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Dinner at Deb’s

10.24.12

I don’t know what I would do without Deb… well to be fair I don’t know what I would do without the entire Doyle family.  I can tell you a couple things I know for certain I wouldn’t have: this apartment, tickets to Wicked with Cameron, tickets to the Wizard of Oz, a whollleeeee bunch of expensive jewelry I shouldn’t have bought (but am so glad I did), and a dish of curry chicken and rice to instagram (see below).

When I moved out to Seattle, Deb and her family graciously offered up their guest room to my mom and I, while we were apartment hunting.  Deb is good friends with my Aunt Jacky, who put us in touch with each other… THANKS AUNTIE.  After I moved into my apartment, and my mom went back to Rhode Island, I would have felt alone if it hadn’t been for the Doyles.  They are truly so wonderful and I consider them my Seattle family.  I try to make my way over to their house once a week, if at all possible, to spend time with them… and eat their food… alright, let’s be honest mainly to eat their food.  Ohhhhh, I’m just kidding… I go there for the cocktails too.

Going over to the Doyle household reminds me of home, and I can’t deny that its seriously nice to have people who care about me here.  Normally, a night at their house progresses like so: cocktails, cooking, cocktails, dinner, cocktails, dominoes (or occasionally a different game), cocktails, desert, and finally the TV show of the night (usually America’s Got Talent or The Voice).  Are you sensing a theme?  I am.  They really like their cocktails… and I really like their cocktails too, maybe thats why we get along so well…. hmmm.  Geoff makes a meannnnnn mojito, what can I say?

This week I had the pleasure of going to their house TWICE.  Oh boy, I’m getting crazy out here.  I headed over there on Friday for a jewelry party.  I spent wayyyyy too much money… but the stuff at Stella & Dot is just so cute.  I also ate wayyyyyy too much food (the berry salad was too good to pass up) and had the perfect amount of Reisling.  You win some, you lose some.  I won the right one.

I also made my way over there yesterday night, after sitting in an hour of traffic, for dinner.  I sipped on my gin & tonic (who do I think I am?  she’s turning me into an adult drinker…) and helped set the table:

Here’s the thing about Deb: I put my full faith and trust in her when it comes to food and cooking.  When she told me we were eating curry chicken my mind flashed to the only time I’ve eaten indian food and was skeptical.  I was especially skeptical when she told me I would put bananas on it.  But then I remembered: it’s Deb.  Sure enough, not only did I love the curry chicken but, it’s pretty good with bananas.  My favorite toppings were the bacon and peanuts… I was stealing peanuts all night… I’m slightly obsessed right now.

Dessert was a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a warm cookie and a game of dominoes…. which I WON (obviously).

And now you know who Deb, Geoff, and Cameron are.  You’ll probably hear about them a lot more… sorry I’m not sorry.  You shouldn’t be mad, she gives me awesome recipes and tips!

Restaurants

Kaleidoscope Pizzeria & Pub

10.23.12

I have officially (not so officially) given up on trying to find flights home in November.  Well, that’s what I’m telling myself anyway.  The problem is that I keep asking myself: will I make it until Christmas?

I really, really don’t like the way my body responds to that question… shortness of breath, throat closing, the sharp pain in my heart.  Okay, okay that’s enough. Which is why I’m officially finished thinking about going home (kind of).

I need to think about something else… like pizza.  Ooey, gooey, delicious pizza.  Yumm.

Last week, I found myself in Southern Oregon for work.  I was staying at the Homewood Suites in Medford, but working in Grants Pass during the day.  Homewood Suites hotels are really nice because they provide their guests with breakfast, dinner, AND alcohol… who’s ready to paarrrttttayyyy?  In other words, I was super excited that I was able to save money and have fun with co-workers.  Let’s just say the hostess knew I liked my double glasses of Chardonnay.

The downside to staying at this magical place of wonder?  I didn’t get to try out very many restaurants while I was there.  We would go out to eat for lunch, but I didn’t find anything spectacular though.  But on the day we were leaving, to fly back to Seattle, we were able to eat lunch in Medford.  Boy, am I glad we did.

One of my co-workers has a friend who lived in Medford and recommended a few places to us.  Despite me and another co-worker craving Chinese, we all agreed that pizza sounded delicious.  As I was driving, the first thing I noticed about this place was the cool sign detailing its name… because it looks like the inside of a kaleidoscope!

