The last 10 days.

Sorry about the lack of posts over the last week or so. Hank and I headed back to Ohio to visit my family. Although there were only a few photos to document our culinary experiences, we did have a few interesting/noteworthy meals.

We started the trip with steamed cheeseburgers at Ted’s Restaurant in Meriden, CT. You should really check out their amazing website. Hank and I have stopped here before, and it will probably become a regular on our trips to and from Ohio.

A few days after we got to Ohio, my dad graced us with one of his fish fries. Usually, we have these with fish that my parent’s have caught, but they didn’t have enough in the freezer so we had some cod from the grocery. The thing that is special about this is that my dad ALWAYS has two deep fryers ready to go out in the garage. Literally, I’m not kidding here. This is how my parents live. The fry up went pretty well. Then, on New Year’s Eve, I saw my father do something that I have never seen him do…he washed his deep fryer. I’m sure that he has done this before, but I have never witnessed it. After the cleaning we had some deep fried shrimp. Yummy.

On the 29th, we celebrated Christmas with my dad’s side of the family. It’s a big one. My dad has 8 siblings. It was decided by one of my aunts that we should do a soup potluck. 4 chilis and 11 total soups later, I had ate a little bit too much. We made chipotle beef and beer chili, and it was a huge hit. We made it extra spicy, which everyone commented on, but then they finished it right off. If it were a soup-off, I think we would have won.

We gathered with some amazing friends on NYE and had a small potluck. We brought Mark Bittman’s Curried Coconut Butternut Squash soup. Of course, we changed it up a bit by modifying the amount of fluid and using the immersion blender to make it into a pureed soup. Also on the menu: hot wing dip, spinach balls, homemade soft pretzels, white out cake, guacamole…and some other stuffs too.

On the eating out side, we managed to have all of our favorites:

Taqueria Mixteca (3 times!)

Skyline 

Marion’s Piazza (2 times!) *No Photo :(*

AND a few other choice places.

suckling pig

Last night, at 8:30pm, Hank and I found ourselves at Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar for our friend Ben’s surprise 30th birthday party. Anyone who knows us knows that this is a bit on the late side, but we were lured in by the promise of a whole roasted pig. For a small chunk of change (or a large one!) you and a group of your closest friends can have them roast you a suckling pig, served with an oyster appetizer and plenty of hearty sides. If you are a fan of whiskey they have plenty of that too.

We started the evening with some oysters, which aren’t my favorite food in the world. In fact, I have had one in my lifetime. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t want another one either. I thought that this would be a good chance to try another one and see if my tastes had changed in the 7 years since my last one.

I definitely felt the same way about this one as I did the last one. Perhaps it was a little bit better, but I’m not going to ponder on it long enough to say for sure.

Next up were the sides. I didn’t get pictures of all of these, but we started with a nice arugula salad, and then THIS showed up!!!

A HUGE plate of salt roasted beets. Oh man, my hopes were really getting high at this point. We also had roasted cauliflower, and vats of creamy, buttery, sweet potatoes.

The pig was brought to the table first as a golden brown entity, and then later cut up into its parts.

Some brave souls even ate the head parts.

Overall, it was a really fun experience. I’m glad we did it even though it pushed my bedtime back about an hour and a half.