I Cooked: Pineapple Chicken Sandwiches

I had some canned pineapple I’d bought for a recipe I never made and chicken in the freezer that I needed to cook.  What’s a gal to do?  Look for a recipe that looks like it’s easy to make and intriguing.  I found this recipe for a pineapple chicken sandwich that seemed to fit the bill.  Basically the directions say to grill or broil the chicken and the pineapple while basting with honey mustard.  Serve inside a roll with red bell pepper slices.

Hmmm…  no bell pepper at all in my house, so I skipped that ingredient.  And I broiled instead of grilled.  And I toasted the rolls with a skillet on my stove.

I have to say that this was kind of boring.  As DH described it: “It’s chicken in bread.”  It was quick and easy enough to make, but it needed more.  Like, maybe something spicy to play off the sweetness of the pineapple and honey mustard.  Or maybe a different kind of roll (I used sourdough).

Oh well… chances are that I won’t make it again, but it was an easy experiment to make.

Restaurant Review: The First Street Alehouse in Livermore, CA

My sister-in-law celebrated her birthday over the weekend.  The in-laws all went to The First Street Alehouse in Livermore because of previous positive experiences there…  and because they had big screen televisions to watch the Super Bowl on.

For those who enjoy drinking beer, this place is pretty awesome.  There are a bunch of microbrews on tap – I think 20 or so.  I was driving, so DH ordered a pilsner that was pretty good.  If we were to go again it would be my turn and I’d order a porter (my favorite type of beer).

Don’t expect fancy fare from the First Street Alehouse.  It’s all burgers, sandwiches, fried foods and a few salads.  The burgers are half-pounders, so bring your appetite.  I ordered the California Chicken Sandwich, which was basically a grilled chicken sandwich topped with guacamole, bacon, tomato, onion and lettuce.  The flavors were basic and good.  I ate most of it, even though I probably should have limited myself to half.  My only complaint is that the sandwich was super messy to eat.  The people who ordered the burgers had the same problem.

In spite of the yumminess of the food, there was one problem: my sister-in-law found a hair in her burger.  They were quick to replace the burger, gave us extra fries and comped her meal.  Other than that hiccup, all was good.

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