Monday, August 18, 2014

Food Truck Showcase #2

We were pretty excited to check out the first Food Truck Showcase and lucky for us it's been a series of them all summer-long with variations of our beloved mobiles eateries. Our second trip to the showcase at Shmaltz Brewing Company was anchored by our favorites Slidin Dirty and Eat Good Food with appearances by The Hungry Traveler and The Crisp Cannoli.

We started out with a Dirty Double of Avocado Bleu (blue cheese, arugula, avocado, crisp onions, and horseradish cream) and the Old Faithful (cheddar, tomato, pickles, arugula, tomato, ketchup, and red onions) from Slidin Dirty. Can't go wrong with these little sliders; always packed with bold flavors. 



New to the food truck scene is The Hungry Traveler. They specialize in American classics like hot dogs, burgers, and sandwiches made with a fresh and exciting take like the tarragon chicken salad and gorgonzola burger with chipotle onions. I was most psyched about the Michigan chili dog and one bite took me back to my other roots in the North Country. Dare I say this Capital Region version could very well rival Plattsburgh's. J couldn't stop raving about his cheesesteak and how flavorful and well-seasoned the meat was. His only wish was to swap out the American cheese for provolone or cheese whiz. 


Even though we often indulge in too much, leave it to Eat Good Food to give us a fresh, healthy, and tasty side of greens to go with our buffalo chicken and angus beef tacos. Loved the sweet, summery bite of peaches in our salad! 

As stuffed as we were, we couldn't leave without dessert! We're no strangers to The Crisp Cannoli since discovering the crodos at the storefront and were excited to encounter the food truck. Sadly the croissant doughnuts were sold out by the time we hit it up and settled for an eclair. Put chocolate anything in front of J and he's a happy camper. 

We were treated to one very last bite from Eat Good Food with a sample of their brownie ice cream sandwich. I don't even like walnuts but I'd happily eat more if it was jammed packed in this brownie. It's a chewy brownie with plenty of chocolate flavor and the perfect vehicle for everyone's favorite summer treat. 

Lucky for us, we've got at least two more "Hump Day Happy Hour" Food Truck Showcase dates to look forward to including one this week! Stop by Shmaltz Brewing Company for a few bites and flight of brews on Wednesday, August 20 and Wednesday, August 27 from 5pm to 8pm and share with us your favorites!


currently snacking on....


...homemade sweet corn ice cream made with local corn from the Farmers Market topped with Trader Joe's Chicago cheddar cheese and caramel popcorn mix. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Good Morning Breakfast Cafe

Some breakfasts are worth getting up early and driving 30 miles for. While its alter-ego Good Night Noodle is on summer vacation, Ballston Spa's Good Morning Breakfast Cafe is open six days a week to satisfy a hearty breakfast and brunch craving. GMC and GNN both pride themselves in sourcing organic, local foods and humanely raised and minimally processed ingredients.

That means pasture-raised farm eggs in our delicious breakfast wrap and eggs benedict that you can taste the difference in. When I broke into the poached eggs from my Dave's Un-Benedict dish, I could see that the egg yolks were creamier and brighter. The eggs just tasted like they came from happy chickens. Eggs benedict are my go to brunch staple; there's just something about a rich hollandaise sauce mixed with a luxurious egg yolk. I was a little skeptical when I read that this take on the breakfast classic substituted the rich butter-laden sauce with its own "un-hollandaise" version. But this tangy substitute was just as delicious as its calories-ridden counterpart. Made with yogurt, turmeric, and cumin, this sauce was super tangy and creamy without being heavy. It worked really well with the season's sauteed greens which today was kale, grilled ham steak, and toasted slice of sourdough. It's a healthier take on eggs benedict that tastes just as good, if not better, than the classic and better for you! 

