Good evening, morning, whatever it is… it’s been a long day. I didn’t get to bed until after 2 and I had to get up at 7 to get my booty on the road! I loaded up the car, gave Betty Ford a farewell snuggle, and hit the road.
Since reading Jane and Michael Stern’s review of Hell’s Kitchen in Gourmet last year, I’ve been dying to go. There just wasn’t a way to justify leaving Minnesota without paying the restaurant a visit, so I met my dad and grandparents there bright and early this morning for one last hoorah. Now, I’m going to warn you, I’ll be committing food blog blashpemy by using two words that are pretty much forbidden in our little community.
After much debate, I ordered a cup of Mohnomin pooridge (and here’s where the forbidden words come in): Served warm with roasted hazelnuts, dried blueberries, sweetened cranberries, heavy cream and pure maple syrup
I asked the server if I could have it with skim milk instead of the heavy cream (I feel like I should be whispering that); she said it was possible but “the chef couldn’t guarantee the taste.” So I decided to go balls to the wall and live it up. I’ve been looking forward to eating here for so long, I might as well enjoy the complete experience.
I also ordered a side of toasted baguette, which comes with their homemade ginger-berry preserves, orange marmelade, and…
… their famous peanut butter!
Here’s what the Sterns say about it: “[the chef]Omer starts by roasting his own unskinned Spanish peanuts. They are rugged-ground and then infused with clarified butter, salt, and touches of honey and brown sugar. The result is like no other peanut butter…”
Like a good little food blogger, I also mixed it into my pooridge.
I bought some of the peanut butter for home, and some of their Hot Damn Cocoa Mix… my dad had some with breakfast and it was delicious. So, yes, I probably ate my daily caloric intake in one meal early in the day, but it was worth it and I really didn’t think twice.
My grandparents said they’ll be returning soon to hear the live gospel music that’s performed at “the Kitchen.”
My dad and I were finally ready to hit the road…
Unfortunately, we hit it a little too hard and got caught in a speed trap. Poor daddy.
I ate about five pounds of grapes throughout the day:
We ate fresh for lunch: 6-inch veggie sub with all the fixings, pepperjack cheese, and fat free honey mustard on honey wheat bread. I also got a diet coke (I know, I know) to keep me awake (it didn’t work) and a strawberry yogurt.
I nibbled on some homemade trail mix in the car:
We stopped at Mickey D’s for some vanilla soft-serve. I swear we’re really driving and not just touring the fast-food chains…
I wasn’t sure if I was hungry for dinner (since I pretty much ate my way across three state lines), but we stopped for dinner at Applebee’s around 9:30. It’s one of the only chain restaurants where I can order something that’s remotely healthy; they’re pretty accommodating about substitutions.
My dad and I split two things: Spinach salad with grilled shrimp, no bacon, cherry tomatoes, avocado, hard-boiled eggs and olives on bibb lettuce with the dressing on the side (I ate it dry, it was really thick and creamy):
And from the Weight Watchers menu, the Chili lime tilapia with black bean salsa, rice pilaf and broccoli.
I all but licked my plate clean. I guess I was hungry after all!
We made it to Fort Wayne at 11:45; I’m going to get up early to see my cousins before they go to school but we have less of a drive tomorrow so I’ll probably go back to sleep.
Hope you’ve had a lovely day and your week is off to a great start. Bonne nuit 🙂