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Olio e Piu’s Fall Menu

Restaurant Review: Fall in Love with Olio e Piu’s Fall Menu

Late last year, we had the pleasure of celebrating the launch of the Olio e Piú cookbook; this time, we celebrated their new Fall menu. Just as before, there were so many delicious dining options to enjoy. The new dinner menu items include Garganelli with braised rabbit; Mozzarella Di Bufala with imported buffalo mozzarella, grilled portobello mushrooms, and marinated roasted peppers; Vitello alla Milanese with fried veal cutlet, arugula, tomato, parmesan, lemon; and Trofie al Pesto with broccoli rabe pesto, lemon zest, and Pecorino Toscano; plus so much more.

Olio e Piu’s Fall Menu

Unfortunately, we couldn’t partake in most of the new fall menu items due to our mushroom allergy but we did get to enjoy quite a few dishes, including a favorite. Our evening began with some wonderful cocktails and hearty appetizers. We wanted to make sure we enjoyed cocktails we’ve never had before; below, we present the Belladonna (New Amsterdam Gin, Chamdor, Cinzano Bianco, and raspberries); Giardino (Tito’s vodka, Italcus, Cinzano Bianco, basil, and strawberries); Vulcano (Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Lunazul tequila, Aperol, aveze, lime cordial, and hibiscus).

Olio e Piu’s Fall Menu

The first item from the new fall menu we enjoyed was a hearty Buffalo ricotta, hot soppressata, and mozzarella Calzone. We hadn’t had a calzone in years and this Olio e Piu Calzone was the perfect reintroduction; piping hot and wonderfully cheesy, you will not regret ordering this at all.

Olio e Piu’s Fall Menu

From piping hot to crispy and heavenly. This light but satisfying salad boasted crisp apples, arugula, seared scallops, and a delicious vinaigrette. It was so good, we wanted seconds. Definitely a must-have.

Olio e Piu Salad

Our next dish was one of our favorites from our last visit to Olio e Piu, the Fritto Misto. A mainstay on the menu year’ round, we can’t help but indulge in the memory of the assortment of squid, shrimp, white fish, zucchini, with the creamiest Bombay aioli.

Fritto Misto

The next dish was Tagliatelle Bolognese, a perfect fall menu option, and one of the signature dishes of Bologna. While many places serve thinner ribbons of Tagliatelle pasta, we loved Olio e Piu’s wider size as you can enjoy more of the meat sauce.

Tagliatelle Bolognese

While we absolutely loved it, we had to save room for the next orgasmic experience, the Bistecca; a perfectly grilled hanger steak, crushed new potatoes, onions, and salsa verde. It normally comes with mushrooms but luckily this was one of the dishes where the mushrooms weren’t already added to the dish.

Grilled hanger steak

Finally on to the non-savory dishes from the fall menu, Dessert. We enjoyed Torta all’ Olio di Oliva, an Olive oil cake, vanilla cream, seasonal berries and a combination of Gelato/Sorbeto.

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Olio e Piu gives you the option of three scoops/flavors, we decided on the Blood Orange, Lemon, and Vallutata di Gelato Alla Vanila. These refreshing scoops were the end to a blissful evening. We can’t wait to go back.

 

 

Hard Rock Cafe Welcomes The 24-Karat Gold Leaf Steak Burger

Every day we, as humans, strive to be successful; to enjoy and celebrate the benefits of hard work. Unfortunately, sometimes the uneven levels of wealth prevent us from enjoying some of the indulgences we strive for……but only sometimes! Take for example the truly gluttonous practice the wealthy has of devouring edible gold. To the average person, that experience is an impossible desire. But not everything is impossible. Thanks to the Hard Rock Cafe’s new 24-Karat Gold Leaf Steak Burger, one of more than 20 new items joining their menu this summer, that impossible indulgence is a reality.

While all the items on the menu would leave any foodie very sated, the 24-Karat Gold Leaf Steak Burger is the star of this show. While you can purchase edible gold online, you’ll want to experience this deluxe burger for yourself. This first-of-its-kind burger will have you “living your life like it’s golden”. Here’s what to expect from its affordable decadence – a ½-lb. fresh Steak Burger topped with 24-Karat edible gold leaf with Tillamook cheddar cheese, leaf lettuce, vine-ripened tomato, and red onion.

