Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Cinnamon Pumpkin Roll with Chocolate Filling

Rolled cakes always scare me. It doesn't matter that of the 3-4 we've made, all have turned out well. The whole 'bake the cake in a jelly roll pan and then roll it in a towel then unroll it and spread filling and then re-roll' process always makes me nervous. I think I always fear the cake breaking/tearing during the many rollings.
Since I am not a huge pumpkin pie person, I decided that I wanted pumpkin roll for my dessert the week of Thanksgiving. I was all set to bake EPAS' pumpkin roll with white filling, but then we watched a Giada episode. She made Cinnamon Pumpkin Roll with Chocolate Filling.
More specifically, chocolate mascarpone filling. Mmmmmmm. And as luck would have it, SP found huge tubs of mascarpone at Costco and impulsively bought them. I took that as a sign that we had to make this pumpkin roll.
It's easy to make. I measured (as usual being very generous with the cinnamon) and buttered the pan and parchment, SP mixed, the cake baked, and then SP rolled it in the towel to cool. He also made the filling, unrolled the cake, spread on the filling, and re-rolled it while I was busy with the madeleines.
I really like this pumpkin roll with chocolate filling. I thought it was very tasty - lots of cinnamon and a creamy chocolaty filling. Mom and SP said they prefer white filling. Dad was too busy eating the pie to care about the pumpkin roll. Oh well. Maybe next year we can have two smaller rolls, one with a white filling and one with this chocolate filling.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving Recap

This Thanksgiving, my parents are in town, visiting us for a week. SP & I were happy to cook a meal for the four of us, with their help. Here's a quick recap.
Cranberry-Spiced Martinis for afternoon cocktails. Recipe from Noble Pig here.

A pretty pink color with a tasty cranberry-cinnamon-clove taste.

Dad's only responsibility: opening this after the martinis. The champagne is a wedding present which we had not yet enjoyed. Sooooo good. 

Afternoon snack with martinis: mushroom turnovers, recipe here

Tasty mushroom-thyme-sour cream filling, flaky dough pockets

12 lb turkey, seasoned with onion-fresh sage butter

The plate of turkey

Mom's sausage stuffing, with mushrooms, too

SP's homemade cranberry sauce (cranberries, sugar, fresh orange juice & zest)

Green beans, portobellas, and onions sauteed in olive oil and with a splash of sherry (not even close to the recipe's full half cup since mom knocked it onto the floor and it was the last of our sherry). Recipe here.

SP's baked sweet potato, from our CSA

Brussel sprouts, from the CSA, roasted with olive oil & balsamic vinegar

My dessert plate: madeleine, chocolate dipped crescent cookie, sliver of pumpkin pie, pumpkin roll with chocolate-mascarpone filling

Pumpkin pie - homemade flaky pie crust (recipe from Joy of Cooking, uses butter & shortening); the filling is the recipe on the can of Libby's pumpkin

SP likes a lot of whipped cream on his pumpkin pie

The bottom crust stayed nice and flaky; it didn't get soft/mushy, maybe because we brushed the dough with an egg before pouring in the filling and baking
A very tasty Thanksgiving. There was gravy, too, which I forgot to photograph. And some canned jellied cranberry stuff. We ate the leftovers for dinner tonight and now all that is left is a bit of turkey and one piece of pie. Plus some cookies and pumpkin roll.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Gobble Gobble!
Happy Thanksgiving! Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday!

There are many things for which I am thankful on this day of giving thanks and really, they are obvious and don't need to be stated (family, friends, health) but also I am thankful that my family values tradition so much and all the small things that make things 'extra special.' That turkey in the photo above? This is his 23rd Thanksgiving. Every year I pull him out and put him together and every year, my family lovingly mocks my turkey and notes his wear & tear and wonders how much longer he can last. But trust me, they would be sad if Mr. Turkey didn't grace the Thanksgiving festivities. Much like Frosty at grandma's house and my great-grandma's light up Santa that my brother has - Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without the Hallmark turkey and the reminiscing / mocking it inspires.

Even SP has happily embraced the turkey. He rolls his eyes when it comes out of hiding, but also exclaims that Mr. Turkey still looks pretty good and he also carefully moves it out of harm's way when we cook.

