FLX Wienery: Delicious in Dundee

As requested in this instagram post here is my review of the new FLX Wienery.

At my job we have this team building activity called Work Perk (which in my opinion sounds too much like ‘work twerk’ for me to be truly comfortable with it). It happens once in every quarter of the year. A certain amount of money is given to each team member then they have to collectively decide what they want to do with it. It often gets spent on lunch or dinner for the entire team which was the case this quarter for my team. We debated over a few different restaurants finally deciding to try out a brand new restaurant just down the road from us. It’s called the FLX Wienery and is located in the building that was formerly R.E.D.S. Hots (formerly Wixon’s). We did a little research before hand to make sure it wasn’t a total hole-in-the-wall. The menu seemed unique with interesting item so with our minds at ease we loaded up our vehicles and headed south.

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The location and exterior aren’t fabulous, although the giant metal pig sign out front made me smile (sorry, no picture). The interior was large and open with plenty of seating. The decor was nothing exciting but a coworker who had been there when it was still R.E.D.S. Hots said it had definitely improved. The Ronettes and Sam Cooke crooned over the speakers. Propped against the wall was a large window pane which served as the menu, the items neatly written across the glass in black paint. There long list included burgers, fries, poutine, shakes, malts and of course weiners.

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I wanted to try a weiner but didn’t feel like making that decision so I instead got the Blues Artist. It’s a burger topped with blues cheese, bacon, fried egg, and fried onions. The blue cheese (yum!) was plentiful and the fried onions tasted somewhat like buffalo chicken. All of this deliciousness was sandwiched between two very plain jane white bread burger buns, which was the only thing I didn’t like about the burger. I also ordered some lemon cilantro home fries (served in a terra cotta flower pot) and a ginger beer, which ended up being a lot of food. You could definitely split the fries with someone.

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I was feeling adventurous so for dessert I ordered, get this, fried Nutella. I love Nutella, I smear it on everything and eat it by the spoonful right along side my peanut butter so I had to try this. I don’t love deep fried foods so I had no idea what to expect. It came out as one giant fried ball with a toothpick jabbed into the side, somewhat resembling a fried Oreo cookie. I took a bit and at first all I got was a mouth full of fried dough, meh, but then out of it seeped warm, rich, sweet, creamy, comforting, calorie laden Nutella. It was good in the unhealthy kind of way. I don’t know if I’ll ever crave it again but it was interesting to try.

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All in all it was a fun casual place and very impressive for being in Dundee (not to pick on Dundee but…yeah). It’s only a few weeks young so it’ll be fun to see where it goes. While you won’t leave here feeling healthy it a great place to grab a quick bite for lunch and try something interesting. Next time I’d like to try their poutine, quinoa + flax salad, and/or some caramel + bacon ice cream.

You can find their website here. They have strange hours so make sure you check them before you head over. Currently their hours are Thursday-Monday 11:30-6:30.

So tell me, do you think fried Nutella sounds appetizing?

FLX Wienery: Delicious in Dundee

As requested in this instagram post here is my review of the new FLX Wienery.

At my job we have this team building activity called Work Perk (which in my opinion sounds too much like ‘work twerk’ for me to be truly comfortable with it). It happens once in every quarter of the year. A certain amount of money is given to each team member then they have to collectively decide what they want to do with it. It often gets spent on lunch or dinner for the entire team which was the case this quarter for my team. We debated over a few different restaurants finally deciding to try out a brand new restaurant just down the road from us. It’s called the FLX Wienery and is located in the building that was formerly R.E.D.S. Hots (formerly Wixon’s). We did a little research before hand to make sure it wasn’t a total hole-in-the-wall. The menu seemed unique with interesting item so with our minds at ease we loaded up our vehicles and headed south.

IMG_1860

The location and exterior aren’t fabulous, although the giant metal pig sign out front made me smile (sorry, no picture). The interior was large and open with plenty of seating. The decor was nothing exciting but a coworker who had been there when it was still R.E.D.S. Hots said it had definitely improved. The Ronettes and Sam Cooke crooned over the speakers. Propped against the wall was a large window pane which served as the menu, the items neatly written across the glass in black paint. There long list included burgers, fries, poutine, shakes, malts and of course weiners.

IMG_1859

I wanted to try a weiner but didn’t feel like making that decision so I instead got the Blues Artist. It’s a burger topped with blues cheese, bacon, fried egg, and fried onions. The blue cheese (yum!) was plentiful and the fried onions tasted somewhat like buffalo chicken. All of this deliciousness was sandwiched between two very plain jane white bread burger buns, which was the only thing I didn’t like about the burger. I also ordered some lemon cilantro home fries (served in a terra cotta flower pot) and a ginger beer, which ended up being a lot of food. You could definitely split the fries with someone.

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I was feeling adventurous so for dessert I ordered, get this, fried Nutella. I love Nutella, I smear it on everything and eat it by the spoonful right along side my peanut butter so I had to try this. I don’t love deep fried foods so I had no idea what to expect. It came out as one giant fried ball with a toothpick jabbed into the side, somewhat resembling a fried Oreo cookie. I took a bit and at first all I got was a mouth full of fried dough, meh, but then out of it seeped warm, rich, sweet, creamy, comforting, calorie laden Nutella. It was good in the unhealthy kind of way. I don’t know if I’ll ever crave it again but it was interesting to try.

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All in all it was a fun casual place and very impressive for being in Dundee (not to pick on Dundee but…yeah). It’s only a few weeks young so it’ll be fun to see where it goes. While you won’t leave here feeling healthy it a great place to grab a quick bite for lunch and try something interesting. Next time I’d like to try their poutine, quinoa + flax salad, and/or some caramel + bacon ice cream.

