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4th of July Cake We've Tried It

Easy 4th of July Poke Cake Recipe

Happy Independence Day! If you are heading out to celebrate today and need to whip up a festive dessert this is it. Try our 4th of July easy poke cake recipe. It’s a crowd pleaser.

Ingredients:

1 Duncan Hines White Cake Mix

1 box 3 oz Strawberry Jell-O Mix

1 cup Boiling Water

1/2 cup Cold Water

8 oz Frozen Cool Whip (thawed)

1-pint Blueberries

1-quart Strawberries (thinly sliced)

Let’s make a cake! If you don’t want to bring your personal baking dish, we suggest buying Reynolds non-stick baking wear 13×9 pan with lid. No preparation and it can be thrown away after the cake is devoured.

Start off by making your white cake mix as directed on the box. Be sure to only use egg whites. Bake and let cool for 20 minutes.

Mix Jell-O with boiling water in a large cup, then add the cold water and mix well. Grab a fork and poke holes all over your cooled cake, pour the Jell-O over top. Place cake in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Now it’s time to decorate! Evenly spread the Cool Whip over the top of the cake. To make your flag, start out by placing blueberries in the top left corner. We did 5 rows of 7 blueberries. Next overlap the strawberries for your red stripes. We did 4 rows. Refrigerate for one hour and serve.

So moist and delicious! This will surely be a crowd pleaser. We found this recipe Cincy Shopper.

Braised Short Ribs We've Tried It

The Pioneer Woman’s Braised Short Ribs

First, shout out to Unparalleled Farms for some beautiful and huge cuts of short rib!  You should definitely check out what they have to offer and probably put in an order ASAP.  Second, thanks to Amazon for getting this Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven to me in 16 hours when they said I wouldn’t get it for a week!  Maybe that warehouse down the street is paying off.

First time making short ribs in this fashion – had to go with an experts advice, so went and followed The Pioneer Woman’s recipe nearly to a T, with the only exception being that bacon was  substituted for the pancetta, which she gave as an option.  All I know is within three hours, the house smelled of wine and beef and I was drooling!  The verdict?  Well, we’ve tried it, and we loved it!  What a perfect recipe!  So tender and flavorful 🤤

This for me is going down as the best home cooked meal of the year! Definitely try Ree Drummond’s recipe below, I swear by it.  Oh, and of course the green beans you see were sautéed in some Fat Cheeks Food butta.  Whole lot of local going on here.  Go and support this fresh goodness!

Ingredients:

  • 8 whole beef short ribs
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 pieces bacon, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 whole medium onion, diced
  • 3 whole carrots, diced
  • 2 whole shallots, peeled and finely minced
  • 2 cups red or white wine
  • 2 cups beef or chicken broth (enough To almost cover ribs)
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 2 sprigs rosemary

Directions:

Let’s get started! Salt and pepper ribs, then dredge in flour. Set aside.

In a large dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until complete crispy and all fat is rendered. Remove bacon and set aside. Do not discard grease.

Add olive oil to pan with the bacon grease, and raise heat to high. Brown ribs on all sides, about 45 seconds per side. Remove ribs and set aside. Turn heat to medium.

Add onions, carrots, and shallots to pan and cook for 2 minutes. Pour in wine and scrape bottom of pan to release all the flavorful bits of glory. Bring to a boil and cook 2 minutes.

Add broth, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Taste and add more salt if needed. Add ribs to the liquid; they should be almost completely submerged. Add thyme and rosemary sprigs (whole) to the liquid.

Put on the lid and place into the oven. Cook at 350 for 2 hours, then reduce heat to 325 and cook for an additional 30 to 45 minutes. Ribs should be fork-tender and falling off the bone. Remove pan from oven and allow to sit for at least 20 minutes, lid on, before serving. At the last minute, skim fat off the top of the liquid.

If you decide to try out this recipe be sure to leave a comment below, to let us know if you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Photo Credit: @Phatphood

Recipe Credit: The Pioneer Woman

Bonchon Uptown Open

Bonchon in Uptown is Open and We’ve Tried It

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Bonchon in Uptown is Open! What’s in the box?! From Busan, South Korea to New York to Minnesota…we are finally the latest addition for Bonchon Chicken. Woo to the Hoo! Also, we are not only blessed with one location in Uptown, Minneapolis, but a second coming very soon to Dinkytown.

