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Happy Valentine’s Day.

Let me break down this lovely holiday just as every woman or man see it.

How chicks see Valentine's Day love...

How dudes see Valentine's Day love...

Any questions?

Look-no matter how you decide to spend your evening, we highly recommend that you consider cooking together.

To cook is to love

Nothing is more thrilling than charring/burning all the steaks….and then commiserating over SPAM – laughing the entire night away.

Stressing out about flowers, spazing about dinner reservations, frantic searches for cards, etc….HUMBUG!

Let me remind you that this is a holiday for both sexes? Having fun together?

Enjoy the “holiday” peeps #unchauncha

Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms…

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…

Recently, we have been exploring the Cedar-Lee (Cleveland Heights) area for grub. 

So in true QuarryLaneFarms fashion, we rolled by this place, didn’t know what Anatolia Cafe was, and decided to have some. 

uncha-uncha-uncha-uncha-uncha

We sat under their sign which was awesome. The neon-glow-stick-night-club-uncha-uncha music blaring from the speakers were a bit much to take in the daylight hours…but next time, we’ll be prepared. 

How we should have dressed for the music playing...

Weather was so nice, we opted to sit outside and enjoy the sun.. Menu? We found that there are no Anatolia sandwiches…Apparently we will be dining on Turkish food. Sweet. 

The REGION of Anatolia #didpayattentioninhistoryclass

Waitress came out and in broken English, asked for our drink order. Round of water please. She returned 25 minutes later to take our order. During our wait, we found that the old school Turkish grandmother sitting next to us provided great entertainment. As you can see, she was dressed to impress. 

Old school Turkish Grandma

Our waitress brought out pita bread. Warm and delicious – nothing fancy, just warm. Better than other places that serve room temperature pita. 

Pita Pita

Not much explanation on the menu with not much help in ordering. Peeps, it would be helpful if your staff explained a few things about your menu. After an uncomfortable silence, we decided to just order apps. 

Cacyk or Cucumbers in Yogurt: Homemade yogurt mixed with finely minced garlic, cucumber, and dill simply put – a great dipping sauce. Score-1 for the vegetarians. 

Cucumbers in Yogurt (Cacyk)

We dipped our warm pitas in this sauce and it was surprisingly good. On first glance, it seems like yogurt with some seasonings sprinkled in, but as you dive deeper in, you can see the minced cucumbers and dill in there. Great summery dipping sauce and probably healthy for you. Probably. Turkish Grandmother sitting next to us made it feel like we were dining in Turkey. 

Falafel (vegan): Deep fried chickpeas and vegetables blended with spices 

Falafel

We’ve had falafel in a ton of different places, but this one was a coarse chop/blend of ingredients. As vegan as they come, this dish was good…very good…almost as good as “finding out she’s a virgin”, kinda good. Delicious. 

Now usually we don’t care much for vegan stuff, this one we would get again and again and again. Score-2 for vegetarian crews.

For desert, we opted for the traditional Baklava. Comparatively, we prefer Greek baklava over all others, but the allure of the Byzantine Empire to Ottoman Empire to Roman Empire to now what is current day Turkey…we just had to. 

Baklava

Really syrupy and light, this was a great way to end our meal of appetizers. Even better enjoyed in the sun, our baklava was topped with crumbled crushed pulverized pistachios, it was simple and good. In our humble opinion, very sweet and good, but we still prefer the Greek baklava. 

As we were leaving, two douche McGees rolled up blaring club music. 

Skeedouche

Sporting their top down borrowed-from-my-Uncle Benzo, greased up slick hair-dids, and their Ed Hardy club shirts, the nightclub music blaring was now making sense. 

Best part? The Turkish Grandmother yelled at them and told them to go inside. We like her. 

Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms…

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