We enjoyed a lovely little happy hour recently with plenty of great food and three pints between us, all while sitting outside and enjoying the sunshine. We did all this within walking distance from our house and for around $30 with tax and tip. Tropics Tap House is a place I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more of.
They have about a bajillion beers that change regularly. You can find all sorts of craft and seasonal beers, if that’s your thing, or they have Angry Orchard on tap. They also have some really creative cocktails, but I was trying not to spend all my money this time around.
Their happy hour is daily from 3:00 to 6:00 with a different beer on special every day. They also have discounted well drinks and house wine. The best part of happy hour, though, is the food. They do fancy pub food here, with a variety of sliders and pizzas, along with daily specials. At happy hour, classic sliders, cheese pizza, and enormous potato wedges are all discounted. Um. . . we tried them all.
Seriously, these potato wedges are huge. They’re crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, and get served with some fancy gourmet ketchup. I didn’t know a potato wedge could have so much flavor.
The cheese pizza was tasty, and the crust was buttery and light. It’s perfect with a cold cider. I wish I could have eaten a whole lot more, but I don’t think Geoff wanted to bring me home in a wheelbarrow.
The sliders are where it’s at, kids. At $2 a piece, you could easily make a feast of them. They’re juicy and delicious. I’m sort of in love with this place.
The service was great, and early in the evening on a weekday, it’s pretty quiet in there. Stop by on a Friday night, and you will probably get to hear some outstanding live music.
Happy hour at Tropics Tap House is definitely the way to go if money is tight. Regular price can get a little out of hand. But if money is no object, then go and try everything. It’s a great place to experiment and try something new. Since this is only a fifteen minute walk from our house, you can bet we’ll be there often. Maybe we’ll see you there.
I love bread. It may be one of the most excellent things ever created in all the universe. Tearing off a hunk of bread, slathering it with salted butter, putting it in your mouth, closing your eyes and chewing slowly. . . It’s a beautiful moment. Bread is a wonderful thing, and should never be wasted.
I love recipes that can use up stale bread, and chocolate chip bread pudding is one of my favorites. I used sourdough bread this time, but you should use up whatever you have hanging around. If you’re bread isn’t stale yet, break it up into chunks and spread it out on a baking sheet for a while. The bread then gets soaked in a sweet custard mixture, baked until puffy and golden, and consumed warm with choirs of angels in the background.
My husband doesn’t like bread pudding, and I think he’s completely insane. It’s sweet and chewy and infinitely adaptable. This one is made with chocolate chips, but you can take it in nearly any direction. I’ve made a tropical version, and savoury bread pudding is pretty awesome, also. Not as good as chocolate, though. It’s really a shame that I’ll have to eat all this by myself.
If you’ve never met a bread basket you didn’t love, you should definitely make this bread pudding for your next dessert. The smell alone is enough to drive you crazy. It’s gonna be awesome!
This crazy idea I had to learn to like vegetables is pretty much a miserable failure. Every time someone suggests their favorite veggie dish, it just sounds sorta gross. I can’t get into it. Veggies, in my opinion, are not awesome. I’m a terrible person.
This month, I tried adding some fresh arugula to some bright, lemony couscous. It was actually Nigella’s idea. If you’re into leafy greens, this is an excellent, super simple side dish that would probably go great with any of those lean proteins skinny people are always talking about. The peppery arugula contrasts quite nicely with the bright lemon, and couscous is always awesome. If I didn’t feel like I was chewing on grass, I probably would have really loved this dish.
I hate being a picky eater. I also hate how disappointing most healthy food is. And then I hate myself for being so spoiled and always demanding instant gratification. Being human is tricky. All these feelings. . . I think I need a doughnut.
Anyway, you should totally make this lemon couscous with arugula because it’s quick, easy, tasty, and doesn’t contain bacon, which I guess is sometimes a good thing. I made mine with chicken stock, but if you use vegetable stock, it’s vegetarian friendly. Go. Eat. Love.