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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 3, 2008

London Grill

Kristin: Butter Curry Chicken & Sticky Toffee Pudding
Okay, I liked it here, but know that before you go to the LG, you need to do a little online research. The menu online will tell you what each dish is actually comprised of, but the menu in-store is only dish names. Sadly, I think this made Kate and I both a little hesitant to try something that we didn't find familiar name-wise. This is not to say the curry wasn't wonderful. I'm really intrigued by the mix of indian and british flavors that the London Grill presents. Because I am a wuss about spicy foods, I honestly think the curry was wonderful as the British side to the cooking made it a little blander than normal. The meal also came with naan and a really scrumptious mix of vegetables - onions, bell peppers and tomatoes with some kind of light dressing. Next time I'm back here, I'd like to make sure that I ask for the naan on the side, since that was really great until the soggy bottom that had soaked up all the curry juice.
To wrap up, I ordered the Sticky Toffee Pudding, which is basically a piece of cake with hot toffee sauce ladled over the top. The portions at London Grill were fairly large, so I certainly didn't need desert, but I knew that if I was the bad influence in the group, that Kate would join me in some adventures of the sweets variety. I also know now (hindsight being 20-20 and all), that the toffee is served hot enough to leave you with a few less taste-buds than when you started, but to her credit, the server definitely tried to warn us. In any case it was delish.
Lastly, I have to comment on our server. She was super awesome and personable. Mad props to her for not only being a great server, but also giving us some tips on places to add to the list.

three golden forks out of five.

Kate: Tandoori Chicken
Um, yum! Had heard about this place for quite some time, and it had been on the list since the list was created, but we hadn't made it here, yet. Last night, however, we were not disappointed. Such a kitschy idea, a British pub that serves Indian inspired foods. Wonder what chemicals influenced that decision...
I, unlike, Kristin, enjoy spicier cuisines and enjoy trying something new. And, the lack of descriptions did hold me back a bit. The Tandoori was delicious and fairly spicy, but I wouldn't have minded a little more fire. The vegetables that Kristin mentions above where also part of my meal, and they were really yummy! And, there was a cucumber sauce on my plate that was to die for, but there wasn't enough of it, in my mind.
What Kristin did not mention was the pre-meal wonder that came to our table. It was reminiscent of chips and salsa, but with a twist that only the London Grill could have. It consisted of flat, tortilla-like crispy things with a sweet salsa. Kristin compared the taste to an egg roll in sweet and sour sauce. Not quite what I got from it, but it was mesmerizing.
Overall, a great experience. Our excellent waitress alone would have been enough to make me come back, but the food experience was also intriguing and I will be back and a little more adventurous next time!

four golden forks out of five.

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