Another Little Pizza My Heart (National Pizza Day Edition)

National Pizza Day rules… SRQuisine drools (over pizza)

Here at SRQuisine, the term “wood-fired pizza” doesn’t get tossed around lightly. We love everything about those tender slices of dough- from the crust, to the distribution of patches of dark char juxtaposed by globs of creamy buffalo mozzarella, to the smokey hint that curls up and snuggles in on every slice like a little flavor gift for your taste buds! So you can imagine our delight when we realized that it was National Pizza Day! That being said, no ordinary pie would do- the stakes were high, and tonight was meant for something truly special…

After some deliberation, we made the decision to try Baker & Wife, and we were not disappointed! For those unaware, Baker & Wife is located in South Gate, and has a casual “neo-farmhouse-meets-upscale-pizzeria” feel. The menu boasts comfort food, a variety of entrees, and some truly inspired appetizers. We opted for the Slow Roasted Yellow Beets Salad as a starter and it was a real treat. Now, on to the main event.

We tried two pies:  1.) The Quilted Shroom, and 2.) The Diabla Wild Shrimp. Both were every bit as tasty as we’d hoped for. The Quilted Shroom was decorated with bechamel and roasted mushrooms, and blanketed with sheets of prosciutto, while hints of thyme and rosemary delighted the senses. The Diabla Wild Shrimp was best in show. Under the surface of what appeared to be an inland-sea’s-worth of arugula were swarms of pink shrimp, tomatoes, capers, and onions, each waiting for their day in the sun! Red pepper flakes added a tiny punch to eat bite. It was a feast truly befitting National Pizza Day and one that we won’t soon forget!

We’ve had brunch at Baker & Wife in the past and were thoroughly impressed as well. Check it out! Follow them on Instagram @baker_and_wife, or visit the website: bakerwife.com

And until this glorious holiday next year… pizza and happiness to you!

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Totally Going NUTS for DONUTS!

The Amish Baking Co. knows dough, yo.

We are not joking or exaggerating when we say the donuts from The Amish Baking Co. will change your life. They will. It’s an understatement to say we’ve had our fair share of specialty donuts from awesome little donut shops that seem to be popping up everywhere. But ABC’s are simply the best! They are piping hot, fresh, sticky, and truly melt in your mouth. Curiously large, though neither for the sake of novelty or pretension, these sweet, buttery rings of dough come hot off the presses, still-dripping with dipped glaze. I know what you’re thinking, “Yeah, yeah- I’ve eaten Krispy Kreme donuts, bro. I know all about fresh donies…” If that’s where your mindset is, well then, by all means, more for you. These donuts are in a league all their own, so give them a try. But don’t do it for our sake; your taste buds will thank you!

Still not convinced? Or maybe you flat out don’t like donuts (heathens…)? Well, what if we told you that ABC also has the best soft pretzels in town? Or maybe the universe. They are incredible and remind the chewer of a simpler time when all the world’s woes could be settled through gifts of pretzeled bread. I eat them and often think of a pre-corporate Auntie Anne, in her college days (when she was just “Anne” to her friends, and not so focused on profit) toiling away in her kitchen, striving simply to make the best soft pretzel she could. Then I picture her, now in her 70’s or 80’s, strolling through Sarasota, wearing large sunglasses and a kerchief round her head, and she stops at this humble ABC baking cart. There’s something so familiar about the smell that wafted by…Suddenly, a warm soft-pretzel catches her eye. She asks for one, and takes a bite. A single tear strolls gently down her cheek, and she remembers those formative baking years, her lost loves, and why she began baking pretzels in the first place. Yes; these pretzels are that good. Talk about melting in your mouth. Buttery, salty goodness! Are you laughing? Hope so, because we couldn’t type this with a straight face. Sometimes Eric gets carried away.

But anyway, when we say life changing. They are. Go now! The Amish Baking Co. food truck is always at the Central Sarasota Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings, and the Phillipi Creek Farmhouse Market on Wednesday mornings. They also pop up randomly around town at various festivals and events. Find them by following their Instagram account @theamishbakingco or by visiting their website: http://www.amishbakingco.com/ We promise you will not be disappointed. Amish 2 donuts.jpg

 

 

Who? What? When? Where? Walts! (Fish Market and Restaurant)

Gone fishin’.

Among a sea of fish camps and markets, waterfront bars, seaside restaurants, and wharf shanties that sell delicious fish tacos, it can be a real chore, and an expensive learning experience, to sort the delicious from the mundane (but we’ll gladly do the research)- the kingfisher from the guppies- when it comes to local fish spots. We are pleased to report that Walt’s Fish Market and Restaurant delivered a strong performance and did not disappoint! For starters, we were treated to complimentary smoked fish spread (some of the best we’ve had locally), and we opted for a lobster bisque and conch chowder as a first course. The bisque was flavorful and familiar with small, but ample, pieces of lobster, while the chowder was spiced and peppery with a rich and flavorful tomato base, and packed to the gills with conch. All delicious. We tried the fried grouper Reuben and the  blackened mullet. The blackened spices were fantastic! We liked the laid back old Florida tiki-hit style ambiance of Walt’s that made us feel like we were on the beach, despite it’s shopping center location.

I think one of our favorite things about moving to the Gulf coast is having such a fresh array of seafood to choose from no matter where we go. On to further research! To read more about Walt’s, check out their website: http://www.waltsfishmarketrestaurant.com/

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