Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Look

Disclaimer:  This is not a blog about food, but it is some food for thought.

Something has been bothering me lately.  It’s actually a combination of things, a chain of reactions spawned by one very small question.  Because I just moved to a new city with a new building full of all new people I get the same question quite often.  “Did you move here with someone?”  The subtext being “Are you single?”  When my answer is “Nope, just me!” I almost always get the same response.  It’s a look that says “oh you poor girl” followed usually by, “Well I’m sure you will be happy to settle down!”  I politely smile and nod, “Oh yes that is going to be fantastic” I retort, and then I promptly change the subject. 

I can’t look at Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram without being reminded that 90% of my friends are married/getting married, having/have children, and have “settled down.”  And don’t get me wrong, I love that for them.  I love my nieces and nephews with all of my heart and I will look at pictures of those kids for hours on end.  All of the weddings I have been in were some of the best memories I have and the ones to come I know are going to be the same way.  But please, stop giving me the look.

Now I’m not saying I never want to get married and settle down.  Just the opposite, I would love to have the house and the husband with the babies and the dog in the yard.  But why exactly do I have to have it now?  And why does not having that make me less than?  Please don’t diminish what I have done.

I’m 27 years old.  I went to a great University, I made good friends there.  After college I drove the country for four months.  How many women can say they’ve driven route 66 with nothing but their iPod, an Atlas and their dog?  I’ve actually driven it twice, dragging some girlfriends along the second time.  I’ve climbed the ladder of one of the largest sports and entertainment catering companies in the nation.  I’ve watched 3 KY Derby’s from the roof of Churchill Downs.  Worked NASCAR, ATP, NCCA, NBA, WNBA, AHL and countless concerts.  I’ve hit Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys with a car door, hit a Yankee with a room door, and ran smack dab into Martha Stewart.  Reading that I realize celebrities may not be safe around me…

Yes, I’ve lived in more corporate housing and hotels in the last year than a candidate does making a bid for the presidency.  But in turn I’ve seen so many places that I might never have had the chance to experience.  And with that I have met so many people.  It’s conceivable that I could drive the entire country from CA to NY and never have to pay for a hotel room.  I have friends all over; people from all different walks of life, each with a story, each a part of my story.

I won’t lie and say that I’ve never thought about the day I get married, or that I don’t have kids names picked out.  I’m a girl, just like any other woman, we tend to think about these things.  All I’m asking is that you stop giving me that look.  It will all come, in it’s due time.  I have a friend who swears I will be the girl who dates a guy for 6 months and the next thing they all know I’m married and ready to start having babies.  Now whether that’s true and it happens in the year, or 15 years from now, it will happen eventually.  In the mean time I’ve got places to be, things to see, and most likely celebrities to run into.  So while you may think that you are being kind and wishing the best for me, just remember, I’m fine with where I am and I know something great is in store.  Just you wait.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Glam Doll Donuts

It’s only appropriate that I start my Minneapolis food journey in the same place I began in Louisville.  That’s right, DONUTS!!!  Trying to decide what shop to visit I did what any self respecting food lover would do, I Googled “bacon donut in Minneapolis.”  And this is where my journey to Glam Doll Donuts begins.  It started as a quest to find the match to my beloved Nord’s Bakery in Louisville, it ended with a pretty cool find.  My mother had come up to visit and help me house hunt and we were hungry.  I knew I wanted to go to Glam Doll so I decided this was the perfect opportunity.  It was a Saturday morning and when we arrived there was a small line, but nothing too crazy.  The menu was too large for the two of us to tackle in one day, so we each decided on 3 getting a half dozen and taking one bite of each donut.  They were rich, sweet, and delightfully fluffy.  Walking into Glam Doll is like walking onto the set of a vintage photo shoot. Retro aprons, vintage clothing, and a staff that to be honest, I would love to hang out with, the shop is inviting.  I was sad the photo booth was out of service, but I guess I will just have to go back.  In all we had the following donuts: Glam Doll, Showgirl (this is the one with bacon, I’m going to throw it out there, it’s not as good as my Louisville favorite, but good.), Calendar Girl, Femme Fatale (my favorite), Varga Girl, and a Bombshell.  Top that off with a few Chai Teas and you have yourself a pretty spectacular morning.  I can’t wait to go back and try the rest!
Glam Doll Donuts on Urbanspoon

Saturday, May 25, 2013


I’ve been in hiding.  This is not on purpose.  Work has taken me all over the place.  But now it has placed me in Minneapolis, for good.  Which means I get to go back to taking in the city through culinary exploits.  Needless to say, super stoked doesn’t even begin to explain my feelings.  New city, new experiences, new food.  With that I’m also taking on a new endeavor, I’m looking to become a homeowner.  I have been doing a lot of refurbishing and refinishing projects on furniture.  You’re most likely going to get graced with stories of my adventures in home owning.  That’s right folks, it’s a revamp on the blog!  I’m sure no one but my family reads this, but now they will be able to see what I’m up to so far away.  Enjoy and thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

