Saturday, August 31, 2013

Five Guys Burgers & Fries - St. Louis, MO

If there's one thing hubby and I enjoy, that'd be a good hamburger/cheeseburger.  While we were driving around St. Louis, we noticed, again just in our neighborhood, a Five Guys Burgers and Fries.  My mom introduced us to this when we were in Fayetteville so we knew before we left town we soooo had to try it out.  And that we did.

When you enter you can grab yourself some peanuts to eat at your table, but look at those bags of potatoes!  Seriously!!!

You walk in and place your order, they give you a number and you take your seat.  Now our experience has been finding a place to sit is difficult but we went before the crowd hit so we lucked out.  I did notice while we were waiting for our food that you can call, fax or use the internet to place your order as well.  Sweet!

Five Guys also didn't let us down, they had some dang good sweet tea!

Once our order was called hubby went and picked it up at the counter.  Look at that yummy food down in there!!!

For once hubby and I wound up getting a similar burger but mine was a single and his was a double.  Mine had tomato and his did not.  His had ketchup and mine had mayo.  Come on, a Bacon Cheeseburger needs mayo!  I also added mushrooms to mine, he added onion to his.  See, we don't totally agree on what should be on a burger :)  The cool thing is on the receipt your burger gets a number and then on the package your burger is wrapped in, there is a number so you always know you grab yours.

And those gorgeous fries.  Just look at them!

We got a large and look, not only do we have a huge cup of fries but there's a ton of fries in the bottom of the bag as well.  We couldn't even finish them and we split the large order.

Ah, and the burger itself.  I swear, the look on my face says, "You touch my burger, I'll bite you"... lol :)

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Kobe Japanese Grill at Westport - St. Louis, MO

So funny story... after our nap on the Friday while we were in St. Louis, we woke up around dinner time.  Somehow we decided upon this Kobe Japanese Grill, so I looked up the directions, we got in the car and we took off.  It said it was only 4 miles... yeah the 4 miles we went dropped us off in the middle of nowhere (not really... it was a neighborhood) on a street that didn't exist.  Now what's really funny is as we got on the road from the hotel, I noticed the GPS showed a Kobe on the map.  I questioned hubby but we decided to follow directions.  Yeah, big mistake.

After we realized we were in a neighborhood, we turned around and went back to the hotel.  I knew there were other places there by the hotel if we couldn't find the Japenese Grill.  So we wandered around this area which btw, we found LOTS of stuff we didn't know was there.  Finally we realized that it was on the 12th floor of one of the buildings so up the elevator we went.  Sure enough, there it was.

After we placed our order, hubby saw they had Mai Tai's on the menu so we ordered one for each of us.  Since we walked there, no driving involved, it was A-ok. :).  They were okay but I preferred my coke.  Nothing beats the Mai Tai's from Hawaii.

The waitress came around with chop sticks and hubby chose to take a set.  I didn't.  I'm not so coordinated.

We started off with a mushroom/onion broth soup and a ginger salad (although we had the option of Ranch dressing on our salads).

Then the chef came to start cooking our meal.  They always start by cleaning off the grill.

They also dish out sauce.  Hubby and I usually go for double the shrimp sauce.  We're not really the red sauce kind of people.

Um... notice the bowl in the Chef's hat?  Yup, he threw it there.  Pretty cool huh?

We went with the fried rice.  One thing the menu noted is an additional cost for fried rice.  I like the fried rice better than regular rice though.

Then it was time to start working on our sides.  How about an onion?!?!

We got the noodles which actually came toward the end of the meal.  The vegetables (including the onions) and then the mushrooms were made separately.

I think hubby's winking at the camera.

Hubby ordered Shrimp and Steak.  I ordered Shrimp and Chicken.  Wow, that steak was cooked to perfection.  Our experience, usually it's over done, we like Medium Rare, but this stuff was great.  Then the Chicken.  Oh the chicken.  Nice, moist, juicy.  It was good.  We did it that route so we'd be able to try all 3 :).

Now I noticed the chef put these shrimp over to the side and I wondered why....

This is why:

We all got our chance.  My first piece went flying to the floor... woops and the second piece I caught with my hand, but that gal was great.  Her husband, he didn't catch the first 2 pieces, she showed him up and then he caught one.  Hubby didn't catch his either.