That's what I love about this time of year - the small things that make us exclaim as we re-discover them (the turkey! the angel chimes! great grandma's bell ornaments!) and the things that make us reminisce with joy and nostalgia (grandpa's train set! grandma's turkey salt & pepper shakers!) even as we create new memories and traditions.

Sometimes, it's the small things that make everything extra special. Like Mr. Turkey.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Nutella Fudge Mini Cupcakes & Other Baked Goodies

It was a food filled weekend, and yet not a food filled weekend. I know, that makes no sense.

Saturday we went to Peters for my every 10 weeks hair appointment. Afterward, we met up with L at a place called Farmhouse Coffee. It's a coffee shop on Valley Brook Road in an old white house. Inside, it looks like the original wood floors have been refinished. There are two fireplaces in the 'main' room and there's a gold pattern wallpaper which I assume is some kind of Victorian era type design. In any event, it's a very nice place to hang out and have coffee. There's also a small patio area out back and this place is right off the walking trail.

I didn't try their coffee, and neither did SP. We both had hot tea and shared a tasty biscotti with almond bits and chocolate glaze on top. L had a chocolate ice cream cone and some coffee. They sell quiche and some sandwiches, but I'm not sure that they make those items themselves.

Of course the one-third of a biscotti was all I'd eaten all day by the time we got to the Galleria around 1:40 pm so I was hungry. We detoured into Panera and each got a bagel. Asiago with plain cream cheese for me, whole wheat with garden veggie cream cheese for SP.

SP went out with his friends Saturday night. We made these mini Nutella Fudge Cupcakes for him to take. There's 4 ingredients, 3 if you omit the hazelnuts sprinkled on top like we did. Half a cup Nutella, 1 egg, 5 tablespoons flour, mix together, bake 375 for 11-12 minutes, makes 12 mini cupcakes.

They were just OK. I had half a mini cupcake. It might have been that I was too full after eating this for dinner:
Since SP was headed out for the evening, we grabbed a sandwich from Panera at Settlers Ridge for my dinner. It's a new one: Steak Balsamico (seared top sirloin, mozzarella, roasted red peppers, fresh baby spinach, tomato & basil balsamic spread on ciabatta ). It was pretty tasty.

But back to the Nutella Mini Cupcakes. Maybe I was too full to enjoy a mini cupcake, but I didn't think these were all that great. SP also thought they were just OK. And his friends thought they were OK. This is the second Nutella baked goodie that I thought was just 'meh.' The Nutella Pockets I made last August were also just OK. So far, my favorite Nutella treat is to spread it between two pizzelles for a pizzelle sandwich.
We spent Sunday doing chores like raking and laundry plus we made a batch of Mushroom Turnovers to keep in the freezer for the holidays. I raved about these last December. We served them at Christmas Eve dinner last year and they were a big hit. I haven't tried any of this year's turnovers yet, but I sampled the mushroom filling and it's just as tasty as it was last year. I can't wait to bake some of the turnovers!
We also made a batch of Chocolate Dipped Crescent Cookies since they are my mom's favorite and she'll be flying into Pittsburgh tomorrow. They don't look very crescent-like this time. More blob-like. Chocolate Dipped Blob Cookies.
I think the dough was too warm/soft/greasy because the butter was too soft. Oh well. I had the pleasure of shaping all 5 dozen. Roll small amount of dough into ball, roll into log, shape into crescent, repeat, your hands will get greasier the more you roll. I also had the pleasure of coating all 5 dozen with melted chocolate on one half. Have I ever mentioned that I do not enjoy making these cookies because of how labor intensive they are? And that I am now supremely annoyed and disappointed that they are blob like and not crescent like after all that work?

They taste OK. But I like them when they are a bit thicker, less spread out, and more crescent-y, like last year and the year before. Seriously - look how crescent-y the past ones are and then look at the photos above and see how blobby they are this year. Sigh.

We both were too tired on Sunday to make anything for dinner, not even scrambled eggs, not even a spinach salad, so we ordered a prosciutto-arugula pizza from Picasso Pizza and it was, as usual, tasty.

And that's our food filled but not food filled weekend! No dining out, no cooking dinner, just Panera and Picasso Pizza. Some disappointing Nutella mini cupcakes. Appetizers not for ourselves but for the freezer and the future. And pain-in-the-neck to make cookies that look blobby but hopefully will taste OK to mom since they're her favorite and she's coming in to town and I wanted to have a surprise for her.

