Sunday, February 24, 2008

Lone Spur lunch

Yesterday I had lunch at one of my favorite places, the Lone Spur in Minnetonka.

Enchiladas with brisket

I had what I typically have, the enchiladas stuffed with their own home cooked brisket. The brisket is so juicy and moist, and accompanied with the cheese, enchilada sauce, and some sides of beans and rice, this is about as good as it gets for me.

It occurred to me while I was dining there that I have been coming to the Lone Spur for 14 years now. I love this place. Here is to another 14 years and beyond!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Patty Melt at The Lookout

I went out to lunch on Saturday at The Lookout in Maple Grove. This is becoming a regular destination for me.

On this trip, I had the patty melt; the classic hamburger sandwich. A hamburger patty, American cheese, and fried onions pressed between two slices of grilled marble rye bread. On an episode of “Feasting On Asphalt II”, Alton Brown referred to this as the hamburger meeting the Philly cheese steak. A great description!

A most excellent patty melt at The Lookout

The patty melts was excellent; a juicy burger, nicely browned onions, creamy cheese, and some good quality marble rye bread. Yum, what is not to like? I scarfed it down, along with most of my seasoned fries.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Thai yellow curry with venison

Over the weekend, I got kind of creative and concocted my own Thai inspired meal. Earlier in the week, my company got some takeout from Big Bowl for lunch, and I had some chicken in a yellow curry sauce. I decided to put my own twist on this, sliced up some venison steaks I had in the freezer, and the result was Thai yellow curry with venison.

Venison is a lean, delicious meat, and combined with a flavorful, spicy, and silky coconut curry sauce with fresh vegetables, I found it to be extremely tasty and exotic. Of course, you could use whatever you like in terms of meat (chicken, shrimp, beef, etc.). Whatever the case, it was a fun and incredibly easy use of one of my favorite meats. I was most pleased, and will definitely make this again.

Thai Yellow Curry with Venison

-1 14 oz can coconut milk
-3 T. fish sauce
-1 T. sugar
-1 T. olive oil
-2 T. fresh ginger, cut into thin matchsticks
-1 tsp. crushed red pepper
-1 lb. venison steaks, sliced thin (or use beef, chicken, or shrimp instead)
-1 T. curry powder
-Salt & fresh ground black pepper
-8 oz. fresh green beans, trimmed
-1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
-1 medium red onion, sliced
-5 cloves garlic, minced
-Jasmine rice for serving

Combine the coconut milk, fish sauce, and sugar. Stir well to incorporate and set aside for later.

In a wok or a large, deep, cooking vessel, add the olive oil and heat to medium high. Add the ginger and crushed red pepper and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the venison, curry powder, salt, and pepper. Stir-fry for a couple of minutes until nearly all the pink is gone from the meat. Remove from pan.

Add more oil if needed, and stir-fry the green beans, red bell pepper, red onion, and garlic. Cook for a just couple of minutes. Return the meat to the pan and stir to combine.

Pour the coconut mixture into the pan. Cook until the sauce is bubbly and slightly reduced, the meat is cooked through, and the vegetables are slightly tender, but still have a nice texture to them. Serve in deep bowls over some steamed jasmine rice.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Walleye at Senser's

I made a return trip to Joe Senser's Sports Theater in Plymouth for lunch today. This time, I had their beer battered walleye sandwich.

Beer battered walleye sandwich at Joe Senser's

Not only was it huge, but it was also very delicious. The large fillet of walleye was crispy and lightly battered and served on a toasted hoagie roll with lettuce, tomato, and tartar sauce on the side. Yum!

I upgraded to the shoestring fries, which were well prepared and had a great crispiness to them.

A good lunch. It really hit the spot after a long morning run!