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Salutations Readers!

Kalamazoo has good food.
Great food, in fact. We have made it our mission to check out all the local eateries one at a time - and more for our own poor memories than any other reason, we'll be chronicling our adventures in food here. And some places float our boats way more than others, which is why we have developed the very scientific
five golden forks rating scale. Ok. It is not scientific at all. It is actually quite unscientific. But, it is something. And now, you can search all of our reviews by the forks rating. YAY!

But, wait! There's more!
Kalamazoo Foodies no longer just eat at restaurants then review them. There are recipes posted, some easy, some less easy, all delicious. There are, or will be, book reviews, the new
Foodie Movie Review-y which will focus on movies about food or ones that have a lot of beautiful food in them. There are other food musings, and hopefully soon contests and so much more. But, Foodie Friends, it is all about food. Because we love it!
And, we want to hear from you!

We want to hear your comments on our recipes and reviews. We want to know where you love to eat. And, we are looking for GUEST bloggers to broaden our horizons a bit. And, if you haven't found us on Facebook, you should do that too. Like our page for other fun Foodies stuff like photos, polls, and more.

SO KALAMAZOO PATRONS - where do YOU love to eat? Because we'd love to check it out and share our thoughts here. Give us a comment below, and quickly! Our tummies are grumbling in anticipation.

A Note from the Foodies about our typical fair:
So, you may notice as you read our blog that we often order the same thing wherever we go. OK, maybe not quite, but we do often order similar things. Kristin has her caprese salads and mushroom dishes. Kate has her baked goat cheese and things with tofu. Well, readers, we wanted to let you know that this is absolutely intentional. A) We love those things, so why not order what you love? And, B) It is a lot easier to compare apples to apples than it is to compare apples to comquats. So, we like to order similar things to have a good sense of how to compare them. Just wanted to let you in on that little secret. Bon appetit!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Fandango Tapas Bistro

Kristin: Almendes Sabrosas Spicy, Cabrales & Pear Spanish Salad, and I seriously cannot remember the last tapa... boo.
Yay Fandangos. I asked Kate to make this our stop this week because we've both been so busy and crazy at work, I felt that we deserved to be sure we would be getting great food. Great it was. The spicy almonds were not altogether spicy, but they were a nice little snacky thing while we waited for our food. The pear salad was an interesting combo of flavors - I liked it but I know there are so may other things on there that I LOVED, that I will probably skip this in the future. And the last thing I ordered.... do you remember it by any chance Kate? Golly. I sem to remember large slabs of cheese on top of tomatoes. OH. It had pumpkin seeds in it too.. but it's not listed on their online menu. But that - that was awesome. (This may be because it tastes a lot like... caprese. Woo.)
Past that, it's been, as stated above, a long and crazy week. So I'll leave the rest to Kate.

four golden forks out of five

Kate: Chicken Satay Skewers and the Goat Cheese Plate
So, Fandango on a budget... it is possible. And we did it today. I ordered lightly, though I did indulge in another glass of their house made sangria. YUM! But, two plates for me today, and a few of Kristin's almonds. I think I will probably ALWAYS order the Goat Cheese Plate because, well, I LOVE GOAT CHEESE. This plate kind of fills the void of my favorite dish in my last hometown, so, sorry readers. I know it lacks originality, but, the combination of goat cheese and marinara is to die for. The peppery crust on the goat cheese adds a nice bite and, YUM! The chicken was pretty darn good as well. I have a love/hate relationship with peanuts and peanut sauce. This particular day, we liked each other, but weren't in love. This is a personal preference though and says nothing of the dish. The chicken was juicy and delicious and the plate was lovely. The peanut sauce, as far as peanut sauces go, was pretty good. I will likely not order this plate again, but, if you do like the taste of peanuts, then I would say GO FOR IT! And, I really can't think of a better way to celebrate anything, in this case, getting through a few tough weeks, with a glass of their sangria. It is a great blend and, well, is just plain delish!
And, sorry Kristin, I have no idea what your plate was. SORRY!!!

four golden forks out of five

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