Monday, April 21, 2014

Sea & Smoke

This weekend Mr. K and I had brunch at Sea & Smoke so I could try their Cinnamon Roll Sandwich.

I’m already a huge fan of the famous cinnamon roll which is served at all three of Matt Gordan’s restaurants (Urban Solace, Solace & the Midnight Lounge, and Sea & Smoke) and I don’t normally even eat cinnamon rolls. So when I first heard that Sea & Smoke offered a Cinnamon Roll sandwich, I thought the idea was genius.

Brunch is served everyday from 8:30am to 3:30pm, giving customers plenty of time to visit. Since it was a nice day, we chose to sit outside on the patio for a leisurely late brunch.

Cinnamon Roll Sammie

This was as good as I had imagined. Two thick slices of cinnamon roll bread, ham, bacon, cheese and a fried egg in the middle. This was an indulgent, but completely worthy calorie splurge. The salty ham, bacon and cheese balance out the sweet cinnamon roll. The cinnamon roll bread manages to retain all the qualities of the popular cinnamon bun: fluffy layers, sticky sweet cinnamon swirls, but without being too messy to hold and eat like a sandwich.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Baked “Fried” Chicken

A few weeks ago I came across a recipe for Oven Baked Southern Fried Chicken that just made my mouth water.

I’ve made crispy baked wings before, but I’ve never made them in such a way that they look just like deep fried chicken.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Ice Cream Redux

With the weather warming up, there’s been quite a few new ice cream products that have debuted.

Since I love ice cream, I always feel compelled to try every new one I hear about. So here is a round-up of ones I’ve tried so far.

Breyer’s Vanilla Caramel Gelato

A few months ago, Breyer’s came out with their line of gelato. I was initially drawn in because of the beautiful swirls of the packaged boxes, which resemble the way the fresh ice cream is shaped when you get it at gelato shops.

I chose the caramel flavor. The texture was soft and creamy. However, it was also very airy. It actually tasted more like a packaged version of soft serve ice cream rather than gelato, which traditionally has a dense and creamy texture. While it was enjoyable, I really didn’t feel like it tasted like gelato. There are currently four flavors available (Vanilla Caramel, Raspberry Cheescake, Tiramisu, and Triple Chocolate) but I’ve only sampled the vanilla caramel.

Ben & Jerry’s Core Collection

Ben and Jerry’s recently came out with a Core collection, combining two different flavors along with a core center. This new product seems to have gotten the most attention I’ve seen for a food product in a long time. Heck, even the entertainment news sources I read were covering it. There are five flavors (four new and one older one that has been around but now packaged into the Core collection). I was stalking my supermarkets incessantly trying to find them until a tip from EJ led me to Target, which carries all the flavors.

I started out with the Salted Caramel and Hazed and Confused.