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Taste of Carmel – Recap (Special Event)

6 Mar

I hope some of you were able to make it out to the Taste of Carmel event this past Thursday evening at the Ritz Charles. For those who weren’t able to join us, you missed out on a tasty, and completely reasonably priced, evening. Even without the deal that was promoted, $25 allowed a guest to enjoy over 40 restaurants, caterers, wineries and breweries. I meandered my way through the crowd with hubs and two friends as we filled our stomachs with some great food and drink.

We didn’t get to try everything. A few things I easily passed because I knew what exactly what I would get, like Jet’s pizza. Not that it was necessarily bad, but I just knew what I would be getting from the bite (or in that case, the whole slice of pepperoni pizza). The portions weren’t small either: full sliders, half an enchilada, half glasses of wine. Even if you wanted to go back and get more, there was plenty for you to nibble on.

Here is a recap of a few of the things we ate:

The best thing of the evening was from a new found favorite, The Local. A crisp beet chip with the sharpness of bleu cheese finishing the bite; a tortilla chip with tender, rare sirloin and spicy serrano pepper bringing the bite all together; and a bite of salmon with creme fraiche (though this was a bit lackluster). That beet chip was so fantastic: crisp and creamy, earthy yet sharp. It was a great bite that the whole crew agreed upon.

My second favorite of the night was from Pizzology. One of the reasons I loved it so much was that they featured something other than their pizza: polenta. The polenta had a creamy bite to it, working perfectly with the rich pulled pork that was on top. A sprinkle of Parmesan on top brought a perfect saltiness to the dish.

Though Happy Everything Catering didn’t have the chicken salad I love, they did have other simple foods on hand. A great hummus and tabouli combination (though a few more chips would have been helpful to finish eating the dips), a tortilla Mexican wrap contained cream cheese with basic Mexican flavors, and then a really great meatball. Not dense in texture, it had a rich sauce that was so subtly sweet. Sunny Chinese Kitchen was also there, showcasing her cooking talents with demonstrations, leaving us to have all the great bites that were produced, including this great potsticker. Pan fried on the outside left a crisp crust that was stuffed with a great mix of veggies and meat – not to mention, made to order as it was steamed and fried on-site.

A few other items we tried included Bub’s Cafe & Season’s 52 desserts, Eddie Merlot’s rich and creamy pasta, Cooking Greek’s Mediterranean collection (mmm, cinnamon rice pudding – see above), Taste of Sensu’s sushi, Sullivan’s lobster bisque and cheese steak egg roll (shown above, bottom right), Woody’s Homestyle BBQ pulled pork and brisket, and Daddy Jack’s Asian coleslaw with shrimp (top right). We also sampled wines from The People’s Winery, Cooper’s Hawk Winery, Harmony Winery (sparkling wine shown with Kincaid’s dish), Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co., and Sun King Brewing.

Among all the food, there was also entertainment from Shane Rodimel, chair massages by Rangeline Chiropractic, and of course, the silent auction that included a variety of packages. It was a tasty evening with good friends and a fun environment. Kudos to all the men and women who made this event possible; I hope Orchard Park benefits greatly from the event (I’m sure they will!) I’ll definitely be heading back next year, and maybe you can join me! If you were there, what did you like best?

Pizzology (return)

22 Mar

Wanting a casual dinner that still served great food this past weekend, hubs and I knew we would get both of those at Pizzology while still have something new on the plate.  Last time we dined here, we both left with a full stomach of tasty nom noms.  We did have a few mediocre thoughts: hubs not loving the prosciutto and me thinking the fritters were too greasy.  But we both knew they had amazing breadsticks, great pizza and a tasty salad so we couldn’t wait to try it again.

Surprisingly, there wasn’t a wait for the two of us at 6:45 on a Saturday night.  Why?  They have this patio (that we didn’t see last time we were there) that was open.  Though there was a chill in the air, the patio was enclosed and “part” of the restaurant so we were never cold.  We happily took our seats, ordered some local craft brews (which turned into a few including Upland’s Wheat, Brugge’s Triple de Ripple, Sun King’s Cream Ale and People’s IPA) and began our search through the menu.