Aside from this blingy burger, the Hard Rock Cafe’s extensive menu innovations include more award-winning steak burgers, Instagram-worthy boozy milkshakes, sliders, and shareable meals. The steak burger highlights include the Original Legendary Burger, boasting applewood bacon, Tillamook cheddar cheese, crispy onion ring, leaf lettuce, and vine-ripened tomato served with Hard Rock’s signature steak sauce on the side; the Big Cheeseburger, with three slices of Tillamook cheddar cheese, melted on a 1⁄2-lb. fresh Steak Burger served with leaf lettuce, vine- ripened tomato and red onion; the Double Decker Double Cheeseburger, a tribute to Hard Rock’s 1971 “Down Home Double Burger” and the iconic double-decker buses London is known for (a nod to Hard Rock’s roots); and the BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger, a 1⁄2-lb. fresh Steak Burger seasoned and seared with a signature spice blend, topped with house-made barbecue sauce, crispy shoestring onions, Tillamook cheddar cheese, applewood bacon, leaf lettuce, and vine-ripened tomato.

The over-the-top milkshakes, the Boozy Cookies & Cream Milkshake and Boozy Strawberry Cheesecake
Milkshake, deserve their over-the-top labels. The Cookies & Cream milkshake is made with Absolut Vanilla Vodka blended with vanilla bean ice cream, white chocolate, and Oreo cookies finished with fresh white chocolate whipped cream, and a chocolate Oreo Churro. The Strawberry Cheesecake milkshake features Absolut Vanilla Vodka, creamy vanilla bean ice cream blended with the flavors of strawberry cheesecake, finished with white chocolate whipped
cream and frosted animal crackers.

Last but certainly not least, the Hard Rock Cafe’s sliders and shareables join the 24-Karat Gold Leaf Steak Burger and the other menu items highlighted above. Available are the One Night in Bangkok Spicy Shrimp, All-American Sliders, Whiskey Bacon Jam Sliders, and Three Cheese and Roma Tomato Flatbread.

All these adventurous menu items became available on the Hard Rock Cafe’s Founders Day, June 14, 2019, with proceeds from the sale of the 24-Karat Gold Leaf Steak Burger benefiting Action Against Hunger.

Of course, great food is not all you can get from the Hard Rock. Why not go home with one of their iconic Hard Rock tees. For those celebrating Pride, the Hard Rock has got you covered (literally) with pride tees just in time to celebrate all love.

Ready to make your reservation to experience the Hard Rock’s new menu items, visit www.hardrockcafe.com.

 

 

 

 

Restaurant Review: Fat Rice at Chefs Club New York

Restaurant Review: Fat Rice at Chefs Club New York

A little over a year ago we had the pleasure of attending the opening of Chefs Club Counter, the first “fine-fast” concept. Recently, we enjoyed dining at its counterpart, Chefs Club New York, an innovative restaurant concept which features a rotating cast of chefs as part of their Chef-in-Residence series. We love this concept because it gives you the opportunity to enjoy the culinary talents of multiple chefs without having to travel all over the country. Chefs Club New York is currently on its fourth Chef-in-Residence, Abraham Conlon, co-owner of Chicago-based Fat Rice. We had the pleasure of experiencing the menu from this casual eatery (founded in 2012) that focuses on a global food exploration of the modest traditions of Macau and prepared with a respect for ritual, custom, and technique. So join us as we explore the wondering cuisine of Fat Rice at Chefs Club New York.

Fat Rice at Chefs Club New YorkRestaurant Review: Fat Rice at Chefs Club New York

For those of you not from Chicago, Fat Rice explores and shares interpretations of heritage recipes from Lusophone cultures found along historic spice trade routes of the maritime Portuguese. To enjoy the full menu you’d have to go to Chicago but there are lots of delightful options to indulge in at Fat Rice at Chefs Club New York. to start things off, we found our way to The Ladies Room, an intimate setting where you can indulge in a unique drinking experience. This completely red room features cocktails that highlight both global and Midwestern flavors through house-made infusions, elixirs, and potions. You will find dishes from Macau, Malacca, Azores, Portugal, Goa, and Madeira.