Kaleidoscopes are pretty cool, at least they were… or I thought they were… WHATEVER.  They’re cool and Kaleidoscope Pizzeria & Pub is pretty cool too.  This place has awesome Yelp reviews and I totally understand why.  We walked in and the restaurant had this cool funky vibe, it seemed pretty easy going and laid back.  Brian and I split a medium (14″) pepperoni pizza ($15.75 ) and I had a caramel apple martini.  I’ve been a HUGE fan of the caramel apple martini since I had one in the SkyCity restaurant in the Space Needle.  This martini was exactly what I needed after a long day of hard work.  It tasted exactly like a caramel apple, and having actual caramel sauce in the glass was my version of a cherry on top of whipped cream.  I forgot to write down the ingredients, but you can bet I’ll be trying to make my own version soon.

The pizza.  Sighhhh. The pizza.  I know that’s what you all care about.  You’re probably like, what the heck who cares about the martini, BRING ON THE PIZZA.  The answer is: me, I care about the martini.  Since you’ve been so polite and patient… I’ll tell you about the pizza.  It was good.  And I mean really good.  By the way, this is coming from a girl who makes it her mission to try as many pizza places as possible and once dreamed about a road trip where I only ate pizza with my friend Brittany.  I take my pizza seriously.

There was the perfect amount of cheese, pepperoni, and sauce.  I didn’t feel like one ingredient overpowered the other in any way.  It was delicious, superb even.  At least one of the top two places I’ve had pizza on the west coast so far… I’ll re-try Zeeks (the other contender for numero uno) and let you know what I think ASAP.  The cheese was piping hot and gooey, which is the only way I can eat it, and the crust/dough was pretty top notch too.  I ate two pieces and was stuffed, I took my two other pieces with me on the plane all the way back to Washington to enjoy at 1am after bar hopping.  I wouldn’t have asked for anything more.

Next time you’re in Medford, Oregon hit this place up.  Its worth it.

Breakfast / Recipes

Nutella French Toast

10.18.12

Do you ever just wake up and want french toast? I woke up the other morning feeling like I needed french toast. I feel like all I’ve been seeing across the internet lately is pumpkin french toast. Of course my lovely Seattle CityTarget was out of pumpkin pie spice when I was looking for it, so pumpkin french toast was not an option for me.

I was laying in bed, lounging around, and because it was a Sunday I really wanted to make myself breakfast. Now, I easily could have made myself normal french toast… but that was not nearly as fun as the idea I had: Nutella french toast.

I originally became obsessed with Nutella when I was studying abroad in Italy. Honestly, Nutella and pretzels is, like, the best combination. Figuring out how to make Nutella cookies was probably my greatest accomplishment abroad, you know, since all the ingredients at the grocery store were in Italian and our “oven” was really a toaster oven.

However, it was this Sunday morning that I realized my obsession had reached new heights… in a good way, of course. I have to tell you, the Nutella really creates the perfect combination of chocolatey-hazelnut and cinnamon in this breakfast. I’m drooling over here in Oregon just thinking about it. Its definitely worth a try, especially if you’re out of pumpkin spice and can’t make pumpkin french toast!

As you can see in the pictures, I ate mine with maple syrup… but I just had a genius idea that might have me making this again when I’m back in Seattle… why not top it with… Nutella! Anyone? Hmm? I guess that might be too much Nutella, but can you ever really have too much? I’m voting for no on that one. Who’s with me?

Nutella French Toast

Yields: 3 Pieces or 1 Serving Prep Time: 5 Minutes Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients

3 slices of sandwich bread
1 egg
1/4 cup milk1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon Nutella
Nonstick cooking spray

Procedures

Whisk together the egg, milk, and ground cinnamon. Add in the Nutella and whisk until the mixture is thoroughly mixed and turns a coco brown. Set the mixture aside.

Mist a frying pan or griddle with cooking spray and bring to medium heat.

Quickly dip each side of a piece of bread into the egg mixture and place on the frying pan. Repeat until the pan is full and allow the bread to cook for 1-2 minutes (or until the bottom starts to brown). Flip the bread and allow to cook for 1-2 minutes on the other side.

I ate mine with maple syrup, but you could eat it with whipped cream or ice cream! Let me know what toppings you try!