You can find their website here. They have strange hours so make sure you check them before you head over. Currently their hours are Thursday-Monday 11:30-6:30.

So tell me, do you think fried Nutella sounds appetizing?

The Internet

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The internet gets a lot of flack. Internet bullying, addiction to the virtual world, and the dark malicious underbelly of the internet are very real and serious problems. Need I even mention what happens beneath the fold on YouTube? Talk about depressing. The internet is not to blame though. It’s not the problem, the internet is just a very powerful tool. It’s neither good nor evil but used as a pathway for both. The problem is not servers, cables, sites and apps, it is the human interactions made using these tools that are the good and the evil.

The easy thing to do it to complain about the anonymous idiots out there or worse yet add you own life draining snark and sarcasm to the mix. Good is hard. It’s proactive and it takes more effort. While I can’t say I’ve added much bad to the internet (this is as mean as I get) I have definitely not been proactive about spreading good on the web.
My goal for the next week is to be intentionally gracious, good, and encouraging on the internet.

This will involve:
Thanking bloggers.
Emailing or commenting to blogs/bloggers I follow yet have never actually written to acknowledging their hard work or thanking them for the effort they put into their blog.

Commenting on friends blogs
Every blogger needs a little lot of encouragement. I have several friend who blog and I should comment on every single post a friend writes because the first few months of blogging are when they need the encouragement the most. Plus they’re my friends, that’s what friends do.

Compliment or encourage someone I don’t know.
Ok, I’ll admit, talking to strangers on the internet is NOT a habit of mine. It’s never felt comfortable with it. Even this blog is out of my comfort zone. But I think it’ll good to smile at a stranger on the sidewalks of the internet.

Puting down my phone in real world social situations.
Being more present in real world. Ok, this one hits closer to home and might be the hardest to do consistently. Lately I’ve been finding myself reaching of my phone whenever i’m bored or there is an uncomfortable pause in the conversation. This is an unhealthy habit not only for my work ethic and concentration but also for my relationships.

Have you every had an exchange or conversation on the internet, good or bad, that impacted you in a powerful way?

Pour Coffee Parlor: Hipster Cafe

I should not be writing this review. I make it a point to never do reviews of restaurants I don’t love. Partially because the reason I review restaurants is to introduce people to the great businesses in my area, and partially because I’m to chicken to say anything mean about anyone in a public place, such as the internet. They might get mad, I’m a people pleaser, end of story! I am going to write this negative review because it’s positive. My goal is to make you want to go there even though I just admitted that I don’t love the place. Hopefully that nonsense will make sense by the end of this post so hear me out.

Lilacs are in bloom all over Highland Park this time of year and the Lilac Festival was in full swing on May 15 when a group of my friends and I decided to spend the evening in Rochester, We went to the festival (I was going to post a review but didn’t. Refer to previous paragraph, enough said.) Afterwords we stopped at Chipotle for supper, finding organic chicken, beans and veggies smothered in delicious albiet pricy guacamole a little more appetizing than the carnival food at the festival. After which we went to Pour Coffee Parlor, a place that several friends had been raving about.

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I wasn’t sure what to expected but I knew it wouldn’t be a cliché cafe with wall decor from Wal-Mart, fake leather couches and sugary weak excuses for lattes. It’s located on a side street with lots of parking nearby, 1 point for them. They also honored Rochester’s bike week by giving 10% off to anyone who rode their bike there instead of their car, so make the 2 points. You walk in past the bikes parked outside and the unique rounded glass block exterior wall into one large dimly lit minimal room. Music thumps loudly. I can’t place it in a genre and I don’t know the band but it’s a safe bet that they have beards and their band name includes the word “neon”. The ceilings are high and industrial, from them dangle Edison bulbs from long cords each floating glaringly over a rustic wooden table. The tables are handmade according to their instagram, 3 points. Behind the bar to your left work their friendly hip staff, busy taking orders on their iPad, preparing a sandwich on a wood slab, pouring 200* F water through measured ground in a  Chemex coffee maker, and whatever other mysteries happen behind the counter of a third wave coffee shop.

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I glance over the minimal menu full of terms from the language of the hip foodies. Before my mind could even decipher what Chemex, pour over and nitro meant it was made it was my turn to order so I made a rash decision and got what the person in front of me had ordered.
“I’ll have a colombian pour over please.” Whatever that is.

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It’s a coffee. I know that now. A $3.65 cup o joe. I took one sip and in that 2 second long sip was the validation to all my questions and doubts, that I am nowhere near hipster enough to appreciate this. I drank it all, black, with no sugar. It felt wrong to doctor it up in that establishment. A hipster wouldn’t do that, right? They would consider it akin to a factory dumping chemicals into a river. Small scale pollution. I imagined the hipster coffee purist bouncer would have me out in the street before you could say flannel shirt.

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Was it bitter? No. Was it good? Sure. Was it presented well? Yeah. But dang, was I ever jealous of Heidi’s choice of the latte ($3.75, 10 cents more than the pour over).
This isn’t a fair review. That would require trying some of the food as well as another drink. There’s much good to say about the cafe from the quirky artwork, the generous employees, the attention to detail, a consistency in their product that is rare for a 2.5 week old cafe. Perhaps the taste for it needs to be acquired, maybe one must have the a sliver of hipster soul to appreciate it.

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Pour Coffee Parlor, maybe we’re just not meant to be. For now I’m playing hard to get, but if you’re smooth enough next time  (see what I just did there?) maybe you’ll surprise me and sweep me right off my knock off Keds clad feet and warm my cold non hipster heart with a Lavender Cardamom Latte.

Pour Coffee Parlor is located here. You can find them on instagram and twitter.