The Ladies Room at Chefs Club New York The Ladies Room at Chefs Club New York The Ladies Room at Chefs Club New York

This gorgeous red room at Chefs Club New York offers a variety of creative cocktails, rare wines, and decadent sipping spirits. We love their concept of cocktail sharing between two and four people. The single-serve cocktails on the menu include Moonshoes (Ford’s Gin, Umeboshi Vinegar, Elderflower Tonic),  Side Hustle (Ming River Baijiu, St. George Terroir Gin, St. George Rye Gin, Punt e Mes), and O’Porto (Quinta do Infantado 10 year Tawny, House made Ginjinha, House made Shiso-Cumin Bitters). The large format (sharing) cocktails include the Thunderdome For Two (Cruzan Blackstrap Rum, Two James Dr. Bird, Allspice Dram, Fernet Branca, Gingerbeer) and the Burning Bird For Four (Santa Teresa Anejo, Cruzan Blackstrap Rum, Plantation Pineapple Rum, Contratto, Amaro Lucano). Since we were not a quartet, we decided on the Thunderdome (pictured below)

It was the perfect way to awaken our taste buds for the meal that would soon follow. Check out our Fat Rice at Chefs Club New York Instastories for more behind the scenes of The Ladies Room and this cocktail. We couldn’t help but think of (and sing) that 1980’s song “Meeting in the Ladies Room” by Klymaxx. You may be wondering why is it called the Ladies room, it turns out at the Fat Rice Chicago location, this not-so-secret room is right by the ladies room. It’s a fact that we women do go the ladies room in packs, so why not create a true escape, with cocktails, when we need one. Because this is a limited run Chef-in-Residence, the entire Fat Rice menu wasn’t available but we promise you will love the options.

APPETIZERS

Bacalhau da Vovó

Food Photography: Fat Rice at Chefs Club New York

This divine combination of house-cured salt cod (many know this as salt fish or bacalao) spread, topped with black olives, chili and mint, and served with Papo Seco (Portuguese bread) was something we were anticipating ever since we first laid eyes on the Fat Rice menu. And it did not disappoint! Every bite was a memory of growing up near the beach, carefree days in the Caribbean and home cooked meals. Seasoned to perfection, we hope to find a way to talk Chef Abraham Conlon into offering this as a main dish because we could have happily wolfed down a second or third helping.

Presunto + peaches

Food Photography: Fat Rice at Chefs Club New York

Don’t let the simplicity of this dish of Fermin Iberico ham, basil, and burnt vinegar fool you. It is bursting with a wonderful combination of sweet, juicy, and slightly salty flavors that both delight and entice your palate. Trust us when we say this will go down quickly.

MAIN ENTREES

Pork Cheek

Food Photography: Fat Rice at Chefs Club New York

If you’re a fan of Vindaloo, the Indian curry dish, you’re going to love this spicy vindalho eurasian achar with charred scallions. We paired it with the delightful coconut rice (see below) and every bite of this staple pork dish was delicious and wonderfully peppery. This is what our palettes were waiting for. If you love your meals with a kick, this is a must. We also loved the resulting flavor from eating it with the raba raba.

Po Kok Gai

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If you are ordering this, make sure you order a side or two of the Portuguese bread to go with the coconut rice. Dipping that delicious warm bread into creamy, savory decadence is almost life changing. Those of you who don’t like spicy foods will be happy to hear it isn’t spicy although we’d love if it had a little kick. This dish boasts fall-off-the-bone chicken thighs with chouriço, potatos, tomatoes, a hen egg, coconut curry, sao jorge, and topped with black olives.

SIDES

Coconut Rice

Food Photography: Fat Rice at Chefs Club New York

The mild flavor and touch of slight sweetness of this rice, topped with fried shallots and sesame seeds, is a wonderful base to enjoy the multilayered flavors of Fat Rice’s dishes. The best part,it literally goes with everything.

