Easy Guacamole

Simple Restaurant-style Guac at Home

Not to humble-brag, but I’ve been told be people that my guac is as good as any restaurant’s (okay, I guess I’m straight up bragging). But I’m letting the secret out–great guac is really not that difficult after a little practice. The recipe I’ve settled on is an amalgamation of tips I’ve picked up from various permutations of the classic recipe and LOTS of experimenting and tweaking (good thing we like eating guac OFTEN!). Continue reading

Bread Crumb Spaghetti

Quick Pantry-friendly Spaghetti

I felt like experimenting in the kitchen and I was inspired by a surplus of breadcrumbs Mollie had left over from making a tuna casserole. I vaguely remembered a Giada De Laurentiis episode of Everyday Italian I watched at least a dozen years ago in which she blew my mind by making a pasta dish that made olive oil toasted breadcrumbs the star of the show. This briny, olive oil-based, carb-on-carb recipe is based on my rough recollection of Giada’s recipe. This is in no way authentic, but it was weeknight-quick, simple (mostly comprised of things you could have in your pantry and fridge), and the kids gave their thumbs up. I also put an egg on top to add some yolky goodness, because it makes everything better! Continue reading

Yatagarasu (Lafayette, IN)

Top Notch Ramen in Downtown Lafayette

The other night after the kids were dropped off at Grandma’s, Mollie and I were looking for someplace fun to eat in downtown Lafayette for a date night and she must’ve read my mind because she was the first to suggest Yatagarasu. We’re lucky to have numerous options in Greater Lafayette when it comes to great ramen, from Katana on Sagamore to Noodles & I or Oishi on campus, but Yatagarasu at 5th and Main St. is the place that’s focused squarely on ramen first, second, and third–and it shows. Continue reading

O-Ishi (West Lafayette, IN)

New Family Favorites at O-Ishi

Moving to the Greater Lafayette area from a smaller town, one of the first things we marveled at was the wide array of restaurants and cuisines newly available to us. We were impressed by the ethnically diverse food scene found in our new home town that seemed much richer than what we expected in a city of its size. After trying some of the local standbys like XXX for a Purvis Burger and Arni’s Pizza (Axl Rose’s favorite pizza we’ve been told), we immediately began our exploration of the numerous Chinese restaurants we’d found on Google. The oddly Japanese-sounding O-Ishi in West Lafayette, nestled between Purdue and the Wabash River, was one of the first local Chinese restaurants we tried. Despite trying many more since, it established itself as a family-favorite and kept us coming back for more.
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Dog N Suds (Lafayette, IN)

Treat Yo’ Self at Dog N Suds!

With heavy hearts Mollie and I witnessed our local Dog N Suds close down and turn into an auto parts store over 10 years ago in Illinois. Much to our delight, when we moved to the area we discovered that not only was Dog N Suds still alive and kicking in Greater Lafayette, there were TWO locations on either side of the Wabash River slinging root beer in those wonderful frosted mugs! That brings us to today’s mini kids’ review. I could ramble on about coneys, Boilermaker burgers or fried cheese curds, but today it’s all about the suds. What did they have to say?

Dog N Suds Root Beer Verdict: ???

As if we had to ask.

Dog N Suds
601 Sagamore Pkwy S.
Lafayette, IN 47905

Chinese Boiled Peanuts

Boiled Peanuts at Meet Noodles (Indianapolis, IN)

At our recent trip to Meet Noodles, we had the kids try Chinese-style boiled peanuts for the first time. Flavored with soy, celery, carrot and five spice, we were really curious about how they’d react to them.

Chinese Boiled Peanuts Verdict: ???

A split vote! That’s ok, it just leaves more peanuts for mom and dad.

Meet Noodles
6368 E. 82nd St.
Indianapolis, IN 46250

Meet Noodles (Indianapolis, IN)

Hand-pulled Noodles in Indy!

I’ve only seen the hypnotic, gluten-forming dance of noodles being stretched by hand once or maybe twice. When I discovered that there was a restaurant serving up hand-pulled La-mian noodles in Indianapolis at Meet Noodles, I knew we had to stop there, even if Mollie and I had the kids in tow on a day trip. While I can’t vouch for these being hand-pulled on-site since there wasn’t a glass window for us to see the kitchen, they were nonetheless delicious! The interior was stylish and modern, the service was very friendly and attentive, and we were impressed by the mix of Chinese and Japanese noodle house choices. Continue reading

Mississippi Pot Roast

Easy Slow-cooker (Mississippi?) Pot Roast Recipe Magic

It can’t be this easy, right? That’s what I thought when I started seeing talk of mysterious, viral “Mississippi Pot Roast” recipes that were spreading online despite no one really knowing the origins. But just as promised, the recipe I tried at first WAS easy: throw a chuck roast, a pack of dry ranch, a pack of onion soup mix, some jarred peperoncinis, and a whole stick of butter into a slow cooker and set it for 7 hours on low! Ta da! Dinner’s ready! It was enjoyable, but it definitely needed some fine-tuning. I tried not to “fancy up” the recipe much, the simplicity is part of the appeal of this recipe, but I think after some tinkering, my take on this recipe is still very easy, and maybe just a little bit tastier. Continue reading

Banh Mi Eatery (Lafayette, IN)

Legit Banh Mi Sandwiches Have Arrived!

Forgive me for being a banh mi snob. Greater Lafayette has been lucky to have numerous establishments from Bistro 501 to Black Sparrow offer up their own takes on banh mi sandwiches, each with their own spin to make them their own. I’ve enjoyed these unique sandwiches in the absence of more traditional banh mis, but I always referred to them as “banh mis” with Dr. Evil air quotes. But now Banh Mi Eatery has arrived to deliver straight-up Vietnamese banh mis that almost brought a lonely teardrop to my eye. Continue reading

Katzinger’s Delicatessen (Columbus, OH)

Deli Deliciousness in Columbus

Since growing up with Montreal-style smoked meat, I’ve come to appreciate its close American cousin, Pastrami. Discovering authentic Jewish-style deli fare on our travels is something we’ve always been up for and our recent trip to Columbus did not disappoint when we found Katzinger’s Delicatessen. Continue reading