Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Pursuits of a Foodie

A few days ago one of my friends called me a foodie. For those of you who don't know what the heck a foodie is, read below.

From Wikipedia :)

Foodie is an informal term for a particular class of aficionado of food and drink.

Pursuits of a Foodie
Typical foodie interests and activities include the food industry, wineries and wine tasting, breweries and beer sampling, food science, following restaurant openings and closings, food distribution, food fads, health and nutrition, and restaurant management. A foodie might develop a particular interest in a specific item, such as the best egg cream or burrito. Many publications have food columns that cater to foodies. Interest by foodies in the 1980s and 1990s gave rise to the Food Network and other specialized food programming, popular films and television shows about food such as Top Chef and Iron Chef, a renaissance in specialized cookbooks, specialized periodicals such as Gourmet MagazineCook's Illustrated, growing popularity of farmers' markets,[3] food-oriented websites like Zagat'sYelp, publishing and reading food blogs (a number of people photograph and post on the Internet every meal they ever make or consume), specialized kitchenware stores like Williams-Sonoma and Sur La Table, and the institution of the celebrity chef. 

Although I personally have never considered myself a foodie, I have come to the happy realization that I totally am. Thus, my husband (who I wouldn't really say is a Foodie he just enjoys eating) and I have created a Food adventure that we would like to call the Adams Avenue Challenge. Adams Avenue is the main street that runs through Kensington, Normal Heights (where we live) and University Heights. It has a ton of restaurants, eateries, cafes, specialty food stores etc. and we are committed to trying out every single one of them! This will obviously take awhile for several reasons, however during our 3 years in the NH area we have already visited a few of them and thus can cut the list down a little. The first reason it will take awhile is time and the second is money. We aren't sitting on piles of gold so we will have to take that into account, but I hope to have some wonderful places to write about and experiences to share with all of you.

So without further ado, here is what we happen to be conquering during our Adams Avenue Challenge. I know it looks a little daunting, but I am sooo excited!! I have marked the ones we have already visited in red and added comments to the right. I hope to have individual write ups on all of the places we have already visited and will visit in the future. If we finish this challenge then we will strive onward and conquer Park Blvd and University Avenue!

 Adams Avenue Grill                     2201 Adams   - a bit $$, but great food and service
Air Conditioned 4673 30th St
Antique Row Cafe 3002 Adams - SO CHEAP and GOOD
Bettina's Custom Catering 3641 Madison - not sure if will try catering?
Bleu Boheme 4090 Adams - NOT CHEAP, but amazing french cuisine!
Blind Lady Ale House 3416 Adams - Pizza and Beer (lots on tap) great atmosphere
Burger Lounge 4116 Adams - Pricey burgers, but delicious!!
Cabaret Cafe 3739 Adams -
Cafe 21 2736 Adams  - Awesome for breakfast, but $$$ unique
Cantina Mayahuel 2934 Adams  -
Casa Adams Mexican Restaurant 3038 Adams  - I wouldn't recommend it, it was ehh
Country Kabob 3375 Adams  - Greek Food and amazing. LOVE IT.
DiMille's Italian Restaurant 3492 Adams  - Yummy pasta, pizza and garlic knots!!
El Zarape 3201 Adams  - over priced for mexican, good happy hour
Jayne's Gastropub 4677 30th St - dying to eat here!!
Jyoti Bihanga 3351 Adams  -
Kadan 4696 30th St -
Kensington Cafe 4141 Adams  - wonderful, visited on a weekly basis
Kensington Club 4079 Adams  -
Kensington Grill 4055 Adams  -
Kensington Vine 4191 Adams  -
Lestat's Coffee Shop 3343 Adams  - beware of vampires, coffee okay
Lou Jones Inn 3391 Adams  -
Luz's Restaurant 3402 Adams  -
Mama Mia Pizza 3446 Adams  -
Mauricio's Mexican Food 3200 Adams  - cheap Mexican with a little class = awesome
Pinto Thai Cuisine 3381 Adams  -
Ponce's Restaurant 4050 Adams  - delicious classy Mexican restaurant
Proprietor's Reserve Wine Bar 4711 34th St -
Rosie O'Grady's Pub 3402 Adams  -
Sabrosito 2941 Adams  -
Senor Mango's Juice House 4607 30th St. -
Starbucks Coffee 3352 Adams  - Kensington location okay
Starbucks Coffee 4134 Adams  - NH location way better, barista's are nicer!!
Subway 3540 Adams  - $5 footlongs can you beat that?
Tam's Thai & Laotian Food 3456 Adams  -
Tao 3332 Adams  -
The Ould Sod 3373 Adams  -
Triple Crown Pub 3221 Adams  -
Twiggs 2804 Adams  - yummy cookies and great coffee
Villa Del Mar Restaurant 3531 Adams  - cheap Mexican = always a good choice
Zia's Gourmet Pizza 3311 Adams  -
Incredible Cheesecake Co.           3161 Adams
Mariposa Ice Cream           3450 Adams  - homemade ice cream, it was okay
Niko's Mini Mart           3334 Adams  -  

Viva Pops                                      3300 Adams -

** After looking at the list it actually doesn't look so daunting. Would it be too much to say we could accomplish it by 2011? Happy Food hunting! Oh and sorry about the poor editing. Blogger just wasn't working for me today.


  1. "Beware of vampires. Also known as LeNast" Would have been a better comment. Ha!

    Love the challenge. I will be benefiting from this, I just know it.


  2. I can't believe you reviewed the starbucks and subway! :)

    I would gladly help get one of the ones you have't eaten at yet off your list when I visit!


  3. Try the ham and cheese tortellini at Demillies if you make it back there. It's the bomb.

  4. Dang! that's a lot of food places in one neighborhood! I like this challenge and I look forward to hearing more! - Juni

  5. nice! i like this a lot
    have fun and let me know if you two need any company ;)

    fyi: Jayne's Gastropub is AMAZING!!! a little pricey but you will not be disappointed.

    you should try Ould Sod on a Tuesday night (i know, random) but that's when they play this sweet live Irish music with bagpipes, strings and everything!

    Mama Mia's is good pizza for how cheap they are. Josh likes them better than Little Cesar's and they're the same price.

    i've been to AC Lounge once but didn't stay long enough to get a good feel of what i really thought.

  6. oh you MUST try zia! the papay pizza and potato pizza are to die for! we just moved to college area from normal heights and you're making me want to cry for our adams avenue eateries!

  7. Julia we just ate at Zia last week and it was amazing!! I will be posting an update soon :)

  8. A must try is Jyoti Bihanga. The Turkey wrap is light, fresh and delish. The Tahini dressing is to die for. Addictive fresh food.

  9. Jaynes is my FAVE place - my fella and I are very much foodies and always looking for a great cocktail - Jaynes provides both an amazing food and drink experience! Hit up their happy hour, great nibbles and cocktail specials!


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