Monday, April 27, 2009

SIHL Travelling Correspondant Goes to Coney Island

Beth is currently in New York City. She got directions to Coney Island from the 4 year old she is staying with so she went. I am glad that she had some famous Nathan's dogs for my research purposes! This is making me hungry. Read on for her succint review."It was exactly what you would expect. Greasy goodness. Service took for fr&^king ever. Coney Island was pretty closed up. No rides open. Long subway ride."

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Kickin' it old school...

Beth was home from her bike journey for a couple days this week. She brought farm stand tomatoes back from North Carolina so I thought it would be the perfect time to make BLT's. We got bacon from Everett's (of course) and Beth picked up one of my favorite local sourdoughs: St. Agnes Baking Company St. Paul Sourdough.
I had delicious hydroponic lettuce from the Seward Co-op (it's local!) and I made some spicy mayo with Rooster sauce
Angie came over to pick up some mail so we had to invite her to stay for dinner. And Heroes was on. And there we were, the three of us, eating sandwiches and watching Heroes just like an old timey (well, 2007 era, at least) Sandwich Night. It was even a good episode. Aah, how perfect.

A Sandwich Night First

We had an historic Sandwich Night last Monday. Kate's boyfriend, Rhys, was visiting and was very excited about coming to a Sandwich Night. He was so excited, in fact, that he brought the sandwich! (Now this is a trend I can endorse...)
The sandwich was inspired by a dish (correct me here, Rhys) served at the American Club in Kohler, WI. The original meal was a blackened beef tenderloin, cumin mustard sauce, twice baked potatoes and Caeser salad.For it's sandwich transformation, Rhys grilled a sirloin steak seasoned with Paul Prudhomme's Blackened Steak rub. He chose a lovely peasant bread and offered three types of cheese: smoked gouda (the best!), parmesan, and sharp cheddar. He also made the cumin mustard which was creamy and cuminy and delicious. He and Kate made a Caesar salad from scratch as an accompaniment.
I put everything except sharp cheddar on my sandwich, which was might tasty if not very photogenic.
My verdict is that we need to keep Rhys around. I'd like to see what he'll come up with next!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Reports from the Road, North Carolina edition

These are Beth's first two sandwich finds from North Carolina. Both feature pulled pork, naturally. I just have pictures and quick verbal assessments, but Beth does promise reviews in the future!
The pulled pork panini from Island Bistro in Avon, NC. She said it was strangely tasteless, except for the awesome pickles. BBQ beef (left) and Pulled Pork (right) from Currituck BBQ in Coinjock, NC. Apparently, this was the sandwich she had been looking for in North Carolina. That macaroni and cheese in making me hungry as well.
For her next assignment, she'll be driving back to Minnesota with our friend Amy. I'm going to find some places for her to try, I swear!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

I am an SIHL travelling correspondant myself

I drove down to Chicago over the weekend and noticed a new roadsign for Beef A Roo in South Beloit, WI. This just so happens to be the same Beef A Roo that Kate raves about visiting everytime she's home seeing her parents. Serendipity? I think so!
We managed to stop on our way home in a lovely sleet storm. It was a good driving break and the recommended menu of roast beef sandwich, cheddar fries and jamocha shake hit the spot. The sandwich was sliced roast beef (like Arby's, but better) on a soft sesame bun. The place was lacking in condiment variety, but I made do with some horseradish sauce.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Sandwich Night Monday April 6!

We planned this one a while ago and the date really sneaked up on me. Kate will be hosting the next Sandwich Night with her gentleman friend Rhys. Rhys will initiate himself into the Sandwich Night tradition by coming up with the sandwich himself! It is a suprise, but I heard a rumor it may involve beef tenderloin. I would heartily endorse that.
Let me know if you are interested in attending Monday the 6th at 7:00ish.
No pressure, Rhys!

First attempt foiled

My first sandwich assignment for SIHL traveling correspondent Beth was met with failure. Beth is starting her cross country bicycle ride this morning from Wilmington, NC. I scouted out sandwiches for her to check out on her car ride from Minneapolis to Wilmington and came up with Stamey's in Greensboro, NC. It sounds awesome-pork barbecue, available on a bun, with coleslaw. Unfortunately, I neglected to give her directions to Stamey's and her super duper G1 phone was sadly out of commission in Greensboro. So after some fruitless searching, Beth gave up and had an unsatisfying sub sandwich. Boo!
Better luck next time, my sweet! And I'll make sure I include directions as well.