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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, June 24, 2012

Foodies on Vacay: A Trip to OH for my Sister's Wedding

My baby sister just got married! She is the last of the girls to walk down the aisle.  I wouldn't have missed this for the world. Paul and I headed to my hometown, Dover, Ohio for the last weekend I can travel during this pregnancy. It was a wonderful weekend, full of happiness, love, and connections with family and friends. Of course, there was some eating too! We couldn't get out of town without some Park St. Pizza, but, we tried some new places too!

My sisters and I just after the ceremony
Sammy Sue's Barbeque: Dover, Ohio
Trips to Dover often involve seeing as many people as humanly possible. This time around we lucked out and got to have lunch with two of my best friends, Jen and Abby (who I don't see NEARLY enough!). Jen lives in Dover; Abby lives in Columbus and was in town for the day.  Paul and I met them at a new BBQ place in Dover, Sammy Sue's. 

Sammy Sue's is located near downtown Dover and is now occupying the building that used to house Rosie's, a Dover institution. I am not quite sure what happened to Rosie's as I haven't lived there for years, but, alas, Sammy Sue's is there now. 

The atmosphere is dive, without question. In fact, it looks like a place that Guy Fieri would visit. Mismatched tables, chairs, and booths. Not a lot of decor on the old wood paneling. Not a lot of space for folks to dine. It's charming in its own way, I suppose. Ms. Sammy Sue herself is there most of the time and usually does a round of the dining room to introduce herself every hour or so.

The menu is pretty standard for a BBQ place. You can enjoy chicken, brisket, salmon, ribs, and pulled pork all out of the smoker with Sammy Sue's sauce. The sides are also pretty standard. Fries, BBQ Chips (which I found out AFTER we ate there that we should have tried), many other potato options, rice, veggies, coleslaw, baked beans and mac and cheese. There are sandwiches, salads, baskets, etc. Usual fair. 

I went for a grilled chicken sandwich. Since I am trying to avoid smoked meats while pregnant, I thought this was a safe bet and probably on the way to being healthier than anything else. I opted for coleslaw as a side thinking, 'man... coleslaw on a bbq chicken sandwich is usually pretty good.' Sadly, I feel I had a miss on this one. In a word, my meal was bland. Not a lot of flavor to anything on the plate. In fact, I was quite disappointed because everyone else at the table was oohing and ahhing over their meals. 

Based on my experience, I would likely not go back. I mean, the chicken was tender. That is the best thing I can say about what I ate. There was just nothing else there. However, Mr. Foodie was in awe of the brisket and mac and cheese that he ordered, which makes me think I need to go back and order differently. 

So, from me, we get a "meh" but I will try it again, especially since the prices are right, the portions are large, and my husband and besties dig it. 

three golden forks out of five

Jen, me (32 weeks pregnant!), and Abby outside Sammy Sue's

Nervous Dog Coffee Bar: Stow, Ohio
On our way back to MI, we stopped just south of the turnpike to visit with our friends, Brian, Jen, and their little guy Sam. Brian chose the Nervous Dog as our rendezvous spot as it is right off the freeway and is a place he loves. Sounds good to us!

Though I hadn't necessarily planned on eating while we were there, my stomach had decided otherwise, and I went up to order a sandwich. Again, pregnancy food limitations include lunch meat, so I was looking for a vegetarian sandwich option. There was an intriguing grilled cheese sandwich with cream cheese, but feeling I needed something a bit healthier, I opted for the Elysian Fields sandwich. 

This sandwich includes spring mix, pecans, dried cranberries, feta, cucumbers, and a balsamic drizzle on good wheat bread.  Man, was I pleased with my menu choice. I mean, how can you go wrong with those ingredients? I would have NEVER thought to put them on a sandwich together, but I will now. This sandwich hit the spot, and eating it didn't make me hate myself. Plus, they serve Zapp's chips (from Louisiana) on the side, which is never bad. I picked up a bag of the Dill Gator Tators (I think that is what they are called) which we took on the road and enjoyed later on the drive home. 

I did order an iced coffee drink (decaf, of course) to go. It was good. It didn't blow my mind as I expected it to. It was the Coco's Caramel Drizzle with dark chocolate and Ghirardelli caramel, which sounded amazing. It was good, but there other coffee spots that I like better. That is where the lack of the 5th fork comes from, but we will keep this as a rendezvous spot with our friends.  I will order that sandwich again, for sure!

four golden forks out of five

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