Hockey Road Trips — Food & Drink

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Tip Top Kitchen, Columbus, Ohio

When you head off on your hockey travels do you plan ahead and search for great spots for food and drink along the way? Do you like modern contemporary restaurants and pubs? Or something old, with character and a bit of adventure? The past two seasons while on my hockey travels I’ve thought a great deal about making my journeys as entertaining as the end result, which is of course some great hockey games, and I have discovered some wonderful places along the way with the help of locals and others who have traveled the same path before me.

I created a Pinterest Foursquare board with Food & Drink locations marked — at the moment it contains about 215 locations, but I have discovered the mobile app is a bit of pain to use — which, let’s face it, is how you want to utilize such a list — when you are on the road! In an effort to make it easier, I have started to break the list down by state and will continue adding to the list. Be patient — it takes a while to load all of the locations (therefore the desire to break the list down to individual states or groups of states.)

Travels – Road Food & Drink Along the Route

Visit the site and let me know if you have favorite additions to add to the list! Many are centered around hockey rinks and routes, but I’ve also added other places I’ve visited before, or which have been highly recommended. Who knows where you will end up on your journeys to a hockey game.

The Southern Steak & Oyster, Nashville, TN.

The Southern Steak & Oyster, Nashville, TN.

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Recipe: St. Louis Chicken Spiedini

Making Chicken Spiedini. We are enjoying a Cider and a Vodka & Tonic while cooking the white wine lemon butter sauce and mushrooms.

St. Louis Blues Chicken Spiedini

Yield: 4 servings

  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup fresh Italian parsley, minced
  • 2 pounds chicken, cut into 1 ½-inch cubes
  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup Italian-seasoned fine, dry bread crumbs, divided
  • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced

White Wine Lemon Butter Sauce:

  • ¼ cup white wine
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup butter, chilled
  • salt and pepper to taste

1. In a large bowl, stir together lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and parsley flakes; add chicken; stir to combine. Cover and allow to marinate 1 hour at room temperature.

2. Meanwhile, if not using the broiler, prepare a fire in the grill.

3. Toss together Parmesan and ¾ cup bread crumbs. Add chicken; mix well. Thread cubes onto skewers, leaving a little space between cubes. Roll skewers in additional bread crumbs, just to coat lightly.

4. Grill or broil, turning once or twice, until chicken is firm and crumbs are toasted, about 25 minutes.

5. To make the sauce, pour the wine and lemon juice into a saucepan over medium heat. Cook at a low boil until the liquid is reduced by about one third. Stir in cream, and simmer until it thickens. Gradually add the butter 1 tablespoon at a time to the sauce, stirring until completely incorporated. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat, and keep warm on very low heat.

6. Sauté mushrooms in a skillet with a bit of butter until golden brown; add to White wine lemon butter sauce.

7. Arrange chicken on serving plates, and cover with mushrooms and sauce.

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I was first introduced to Chicken Spiedini in St. Louis’s “The Hill” neighborhood at Zia’s, where it was served with a mushroom white wine lemon butter sauce, along with a side of pasta and red sauce. The meal of course started with another St. Louis specialty Toasted Ravioli. The following night we attended the St. Louis Blues – Vancouver Canucks game where it was St. Louis Cardinal’s night and we celebrated  their World Series win. Tony La Russa,  MVP David Freese, Chris Carpenter, and the World Series Trophy, participated in the ceremonial face off in front of a cheering arena. Since it was two-for-one hotdog night special if you wore your Cardinals’ gear, we enjoyed baseball hotdogs in a hockey arena. That was a first for me!

St. Louis Blues Arena – Scottrade Center. Blues vs. Canucks game. November 5, 2011. And yes, it’s Blue.