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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, November 27, 2009

Foodies on Vacay: Broken Rocks Cafe (Wooster, Ohio)

Kate: Greek Salad and Grilled Cheese Sandwich
I had recently visited the Broken Rocks Cafe on a work trip, but was a little underwhelmed and for some reason opted not to blog on it. However, when home for Thanksgiving, Paul and I met my friends Rhia and Nick there for lunch, and it was a much different experience. Now, I lived in Wooster for a year while working at the College there, and was not yet a foodie, but this restaurant was also not there when I lived there, and feel that if it had been, I may have become a foodie much earlier.
Broken Rocks Cafe is in downtown Wooster and occupies a lovely space that was once a sporting good store. Go figure. This cafe and bakery has a really contemporary feel with lots of beautiful art work and stained glass. The bar is right up front, when you enter the place, and I was shocked to see that they had Bell's on draft but not Great Lakes Brewing Co. Weird!
Anywho, the menu is moderately priced and not huge, but there is a specials menu with some interesting combinations. It was lunch and the day after Thanksgiving, so I wanted to order lightly. What I love about their menu is that you can add a grilled cheese sandwich to any soup or salad for only $2.25. So, again, pretty affordable as their soup and salad prices are decent. So, I went with a salad to try to balance out the food frenzy that was Thanksgiving, and knew that I wanted to add the grilled cheese.
The salad was good. Nothing terribly special. It hit the spot that day. And was refreshing. But, nothing beyond what I would expect from a Greek salad.
The grilled cheese, on the other hand, is to die for. And, perhaps the best grilled cheese I have ever had. I am embarrassed to report that I can not tell what cheese is on this sandwich. It did not seem sharp enough to be a cheddar. Maybe a colby, it was orange after all. But, there seems to be another layer to it. And, the bread is made fresh in house. Really delicious. Light but still hearty. The perfect grilled cheese bread.
So, this trip was definitely worth writing about, for the grilled cheese alone. I have heard that the pizzas are excellent. And, there are many dishes on the menu that are intriguing, but seemed a bit heavy for the day after turkey day.
So, if you happen to be in Wooster, Ohio, stop by the Broken Rocks Cafe and Bakery. I am sure you will not be disappointed.

four golden forks out of five.

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