Thursday

Kabob Plus

We get the money mailer coupons and nine times out of ten there isn't any coupon worth saving. A few days ago I was going through it and came across an advertisement for Kabob Plus (formerly Parsa Kabob). It is located near the Costco shopping center, off of 108. It is in the same strip mall as the 7-11 if you are familiar with that area. The employee at the counter said that they have been here for maybe 6 years but just started offering the buffet only a couple of months ago. I was kind of confused because Parsa Kabob's website has the same address listed as Kabob Plus and someone commented as recent as 2011 on HowChow referring to the restaurant as Parsa Kabob. Hmm...

The ad was for their buffet (brunch, lunch, and dinner). I was intrigued because I have never heard of a Mediterranean/Kabob place serving brunch, lunch, AND dinner buffet. I suggested to the Mr. that we try this place out soon. I love buffets because I always have a taste for a little bit of everything. It turned out that we had to go to Loews for grass seed and we were both hungry after so we decided to check it out.

When we walked in, I was a little taken back at how small it was inside. The menu up on the wall was for Mediterranean food (Kabob, Gyros, Pita, Feta, etc.). I thought that the buffet would be just that, I wasn't expecting Indian food. There were two buffet tables and about 10 tables with seating inside. Before we committed to eating here, we asked if we could check out the selections. I was pleasantly surprised and so was the husband. It was predominately Indian food with some Mediterranean (pretty much just Greek salad and the fixins), but that was ok with us. There were at least 12 different Indian dishes ranging from butter chicken, to saag, to goat curry. On the other buffet table, there were some desserts and salad. I tried something with vermicelli and my husband tried the mango pudding which was tasty.

There was a family of about 6 eating when we arrived and shortly after two more couples came in. I felt like this was a good sign considering it was 6:30 on a Sunday night. While we were eating, I overheard another couple share the same thoughts we had- this place was surprisingly very good! Look past the interior and having to use paper plates, plastic utensils, styrofoam cups. It isn't about that. It's about the food and it was very very good.

I'm interested in seeing what they offer for brunch... Has anyone been?

I grabbed a menu on the way out and it appears they offer not only Mediterranean and Indian fare, but also "Indo Pak Chinese" as they call it. Looks like HoCo has yet another decent Indian buffet option!

6590 Old Waterloo Road
Elkridge/Columbia
410-799-9191

Brunch  Saturday-Sunday 12-4  $9.99
Lunch   Monday-Friday    11-3  $8.99
Dinner  Friday-Sunday      5-9   $11.99

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Monday

Hangin' with my Peeps

I found this really cute idea on Pinterest for bunny garland using paint chip samples. Thank you, The Vintage Umbrella for sharing your adorable idea! I knew that the Mr. and I were headed to Lowe's for lawn fertilizer so I couldn't wait to pick out my colors for this project. I'm not very much into decorating for the holidays primarily because I really hate having to put everything away. This, though, was too cute to pass up plus the cost was Fa-REE as in $0!

Unlike The Vintage Umbrella, my paint samples were more of a square shape so I didn't have to worry about having the name of the shade on my cut out bunnies. I preferred my bunnies without any eyes and noses, but they would have looked even more Peep like if I had. I don't own a sewing machine so I didn't sew them to ribbon (can't even imagine myself attempting to operate a sewing machine) so instead, I punched out holes in the ears and ran some colorful packaging/crafting string through them.

Voila! The easiest and cheapest Pinterest project I've ever done.




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Thursday

Chi-Town Recap

Any time that the husband and I travel, we plan our trip around where we want to eat/food we want to try. Recently we went to Chicago and we had a few things on our list: Chicago style hotdogs, Italian beef, Chicago style deep dish pizza, Goose Island Brewery, and bopNgrill.

