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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Not Very Detailed Restaurant Reviews, by Holly

The past month and a half or so has been a busy time around here. We've been traveling around doing the first leg of our convention schedule and, while it hasn't really afforded me time to cook much more than basic pasta and take-out pizza, I've been trying out some fantastic restaurants.

The highlights so far:

Sky City at the Space Needle in Seattle, WA - This was not my first time at the Space Needle, I had been once before duing the same convention last year. Sure, it's touristy to go to a revolving restaurant but you know what? The food is wonderful, the portions are generous, and the staff is lovely. Highly recommended for a splurge. We started with the Carpaccio and the Prosciutto Wrapped Flagship Cheese, and my entree' was the Seafood Pasta. It was rich, and delicious, and such a large portion that I couldn't finish.

Junior's in Times Square, NYC - Guys, I'm not going to lie to you. I love diner food. I love deli food. Junior's will give me those things, they will give me a huge pile of those things. They give you a selection of complimentary pickles before your meal. My chicken salad was simple, just like I like it. Chicken, mayo, celery. Perfect. I would be remiss not to mention the cheesecake, which is as heavenly as cheesecake gets.

Mercat a la Planxa, Chicago - The ideal review of this place would just be a recording of the gutteral noises that we made while trying the food. High end tapas shared between the six of us, we tried about 20 dishes and I could honestly not pick a favorite. Excellent cocktail menu, as well.

I also updated my flickr stream with some shots of various things including our lovely Easter feast, most of which was provided by Kaliis, all of which was scrumptious. Ogle away.

I will leave you with Food and Wine's recipe for a pitcher of Limoncello Collins, a light and lovely cocktail for the current warm and lovely weather. We drank these with Easter dinner.

Limoncello Collins

  • SERVINGS: Makes 8 Drinks


  1. 16 ounces limoncello
  2. 12 ounces gin
  3. 8 ounces fresh lemon juice
  4. 24 paper thin lemon slices
  5. Ice
  6. 16 ounces chilled club soda
  7. 8 mint sprigs


  1. In a pitcher, combine the limoncello, gin and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours. Press 3 thin lemon slices against the inside of each of 8 collins glasses. Add ice to the glasses. Stir the limoncello mixture and pour it into the glasses. Stir 2 ounces of club soda into each drink and garnish with a mint sprig.


jeffrey rowland said...

2. Regret nothing.

Jennifer said...

Hmmm that sounds pretty tempting. I'll be right over. I'll bring cake.

Holly said...

You keep saying that, but you never show...........


Lala said...

You might already know this, but homemade limoncello is insanely easy.

1. Slice some lemons.
2. Shove a couple cups of lemon slices into a jug of vodka or grain alcohol. Make sure none are sticking out.
3. Close jug and leave it for two months. Slosh it around every couple of weeks.
4. Decant liquor off lemons. Mix with equal quantity simple syrup.

If you guys ever happen to end up in Philly, you will be very happy at 4th Street Deli. It's 100 years old and has great pickles and homemade pastrami.

Holly said...

Oh nice! I've never tried making it myself, I've always meant to.

Mmmmmm pastrami, I haven't had good pastrami in forever.