Sweets on the cheap at Caroline on Crack's dessert exchange
With almost everyone resolving to spend a little less and save a little more for the new year (or at least for now), I devote this Friday Quickie to a bunch of freebie events going on for the coming week.
Yesterday and today, the much-missed Doughboys (known for their huge portions and tasty comforting fare) is soft opening mode and dishing free food while they smooth out kitchen and service kinks. And who wouldn't mind being guinea pig to their breakfast pizza (with pancetta, caramelized onions and two baked eggs) or their hearty tomato chili stew in pho-sized bowl. Of course be sure to tip generously. The soft-opening hours today are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. (of course, prepare for lines.)
Tomorrow, at Surfas "underground" chef/caterer extraordinaire Amy Jurist of Amy's Culinary Adventures will be doing a cheesy cooking demo from noon to 2 p.m., highlighting dishes from her recent "cheese please" supper club, including yam & goat cheese ravioli with sage brown butter, cauliflower cheddar soup with cheddar tuille and mini port-honey-goat cheese napoleons with pistachios. The event is free and there'll likely be samples, but you can always fill up on the affordable grub at adjacent Cafe Surfas afterwards... their "ultimate grilled cheese" perhaps?
On Tuesday, Jan. 12, all locations of the Veggie Grill is doing a "Calling All Virgins" night -- where seasoned Veggie Grillers can bring in the uninitiated for a complimentary entree per virgin (and no blood sacrifices here, considering it's 100% plant-based fare!) Additional details on scoring the free dinner will be announced on their twitter and facebook on Monday, so keep your eyes peeled.
And my favorite recent reads from the week that was:
CHOW.com goes back to the roots of serious beer brewing in California with a profile feature on Sierra Nevada, and makes some interesting predictions for drinking trends in 2010
Meanwhile, FoodGPS has a nice little Q&A with Phil Leinhart, brewmaster of phenomenal Brewery Ommegang (their Three Philosophers is quite the something-something)
Kung Food Panda reflects back on the best eats of 2009 with drool-worthy photos to match
And Wandering Chopsticks beautifully dissects the simple-to-make but tricky-to-master Caesar salad