Bonchon aka “My Hometown” does chicken, and damn do they do something special to the chicken. KFC – no, not the colonel, Korean Fried Chicken to be exact – think, much crunchier and less greasy, because it is double fried and still is tender and juicy…I love it!

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Thanks to my good friend Marshall N. Nguyen, Vice President of Caspian Group for securing both locations for Bonchon.  Caspian is a full service Commercial Real Estate company that represents many business owners and assists them in finding the perfect location and negotiates on their behalf.  Marshall is the man if you are looking to open a restaurant or any business for that matter.

The uptown location where I’m crunching away right now is at 1414 Lake Street (Old Davanni’s). Come one, come all when they swing these doors open to the public today at 4PM Wednesday October 3rd!!

Ok, pay attention because I’m about to break down the deets:

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SIGNATURE FRIED CHICKEN SOY GARLIC / SPICY / HALF & HALF – Their chicken is made-to-order, please allow up to 30 minutes for cooking time. In order to maintain the taste and quality of their product…also, their sauces that they lightly brush on the double fried chicken are not available on the side.

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CHICKEN KATSU – Breaded chicken cutlet served over a bed of steamed rice and vegetables on the side, drizzled with katsu sauce and spicy mayo. Little thicker than I’ve seen (I like that) and a good portion. Don’t care for their white rice much.

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TTEOKBOKKI – Rice cakes and fish cakes simmered with scallions and onion in Bonchon Hot Sauce topped with mozzarella cheese and kimari. 🔥 Spicy

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KOREAN TACOS – Spicy Chicken or Marinated Ribeye (Bulgogi) over three warm flour tortillas filled with crisp lettuce and coleslaw, topped with buttermilk ranch, spicy mayo and red onions. 3 per order. Went with the spicy chicken. I’m pretty much in love with their coleslaw.

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BULL DAK – Spicy chicken stir-fried with rice cakes and Bonchon Signature Hot Sauce, sautéed onions, topped with thinly sliced scallions and mozzarella cheese. Served with white rice and steamed vegetables. Spiciest thing on their menu, know this.

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HOUSE FRIED RICE – Fried rice, eggs, red bell pepper, onions and Bonchon Soy Garlic Sauce. Choice of: Chicken (+$1), Bulgogi (+$2), Seafood (+$2), or Kimchi Bacon (+$2). Kimchi was the choice…and a very smart choice. I’m a fan of their fried rice.

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PORK BUNS – Slice of savory pork belly dressed with Bonchon Soy Garlic Sauce, topped with cucumbers, coleslaw, spicy mayo, and katsu sauce. 3 per order. It’s a nice chunk of pork, flavored nicely, I think the bun needs a little tweaking, was a bit wet, but that might be the coleslaw’s doing.

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SALMON AVOCADO BALL – A mix of avocado, crab meat, cucumber, fish roe wrapped in seared fresh salmon, topped with spicy mayo, unagi sauce and crunchy tempura bits. The salmon was nicely torched I believe, rather than seared, either way, it worked. It’s a light refreshing starter dish.

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TAKOYAKI – Fried octopus dumplings drizzled with Japanese mayonnaise, katsu sauce and sprinkled with bonito flakes. Can’t go wrong with these!

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SLIDERS – Crispy chicken strips (soy garlic or spicy ) or marinated ribeye (bulgogi), fresh cucumber, spicy mayo, red onions and coleslaw, served on a mini potato bun. 3 per order. Since I had the spicy chicken on the tacos, went with the bulgogi on the sliders. They are marinated well, probably great for kids or late night snack, but $4 a slider, I’m just not sure they will be a big hit when you can just order a big dish of bulgogi.

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POTSTICKERS – Lightly fried pork and vegetable dumplings brushed with Bonchon Signature Sauce. Choice of: spicy , soy garlic or half & half – crispy and full of meat. Table favorite, next to the chicken.

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They’ll only be serving dinner this week, they will implement lunch next week. Be ready for 2am-3am closing times on the weekends. Yay to late night drunken KFC!!

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Phatphood Minnesota State Fair Review We've Tried It

2018 Minnesota State Fair New Food Review

Phatphood Minnesota State Fair Review

Well, as you already know, the 2018 Minnesota State Fair season is upon us.  That end of summer glutinous traverse to a full on human stampede that we somehow still find a yearning for.  Whether it’s to hang out with friends or loved ones, people watch, collect freebies, or like for me, to simply indulge.  Forty-five new items in the first day in ten hours, yea…that kind of indulging.  I live instagrammed my entire journey, as I do every year.  So, here’s the good, the bad and the not-so-ugly.  Check the visuals, but make sure you not only read the breakdown, but also the 0 to 10 ratings and price, to maybe help guide your hunger through the next twelve days.

