Friday, July 27, 2012

Pretzel? You Melt My Heart.

Getting home from work late might have plenty of downsides, but a couple of weeks ago luck was on my side. I didn't have a lot of food in my apartment, so I stopped down the street looking for  a restaurant and what do you know Melt was still having a Happy Hour. As I was scrolling their happy hour menu, my face lit up as I read: Hot Soft Pretzel. The best part? I have been to Melt several times (I highly recommend their brunch, which lasts until 2:00 P.M.) and just discovered this little treasure on their menu.

 I proudly sat down and ordered the pretzel with pride. The pretzel comes with homemade spicy blackberry mustard dip and is served very hot. Caution yourself as the mustard dip was definitely spicy. Fortunately since I am not a big fan of spicy sauce, the pretzel didn't need a lot of additional flair. It was a simple, well made pretzel with a good balance of salt. I took half of it home with me...but let's just say it didn't remain a left-over for long. Moral of the story? Sometimes hard days at work can end on a fantastic note. You just never know.

This pretzel gets 4 twists...I guess there aren't many pretzels I don't like? 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Breckenridge Pretzel

It has been quite awhile since I have blogged about my pretzel-eating adventures. However, just because I haven't written doesn't mean I haven't eaten them. So there are several pretzel reviews in my queue...

This past fourth of July I was in Breckenridge, CO with my family, so as a pretzel lover I had to find out whether Breckenridge had any pretzels to offer my taste buds. Downstairs at Eric's came to the rescue. I met up with my friend Kate, who I met in Portland last year during our internship, but who has since moved back to CO. Kate was a big inspiration for my pretzel blog as she too has an affinity for soft pretzels, so naturally a pretzel-reunion was right up our alley. 

For $2.50 you can order a soft pretzel with or without salt (if you read this blog frequently, or know me at all, there is probably no doubt which option I chose.) If you are feeling crazy, you can get cheese or mustard for $1 extra. I have no will power, so the addition of the cheese dipping sauce was a given. The pretzel was OK. Not unexpectedly, it tasted like a ball-park pretzel and the cheese sauce was also pretty concession-stand-esque. Between Kate, her friend, my sisters and I it wasn't hard to finish the pretzel, but I would opt for their nachos over their pretzels any day. I honestly can't vouch for their pretzels, but I will say Eric's is a fun place and I definitely recommend checking it out for its environment, friendly staff, and other menu items.

More Portland-focused pretzel reviews to come...