Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wegman's 100 Year Anniversary and mystery popcorn

I get a little overly excited when I see a new reusable bag design at Wegmans. This one is especially cool because it is for Wegman's 100 Year Anniversary. If you are from Rochester or live anywhere near a Wegmans, you know this is the equavalent of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Wegman's never does anything halfway so there are plans for cake and more to celebrate 100 years.

In other Wegman's news, as I was trolling the aisles, I spied this new Smartfood Spicy Jalapeno Ranch popcorn. I LOVE popcorn so I threw two bags into my cart in a flash and tore into one bag in the car.

There is nothing on the Smartfood website about this delightful product, so I am left to wonder - what else is out there?!!!

UPDATE: a search revealed that somewhere out there you can also find Smartfood Buffalo Cheddar Flavored Popcorn!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Man from ????

After spotting this in the end credits of The Man from UNCLE, it would appear that it is actually the man from Rochester, NY!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Homemade kimchee

After seeing all the Korean food at The Cubroom yesterday, I had a hankering for some kimchee. Aaron and I picked up a few supplies and make a batch at home.

Actually we made a lot. I need a bunch of recipe ideas for using up kimchee.

Here is the recipe from when my mom first taught me how to make kimchee.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Brunching at The Cubroom

Is it possible to have two fantastic brunches in one weekend? Well, yeah! Keeping with our South Wedge circle of delicousness for the weekend, today's brunch was enjoyed at The Cubroom.

While McCann's Local Meats (where we ate yesterday)only has brunch on Saturdays, The Cubroom only has brunch on Sunday. Starting at 11:30 to be exact. Did we have to drive around for half and hour waiting for them to open? Yes.

The Cubroom opened in the Spring last year and the owners are from NYC. It is said that it is modeled after the Stork Club which explains the environment which is a little more upscale with a Great Gatsby feel but still comfortable. The menu is very experimental and eclectic. They feature a lot of locally sources items like meat from McCann's.

In fact, I don't think I can explain the dishes that Aaron and I got for brunch. I'll just copy and paste them from the menu...

Aaron got Red Wine Baked Eggs - polenta, wild mushrooms, parmesan cheese and I had The Banger - IPA BAners, blue cheese/bacon bread pudding, fried duck egg, Java stout red eye gravy. See what I mean? Not your usual fare.

One of the best parts was the Scotch Egg we split as an appetizer. A Scotch Egg is a hard boiled egg, wrapped in sausage, rolled in bread crumbs and baked or deep fried. It starts to make me think of a Turducken. Why stop there? Wrap it in bacon and put it in a pork chop!

The Cubroom's Scotch Egg is soft boiled which I loved. I have toyed with the idea of making them at home but they seem difficult. How do you get the sausage to stick to the egg?!

Maybe I'll just keep going to The Cubroom to get them.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Brunching at McCann's Local Meats

This weekend I vowed to visit two fairly new spots (opened this summer) in the South Wedge. Add in last night's trip to The Playhouse/Swillburger and it's a South Wedge weekend! The two spots are McCann's Local Meats and The Cubroom.

We hit up McCann's Local Meats for brunch this morning. McCann's is primarily a butcher shop that offers some deli items and has a small cafe. It has a very cool open vibe with chalkboards and giant meat coolers. We were impressed with the big chain belts the butchers wore with all their knives attached around their waists.

Aaron's beef, egg and cheese sandwich looked so amazing I had to take a picture of it before my own food. I got a few bites so I can say it tastes as good as it looks.

I got a chorizo and kimchee frittta. Kimchee you say? Yes. The owner's wife, or should I say Yeonmo McCann, is Korean. Besides this surprise ingredient there was bulgogi, japchae and Korean stew available in their display case also.

While chatting with the owner, Kevin McCann, he mentioned "Koreans are very similar to Germans. They both like to ferment cabbage." Boy was he spot on - (we have made our own saurkraut and kimchee at home).

Note that an order of beef fat french fries rounded out this brunch nicely. ALSO note that McCann's only has brunch on Saturdays.

We got a pack of pork chops to try at home. Marinated in a hard cider! UPDATE: THE PORK CHOPS WERE DELICIOUS TOO.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Date night at The Playhouse & Swillburger

Over in the South Wedge neighborhood, there is a very cool new establishment. Within an old building that was once a church then a machine shop then a theater, is now The Playhouse and Swillburger. This includes burgers, a bar and an arcade. How many cool things can you fit in one spot?

Aaron and I went there for a date night. Swillburger offers just what you would think - burgers. Besides the burgers you can get fries, a salad or milkshakes. I noticed that one of the burger toppings was hot jam. I didn't get it but I really need to try it sometime.

I thought the fries were fantastic. Thin and crispy. We also got an order of vampire fries which are covered with garlic. That was a bit overwhelming.

We didn't get anything at the bar but we did enjoy the arcade. My favorite is the zombie shooting game, House of the Dead.

To top it all off, Ugly Duck Coffee was there with their pop up espresso bar. I have been trying to catch up with UDC for awhile so it was nice to try them out.

Turns out one of the owners of The Playhouse is the owner of the Owl House, another favorite spot in Rochester. All in all, The Playhouse and Swillburger make for a great date night!

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Final stage of Cutting the Cord: Greenlight & Original Series

We have made the last step in our journey of Cutting the Cord. The cable cord. While we got rid of cable five years ago, we were still getting our internet through the cable company. Finally, Greenlight Networks came to our neighborhood with fiber internet connection. It offers up to 100 times as fast internet speed as what we were used to but at a fraction of the cost. They came one afternoon and ran the cables and we were up and running. We are so thrilled.

It's a big deal for us because most of the tv we watch is through Roku. Instead of cable we use Hulu, Amazon Prime and Netflix.

What is interesting is the number of exclusive shows each of these services are offering. Much like the show Wet Hot American Summer that we watched a few months ago, Netflix has this movie, The Ridiculous Six streaming only on their service. We like Adam Sandler movies so we watched it. It's not The Magnificent Seven or The Hateful Eight. It's like The Good The Bad and The Ugly combined with Three Amigos and Airplane.

Watching The Ridiculous Six led us to start watching the Rob Schneider series, Real Rob. It is a strange mix of his real life, with his real family and Hollywood life you can hardly believe.

We started watching this other Netflix series Master of None with Aziz Ansari, but it didn't click like Rob's show. Maybe we will try again later.

When we came back after the holidays, it seemed like everyone had watched the Nexflix documentary series Making a Murderer. I usually cannot tolerate crime re-creation shows but there is something to this one that has us hooked.

Amazon also has an orginal series we are watching called Mozart in the Jungle. It's on it's second season and I had not even heard of it until it was up for some Golden Globes and I started seeing ads for it in Instagram.

It's a lot funnier than I expected. I told my violin instructor about it and he said, "I love a good orchestral drama."

And there is The Mindy Project. I nearly threw a fit when The Mindy Project was cancelled last year. I didn't understand how something so funny could be cancelled and Two and Half Men carried on for years and years. Then Hulu came to the rescue and picked it up. Bravo Hulu.