Archive | May, 2012

First NWF Giveaway!

9 May

Exciting news! NWF is going to host its first giveaway for our loyal readers. I keep telling people that I make a mean raspberry chocolate cheesecake brownie, and I rarely deliver. I’ve been wanting to make this so I can write up a post.

To enter:

  1. Comment on this post (that’s going to give you one entry) with a short sentence of what kitchen gadget is your favorite and why?
  2. Follow this blog (that’s going to give you a second entry. If you’re already following that’s automatic extra entry but you’ll still need to comment on the post to qualify)
  3. Like our page on Facebookfacebook.com/pages/Nerds-With-Food/189752131079864 (that’s going to give you even another entry!) Make sure you comment on the FB page and tell us your blogger username and we can give you the credit you deserve!

You have until May 16th, 2012 11:59pm PST to submit your entries. I’ll utilize the handy dandy random number generator to determine the winner. Whoever wins this giveaway will be mailed a lovely package of my brownies, and possibly some other cool kitchen stuff! If you don’t want brownies, I also make apricot shortbread squares. Good luck!

Edit: I just realized that some people might be weirded out by eating food from someone they don’t quite know. If you prefer something non-food as your prize, I have a couple of cute enameled tapas or individual serving dishes from Staub I can send instead.

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Review: Haven Gastropub

6 May

May 5, 2012

Haven Gastropub – Pasadena

First off, I would like to say Happy CINCO de Mayo!  I am going to celebrate my people’s day at an English Pub.  I wish I had a sombrero so I can stick out like a sore thumb.  🙂

Before Ms. Tsan (Nerf 2) and I went to watch The Avengers, we decided to stop by a pub in Old Town Pasadena.  When I first noticed the new pub and read the reviews, I thought that the beers were expensive but to my pleasant surprise, it is pretty affordable ($6-12).  The bottle beers are pretty pricy, but if you had gone to Lucky Baldwin’s to drink, Haven is about the same price.  Now off to our new food adventure for the night!!! (Yes, I was excited to leave the house.)

My first round of beer, I ordered one of my favorites from Stone Brewery, The Old Guardian.  The Old Guardian is a barley wine with 11.5% alcohol by content.  Now next to that glass of beer is our side dish for the night – brussels sprouts.  I know, I know, American television has always butchered the sprouts.  They keep saying it tastes funny and has a funny smell to it, but if you cook it just right, the taste isn’t all that bad.  It’s like a mini cabbage.  Well, unless you are like our friend Nerf 1 (Kimberly) and hate cabbage, then this dish is not for you.  ***hush voice*** “I think her mom beat her up with a pillow case full of cabbages.”  LOL, just kidding.

The picture below was an overview of our veggies for the night.  From the first taste of this dish Allison and I were very happy, but as we dug down into it the sprouts were greasy.  This was sort of complaint number 1.

For my main course, I ordered the lamb burger with a side of Thumb Master by Old Orange Brewing Co, a double IPA (not pictured).  The lamb burger (cooked medium rare) included onion jam, tzatziki, onion sprouts, and rosemary brioche bun.  Yes, I said it – onion jam.  The jam gave it a sweet flavor that I just can’t help, but to ask you readers to try and make some.  The fries are seasoned with a 4 herb blend and sprinkled with rosemary, but it came out a little cold and soggy.  The fries were complaint number 2.  Allison and I wished that the fries came out a little crispy and maybe piping hot.

See the inside of the burger.  Too bad you can’t see that it’s a little red on the inside.  My camera sucks. I also forgot to take the pictures of the onion jam.  So I can’t just blame everything on my camera!

The dish below is the shepherd’s pie.  No, I did not order 2 entrees.  I am not that crazy.  This dish belonged to Nerf 2.  The shepherd’s pie is baked with lamb, beef, root vegetables, cream, rosemary mashed potatoes, and cheese. Now here is complaint number 3.  The pie did not have enough lamb, beef, and veggies.  There was too much mashed potatoes for Nerf 2.  She enjoyed the crunchy cheese, but the potato top was too much and too rich.

Overall, we had a good time.  It was a great place to hang out and talk with your friends.  The food was decent and the beers on tap were not too expensive.  The rating we would give this restaurant is 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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