Posted in food, restaurants, things to do, Uncategorized, Weekend Activities, tagged Birch, birch_river, cake, chili, grill, mountaineers, west_virginia, wild_game on September 17, 2009|
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Hungry Z, NBC5 Street Team
In West Virginia, at an elevation of 2300 feet above sea level, the Birch River begins its northwestern trek until it joins with the Elk River. Luckily Birch River Grill is located in Arlington Heights and is devoid of such Mountaineer delicacies as ground hog and squirrel. The décor employs plenty of birch wood and the busts of a few bucks to appease your inner hunter.
Tempting choices abound all over the menu; luckily a good choice is easier than catching it yourself. Simple is often better, and a good simple appetizer to try is the crisp salt and pepper calamari. Accompanied by a horseradish marinara, these tasty rings of octopi are not the least bit chewy.
Sometimes you need a little something to warm your bones after kayaking down the river. Nestle up to a bowl of granny apple and onion soup. This twist on an old favorite adds a hint of sweetness to all the savory goodness that French onion soup already delivers. Those looking for something heartier should step up to a bowl of wild game chili. Loaded with bison, wild boar, and andouille sausage this is a chili for the man’s man.
What goes better with all that meat, than more meat? The Yankee pot roast is loaded with slow cooked beef, braised carrots, Yukon gold potatoes, all swimming in a hearty red wine sauce. It’s like a warm hug on a cold West Virginian night. For those looking on the lighter side, the sun dried tomato and gorgonzola ravioli is a wise choice. Gone is the heavy marinara and in is a light tomato tarragon broth that adds flavor and not calories.
The heck with calories! You’ve spent all day fishing, kayaking, and hunting so you deserve some dessert. Wild berry cheesecake is rich and filling, but the true star is Aunt Aggie’s carrot cake. Assembled like a Big Mac, this three layer beauty has cream cheese frosting between 3 layers of moist cake. It’s meant for two but I’m sure a few hearty soles will tackle it alone.
With entrée prices ranging from $10 to $30, Birch River Grill can satisfy one’s hunger even on modest budgets. So whether you’re hunting for a buck or just looking for a good meal for you buck, Birch River has you covered.
75 W. Algonquin Rd
Arlington Heights, IL
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Posted in food, restaurants, Uncategorized, tagged bliss, cake, chocolate, cupcakes, dessert, Sugar, sugar_bliss, sweets on March 9, 2009|
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Hungry Z, NBC5 Street Team
Close your eyes and imagine a state of extreme happiness, joy, or dare I say ecstasy? When your senses are engaged it causes a state of pure bliss. For many of us, nothing brings us closer to that euphoric state than a sweet, sugary, cup cake. The first scent of these sugary delights rushes endorphins to your brain and brings back fond memories of childhood.
“Sugar Bliss” on Wabash, has taken aim at your senses with a devilish assortment of freshly baked cakes of desire. Baked from scratch daily, these mini works of art are as visually appealing as they are delicious! Owner Teresa Ging left a successful career in finance to pursue her passion, and to seduce us with each passing bite.
Unlike cupcakes of the past, these cakes feature flavors that range from subtle to sublimely decadent. There are over twenty flavors available, with ten featured daily. Favorites include the sinful red velvet, moist and creamy carrot, and the bright and fresh flavor of orange creamsicle. Nothing is more blissful than chocolate. Cravings will be satisfied with heavenly creations like the chocolate peanut butter and the intoxicating “black & white” (dark chocolate cake/vanilla butter cream).
Depending on you appetite, mood, and/or craving, “Sugar Bliss” has a cake right for you. For those in search of a decadent escape, sugar bliss offers large full size cupcakes sure to awaken your soul. For those wanting a mini rush, all flavors are offered in mini two bite sizes, perfect for a quick pick me up.
How much does all this happiness cost? Regular cupcakes are $3.50 a piece/ $40 a dozen, while minis go for $1.50 each/ $15 a dozen with both available for delivery. So whether your pursuit of happiness leads you to directly to their door, or if you prefer you joy delivered, “Sugar Bliss” will surely have you yearning for more.
115 N. Wabash
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 845-9669
Fax: (312) 845-9677
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