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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!

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Winds Cafe, Yellow Springs, Oh

Kate: Stir-Fried Tofu with Mushrooms, Scallions, and Cashews
It is always such a treat to visit the Winds. Nestled in the charming village of Yellow Springs, Ohio, this place always blows me away. I only ever eat here when I visit Dayton (I started my undergraduate career at Wright State University there) and my old supervisor takes me to lunch. It is kind of like our special place, though I would be willing to share it, as it is always delectable. This visit was no different. The menu changes monthly with great daily specials. I always have the most difficult time choosing something off the menu as so many things sound good. Today, I opted for the stir-fried goodness that was this dish, and was not disappointed.
Quick side note, they always have the best bread basket. It is always at least two if not three different types of artisan bread that I am pretty sure they bake right there. Then, they have a few different butter options, each with something yummy inside. There is usually an herb butter that is SO GOOD on all of the breads...
Now, for the meal. Everything at the Winds always seems really fresh. They use mostly (if not all) local produce and products for their dishes. This was no exception. It was so good it almost melted in my mouth. The server made a comment about me joining the clean plate club, and I took it. It was so good, I couldn't stop. And, I think I already mentioned this, but I have never had a bad plate from the Winds. Always so yummy. I really look forward to the opportunity to dine there on the rare occasions that put me in the Dayton area.
A fun side note... Dave Chappelle has a home in Yellow Springs. It is where he goes to get away from Hollywood, etc. Well, it is certainly not rare to see him when you are out and about in Yellow Springs. On a previous trip, he held the door for me while I exited the book shop. Today, he wandered into the Winds and dined at the table next to mine. So cool! If you see him, you have to play it cool, though. The residents of Yellow Springs know that he goes there to get away. I don't want to be the person that ruins that, you know? But, still, WAY COOL!

five golden forks out of five!

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