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Friday, August 28, 2015

Restaurant Fun: Chipotle's Friend or Faux Game - still time to enter!!!

We may all have different tastes - but I know one thing we can all agree on - We all love Chipotle!!!

Lucky for you there is still time to enter the "Friend or Faux" sweepstakes from our beloved burrito brethren.
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 It's a really fun game - you get to compare a Chipotle menu item with a Fast Food menu item and see if you can match up the ingredients. You play a game + learn! It's not easy either - but when you're done - on your first try you get a BOGO code for a burrito! Plus you are entered to win free Chipotle for two for a whole year!!

And don't forget about online ordering! My Chipotle (Colerain) always has a HUGE line - but I beat the lines by ordering online and then just walk right to the register and I'm good to go! It's a huge time saver - especially when life is packed with all of these crazy activities!

And don't forget to share your Chipotle order with me! Until my beloved Carnitas are back - my standard is a bowl with white rice, black beans, chicken, mild, cheese and sour cream. What's yours?


Restaurant Review: Kindred Spirits - Inn at Cedar Falls - Logan, OH (+Gazpacho Recipe)

Monday I shared my fun times at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls - well today - we're going back but we're talking about the food!!!

The Inn at Cedar Falls is the first of the cabins/cottages to be built and commercialized in Hocking Hills. What I loved about the Inn was that you could literally go to the property and never leave and still have a great time!

Beyond the inn, the gardens, the fire pit, the gift shop, the spa - there's also a restaurant! It's called Kindred Spirits.

There's a great patio out back with a covered area as well as tables with umbrellas. It's SUPER peaceful back there - I loved it!

You might also see a friend or two while you're having breakfast, lunch or dinner! (I love that they serve all 3 meals - there's not a lot of food options close to the caves and this is really good - as you'll see!)

We got to have a cooking class earlier in the day and the chef told us about a cold blueberry soup he had made. Well - I'm not big on cold soups but I at least had to try it so they brought out a small taste in a glass. It was pretty good - I don't think I'd want a whole bowl but it was very interesting for sure!


They're famous for their dill chicken salad (it's got grapes & walnuts) - one of the bloggers got a salad with a scoop of the chicken salad and really liked it. I was going to get it - but then I saw that I could get a...

Tuna Melt ($7)! I love those!!! This was really good too - so much tuna and really filling. It was served with a kale salad - yeah - I've decided I don't like kale. Too much roughage.

And then we thought - well - we're not drinking - so let's have dessert! I got the Mixed Berry Cobbler ($6.50) - and it was definitely a sharable size - but I didn't. While I still like my mom's peach cobbler better - this was a good substitute. The berries were fresh and tart - while the cobbler on top was sweet. Delish!

Danielle got the Ultimate Chocolate Brownie ($3.50) - she said it was pretty good - I thought it was really good - but I'm a sucker for a chocolate brownie.

After dessert we decided to go on a hike at Cedar Falls and then the spa for facials. We worked up such an appetite - we had to eat again!

Here we are before dinner - I decided on a glass of Prosecco while Dani went for some vino!

They started us off with the the Inn's Wisconsin Cheese Ball & Olive Tapenade Basket ($7). This was REALLY good - I think I ate most of it myself. I can't pass up a cheese ball.  

I'm also seeing they have a pork belly mac & cheese ($7) and an avocado & crab salad ($8) - um - yum!!!!

During our cooking class we prepped all the ingredients for Gazpacho (recipe below) - yum! Like I said - not a huge fan of cold soup but this was good. I could have just had all the tomatoes and spices.

Danielle went for one of the specials (they have many - every day) of a Kale Salad with Grilled Salmon. She really enjoyed it. (Oh those kale people.)

I went for the Spent Beer Grain Pizza - this was topped with just a pile of amazing goodness. I didn't realize it wasn't on the regular menu - so I'll try and remember what it is - kalamata olives, sausage and salami I think. I think there was more - I just don't remember - Chef/Ellen: if you see this and remember - post a comment!

Every single person at the table was super jealous of this pizza - it was so freakin delicious. Like I seriously can't tell you how amazing it was. Chef Anthony deserves a pizza medal for this one!!! I'm so hungry for this now.

Ooh - and the crust - it was super crispy and you could tell it was whole grain-y but not so much so that it was all crazy and inedible.

Here's the Grappa Semifreddo - this was very interesting. It's a custard type of dessert that is semi-frozen. It's made from Grappa which is an alcohol from the leftovers of wine making (stems, skins, etc.) - and it's super freakin strong. The dessert also had a boozy kick to it. So basically - boozy ice cream.

I got the seasonal cheesecake which was Lemon Blueberry. It was packed full of blueberries - so what's not to like about that. I liked it a lot and better than the semifreddo - the grappa was too strong for me.

All in all - we all enjoyed our meals. We also had breakfast but I was so starving I forgot to take a picture! (doh!) They'll also put together a sack lunch for you if you're going on a hike. They literally have everything in one place - love it!

I'll be making some recipes from their cookbook soon but for now - here's the recipe for the Gazpacho. I might tweak this a bit and make it myself. :-)


Gazpacho 

Ellen's sisters love this one and it's in the Inn's cookbook - Savor the Seasons.

Ingredients:

2 Small Garlic Cloves
1 Large Red Onion
2 Cucumbers
2 Green Peppers
6 Large Tomatoes
1.5 cups of V-8 Juice
2 oz jar of Pimento
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/3 cup Wine Vinegar
3/4 cup Chicken Broth
Dash Tabasco Sauce
Juice from 1/2 Lemon
1/2 tsp Celery Salt
Salt & Pepper to taste

Preparation:

1. Mince garlic in food processor. Add all remaining vegetables and coarsely chop (all same size). Put in a large bowl.
2. Whisk oil, vinegar, V-8 juice and chicken broth together in a bowl or processor. Add to vegetables.
3. Season with salt, pepper, Tabasco, celery salt and lemon juice.

Chill 4-6 hours but best if made the day before.


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