restaurant: the tin fish

Here is my Saturday restaurant post from Minneapolis while I’m in New Orleans!
This is a restaurant that on every walk/run around Lake Calhoun I remember that I want to eat here. Usually I’m not at the lake to eat though and only have my ipod so it had never happened!
So our last time at the lake we decided to break mid-walk for a lunch break (I mean, it’s a strenuous flat 3 miles people!!!) This seasonal restaurant is actually a “premier chain of seafood restaurants” which I had no idea until visiting their website.
It is very casual, you just go up and order at the counter, find a seat near the lake and wait for your food while enjoying the views.

This is the shrimp salad, simple and delicious. Cabbage, sauteed shrimp (kind of cajun flavored) and salsa! So much better than I had expected. And very reasonable too, I believe it was $5.95.

Halibut sandwich: toasted bun, hot sauce and tartar. Kind of wimpy for $10 but again, very delicious!

Hopefully we can get back to the tin fish before it closes in October! It would be a great place to watch the sunset and have a glass of wine!

Hope you all have a great Saturday!

the big easy

Hey blog friends!
I’m here in New Orleans having a great time so far! I can’t wait to share my eats with you all, everything has been delicious!
We are headed to Cafe du Monde for some Nola coffee and beignets this morning,
Hope you are all having a great week!
Happy Birthday Mom! xoxo

– Post From My iPhone

guest post: the taster

Hello Everyone! ‘The Taster’ here for a guest post…

I’ve always been a (somewhat) healthy eater and I’ve always liked to cook good food, but Emily tends to reign in the kitchen these days (with the general exception of grilling) – especially since she started this blog. Though Emily and I don’t agree on everything when it comes to food and nutrition (see: our many arguments over organic vs. non-organic), she has opened my eyes a great deal to many new things. I’m a simple guy whose parents owned a grocery store while I was growing up so I had free reign of everything that I wanted and never paid any attention to prices when it came to grocery shopping (just put it on ‘our account’) – until I was out of college and started purchasing my own groceries and reality set it. So…when it comes to purchasing organic groceries I say, “No, gimme the cheap stuff” because I like money in my pocket more than worrying about what kind of farm the eggs came from or what that cow ate before it was butchered…that’s just me, but I can’t argue with the ‘Organic Movement’ as it has proven to be beneficial to many people.

It was a moment of weakness for Emily when we discussed me doing a guest post. We had recently received a small deep fryer from some great friends. It was a ‘pity’ housewarming gift due to all the gifts (really) going to Emily and I think they thought I was feeling a little left out. These friends, being the astute people they are realized that:

1) Being away from my home state WISCONSIN for the past couple of years, I haven’t had the easy access to my good, old-fashioned Wisconsin Fish Fry…

2) Sometimes I just want to let loose and break the mold and start frying things.

We broke out the deep fryer the other day with the thought of making some homemade mozzarella sticks. Another friend in the building had an idea to take mozzarella chunks and pesto and wrap it in an egg roll wrap. Then, we proceeded to fry them – SUPERB! They were great with pesto or without pesto. We also dipped them in marinara and ranch (what isn’t good dipped in ranch dressing?). Note: they were also good the next night with Monterey Jack cheese. Other ventures took us to trying to fry some zucchini as well, but it didn’t turn out so well as we couldn’t get the breading just right.

I’m sure that many of you are either appalled, or enthralled at the fact that Emily would let a deep fryer into her kitchen – and then let me actually use it – she protested a great deal, but finally caved. I’m normally a decently healthy eater and enjoy a great deal of salads and veggies too, but I like to get nasty every now and then. Just consider me the Yin to Emily’s Yang.

Happy eating!

The Taster

restaurant: spill the wine

How can you go wrong with Spill the Wine, right?
Unfortunately I have been known to spill some wine now and then (sorry Michael and your custom Calvin Klein shirt) but apparently here it is welcomed! My kind of place!!!
It has an extensive wine list and a pretty decent food menu and once again we had a gift certificate that was about to expire.
So what else to do but head out on a nice summer night for a date with the taster! To sweeten the deal, Monday nights are 1/2 price bottles of wine.
I loved the casual feel of this restaurant and the fact that it is in walking distance to home. The service was great (always important to me) and the food came fast!
Bacon-Wrapped Scallops: really? Not much else to say besides delicious…

Caprese Salad: tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, pesto and a balsamic reduction, delicious and fresh!

Green Beans: because I love them

And the Taster’s Lamb Shank with Mashed Potatoes …he was in lamb shank heaven….

Do you have a favorite neighborhood restaurant that you always go to?
I don’t really have one, there are always so many new restaurants that I’m dying to try!
Also, on a side note, are there any other Mac bloggers out there?!?! I was really wanting to download Livewriter and then came to find that I can’t have it…is there anything else you’ve found that is comparable? Or decent? I’m trying out ecto, but as of yesterday I’m not having much luck with it…