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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!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Foodies on Vacay: Graeter's Ice Cream, Columbus, Ohio (and various other locations around the country)

Kate: Mint Chocolate Chip AND Toffee Chip (yes, we went twice while in Columbus. I know. I was bad!)
So, I was in Columbus, Ohio this weekend for my friend Eve's wedding, and I was able to introduce Paul to possibly the world's greatest ice cream. I know, that is a pretty serious statement to make, but from the first time I tasted this ice cream in 1998, I was hooked and have never had quite as wonderful of an ice cream experience. Now, there are several others of note: Jeni's Ice Cream, also in Columbus, Young's Dairy in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and there was Goshen Dairy (it closed down. Sad Face!) in Dover, Ohio that come to mind as great places to get some ice cream, but Graeter's takes the cake, so to speak. I have never had a Graeter's experience that wasn't amazing.
'Ok, so what makes this ice cream so amazing?', you ask. Well, there are a few things:
  • The use what they call the French Pot Process to make the ice cream in small batches. It is very creamy, superbly flavored throughout the entire cup, and, well, just yummy as far as ice cream goes.
  • The parlors where you can get Graeter's are all amazingly charming. They are modeled after old-fashioned ice cream parlors with the ornate, swirly chairs, and the beautiful wooden counters. It is like taking a step back in time.
  • The servers are always super friendly. Seriously. They hire good people and that makes the in store experience.
  • But, the most important thing about Graeter's and what makes it so amazing... are the chocolate chips. You MUST get a flavor with chips. The chocolate is from the recipe of the oldest milk chocolate maker in the world. And, it is undescribable how good this chocolate is. It is hard to call it chips, because it is usually in huge chunks. And, it is so creamy, it just melts in your mouth. And, though milk chocolate and I am a dark chocolate girl, it is just plain amazing chocolate. Paul described it as "genache-like" and I think he hit it on the head. It is decadent chocolate. And, once you have experienced it, all you will be able to think about for quite some is when you might get to have it again.
So, yes, Graeter's is that amazing. Click on their website to see if there is a location near you, as there are a few around the country, and if not you can always order some to be delivered right to you door.


five golden forks out of five!

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