I knew when we sat down that I wanted a salad and appetizer to nosh on with our pizza.  I decided on the chop salad and potentially the artisan and salumi starter, pending on what the daily offerings were.  However, when our server told us the specials, she had me at goat cheese gnocchi.  I had to have her repeat it because I was so excited for the gnocchi.  I had literally just checked twitter and discovered someone recommended the gnocchi, but the fact that it was made with goat cheese sealed the deal for this Wisconsin native.  We ordered the gnocchi, breadsticks and a small chop salad.

The goat cheese gnocchi were lightly sauteed, giving the soft potato and cheese pasta a crisp edge.  They were perfect in salt and creamy to the bite because of the goat cheese pasta.  Giving the dish an earthy and rustic taste, sauteed leeks and wild mushrooms adorned the dish. In addition was a garlicky Thai basil pesto – perfect with the creamy gnocchi.  This unanticipated dish of the evening became my favorite.  Now that I’ve had it, I need more of it.  Twitter doesn’t lie.

The chop salad was a healthy dose of romaine lettuce, but not many toppings that I look for with a chopped salad.  Bits of Gorgonzola had a bite from the blue vein and the baby tomatoes popped in your mouth.  Smokey prosciutto and green olives gave the dish a salty edge to smooth out the citrus vinaigrette.  It was a good sized and light salad to begin the meal (hubs and I did split a small, since we had two other appetizers and a pizza coming).

I had previously commented about the breadsticks being absolutely fantastic, which is why I ordered them again.  Once again – these aren’t on the menu, but know that they have them.  They are served with not one, but two sauces that work well together.  Get a little bit of both with each bite.  I guarantee it is delish when the light alfredo (yes, I said light alfredo) mixes with the fresh San Marzano tomato sauce.  The dough they use is tasty, baked to perfection.  These are a must order.

For our pizza, hubs wanted to stay simple.  As I had picked out all the appetizers (yup, all three), hubs decided to order the margherita.  The simplistic tomato sauce is very fresh and light on the perfectly baked dough.  I believe the dough is the same of the breadsticks, consistently baked to an outer crisp edge and a ‘bready’ bite.  The sauce was light, not overpowering, and showcased the fresh mozzarella and basil that adorned the pizza.  We had also added a topping of the fennel sausage, which was a great choice.  Sweet and bitter at the same time, fennel is a perfect seasoning for a spiced sausage, leaving you picking up each morsel that falls from the slice as you dive into the pizza.

All I can say is that when we were done, every single plate was clean.  Looking forward to dining there again – more breadsticks and gnocchi required.

Pizzology Pizzeria & Pub * 13190 Hazel Dell Pkwy * Carmel, IN * 317.844.2550

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Welcome to City Nom Noms!

26 Jan

Stuffed Breadsticks 3WiseMen, Broad Ripple)

What is City Nom Noms?  It is my love of food shared with all of you.  After receiving questions of “what did you like here” or “have you eaten here yet,” I decided to explore more and more throughout this city.  I chalk this up to my love of food – people know that I love to cook it, grow it, and most of all, eat it.

I appreciate the creativity in the art while loving that this necessity of life can be so much more than that.  Food is something that can connect us all – what is there not to love when you have a plate full of nom noms?

In short, my other blog, Entertaining Life Daily, was becoming complicated.  I needed to get clearer direction, so I’m shifting restaurant reviews to this new blog.  I’ll concentrate only on the restaurant industry and leave my “in the kitchen” moments to the other blog.  Here are just a few of my past reviews to get you started:

Pad See Ewe (Sawasdee, Indy)

As I write, I’d also like to note that these opinions are all my own.  We can agree or agree to disagree.  I think it is obvious that taste buds differ by individuals – I appreciate that.  I hope my readers will too.

Soft Shell Crab Po'Boy (The Bar at the Ambassador, Indy)

City Nom Noms, though focused on Indianapolis, will also venture to other cities.  Don’t be surprised when you see Green Bay, Boston or Seattle pop up – just to name a few.

This is it.  Well, it is a work in progress at this point, but reviews of my noshing through the city will be posted soon! I hope you will enjoy my adventure, and I look forward to making new friends (hopefully not too many enemies) through the dining experience.

Happy noshing!