I was able to check out a Jack Daniels whiskey tasting and dinner pairing. I wanted to share some of my photos from the evening. The pairing included: Jack Daniel's Honey, Jack Daniel's Fire, Jack Daniel's Old No. 7, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel's Single Barrel (Barrel Proof), Jack Daniel's Tennessee Rye, Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Rye, and Jack Daniel's Single Barrel (Appalachian Whiskey Society Select Barrel).
For dinner, there were six courses.
Plus cheese and crackers to start.
Cathy Justice's blue ribbon cornbread.
Cream of celery root soup with winter truffle and hazelnut.
Torchon of Hudson Valley Foie Gras
Braised beef cheek with polenta fries, creamed collard greens, medley of mushrooms and Jack Daniel's scented beef jus.
Salad of watercress and arugula with Virginia peanut tart, apples figs, and pomegranate vinaigrette.
White chocolate blondie with Jack Daniel's coulis, compressed cantaloupe honeydew sorbet
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Sarah's on Main is a new bakery in Wheeling that is quickly gaining steam.
The local bakery is long and narrow, with small tables lining the length of the shop.
Sarah's on Main features bakery items, breakfast items, as well as coffee drinks.
Plus some daily specials.
The Salty Bread seems to be a house favorite, so I was looking for that when perusing the menu.
This popped out to me: "salty bread breakfast sandwich" - scrambled egg, caramelized onion, crispy bacon & sharp cheddar / served on salty bread or croissant
And a morning bun with a whipped topping. Have you been?
Monday, July 15, 2019
While in Wheeling, my friend Alex introduced me to a new restaurant: Bubba's Gourmet Burghers & Beer.
The restaurant has locations in Bridgeville & Canonsburg, Pa. And, the Highlands in Wheeling.
I went with the "Roasted Garlic Burgher." It has a homemade roasted parmesan sauce, lettuce, tomato and parmesan.When you eat at a Bubba’s Gourmet Burghers and Beer you are eating the best quality Burgher in the surrounding area! We use a proprietary blend of New York Strip, Ribeye, Sirloin and Brisket ground fresh daily which makes this Burgher second-to-none. No steroids, no antibiotics as we only use all natural and fresh beef. The same requirements go for our chicken which you can substitute for our beef if you prefer. We buy fresh and local produce whenever possible and we truly embrace farm to table.
Sunday, July 14, 2019
I've been to a Shape Shop location in Morgantown, but I had no idea there were more.
So when I stumbled upon the Charleston location, I made a stop with my coworkers.
The shop has frozen goods, snacks and freshly made items.
I ordered a turkey sandwich, with a side of chips.
Have you been here?
Saturday, July 13, 2019
Local shops are my favorite.
Especially the ones where you can get a little bit of everything - from paper towels and canned beans to fresh deli cuts and cat litter.
That's Butcher's Black Angus Meat Deli.
The deli focuses on their fresh selection of meat, but you can get just about a little of everything there.
There's also a selection of cold salads - pimento cheese, potato, cole slaw, etc.
Who can pass up fresh pimento cheese? Not me, clearly.
What's your favorite thing here?
Friday, July 12, 2019
Pho Noodle House is a much-beloved pho spot in Huntington.
The restaurant is quite large, and I took a seat for prime people-watching.
First, I went with an appetizer of crab rangoons.
I just can't help myself.
Then, I ordered "Banh Canh Tom," which is udon noodles with shrimp.
Then, I added some hoisin to make it even tastier.
How do you take your pho?
Thursday, July 11, 2019
The Market in Huntington has a new vendor: Dang Good Cinnamon Rolls and Waffles.
This new shop focuses on - you guessed it - cinnamon rolls and waffles.
So you can get cinnamon rolls, but you can also just get the inside (ooey gooey bites) and you can get a cinnamon roll waffle. AND you can get a Monte Cristo on cinnamon roll buns.
For waffles, you them topped with berries and cream, chocolate and cream, or even as a sandwich with turkey, ranch, lettuce and tomato.
So I tried one of each: a cinnamon roll and a waffle with blueberries and whipped cream. Have you been yet?
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
My dental hygienist was recently talking to me about pepperoni rolls (this is my everyday life) and mentioned a place that I hadn't heard of.
Absolute Pizza, in Campbell's Creek, is not on my normal route so I went out of my way to check it out.
The pizza shop focuses on pizza, of course, but they also have sandwiches, wings, calzones, and - you got it - pepperoni rolls.
So I placed an order for a small pizza - with mushrooms! - and a pepperoni roll.
It was fresh from the oven when I arrived and I returned home to dive in.
Have you been here before?
What's your favorite dish?