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Ranch Dressing for the Win- Again, but this time with close seconds.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on February 28, 2012 by bestranch

Have you ever closed your eyes, deep in meditation and wondered where you could find the meaning of life? The answer of course is in the sauce.

Sauce makes the world go around, and that’s why there have been fewer ranch posts lately. I had to take a couple of months as a sabbatical to travel the world (Michigan, Florida, and Chicago) and check out all of Ranch’s tasty competitors. I will share my discoveries below.

Currie Aioli: I discovered this little gem at Graydon’s Crossing in Grand Rapids, MI. I was quite intrigued by this sauce when i saw it on the menu and even though it was not the suggested aioli for my food i ordered it anyways. I was blown away. It had the viscosity of mayo but the taste of Apu from the Quick E Mart and made me leave saying “thank you, come again”.

Gino’s East Ranch: If you have ever been to Chicago then you have most likely been to or heard of Gino’s East. They are known for their pizza but the real champ was….. THE RANCH! Of course any novice ranch-ite can vouch for the flavor match made in heaven that is pizza and ranch but the thin crust pizza at Gino’s mixed with their own blend of ranch makes for a gastronomical delight. Added Bonus: The ranch is so good, and has such a good consistency that it serves as a mouth lube to help you down a full pizza in one sitting.

Swirlberry Sauce: This is completely uncalled for and i know i will get crap for saying this but sometimes desert can actually beat certain ranch varieties. One such sauce can be found at frozen yogurt extraordinaire Swirlberry. Occasionally if you are lucky and go to the Swirlberry in Livonia, MI you can get so lucky as to enjoy the hazelnut chocolate sauce. It has little crunchy bits of deliciousness in it and makes frozen yogurt great. To make this one right in my mind i must add that this sauce would probably rock with bacon.

The Verdict: Although there are a plethora of sauces that occasionally out perform ranch none do so on a consistent basis and thus Ranch is the winner.

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Ranch’s Sexy Cousin

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 7, 2011 by bestranch

The past week has been difficult for me, i have been battling a tough issue. Really an ethical issue. Is it ok to steal bread if its to feed your family?? OK admittedly this decision was much more of a moral conundrum than something so simple as feeding your family (ps the answer to that conundrum is to have a pet monkey named Abu steal the bread for you…)

But back to the point, i struggled about posting something for you my followers. Specifically i was debating if it would be tolerable to blog about a sauce that is not ranch. I wasn’t going to until my friend Lauren suggested i do to honor Ranch’s sexy cousins… All of the other great mayonnaise based sauces.

I have always been a fan of the basics and the closest in relation, that sauce being garlic aioli. The other day i went to a fantastic restaurant- a mecca for sauces, The Electric Cheetah. It is a swanky little place in downtown Grand Rapids that serves its delicious fries with an assortment of 3-4 different mayonnaise sauces— or as i like to call them, “tasty makers”.

The 2 that really made an impression on me were pure bliss in my mouth. The first and in my opinion best was the spicy cousin of ranch- the red pepper aioli. Spicy, yet creamy and refreshing, it paired especially well with the sweet potato variety of fry, and the Oktoberfest beer.

The second and almost equally amazing sauce was some type of dill aioli. To be fair i was in such a drunk bliss of sauce heaven i didn’t catch the name of this delicious accoutrement but let it be known it had little green flakes of tastiness in it. If someone knows what it was please share.

Ok, thats it, if you are in the area and are a sauce fiend like myself i highly recommend the electric cheetah. Good food, good atmosphere and GREAT SAUCE. Plus as an added bonus my favorite brewery is a block away- Brewery Vivant.

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