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The Saturday Post {12}

Top 5 Posts of the Week
1.  Fish City Grill - Rogers, AR

2.  10 Things to Smile About August

3.  Thursday in St. Louis

4.  Pioneer Woman's Sour Cream Noodle Bake

5.  HuHot Mongolian Grill

This Weeks Posts
HuHot Mongolian Grill
St. Louis Take 4
10 Things to Smile About August
Fish City Grill - Rogers, AR
Romano's Macaroni Grill - St. Louis, MO
Thursday in St. Louis
Hermann Wurst Haus - Hermann, MO
A Hermann we will go

Blast from the Past
2012 - Iguana Azul Nevada, MO
         - 10 Things to Smile about August
2011 - Eye See You
2010 - Wedding Cakes

Recipes made from the blog this week
Sadly, none :(

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Weeks Happenings
++I Read Beowulf... I'm still uncertain how I feel about that...
++Next week we start Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
++We rearranged all the bedrooms in our house to make an office for me.
++I had my first quizzes at school... at least they're over.
++Tbug went to the orthodontist for a consult.
++Our weather is finally Summer weather and above average high temps really...

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Friday, August 30, 2013

A Hermann We Will Go

One thing that hubby and I should have done was eaten breakfast the morning we drove to Hermann.  By the time we got there, we were hungry and immediately hit up the Hermann Wurst Haus for lunch.  We also made sure we ate enough food because we were planning on heading to Stone Hill Winery afterwards to do their tour.  We've done the one in Branson and really wanted to see the main winery tour.

While we were waiting for the tour to start, we wandered around the gift shop.  How cute are these lanyards?  They hold your wine glass for you... sweet :).

They finally called for our tour and I was doing something (not asking hubby to carry my purse, promise) to annoy him.  This is hubby's annoyed at me face :).

The tour started off by getting the back ground history of the winery and what happened to the winery when Prohibition hit.  Then we got to see some of the grapes and got the background story of the grape portion of the vineyard.

Once we got inside the cellar the guide explained about the process of making wine and said that the barrels, some were European Oak and some were American Oak, therefore the AO and the EO.  One gives a deeper oak flavor than the other.

A view of the first cellar room.

This was the cold process of making wine.  It is where they chill the wine down and then the containers actually frost over.

Now when prohibition hit, the wine making had to quit, obviously.  So they started growing mushrooms in the cellars.  When the winery was purchased to start making wine again, they spent years trying to get rid of all the mushrooms and wound up having to burn them out.  That's why the char marks on the sides of the walls.  Also you'll notice the plugs on the barrels.  They said those have been known to push out due to the pressure inside the barrels so they have to be inspected daily and sometimes pushed back down.

These barrels weren't destroyed during prohibition, only because they were shipped off to a monastery which was excluded from the prohibition laws.  After the current owners purchased it (still family run) they went to purchase these back but the monastery gave them to the winery.

These were some of the original barrels used.  As you can see there is a small opening.  At the time the wife and the kids had to clean the barrels out as they were the only ones small enough to fit through the opening.  Later they went to the smaller size that is used to day.

Here is some of the old equipment that was used during the time before prohibition that they were able to recover.

After our tour, we went up into the hall and were able to do a wine tasting.  (you know, since we're 21.  Now minors can do the tour, and they get grape juice.)

This was my absolute favorite combination, Raspberry sparkling grape juice with the Golden Spumante (which is made in the Branson facility).

Sad to say hubby was the sober person when we left Stone Hill.  When you don't drink, you don't hold liquor real well.  Once we left Stone Hill, we went to Adam Puchta Winery.  We wandered around but no one said anything about a tour.  Hubby and I were both tired and a little cranky at this point so we decided to leave and head back to the city.

I loved that out in the of nowhere there is a John Deere dealership, but come on... let's think about this... we're out in the middle of farm country.  You may not know this because I didn't show photos so take my word for it :).

Ok and this tickled me.  Do you see it?  (Hint: a red tractor on a trailer with John Deere Mudflaps).  Big rivals :).

So hubby and I were a bit tired and a bit cranky.  What makes crankiness go away?  Ice Cream!

I had a Cookie Dough Concrete.


After this, we went on to our hotel and both took a nap.  We woke up much happier with each other and life :).  Sometimes naps are needed, especially when you're on vacation!

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