Ely, Victor, Stanley and Vincent

The Thirsty Kitten

“Make new friends, but keep the old; one is silver, the other is gold.”

Who are these guys? Our pets? The latest reality TV stars? The top boy names for babies in 2014? No, no and no. They are restaurants, two long-time favorites and two newcomers to the dining scene. And like the silver and gold of the familiar saying, they have all have earned our deep affection.

TK ely victor stanley vincent

Two are here on our home turf in Minnesota: Vincent, in downtown Minneapolis, and Victor’s on Water Street in the west metro suburb of Excelsior. The other two are a wee bit further, across the ocean in fact, in the heart of Dublin, Ireland: ely wine bar and Stanley’s Restaurant.

The newbies, Victor’s and Stanley’s, both opened in late 2014. We dined at each shortly after they opened, both still so young that the air was charged with excitement amongst staff at being part of a new endeavor…

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Big Kids Banana Pancakes With Brandy Cream Recipe

Pancake Tuesday is one week from today, so why not get trying our big kids Banana Pancakes with Brandy Cream recipe in the meantime!

Pancake 4What You Need
200g plain flour
2 eggs
100ml milk
1½ tbsp water
100g butter
4 bananas
3-4 tbsp brandy
100ml cream
Serves 4

How We Do It
Sieve the flour into a bowl. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and water together. Make a well in the centre of the flour, then slowly stir the egg mixture into the flour. Cover and keep in the fridge overnight.Heat a non-stick pan. Add a small cube of butter and allow to melt. Ladle in enough pancake mixture to make a circle that holds its shape. Turn as it cooks. Place each cooked pancake in a stack on a warmed plate.

Meanwhile, peel the bananas and cut in half lengthways. Melt butter in a frying pan and cook the bananas until slightly golden. Remove the bananas, carefully pour the brandy into the pan to deglaze and add the cream. Slowly reduce by half. Place 2 pieces of banana on top of each serving. Drizzle with the brandy cream and enjoy!

WARNING: Brandy is highly flammable. Be very careful when you’re deglazing the pan. Reduce the flame first.

Pancake collage
A Wine That Works
Lustau ‘East India’ has a lovely, creamy, caramelised nose; a sweet palate, with hints of dates and a
touch of bitter chocolate. This blend of the palomino and pedro ximénez grapes gives a full, complex
and long finish. A real treat that works well with the sweetened banana and the heady brandy.
Also Try
A ten-year-old Tawny port such as Warre’s ‘Otima’.

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