The Gruff-a restaurant review

Any book elf would fall in love with this restaurant.  Just start with the name! The Gruff refers to the Three Billy Goats Gruff. They worked hard to cross a bridge to find greener (and locally grown) grass on the other side.  

Book elves will be beguiled by the restaurant name and its atmosphere. Then, they will want to layer on the flavors of its menu: brick oven pizza, crispy waffle fries with homemade ketchup, sandwiches, salads, and house made soups.

It has been a long time since I have fallen so completely in love with a pizza.  This Italian Meat  version was the perfect combination of meat with fresh basil, red sauce and cheeses.

Located next to the Kentucky side of the Roebling Bridge in Covington, The Gruff is the perfect stop for lunch or dinner before you stroll along the Ohio River. Don’t forget to grab some dessert at the deli before you leave. We bulging book elves must keep up our image!



Tempt your family’s bulging book elf with these recipes. Citrus by Valerie Aikman-Smith and Victoria Pearson is an enticing collection of recipes featuring a variety of citrus fruits. Grab your whisk and get started! There are recipes for the common fruits in your fruit bowl as well as the unusual ones such as Buddha’s hand. The multiplicity of recipes is so appetizing the reader cannot resist.There are drinks, main dishes, salads, spreads, and desserts. Some recipes tasted a little strong but can be easily adjusted to an individual’s preference. Greek Lemon Herbed Potatoes was my family’s favorite.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for a review.

Seriously, who could resist this cover?


Tapas of Comedy

Food- A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
This romance for food lovers is a “soup-to nuts” buffet of flavor. The author covers every conceivable aspect of culinary delight. There are restaurant reviews and summaries for breakfasts, drinks, snacks and desserts. To tickle the reader’s taste buds, Gaffigan includes a food map of the U.S., graphs, and a recipe or two. All of which tantalize the funny bone.
Short chapters make the book snack friendly. Read a skimpy serving whenever you need a few laughs. Feast on several pages when you have the time for more. Find out why a chubby waiter is better than a thin one. Discover how Gaffigan’s wife manages to stay so thin while married to a plump husband. Peruse the passages about the best food in New York City. Form your own opinions concerning the merits of a Hot Pocket. Make a menu of foods you do NOT want to try while traveling in Europe.
An avid reader often enjoys a treat while reading. What else would “bulging” in BulgingBookElf refer to? The problem with a comedic book about food is that it encourages hunger. Hunger encourages even more snacking. Perhaps each copy should include an attached bag of nuts or chips. No sharing. Get your own.

The end of the book includes a benediction of sorts. “I hope your coffee is strong, your cheese is sharp, and your guacamole is chunky.” He really knows how to make a food lover’s eyes mist. I recommend this book for all its delicious merits.
I received this book from BloggingForBooks in exchange for a review.