Raba Raba

Food Photography: Fat Rice at Chefs Club New York

This earthy side dish boasts a collection of stir-fried mixed seasonal greens, balichāo, and trumpet mushroom (although we skipped on the mushrooms). Believe it or not, it’s is incredibly flavorful on its on but doesn’t compete with the flavors of the main dishes. Definitely a must. Vegetarians will especially love it.

DESSERT

Chocolate Mousse

Food Photography: Chocolate Mousse Dessert: Fat Rice at Chefs Club New York

There’s nothing about this dessert that we can tell you that this above photo doesn’t showcase. It is as delicious as it is beautiful. If you’re a fan of coffee-based desserts, this is for you. The mousse features single origin são tomé beans, coffee streusel, and madeira gelée. It’s one of the most popular desserts at Fat Rice at Chefs Club New York. You can clearly see why.

Bebinca

Food Photography: Coconut Custard at Fat Rice at Chefs Club New York

We couldn’t go to a restaurant with a Portuguese influence without trying the traditional baked coconut custard. Every spoonful divine (and licked clean). This is another dish you may end up getting two of. It is just that creamy and delicious.

DECOR

Fat Rice at Chefs Club New York

Located in the iconic Puck Building, Fat Rice at Chefs Club New York is located in Nolita. In three months, another out of this world chef will take over the kitchen for several months to offer everyone a unique culinary experience.

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One of our favorite design details of Chefs Club New York (aside from the breathtaking Ladies Room) is the humongous Pink Himalayan salt boulder encased in glass above the bar and the map showcasing all the territories that has inspired the Fat Rice menu. For more information about Fat Rice at Chefs Club New York, visit www.chefsclub.com and definitely make a reservation to indulge.

 

 

 

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Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass

The Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass is Back and Better Than Ever

It’s back again pasta lovers and this time, it’s bigger than ever. We’re talking about the annual Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass of course. Once again Olive Garden fans and pasta lovers will get the opportunity to enjoy eight weeks of unlimited pasta, homemade sauces, and toppings, and of course soup or salad and Olive Garden’s famous breadsticks. This time around the revered Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass comes with a bigger and better option. Read on to find out more.

Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass

The available pasta varieties include Fettuccine, Spaghetti, Rigatoni, Angel Hair, Cavatappi, Gluten-Free Rotini, and Whole Grain Linguine. The homemade sauces include the New! Creamy Spinach & Artichoke, Creamy Mushroom, Traditional Marinara, Five Cheese Marinara, Traditional Meat Sauce, and Alfredo Sauce. The toppings include the New! Garden Veggies, Meatballs, Italian Sausage, Crispy Chicken Fritta, Grilled Chicken, and Crispy Shrimp Fritta.

Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass

This year, 23,000 $100 Never Ending Pasta Passes will be available for purchase, 1,000 more than last year, but as we’ve all seen in the past, the Never Ending Pasta Passes sell out as FAST! For the first time ever, Olive Garden offers an opportunity to enjoy unlimited pasta for an entire year. That’s right, in addition to the regular 8 weeks of never ending pasta, Olive Garden has introduced the new Annual Pasta Pass. The first-of-its-kind Annual Pasta Pass includes all of the benefits of Never Ending Pasta Pass for all 52 weeks of the year, which is less than $1.00 a day. 1,000 superfans will get the opportunity to buy the exclusive Annual Pasta Pass for only $300.00.

The countdown is on so make sure your clicking finger is properly prepared. The Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass and the NEW Annual Pasta Pass go on sale Thursday, Aug. 23 at 2 pm. If you’re not lucky enough to get one of these pasta passes, you can still enjoy the Never Ending Pasta Bowl with unlimited pasta starting at $10.99.

For more information about the Annual Pasta Pass, Never Ending Pasta Pass, and details, visit www.PastaPass.com now.

Intimate Tasting + Dinner with Knob Creek Bourbon

Dinner with Knob Creek Bourbon and Grilling Pro Jason Baker

Bourbon whiskeysWhat’s better than a wonderful grilling session with a grilling master? Pairing the delicious meals that come off the grill with several amazing bourbon whiskeys. That’s exactly what we did at a dinner with Knob Creek Bourbon and Grilling Pro Jason Baker.