But I am NOT making dad's Candy Cane Cookies. Sorry dad. I bought you a nice turkey...

Saturday, November 19, 2011

CSA #32 - The Final One

It's week #32 of the 2011 CSA. Our last one. Penns Corner is offering a winter CSA share, but we haven't decided whether or not to join a winter CSA. Here's what was in the final box:
~ mixed microgreens, Crighton’s Farm
~ Boltonfeta cheese, Hidden Hills Dairy
~ carrot bunch, Nu Way Farm, CF
~ brussel sprout greens, Clarion River Organics, OG
~ 2# white turnips, Nu Way Farm, CF
~ red oakleaf lettuce, Clarion River Organics, OG
~ spaghetti squash, Blue Goose Farm, CNG
~ 1/2 gallon apple cider, Kistaco Farm Farm
~ 2# white onions, Blue Goose Farm, CNG

GS took all the apple cider and we took the whole squash.

Until next year...

Friday, November 18, 2011

Orange Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Cookies. I love cookies. So even though I think I should take a little pre-holiday break from so many cookies and other baked treats... well, I just can't. I love our evening ritual of making hot tea and settling in on the couch, curling up with my legs in SP's lap, watching some TV together, or reading together, or just talking or goofing around. And that evening ritual includes having a little dessert treat.
This week the cookie treat is Orange Shortbread Cookies with Chocolate Chips. They're easy to make and only make about 2 dozen, so if I want my treat to last all week, I must practice portion control. Willpower. Not like the Mint Chocolate Chunk Cookie week when I ate 6-7 a day and we still tossed the last 3 because they got stale.
These taste like an Orange Milanos, only better. Much better. Orange zest, orange extract, chocolate.


Orange Shortbread Cookies with Chocolate Chips

Bon Appetit February 2003

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup(1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons(packed)grated orange peel
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
1 large egg yolk
3 tablespoons whipping cream
8 ounces double chocolate chips (such as Ghiradelli)

Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 350°F. Butter and flour large baking sheet. Whisk first 3 ingredients in medium bowl. Beat butter, sugar, orange peel, and orange extract in large bowl until fluffy. Beat in yolk, then cream. Add flour mixture; beat until dough comes together in moist clumps. Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop dough by generous tablespoonfuls onto baking sheet, spacing 3/4 inch apart. Using moistened fingertips, flatten each to 1/2-inch-thick round. Bake cookies until golden, about 18 minutes. Transfer to rack; cool. DO AHEAD Can be made 3 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Zupa Pomidorowa. And Egg Salad

What's for dinner? Earlier this week I wrote about our pork chops & spinach-apple salad. But we didn't eat that all week. We also made tomato soup and egg salad sandwiches.

Tomato soup. I was thinking lots of tomatoes, some basil, maybe a splash of cream, maybe some croutons or crostini. Lots of tomato flavor. But SP's mind was on another path. His eyes lit up when I suggested tomato soup. But then he started talking about adding pork bones or pig feet to the soup. What??!!! I was aghast. He was going to ruin my soup.

He had this whole explanation / rationalization for doing it his way. It was simple: that's how his family made tomato soup when he was growing up. I know that's how most people like certain dishes - the way mom/dad/grandma made them. But... pork bones in tomato soup? Really? Of course in the midst of this soup discussion, we met up with his family for dinner, the tomato soup came up, and I was quickly outnumbered. Pork bones it was.
I don't know where the pork bone thing comes from. We thought maybe it's a Polish thing since his father's family is Polish. I tried looking it up. I found a scanned page from Polish Heritage Cookery cookbook. Tomato soup (zupa pomidorowa) with pork bones. I found this recipe, with pork meat in the soup.

I also learned that pomidorowa is one of the top comfort foods in Poland. And that searching 'zupa pomidorowa' leads to lots of information - in Polish. Duh. And not useful since I don't know Polish! Also, most of the 'Polish Tomato Soup' recipes I found used beef or chicken broth. And many Polish people are divided on whether this soup is best served with rice or with noodles.

