Have a recommendation? We'd LOVE to hear it!
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!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Vino Vino: Columbus, Ohio

Kate: Brie and Granny Smith Brushcetta, Baked Goat Cheese, and Chocolate Flight
So, I have referred to my favorite place in Cbus (yes, I moved here from Columbus, Ohio) many times, and recently, I got to visit it and enjoy my favorite dishes. YAY! So, I thought I would blog about them in case any of our "loyal readers" (that was supposed to be funny as I don't think any but a few actually read this) happen to be in Columbus, Ohio. Vino Vino! What can I say about it? A wine bar that serves Tuscan cuisine. My fave spot in Columbus. I can't even remember how I ended up there the first time, but it doesn't matter. I was there MANY times after that. The wine menu is great and the servers and bartenders are all really knowledgeable. The feature 3 wine flights per month, and on this visit I had a flight of light whites. YUM!
So, I will admit, I went a little overboard in my ordering while at Vino Vino on this visit as I wanted to satisfy my cravings for their menu. The brie brushcetta with granny smiths is wonderful. There are sugared nuts and a sweet glaze that make this dish a perfect start. Now, can I have a moment to celebrate the baked goat cheese? This is, BY FAR, the best dish I have ever had. It is actually an appetizer, but always ends up being my meal. The goat cheese is coated in bread crumbs and baked so it is soft and warm. There are dressed greens on the side and the goat cheese sits in a pool of marinara. It is topped off with olive oil drizzled slices of ciabatta bread that you put all of that goodness on. It don't know what it is, but there is something about how all these flavors come together that make it the BEST THING EVER! I was in heaven as I enjoyed my plate! I am getting hot and bothered just thinking about. Now, you would think that I would try to figure out how to recreate this dish on my own, but, NAY! I like knowing it is a treat when return to see my friends in Cbus.
Now, the chocolate flight, to my surprise, had changed since my last visit. And, the change is one I am uber pleased with. The chocolate flight now consists of three small servings of different creme brulees. That is right, you heard me correctly. Three creme brulees. The first if a white chocolate one, the second, milk chocolate with mocha, and the third, dark chocolate with a black currant sauce. Yes. Can you imagine a better dessert? I will admit, I polished all of this off myself (and later regretted the amount of food I ate), but, I was treating myself, and I am SO GLAD I DID!
Though, a special trip to Columbus to try Vino Vino might seem extreme, I really think that the fare is good enough to warrant it. YUM!! YUM!!! YUM!!

five golden forks out of five!


matthew said...

i would love to hear what u have to say about oakwood bistro, or Lo-Do's company in portage, i do how ever know there a little outta the way.

Kristin said...

Hi Matthew!
I feel like you're not the first person to reccommend the Oakwood Bistro to us. We'll have to get there soon.
I haven't heard of this Lo-Do's place yet (have you Kate?), but Portage is certainly not too far! What kind of food do they serve?

Thanks for stopping by!

Kate L said...

Nope. Not familiar with Lo-Do's. We will have to look into it!