2018 Minnesota State Fair New Food Review

Swedish Meatball Smorgas

Swedish Meatball Smörgås – Meatball sandwich with three traditional Swedish pork and beef meatballs topped with white gravy, lingonberry sauce and dill pickles. LOCATION:  The Blue Barn – REVIEW:  7/10 $8.95

Bacon-Stuffed Tots – Scratch-made tots stuffed with bacon and cheddar cheese, topped with a dollop of bacon-infused sour cream. LOCATION: The Blue Barn – REVIEW: 7/10 $8.95

Freehouse Limelight & Strawberry Mint Fro-lé – LOCATION: The Blue Barn – REVIEW: 7.5/10 $8.95

Pepperoni Chipes and Roasted Red Pepper Queso

Pepperoni Chips with Roasted Red Pepper Queso – Thinly sliced fried pepperoni chips served with a warm roasted red pepper cheese sauce. LOCATION:  LuLu’s Public House – REVIEW:  7/10 $7 – Can’t go wrong, crispy with a good dip.

Croissant Breakfast Taco – scrambled eggs, chorizo sausage, onions, peppers, cheese. LOCATION: LuLu’s Public House – REVIEW: 5.5/10 $6.00 – good flavor…lot of bread that I don’t consider a croissant.

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Nordic Waffles

Nordic Waffles – Fresh-made waffle wraps in seven varieties: 1.) All-Day Breakfast (egg, bacon & cheddar); 3.) Slammin’ Salmon On-A-Stick (Norwegian smoked salmon with cream cheese & green onions);  2.) Vegetarian Viking (black bean veggie burger, cheddar cheese, mixed greens & chipotle sauce). 3.) Slammin’ Salmon On-A-Stick (Norwegian smoked salmon with cream cheese & green onions); 4.) S’More (marshmallow crème, crumbled graham crackers & Nutella). LOCATION:  Nordic Waffles – REVIEW:  1.) 8/10 $8 2.) 6/10 $9 3.) 4/10 $10  4.) 8/10 $8 – All day breakfast and s’mores was on point…vegan was great…salmon was skimpy for the price, not much there to judge. Oh, and it had bones.

Jalapeno Spam Curds

Jalapeño Spam Curds – LOCATION: Spam – REVIEW: 7/10 $8 – it’s Spam, I love Spam! New this year is the jalapeno version curds, so I had to get…for y’all! Although, I really wish they’d change the breading. It’s like grocer frozen chicken nugget style.

Banana Foaster French Toast

Bananas Foster French Toast – Cinnamon swirl French toast topped with slices of fresh bananas in an orange-rum-flavored caramel sauce and finished with a dollop of whipped cream. – LOCATION:  Hamline Church Dining Hall – REVIEW:  6.5/10 $9.25 – it’s good french toast with an ample amount of orange zest atop the banana slices. Trying it without they syrup, banana or whipped cream…it’s really dry.

Blueberry Rhubarb Cobbler

Blueberry Rhubarb Cobbler – A blend of organic blueberries and rhubarb topped with a cornmeal biscuit and whipped cream. LOCATION:  Farmers Union Coffee Shop – REVIEW:  5.5/10 $8.00 – there is a LOT of blueberries/rhubarb blend here. It’s good, just too much of one thing so the ratio is off.

Tomato and Sweet Corn BLT

Tomato and Sweet Corn BLT – LOCATION: Farmers Union Coffee Shop – REVIEW: 7.5/10 $12.00 – flavors are wonderful. The bread, I’m on the fence. So, yea.

Strawberry Basil Lemonade – LOCATION: Farmers Union Coffee Shop – REVIEW: 5.5/10 $7.00 (20oz) – fresh and pulpy, not as sweet as you’d expect. So that’s lacking for a lemonade.

Turducken Sausage Sandwich

Turducken Sausage Sandwich – A blend of turkey, duck and chicken served on a fennel bun and accompanied by a side of Giggles’ sweet and saucy relish. Gluten-friendly bun available upon request; sausage is gluten-free, no nitrates added. LOCATION:  Giggles’ Campfire Grill – REVIEW:  5/10 $7.00 – good brat goin on here. The after taste is what brought the rating down. Your call on this one, people.

