really nice interior at Dangerous Man.  Thumbs up by us!
For dinner, all my foodie friends have already been here teasing me with the excellent food photos.
Domo Gastro, was on my longgggg list of places to check out.
When we got there I didn't think they were open, it was totally empty.  Needless to say we got above and beyond service!  Even the owner came out to meet us and chat a bit what nice people.  
The menu was not very large so that made the decision a bit easier what to get, even thought we wanted to get everything!  
We started off with ordering 2 pork buns, $3 each - what a deal!  I have never had one before but, drool over them in photos all the time.  They did not disappoint!

Also as a starter we got a half order of kimchi fries, insanely good!

You know we are burger people, I am more open minded then the husband, so I was very happy that he was loving the food!  
Main dishes, I ordered the Korean Beef rice bowl, very good and pretty to look at with all the beautiful colors, way to much food for me.  I ate about 1/2 the bowl husband finished it off, he's a big eater.

And he ordered a bowl of the spicy ramen, also very lovely to the eye.

I was full but I really wanted to try out the egg rolls, you get about 8 mini ones we ate a few and brought the rest home.

The prices here are very affordable.  I wish them best of luck, I hope they stay busy, they are a newer restaurant.

We rolled ourselves out of there and popped into another brewery, Fair State Brew.  

Very interesting location.  They have a bar, a yard and a shop all with in a couple of shops, on the block.  I really enjoyed the interior.  
I wish I could say the same about the beer, the hubbie ordered me was a smoked beer.  Not for me! 
That's it, date night was over.  Full bellies make for a sleepy couple!

But please go check out Domo Gastro, you won't be disappointed.  Let's keep them busy!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Pizzeria Lola

I have been meaning to go to Pizzeria Lola forever now, ever since I saw it featured on Diner Drive ins and Dives.

They have this custom made pizza oven in the middle of the restaurant, it's copper and beautiful.

Ok so the pizzas are all the same size so no worries about what size to pick, and these are not your typical pizza choices.

We went here with our youngest, and these boys were hungry!
Little man wanted some meatballs, meatballs to me are boring- but these meatballs were fantastic!  

These are the meatballs - they are in there trust me, they are just swimming in sauce!

Pizza time - little man (not so little anymore, when he's taller then me!) ordered the "My sha-roni", that would be house made pepperoni & sausage.
Hubby ordered Korean BBQ and a pizza that was on special, I didn't catch the name of it but there were olives, roasted garlic, leeks and goat cheese, just amazing pizzas seriously!

My Sha-Roni

The special

The darn pic I took of the Korean bbq pizza I took was super blurry.

It's such a fun spot, there is a photo booth, that's on the menu ;)
And outdoor seating, bonus!  
You SO need to check them out, these are really good pizza's!