Pizza makes the world go round…

So being that Kelly and I are doing this food crawl thing I’ve decided that Donna and I are going to do one too.  But this one is going to revolve around pizza!  Sounds wonderful right?  We started yesterday with Papa Gios in Irmo.  There are actually 2 different locations for Papa Gios and the other one is in Lexington.  I personally prefer the pizza at the Lexington spot due to the fact they make their pies using more cheese and more sauce.  Irmo offers a thinner crust, which Donna likes better but I’m a thick crust type of gal.  Anyway, we order 2 slices, 1 plain & 1 with pepperoni, a house salad and an order of garlic knots.  The house made vinaigrette was delicious and the garlic knots were to do die for although the marinara sauce served with for dipping was on the thin side.  As for the pizza, it was real good but as I said earlier I prefer a thicker crust and it could’ve used some more sauce and cheese.  Maybe the chef just had an off day, who knows but regardless, they do make a decent pizza at Papa Gios in Irmo.  To my understanding the owners hail from Queens, N.Y. so they are no strangers to pizza.

Today Kelly and I decided to do a “food sample” crawl while shopping at Costco.  We tasted the some really good ice cream but for the life of me I can’t remember the name of it (once my sister answers my text I will be sure it include it in my next post).  The 4 flavors we sampled were Madagascar vanilla, caramel, strawberry and chocolate.  It was so good Kelly bought a promotional 3 pack!  We also had some prosciutto and a piece of Dulce de Leche cheesecake (not at the same time of course).  Kelly snuck in a Dixie cup full of salad with “The Olive Garden” italian dressing on it while I was hunting for a bag of pistachios for Donna.  She did give me a bite of the salad which found me asking “where is my bowl of never-ending bread sticks?” and I ended up finding a bag of pistachios that was almost as big as Donna!  There was no time to pick up our traditional meal of a hotdog and a soda for $1.50 being we were in a hurry so we settled for smoothies and frozen coffees.  Even though it wouldn’t be considered a normal stop on a food crawl we did enlighten our taste buds to somethings we hadn’t eaten before.  So that, my friends, would make it worthy of a notation here on Kirby’s Culinary Crawl.  One last thing…  I have to give a huge shout out to my friend Dawn Richardson who made us the most delicious turkey burger sliders and homemade French fries the other night.  Each slider consisted of 3 mini turkey pattys, made real thin with a layer of cheese in between each patty and then put it on a ciabatta roll.  Just heavenly I tell you. On that note, have a wonderful weekend everybody.  Eat well, laugh as loud as possible and be kind to every one you meet.  🙂

Plastic bags no more…

I just watched the most moving documentary called “The Plastic Ocean” on Netflix.  It was about the amount of plastic pollution that is found in the ocean, which is then ingested by wildlife and then ultimately eaten by human beings.  The majority of the world does not recycle their plastic items and they end up in landfills doomed to never ever break down.  Donna & I recycle all of our plastic but that being said this movie still challenged me to do better.  At the check out I take plastic bags and then use them as garbage bags in the house.  The ones we don’t use we bring to a local antique mall and donate them to be reused for their customers.  We also buy 24 packs of bottled water being that I don’t trust our tap water with all of the boil water advisories.  These are the 2 biggest offenders, water bottles & plastic bags.  After watching this I immediately gathered up all of our plastic grocery bags and brought them to that antique mall.  Then I proceeded to Bi Lo to purchase 5 “reusable” grocery bags so I can use my own.  They were only $1 a piece if anyone is interested.  What about the water bottle situation?  I bring water to work with me so I need a container to carry it in.  Ah ha!!!  To cut down on our plastic consumption we can buy a 2 1/2 gallon bottle of water and I will just refill 2 bottles daily to bring to work!  It won’t be as convenient but well worth it to help keep our planet, wildlife and ourselves protected from the toxins caused by plastic.  During the documentary they opened up the stomachs of dead birds and their bellies were full of plastic!  Sea turtles mistake plastic bags floating under water for jelly fish so they eat them.  Then their stomachs fill up with the plastic and they can’t eat anything else and they die of starvation.  Donna once showed me a video of a team of rescue workers removing a plastic straw from a sea turtles nostril and it made me cringe from the pain this poor creature was suffering.  Watching that video was Donna’s turning point and this documentary was mine.  We only have one planet and if we all do our own part imagine what a healthier place it could be.  Happy Friday to you all and have a great weekend!  P.S.  Recycle 🙂

