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Has it really been one year since we started this blog?

Happy Blogoversary!

Blogoversary! uncha-uncha-uncha

We started this blog on February 2nd, 2010: so what better way to recap one year in the blog-o-sphere with a list of my favorite posts, sexy time posts, and of course our favorite food porn.

Most favorite posts:

1. Boeuf Bourguignon and guest Chef Fornication Francois : This is one of my favorite posts because I actually write a character evolution piece using food and Julia Child as the vehicle. Brings me back to my creative writing class in college. I am most proud of this post.

 2. Cantankerous Clams – Cause you’re gonna want to lick the bowl clean : Start to finish, step by step, almost all pictures. Keepin it real yo.

3. What is the best part of a McDonalds cheeseburger? : This post/memory drove me back to childhood…like hanabata days kine. Almost like that moment in Ratatouille where one is thrust back into childhood. The post obv not so much about the actual food itself, but the actions around food that drives us to eat.

4. Iron Chef Cat Cora meets a stoned stager and photographer : My attention to gas station details are second to none.

5. Chef Rick Bayless, as an orphan, were you found on the steps of a church wrapped in a tortilla shell? : Did you just picture Chef Bayless IN a tortilla shell? I did.

Sexy time posts:

1. Top Chef Jennifer Carroll in a bikini, Bacon bikini, Padma licking BBQ sauce sweaty-naked or https://quarrylanefarms.wordpress.com/2011/01/16/beach-fufu-drink-top-chef-boobs-thanks-chefjencarroll-damn-you-ericripert-caymancookout/ : The first started out as we mocked another Cleveland blogger. But with the popularity of Top Chef and BravoTV, these two posts seem to be very popular thanks to the bikini pictures, Chef Eric Ripert’s je ne sais quoi, and of course Host Padma Lakshmi licking. Grab a kleenex.

2. Wear your bikini for the 120lbs of pig Happy 4th of July – #oinkfest2010 : Cause our foodie friends are way cool esp since the piggy was so. damn. good. and the hot chicks in bikinis were outstanding. Love America on the 4th of July.

3. Symon Fieri QuarryLaneFarms Brown and DeLaurentiis: All in one place – Cleveland : One picture at the end (thanks HD) makes this post worth visiting. You’ll need a moment.

Food porn:



1. The Best Burger in the world is… : This post is still causing plenty of controversy. Food porn indeed as my vote for the best burger in the world.

2. Gigantic smoked turkey leg…Disneyland style. : Lotsa people with large pieces of meat. Nuff said.

3. @Nomnomtruck – The best banh mi sandwich ever #perfection #hotchick : The detail and close up/macro shots we took of this amazing sandwich is enough to get you a “culinary boner”.

Bonus: B-Y-O-Bacon at Mhenry in Chicago #eggslut : Just look at the last picture post. Happens to me all the time. “Don’t move, I’ll get you a towel…”

Entree the proverbial Bourdain phrase: “So what have we learned?” Well, I can easily say we here at QuarryLaneFarms enjoy our successes/failures of cooking, writing, photography, and of course eating. Our belief remains: Sharing your food is really sharing your soul, your thoughts, your imagination, and most importantly, the history of your family.

Thank you to all of our readers.

Special thanks to Joolie, Snoozie, Curtis, Giner, Sneakerhead, KHWattz, Ms. Veggie, Mr. Drenalin and of course all of our families. We’d be lost without you.

A wise friend said to me, “Keep drinking cause it gets better!”

Wilco

Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms…

After a busy few weeks, we opted for a road trip to Chicago with our entire staff. And in our travels, on a recommendation from fellow foodies in Chicago, we opted for breakfast at Mhenry.

Mhenry in Chicago

Located on Clark, this breakfast, brunch, and lunch place is located in Mandersonville Andersonville in Chicago’s northside. Outside benches greeted us with lots of people…aka long wait. But I guess they knew of our celebrity status blog, so we were seated within 5 minutes. Bonus!

Waiting area at Mhenry

Check in desk is surrounded by a bakery with fresh-baked goodies emanating from the counter-of course I was drooling. Luckily the gal next to me admittedly was ogling the bakery fresh goodies too as we sipped on our warm coffees waiting. And no, I wasn’t drooling over her…

Bakery and Soup station and Cafe....

Upon seating, found that the restaurant was bustling for a Sunday brunch with great decor hanging from the ceiling.

Cause I'm free....Free floating...

The free-floating windows were pretty cool…but several of the patrons bumped it with their ba-dunka-dunks. Great entertainment for a Sunday brunch.

Mind your ba-dunka-dunk

Service was quick and the coffee refills came fast…which included pouring coffee from 3 ft in the air. Entertainment with food? Of course!

Chow for now

The restaurants mantra “Chow for now” is pretty awesome. Why didn’t I think of that!
 
Bacon wrapped baked eggs with polenta & mixed field greens: a savory veggie quiche filled with roasted poblano pepper, mushrooms, asparagus, shallots, goat and fontina cheese served with a field greens salad – $8.75

On a bed of lettuce

Wait, did you say bacon? Give me the money shot!

I...SEE.....BACON!

Damn-how can you go wrong when you’re wrapping polenta in bacon?

M.Henry’s home comfort brunch plate: two eggs any style with salsa verde, served w/a butternut squash & applewood bacon crepe, and cranberry cognac chicken sausage, drizzled w/a red wine syrup – $11.75

Mhenry's "home comfort brunch plate"

I have yet to meet someone who grew up with butternut squash daily in their house. So maybe just potatoes. Also your salsa verde taster isn’t much appreciated – be bold. And if you’re going to place a “home comfort” plate on your menu, I suggest you reconsider and smother some gravy somewhere. Now that’s home! “Red wine syrup”? But why? Excuse me, can I have some maple syrup please?

Pardon while I daintly eat this with my pinky up.

Huevos borrachos (drunken eggs): two of our homemade masa tortillas topped w/ scrambled chorizo anc corn, avocado slices, chihuahua cheese, poached eggs, sour cream & a choice of ou homemade red adobo sauce served w/ mexicali rice and sweet plantains – $10.75.

Mhenry's version of Kegs and Eggs

Delicious! I also like how the red adobo creeps into the rice.

Macro of the Kegs and Eggs

Sexy.

Fannie’s killer fried egg sandwich: toasted sour boule layered w/ two over-medium eggs, applewood bacon, slicked plum tomatoes, gorgonzola, & fresh thyme and served with house potatoes – $8.95.

Egg me bitches

First off, I love eggs – eggslut for sure. The fact that the two types of cheese mixed with the yolk, was just beautiful. The tomatoes were OK, but I kinda wished they roasted them slightly to give them a bit more sweet flavor.

Layering

Sourdough bread perfectly prepared and good choice in cheese too as it compliments the tomatoes and eggs.

Bite me!

The bads? No bacon. None. AAARRRUUUUGGGHHHH! WTF!

But I guess can overlook the bacon mishap since your eggs were cooked perfectly.

Ahem-let me share with you this sandwich’s virginity. First bite and squirt.

Here's the money shot - Don't move, I'll get you a towel.

Need a cigarette?

Overall, the service was great and the food was pretty dang good. Just BYOB (bacon).

And no, we’re still not passing up the Portuguese Sausage, eggs and rice.

Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms…



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