Deep dish pizza from Giordano's, locations all over Chicago. It takes quite a while for it to bake but is worth the wait!
Philly cheesesteak bulgogi eggrolls and loaded kimchi fries at bopNgrill. They limit guests to only 2 orders of the eggrolls.  I seriously can't even describe how freaking delicious this was.
Bulgogi plate at bopNgrill. The place opens at 11, we got there right as they opened. No more than 10-12 minutes later was the place packed.
Umami burger at bopNgrill, not as good as the other food we got.
Lake Shore Drive was closed due to police activity so we decided to re-route and stop for some beer. Very good beer and the food menu looked just as good.
Italian beef at Portillo's
Chicago Dog at Portillo's
Shrimp and walnut appetizer at Yucca. This place was outside of the city in the suburbs. I did no expect such good sushi/food from a place located in a small town in the Midwest and I was pleasantly surprised!
Sushi roll at Yucca, forget the names, but it was excellent.
More delicious sushi from Yucca, very fresh and generous portions as you can see.
Seared scallops, avocado roll at Yucca

If you're ever in the Chicago area, I highly recommend checking out these places! Another place we went to, but I didn't snap any pictures was Tribes Alehouse which was a great place for local and craft beer lovers. At Tribes, we had an Irish eggroll which was filled with corned beef and cabbage and came with a spicy mustard dipping sauce (it was St. Patrick's Day). My favorite meal was definitely from bopNgrill. I could eat those Philly bulgogi eggrolls every day. I'm going to go ahead and say that eggrolls are going to be the new food trend. I mean, the possibilities are endless...You heard it here first, folks!



Not only did we eat our way around the city, we toured the Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio and Robie House too. Its pretty unbelievable how detailed and ahead of his time Frank Lloyd Wright was.


 

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Wednesday

Dachshund Finds Chicago Edition




A few weeks ago my husband and I traveled to Chicago to visit family. It never ceases to amaze me how I manage to come across Dachshund related things anywhere I go! I love it :)

We ate lunch at Portillo's a local Chicago Dog institution and their logo is a Dachshund!

Dachshund tape dispenser: found at Target, price $12.99



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Friday

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays. It was always a big deal in my family growing up. If you are scratching your head, I'm adopted and my parents are of Irish/Italian ancestry.

My mom would make ham, cabbage and potatoes and my dad would make homemade soda bread. My dad would also let me sneak a few sips of Guinness :) As I got older and became more of a foodie, I started taking charge of the St. Patrick's Day dinner. I'd go all out with Irish butter, cheese, and even made a chocolate stout cake for dessert. 

Corned beef and cabbage is more of an Americanized St. Patrick's Day meal and the article
Corned Beef and Cabbage as Irish as Spaghetti and Meatballs explains that.
I want to share with you my go to recipe for corned beef. I found this recipe in
Real Simple many years ago. It is super easy and you can use whatever you want, really. I use whole Brussel sprouts, baby carrots, and fingerling potatoes. If you are going to be around, I'd suggest dumping in the sprouts, carrots, and potatoes in during the last hour of cooking. I'm usually not home for the last hour of cooking so I just dump all of the ingredients in before I leave the house. Yes, the veggies are a little mushy, but still taste yummy. For the beer, I usually have whatever light ale we have in the fridge (typically an IPA). It's the tarragon cream sauce that really makes it.


Ale-Braised Corned Beef, Brussels Sprouts, and Carrots
Quentin Bacon
Serves 4
Hands-On Time: 15m
Total Time: 8hr 00m
Ingredients
  • 1  3-pound piece corned beef brisket (with spice packet, if included)
  • 1  pound  carrots, peeled and cut into 3-inch lengths
  • 1  12-ounce bottle amber ale
  • 3/4  pound  Brussels sprouts
  • 1/2  cup  sour cream
  • 2  tablespoons  whole-grain mustard
  • 1  tablespoon  chopped fresh tarragon
Directions
1. In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, place the beef, the contents of the spice packet (if included), carrots, and ale. Cook, covered, until the beef is tender, on high for 4 to 5 hours or on low for 7 to 8 hours.
2. Ten minutes before serving, thinly slice the Brussels sprouts. (This is easiest to do in a food processor with the slicing blade.)
3. Transfer the beef from the slow cooker to a cutting board; if the slow cooker is on the low setting, turn it to high. Add the Brussels sprouts to the carrots and liquid in the slow cooker. Cook, covered, until the Brussels sprouts are tender, 4 to 6 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the sour cream, mustard, and tarragon.
5. Slice the beef. Serve with the vegetables and sour cream sauce.

  Over the weekend, I spotted these at Costco in Columbia. They are shamrock shaped
  ravioli filled with Irish cheddar cheese. How adorably delicious!! I believe the price
  was $9.69 If we weren't going to be away for St. Patrick's Day these would have been a
  perfect addition!
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