Each week I bookmark tons of fascinating recipes, trek to interesting food-related places, find neat kitchen tricks, and make unique little dishes. Willow Bird Weekly is a miscellany of stuff I've collected throughout the week that I hope you'll find entertaining.
Stuff I Can't Wait to Make:
-Blueberry Streusel Bars with Lemon Cream Filling on Tracey's Culinary Adventures
-Pineapple Squares by Add a Pinch (like lemon squares, but with pineapple!)
-Beehive Cake (Brown Butter Banana Cake and Honey Buttercream) by Zoë Bakes
Beehive Cake, photo by Zoë
Sweet Corn Hash, photo by Joy
Stuff I Already Made:
Weekend breakfasts sometimes take on a life of their own around here:
Two eggs over easy and a piece of sausage on a bed of avocado and salsa
That's not all I've made by far, though! This week I'm preparing for a BIG EVENT Saturday that I can't wait to tell you all about. Must keep a lid on it for now, though. Here's a sneak preview of the things I've been working on:
Stay tuned for the big reveal on Sunday!
Places I Went and Stuff I Ate:
I finally tried Five Guys' hot dogs -- amazing, as everyone said! I'm not crazy about their burgers now that I've had Cookout's, but I love their fries and now their hot dogs. They're split and grilled before being piled into a bun with toppings. Too bad Five Guys is so expensive; just a cheese hot dog with a coke cost me $7. Seems a little steep. I did notice that the restaurant uses local potatoes, though, which is admirable.
I also found a fantastic new bakery and Indian cafe in Charlotte -- that's right, Indian food and a bakery under one roof! It's called Cakes 'n Flakes. I regret not popping in until now. I had a samosa smothered in a chickpea curry and chutney, and a mango layer cake for dessert. Both were great, but I especially loved the samosa! It was only $4.50 for a great lunch-sized portion. Ahem, are you listenin', Five Guys?!
I also finally tried Loco Lime, which I loved! It's seriously one of my new favorite restaurants. My favorite part was the fried plantains, but everything was really enjoyable. I had flautas with a great slaw on top, and also tried the crab enchiladas. Their salsa doesn't beat On the Border salsa, but then again, I'm an OTB salsa junky and probably biased.
What a great food week!
Stuff That DOES NOT Rock:
I know -- usually this section tells you all about something that rocks. This week, something decidedly does not rock. Byrd, my toy poodle (Willow Bird Baking is her namesake), has intervertebral disc disease. In English, that means she has bulging discs in her back. She's been resting to calm this episode, but the doctor says it won't ever fully go away. Playing fetch is her favorite thing in the universe, so to say I'm bummed is an understatement. She's only 5 years old! He did say she should be able to enjoy moderate activity between episodes, so I'm hopeful that includes fetch.
The picture of Byrd that makes me cry everytime. That pig has long since been dismantled...
Sorry to end on a sad note -- maybe you can help. Tell me what fantastic recipes you've discovered online this week. What fun food experiences have you had?