Archive | December, 2010

Pump up Your Grilled Cheese: Garlic-Parm style!

22 Dec

Grilled cheese is a childhood favorite of nearly everyone.  Who can resist  ooey-gooey melty cheese?  I know I can’t.  Ever.  I haven’t met a cheese I didn’t like, and I love grilled cheese sandwiches.  This LION BITE revs up a classic American grilled cheese with a little extra flavor!

Lots of butter = Delicious Grilled Cheese

What You’ll Need: 2 slices of your favorite bread, 2 slices of American Cheese (Kraft Singles!), garlic salt, parmesan cheese (for spaghetti) and ~1.t tbsp butter

I know you all know how to make grilled cheese (if you don’t, shame on you!) but we’ll do a quick run through. Get that pan screaming hot and drop in 1 tbsp (or more!) of butter into the pan to melt.  The more butter, the more delicious the grilled cheese.  While the butter in the pan melts, butter both pieces of bread on one side, sprinkle on some garlic salt and parmesan cheese (making sure to spread out the cheese across the bread) .

Build your sandwich in the pan allowing to toast for 3 minutes on each side and bam! Quick, ooey-gooey, cheesey, garlic goodness!

Cheese on the inside...cheese on the outside...what more could you ask for?



Restaurant Review: Faccia Luna

15 Dec

Although unfortunately I have no pictures, I HAD to write a review on this restaurant.  Located on South Atherton Street in State College PA (and two Virginia locations), this is hands down the best Italian I have ever had in State College.  I’ve been dying to try it out for months, and finally went with my mom this past weekend!

Faccia Luna is well-known in the area for their wood-oven pizzas.  DELICIOUS.  This is exactly what I was coming here to try…but we’ll get to that! Let’s start off with the appetizer we ordered: Tomato Bruschetta with fresh mozzarella cheese.  Diced chopped tomatoes with olive oil, basil & garlic top thickly sliced crusty baguettes.  Add fresh mozzarella (for $1.50) and you will be in heaven with this delicious appetizer.  I’m pretty sure we were served 5 (possibly 4)  large pieces of toasted baguette topped with a heaping mound of the tomato & basil mixture.  I highly recommend it, especially with the mozzarella.

Now, we move into entrées!  My mom ordered  crab cake caesar.  Anyone who knows me, knows I am not a fan of seafood, but I decided to be brave and take a *tiny* bite of the crab cake.  And I have to say, it was pretty good!  Would I order it? No but I don’t like seafood…should you order if it you like seafood?  YES!

And now for our feature presentation:  WOOD OVEN PIZZA.  Confronted with a list of 13 signature pizzas, options to choose my own toppings, white sauce or red sauce, 3 sizes, thick pizza or stuffed pizza, I had quite a decision to make.  I wish I could have tried them all, but ended up going with a small Roma pizza, topped with sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil.  It was not small.  It fed me for two days. And it was perfection.  Best pizza I’ve had in State College without question.  The wood-firing gave the crust an awesome sort of smokey taste, and I’m always a fan of tomatoes & mozzarella! At $11.90 for the small, it was a great value too, since it fed me two meals.  AND the crust tasted even better cold!  Toppings themselves however were better hot, and the pizza was good reheated.

While the food was amazing and everything I ever expected, I also have to comment on the appearance.  I loved that you could see into the kitchen and watch them putting the pizzas into the oven.  There was an indoor seating area & an outdoor one.  We sat in the outdoor which was sealed and cozily heated for the winter.  It was kind of nice to get the feel of an outdoor eating area in the middle of winter!

So if you ever find yourself in State College, wondering where to go for dinner, venture down South Atherton and find Faccia Luna with it’s neon sign.

In second thought…don’t. More pizza for me!!! (just kidding!)

WE ARE… happy to have found a new favorite restaurant!!!!