New *Uffda (Beaver Island) – s’more (Excelsior) – Dill Pickle Ale (Tin Whiskers) – LOCATION: Giggles’ Campfire Grill – REVIEW 8/10 on all beers including the new UFDA (they revamped the other two to improve the taste, I dig!!

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Slider Flights

Slider Flights – Flights of three slider sandwiches, each with a variety of toppings, available in three varieties: Brisket Flight (one slider topped with coleslaw, one with pickles and onions, and one with crispy fried onions); Burger Flight (one slider topped with thick-cut candied bacon and cheddar cheese, one with smoked gouda, and one with BBQ sauce, pepper jack cheese and crispy fried onions); Pulled Pork Flight (one slider topped with coleslaw, one with pickles and onions, and one with crispy fried onions). LOCATION:  The Hangar – REVIEW:  7/10 $10 – I pleaded and begged to get one of each, but just that you know, you CAN’T. It’s all three different burgers, or three different brisket…and so on, you CAN’T mix-n-match Beef, Pork, etc. Anyhow, luscious tasting sliders served up in this huge awesome Hanger with live music and plenty of outdoor games. It’s a party in here with plenty of beer and room! The Burger was my least fave out of trio.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadilla

Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadilla – LOCATION: Quesadilla Junction – REVIEW: 9/10 $10 – it’s a dope ass CBR Quesadilla!

Za-Waffle Sticks

Za-Waffle Sticks – Waffles blended with pepperoni and mozzarella, topped with a parmesan herb blend and served with pepperoni-infused maple syrup or marinara sauce. LOCATION:  Green Mill – REVIEW:  3/10 $5 – Dry. Choke Hazard. Syrup was good, for an extra bump in the rating. Loved them last year. This time they dropped the ball.

Shrimp Ceviche

Shrimp Ceviche – Fresh shrimp, cucumbers, jalapeños, onions, tomatoes and cilantro tossed with a citrus lime juice and served cold with tortilla chips. LOCATION:  Shrimp Shack – REVIEW:  4.5/10 $7 – lacking on sour, over powering on black pepper.

Bratwurst Burger

Bratwurst Burger (Double) – LOCATION: Mac’s Grille – REVIEW: 6/10 $6.75 – decent brat burger. I’ve tasted much better. Not enough brat flavor, missing that punch.

Messy Giuseppe

Messy Giuseppe – A blend of seasoned ground beef and Italian pork sausage smothered in marinara, sprinkled with parmesan cheese and served on crusty Italian bread. LOCATION:  Mancini’s al Fresco – REVIEW:  7.5/10 $7.75 – That’s one huge slice of bread, could use a little more smothered meat, but still…spicy Italian goodness. Fan.

General Tso Chicken Taco

General Tso Chicken Taco – Battered and deep-fried chicken tossed in a sauce of ginger, garlic, soy sauce and Asian spices, with seasoned cream cheese and topped with wonton crisps and green onion, served on a flour tortilla. (Available Aug. 23-28 only). LOCATION:  Midtown Global Market’s Taco Cat – REVIEW:  5/10 $12 – boneless wings in Tso sauce. Too big of chunks to work in a taco. Not much going on here. Good luck with handling these.

Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl

Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl – Ahi tuna, avocado, mango and pico de gallo tossed in a Hawaiian ginger-soy sauce served cold over rice with a fried wonton. LOCATION:  Cafe Caribe – REVIEW:  8.5/10 $9.50 – it’s not too bad here. Some good cuts, some not so good cuts. But overall, it’s a good price with a nice portion. Just shy of loving it.

Moroccan Sausage Bowl

Moroccan Sausage Bowl – Coarse ground beef and lamb sausage seasoned with herbs, sweet spices and a hint of red pepper, cooked with carrots, turnips and chick peas, and topped with sautéed onions and a green olive. LOCATION:  Sausage by Cynthia – REVIEW:  5/10 $9 – decent with all the fixings, but still missing flavor. Even got it with sauerkraut and peppers. Idk, another your call.

Earth Wings

Earth Wings® – Fresh cauliflower pieces dipped in a seasoned batter, deep-fried and smothered in organic sesame BBQ sauce. Vegan and gluten-free. LOCATION:  French Meadow Bakery & Café – REVIEW:  8/10 $7 – great texture and flavor, very desirable and I’d get again. BUT…20min line wait plus an hour (exactly) to get this boat full made it not worth it. It really was a shit show.