I'm not entirely sure what went into our version! It's probably a version that would insult true Polish pomidorowa. SP made the soup Saturday night and I heard him in the kitchen but I didn't actually witness the soup assembly. He let it simmer in the crock pot overnight, the crock pot  auto-shut off around 6~7 am, he let it cool, and before we left for brunch Sunday morning, he put it in a storage container in the refrigerator.

There were chopped onions, carrots, and celery. Cans of tomatoes. Water. Pork neck bones. Fresh basil (actually, frozen basil since we froze our fresh herbs last month). Pepper. And when we ate it, we dolloped in as much sour ream as we each wanted.
Did we eat it with rice or noodles? Neither. Those options never even crossed my mind. I was thinking tomato soup and grilled cheese, but I knew SP wouldn't be too excited about grilled cheese. But a side sandwich sounded good. Finally, I thought of egg salad. We've never made egg salad together and it was sort of in the back of my mind ever since we had that tasty egg salad at the Cafe at the Frick.
I don't like to eat mayo dressed salads the day, or days, after they are made. For some reason, the mayo bothers my stomach after the first day. This is why our potato and pasta and macaroni salads are all dressed with vinegar dressings. For the egg salad, we hard boiled eggs ahead of time. On our soup & sandwich nights, I chopped 3 eggs and a stalk of celery. I let SP make the dressing since he's pickier than I am about mayo stuff. He added some mayo and white vinegar plus paprika, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper. We ate it on toasted swirl bread.
The egg salad was tasty. Very nice for something different. As for the tomato soup / zupa pomidorowa, it was good, but it wasn't what I had been wanting, so I was a little disappointed. It has, to me, a strong pork flavor, and while SP really likes that, and while I agree that it adds a nice flavor and richness, I think I would prefer non-porky tomato soup. On the plus side, SP used the immersion blender to puree the soup since I wanted a very smooth, no chunks soup, and it is very smooth.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Casbah Sunday Brunch

Sunday we went to brunch at Casbah. We did the same thing almost exactly a year ago. Here's what I wrote then:

"I think I've mentioned before that if you sign up for Big Burrito's mailing list (to receive emails about Big Burrito News/Happenings), you receive, in the mail, a birthday coupon every year and that coupon is good for up to $30 off an entree for 2 weeks around your birthday. It's not good on Saturdays, and we had already made plans to dine at Wild Rosemary, and SP gets home too late during the week for us to head back out into the city for dinner, but I just couldn't pass up the birthday coupon! So we decided to use it on a Sunday brunch at Casbah (Eleven also offers Sunday brunch)."

That's pretty much the case this year, except we ate at Willow instead of Wild Rosemary.
Casbah offers a Prix Fixe Sunday brunch for $24 (last year it was $22). It includes a cocktail of your choosing (Mimosa, Bellini, Bloody Mary, Sangria, or Salty Dog), an appetizer, and an entree. They will substitute a non-alcoholic beverage for the cocktail if you want. For my cocktail, I chose Sangria. SP chose a Bloody Mary, which arrived with three large olives, a lemon wedge, and a celery stalk. He said his Bloody Mary is on the spicy side so I wouldn't like it. The Sangria was good.

Soon enough a bread basket was delivered by someone, not our server, so we didn't get descriptions of each goodie. This makes me sad.
Remember how I said I was having allergy/sinus issues? Along with that I've also been exhausted no matter how much/how little I sleep. Well, apparently my taste buds are also affected because I noticed no discernible differences in flavor between these 3 goodies. The small scone was my favorite. SP said he could taste different flavors. Not long after we ate these treats, we heard a server describe them to a nearby table. To my surprise, the scone was a banana scone. I usually don't like banana baked treats, but I didn't pick up any banana flavor. The muffin supposedly had coconut in it. I dislike coconut. I never noticed any coconut. The biscuit was just a biscuit. Yikes! My taste buds are really off!

SP started off with Smoked Salmon, truffled potato cake, aioli, capers, red onion, egg:
It was a very generous portion. He really liked it, especially with the capers, and I enjoyed my bite of potato cake.

I started with my usual: Arugula salad with crimini mushrooms, house-made pancetta, potatoes, pancetta vinaigrette, and goat cheese:
Tasty as always. But I was only able to eat about half of it. I was already slowing down, not a good sign. Was it because I have some sinus thing? Because I finished my leftover Elbow Room sandwich at 8:30pm the night before? It was lunch time, around noon, so I should have been hungry. SP happily finished the salad.