Sure you'll find healthy options at Good Morning like homemade granola, unsweetened applesauce, and tofu scramble but you can indulge a bit too. We were treated to a slice of baked french toast with warm maple syrup and whipped cream. Best eaten warm, it was essentially eating a custardy piece of bread pudding with just the right amount of sweetness. As much as we like our sweets, we like a savory brunch which meant bacon! J's eyes were immediately drawn to the red pepper bacon aioli from the Bacon Lover breakfast wrap. This smoky and spicy sriracha-laden mayo was addicting and the perfect condiment to the wrap filled with a generous portion of fluffly scrambled eggs, bacon, and cheddar. Spicy, cheesy, creamy, and greasy; this wrap really is meant for bacon lovers like us.  As if that wasn't indulgent enough, J and I shared a side of smoked spuds--homefries loaded with cheddar, crumbled bacon, scallions and a dollop of sour cream. It's as delicious as it sounds. The homefries were chunky and crispy and the texture stood up to all the toppings. 

Just like Good Night Noodle, not one single item was a disappointment at Good Morning Cafe. So much thought and care is put into the creation of this menu, from the sourcing of ingredients to the execution of dishes. It's a gem of a breakfast spot and you'll leave feeling full, satisfied, and good knowing where your meal came from. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

currently snacking on...


... cappuccino apple cider donuts from Cider Belly Doughnuts
Truth be told we also snacked on plain, cinnamon sugar, glazed, chocolate, and maple ones but our favorite so far are these coffee-flavored ones. They're light and fluffy with a crispy exterior with us enough sweetness from the glaze. They've especially tasty if you're lucky enough to get a few warm and fresh ones. 


Monday, August 4, 2014

Portland Birthday Eats

Not that we don't love the Capital Region food scene, but for my birthday weekend, I wanted an extra special culinary experience. One of our favorite places to visit and eat is Portland, Maine so we went on a little foodie tour. We packed a lot of bites into two days. Here a few highlights:

Pai Men Miyake
Ramen of the non-college staple kind. This Japanese noodle joint is some seriously good eats. I indulged in a bowl of Mazeman--a low broth ramen made with scallop and aka miso dashi, porchetta xo, yam croquettes, miso cured egg, uni cream, wakame seaweed, edamame, and menma bamboo shoots with a giant spoonful of salmon roe. 

























Holy Donuts
Would you believe that all these donuts are made with Maine potatoes? Plus they only use pure cane sugar and glazes are from fruit juices or vegetable dyes only; no artificial anything. The results are fluffy donuts much like cider donuts but Holy Donuts puts a spin on its flavors with unconventional glazes. We were big fans of the berry cannoli and coffee brandy flavors but the money bite was in a freshly fried cheddar bacon potato donut. Yup! As odd as it sounds, this savory bite totally worked! 


Duckfat
Of course there's always room for more donuts. Not only are these citrus-scented doughnut holes fried in duck fat but they're served with a salted caramel made with duckfat. For good measure, we paired our doughnuts with duckfat salted caramel milkshakes. Can you hear our arteries clogging up? It was all worth it.




























Eventide Oyster Co. 
This joint is home to the best brown butter lobster roll in Portland but lucky for us also serves Sunday brunch. That meant starting my birthday off with a bloody mary oyster shooter followed by this magical bite: fried cauliflower and oyster with romesco, almonds, and a luxurious egg yolk. Heaven!
























Benkay Sushi
We just couldn't leave Portland without more bites of lobster. In this case, in sashimi form with grapeseed oil and fine Japanese sea salt. By the way, even Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert have stopped by here, and for a good reason. It serves some of the best seafood. 




currently snacking on...


...this crusty and chewy French baguette from TC Paris Bakery with gobs of salty butter. Tastes just like the ones from Montreal and Paris. Soon you'll be able to have this made into one tasty sandwich: https://www.facebook.com/TCBakery. Pick up something sweet while you're here too. The opera cakes and a sleeve of macarons come highly recommended. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

currently snacking on...


...brown butter vinaigrette lobster rolls from Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland, ME. We drove here specifically for this piece of heaven on earth.