It’s Yom Kippur today for us Jewish folk, which means it’s the Day of Atonement. It’s typical to fast on this day, but since I’m still breastfeeding, I get a pass… for the third year in a row. William and I are going to temple today, so I will repent for my sins that way. It is Wednesday, so I thought I would do a WIAW post since it’s been awhile, just kind of funny that it happens to be on a day where my tribe isn’t eating.
The theme of today’s What I Ate Wednesday is “weekend eats.” After scrolling through my photos, I saw a few stand-out meals that I wanted to share, particularly my dinner from this past weekend at Cleveland Heath. But let’s go in order and start with breakfast first, shall we?
I love breakfast. I could literally eat it every meal every day. The possibilities are just endless. And the seldom times I buy a bottle of whipped cream means that every breakfast gets a dollop (or more). This breakfast was a banana oat pancake with a side of peaches cooked in coconut oil on the side. Fruit cooked in coconut oil is another thing I’ve really been into lately. Amazing.
One lunch over the weekend happened at Chipotle. It was after my marvelous run, the weather was amazing, and Chipotle seemed like the most logical choice as I was starving. It was
inhaled eaten on their patio which made it even better.
Can’t ever go wrong with Chipotle. My go-to is a bowl with chicken, black beans, brown rice, corn salsa, cheese, and lettuce. People who are trying to eat healthy often times shy away from rice because OMG CARBS, but really, brown rice and beans combined equal a complete protein. Together, the protein content is “on par with that of meat.” Further explanation and many complete protein vegetarian recipes can be found HERE.
The food highlight of the weekend was Cleveland Heath. It’s located in Edwardsville, Illinois which is about 45 minutes outside of St. Louis. Why’d I go that far just for food? Well, you see, here’s what happened. So around seven o’clock in the evening, we decided to go to the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge to take photos for a campaign I’m working on. However, by the time we arrived, it was dark. At this point, we were in Illinois and just 15 minutes away from the restaurant, so we decided to check it out as it has been written up multiple times in various publications.
Long story short, we ordered a good sampling of the menu including three appetizers, three entrees, and a dessert. Nobody left hungry. 😉 Check it out:
I’m no food critic, so please excuse my repetitive, “It was so good!” remarks. I’ll try to give you a little more than that. From top left to bottom right:
- Crispy Pork Belly: Rensing’s pork belly, watermelon, jalapeno, mint, Vietnamese vinaigrette – awesome and definitely worth ordering! The combination of the pork, watermelon, jalapeno, and mint was killer. It was a must, per the recommendation of our server, to make sure you got a little bit of each flavor in every bite.
- Japanese Pancake (Okonomiyaki): royal red shrimp, bacon, cabbage, Kewpie mayo, HM bbq – I loved this. The shrimp were huge and the “pancake” was unique.
- Deviled Eggs: Frank’s hot sauce, parmesan, paprika – mehhhhhh, not awesome. Too salty for both of our likings and less flavorful than it sounded.
- Chirashi Bowl: fresh assortment of seafood, sushi rice, ginger, pickles, spicy mayo – AMAZING! This was so good and I’d definitely recommend it.
- Pork Porterhouse: Rensing’s Porterhouse pork chop, cheddar jalapeno bread pudding, green beans, sunny side up egg – this actually got sent back as we found it way too salty. I was a fan of the cheddar jalapeno bread pudding though!
- Gringo Tacos: roasted chicken breast, red and green cabbage, spicy aioli, flour tortilla, with a side of regular and sweet potato French fries – I ended up taking half of these for lunch on Monday. There was a huge portion of fries, which of course I loved. The tacos were good, but nothing to write home about.
- Sweet Potato Gooey Butter Cake: topped with homemade butter pecan ice cream – this was out of this world and a “must get!” I couldn’t even really taste the sweet potato very much in it, but it was like a healthy dessert since it included a vegetable… right? Haha yeah right. It tasted heavenly though and so rich! Only complaint? It disappeared way too fast!
Their menu changes every couple of months, but some of their most popular items stay year-round. All in all, I was glad we went, and I’d say it’s worth the drive to check it out once. I’m not a huge fan of long car rides, so I’m not quite sure I’d venture out there again. It was definitely good. <– my famous “food review” words 😉
What’s the best meal you’ve eaten recently?
To my Jewish friends and family: May you have a meaningful fast and Gmar Chatimah Tovah! xo