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

Thanks to my Girlies, Kiea & Kelly for the awesome Cincinnati gift basket!!! Now I can take all the Nati favs to St Louis with me!

Tilapia with Buttery Crumb topping recipe.  This turned out so much better than I expected.  I’ve been trying to eat more fish, less red meat.  This recipe was really simple and delicious. 

Tilapia with Buttery Crumb topping recipe.  This turned out so much better than I expected.  I’ve been trying to eat more fish, less red meat.  This recipe was really simple and delicious. 

(Source: southernfood.about.com)

Is it ratchet that I choose my hotels based on their having a waffle maker at breakfast?  If loving waffles is wrong, I don’t want to be right….

Is it ratchet that I choose my hotels based on their having a waffle maker at breakfast?  If loving waffles is wrong, I don’t want to be right….

Hwy 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen food review. 

Will & I showed up at this place hungry and over our apartment search.  I found this place on urban spoon and saw it as a compromise to His insistence on eating only BBQ for every meal & my desire for any & I mean any other type of food.  I love all things New Orleans, so this was right up my alley. 

The shrimp po boy was delish as was the gumbo.  The Mr got the Pulled pork sandwich with cole slaw and loved it!  We got the loaded waffle fries as an appetizer and weren’t sold on the gravy they put on top.  It just didn’t work.  Other than that, they had purple Haze Abita beer on tap!  so I’ll certainly be back once we move to the Lou!

Hwy 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Cracker Barrel Food review. 
Normally I wouldn’t review a chain like this, but on our way to St Louis, we stopped at this Cracker Barrel in Effingham, IL because the Mr drives too fast & we were going to get in town earlier than our appointment.  THIS FOOD WAS EVERYTHING.  Sorry for yelling, just thought you should know. 

I got the egg in a basket, which I’ve never ordered in a restaurant, but was everything I’d hoped it could be.  The bacon was so thick & great. In true gluttony style, I ordered a pancake to go with.  The waitress was awesome enough to add another one in hopes of saving me money.  I didn’t even eat half of one, but I’d rather pay less for more food any day!  The pancakes were thick and crispy and perfect.  This food tasted like it was made in somebody’s Granny’s kitchen.  Looking forward to stopping in Effingham on trips to the Lou! 

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store on Urbanspoon

Chez Nora Food review.
Had our Lady Architects dinner last Thursday, the same day as the Mr’s draft party.  I was ecstatic, I get to avoid testosterone overload and hang out with the cool kids.  They had an appetizer buffet out, which we were thrilled about.  It was primarily fried foods which I have been trying (and failing) to avoid.  I can’t pass up free food.  That’s just crazy.  It was pretty good stuff.  The pulled pork was so tender with the perfect sauce.  For dinner, having already had a mini plate full of delectable and a cookie, I opted to keep it light.  Chez Nora’s to die for crab cakes and a side salad.  As usual, they’re crab cakes are such a great blend of seasoning, crab and deliciousness.  Awesome food, fun & company!

Chez Nora Food review.

Had our Lady Architects dinner last Thursday, the same day as the Mr’s draft party.  I was ecstatic, I get to avoid testosterone overload and hang out with the cool kids.  They had an appetizer buffet out, which we were thrilled about.  It was primarily fried foods which I have been trying (and failing) to avoid.  I can’t pass up free food.  That’s just crazy.  It was pretty good stuff.  The pulled pork was so tender with the perfect sauce. 
For dinner, having already had a mini plate full of delectable and a cookie, I opted to keep it light.  Chez Nora’s to die for crab cakes and a side salad.  As usual, they’re crab cakes are such a great blend of seasoning, crab and deliciousness.  Awesome food, fun & company!

Chez Nora on Urbanspoon

Rich Charles food review.

I’m quickly becoming a regular St Lou blogger, seeing as every meal I’ve eaten there as been at a restaurant.  My boyfriend insisted on having BBQ again, so I decided to get what I wanted and I wanted Italian.  I ordered with my eyes, ordering the Fettuccine al Carbonara with chicken, a side salad and a piece of cheesecake.  All of the portions were supersized, and I didn’t put a dent in any of them. 

I thought the way they just put a loaf of bread in a bag was the most ridiculous thing ever, but the bread was pretty good.  The pasta was crazy rich, so I ate far more bread then I intended to, trying to balance my meal.  I liked the pasta, but I wanted it to be a bit less overwhelming to eat.  Had I not been at my hotel room, I would have had to be rolled home.  The side salad was really great, I loved having artichokes right in there with the lettuce, it provided an interesting compliment to the salad.  My favorite part of the meal by far was the cheesecake, which actually came from Cheesecake factory.  I wish they had added a little strawberry drizzle or something, but it was still REALLY great just by itself.  

This place had good food, I’ll be back to try something different next go around.   

Rich & Charlie's on Urbanspoon

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! 

Fuddruckers on Urbanspoon

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! 

Smoking Barrels BBQ on Urbanspoon

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! 

Krispy Kreme on Urbanspoon