Got Moose?

January 19, 2011

You know our trip to Montana had to include a visit to the Moose Drool Factory!!


Dozens of moose (mooses? meese!?) were there dripping their spit into buckets for us to drink.




Matt and I enjoyed a delightful flight of 8 of Big Sky Brewing’s beers. I have to say, my favorite was not the Moose Drool – it was the Belgian Brown. The most flavorful, delicious, high alcohol beer with a dumb name!! Why-oh-why wasn’t this named something crazy like “Worm Bait” or “Bear Sweat”!?

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After finishing our tasting, we checked into our hotel and then walked to Scotty’s Table for dinner. Of all the people who recommended Missoula restaurants, I think Scotty’s Table came up as the most suggested food restaurant. We are glad because our meal was awesome!!!


We started with some thyme-salted bread from the neighboring bakery. I loved the thyme flavor in the bread!


And cheersed my survival of Montana with two AMAZING glasses of red wine!! I got the Green and Red Zin from Napa – best wine I’ve had all year!




We sure miss those bears!!


Matt ordered an amazing beet + bleu cheese appetizer


And I started with the Spinach Salad, topped with pears, apples, carrots, honey walnuts (candied = the best part!) and bleu cheese


My dinner were the appetizer portion Griddle Cakes – seared diver scallop served over a threesome of pancakes: potato, squash and corn with smoked pepper aioli, horshradish crème and jalapeno jam. It was perfection!


Matt had the Duck – seared with local huckleberry demi glaze over spaetzel with brussels, apples and bacon


Everything we ate was divine!


I cannot WAIT to slide into this down comforter!! We both agree that sandwich school wore us out!

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1 Katy (The Singing Runner) January 19, 2011 at 11:33 pm

That bread sounds amazing! 😀 I can smell and taste it!


2 dana @ my little celebration January 19, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Looks like a lovely time. Hope you get lots of good rest tonight!

Oh, and I must ask, was “mooses, meeses” comment a Brian Regan reference by chance? He’s my favorite comedian so I had to ask….

Good night!


3 Kath January 20, 2011 at 12:08 am

Just coincidence!


4 [email protected] January 20, 2011 at 2:35 am

I loooove Brian Regan!! :)


5 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan January 19, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Wow, your dinner sounded so original. Congrats on finishing sandwich school!


6 Annette January 19, 2011 at 11:36 pm

You deserve to slide right into bed, KAth! That salad looks AH-mazing- I hope it was just as tasty as it looks :)


7 Amanda (Eating Up) January 19, 2011 at 11:37 pm

So much good bread on this trip! I’m craving a chunk with butter right now.


8 Dorry January 19, 2011 at 11:37 pm

What a perfect dinner! It’s always nice to have recommendations for the best restaurants when traveling. And this restaurant seems to have a great chef. Local food with a twist.


9 Christine January 19, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Checking out breweries when you travel is a must!!

Oh yeah and dinner looks pretty good too!


10 Anne (butter and bear) January 19, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Your dinner looks amazing!!! I am laying in bed reading this and now I’m hungry. Your salad looks so yummy, I love bleu cheese:-)


11 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) January 19, 2011 at 11:38 pm

My friends used to always have the mooses/meese debate!

Love your tie-dye shirt. Safe travels tomorrow.


12 Maryann January 19, 2011 at 11:41 pm

It looks divine! Sandwich school sounds intense :)


13 Mary Frances January 19, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Oatmeal Stout…guess it’s really good for you. Also, best wine all year–would that be in the last 19 days (this year) or in a year? The whole adventure sounds fabulous! Glad you enjoyed.


14 Courtney @ the granola chronicles January 19, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Yum, all that food looks delish! I’m sure sandwich school was tiring, but I bet you’re excited to open up your own place now!!


15 Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa January 19, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Your dinner looks absolutely delicious!

If you guys are ever in central Iowa, you have got to check out Peace Tree Brewing Co. A new brewery that has taken Iowa by storm. It is amazing.


16 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 19, 2011 at 11:58 pm

I love your bear drawing! I’m sure they miss you :)


17 JenATX January 20, 2011 at 12:01 am

I think its fate that you had the spinach salad… because I just realized that I like spinach now. Haha I’m sure its not fate, I just think its funny because I used to despise all spinach salads (had to have some other greens in there) but last night I ate a whole bowl of spinach without even realizing… wahoo!