Intimate Tasting + Dinner with Knob Creek Bourbon Grilling Pro Jason Baker

To showcase how he incorporates Knob Creek Bourbon whiskeys into his grilling lifestyle, Jason Baker demonstrated his favorite Knob Creek inspired recipes; all grilled to perfection on his Big Green Egg. What exactly is the Big Green Egg? It is the best kamado grill, ceramic grill, and charcoal smoker in the world, maybe even the known universe.

Intimate Tasting + Dinner with Knob Creek Bourbon Intimate Tasting + Dinner with Knob Creek Bourbon

We got to indulge in enjoying all kinds of delicious, savory grilled eats including cheeseburgers, grilled chicken and Brussel sprouts. Each meal was paired with a different expression in Knob Creek’s spectacular portfolio; a few even featured the bourbon whiskey as an ingredient.

Intimate Tasting + Dinner with Knob Creek Bourbon Intimate Tasting + Dinner with Knob Creek Bourbon

During the tasting, we learned all about the brand’s history and the characteristics and taste profiles of each of Knob Creek Bourbon’s expressions. All of which we enjoyed straight, and in delicious, custom, seasonal cocktails throughout the evening.

We also learned about some of the new products and initiatives that Knob Creek Bourbon has in the works for the year. Some of these initiatives included their partnership with Big Green Egg grill, and how that will be brought to life at the Big Apple BBQ Festival next month. It was truly a pleasure to experience the power and beauty of this avocado green, egg-shaped grill.

The evening ended with a very full and sated stomach, wonderful memories, and the lingering taste of delectable bourbon whiskeys dancing on our tongues.

So as you pour yourself a Knob Creek drink, think about the following. Will you add this iconic boubon to your grilling recipes? What are your thoughts on the Big Green Egg? Can you picture yourself grilling some favorite bbq foods on this innovative grill?

New Victoria Chef Collection: A Complete Gourmet Pasta Meal

Raise your hand if there are days when you don’t feel like spending more than 10 minutes in the kitchen cooking dinner, or if your lunch hour has somehow gone down to minutes. Every so often we will mutter “there’s just not enough time in the day” to ourselves or out loud and many times, our meal is what ends up being suffering. What if you could enjoy a homemade meal even though your time may be limited? Thanks to the new Victoria Chef Collection, you can enjoy a complete gourmet pasta meal in minutes.

As you can see, we’re not talking about those instant mac and cheese snacks that pass themselves off as an actual meal, this heat and serve pasta option is a full, well-balanced meal. With the Victoria Chef Collection, you will enjoy a wholesome, heat and serve meal solution – with the satisfaction of a homemade meal, without all the time.

The Victoria Chef Collection brings traditional Italian elegance to your table in under two minutes, whether you’ll be enjoying it for lunch or dinner. Available in two pasta sauce options (hoping more will be launching very soon), Penne Marinara and  Penne alla Vodka, all you have to do to enjoy is just heat and serve.

The Penne Marinara is simplicity at its best, combining penne pasta with premium, slow-cooked marinara sauce. The Penne alla Vodka is a decadent classic, it also combines penne pasta with rich, creamy vodka sauce. Both are made with antioxidant-rich 100% whole plum tomatoes, real cheese, fresh onions, fresh basil, and fresh garlic. Victoria Fine Foods has been committed to ingredients come first since day one, which is why they put them on the front of their label as part of their #ReadYourLabel movement.

Could the new Victoria Chef Collection help make lunch or dinner preparation easier for you?

 

All Sold Out: Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass and Pasta Passports

Just like the must-see concert, latest gadget, or Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty products, the Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass and Pasta Passports were made available and sold out just as quickly. We’re not surprised at all, as many were waiting with breathless anticipation (and hungry bellies) for the announcement and availability of the pass that allows the bearer to enjoy eight weeks of unlimited servings of pasta, sauces, and toppings from the Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Bowl menu.

