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Relaxing at Merlins Rest

I love finding a neighborhood joint to relax after a long day. Growing up watching “Cheers,” I feel compelled to find a place where everybody knows my name. That’s the kind of place Merlin’s Rest could be.

Known for their Bangers & Mash, authentic Fish & Chips and whiskey stocks, they also serve up a delicious veggie burger:
veggie burger

And from what The Husband says, an awesome Reuben sandwich:
reuben sandwich

And according to my girlfriend, they have a knitting night that I just can’t miss. Who could ask for more?

Killer Broccoli

When @cleverkate recommended this recipe, I was a little skeptical. It looked delicious, but isn’t most roasted broccoli great? Well, she was absolutely right – this recipe is killer.

broccoli

The Amateur Gourmet says that this is the most popular post on his blog and how can we be surprised? The recipe comes from culinary goddess extraordinaire, The Barefoot Contessa – Ina Garten. Oh Ina, you can make me dinner any time…. But I digress. This recipe is far more than your average roasted broccoli (which don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love) but the addition of lemon zest, fresh basil and parmesan is what puts this over the top.

To make this delicious broccoli, you can either follow Ina’s orderly instructions or the Amateur Gourmet’s first hand account which includes pictures. Personally, I liked his instructions which also referenced very sage advice from Jacques Pépin on to wash or not to wash the broccoli.

Back in Business: Busters!

It’s been over a year since a favorite neighborhood restaurant closed due to fire and I’m happy to report that Busters on 28th is back in business! We couldn’t wait to see the changes and to get a taste of the new menu, it was like no time had passed at all.

We started with their hand cut tortillas, the guacamole was really fantastic:
chips and guacamole

I was happy to see they had added a veggie burger to their menu:

veggie burger
My Veggie Burger: Butternut squash, wild rice and currants with sage aioli and gouda cheese (vegetarian

Our server said that the Steak Sandwich was her favorite thing on the menu, I didn’t hear any complaints from The Husband:

steak sandwich
The Husband’s Steak Sandwich: Sautéed with caramelized onions and bacon topped with a blue cheese sauce and potato chips

We’re so glad to have this neighborhood favorite back, it was worth the wait!