For his brunch entree, he chose Casbah Scramble: local eggs, zucchini, roasted shallots, chorizo sausage, Pecorino Romano, smoked paprika roasted fingerlings, fresh fruit, white or wheat toast:
He enjoyed his scramble, but couldn't finish it. He was pretty full, plus something he had eaten in the days prior to Casbah was bothering his stomach. He got the last bit of scramble and the toast boxed and brought it home.

I chose the same brunch entree as last year. Braised Lamb & Eggs - braised Elysian Fields lamb shoulder, spinach, poached local eggs, oregano, and grilled sourdough:
The first thing I did was pick apart the lamb and spinach, looking for garlic cloves. Last year I was surprised by their presence, two blobs of garlic, but I simply removed them and I was OK. This year, I uncovered this:
Many blobs of garlic. Way more garlic than last year. I was surprised. And worried. Especially since the amount of lamb seemed slightly less than last year. I went ahead and ate the lamb and spinach and bread, hoping for the best.

I asked for my eggs well poached, which I know makes them not really poached eggs, but I always worry how runny yolk will affect my sensitive tummy. Here's my poached eggs:
It was tasty, but I just wasn't enjoying it. I was already pretty full, and I left probably a quarter of the portion on my plate. SP tried a tiny bite but was too full to help.

We didn't even take a peek at the dessert menu.

I left Casbah feeling somewhat sad and disappointed and letdown. I'm not sure that it was Casbah itself. Our server was wonderful as they always are at Casbah. She asked if my egg was poached enough. She kept water glasses filled.

I think it's just that I was tired, messed up from the odd early then late dinner dining on Saturday, still suffering from sneezing and a pounding sinus headache. I didn't really taste anything - SP cannot believe I thought all 3 baked treats tasted the same and didn't taste banana or coconut.

And while I didn't have my usual garlic reaction, I did feel a little sick the rest of the afternoon. My stomach hurt a bit, and I had to force myself to eat dinner because I wasn't hungry at all.

I hope this 'not feeling right' thing passes soon because next week my parents are coming into town for Thanksgiving and an early Christmas celebration and we have a lot of stuff planned for the week that they are here. I haven't seen my dad in 11 months and I haven't seen my mom in 7 months, so I'm pretty excited for their visit. My mom is really excited - she's even talking about going out on Black Friday. In Robinson. We NEVER leave the house on Black Friday. I think she's nuts, but if she wants to brave the Robinson gridlock at 6 am, well, I guess I'll go with her!

Meanwhile, I still like Casbah a lot, and their brunch, and hopefully next time we go I'll be feeling much better.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Elbow Room

Last Saturday evening, SP and I met up with his family for a 'birthday dinner.' This time, we were very belatedly celebrating ZH's birthday as well as celebrating my recent birthday. ZH and I chose Elbow Room for our birthday dinner.

I had never been to Elbow Room. It's on Walnut Street in Shadyside in the former Max & Erma's space. It describes itself as a casual, local, neighborhood tavern serving an eclectic American menu.  Inside is pretty spacious, with lots of room between tables. We were seated off to the left next to the windows in an area that seemed a bit removed from the larger, main dining area and that was on the opposite side from the bar area. I don't really remember much of the interior - I guess my recollection, or impression, is just that it was a pretty standard tavern type interior with wood tables and chairs.

There are beers and wine and cocktails, but everyone ordered iced tea, hot tea, or soda. The iced tea was fresh brewed and it was pretty good fresh brewed iced tea.

SP started with a cup of one of the soups of the day (there were 2 soups of the day). Chicken & Vegetable Soup:
He said it was tasty. I'm not sure he's ever had a soup he didn't enjoy! It looked to be carrots, celery, onions, and chicken in chicken broth with some parsley.

I wanted to try the Asparagus, Prosciutto, and Mozzarella appetizer. "Tender asparagus and fresh buffalo mozzarella, wrapped in prosciutto ham and seared to perfection, served warm."
This was good. Nothing extraordinary about it, but good. Each bundle had 4 asparagus spears. SP and I split this appetizer, and one bundle was plenty for me.

