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Cuisine and Wine Bistro

Cuisine and Wine Bistro

1422 W Warner Rd | Gilbert, AZ |85233

480-497-1422

cuisineandwinebistro.com

Organized by Janice

For April we went to a favorite for some of the DDs, a cute French bistro in Gilbert that has expanded to another location in Chandler. This charming place is run by a sweet French family. They are super accommodating with any fun events and happy to work with you to design a menu if needed.

The menu doesn’t disappoint with a scrumptious rotating menu of various tasty treats. We started with a variety of bruschettas and a mixed board of charcuteries and cheeses.

Main courses included the grilled salmon with beurre blanc sauce, pork tenderloin with dijonnaise sauce, and filet mignon with red wine shallots. Sides included options such as twice baked potato (yum), hand cut fries, or a rice medley.

Make sure to save some room for dessert! We ended a fabulous dinner with chocolate souffle and Grand Marnier creme brulee, which is a fabulous creme brulee topped with a grand marnier candied orange zest. Such a nice twist on a classic dessert that leaves you wanting more!

The weather was still nice so we opted to sit outside on the patio which makes for a nice intimate setting for a large group. The wine options are excellent and plenty and the service is not to be forgotten. It was a wonderful evening in all aspects and a must visit if you are looking for divine food, wine, and a relaxing evening with friends.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on 10/11/2018 in French

 

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Tasty bites from Belize

Elvira’s Belizean Café

February 17, 2018

https://www.facebook.com/elviras.belizean.cafe/

Organized by: Bill and Sarah

For February, we took a little trip to the Caribbean side of Central America and tried some dishes from Belize. I can’t count how many times I have driven past this café on Alma School but never realized what we were missing.

Don’t be dissuaded by the menu descriptions, they certainly don’t justice to the dishes themselves. All of the dishes seem like they would be standard but there is absolutely a different mix of spices that give these dishes an identity all their own.

Ducunus are stuffed corn husks with corn mashed with coconut milk, salt, sugar, and butter. Salbutes are puffed deep fried tortillas that is topped with shredded chicken, chipped cabbage, and chopped pickled onions. Panadas are Belizean empanadas made with masa that is filled with beans or smoked fish and fried. They are very tasty especially when you add some of Marie Sharp’s Belizean hot sauce or some of the delicious onion sauce that comes with it. I will say that Belizean’s really seem to love their onions. Don’t run away from it if you aren’t a fan of onions. This sauce is a little more sweet and less “oniony”.  Lastly, garnaches are fried corn tortillas topped with beans, cabbage, dutch cheese, and more chopped onions.

For dinner, I tried the fried chicken, which had some unique spices that made it definitely different and tasty.  Some of the DDs also tried the stewed chicken and stewed beef dinner plates with sides of potato salad, coconut milk rice. Ann was adventurous and got the whole red snapper. This was not your regular red snapper fish, rather it is pan fried with spices making it very intriguing and very tasty.

Even though the dinners would good, I would say that we all agreed the appetizers were certainly the biggest hit of the night.

We would have tried dessert but we were so full after all the yumminess that we didn’t have any room.

So the next time you want to try something totally different, don’t miss a chance to stop off at Elvira’s and try some tasty dishes from Belize.

 
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Posted by on 03/04/2018 in Belizean

 

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Cloth and Flame

Cloth and Flame Desert Dinner

September 30, 2017

https://clothandflame.com/

Organized by: Ann and Jay

The DDs had a special treat for our September dinner! I have wanted to try one of the fun pop up dinners out in the Arizona desert that is put on by Cloth and Flame and Ann made it happen for our group.

Cloth and Flame brings together strangers and friends from all around and creates memories of great food and fun while enjoying the spirit and beauty of our desert that is sitting right in front of us. The dinner was started by meeting at the company’s warehouse where the guests that evening loaded up in vans and an old blue school bus for a drive out to the desert north of Phoenix. Have you ever had a moment where you suddenly see something familiar in a while new way? That was this moment for me. The dinner spot was in a place just off the highway that I have driven past many times. It was surreal to see the beauty of what I had been passing by with a different lens.

When we arrived, we were greeted with a delicious sangria cocktail and a wild mushroom tart. It was so delicious we almost made a meal of just those. The first course was a bosc pear with blue cheese and a candied brussel sprouts with apple cider vinaigrette.

Next we ravished on duck confit with endive and citrus reduction plus baby spinach with date vinaigrette. The wine offered, both white and red, was flowing and delicious.

