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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!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Foodies on Vacay: Rockne's, Kent, Ohio

Kate: Firestone Salad with House Dressing and Sauerkraut Balls
With a little time off this summer, Paul and I traveled to northeast Ohio to visit my family and my old stomping grounds. While there, we grabbed a bite with some friends of Paul's who live in Cuyahoga Falls. Now, Rockne's was always a favorite of mine while I was in college. I would get their salads for carry out all the time. And, it has a fun Friday's like atmosphere, so it was a good place to visit when people were in from out of town or after doing a show or, you know, stuff like that. So, I was pretty excited when Brian and Jen (Paul's friends) suggested it as our stop for dinner.
I didn't even need to look at the menu, I already knew what I would be ordering. This salad is just darn good. The only change I would make to it is mixed up the lettuce a bit. It is currenlty an iceberg salad, and I think it would be improved by adding some spinach, or spring mix, or something a little greener. But, that aside, this salad is simple. A deliciously grilled chicken breast, tomatoes, cheddar cheese and Rockne's signature grilled pita. And, the house dressing is just divine. They used to have a light version, which I was sad to see is no longer on the menu, but this Italiany, vinaigrettey, combination is spiced just right with oregano and maybe a hint of dill to make it just a refreshing addition to this light salad.
The sauerkraut balls are a regional thing, or so they say. They are surprisingly good. You know that I try to stay away from fried things, generally, but I made an exception here. Especially with the honey mustard dip that accompanies them. Yes!
Paul had the open face meatloaf meal and LOVED it. He kept talking about going back. If you happen to be in northeast Ohio, find a Rockne's. They shouldn't be too hard to find as there are 13 of them in that area. We happened to be at the original for this meal. Quite charming! Check it out!

four golden forks out of five.

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