Have a recommendation? We'd LOVE to hear it!
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, September 18, 2011

How THIS foodie got her start: A Tribute to Brandlyn

My dear friend, Brandlyn's birthday was yesterday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!) and in honor of her, I thought I would post the brief origins of this foodie, since she played a very important role.

I moved to Columbus, Ohio during the summer of 2006 to begin graduate school. I was living with my best friend, Abby, and had a few other friends in the area, but knew that working full-time and attending graduate school was going to be an overwhelming task.

Brandlyn and I have been friends since high school. She is one of those people that you might not see for years, but as soon as you are together again, it is like no time has passed. We have a lot in common, and have both busted our butts to get to where we are today. So, I knew that while I was living in the same city as her, for whatever length of time it would be, it was going to be important to spend some time together.

So, shortly after my move to the city, we starting having dinner together fairly regularly. THEN, we decided it was going to be regularly. We had weekly Wednesday dinner dates. Brandlyn had lived in Columbus for over 10 years, so she knew all the great places to eat. So, each week, we went to a new place and enjoyed dinner together.

Brandlyn and I in the photo booth at her wedding reception. NOTE: I am about 25 pounds lighter now... CRAZY!

But, yeah, each week, Wednesday night, no matter how busy we were, we met somewhere in town, and shared a meal. And, I can't tell you how much that helped me stay sane through the craziness that was graduate school. It was something to look forward to. And, I loved it!

When I moved to Kalamazoo, and met Kristin, I told her about Brandlyn's and my weekly dinner dates, and that, my friends, was one of the inspirations for the Kalamazoo Foodies.

Brandlyn helped me develop my palate. And, helped me develop my appreciation of great food, great wine, great beer, and the importance of sharing meals with those you love.

I am sad that Brandlyn and I do not get to share more meals together now that we live 300 miles apart. But, let me tell you, when we do get together, it is EPIC!

Me and my bridesmaids. From the left: Kristin, Me, Abby, and Brandlyn.
Unfortunately, Brandlyn and I did not make it into the photo booth at my wedding together. But, we SO had one!

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