I wasn't going to eat any of the rolls our server brought, but I ended up using one to mop up the balsamic on the appetizer plate! It was a standard roll, served slightly warm.
For his main meal, SP decided to try The Yukon – wild salmon fillet, tomatoes, bacon and lettuce on Indian harvest bread with Dijon mustard-mayo.
He said it was quite tasty. As usual, he ended up not eating all the bread of the sandwich, but that's because of watching his carbs and not being much of a bread person. He chose sweet potato fries for his side. They were tasty fries - I munched on a few of them!

Elbow Room offers several kinds of burgers, and in addition to a beef burger, they offer chicken breast, turkey burger, salmon burger, or veggie burger. The burgers are served with your choice of hand-cut fries, coleslaw, or you can substitute sweet potato fries or onion rings for an additional $1.50.

SP's dad and I ended up ordering the same burger: The Johnny Apple Burger
brie, apple wood smoked bacon and green apples. We both chose a chicken breast.
I decided to order the onion rings for the additional charge:
It was a good sandwich. I found myself wishing for maybe another apple slice and maybe some more cheese, but then again, I like a lot of cheese!

Z and ZH ordered the same burger: The Norman Rockwell Burger – a burger with bacon, egg and American cheese:
Z ordered the regular fries; ZH ordered sweet potato fries. The sandwich was enormous. I could never have taken a bite out of it - I would have had to take a bite from the top half, then the bottom half!

I didn't take any photos, but SP's mom ordered Crab and Asparagus Salad – jumbo lump crab meat, grilled asparagus, and julienned red peppers, on a bed of mixed greens with lemon red pepper dressing. She really liked it and ate the entire salad.

Googer opted for Grilled Chicken and Eggplant Salad – blackened chicken, grilled eggplant, red onions, olives, cucumbers, roasted red peppers and tomatoes, topped with feta. He said it was tasty.

Our server was very friendly and efficient. There was a point when a couple people drinking diet soda said it didn't taste like diet, and she apologized and brought new diet sodas for them. She brought lots of hot water for hot tea and sweetener for SP's mom (she uses like 4 packets per cup of hot beverage).

I liked Elbow Room. I didn't love Elbow Room. The sandwiches are good, and there are a lot of sandwich choices, plus if you're looking for a less expensive meal out, this is a good place. But I found myself thinking it was all good, all acceptable, but not anything special or extraordinary. I'm not sure we would drive out to Elbow Room unless we were meeting up with people at Elbow Room for dinner.

However - I wonder how much of my meal enjoyment, or slight lack of enjoyment, was because of the early dinner hour. I realize that SP and I eat dinner very late for most people (we eat between 7 & 7:30 pm) but meeting at 4:30~4:45 pm and being done with the main meal by 5:30 pm (I checked my watch)... well, it's just too early for me. Family dinners have to be at 4:30 pm as decreed by SP's mother, who claims that because of her type 1 diabetes, she cannot wait any later to eat (of course, she also skips lunch, and one could argue that she should eat a little something for lunch which would then enable her to have dinner a bit later). She's not the only family member with type 1 diabetes who is concerned about keeping their blood sugar level within a certain range. SP also has type 1 diabetes as does another family member. Eating 2-3 hours earlier than normal throws his sugar level off, and we've mentioned that it affects him, but that doesn't seem to matter.

Also, I always feel like some senior citizen out for the early bird special when we have 4:30 pm family dinners.

Anyway, since I had to have dinner so early, I ate only a quarter of my sandwich and I had to take the rest home. I feel like I didn't really have a chance to enjoy my meal. I suppose I should have skipped the appetizer, but one of the things we like to do when we eat out is try several things on the menu, especially when it's a place we don't know how soon we'll get back to again. Half the appetizer, half a roll, some onion rings, a few fries, and barely a quarter of a sandwich had me stuffed. I couldn't even contemplate dessert, which seemed to surprise Googer.

It could also be that I didn't enjoy my meal all that much because I've not been feeling all that great the past week. I'm not sick, but I am having a lot of allergy/sinus issues and for most of Saturday I had a pounding sinus headache.

I ended up eating the rest of my sandwich around 8:30 pm Saturday night.

Whatever the case, my one dining experience at Elbow Room leaves me thinking it's good, pleasant, dependable, and I'd go back.
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