Homemade breakfast burritos
Sprinkles cupcakes at @FoodSpotting’s first birthday celebration
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Bless me, for I have sinned. It’s been nearly a month since I last posted. Confessions aside, two of the weeks when I wasn’t blogging, I was tasting my way through some of NYC’s most indulgent street food – well maybe not quite off the street – but casual fare that was born in the Big Apple (like Magnolia Bakery and Dean & Deluca – no I didn’t have a donut, but they were undeniably photogenic):
But when I returned from the big city lights to Dinner with David, out came the old standbys like boiled chicken and ground turkey burritos. Fortunately, our first order from Capay had arrived, so I had fresh onions and the summer’s first heirloom tomatoes to spice things up. I highly recommend ordering their small box for two, which includes a manageable box of amazing, seasonal produce. (We used to get deliveries in West Sacramento, but they deliver throughout the Bay Area too.)
On Sunday night I was feeling somewhat domesticated, so I made pork chops (broiled with honey, salt and pepper) and mashed potatoes. Monday night we only had a limited amount of leftover pork, so I added in sauteed mushrooms.
I will slowly work my way back into my recipe file and bring honor to the blog once again – especially since it’s been getting a little more attention lately, despite the lack of content!