Smoked Soft Serve Ice Cream

Smoked Soft Serve Ice Cream – Cold-smoked cream available in two flavors, all made on-site: Cold Brew Coffee infused with cold-smoked Arabica beans and topped with chocolate espresso dust, a toasted marshmallow and a chocolate cookie on the side; Muscovado Sugar Vanilla combines vanilla bean and cold-smoked molasses-rich cane sugar served with a toasted marshmallow and bacon candy round on the side. Optional sauces available: bourbon-soaked cherries or hot chocolate. LOCATION:  Blue Moon Dine-In Theater – REVIEW:  6.5/10 $8 – got the coffee flavor with the bourbon cherries. Didn’t get much smoke flavoring all. Coffee? Yes. Cherries were good, almost too many, but was a good bonus for the buck up-charge. I really like their soft serve texture here.

Sweet Greek Cheese Puffs

Sweet Greek Cheese Puffs – Flaky phyllo dough filled with feta and ricotta cheese, deep-fried, drizzled with honey and topped with powdered sugar. LOCATION:  Dino’s Gyros – REVIEW:  8/10 $5 – a cream cheese puff/baklava hybrid? I’m down with this!

Irish Tater Kegs

Irish Tater Kegs – Jumbo deep-fried tater tots made with a blend of corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, sour cream and potatoes drizzled with house-made Thousand Island dressing and nestled on a bed of sauerkraut. LOCATION:  O’Gara’s at the Fair – REVIEW:  7.5/10 $8 – these are delish and work! Give me 6 instead of 5 and I’d be even more ecstatic!

Wood Grilled Elote

Wood-Grilled Elote – Corn on-the-cob grilled over an oak wood fire, brushed with chile-spiced mayo and sprinkled with queso Cotija & fresh lime juice. LOCATION:  Tejas Express – REVIEW:  9/10 $5 – Boooooommmmmbb!!

Yucatán Shrimp Cocktail – REVIEW: 3/10 $10 – ridiculous price for this ridiculous dish. Meh.

Chicken Enchiladas with salsa verde and goat cheese – REVIEW: 3/10 $11 – flavorless chicken, all the smothering can’t save it.

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UpNorth Puff Pasty – Porketta sausage, cheese curds, coarse grain mustard and chopped dill pickle baked in a puffy crust sprinkled with pepper and sea salt. LOCATION:  Sausage Sister & Me – REVIEW:  7.5/10 $8 – light and flaky with some really great flavors on the inside. Only gripe, fill it more.

Honey Cream Soda Float

Honey Cream Soda Float – Honey cream soda (made without sugar) poured over Minnesota Grown honey ice cream. LOCATION:  Minnesota Honey Producers – REVIEW:  7.5/10 $9 – that’s a good float that comes with a hefty price tag. It’s the beesnazz!

Zesty PB & J Sausage

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Zesty PB&J Sausage – Peanut butter, cherry jelly and a hint of cayenne pepper and cilantro blended into a quarter-pound sausage. LOCATION:  Gass Station Grill- REVIEW:  7.5/10 $6.00 – unique and different is a good thing. Wasn’t expecting much, but as soon as you lift it to your face, you smell pb&j right away. Zest and jelly stand out whilst eating, pb gets lost. Still embracing this cool dog.

Sweetie Cakes

Sweetie Cakes – Choice of black forest cake, birthday cake or chocolate peanut butter cake, baked in a cup packed with Sassy Pecan toffee bits and served warm, topped with real whipping cream and more toffee bits. LOCATION:  Sweetie Cakes – REVIEW:  8.5/10 $7.00 – just tried one, chocolate pb. It’s a nice hot cake cup! It was really good! I’d imagine that the others being just the same.

Firecracker Shrimp Stuffed Avocado

Firecracker Shrimp Stuffed Avocado – Gulf white shrimp tossed with lime, onion, black beans, tomato and fire-roasted corn in a garlic aioli, drizzled with cilantro-infused olive oil, stuffed in avocado halves and served open-face with flatbread. LOCATION:  The Hideaway Speakeasy – REVIEW:  8/10 $14.00 – really good and fairly priced. It would be a $12 app outside of fair. Fresh to def!