During the never-ending pasta promotion, you can enjoy more than 200 possible combinations of specialty portions of pasta, homemade sauces, and craveable toppings, plus all the soup, salad and breadsticks you want. The available pasta varieties include Fettuccine, Spaghetti, Rigatoni, Angel Hair, Cavatappi, Gluten-Free Rotini, and Whole Grain Linguine. The homemade sauces include Traditional Marinara, Five Cheese Marinara, Traditional Meat Sauce, Alfredo, Asiago Garlic Alfredo and a NEW Creamy Mushroom. Toppings include Meatballs, Italian Sausage, Crispy Chicken Fritta, Grilled Chicken, and Crispy Shrimp Fritta. But be hopeful pasta lovers, just because you missed out on the pass, doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the neverending pasta. Guests without Pasta Passes can still enjoy the Never Ending Pasta Bowl with unlimited pasta starting at $9.99.

This year Olive Garden has taken their Never Ending Pasta Pass to extreme heights by giving 50 of their biggest fans the opportunity to buy an all-inclusive eight-day/seven-night trip to Italy (with stops in Florence, Assisi, Siena, Rome, and Pisa) for themselves and a friend for only $200. The first-of-its-kind, the Olive Garden Pasta Passport to Italy includes all the benefits of Never Ending Pasta Pass plus airfare, hotel accommodations, tours and meals on the trip of a lifetime for two to Italy. This unprecedented pass was made available to purchase alongside the 22,000, $100 Never Ending Pasta Passes (1,000 more than last year), giving more fans than ever a chance to gain unlimited access to the fan-favorite Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion. The Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion begins September 25th and runs until November 19th.

Were you one of the lucky ones to snag an Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass and Pasta Passports? What’s your favorite Olive garden pasta dish?

Dinner is Served: What’s New from Uncle Ben’s Rice, Plum Organic, and Sweet Earth Natural Foods

Being single can be tough sometimes, especially when it comes to dinnertime. There have been lots of times when deciding what to have for dinner is almost as difficult as trying to deciphering code. Sometimes we lost the battle and ended up with a sad bowl of cereal for dinner. However, we’re happy to be introduced to some great new, must-have dinner essentials from Uncle Ben’s Rice, Plum Organic, and Sweet Earth Natural Foods.

Uncle Ben’s Flavored Grains Rice 

If you’re tired of plain, boring rice for dinner, welcome to your solution. Uncle Ben’s is here to spice up your dinner with some amazing rice blends. Dinner will not only be made easy, it will be made divine. The iconic rice brand introduces six flavorful blend s of grains including 5 Grain Medley Quinoa Pilaf, Brown Rice Medley Roasted Garlic & Herb, Brown Rice & Quinoa Roasted Red Pepper, Long Grain & Wild Rice Fast Cook, Long Grain & Wild Rice Original Recipe, and Long Grain & Wild Rice Basmati Medley Savory Herb. These mouthwatering combination of flavors such as roasted garlic, roasted red pepper, and 23 herbs and seasonings with brown rice, couscous, quinoa, and whole grain red rice. These are so delicious, you won’t want anything else for dinner.

Plum Organic Soups

These delicious organic soups are technically for kids, but we know you will make your inner child happy when you first taste these hearty, easy-to-make, and delicious single serve soups. Available in three varieties, Chicken Fiesta, Chicken Noodle, and Tomato Meatball, the pouch-filled Plum soups are ready in minutes, you’ll find yourself reaching for several packs. Filled with organic vegetables and delicious protein in every bowl, they make a great way to have a light but healthy dinner.

Sweet Earth Natural Foods Seitan

I haven’t forgotten about those of your that are vegan. For your meatless dinner, Sweet Earth Natural Foods offers some decadently seasoned Seitan. For those of you not in the know, Seitan is a plant-based protein, made from wheat, that has 3 times the protein of most tofu, and the same amount of protein as steak. Sweet Earth Natural Foods offers this protein packed natural food in three savory flavors, Chipotle, Curry, and Traditional, that helps you continue enjoying a delicious vegetarian diet.

Well fellow singles, we hope we’ve made your dinner plans a little bit easier to handle with these three suggestions; whichever meal is your favorite, enjoy it to the fullest.