18 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 20, 2011 at 12:02 am

nothing better than a down comforter and fluffy pillows at the end of a long day! :)


19 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] January 20, 2011 at 12:15 am

love your tie-dye!


20 Emmy (WIne and Butter) January 20, 2011 at 2:39 am

That is JUST what I was going to say!!! and I LOVE tye dye in a restaurant – I miss the states so much sometimes. The UK is great but people take dining out waaaay too seriously sometimes! xox


21 Reb January 20, 2011 at 12:16 am

Meese, baby! YEAH!!!!!
I recently mentioned “meese” in a post…my brother bought a “meese fleece.” We refuse to say “mooses” and are glad you think it’s weird too! I call for a revolution! :)


22 missy January 20, 2011 at 12:21 am

Dnnersounds yummy. :)

So now that you’ve completed your training, can you open your store once Matt returns?


23 Kath January 20, 2011 at 9:01 am

We yes, but ‘opening our store’ involves a million hard tasks we have yet to do – buying equipment, construction, design, hiring staff, and tons more. It will likely be May when we open


24 Allison January 20, 2011 at 12:21 am

I was drooling myself over what Matt ate for his main course – all of the ingredients are my favorite!


25 Sana January 20, 2011 at 12:27 am

I can imagine being on your feet all day must be rough!


26 Cara Craves... January 20, 2011 at 12:39 am



27 Hannah January 20, 2011 at 12:45 am

I love how this past week of yours has been beer and bread – so, really, it’s a holiday of yeast! 😛


28 Lindsay Ann January 20, 2011 at 12:46 am

LOVE Scottie’s and the spinach salad is one of my favs, I’m dying to know how they get their walnuts so yummy!


29 Allison @ Happy Tales January 20, 2011 at 1:18 am

MEESE… definitely meese!

PS. I think you should totally have a blackboard/chalkboard just like the Scotty’s pub has… i always love when places are super creative with their decor on the walls, and I love how you can change it up with a chalkboard. Just a suggestion! Have fun traveling tomorrow!


30 Mom January 20, 2011 at 5:47 am

I do too! Or maybe easier to manage, I saw a white board the other day and the lettering was done with some sort of thick stroked marker.


31 Kath January 20, 2011 at 9:02 am

We’re planning on chalkboards!


32 lynn (The Actors Diet) January 20, 2011 at 1:53 am

so cool you went to the moose drool factory! everyone i was traveling with in south dakota was obsessed with that stuff


33 Jenn January 20, 2011 at 2:14 am

Hey Kath! As a zin lover, do you know if the Green & Red zin was their Tip Top or Chiles Mill vineyard?? Thx!!


34 Kath January 20, 2011 at 9:03 am

I think Chiles….but not 100% sure!


35 Kiran January 20, 2011 at 2:16 am

Divine deliciousness :)


36 [email protected] January 20, 2011 at 2:36 am

I almost wish it was cold enough to use a down comforter here… almost!


37 Stephanie C January 20, 2011 at 3:58 am

I am SO jealous of your trip to Big Sky! I have only ever had 2 of their beers (Slow Elk and Moose Drool), though I’ve seen their Pale Ale (Scape Goat) at a local Wine shop.


38 Haleigh January 20, 2011 at 6:27 am

I’ve always wondered what the plural form of Moose is! It looks like you had a fabulous evening!


39 Jun January 20, 2011 at 6:35 am


I’m a 16-year-old girl from Malaysia. I happened to stumble upon your blog months ago and I’d been reading it all this while! I fell into eating disorder trap back then when I was 15 and used to weigh only 32kg at 160cm! I know!!! Crazy, isn’t it? But thank goodness alright, I stepped out from eating disorder and I currently weigh 40+, which I’ve so many to thank for. By the way, your blog contributed a small (yet so helpful) part of my recovery!

At Asian countries, we ritually stir-fry our vegetables instead of eating them raw. However, after several persuasions, my family (mum) often put in the effort to include salads in our meals since we find them really healthy and refreshing at the same time.

Are there any stir-fry combination that you’re especially fond of? :)


40 Kath January 20, 2011 at 9:04 am

Hey Jun! Glad things are on the up for you.

I like as many veggies in my stir-fry as possible, but I think my favorite is broccoli because it soaks up the sauce. And bok choy!


41 Lauren January 20, 2011 at 6:39 am

You are finding great restaurants in Montana. Who would have known that this state offers such delectable fare! 😉 Sleep well Kath!


42 stacey-healthylife January 20, 2011 at 6:41 am

Dinner look awesome. Love the pancakes.


