Happy Wednesday, and thanks for reading along with my Hunger Challenge ! Now, for a proper weekend recap (remember, Taste of St. Louis on Friday was our one dinner away from the Challenge!).
We really lived up the city of St. Louis for a couple days, starting with Taste of St. Louis on Friday evening. I had just moved to St. Louis last year and Taste was one of my first events in STL in 2010, so it was fun to reminisce this year! It was also fun to go on a Friday at 5 p.m. instead of Saturday night – last year was so crowded but this year we were much more comfortable!
My first stop was the Tortillaria booth for their fish tacos. Tortillaria (located in the Central West End) is Milagro’s (Webster Groves) sister restaurant and I have yet to visit, so this was my chance to try it out. The sauce and fish were an excellent combo and everything tasted so fresh!
Matt was jealous – his Pad Thai wasn’t very good.
We then tried these alligator rangoons (yes, you heard me right!) from Molly’s in Soulard . They were tasty but a bit on the spicy side for me – I believe they also included Andouille sausage. Matt really enjoyed these.
I also tried this shrimp BLT wrap from Bixby’s , located in the Missouri History Museum. The wrap was OK – a bit watery (read: messy). The flavors were good but nothing that blew me away.
We ended the evening at the Cardinals game, walking right over after Taste. It got a little cold towards the end of the game but overall, it wasn’t bad and we had a great time, despite the loss.
We also hit up a Rams game on Sunday, which was also lost :( I’d never been to one though, so it was a fun experience. We had great seats – I’ve never sat that close to professional football players!
I will actually get to a recipe in this blog post, I promise :) On Saturday, we went to a potluck at my coworker’s house and I really wanted to bring a fall-based dish that wasn’t really squash or root vegetable related. Our hosts were smoking meat so when I found the recipe for Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Cornbread from Smitten Kitchen , it seemed like the perfect match!
I’ll leave it to Smitten Kitchen to give you the recipe, as I followed it almost exactly. Just know that 1) you’ll need 6 ounces of goat cheese and 2) they suggest you soak coarse cornmeal in the buttermilk overnight beforehand.
I soaked for a couple hours and called it an afternoon.
I ended up leaving about a third of the cornbread without the caramelized onion topping, just to please the masses. Honestly, both sides were great but the onion really added a nice, smoky taste!
The inside was a bit mushy, surely due to my cooking time and not the recipe, but it was excellent with brisket and potatoes, and I can’t wait to make it again!
Have a great day!
Question: Does your city have a Taste festival? What’s it like? Best food you’ve had there?