Eleven Eleven Mississippi (St. Louis, MO)

I decided to spice things up a bit with this latest post. Instead of my usual restaurant review, I wanted to try to write this post how I would normally try to pen one of my novel chapters as a challenge to myself and a way to shake things up a bit. Combining the novel … Continue reading

Nicollet Island Inn (Minneapolis, MN)

Continuing the recollection of my last few months of culinary indulgences, the next decadent memory is of Minneapolis hotel and restaurant, Nicollet Island Inn. This quaint little restaurant is an old, yet beautiful, three-story building on the bank of the Mississippi River. The first floor houses the elegant dining room, while the second and third … Continue reading

4 Olives Wine Bar and Restaurant (Manhattan, KS)

Before I left Manhattan, I made a point to visit all of my favorite restaurants in town one last time. The best of the best of those, and also the most expensive, was 4 Olives Wine Bar and Restaurant. 4 Olives is far and away the best restaurant in the Little Apple. Harry’s (featured later) … Continue reading

2008 Francis Ford Coppola Director’s Chardonnay

It’s been awhile since I did a wine post, and since I don’t have a tremendous amount of time to write tonight, I think the perfect opportunity to do so has presented itself. This week I ventured to the local liquor store to find a rich, bold Chardonnay to pair with the chicken alfredo I … Continue reading

Nara Japanese Robata (Kansas City)

Boy, it’s been a busy week, as evidenced by my lack of recent posts. However, with that busyness comes a few good stories to tell, including several from my recent foray into the Midwestern metal jungle of Kansas City. I’ll start by saying that Kansas City is a vastly underrated metro area. Although it doesn’t … Continue reading

Homework: Drink Wine (Odd Reds)

This week we tasted odd reds in class, and thus, our homework was to go out and buy one of the varietals of wine we tasted and drink it for homework! It’s a rough life… Wine:  2010 Codirosso Chianti Price:  $12.99 Region:  Chianti region of Tuscany, Italy Sight:  Ruby red with some purplish tint to … Continue reading

Without The Sun, There Is No Moon. Without Me, There Is No You.

Is there anything better than wine with food? Seriously, what other combination can turn a $5 Little Caesar’s pepperoni pizza and a $12 bottle of Chianti into a meal fit for kings? Those two things are what my Saturday night has consisted of…that and replaying one of my favorite videogames, Mass Effect. Now that I’m … Continue reading

This Week’s Wines (Feb. 21)

As I mentioned earlier in the week, I was a bit behind on my wine posts. This, however, is the wine list from the most current week of tasting, in which we sipped on some delicious, and some not so delicious, odd reds.  Odd reds include anything that’s not Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or … Continue reading

This Week’s Wines — Feb. 14

Hello all! Last week I was unable to post my usual wine column due to having two exams and then being in Chicago for the weekend, so I’m actually a week behind right now. There will be another post with this week’s actual wine list in a few days. Last week, we tasted the big … Continue reading

Homework: Drink Wine — Odd Whites

As I mentioned in this week’s wine post, we tasted odd whites in class. That means homework was to find one of those wines and drink it! Wine: 2009 Salomon Undhof Hochterrassen Gruner Veltliner Price: $10.99 Region: Austria On the Nose: This wine had a fantastic fruitiness on the nose. I smelled notes of grapefruit, … Continue reading