Archive for February, 2010

February 28, 2010

Our first fish fry comes from…
Croatian National Hall “Javor” (North Side)
When: Fridays in Lent, 4-8pm
Where: 805 East Street on the North Side
Get Directions From Mapquest
What: Baked or Fried Fish, Shrimp, French Fries or Mac & Cheese our famous Croatian Coleslaw and Dessert
Cost: $7 dinners; $5 sandwiches
Takeout? 412-321-8104

Sadly, for the second week, we didn’t make it due to snow. But fish fries are the best thing ever.

The Javor had an interesting fruit cake and the fish and shrimp were palatable. Not as good as the amazing fish fry on the way to Rogers, Ohio, where old ladies sat with us. But pretty good.

Our goal?

A fish fry a week. We wish there were fish fries every single weekend, but Lent is the time for them. So…we will eat them as much as we can, when we can. And the Rogers one? It’s the first of the month every month throughout the year, so you know we will be back.

February 17, 2010


We made some steak over the Valentine’s weekend. $20 steaks. Fancy steaks. And we needed, well, $1.50 sauces. Let me present what makes the magic.

Sweet Motherfucking Baby Ray’s.

Raspberry Chipolte. Let that sink in. Oh yeah. Sound good? Yes, it was. This BBQ sauce took us out in it’s Lincoln Towncar and made sweet, sweet love to us 15 miles from town.

Let’s look at that steak, which amazingly, Sam did not burn:


Words alone won’t do Sweet Baby Ray justice. The man is a genius.

Southern Traditions Gourmet Savory Sirloin Steak Sauce?

You may come from Big Lots. But you are all winner, too.

If you are thinking, I bet in the AM, Sam and Nina made a giant omelette with the leftover steak and Nina put Sweet Baby Ray all over it? You’re right. Stop stalking us.

Best steak sauces. Ever.

The Pringles challenge
February 8, 2010


We’ve talked about Pringles before. But this was it. The big Pringles off, conceived in our last snowstorm. Yes, this was going to be it, Pringle versus Pringle. But more…us versus Pringles. Would we find one we liked? Would the problems with Pringles be a thing of the past? Only the challenge could tell us.

We were prepared, with a bottle of Cherry Cider to cleanse our palates between rounds.


We started with the Mozzarella Breadsticks and Marinara. This is where Pringles always goes wrong. Three tastes: breadstick, cheese and sauce. They got the bread down right, which coudln’t have been hard seeing as how this is a starch. But the rest? A sad failure. 3.5 out of 10.

Next was the Mexican Layer Dip. This tasted like one thing. Olives. Olives. Olives. 2 out of ten and barely that at that.

Taco Night was next. This was the flavor of an entire evening. No, wait, Nina reports to me that it should just be the taste of the tacos. OK. Got it. This tasted like taco seasoning, which should be easy to do. This swept the competition so far with a 6. Yes, after the last one, this was like caviar.

Former besmirched Buffalo WIng was next. 3. Horrible. We don’t even want to waste words on this.

Hot Tamale? Yes. They make it, we ate it. It got an edible, but not creative 6.

Creamy Ranch? Yes. Up next. Pringles are in all these categories now and these ones are from the new whole grain line. Not the share them at the football game line. Those are all horrible. These got an 8 from us. An 8. Wow.

Smokin; Ranch? It tasted like licorice. And we all know how much Nina hates licorice. After chasing her around the room with a chip asking her to eat another, we graded this a 1.

White Cheddar? We had a lot of hope for this flavor. And it rewarded us with a 2.

At this point, we brought back the Wonton Pringles.


At this point, we were disgusted by Pringles. They are still sitting in my house and I don’t think I could eat another one ever again. God damn you Pringles and your lies. You always get us with your promise of awesome flavors. And again and again, we trust you. Well, never again. What? You have a Peanut Butter and Bacon flavor? Oh, Pringles, we are sorry. We are so sorry to doubt you. Take us back.