What Bri's Cooking

I have a lifelong love affair with food. It may very-well be an unhealthy love affair. So?! I eat, ask, wonder, talk, think, sample and read about food, recipes and cooking so much that I figured, why not create a blog?!


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Here’s my boyfriend eating BBQ from Smoke and Barrel, YET again.  3rd time in 2 weekends :-(

Here’s my boyfriend eating BBQ from Smoke and Barrel, YET again.  3rd time in 2 weekends :-(

Fuddruckers Food review.

Went here for dinner while in St Louis.  It was close to our hotel, and I haven’t been to a Fuddruckers in years, since the last one in Cincinnati closed.  We ended up taking a road trip 2 miles north on accident, but once we got back, I ordered an original with cheddar & grilled mushrooms & Will ordered the hangover.  We split a large fry. 

We got it to go and it was piping hot once we got back to the hotel.  I didn’t remember these amazing steak fries, but I loved them.  So well seasoned and crispy with soft fluffy centers.  The burger was also amazing.  I love how fresh the bun is and how I can add copious amounts of toppings (aka pickles) w/o any judgment.  I’m glad we went there, it was really great food! 

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Please judge me for falling asleep on the couch, then waking up & making chocolate chip cookie bars before laying down for bed.  It don’t make no sense how delicious these are!!!!

Please judge me for falling asleep on the couch, then waking up & making chocolate chip cookie bars before laying down for bed. It don’t make no sense how delicious these are!!!!

Put together a lasagna at lunch for the men eat while watching the draft.  Never have I been happier to have dinner plans w/ the ladies from work, so I get to avoid all that testosterone & foozeball!

Put together a lasagna at lunch for the men eat while watching the draft. Never have I been happier to have dinner plans w/ the ladies from work, so I get to avoid all that testosterone & foozeball!

Smoking Barrels BBQ

Still floating from the St Louis BBQ we’d had the night before, in between two apt viewings, we searched for a place to grab food.  We smelled smoking barrels before we found it.  It had awesome outdoor seating so we opted to get our food to go & eat outside then dash to our appointment. 
I ordered the rib & chicken combo with a baked potato & buttered corn.  I literally worry that I won’t be able to describe this well enough to encourage you to go eat there asap, but I’m going to try.  The meat was so tender & Smokey and delicious.  I started digging into the ribs first, forgetting sauce all together.  To me, great bbq doesn’t even need sauce and this food was just that!  My chicken was just as tender, falling off the bone.  The garlic bread was an awesome compliment, the potato was perfectly fluffy & the corn was so buttery.  In essence the meal worked so well together.  Not a taste out of place!  My boyfriend got the combo pulled beef & pork and he beasted it so fast, we had to go back so that he could actually taste it this go around, lol! 
So we saw an apartment around the corner, and of course he wants it simply because he can walk to Smoking Barrels.  I have a feeling we’re going to gain a LOT of weight in St Louis if all the food is just like this!  I give the food & the service an A+

LOVED! 

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Krispy Kreme food review. 

soooo about a day into our stay in St Louis, we realized they have a krispy kreme.  We promptly drove 30 outside the city to get a dozen & lose ourselves in the hot lamp.  Really they melt in your mouth and just make life better.  So what we don’t have a place to live?  We have donuts! 

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I couldn’t resist: fried pork chops, mac & cheese, buttered corn.  I’m supposed to be eating better, but instead, I made this.  It was so good, I didn’t even feel bad. 

I couldn’t resist: fried pork chops, mac & cheese, buttered corn.  I’m supposed to be eating better, but instead, I made this.  It was so good, I didn’t even feel bad. 

Twin Oak Wood Fired Fare.

We stayed in the hotel next to this place & this restaurant was our fav part of our stay!  We originally were going to grab food to go, but we got to talking with the bartender and ended up staying a while.  He was awesome enough to give us the rundown on the city of St Louis & wrote us up a list of his fav neighborhoods we should check out. 

All this was before our food came.  When it showed up, we dug right in and fell madly in love!  The meat was smoked perfectly and as non-natives, we were blown away.  I got the special: smoked chicken wings and burnt brisket mac & Cheese.  Everything about it was perfect.  It tasted smoky and spicy without being overwhelming.  I opted for buffalo and honey chipotle, both were good, but I found myself eating the wings without sauce.  They were just that good.  The brisket offered a great contrast to the mac & cheese. I tasted a hint of bbq in there too.  It was so different than anything I thought I would like, but I loved how the flavors danced together in my mouth.  My boyfriend ate the brisket sandwich and he could not stop raving about it.  He liked it so much, he offered to share with me.  Which rarely happens, I usually have to steal his food when he’s not looking, lol.

If wonderfully smoked meat is the norm here, then we’re about to have an even better experience moving to St Louis than we anticipated, lol!  I give the food and the Service an A+.  Can’t wait to go back.  Wait, actually we did, the next night.  Please don’t judge…

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Our first Trip to St Louis was VERY hectic, but we had an amazing time and we ate VERY well!  I set up a zillion appointments for us and we spent all day erryday driving around town, getting to know our new home.  Will was on neighborhood watch (keeping us from living in the hood) and I was finding in full field measure mode (where being an Architect comes in handy), getting down the pertinent info about every potential apartment.  It was crazy, but fun.  My mind has been racing ever since.  We’re going back again this weekend and we HAVE to find a place.  Ever the calm one, Will isn’t worried.  Food reviews to come, I’m finally going to break into the St Louis blog market! 

Headed to Memphis this past weekend for a little quality time with my girlfriends and to meet my newest niece, Lady Shelby!  She is so beautiful, I’m so excited and proud of her Mommy, Tam.  She’s doing a phenomenal job with her.  I miss Shelby and my BFFs so much already!  Can’t wait to do nothing with you girls again :-)

My meals are going to get interesting as I begin to try to plan meals using what I have in my pantry in preparation for the move. 
Will put the chicken in the crock pot yesterday (acted like it killed him) even though I’d prepped it & set the unit out w/ foil already inside.  Men.  I had some corn on the cob that I needed to cook and paired it with an Italian pasta salad.  I used shells because they were there.  Had to run to whole foods last minute, I learned not to freeze cucumbers.  Not cool. Wait, actually it is cool.  You get my drift. 

My meals are going to get interesting as I begin to try to plan meals using what I have in my pantry in preparation for the move. 

Will put the chicken in the crock pot yesterday (acted like it killed him) even though I’d prepped it & set the unit out w/ foil already inside.  Men.  I had some corn on the cob that I needed to cook and paired it with an Italian pasta salad.  I used shells because they were there.  Had to run to whole foods last minute, I learned not to freeze cucumbers.  Not cool. Wait, actually it is cool.  You get my drift. 

With all the madness that has been going on with the Mr & I, I have been slacking in the cooking department.  We stopped for Chinese at Blue Gibbon for dinner the other night.  I ordered sesame chicken & wonton soup & he got the sweet & sour shrimp.  It was ready when we showed up and hot.  We dug in when we got to the house and it was so good.  There’s just something to their food.  Its great quality.  I was so thrilled to see all the veggies in my sesame chicken.  The soup was awesome, I wish I had sprung for the crispy noodles.  They are a $1 extra and I’m cheap.  Our meal was $25, which is steep for Chinese take out, but Blue Gibbon’s food is worth the extra money.  This is one of the places on my “to eat before leaving Cinci” List and I’m glad we knocked this out! 

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Peach, cantaloupe & pear smoothie.  Fresh & crisp!

Peach, cantaloupe & pear smoothie. Fresh & crisp!