Dining with a View, Twin Falls, Idaho

14 Jun

After a long workday in Twin Falls, Idaho, I decided to take myself on a scenic date. Elevation 486 was full of couples on dates, women dressed up for girls’ night out,  friends celebrating special occasions…. I breathed a sigh of relief when I noticed a man sitting alone, eyes glued to his mobile phone, like me. Phew, I was not the only one on a solo business date. Elevation 486 is in a fairly new building which seems like it could be some sort of visitor’s center…I’m not sure.  On one side of a bright lobby is the entrance to the restaurant, which opens up to a bar on the right, and multiple dining areas on the left.  Every table has a view through the big windows opening up to a big patio outside and the canyon below. This is why you come to Elevation 486. IMG_20150602_205549403 The food is pretty good too. My meal kicked off with complimentary warm rolls with huckleberry butter – I kept eating bread just so that I could have more of that delicious butter! My entree came with a choice of soup or salad for an appetizer, and I chose the tomato bisque. It was flavourful and incredibly creamy, punctuated with diced tomatoes. Elevation 486 - Tomato bisque On the menu you’re sure to find something to please everyone – from chicken to steak or meatloaf to BC salmon and Idaho trout. For my main event I chose the fire-grilled Oregon Quail, a pretty popular choice at Elevation. The two quail were both sweet and spicy, from the honey, bourbon, and jalapeno glaze. I was warned about the effort it could take to get all the meat off the little bones, but it was well worth it. IMG_20150602_201749322_HDR Maybe because I was a loner diner who did not order any alcohol, service was rather inattentive and slow. It took over 10 minutes for a glass of water to arrive at my table after I was first seated. The view however, can’t be beat, and if I ever find myself in Twin Falls again, I’ll be sure to come back, hopefully with a dining companion!IMG_20150602_205612018 Info: Elevation 486, 195 River Vista Pl, Twin Falls, ID 83301 USA Click to add a blog post for Elevation 486 on Zomato

German Food in the German Village, Columbus

31 May

During a recent trip to Columbus, my colleagues and I had to stop by the legendary Schmidt’s Sausage Haus in the German Village – it’s been around since 1886! On tap you’ll find several great German or German-style beers, including a house dark brewed by Elevator Brewing.

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The Old World Sausage Platter is a nice sampler for four different kinds of sausage. The sausages were good, but not outstanding.

Old World Sausage Platter

Old World Sausage Platter

I ordered the Wiener schnizel – a great veal schnitzel with a choice of sides. I got potato pancakes with chunky apple sauce and vegetables, which turned out to be green beans and a medley of carrots. I appreciated the variety of carrots, but they were overcooked for my taste.

Wiener schnitzel

Wiener schnitzel

The pork shank was the highlight of the night. You won’t be hungry after eating this meal!

Braised pork shank

Braised pork shank

The strudel, like the sausage platter, was also good though not outstanding. It was full of large apple pieces but the crust was not crispy.

Apple strudel

Apple strudel

In case you didn’t fill up on pork shank and beer, there are always the giant cream puffs – no, they don’t just look big in my photo, they really are the size of a small child’s head.

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An epic cream puff

IMG_20150423_220252640Overall, we had an enjoyable night out. Even if the food isn’t outstanding, it’s still solid. The atmostphere at Schmidt’s is upbeat (with live music on the Thursday night we went) and inviting. The building is on the National Register as a historic building too!

Info: Schmidt’s Sausage Haus, 240 E. Kossuth Street, Columbus, OH 43206 USA
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Busy Foodie is on the Move

23 May

Where is home base for the Busy Foodie anyway? Everywhere! Kidding. I love to travel, so you’ve seen posts of restaurants all over the continent, with a few reviews of restaurants from further abroad too. But up until now, you might have noticed that a large portion of restaurant reviews have been of establishments in New England. I’ve also been a little MIA lately – that’s because I’ve been busy with my relocation to the MidWest. I hope you’ll continue reading though – perhaps you’ll come across a gem to keep in mind in case you find you find yourself in the area. And of course I’ll continue sharing favourite recipes and other food- and drink-related finds I discover.

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How about let’s kick off the warmer weather with some ice cream tasting? I stumbled upon an Oberweis Ice Cream and Dairy Store in Chicago (3055 N. Sheffield Avenue, and several other locations) and just had to try their limited edition Pistachio ice cream. It was absolutely delicious, creamy, and full pistachios. And, all natural pistachio flavoured things aren’t bright green… this ice cream is a tan/yellow kind of colour.

For added fun, some of the tables at Oberweis are printed with chess boards, and the chess pieces are neatly lined up, and ready for you to play!

Unique Steak Experience: Bern’s, Tampa

26 Apr

From the outside, Bern’s Steak House is a plain white building with few windows, marked by a plain sign. However, its size hints at the gastronomic adventure to come. Inside, the many dining rooms of the Steak House are bustling; we sat at the end of the long Rhone Room.

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We kicked off our meal with steak tartare and heart-shaped toasts. The regular portion is large enough for 2-3 people to share.

Bern's Steakhouse: steak tartare

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Unlike most steakhouses of this caliber, steak entrees at Bern’s come with appetizers and sides: French onion soup and a simple garden salad.Bern's: French onion soup Bern's: salad

I ordered a 7 oz Chateaubriand, which arrived a perfect medium-rare as I had requested. The steak had a great crust and a melt-in-your-mouth red interior. It was accompanied by the best fried onion strings I’ve ever had – delicately battered, and not greasy at all. Shredded carrots and sauteed kale were the vegetables of the day – probably not something I would have chosen on my own, but alright.

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