A day wandering around Zurich

Had a lot of fun on our first full day in Zurich with a good night’s sleep in us.  It rained most of the night but cleared up and we had a beautiful sunshine filled day to work with.  We started off at a place called Markethalle, a food stall gallery underneath/inside a viaduct, so…

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Roaming GastroGnome!  Thanks for reading!  I’m looking forward to sharing many new adventures in 2012.

A Hot Christmas Cocktail

Cheryl’s parents are retired and live in Florida and the weather always seems to turn colder whenever they visit.  I don’t know how they do it.  So far we don’t have any snow here in Chicago so they’re pretty happy but it is a little…um…chilly.  More than they’re used to at least!  One of my…

Top Chef Episode 8 – Finally! But I thought game meat was last week?

It’s about time!  They finally dispensed with all those team challenges and, not surprisingly, the overall quality jumped up a few notches.  The show also moved from Dallas to the third Texas city, Austin.  Been there, fun city.  I wonder if they’ll have a challenge at The Salt Lick?  That’d be cool.  The quickfire was…

Christmas Cookie – Pecan Tassies

Here’s another of my favorite Christmas cookies (What ones don’t I like? The ones I don’t make of course.  Sheesh!).  You’ll need a mini-muffin pan for these.  I didn’t have one for the longest time since I never made mini-muffins, and still don’t.  I did however gain one when Cheryl and I got married and…

San Francisco! Swan Oyster Depot!

So this weekend Cheryl and I were in San Francisco for a trip she won to travel with the Detroit Lions to their game in Oakland (that’s a post for another day).  She was very excited about it because she really loves the NFL, I was excited about it because we’d be in San Francisco. …

More Christmas Cookies – Thumbprint cookies

Another one of my favorites.  These are really simple to make and they cook pretty quickly too.  Like all the other “Christmas” cookies from when I was little, these would only get made once a year.  They’re probably good anytime, but for some strange reason they only get made at Christmas.  My mom still makes…

Top Chef Episode 7 – Double Down

Last night’s episode was one of the best of the season, but if you’ve been following along you know that’s not a high bar to clear.  This is two weeks in a row where the quickfire challenge seemed to really bring out the creativity of the chefs.  I loved the elimination challenge too.  Finally one…