BelAir Cantina- Milwaukee

I’ve been trying to find a place that made me feel like I was back home in Louisville up here in Milwaukee.  You know, that place where you step inside and think “Oh my goodness, I have found it, no I have found YOU.  I have found you and I am home.”  Well, took me a few months (mainly because of work being so crazy) but I think I finally found my spot.  BelAir Cantina reminds me of everything I loved about Louisville.  First off it was packed, at 8pm on a Tuesday night.  Always a good sign.  Second, I’m not one to classify people into groups or stereotype, but this was my kind of crowd.  Mid to late 20s, cheap but good beer in hand, what most I suppose would call hipsters if you had to pigeon hole.  When we arrived there was a 45 minute to hour long wait (It was $2 taco Tuesday after all), but the hostess took our name and number, told us she would txt us and that we were more than welcome to try and find a spot at the bar, or walk across the street to the bar there.  This setup is mutually beneficial for everyone involved.  Fink’s gets the customers who are waiting for a table, BelAir doesn’t end up with angry people waiting, and the customer get’s to enjoy a nice beverage in an invitingly small bar and then enjoy tacos next door.  Win, win, win. Side note, the two are owned by the same people.  So anyways, we had a few beers and then received that glorious txt.  It’s like the new age dinner bell, ringing to let you know that you may now come and get your grub on.  Still packed, we sat down, ordered some Tecates and then went over the menu.  Not all of the tacos on Tuesday are $2, but a good selection are.  When our waiter returned with our beers we were ready to order.  3 tacos meant a side of rice and beans, so that’s what I did.  Ordering Carnitas, Zihuatanejo Shrimp, and Pollo Verde tacos and choosing the pinto beans I was ready to enjoy.  I don’t think it took that long, even though the place was packed.  It could have been long, but if you have good conversation, and a beer, really time is all fairly relative at that point.  When the food arrived I took a bite of each taco.  I prefer to eat things like this in order from least enjoyed to most, so that the most enjoyed is the last taste I have.  So I went shrimp, carnitas, pollo.  The shrimp tasted a little too overdone for me, the slightly rubbery way shrimp gets when you cook it that extra minute too long.  The carnitas were a bit dry, good flavor, but needing some of the salsa on the table.  The pollo had a good flavor and I added a bit more salsa verde to them as well (by this time I couldn’t eat the corn tortillas anymore, so I just ate the meat so I didn’t explode from being full).  I’m not normally a pinto bean eater, but I have to say these were extremely tasty.  Overall it was a good cheap meal, great environment, and a little bit of the Louisville scene up here in the cold.
BelAir Cantina on Urbanspoon

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Cafe Benelux- Milwaukee

Any place that has a beer book is alright by me.  My parents and I ended up at Cafe Benelux for dinner after a suggestion from some coworkers.  To drink I ordered a Bier Pallettes with 4 taster sized beers, all which were great.  As an appetizer we decided on Pork Belly Sliders (my father wanted tater tots, I over-ruled).  Served on pretzel bread with a cilantro sesame slaw and a sambal aioli they were delicious, the best part of the meal according to my father.   He eventually chose the bier battered walleye, which he said wasn’t that great, he wished the fish had been flakier.  My mother went with the kulminator, a grilled cheese with 4 cheeses, bacon, and tomatoes on 9-grain bread.  Following the waitress' advice she got the farmhouse tomato soup.  Both were great, the soup having a perfect hint of basil in it.  I fell for the basque mussels, steamed with tomatoes, chorizo, chilies and scallions.  They were fantastic, actually fan-freaking-tastic.  I used the bread to soak up the leftover jus, then I used some frites after that was gone, it was worth it.  Overall good atmosphere, good beer, really good food.

 Cafe Benelux on Urbanspoon

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Gyro Palace- Milwaukee

If you have read any of my previous blogs you know the following things: I love local, I think the best way to experience a new city is through their food, and I don’t judge a book (or in my case a restaurant) by the cover.  My first venture out into the Milwaukee epicurean realm was Gyro Palace.  Yes I am fully aware that this will now make my fourth blog about gyros, but as I explained before I freaking love these things.  I also know what you are probably thinking.  “But HC, gyros are not quintessential ‘Milwaukee fare’ and they don’t originate in Wisconsin.”  Yup, I know.  But that’s what my stomach wanted, and I don’t argue with it, no point, it doesn’t listen at all.  This is not the best looking restaurant, tucked away in a little strip mall on the south side.  The inside just has a walk-up counter and some booths, nothing special and not all together too inviting.  I honestly didn’t mind, I was grabbing to-go on my way to work anyways.  So I ordered a gyro and took it to the arena.  Opening it at my desk I was so excited.  This was the most meat I had ever seen on a gyro, ever.  It was tasty, the tzatziki meeting all of my qualifications; creamy with just the right amount of cucumber mixed in.  There was so much to this “sandwich” that I left half of it for dinner.  Overall not a bad experience, not the best gyro I’ve tasted, but definitely the most filling.  Next time I will go some where a little more archetypical Wisconsin.
Gyro Palace on Urbanspoon

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Hiatus Comes to a Halt

It’s been a long time since I’ve taken the time to write.  Work has transferred me to Purdue University, so I no longer live in Louisville.  My heart still and will always belong to the Ville.  However, I love being at Purdue, my alma mater is always a great place to be.  Writing for me has always been a way to get my energy out.  I’m able to leave my thoughts, frustrations, feelings, and opinions on the page.  Today I realized that I miss writing this little blog and trying new food.  Sometimes people get caught up with the everyday life and forget that the things which make you happy should be brought to the forefront.  So with that epiphany I will be resuming my blog.  After being transferred to Purdue, I am now supporting in Milwaukee.  No longer will I be visiting Louisville eateries, it’s the land of beer and cheese for me.  Stay tuned, stick around, suggest somewhere if you would like and as always thanks for reading.