Rainbow Cloud Roll

Rainbow Cloud Roll – Three scoops of ice cream sprinkled with fruity cereal and wrapped in a pillow of cotton candy. Hand-rolled on-site. Ice cream choices include Superman, vanilla, strawberry and chocolate. LOCATION:  Rainbow Ice Cream – REVIEW:  9/10 $8.00 – I got Superman ice cream, many colors involved, but the cut just showed pink. I’m not mad, this is simple and an awesome dessert! Definitely on cloud 9. Love it!

Triple Chocolate Strawberry

Triple Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake – Dense chocolate cake with chocolate chips and fudge icing smothered with strawberries and whipped cream. LOCATION:  The Strawberry Patch – REVIEW:  8.5/10 $6 – I’m not even big on strawberries, that chocolate cake/fudge/chocolate chip combo elevated this dessert to a whole new level. Yum.

Mangonada Shaved Ice

Mangonada Shave Ice – Mango-flavored shave ice drizzled with Mexican chamoy sauce, dusted with tajin chili powder, topped with popping mango boba pearls and served with a tamarind candy straw. LOCATION:  Minnesnowii Shave Ice – REVIEW:  8/10 $6 – nice play on this, popping boba? Damn.

Mangonada Shave Ice

Pumpkin Spiced Shave Ice – pumpkin-flavored shave ice, whipped cream core, cinnamon brown sugar dusting. REVIEW: 8/10 $6 – just like a slice of pumpkin pie. Whoa!

If you tried any of the items listed, we love reading your comments below.  Which was your favorite and least favorite item at the 2018 MN Stare Fair?  Did you agree with Phat’s reviews?

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Curbside Food? Get Clustertruck Minneapolis.

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Curbside food? Get Clustertruck Minneapolis. There’s a new Juicy Lucy in town, and the only way to get it is…curbside! That’s right y’all, Clustertruck.com just planted their seventh location in the beautiful downtown Minneapolis, MN. It is basically a new non-restaurant concept that makes all their food under one roof, and they source top-quality and local ingredients, that is online and app based, only. No calling anyone, unless you need direct assistance from their hotline.  Just click what you want, pay, and be ready for some deliciousness to come to your curb. You can get so many different meals from breakfast to Mexican to Pan-Asian to a burger like this:

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8oz patty filled with cheddar, topped with bacon, onion, piquante peppers, harissa mayo, butter lettuce and tomato on a French bun.

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Hungry customers can choose from more than 50 mouthwatering menu items inspired from fresh, visible ingredients and sustainable sourcing for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and there’s ALWAYS FREE DELIVERY. ClusterTruck’s tech-savvy food delivery system times each step perfectly, taking an average of just 21 minutes from order to curbside pickup. The food never sits under a heat lamp and always spends less than six minutes on the road for delivery. I loved everything I tasted, including pizza, wings, buffalo chicken mac n’ cheese, and the hot chicken sandwich that kitchen manager Anton Winter served me.

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The dope thing that I noticed about using their site while beta testing this week was; once an item is no longer available for the day, it gets taken off the menu, that way there is no tease and only available items are show to the customer.

Clustertruck Details

Want in? Click this clustertruck.com , and starting Monday May 7th when they officially open for business, enter promo code: 612FEEDME at checkout for $10 off an order of $15 or more. This is valid through May 31, 2018, no exceptions. For new customers only. Easy. Yum.

Clustertruck hours of operation are 10am-10pm Sunday through Thursday and 10am-11pm Friday and Saturday.

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Grand Catch Claws Its Way to St. Paul

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Grand Catch Claws Its Way to St. Paul – It just opened yesterday (4/16) and I’m already hooked!! Grand Catch is the newest creation of the masterminds behind Cajun Deli & Milkjam Creamery and they stepped the seafood boil game up a few levels for the Twin Cities food scene.

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Starting out with Grand Catch Cheesy Fries – battered fries, garlic butter, cheese sauce. With lobster claw added. C’mon, you know you want this!  I just finished, and I already want it again.

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Testing the waters with two pounds of crawfish and one pound of head-on shrimp boiled to perfection and then tossed in their Awesome Sauce (it’s their Garlic Butter & Louisiana, combined) and I got it hot. Next time I’ll try extra hot or the highest level; insane ghost. 🔥 It was spicy, garlicky, buttery, fresh and pure deliciousness. I’m in my happy place aka my zone.

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Obviously, I can’t leave without trying some type of Milkjam Creamery creation for dessert.  Raspberry Lychee Twist -Thanks to Elizabeth, this was the perfect cool down. She was awesome, along with the rest of the staff here at Grand Catch.  Hospitality and a happy full belly, I don’t ask for much. They nailed it.

