Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Did somebody say steak?

Grass fed New York cut steak

There are some days I think I could be a vegetarian.  And then there are days where all I can think about is eating a perfectly cooked steak.  I have grown to love steak more and more over the years and really appreciate going to a nice steakhouse for a good cut and amazing sides.  When a new restaurant opens in Uptown, you can be sure I have a reservation within their first few weeks of opening. Burch opened their doors last month and I was so excited to read reviews and try out their new menu.  With a Steakhouse on the main level and a Pizza Bar down below, I was very intrigued to see what kind of atmosphere could combine those two concepts. I have now been to Burch twice, and both visits were remarkable.  The food was fantastic and there was a refined aura to the restaurant.  On the main floor, they kept the original tile flooring of the old Burch Pharmacy which adds a touch of history to a modern steakhouse.  The menu has plenty to choose from and will please many different palates.  Down below in the Pizza Bar, the walls seem to be the original foundation in it's rustic form lined with votive candles for some extra ambiance. The menu was reasonably priced with a variety of pizzas and small bites to choose from.  The bar was full with people sipping cocktails from mix masters while house music was playing through the speakers.  Burch is a great new addition to Uptown, I am sure it will gain many new regulars.  I wonder if I can make two reservations for the same night; eat steak on the main level and then head downstairs for pizza?  Sounds like a winning plan to me!

Warm atmosphere in the Pizza Bar

Sunday, March 10, 2013

1 Year

1 year ago today, I picked a name, created a site, and wrote my first blog post on Lady Nine.  It has been so much fun for me to share my creative thoughts, inspirations, and daily life with you all.  I have big plans for Lady Nine this year, I hope you become a "regular" and visit often.
  • Lady Nine (the name) was inspired by the song, Lady Day by Billie Holiday. One of my favorite songs to this day. 
  • My first post was on a beautiful Minnesota spring day.  It was 60 degrees that day.  Today, the high is 36 and we are supposed to get snow tomorrow.  Minnesota weather is unpredictable. 
  • According to my statistics, I am averaging about 2.6 posts a month.  That seems ridiculous since my social/cooking/baking/shopping calendar is way more packed than that.  While I work to get that number up, feel free to follow me on Twitter as I like to post random thoughts and pictures daily. 
Thanks for celebrating Lady Nine's birthday with me today, I think it's time for cupcakes!  Here are my favorite posts from this past year. 

Still my favorite Spring/Summer beverage.  I'll be posting variations of this recipe this summer. 

The essence of food, friends, and summer.

The most beautiful moment of my life thus far. 

I'm trying to come up with excuses to make these Christmas cookies all year round.