restaurant: Seven Steakhouse

I had very high expectations for Seven Steakhouse. Unfortunately, it did not quite live up to them. I’m certainly not saying it was awful – the taster ordered an awesome steak that was absolutely delightful. The meat was perfect, done to perfection and the honey bourbon sauce with crab was the icing on the cake…or the steak I should say! I didn’t post any pictures because, let’s be real, meat is not very pretty.
Onto the other eats:
Beef Carpaccio arugula, parmigiano reggiano, extra virgin olive oil & sea salt

This was pretty good, I think the arugula was my favorite part though! A fun dish to try for sure!
Spicy Tuna Roll tuna, chili, oil, japanese mayo, leaf lettuce, kaiware, avocado & asparagus

Usually spicy tuna rolls are some of my favorites! This one just wasn’t very spicy and/or flavorful so I was a little disappointed. Probably not the best place to get sushi, but they had a whole sushi menu so I thought I was set… and WHY does no place in Minneapolis use brown rice?!?! If anyone knows of sushi with brown rice in Minneapolis PLEASE fill me in!

Sashimi Salad sashimi over seaweed and cucumber salad

This salad was a nice break from the white rice rolls but I think I was expecting the seaweed salad to be a lot more flavorful than it was. It actually came out without the seaweed salad initially so I sent it back because that was half of the reason why this salad sounded good to me. As for the cucumbers? They were no where to be found. It was however beautifully presented and obviously very healthy – I just needed a little more flavor!

The service? Meh. That is what really did it for me. All around service was nothing impressive and when the food is pricey I definitely expect exceptional service.

Would I go back? Not immediately, but I would certainly give it another shot. They have a nice roof-top patio which is always fun and it is in walking distance from the apt – just go for the steak, not the sushi.

Question for you: When you have a not-so-great experience at a restaurant do you ever go back?

spring rolls: revisited

Ever since my last experience with Spring Rolls, I have been officially obsessed. And unfortunately for my food budget, I have been making too-frequent trips to the grocery store for lunch spring roll “emergencies”. But that was all in the past. I’m back to making my own and they are SO much better than the one’s at the store!

Spring Roll Ingredient List:

  • cucumber
  • carrot
  • lettuce
  • cilantro
  • shrimp
  • avocado

I actually over-estimated the fillings for my spring rolls and ended up with 8 of them! (I just kept rolling until I finished the fillings) So I ate 4 for dinner and saved the rest, maybe, just maybe if I can save them long enough, I’ll even take them to work!

What did I dip them in??

Obviously.

tapas

My good friend Nikki is moving to California this month :(  (one of those situations where I’m sad she’s leaving but so happy for her at the same time!)
Since she has a special place in her heart for Spain I wanted to have her over for some Spanish Tapas – or my attempt at Spanish Tapas. The great thing is that everything was basically ready to go so it was perfect for a week-night get-together with little time to prep.
The Menu:

Marinated Artichokes, Olive Tapenade & Sundried Tomato Tapenade

Stuffed Olives – Feta, Jalapeno & Sundried Tomato

The Spanish classics: Serrano ham & Manchego (along with some Goat Brie that was calling my name)
All served with crackers and crusty baguette.

Wishing you and Nick the best of luck Nikki! Minneapolis will miss you!

mastering the art of: eggs

I love it when Sunday mornings start like this – some yoga already under my belt, coffee with a quiet city and some sunshine!

This particular Sunday I decided to make some eggs. Not any eggs, the way eggs are meant to be…
I love eggs – pretty much any way they come, I’ll take ‘em! (I do draw the line at Organic and Cage-Free though!) But I had yet to really master the preparation – real preparation. You know, Half & Half, butter, etc? I usually just pan-fry or poach and don’t get me wrong I love my eggs these ways too but I always like to try new things! I had caught Ina on the Food Network making some eggs so this is what I’m basing it off of. Hey, it could be worse, my Grandmother Leola used to fry eggs in the bacon grease! :)

I turned the burner between 2-3 and then put a pat of butter to melt in the pan (no Pam in these eggs!) I then poured the eggs (2 beat with 1 Tbsp Half & Half) into the pan and slowly, slowly stirred.

Then when they are just about done, add another pat of butter to “stop the cooking” as Ina said…or “make them taste even better?!?!” Whatever the reason, it worked for me. These were honestly the best eggs I have ever had! So creamy (obviously) and I couldn’t get a great picture, but I had to give up – I wasn’t about to sacrifice these eggs for the sake of a picture!
This was definitely a very rich breakfast (I also added some bacon into the mix) and I certainly wouldn’t have it on a daily basis but when I added the calories of the eggs and bacon the calorie count was about 500. Not bad for a totally indulgent, satisfying, special breakfast.