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I tried a few tap beers and this mocktail; Crazy Legs, which was refreshingly tart.  Can’t wait until the boozy slushees are available. Soon!

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It’s new with 75-80 seats that fill fast at prime time. Lunch and dinner menu are the same and they close at 10pm, plan accordingly. Bibs and gloves make for dope attire, rock them… don’t be shy.

1672 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55105 – Take a look at Grand Catch website here.

Cowboy Caviar Recipe We've Tried It Blog

Cowboy Caviar Recipe We’ve Tried It

Cowboy Caviar Recipe We've Tried It

Cowboy Caviar Recipe We’ve Tried It – Not only have we tried it, we keep making it over and over! This highly addicting recipe can be paired with your dinner entree, on a sandwich or salad for lunch, over an omelet for breakfast and my personal favorite – with chips and cheese. Simply delicious!

Cowboy Caviar with Chicken

Cowboy Caviar Recipe We’ve Tried It

Ingredients:

  • Black beans – 1 15 oz can, rinse and drain
  • Black-eyed peas – 1 15oz can, rinse and drain
  • 3 roma tomatos, remove seeds and dice
  • Sweet Corn 1 cup, I prefer super sweet frozen corn thawed
  • 1 large red bell pepper, washed and diced
  • 1 small/medium red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup of cilantro, chop finely

Dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Salt
  • Juice from one Lime
  • 1/4 cup of white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar

Cowboy Caviar Recipe

Directions:

In a medium size bowl dump in sweet corn, black beans and black-eyed peas. Be sure you have drained and rinsed beans first. Then chop your cilantro, red pepper, red onion, cilantro, roma tomatoes and add to your bowl.

For the dressing you can mix it up in a separate bowl and mix well before pouring over your cowboy caviar. I personally don’t like to dirty too many dishes so I just add all the ingredients right into my main bowl and then mix throughly. Either way works!

The main ingredients for your dressing are olive oil and white wine vinegar. It is completely up to you what else you add. We like to add fresh lime juice, a little bit of sugar, salt and some minced garlic.

We hope you enjoy this recipe. Please be sure to share with your friends! Check back to see what we cook up next.

Egg Roll Bowl recipe

Sausage Egg Roll in a Bowl Recipe Video

Egg Roll Bowl

Sausage Egg Roll in a Bowl Recipe Video – My sister has been talking about how delicious this recipe is for the past year. My family finally decided it was time to test it out and see if it deserved all the hype that it was getting.

First off let me just say that it is super easy to make. In the video that I made we did not add the minced ginger. The original recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of minced ginger. Feel free to add it in.

I have an extremely picky child who really enjoyed this recipe. We were shocked and knew it must be pretty good if she liked it. It was delicious and we will surly be making again.

Sausage Egg Roll in a Bowl Recipe Video

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground pork sausage
  • 6 cups (2 bags) shredded coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

Directions:

In large skillet brown sausage, making sure it is throughly cooked. Do not drain any left over grease. Once brown, add the coleslaw mix, ginger, garlic and soy sauce. Mix and cook for 3-4 minutes stirring often. Add the green onions, drizzle with sesame oil and serve. 4 servings.

We hope you enjoy Sausage Egg Roll in a Bowl as much as we did!

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Best Maid Cookie Company Outlet Store Review

Best Maid Cookies Outlet Store River Falls WI

Best Maid Cookie Company Outlet Store Review – Have you visited Best Maid Cookie Company Outlet Store in River Falls, WI yet? If not, get in your car and go on a little adventure. You will thank us! These are the BEST (no pun intended) cookies around.

Fresh, soft, delicious and always leaving you wanting more. Today we purchased 6 bags of fresh cookies, 1 box of frozen chocolate chip cookie dough, 4 dessert bars and 1 take-and-bake French baguette. Hopefully that will last us a couple of days.

Best Maid Cookies River Falls

What is Best Maid’s best-selling cookie? Chocolate chip! Some of our favorites are Oatmeal Cranberry Walnut, Snickerdoodles, Double Chocolate Chip and Monster. We like all of them – it’s too hard to pick just one.

Oatmeal Cranberry Raisin

The Outlet store is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Not only can you purchase bags of fresh cookies, you can also get dessert bars, frozen cookie dough and other frozen treats.

