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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!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Foodies on Vacay: Pineville Tavern (Pineville, PA)

Kate: Cheese Ravioli
So, I was PUMPED to try my first Food Network featured spot. I have been watching that channel almost non-stop over the last few months. And, when we knew we were traveling to the Philadelphia area, I made up a list of places I had seen on the Food Network that I would love to try. Now, this one was not on my list, as it had been pretty recently featured on the channel, but I was glad to get the chance to try at least one "famous" place.

I CLEARLY remembered this episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives because the one specialty at this place is Snapper Soup... And, that's not like the fish snapper, they are talking about snapping turtles. For real. Guy Fieri assists the head chef as he makes this soup from this giant turtle. Now, I am pretty adventurous, but that was a little more than I was willing to take on. So, I opted for another dish that they showed in that episode, their ravioli.

Now, we know that I am not a red meat eater, which was very unfortunate in this case because it was actually the meat raviolis that were featured on the show AND they were on special that day. But, since there was a non-meat option, I thought I would give it a go. And, I have to say, I was a bit disappointed with my meal. There wasn't a lot of flavor to the filling in the ravioli. And, the marinara sauce was watery and also fairly lacking in the flavor department. I loaded on the crushed red pepper so there would be something to it. I understand that the meat ravioli that Paul ate was better, but still not a knock your socks off dish. I mean, I didn't leave hungry. I cleaned my plate like a good girl. But, it left a little to be desired, especially from a Triple D spot.

The place was charming, though. It has that old, rustic feel. Its located in what used to be a hotel that was built in 1742 and was Pineville's major landmark. Its been there for a while. They recently underwent a renovation/update, but we didn't get to explore the whole place.

There are a lot of dead animals on the wall (there was a preserved for all time squirrel climbing a tree right next to our table. Charming!), but I think that adds to the atmosphere of the place. I hear that are some ghost stories connected with it. AND, I LOVED this... they have an herb garden right in the front of the place that you see when you walk in. AND, they use the herbs from the garden in their dishes, or so they say. Now, that I can totally get behind.

It seems to be a local favorite. Our friends eat there often and say they have never had a bad meal. And, my meal wasn't bad. It just wasn't incredible, like I expected it to be.

So, there you have it. My first Triple D visit. Hopefully, not my last!


three golden forks out of five.

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