Saturday, February 16, 2019

Wheeling Edition: Good Mansion Wines

Good Mansion Wines

One of my absolute favorite finds in all of West Virginia is Good Mansion Wines.

Good Mansion WinesThis Wheeling gem offers luxury wines, pastas, chocolates, condiments, olive oil and more in a grand house.

Good Mansion WinesAs you wind your way back through this shop, you see more and more goodies available for purchase.

Good Mansion WinesAnd once you get to the back of the building, it opens to this small, bright kitchen!

Good Mansion WinesIt's full of smoked meats, imported cheeses and fresh pastas.

Good Mansion WinesAnd, there are house-made sandwiches available!

Good Mansion WinesBut these aren't your ordinary sandwiches.

Good Mansion WinesThey're full of incredible ingredients, like Prosciutto di Parma, Tallegio, black truggle, and Balsamico di Modena.

Good Mansion Wines

There were two sandwiches assembled when I went up to the counter, and I went with 5 - Il Tirolese: Speck, Taleggio, Acetomodena Balsamico di Modena, with greens.

Good Mansion WinesAnd, I also picked up a small chocolate caramel tart.

Good Mansion WinesThere are just a handful of chairs inside, so I walked out to the front of the building.

Good Mansion WinesAs I opened my bag, I discovered breadsticks and olives to accompany my sandwich.

Good Mansion WinesI unwrapped my sandwich, which was quite large.

Good Mansion WinesThe crusty bread gave way to a tangy cheese and the sweetness of the balsamic vinegar was great.

Good Mansion WinesWhich ones have you tried?

Friday, February 15, 2019

Moundsville Edition: Mason Dixon Barbecue Co.

Mason Dixon BBQ

Mason Dixon Barbecue Co. is a new restaurant in Moundsville.

Mason Dixon BBQ
I'm really excited to see some new dining options in Moundsville, and I'm especially excited about the play on the name.

Mason Dixon BBQ
A lot of folks tend to think of West Virginia only being below the Mason Dixon Line, and for folks like me who are from the Northern Panhandle, it's important to remember us.

Mason Dixon BBQRaised on a farm in Marshall County, WV, Patrick Fisher grew up surrounded by the sights and sounds of the Mason Dixon. Patrick is a combat veteran of the war in Afghanistan. After proudly serving 6 years in the United States Army he enrolled in West Liberty University College of Business and created Mason Dixon Barbecue Company. Since 2013, Patrick has been smoking his own brand barbecue featuring his homemade Mason Dixon barbecue sauce.
Mason Dixon BBQ
My dad actually works in Moundsville, and when I stopped here along my drive to Pittsburgh, I sent him a quick text to see if he may be available for lunch. To my surprise and delight, he was! So he met me here, and we tried a few things on the menu.

Mason Dixon BBQI ordered a pulled pork sandwich with a side of potato salad. And then I ended up getting a side of macaroni & cheese too!

Mason Dixon BBQIt's a house-rubbed pork shoulder smoked with West Virginia white oak, pulled, and served with The Original sauce on an Italian bun. The bun was lightly toasted, and that bbq sauce had a nice tang to it. Pretty tasty!

Mason Dixon BBQAnd the sides were good, too. Have you been?

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Charleston Edition: Nosh Catering & Carryout


Nosh is a new restaurant on the East End that I happened to pass while driving by recently.

NoshIt is only open for lunch during the week currently, so plan a quick stop to check it out!

NoshThere are a few small tables on the inside, and it's like a sweet mix of elegant and fun inside.

NoshThe menu features soups, salads and sandwiches - plus some sweet treats.

NoshI ordered the cranberry turkey croissant with a side of potato salad.

NoshAnd, wow was that sandwich good! It was much larger than I anticipated, but all those flavors were perfect together.

NoshAnd my side of potato salad was big, too, and flavorful.

NoshHave you been? What's your favorite so far?

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Cincinnati, OH Edition: Terry's Turf Club

Terry’s turf bar

Terry's Turf Club is a quirky restaurant, clad in neon signs, and is a bit of a dive - but with fancy burgers.

Terry’s turf barThis restaurant is usually pretty packed, but we got lucky.

Terry’s turf barIt's been on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, so that surely brings a lot of folks in - including us!

Terry’s turf barTo start off with, there are peanuts on the table for a snack.

Terry’s turf barAs we looked over the menu, I had a tough time figuring out how to make my burger.

Terry’s turf barThere are tons of toppings and cheeses and all kinds of delicious things - but they add up quick!

Terry’s turf barSo I actually kept it simple for my first burger there. I got the burger, topped with swiss cheese and bearnaise sauce.

Terry’s turf barIt is all served on paper plates, which is fine.

Terry’s turf barAnd overall, I thought it was a decent burger. Next time I'll splurge for a fancy cheese and topping to go all out.

Terry's Turf Club Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Cincinnati, OH Edition: Nada


Nada is a cocktail and drink joint with a beautiful entrance filled with plants and seating. Once I saw this cute place, I knew we had to squeeze it in.

NadaThis restaurant was a warm, welcome respite from some of the chilly Cincinnati temperatures. We sat upstairs to warm up and get a nibble.

NadaI ordered the Queso Gringo, which came with smoked gouda + habanero + pico de gallo + black bean purée.

NadaAfter just a few minutes, we had a hot pile of cheese - perfect to warm any tummy!

NadaThis was pretty good - love the little bit of heat - and homemade chips! But is queso ever really bad? Yum!


Nada Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato