Sunday Funday

I woke up one Sunday not feeling my best, but we got up and got ready to hit the gym.

While having coffee I mentioned how the grey day outside reminded me of a day we went to get Sidecar and how good that sounded…

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Next thing we know we ditched the gym and planned a little 45 minute drive to hit up the closest Sidecar 😁 I mean, do I have the bestest husband ever or is he the bestest husband ever?

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When we arrived there was a line, but it moved quickly and pretty soon we were in and smelling the goodness.

We decided to get six donuts: the blueberry champagne, Saigon cinnamon, butter and salt, butterscotch crunch, a glazed yeast, and a birthday cake.

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As much as we wanted to dive face first into these bad boys we had a little self control and made a stop at Shirley’s to get a bagel.

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We had never heard of Shirley’s but there was a line so we figured it’s probably pretty good. We ordered an everything bagel with cream cheese.

If I am being completely honest this was totally okay. Nothing magical about it, but the blueberry champagne doughnut we had after…holy moly deliciousness.

It was soft and sweet and creamy! I loved it so much!

We found this cool little mall and did some walking around before heading back home.

We dropped by Sprout’s and had to try the Terra sweet potato chips Hunida had mentioned and totally loved them. They were crunchy and perfectly salty, a great Sunday snack!

We had initially planned on having pizza for dinner but with the grey weather and me feeling under the weather we decided on pho!

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We got the rare beef and it was really good and so flavorful! I definitely did not finish mine but made a valiant effort.

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Dessert was our Sidecar doughnuts and I can’t began to tell you how good their doughnuts are. My favorites were the blueberry champagne, glazed yeast, butter and salt and the birthday cake.

So basically all of them…😂

Our dinner was basically a linner of sorts so we had some more dessert in the form of a fruit platter.

We had never had star fruit and decided to try it out. The one we had was crunchy like an apple but didn’t have much flavor.

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That concludes our full day of eating on this fun Sunday!

What’s your favorite way to doctor up pho? I love all of the things and a good amount of sriracha.

Let’s chat pho and doughnuts in the comments below 😊

Oh the food we will eat…Catch LA

Catch LA has never been one of those spots that’s been on my radar. I’m an avid Yelp user and am super blessed to live around so much good food! There are so many spots that are 4.5 stars with hundreds if not thousands of reviews. It’s insane!

Catch LA is 3.5 stars which is good and it’s a super popular Insta spot in LA. It’s one of those places you go to “see and be seen.” It’s super LA in vibe-music, loud chatter, dim lighting, eclectic decor. It’s cute!

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It was explained to us that the menu was meant for sharing but if we wanted to do larger individual dishes the “Big Fish” or “Big Meat” menu would be the way to go. We opted to go the sharing route so we could try a few of their popular things.

We ordered five items: Catch Ceviche, Truffle Sashimi, Crunchy Rice Cake, Cod Lettuce Wraps, and Lobster Mac and Cheese.

The first dish that came out was the truffle sashimi. Tuna, hamachi, chili ponzu, caviar, and black truffle came together to create the most delectable bite. This was almost melt in your mouth-so buttery! This was one of the group’s favorites!

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The ceviche was a combination of Alaskan king crab, Maine lobster, shrimp, and scallops with mango and blood orange ponzu. It was fresh and bright and enjoyable. I don’t know if this is a dish I think you need to order, but it was good.

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Hubby enjoyed the cod lettuce wraps, but I thought they were kinda bland? These came with bourbon miso, kataifi, and shitake mushrooms. The fish was well cooked but that’s all I could say about this one. If you come here I would skip this one…

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Now, the lobster mac and cheese. OH.EM.GEE. The lobster mac and cheese. It was not super ooey gooey cheesy, but it had the best savory umami flavor and it held up well to the lobster. It was hardy and delicious! You should absolutely get this 🙂

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The last dish to come out was the crunchy rice cake with tuna tartare and wasabi tobiko. I love a good crunchy rice cake and this dish ended up being the favorite of the night. The crispy rice cake, the mildly spiced fish…please get this. 3/3 of us said this was our favorite dish of the night!

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We did get dessert and decided to go for the most popular and probably Insta-worthy? The Hit Me Chocolate Cake. Liquid Klondike, roasted white chocolate ice-cream, brownie, and devil’s food. It’s called “Hit Me” because you have to hit the “Klondike” bar with your spoon to crack it open. It was a deliciously chocolatey but not overly chocolatey dish. I think chocolate lovers and chocolate likers will both enjoy this dish immensely. I would recommend this to add to your list of “do get.”

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Three of the five dishes were incredible. That’s a pretty good amount I think? In terms of service I don’t have much to say because it was just okay. There was no Republique type of attentiveness or attention to detail, but it wasn’t bad either.

I really enjoyed our time at Catch LA. I think a big part of that had to do with being there with people I enjoy. I do think there are better foodie spots to explore, but it is super popular and Instagramable.

Talk to me in the comments and let me know if you’ve been to Catch LA? Did you like it? Thanks for reading and I’ll see you Thursday!

 

Random eats and a fruit haul

I really enjoy doing a recap of our meals because it takes me back to those days and gives me all the mems.

Like this turkey and hummus pita with shrettuce and pickles. I remember being so hungry and eating quite a few carrots while making this.

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We visited Mendocino for lunch one day and shared a couple of sandwiches with these amazing spicy chips.

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Once a week salmon saga continues with baked salmon and roasted carrots…

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My favorite thing at Denny’s used to be the Fit Fare Sizzlin’ Egg Skillet, but it is now this veggie omelet. I got it without cheese and a side of steamed brocc.

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The hashbrowns that it came with were so crispy and went perfectly with the soft eggs. Side of turkey bacon…all of the proteins!

One particular night we had a little bit of leftover ground beef so we made burgers and had chips on the side.

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I was super proud of us this night because we used up our last two potato buns and leftover shrettuce. It is so satisfying to use things up!

I don’t know if it could be considered a fruit “haul” but we have been eating a lot of fruit lately.

It started from a walk to our Farmer’s Market where we got three pints of strawberries and some mandarins.

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I don’t think it’s berry season, but these were the most yummy strawberries. The mandarins were juicy and sweet. Omg I could have just eaten pints and pints of those strawberries!

We visited Sprout’s and found these golden kiwis. I had been wanting to try them and I am so glad we did! These kiwis were so sweet and as promised golden on the inside. Love, love, love!

Mangoes were another fruit that I was certain would not be good right now, but ended up being delectable. It was so sweet and reminded me why I don’t need any other dessert when I have a good mango.

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Do you guys feel this way about fruit? If the fruit is good enough and sweet enough I don’t need anything else to curb my sweet tooth.

Thanks for reading friends! See you next time!

Oh the food we will eat…Porto’s

For hubby’s birthday one of his co-workers had very sweetly gifted him a gift card to Porto’s. Now, we love Porto’s and would have gone anyway, but having the gift card was definitely an added incentive 🙂

Porto’s is this amazing Cuban bakery that has delicious baked goods (duh), coffees/teas/beverages, and incredible food. The lines are always long, but go pretty quickly. Once you get to the front of the line you get called by an available person where you order all the baked goods your heart desires. You do have to be a bit loud because people all around you are ordering too.

Once you order your person tells you to wait right there while they run and grab all your treats. They then have you go to the cashier and order any other drinks or food you’d like and pay. After ordering our treats this time we decided to order food. We ordered and got a tracker so they could bring us the food to our table.

It’s quite the experience to say the least!

Now for what we got! We were hungry so we ordered the grilled citrus chicken breast with salsa verde. We wanted a sandwich as well and got the Porto’s Torta with grilled steak.

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The chicken dish came with rice, black beans, and plantains. Every part of this dish was so good-my highlights were the chicken and plantain. The chicken was savory and the salsa verde added a good acidity. The plantains I saved for last because they were sweet and caramelized and the perfect little ending (except we also had cookies…more on that later).

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The sandwich had guac, black bean spread, cotija cheese, lettuce and tomato. I loved that the grilled steak was chopped up so it was easy to bite through. It drives me a bit bonkers when there are grilled pieces of steak and when you bite into your sandwich that whole piece of steak comes out. The sandwich came with a side of plantain chips-y’all know I love my plantain chips!

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On to the sweeter side of things…I had gone there with the intention of getting these soft, shortbread type cookies filled with dulce de leche. They are called besitos and they are one of the best things on the planet. We each had one after our meal and lordyyy…one of the best meals ever!

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Other than the besitos we had gotten a few things to have throughout the next few days. The caramel flan which is absolutely delicious and not to sweet. If it’s your first time here I would recommend the individual size tres leches, the caramel flan, guava and cheese pastry (we didn’t get this time) and besitos.

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I wanted to try the creme brulee this time but it ended up being a bit of a fail. The custard was a bit to runny and there wasn’t that satisfying crispy top. I wasn’t too devastated by this because they have way too many other delicious treats.

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We also got the chocolate twist which was so flaky and mildly sweet with chocolate swirled throughout the pastry. I really liked the cinnamon roll, it had a super vanilla smell and flavor. We warmed it up and it was sweet and gooey!

The brownie was dense but cakey at the same time. It was not my favorite chocolatey treat, but the hubs really liked it. I think if you like dark chocolate then you would definitely enjoy this!

Now the piece de resistance was this tres leches cake roll. To be honest it wasn’t much of a cake roll, but I didn’t mind that one bit. Tres leches cakes are one of my favorite cakes and I can never turn one down. The frosting was thick and fluffy at the same time but not at all sweet. I like that they left the sweetness up to the milky cake. It was a great balance.

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I was telling B that the only thing to make this even better would have been some fruit! I mentioned before you should try the individual tres leches, but after you’ve done that I highly recommend the tres leches “cake roll.”

I’ve had the opportunity to try their large sheet cake of tres leches with fruit and it is incredible and remains on my list of favorite cakes of all time, but there’s only 2 of us and we don’t need that large of a cake no matter how much my eyes and stomach say otherwise.

If you ever get the chance to visit Porto’s I highly recommend you to go and experience it for yourself! Have you ever been to a Cuban bakery? What are some of your favorite treats?

Thanks for reading! I’ll see you next time!

 

Republique Round 2

I think I mentioned in my Saturday Lunch post that we were spending the day in LA because we had a friend’s birthday thing that evening. Well, our friend’s birthday thing was at Republique and ended up being one of my favorite foodie experiences!

Once we arrived we were taken upstairs to a space reserved for the event. We caught up and chatted with our friends and before we knew it food started showing up. It was served family style with course after course and I definitely had to work hard to pace myself.

In true Republique style the service was so incredible and the food was brought out with what seemed like the perfect amount of timing. You had enough time to chat and eat the dish that was brought out before the next one came out.

All these pictures are taken by B, but there are some dishes that were missed. He did a great job of managing to eat, talk, serve our little group, and take pictures! He’s a gem!

We started with oysters…neither the hubs nor I could figure out if this was our first or second time with oysters. I was convinced that it was our second! Either way the oysters were amazing with a squeeze of lemon…

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These crostinis with fish and caviar were a real treat! Crispy, salty, and delicious!

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We had two pasta dishes. One was filled with butternut squash and sweet while the other was a cacio y pepe and much more on the savory side of things.

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These fried potato puffs were so good and I can’t remember what the sauce was, but it was really good.

I think I’ve had duck once before and I am so happy that this was my second duck dish ever because it was so tender and perfectly cooked!

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From what I remember there was a salmon dish and a short rib dish which were both really good. The short rib dish was one of my favorite things we ate, but I have no pictures. In fact the night was a big blur of food and I can’t remember all the other savory things we ate.

There were three desserts and they were all beautiful and delicious and balanced. We don’t have a picture of the first one, but I believe it was a berry sort of situation. The second one that came out was this chocolatey glass of goodness. It had some hints of hazelnut and although looking super chocolatey I don’t remember thinking it was overwhelmingly chocolatey…if that makes sense?

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This last dessert was a pastry boat with caramelized apples (or pears?) and a scoop of soft vanilla ice-cream. The big surprise was that once it was brought out they shaved cheese on top of it. We were all a bit in awe, but once we dug in we were all cheesy grins (sorry, not sorry for the pun)! It was sweet, savory, crispy, creamy, cold and warm-one of my favorite desserts of the night!

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You guys we were there for four hours…FOUR hours and we had no idea! A large part of that was the great company. We had planned on heading home after dinner, but spontaneously decided to head to the next birthday destination-Lucky Strike.

We bowled, played pool, had more snacks, had more cake, and by the time we got home and got ready for bed it was 2:30am…we crashed hard to say the least!

I love food experiences where you get to try a little bit of everything, are you the same? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for coming by!

 

 

Treat Review

We LOVE treats in this house and a majority of the posts that I do contain some sort of treat because it makes my heart happy. I thought a fun way to share some treats from the past month would be to do a little review.

Let’s start with this cereal pie from Pie Hole. If I’m being completely honest neither of us are big into pie, but this was more like a cheesecake with fruity cereal mixed into the cheesecake batter. I have no complaints and would give this a 5/5 stars!

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You guys know how obsessed I have been with Baked and how much I love their treats. When I saw this ube brownie I needed to try it out so that is what we did. This is 3/5 stars because this felt more like a cake in texture than a brownie. The flavor was a yummy, mild ube flavor but I was expecting chewy fudgy brownie and this was not that.

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After our outrageous Reeses apple from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory we knew we needed to try out their other sweets. We had high expectations for this chocolate caramel covered marshmallow. I was imagining milk chocolate with creamy caramel and fluffy marshmallow, but instead it was milk chocolate with hard, crunchy caramel and not much marshmallow. Rating? 3/5

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An extreme high note from Rocky Mountain was this concoction called an “avalanche.” It’s Rice Krispy cereal mixed with peanut butter and marshmallow and topped with little mini chocolate chips. This was one of my favorite things of life. I rate this a million/5 😀

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I’m planning on doing these every now and then just because I enjoy reading them and I find them helpful. Let me know what you guys think!

Also, what are some of your favorite treats?

Saturday Lunch

You know how you sometimes go to a place, love it, and never really get a chance to go back? Well, you know how when you go back and you fall in love all over again? Yeah that happened to me recently…

This particular Saturday we needed to be in LA for a friend’s birthday so we decided to just make a whole day of it. We worked out, got ready, and headed out to Pasadena to eat at Fiore Market Cafe.

We were really worried that they were going to be out of bread (fresh baked in house) because we have had that happen before, but lucky for us bread was a plenty!

We ordered 2 sandwiches to split-the tempeh bacon sandwich and the short rib sandwich.

The short rib had an Asian slaw, pickles and chipotle mayo. It was super simple, but so yummy. The beef was shredded and savory while the slaw and pickles added acidity and freshness. If you’re a first timer here I would highly recommend this!

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The tempeh bacon sandwich was their take on a vegan BLTA. It had tomato, lettuce, avocado, and veganaise. This was the hubby’s favorite out of the 2 which surprised us both. The tempeh had a bit of sweetness which I think he enjoyed.

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Both of these came on their freshly baked bread. You guys this bread is soft, fluffy white bread with this crusty outside. If I weren’t starving and ready to inhale anything put in front of me I would have cried at the beauty of this bread.

We obviously had to get some chips on the side and the jalapeno cheddar kettle chips reminded me of queso? B did not agree, but I kept eating and exclaiming how much it tasted like queso! The sandwiches came with a simple side salad dressed with a vinegary dressing of sorts-honestly it was really good. I love a good side salad!

After lunch we walked around the area and enjoyed the trees, houses, and stores until we came across Berry Opera. It was a little French bakery and I needed something sweet so I decided that we should share one of their mini cream puffs. B decided on the pistachio-this puff was nothing we expected. The puff itself was more bready than pastry and the cream was thick and butter creamy. We both enjoyed it and our sweet tooth was satiated!

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I love Pasadena in general and if you guys ever find yourselves here you won’t find a shortage of yummy things to eat or beautiful things to see. What is one of your favorite cities/towns to visit where you live? Let me know in the comments!

Some stuff I forgot to mention…

Before Christmas and our trips we were trying to not waste food so we were using up what we had left and we chose to eat out after that so we had some really yummy food that I never had a chance to share with you guys. Besides that B took a lot of these pics and they were so good I couldn’t help but share!

Starting off on a sweet note we had Baked for dessert one night…I’m not sure how good it is that we live so close to one. It’s seriously so freakin’ good. I really want one right now!

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Speaking of Baked, you know what else is good from there? Their cheesecakes. This one in particular is the yema creme brulee one and it was one of the best cheesecake/dessert items I have ever had. Since then we’ve tried the ube and it’s also incredible, but I would say go for the yema first!

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I’ve known about Harry and David pears and decided to try them out with the husband when we spotted them at our Trader Joe’s. I’m not sure if I’m missing something, but they tasted like a good ol’ fashioned pear?! Nothing spectacular…

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We had some Thai food-soup and pad thai for the win. It was a cold day and this was some Thai comfort food at it’s best.

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To say I had a lot of turkey sandwiches would be an understatement. For whatever reason sandwiches and chips were just really hitting the spot at the time and why stop when you have a good thing going?

We recently discovered Mr. Dumpling and have been back a couple more times (that’s how good it is!). We got the fish and celery dumplings as well as the beef and green onion. We got the spicy beef soup which was fantastic as always…this sounds pretty delectable right now.

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Last but not least we have the bagel sandwiches from 42nd Street Bagel Cafe. Keep the sandwiches and chips coming! We got an everything bagel with egg and cheese as well as their pastrami sandwich on an everything. I loved both, but the pastrami sandwich won out by a tinyyy bit here. Honestly, their bagels by themselves are so yummy! I am so happy to have found this bagel place!

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That wraps up this post! Have you guys been having any cravings? Any new food finds? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Christmas in OK

We had a lovely Christmas back at home, but are also happy to be back in a routine after the holidays.

I always feel a bit sad post holiday season, but this year I am happy to get back to day to day.

On the day we arrived we went and stayed at my parents house. I showed hubby family albums and we ate a lot of cookies.

Day 2 was Christmas! Since everything was closed we were restless so we explored some of our old stomping grounds and reminisced about the past and the changes. We decided to grab lunch at IHOP (it was the only thing open)! Pancakes, omelettes, and burgers galore.

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Day 3 we finally had the opportunity to hit up the gym and we headed to B’s parent’s house. Before that we had grabbed some treats from Trader Joe’s and had the fam meet us at Torchy’s for tacos.

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Day 4 we went to the gym and hung out until dinner time. We checked out a mall and went to Ted’s. I guess we missed our Tex-Mex! Andy’s frozen custard was walking distance so we obviously had to check it out 😁😋

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Day 5 included another gym session and eating leftover Ted’s post workout. It’s a commonly known fact that when you go to Ted’s you end up filling up on tortillas, chips, salsa and queso so you take home your entree and that is what happened. It made for a yummy meal! We got some donuts from Hurts donuts for dessert #health. We headed to my parent’s for the night and hung out for a bit before calling it a night!

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On Sunday, we woke up dark and early at 4am to get to the airport the next day. We flew home with no bumps or delays and arrived home to run errands and get ready for the week of New Year’s and a busy work week! We had some Blaze pizza with high rise dough this time and cupcakes from our favorite place! We hit the hay quite early-we were pooped!

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That, my friends, concludes our Christmas! I hope you all had a lovely holiday!!

Oh the food we will eat…Republique

We recently had a fun little date night in LA which included going to a restaurant I’ve had on the list for a while now. This was definitely quite the experience and we really enjoyed it.

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We were seated and brought menus and asked about any allergens before being given some recommendations. When we mentioned not eating pork it was passed on and remembered by our server. I loved the attentiveness of the staff and the attention to detail they took. They really worked hard at creating a wonderful experience for their diners and it was very much appreciated by us.

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We perused through the menu and decided on some bread and butter, a cauliflower dish, and some roasted chicken for our main.

Before our food came out we were brought out the cutest little bowls of this creamy mushroom soup. It was so delicious and umami in flavor and the perfect way to warm up our appetites.

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Next up was the warm bread and butter with a dash of salt on the side. The butter was shaped and the perfect texture/temp for spreading it on the bread. If you’ve been around Grubbing with Jess long enough you know how much I love some warm bread and butter. This bread was crusty on the outside and soft on the inside-it wasn’t so hard it would cut up your mouth, but just enough to give you some texture.

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This cauliflower dish is something I still think about. The layers and depth of flavor in this dish was just incredible. There was the roasted cauliflower, a sweet potato hummus, and a tangy yogurt sauce. It was such a gorgeous presentation and the flavors combined together to create the perfect bite.

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The side for our chicken dish contained pork so we had fries on the side and man oh man were these the best fries. I have never understood under-seasoned fries or uneven seasoning, but these fries were the perfect amount of saltiness and served with a super garlicky aioli.

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I could have been perfectly content just eating these, but then there was the chicken…

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I know it may seem like just chicken, but you guys this chicken was so juicy and tasty. I am picky when it comes to meat and any off flavor usually means I won’t eat it, but this chicken was just incredible and so savory.

After having a line up of all these wonderful dishes I couldn’t help but order dessert. We went for this brown butter almond cake with stone fruit and ice-cream and they poured this hot chocolate sauce on it when it was brought to the table. Again the textures and flavors were layered and brought together in the most magical way.

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If we ever have an opportunity to go back I would do it in a heartbeat. If you’re able to get a dinner reservation I highly recommend it and I’ve heard wonderful things about the brunch as well.

Thanks for reading friends! Till next time!!