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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, September 5, 2011

Founder's Brewery

Kate: Curmudgeon Sandwich with Oatmeal Stout

This was not our first visit to Founder's Brewery in Grand Rapids. In fact, it is pretty much our rule that if we go to GR (as we call it here in West Michigan), we need to stop at Founder's. The beer is great and the sandwiches are incredible. Always fresh ingredients, good bread, and wonderful flavor combinations.

So, on Labor Day, we headed to GR for a West Michigan Whitecaps game with our friends, Kristi and Steve, and had plans to meet up with Hillary, Jeff, and Graham for a bite and a beer at Founder's. I was thinking about it the whole time we were at the game. Now, the food at the quality of the concessions at the Whitecaps games are pretty good. Apparently, the burgers are great (not that I would know), and Adam Richman was there with Man vs. Food to try the ginormous 5/3 burger. But, I did my best to not fill up there. Only a small snack to tide me over so I was ready for Founder's when the time came.

So when we arrived at Founder's, I immediately started scanning the menu for the sandwich that would fill my belly. I have had a few other their other sandwiches before, and they have all been great, but I wanted to go for something new. NOTE: A lot of their sandwiches have meat on them, and not just turkey... so, the choices are a bit limited, BUT, there are still several options.

I elected to go for the Curmudgeon today. Smoked turkey on rye with colby jack, red onion, baby spinach, sauerkraut, and horseradish sauce. Sounds good, right? Well, it is! There is a nice sharpness to this sandwich from the horseradish and the onion. The sauerkraut adds an extra bite, and the spinach and colby jack balance it out. Not to mention the delicious smoked turkey. It is really juicy, thick, and seasoned perfectly, with the smokiness as an extra bonus. Plus, the fresh rye bread! This sandwich is heaven.

Paired with the Oatmeal Stout which is as rich and creamy as a beer can be, this was a very satisfying and craveable meal!

Heading to GR? Check out Founder's. If you are a Bell's fan... you will be blown away! Yep, I said it. ;)

five golden forks out of five

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