 

 

 

I hate Easter candy

As I sit here watching modern family, eating the last 4 mini Reese’s peanut butter cups from an 8 oz. bag that I received for Easter I feel like crap.  But that is the end of it, all of the Easter candy is gone.  I should’ve thrown it away but I felt like that would be almost criminal.  Reese’s peanut butter cups are my favorite candy and I couldn’t bring myself to chuck them.  I know this post isn’t related to my food crawl but I was thinking today that I want to post daily about things that matter to me.  To have a space to share about my daily experiences, thoughts and feelings is what I want this blog to be.  I was going to change the title but I couldn’t think of a clever name.  I am up for suggestions if anyone can think of one.  I look forward to seeing what you can come up with.  Sleep well and be kind to one another…

 

The terror @ Terra!

I am new to this blog thing so please bear with me.  There have been no posts since I created this blog due to me having a dinosaur of a computer so yesterday we picked up a new laptop.  It is “aqua” blue and think it is the coolest thing.  I can just imagine myself sitting in an oversized chair in Starbucks hammering away at the keyboard while sipping my very berry hibiscus tea looking as cool as all get out.  You can picture it, right?  Me, resembling a hipster millennial in a coffee bar?  Maybe I’ll get there but for now I am just happy to be actually blogging at home in my pajamas and not procrastinating.

So as I stated in my first post my sister Kelly & I decided to start a food crawl to broaden our culinary horizons.  Last Tuesday(hence the procrastinating comment in the previous paragraph)we decided to check out Terra located on the corner of State Street & Meeting Street in West Columbia.  The draw to the restaurant was the fact that Kelly could get order escargot if she so dared and there was pizza for my girlfriend Donna.

We didn’t push the envelope this time, no snails tonight, but did order a variety of foods.  Appetizers consisted of fried green tomatoes and a “butchers plate” with an assortment of House-made Charcuterie, House-made Pickles, Grilled Baguette and Mustard.  Then we moved onto the entrees.  Donna got her Wood Fired Pizza with Grape Tomato Basil Pesto and I ordered a Carbonara, both were very tasty.  Kelly ordered the Carolina Heritage Farms Pork Chop with Andouille Dirty Rice, Broccolini, Creole Crawfish Veloute.  Now enter the terror portion of my story…

As we are eating all of a sudden Kelly grabs my arm so I turn and see her clutching her throat.  She’s choking!  OMG!  She’s friggin’ choking!  At that moment I had such a rush of adrenaline from my head to my toes.  I thought to myself, “If I don’t do this right my sister will die”.  I jumped from my chair, got behind my sister and started doing the Heimlich maneuver.  Just a side note for anyone in this situation in the future, if someone is coughing that means the airway isn’t totally obstructed and they can still breathe.  By the time I started doing the Heimlich on her the piece of pork chop that was lodged in her throat had already come up and out.  First she almost dies and then here I come beating the crap out of her after the fact.  What a first crawl.  Needless to say we didn’t stay for dessert.  I then treated us all to coffee and chocolate dipped cones from Mickey D’s.

All kidding aside, that was the scariest moment of my life seeing my sister choking.  I have never done the Heimlich maneuver before and I’m not even sure if I did it right but I was proud of myself that I reacted the way I did.  I can’t say the same for the patrons sitting around us in the restaurant.  None of them did anything to help.  None of them asked if we were okay.  I am just grateful that she is okay.  If anyone knows somewhere I can take a class on cpr/first aid I’d appreciate some recommendations.  I hope my future blogs are a lot less eventful than this one.  The food was good but not memorable so I don’t think we’ll be going back anytime soon.  Be on the look out for my next foodie adventure folks!  Hope you enjoyed this one  🙂

Kirby’s Culinary Crawl

I love food.  I love to cook it and I love to eat it.  There is nothing better than eating something so delicious that it makes you sigh with delight.  Well, maybe one other thing but good food comes in a close second.

My sister Kelly and I recently decided to embark on a bi-weekly “food crawl” to push our boundaries and sample what the south has to offer.  You see, we are both from Long Island N.Y. originally and have followed our dad here to South Carolina.  After living here for a number of years we are setting out on a food pilgrimage, if you will and I am going to share our experiences with you.  I would love it if you would follow along…