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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!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Martini's Pizza

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Kristin: House Salad and Focaccia Pizza with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Tomatoes
We haven't had a chance to try any of this month's half case club wines (see side bar: Foodies Favorite of the Moment), so we ordered a take out pizza and watched TV at Kate's humble abode. This, my friends, was a GREAT pizza.
I'll be honest, this is not what one would consider your normal kinda of pizza (See what we had at Bilbo's for that). It had a garlic infused crust, and so little cheese that Kate and I actually stopped in our tracks in the parking lot to stare at it in the box and make sure there actually was cheese at all. (There is. but we added more.)
I think it took us a whole hot half hour to devour the thing. It was semi "healthy" (yeah the quotes are there for sarcasm emphasis), and it didn't just sit in a lump in your stomach. Great take out!
five golden forks out of five!

Kate: House Salad and Focaccia Pizza with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Tomatoes
So, yeah. Time for some take out as we begin to make our way through our Tiffany's wines. Every one of those that we have opened has been great! And, what a great deal that is. If you are not already a member of the Half Case Club, you should join today!
Anyway, to the food, as this is the Foodies blog... I try not to eat pizza that often. The caloric value of a pizza is higher than the average meals I usually order. But, you know, some days you just need pizza. So, when we discussed a carry out kinda night, pizza struck me as a good choice. We looked into the local pizza joints, and Kristin decided on Martini's. So, we ran some errands, called and ordered before we hit our last stop. We were a little confused as to where to go in, so that took a second, but once in, we were fine.
And, yes, we did have to do a double take on the cheese, but I think that adds to the health value of the pizza. Kristin was being sarcastic, but I really think this was a lighter pizza option that the usual pizza slice.
The foccacia crust threw me off, as I was expecting it to be really thick and carb-loaded. It wasn't. It was a thinner crust and the garlic and cheese made it very tasty. This pizza was yummy. I scarfed it right down.
The salad deserves a note too because it was delicious. The dressing, their house dressing, was a delightfully blended vinaigrette based Italian dressing. With the right blend of toppings, this salad was exactly what I want from an Italian restaurant to compliment my pizza.
I am confident that we will be returning to Martini's!

five golden forks out of five!


Anonymous said...

Sprout in the Kalamazoo mall area downtown is a personal favorite. Also, the Oakland St. Grill is good as well.

I'm from back east, only been here a few years so I'm only just getting a feel for the area.

Kate L said...

We love Sprout too! Yum!

We will have to add the Oakland St. Grill to our list. Thanks for the suggestion. There seem to be so many places to visit, and for us, so little time.

Thanks for reading.