Shout-out

Local wine + local cheese = 🙂 Last night we participated in a delightful wine & cheese pairing at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay. While the imported Alfred Gratien Champagne and Pierre Robert Triple Creme were incredible, I was pleasantly surprised by some of the local producers:

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Food Mecca in the Desert

Scottsdale, AZ produces some fine chefs from its Culinary Institue (like my sister), so it should come as no surprise that it houses some pretty great restaurants too. While in town last weekend, I thoroughly enjoyed our interactive dinner at “gastropub” Digestif. Part chef’s demonstration/neighborhood bistro, we watched all the action from the bar. Although the main dishes were excellent, the side dishes were the most fun. We had an amazing Mac & Cheese dish with an especially potent French cheese, and Mexican street corn. All local ingredients, of course – but by no means snobby about it.

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Right across the corridor is a truly unique wine bar where my sister works, called Kazimierz. When you walk in, you immediately feel as though you’ve entered a) a medieval den b) a dark wine cellar, or c) a prohibition-era speak easy. I think the decor was meant to convey all three, actually. The best part of the extensive wine list are the wine flights – I went with the sparkling wine flight, featuring bubbly from Austria and France.

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Last, but far from least, were the Sprinkles cupcakes. So rich that I could only handle one small bite at a time, chased by a large swig of milk. But cupcakes are always fun, especially when you’re having an indulgent mother/daughter day, which included “Julie & Julia.” 

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Although I’ve read both books, it was nice to see women on the big screen enjoying cooking after a long day of work and commuting, or exploring French cuisine in order to reap the rewards of full and happy husbands…which is why I’ve enjoyed nearly six months of blogging my Dinner with David

Bon Appetit!

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Foodie 4th Weekend Round-up

We spent a relaxing 4th of July weekend in Bodega Bay, and the only hard work was spent toiling away in the kitchen. Here’s a recap of the decadent (but recession-friendly!) menu – along with some local flavor:

Tomales Bay Cowgirl Creamery

  • Friday night dinner: Johnnie & Melinda made cheeseburgers, barbecued white corn and homemade French fries
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  • Saturday morning breakfast: Tim & Laura made lemon-poppy seed waffles with fresh fruit and blueberry compote (topped off by mimosas with real Champagne from France)
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  • Saturday afternooon: Cheese and more cheese! We took a hike to the beach, so it balanced out. 😉
  • Saturday night: David & I made tri-tip, mashed potatoes, sauteed vegetables, and Tina made a delicious salad

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  • Sunday we stopped at Wild Flour Bakery in Freestone – amazing bread, lattes and apricot scones!

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