Monthly Archives: March 2018

Tasty bites from Belize

Elvira’s Belizean Café

February 17, 2018

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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Cloth and Flame

Cloth and Flame Desert Dinner

September 30, 2017

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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