Last course was a roulade of slow roasted managalitsa pork belly with herbs, fennel, root veggies, and a roasted artichoke. Part of the magic was also watching the chef cook up this delicious dinner on site. It made it seem like a glamourous camping dinner. Perhaps there is something to this new glamping trend 🙂

For dinner, there was a scrumptious butterscotch pot de crème plus a chocolate toffee.

Besides the delicious food, being with good friends, and gorgeous weather, we were treated to one of the beautiful Arizona sunsets. What a truly magical and memorable evening! #eatoutthere #desertdinners

 
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Posted by on 03/04/2018 in American

 

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Creole Cajun Bistro

Creole Cajun Bistro

January 27, 2018

http://www.creolecajunbistro.com/

Organized by: Karna and Fred

Did you know that there is a difference between Cajun and Creole style dishes? Well I certainly learned that this evening. I am sure that many a southerner has an opinion on both styles but from what I learned, Creole is more tomato based and considered “city food” and Cajun is based more on a roux made with oil and flour and considered “country food”.

Creole Cajun Bistro is a small place tucked away in a strip mall in Chandler. The menu is filled with some recognizable Louisiana dishes like Boudin Balls, Po’Boys, Etouffee, Gumbo, and Shrimp and Grits.

We started with a smatering of snacks such as fried pickles, fried alligator, and fried green tomatoes. They were all tasty but made with the same batter so they started to all taste the same.

Karna and I shared the Etouffee with tilapia, but surprisingly the tilapia was fried which tasted a little like the appetizers. We also shared the fried chicken that was served with their signature swamp sauce. The swamp sauce was not too think but was slightly sweet and slightly spicy.

On a good note, I did learn about a new cocktail called a Sazerac. Not sure if it is true, but it has been called the official cocktail of New Orleans.  It starts with whisky or bourbon, which might be why I love it so much, then you add some sugar, absinthe, bitters, and lemon peel. This cocktail has some spine but with a slight sweetness. It reminds me of an Old Fashioned but yet a little different. This was definitely the highlight of the evening for me!

 
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Posted by on 01/27/2018 in Seafood, Southern

 

FnB

FnB Restaurant

December 17, 2017

7125 East 5th Avenue Suite 31
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

http://www.fnbrestaurant.com/

Organized by: Jen and Don

Merry Christmas! The Ds celebrated their annual wine exchange this year at FnB in Scottsdale.

 
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Posted by on 12/17/2017 in American, Wine Bar

 

Tasty treats in Tucson

Cafe Poca Cosa

110 E Pennington St

Tucson, AZ 85701

https://cafepocacosatucson.com/

During a summer weekend getaway to Tucson, we had a recommendation to try a local place that turned out to be one of the best dinners I’ve had in a long time.

Cafe Poca Cosa is the creative product of chef/owner Suzana Davila and delivers on all the promises of a great dining experience. The margaritas are refreshing and dangerous. They are so tasty and smooth that it could be easy to drink way to many of them. The server described them as “award winning”. When I asked her what awards, she said “all of them”. Ha! So here you go..this is the margarita that won all the awards. 🙂

The menu can change daily or even hourly and it written on a chalkboard easel. All the dishes are served with a salad and fruit. The salad is a big arrangement of uncut lettuce and vegetables with a tasty homemade vinaigrette. It makes for a very decorative display when served as well!

If you aren’t sure what you want to try, you can always order the Plato Poca Cosa. It is a chef’s choice plate with a taste of the many different dishes that night. They are so thoughtful that even if multiple people in your party order this, they will mix up the plates so that everyone gets a variety.

Everything we had was absolutely delicious. The tamales were so soft and creamy and unlike any I have had before. The machaca was very tender and tasty as well.

Our experience was so amazing that the memories have really stuck with me. The location is not large and very popular so reservations are always a good idea.

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Posted by on 09/04/2017 in Mexican

 

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August 19 – Second Story

Second Story Restaurant & Liquor Bar

4166 North Scottsdale Rd #102
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

http://secondstoryliquorbar.com/

Organized by: Jen and Don

Sadly I missed a good one in August. Rated the Best Old School Cocktails and I missed it? Sad day indeed. Well here is a pic of one of the smallest dinner clubs we have had. Summer usually sees lower numbers because many of our DDs are traveling or have family events going on.

The menu really looks amazing. Seriously, any place that serves WTF Biscuits, Cast Iron Chicken, Soy Glazed Spare Ribs, and Bourbon ice cream with berry compote must have their food game on point.

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Posted by on 09/02/2017 in Uncategorized