43 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 20, 2011 at 7:13 am

Dinner looks delicious!


44 Simply Life January 20, 2011 at 7:22 am

what a great meal out!


45 Kara January 20, 2011 at 7:54 am

My dad’s favorite beer is Moose Drool, he would have loved that tour! I like your ideas for beer names, especially Bear Sweat :)


46 Allie January 20, 2011 at 8:02 am

Awww, you and Matt miss your bears! So adorable :) That is pretty cool you go to go to the Moose Drool factory and had an awesome meal out !


47 Hope January 20, 2011 at 8:48 am

The Moose Drool factory looks awesome! I’ve never had Moose Drool before. I’m so curious to try it since you’ve been posting about it. That restaurant looks amazing! Everything looks so delicious! What a great presentation of the food.


48 Jess (Sweet Potato) January 20, 2011 at 8:58 am

Meese :)

I love fun beer names. Beer should not have serious names. Moose Drool. Love it.


49 Elizabeth @ The Sweet Life January 20, 2011 at 9:05 am

That bread looks like pound cake–so amazing!


50 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 20, 2011 at 9:10 am

I love that you can draw on the tables at thtat restaurant!


51 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 20, 2011 at 9:10 am

best wine all YEAR? that is bold. i’m going on a hunt for that one – i’m on a big zin kick right now.


52 Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day January 20, 2011 at 9:23 am

that salad look so good!


53 Balanced Healthy Life January 20, 2011 at 9:51 am

I am so CRAVING a Montana trip after reading all your posts! Have you seen any bear yet?


54 Val @ Balancing Val January 20, 2011 at 9:56 am

I LOVE when I can draw on the dinner table!!

I always leave awkward pictures and wonder what they say about us when they leave 😉


55 Bess @ Bess Be Fit January 20, 2011 at 10:07 am

mmmm yall’s dinner looks so gooooood! I want to try that wine! yummyy.


56 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen January 20, 2011 at 10:19 am

Looks amazing – love the three different cakes! and Matt’s duck looks so good.


57 Camille January 20, 2011 at 10:36 am

I love any sort of food or drink factory! We went to the Tillamook Cheese one a few weeks ago and it was so much fun (and delicious) :)


58 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats January 20, 2011 at 10:37 am

sounds like you are really exploring Montana :)


59 Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 20, 2011 at 10:37 am

ha-loved the plural moose thing. I don’t know the answer, but I am leaning away from meese 😉


60 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) January 20, 2011 at 11:11 am

Your dinner looks wonderful!! Love everything about it, most likely would have went with the same choices. :)


61 Dee January 20, 2011 at 11:21 am

Oh my gosh – All the food from Scotty’s Table looks amazing!


62 [email protected] lady January 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm

That restaurant looks amazing!!! Love love candied nuts in a salad!


63 Lu @ Done Dieting January 20, 2011 at 12:34 pm

That looks amazing. I love candied nuts and blue cheese! Meese…LOL.


64 Halley (Blunder Construction) January 20, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Heh… a running joke in my family is the debate on the plural form of moose. I am certain that meese is the only word that makes sense, but that’s not what the dictionary says.


65 Megan (Braise The Roof) January 20, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Your dinner looks amazing! Was Matt’s appetizer served as a salad? Are those julienned apple slices I see? Or maybe fennel? Looks like something I want to make myself! :)


66 Natalia - a side of simple January 20, 2011 at 12:42 pm

At first I thought that was half an onion on your dinner plate! My heart almost stopped beating for you :)


67 A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) January 20, 2011 at 12:50 pm

That salad is beautiful. You’re a lucky girl, Kath. :)


68 Justeen @ Blissful Baking January 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Your meal looks wonderful! I LOVE candied nuts!


69 Jessica M January 20, 2011 at 3:18 pm

I love, love, love Missoula. My husband and I visited there in October and went to Big Sky Brewery (loved the unfiltered IPA on tap!) We went to Scotty’s Table too, and I have to agree, that place has wonderful food!

If you get a chance go to KettleHouse Brewery. It’s kind of like a bar on the inside. The barley wine is STRONG, but I loved it. They serve it to you in a wine glass.

Enjoy the rest of your stay there! : )


70 Jessica M January 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I’m sure you will like KettleHouse since you like their Cold Smoke. But try the barley wine if you are feeling adventurous. : )


71 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm

The 4 year old in me loves restaurants where you can draw on the tables! Plus the food looks great too. 😀


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