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My Favorites: Morning Indulgence

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As many of you may know, I am a bean head.  This refers not to the shape of my cranium but my love of coffee and espresso based beverages.  I’m sure this has something to do with years of conditioning from my mother who every morning at her first sip of java with announce with glee, “COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE”.  Yes, it is five times in a row….every time.

My father then took the liberty of turning me into a I must have a cappuccino after a nice meal kind of guy.

Then comes university with late night cramming where coffee and straight espresso got me through many finals.

I’m a rather frugal feller when it comes to spending on myself so a triple tall caramel macchiato and a sausage roll from Starbucks is a real treat and my favorite morning indulgence.

Are you a bean head?  What’s your favorite morning indulgence?

 

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Don’t be such a Brat…

Don’t be such a Brat…

Yes,  this post goes out to you sir.  The gentleman that I so rudely interrupted from his conversation with the young lady he works with by walking into this establishment.  I understand that in the empty restaurant you must have been quite busy gossiping and me wishing to add a second condiment to my dog is an extreme inconvenience to you.

I’ll cut the sarcasm short here as I’m sure you get the point already and I would hate to write a completely terrible review of this “Hot Dog” joint as they do have a few excellent qualities.

Speaking of which…CHECK OUT THE MINI FRYER BASKETS!!!

This is probably the greatest way I’ve ever seen french fries presented.  The fries in the basket weren’t anything super special but they were good.

 

At Brat you can expect to find quite a decent beer selection to help wash down your sausage and fries. On this visit I enjoyed a Karmeliet which was refreshing and delightfully crisp.

 

 

We now move onto the meat of this review.  I must admit, although there was a bumpy start to the meal with the service, after the fries arrived and I’d had a few sips of beer I was at ease and really excited to bite into one of these highly touted sausages.

These sausages themselves are really good.  Upon first bite you can just hear the snap of the casing before the juiciness of the meat floods your mouth with a savory tsunami sending your taste buds on a surfing adventure.  The rye bun felt and tasted as though it were a day old and a bit stale, having lost all crispness in the crust.  Their classic bun, also felt a bit old, but the crust had a great crunch left in it.

If you make your way to Brat, heed this final warning.  Stay away from the Mac n’ Cheese.  A baked macaroni and cheese with a bread crumb topping can be on of the most delicious side dishes, but without enough sauce it easily becomes a dry, bland, doughy mess.  Unfortunately this was the case on my trip to Brat.

Despite the disgruntled employee and the lack of awesome sauce for the baked Mac, I would like to head back to Brat soon to see if I can purchase some of their sausages to cook at home and enjoy a cold brew while they pack it up for me!

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2011 in Beer, food, Lunch, Restaurant Review, Where to Eat

 

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My Meals: Garlic Chicken Sausage w/ Broccoli Alfredo

Last night, at the request of my step mother, I made alfredo.  She loves cream sauces and my alfredo happens to be quite good.

I started by pan frying 4 garlic chicken sausages, removed them from the pan and added two heads of finely diced garlic.  While that was sauteing away I sliced the sausages and added them back to the pan.  I then added about 1/2 cup of heavy cream and lowered the flame to about medium.  Once the cream became hot I added two handfuls of parmesan cheese and about 1Tbsp of freshly cracked pepper.  Once the sauce was thick I tossed in the broccoli I had previously blanched and the spinach & ricotta stuffed raviolis that had just come out of the boiling water. 

This is probably going to become a regular meal around our house because it was really good and really simple to make.  Give it a try, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it just as much as we did.

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2008 in food, My Meals

 

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