Purpose of this blog

This blog will really be a true web log. I will post here about different wood-fired ovens as I find them.

If you know of any wood-fired ovens I should know about, you can send an e-mail to me. (If you build wood-fired ovens, I would like to hear from you too.)

There will lots of posts and lots of labels, since I plan to create one post for every appropriate web site that I find, and however many labels it takes to describe each one (usually at least the type of page and the location of the oven).

The accumulated information will still be found at the real Quest for Ovens web site links pages, but that is not updated as frequently as this blog will be.

If you are from outside the US and Canada, let me know what you find interesting about it. I see that I get visitors from India and Iran, and other faraway places. I'd like to know what draws you to this blog.

I received e-mail from the organizers of the BBC Two television show asking if the Saint Paul Bread Club could post a notice about their show Great British Bake-Off for amateur bakers. The information they gave me is now accessible through a link. (The organizers don't have a web page for the show itself yet.)

Please share this with any amateur bakers in Great Britain you may know, or post the link where they might see it.


Monday, January 3, 2011

Queen Margherita, Seattle, Washington

A mention of the Queen Margherita, Seattle, Washington, in the news blog, Magnolia Voice, has a picture of the oven and a quotation from an entry in Urban Spoon.

8/3/11: Discovered they have a Facebook community page.

Alder Wood Bistro, Sequim, Washington

The Alder Wood Bistro is a bistro with a wood-fired oven located in the small town of Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.

I have visited it, but not eaten there. (I found it after I had already eaten on the last day of my last visit to Sequim.)

Their home page says in part, "handcrafted wood-fired cuisine from the hearth of Sequim."

Steve's Wood Fired Pizza, Boca Raton, Florida

I was just chasing some links when I found a link for Steve's Wood Fired Pizza, Boca Raton, Florida.

The web site doesn't have a current copyright date, so I don't know if the business is still operating or not.

There does seem to be some activity on the restaurant rating sites (like this yelp listing).

Bella Pizzeria, Spring City, Pennsylvania

A Mercury Muncher blog post profiles Bella Pizzeria, Spring City, Pennsylvania.

It says in part, "A huge menu unfolds to a variety of foods, included a wide selection of handcrafted pizza options, all cooked in a brick oven. Feedback from the customers is that the pizza is great...."

Their menu is on-line, but they don't appear to have a web site of their own.

twentyeight degrees, Boston, Massachusetts

A Boston food blogger posted about a restaurant in Boston named twentyeight degrees.

The post mentions and includes a picture of, "a Brick Oven Tomato, Basil, Fresh Mozzarella Pizza."

It's clear the restaurant is more than just a brick-oven pizza place.

Inferno's Wood Fire Pizza, Honolulu, Hawaii

I guess if I were to be focused only on wood-fired pizza places, then checking pizza blogs would be a good strategy. That is not by focus, but this pizza blog entry came to my attention.

The blog describes Inferno's Wood Fire Pizza, Honolulu, Hawaii, and embeds a YouTube video.

The review says in part, "The odor of fresh pizza being cooked in an outdoor wood fired oven is unmistakenable. There under a tent, in the corner of a parking lot, you will discover an amazing pizza operation.
...This is a portable pizza operation. A traveling pizza circus. Complete with all that you would expect and demand of great pizza. And if you are looking for wonderful pizza, you just found it."

Matera Caffe, Franklin, Ohio

The on-line version of the Oxford Press (in Ohio) has a review of Matera Caffe, in Franklin, Ohio.

The review says in part, "Pizzas are another specialty, and a large wood-fired pizza oven takes up much of the kitchen area. Diners can watch as their dough is rolled out, and then topped and baked, and while the choices are extensive, the Giardiniera is a must for veggie lovers."