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?!


What Bri's Cooking Cincinnati restaurants
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!

Baked Salmon & broccoli casserole.  Made with brown rice and silk instead of milk, turned out pretty good!

Baked Salmon & broccoli casserole. Made with brown rice and silk instead of milk, turned out pretty good!

Brefassssss

Brefassssss

I want this right now!

I want this right now!

it has finally happened!  I’ve surpassed my big bro @RitchVon blog on the list of top Cincinnati food blogs.  I was ecstatic till I realized, I’m not going to maintain his for long, I’m freaking moving to Saint Louis!   Guess I’m going to have to make a name fro myself in the Lou :-)

it has finally happened!  I’ve surpassed my big bro @RitchVon blog on the list of top Cincinnati food blogs.  I was ecstatic till I realized, I’m not going to maintain his for long, I’m freaking moving to Saint Louis!   Guess I’m going to have to make a name fro myself in the Lou :-)

Ham & broccoli quiche recipe

Ham & broccoli quiche recipe

Seasons 52 food review.

So this restaurant got built really quickly so I was a bit apprehensive.  Then one of the lady architects in my group chose this for our monthly dinner.  I go for the convo, these women know what I go through as a lady in a man’s world!  Krista had been before and loved the food, so that made me feel better.  The premise of the restaurant is that ever menu item is under 475 calories.  That is unheard of.  We joked that we’d have to have two entrées, lol! 

They had a pretty impressive wine list, I decided to try a type of white wine I’d never had before: Viognier.  I fell in love with it!   It was the Casillero del Diablo, Casablanca.  Dry and crisp.  We ended up talking for forever, starting off with the double hummus appetizer.  It was really delish, loved the roasted red pepper hummus the most.  Once we finally ordered food, I went with the Grilled lamb T-bone chops.  They came highly recommended from Krista’s husband.  They looked so amazing and tasted even better.  I ordered them medium and I’m glad I did.  They were cooked perfectly.  Since the chops were so small, if they’d have spent two more seconds on the grill, they would’ve burnt to a crisp.  The sparagus was nice and crunch, and the mashed potatoes were fluffy and flavorful.  I was skeptical of such a low calorie meal, but it was really delicious!

For desert they bring out their mini dishes and you really just can’t resist them.  Great play, putting them right within reach!  I went with the key lime pie and it was just to die for.  Graham cracker crust and the right amount of sour & sweet.  I thought I’d want more, but it was the right note after dinner.  Not too much, not too little. 

The verdict: great food!  They won me over.  We had pretty great service, and even though my bill alone was what my boyfriend and I usually spend for both of us, I enjoyed the food enough not to care.  That’s the key.  Prepare the food as to make me feel like I’ve invested in a world class experience!  Well done.   

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