How it all began…

Best Maid Cookie Co. has been around for almost 75 years. They started as a small cookie business in Chicago, IL by founder C. Arthur Erickson. The business was then moved to Minneapolis shortly after. This facility opened in River Falls in 1996.

In 2014, Best Maid was acquired by Arbor Investments and joined the Rise Baking Company platform which includes New French Bakery, Hudson Baking Company, South Coast Bakery, and Choice Foods. All of their cookies are made with high quality ingredients – which is why every bite of a Best Maid Cookie can only be described as “oooey gooey good!”

Ingredients used to make our cookies:

  • Flour – over 14 million lbs. of flour/annually
  • Chocolate Chips/Chunks – over 4 million lbs. of chocolate/annually
  • Eggs—over 2.5 million lbs. of eggs/annually

Best Made Cookies Outlet River Falls WI

Fun Facts:

  • They produce over 650 different cookies in baked and dough varieties.
  • Best Maid produces many different sizes of cookies; on average a day’s production is over 1 million pounds of product.
  • The top 7 flavors are: Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip made w/M&M’S®, Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter, Sugar, Snickerdoodle, Peanut Butter made with Reese’s® Pieces®
  • You can find their cookies all over the continental US.
  • Best Maid Cookie Co. employs approximately 275 people.

Now is the time to get in your car and head over to Best Maid Cookie Company Outlet Store at 1147 Benson St., River Falls, WI 54022. If you have already tried their cookies leave us a comment on your favorite below.

Hamburguesas El Gordo Cubano  We've Tried It

Hamburguesas El Gordo Restaurant Review

Cubano El Gordo

Hamburguesas El Gordo Cubano

It’s lunch time, it’s snowing, and I needed an obnoxious burger in my life. So, I ordered a Cubano El Gordo with everything – Cheddar, mozzarella, ham, bacon, avocado, onion, tomatoes, lettuce, pickle peppers, mayo, mustard, ketchup, fried egg, chorizo and Vienna sausage. Topped with Extra grilled pineapple. Whew! The Mexican Whopper is what I call it…once you taste it, maybe you’ll get why. Say hi to Luigi, whom runs the front of the house here at Hamburguesas El Gordo he’s a cool ass dude! How are YOU handling the first snowfall of the year (Minnesota)?

Del Gordo Burger

Hamburguesas El Gordo Del Gordo Burger

If you’ve never been to Hamburguesas El Gordo in St. Paul (Payne/Phalen) then you haven’t had Claudia Gutierrez’s famous Del Gordo Burger. It’s just a 1/2-pound handmade patty, topped with cheddar, mozzarella, grilled ham, bacon, avocado, pickled peppers, tomato, onions, lettuce and mayo. Yea, a mouthful, literally. You can also get it with grilled pineapple or doble carne. She used to only make these once-a-week, back in the day. That was until fans couldn’t get enough, and the demand became a business and that business got her to where I am today, at her second location. Burgers, dogos, tacos, elotes, loaded asada fries…and wine & beer coming soon? You know where you can find me on a regular.

Dogo Norteño and Dogo Chilango

Hamburguesas El Gordo Dogo Norteno

Have I told you how much I love hot dogs? Have I told you how much I love that Hamburguesas El Gordo opened this second location? (L) Dogo Norteño – Wrapped on bacon and topped with avocado, grilled onions, cilantro, mustard, ketchup and mayo. (R) Dogo Chilango – Wrapped in bacon and topped with tomatoes, onions, queso fresco and sour cream. These are half the price that other gourmet dogs go for, and they are damn delicious.

Street Tacos

Hamburguesas El Gordo Street Tacos

There’s some new tacos in town. Hamburguesas El Gordo officially opened their second location today on 42nd and Cedar. I’m so excited that Claudia has expanded her business from St. Paul to the City of Minneapolis. Very authentic street tacos with fresh handmade corn tortillas. Oh, and you can get them Norteño style, like I did. Get a “the box” of 10, thank me later.

A Real Taco Box

Hamburguesas El Gordo Real Taco Box

Do you want to do Taco Tuesday right? Grab “A REAL TACO BOX” Handmade tortillas with your choice of meat topped with fresh onions, cilantro, queso fresco and avocado…aka Norteño style. Grabbed these to go from Hamburguesas El Gordo new Minneapolis location. I done good!

Locations

  • 990 PAYNE AVE ST PAUL MN 55130
  • 4157 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407

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