Weekly Feature: The Grad Lounge – Sunny With a Chance of Meatballs!

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I know the popular book and movie title is “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs”, but it’s supposed to be sunny today so sunny it is!  My brother and I are like giddy little kids when it comes to meatballs because we love them so much, especially love turkey ones!  And although I have this weird food and eating quirk where I have to have even amounts of food on my plate (so I kind of eat my food in a circle or in a rotation), all bets are off when it comes to pasta and meatballs because my brother and I will both leave a few till the very end so we can enjoy the best parts for last, ha 😀  I loved this Grad Lounge dish, meatball goulash with egg noodles, yummy!  I normally eat meatballs with spaghetti, fusilli, or penne, so having it with egg noodles was a nice switch up for me.

Goulash is a traditional Hungarian soup or stew (which has also been taken up and incorporated into other European cuisines such as German, Austrian, Slovakian, and Dutch among others) made with meat (most often with beef, pork, veal, or lamb), onions, vegetables, and spices.  A number of goulash varieties are served with pasta and The Grad Lounge’s meatball goulash is served on a bed of egg noodles and made with ground beef, potatoes, sweet potato mash, onions, and carrots with caraway seeds, some garlic, and I believe thyme too.  The potatoes and mash and meatballs were super soft and yummy and made me giddy with meatball glee!

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The Grad Lounge is located at 166 South Ross at the York University Keele campus.  They offer a number of daily specials in addition to their permanent menu, and provide numerous vegetarian and vegan options.

Weekly Feature: The Grad Lounge – Rosemary Chicken on Mashed Potatoes, Bring on the Gravy!

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Call me easily amused, but I get excited whenever I see mashed potatoes.  Like I wrote in my post a week and a half ago on my beloved spuds, they’re so versatile and I love them with gravy, sour cream, green onions, chives, cheese, mixed veggies, peas, etc. etc.  Not only do they taste delightful, but how many foods out there don’t require you to really chew?  For me it’s great because according to my mum, who has apparently watched and observed my eating habits at the dinner table, I chew my food an average of 22 times before I swallow.  It’s no wonder I eat so slow most of the time.  And it’s no wonder my jaws are kind of sore by the end of my meal.  Oh well.

I refer to this Grad Lounge dish as rosemary chicken stew on potato mash.  Shredded rosemary seasoned chicken served with mushrooms, cooking onions, shallots, and mushroom gravy on top of a big pillow of soft mashed potatoes and a side salad of mixed greens.  It’s like the ultimate meal for softies! 😀  You know, the kind of meal that’s good for when you need something soft and mushier.  The gravy is really flavourful from the mushrooms and chicken and another one of those nice winter comfort meals.  Not to mention the pairing of chicken with mushrooms is a classic (don’t pretend like you don’t snicker when you hear people non-Chinese people saying “moo-goo-guy-pan”!). 

The Grad Lounge does two variations on this dish and they’re both a part of the rotating daily specials menu.  This one is the shredded meat version and the other is 2-piece rosemary chicken thigh dish.  Given the weather we’ve been having as of late (read: wet sleet and wet snow and freezing rain, oh my!) a nice plate of steaming hot chicken and potatoes does the job.

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The Grad Lounge is located at 166 South Ross at the York University Keele campus.  They offer a number of daily specials in addition to their permanent menu, and provide numerous vegetarian and vegan options.

Weekly Feature: The Grad Lounge – Lamb Stew (aka. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Vegetarian!)

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I know, can you believe it??  A Grad Lounge post that features a dish with meat!  I thought it was time to switch it up a little.  I’ve made 5 posts about The Grad Lounge since starting this blog and thus far, all Grad Lounge posts have showcased vegetarian and vegan dishes.  It’s one of the reasons why the establishment means so much.  It’s difficult to find healthy, vegetarian and vegan options no matter where you are, much less on a university campus – c’mon, don’t tell me you don’t notice the KFC, Popeye’s, and Pizza Pizza staring right in front of you!  Alas, being surrouded by fast food means just a little more patience and creativity on the part of those who appreciate vegetarian cuisine.  However, this time around, I’m featuring a meat dish (well, actually, two!) that I loooooove.

Lamb stew!  Now, I know what you’re thinking.  It’s what my family thought when I told them how much I loved this dish: “lamb??  But, but…it’s so dry and chewy and tasteless!”  *insert grimaces here*  Ah, not so my dear ones.  It’s true that this type of grub has the reputation for being all of the above, but let me tell you, Mike and Paul’s lamb is soft and tender and so, so good with rice (pictured below) and noodles (pictured above).  I may be a carnivore, but  I gotta say, I am picky when it comes to my meat.  So if this lamb didn’t taste good, I wouldn’t even bother blogging about it.  My boyfriend Richard, who is a self-proclaimed picky eater, even loves the lamb stew, so that’s saying something! 

The lamb stew lunch special usually makes its appearance in two forms: lamb stew with egg noodles, served with peas and tender chunks of carrots and potatoes with the lamb stew sauce; and lamb curry stew served on rice, with potatoes and delicious  curry sauce with a mixed green salad on the side.  I devour these dishes whenever they make an appearance on the daily special menu.  Seriously, I scrape my plate clean.  And now I want some.  Woe is me.

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The Grad Lounge is located at 166 South Ross at the York University Keele Campus.  The establishment serves alcohol, so patrons must be 19+, and daily lunch specials are on average $5-$7.  The Grad Lounge is now back open for business after their holiday closure, with their regular opening at 11:30am.