I don’t remember the last time I ate this many burgers in such a short period of time. Normally, I eat a burger every few months when I get a cravings. As a kid, I actually didn’t even like hamburgers. It wasn’t until I was a teenager and my friends introduced me to the Jr Bacon Cheeseburger at Wendy’s did my appreciation begin.
As an adult, I can really appreciate a great burger. Thick, juicy, and medium well is how I like it. And with cheese. And bacon. Because we all know that I love bacon.
Time for me to admit a truly shameful confession: I’ve been working Downtown since October, and I finally went to Olio Market for the first time just this week. I know. I should be publicly flogged or something for my sins (but not really cause that’s just creepy and this is ‘Merica and not Singapore).
I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Olio, and it’s been on my list for a long time. Adam Richman even featured their duck grilled cheese on his Best Sandwich in America show on Travel Channel:
Did you know this place opened in Avondale in the old Ruan Thai Cuisine spot? Yeah, I didn’t either. But that didn’t stop me from saying yes when Gary asked if I wanted to check it out over the weekend.
It was a beautiful Saturday, so I demanded we sit outside on the nice little patio. I looked over the menu and it was the garden variety of dishes at most other Italian/pizza joints – pizzas, calzones, sandwiches, paninis, and other traditional Italian fare. I knew I wanted to try the pizza, so we went ahead and ordered appetizers to taste a little more of the menu.
I ordered fried ravioli, but fried mozzarella is what showed up to the table. The waitress seemed very confused and inexperienced. The miscommunication was quickly corrected, and the fried ravioli was brought out.
So I got to do something kinda cool this morning.
That’s right – a live cooking demo on First Coast Living! Their producers asked me to stop by and do a cooking demonstration for Meatless March. I found inspiration from an old Cooking Light recipe that I used to make all the time involving broccoli rabe, chick peas, and bacon. It’s a simple toss-in-a-skillet and stir around and in 15ish minutes, you’ve got dinner on the table.
A few months ago, when Emily alerted me that Publix was releasing their own brand of wine, I flipped my shit. I absolutely LOVE Publix and believe they can do no wrong (Buzzfeed agrees). I searched high and low for this wine. I utilized my Twitter contacts to try to find it. Finally, I harassed a one of the guys at my neighborhood store to track it down for me.
I was a little sticker-shocked when I got to the register and it was $24.99 a bottle. When I think of Publix-branded items, I think of them as excellent products fair prices (even for Premium items). With that in mind, spending more than my usual $10-15 for bottle of wine (unless I’m broke and grabbing some two buck chuck) was a bit of a splurge. Immediately, my expectations of this wine sky-rocketed. It’s Publix wine AND it’s $25 a bottle. It better be DAMN good.
Is there a specific cookie that makes you think of your childhood? The classic Toll House chocolate chip cookies and milk, maybe? Or warm, right out of the oven snickerdoodles? What about Oreos or Chips Ahoy? We all have that cookie.
This is that cookie for me.