Saturday, March 10, 2007

CHEESE, anyone?

We're not all fancy destination restaurants and tasting menus. Sometimes we just eat what we crave, and today, it seemed we were craving CHEESE.

For lunch, we stopped at TGIFriday's, a great place to overindulge if you can avoid getting seated next to screaming kids. Normally, a place like Friday's wouldn't result in a blog-worthy experience, but this place has a serious cure for a cheese craving.

Fried Macaroni & Cheese

It's exactly what it sounds like, and it's exactly that good.
( Click on the picture to experience the ultimate in cheesiness)

Tuscan Portobello Melt
Sliced portobello mushrooms between layers of Provolone & Monterey Jack cheeses, roasted onions & tomatoes on grilled, buttery bread. Served with a cup of Fire-Roasted Red Pepper soup.

This twist on the classic "Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup" is thanks to the winning creation on an episode of Top Chef.

Our cheese day continued in slightly more upscale fashion with dinner at Zephyr Bar & Grill in downtown Livermore, CA.

We've been here a few times, and every time we really enjoy the trio of breads with a very addictive trio of regular, pesto & red pepper butters.

Then it was back to cheese.

Ultimate Macaroni & Cheese
This Mac n' Cheese is unlike any you've ever had before. Four cheeses, tomato snow, crunchy topping and a final flourish of even more molten cheese.

That extra cup of molten cheese is meant to be poured over the dish, but dripping a little extra on every spoonful seemed to work even better.

Not content to survive on cheese alone, however, we rounded out the meal with the following:

Molasses Glazed Meatloaf
An individual loaf of house cured ground beef, wrapped in apple smoked bacon and baked with molasses glaze. Served with sweet corn mashed potatoes and blackstrap gravy.

Texas Funeral Fudge Cake
Seven layer cake from a recipe gifted by Mrs. Nesselroud of Paris Texas, renowned for her contribution to the post funeral buffet. Served with an ice cold bottle of milk and a frosted glass. To die for!

Had we tried to actually finish that cake, it likely would've meant OUR funeral. That cake is roughly the size of Andrea's head!

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