I finally got a chance to try out Pequod’s Pizza over the weekend. Richard, Amanda, and Jess came down to collect Steph and we all went to dinner. Dallas had been here once for a birthday, but I missed it. We made reservations for 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. I was trying to avoid a dinner rush, because I heard it can get packed, and it was not crowded at all. We probably didn’t need the reservation. When we were seated, Dallas suggested we figure out or order quickly because the pizzas take a long time to cook (40 minutes). We ordered the Pequod Salad and two medium deep dish pizzas, one with pepperoni and mushroom and one with sausage, basil and garlic.
I’m no pizza snob, and I really liked both of the pizzas. The thing that differentiates Pequod’s is that they bake their pies in cast iron pans with decades of “seasoning.” They also sprinkle some cheese on the pan and it creates a “halo” of caramelization on the crust. I love it when the cheese gets grilled like this. Like when the cheese oozes out of your grilled cheese and bakes on the pan? So good. This is what the crust is like on these pizzas!
Read more about Pequod’s Pizza on Serious Eats. These guys know pizza!
We hadn’t seen Jessica since before her birthday so we gave her a birthday gift too. A summer outfit, some Nintendo DS accessories and Just Dance 3 for the Wii! Jessica, you are next to come for a visit!
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Dallas and I took Stephanie to RedFLAME for pizza when she was visiting us in Chicago. Our friend Marty is the owner of the place and it was about time I finally checked it out! I’d had the pizza there before they opened, in a test run, and I had it one time when another friend brought it to our house, but I never had the pizza in the official restaurant.
Dallas was mostly there just to have a few drinks with other friends who were there too. Stephanie and I ordered and split the Buffalo Chicken Pizza (grilled chicken, buffalo sauce, caramelized onion and crumbled bleu cheese, drizzled with ranch). It was pretty good. I mean, I kind of feel like we should have gotten a basic pizza if we really wanted to compare the redFLAME pizza to other places we’ve been but we didn’t and the buffalo chicken was very good.
redFLAME has a unique way that they cook their pizzas. First they grill the dough – you can see the grill marks on the bottom. Then they pizza is placed under a flame to cook the toppings.
For dessert we got the S’mores Pizza (Flame-cooked dough topped with chocolate spread, graham cracker crumbs, chocolate chips and marshmallows). Steph LOVED this! I thought it was pretty good too. I’d had a version of it one other time, before redFLAME officially opened. I like the improvements they made. Smaller marshmallows, smaller pizza over all. Smaller is actually better, since this is a rich slice!
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On Saturday Jessica and I had plans to see Toy Story 3 with Quinn. We met Jen and Quinn and Kristin and Limey at the theater at 10:30 a.m. My friend Marcus needed some kids to borrow to see the movie so he joined us too. The more the merrier!
I think Jen was a little fearful that Quinn would get freaked out and want to leave, but he was so into it. When Woody and Buzz made their first appearances he was so excited he just yelled “WOOOODYYY!!!” and “BUZZ LIGHTYEARR!” and at the end right when the credits started to roll he yelled out that he wanted to watch it again. So funny. He was so upset when we had to leave the theater.
Jess said she liked the movie too. Honestly, it was a bit dark and scary in some parts. I thought Quinn would be scared but he seemed ok.
After the movie we headed to Margie’s Candies on Montrose. I’d only been to the original Margie’s on Western (see here and here). Margie’s ice cream is the best. Actually, it’s the fudge sauce that’s the best.
We heard they also had food, so the plan was to get lunch, then get ice cream. Turns out that they don’t have a grill or anything so all they have for food is like cold sandwiches. They were nice enough to suggest we go just down the block to Dos Toritos, where they have both Mexican food and some grill items. I had a couple tacos, Jess had a grilled cheese. Theeeeennnnnn we headed back to Margie’s. I am happy to report that the new Margie’s doesn’t have those creepy dolls that the Margie’s on Western has, which was a blessing because there were creepy dolls in Toy Story 3 and I might have freaked out a little if they had followed me to the ice cream shop!
Jess was talking to me a bit more on Saturday and she asked if we could go to the park after lunch. While we were eating our ice cream Quinn asked Jess if she wanted to go to his house and play in his little pool, so we decided to do that. It was a hot day and it was good to cool off in the water. Jess and Quinn mostly just ran around the backyard and played in the pool and with a couple water guns. Jen and I both got a bit more wet than we’d have liked, but it felt good. Jess was talking a lot while we were playing, but mostly trying to tell Quinn and I to get her more water for her gun. I had to tell her not to be so bossy. Funny. Try to get the kid to talk for two days then basically have to tell her to be quiet!
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