Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Decarli Restaurant- Beaverton, OR

Decarli is a charming restaurant in Beaverton, Oregon that I have had my eye on for a few months now. Tonight Beau and I decided to stop on in for their happy hour which is both amazing and delicious. The dishes that we savored were cooked to perfection, being both beautiful and creative.
Polenta Fries with Gorgonzola Butter Sauce
The first dish we enjoyed were polenta fries, and they were superbly delicious. I had no idea that such a thing existed, and I am very happy they do! They have a great crunch on the outside and the polenta on the inside had a soft, smooth, and a light cornmeal texture to it. The Gorgonzola butter made me hesitate a little because I despise do not prefer Gorgonzola cheese, however, I only hesitated! I got over my dislike for the cheese and dove into the sauce with a fry and "WOW", it was amazing. The combination is beautiful!
This bruschetta is simply genius! It was a plate of bruschetta that consisted of three different combinations. The one on the left is fig, blue cheese and walnut. The middle is a type of steak with some gravy. The far right bruschetta had brie and prosciutto. This delightful little plate was mind blowing to me because I had never had bruschetta with anything but a tomato base. I fell in love with this idea! All three were wonderful and the plate was left with only a few crumbs =)
Decarli's is known for their "Pizzettas". I had to get one, especially since it was on happy hour! The one above has arugula, prosciutto, olive oil and a few different kinds of cheese. The crust is thin, and the flavors of the pizzetta went together very heavenly. There was a great proportion of toppings to crust, and I didn't feel the need to dip it in ranch!

Decarli is a restaurant that I am VERY happy to see in Beaverton. Places like this are hard to find outside of Portland. Decarli is right off Hall Blvd in Beaverton. It is dangerously close to our neck of the woods and I am sure that we will be visiting this place for Happy Hour frequently =)

Oh, and by the way~ Make sure you keep an eye on your drink at all times when out with Beau!
I caught Beau stealing my drink!

Becky Boo!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

German Pancakes with Republic of Jam!

Last week I caught the flu bug. It basically drop kicked me into bed and left me there for three days. On the fourth day I was able to get my butt out of bed to make a yummy breakfast! My mission was something simple but delicious. This is where German Pancakes came into play.
My first experience with German Pancakes was when I was in 6th grade, and that is an experience I will never forget. A friend of mine came back from living in Germany and her mom prepared this dish for me after I spent the night there. As a 6th grader I was confused by the "pancakes" coming out of the oven. I certainly thought it was strange but my confusion was quickly left behind once I took a bite and realized how decadent this breakfast is. Ever since then, I was in awe of these fantastic oven-pancakes from Germany!

German pancakes are EASY! Here is how you do them:

6 eggs
1 cup of flour
1 cup milk
Dash of salt
1 tablespoon of vanilla! (I love vanilla, I will throw it in whenever I can!)

First you need to turn on the oven to 400 degrees and place a 13x9 baking dish into it. Next, throw ALL the ingredients into the blender! Yes, a blender! Blend until the batter is smooth. Take the baking dish out of the oven and melt 2 tablespoons of butter in it.

Once the butter is melted, pour the batter into the baking dish and place in the oven. Cook for 20 minutes.

The German Pancake after baking!
Once the pancake has finished baking, dust it with some powdered sugar! You can then top them with syrup, peanut butter, honey, fruit, or jam. I topped mine with some raspberry vanilla jam from my friends at Republic of Jam!
This is a jam company that everyone MUST try!

The German Pancake with the Republic of Jam was a spectacular breakfast. It was easy, fast and delicious! If I was not sick, I would have grabbed some bubbly to pop open with this dish. Maybe an Asti Spumante or dry Lambrusco even!

Please share your German Pancake experiences with me!