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About The Double D's

We are a circle of people representing many different career paths – ranging between engineering, banking, real estate and everywhere in between – who cherish good food, fun times, and the company of great people.

All Pierogi Kitchen

February 2019 | Organized by: Karna and Fred

All Pierogi Kitchen & Euro Market

1245 E Baseline Rd | Mesa, AZ | 85202

480.262.3349 |https://www.allpierogi.com/

My first pierogi adventure! This hidden gem with flavors from the Ukraine and eastern Europe is in a shopping strip at Alma School and Baseline. I can’t count how many times we have driven past this place and had no idea the tasty wonder that was hidden inside.

The place is comfortable and casual and gives a feeling of stopping by a local place for a quick bite cooked up by your neighbor’s grandma in the back, but yet is welcoming and inspires you to relax and just hang out while catching up with friends.

For appetizers we tried the salad sampler plate which included some mixed salads, a potato salad that includes peas and carrots, and rainbow salad which is made with shredded beets, pickles and small crispy french fries.

I had no idea that there was such a variety of dishes based on beets and pickles. Not everyone was a fan but I was so excited. Beets and pickles are two of my favorite things and they were in so many of the dishes!

We tried the red borscht (with beets of course) and the smoked kielbasa dill pickle green borscht. Both were quite tasty and so not what we expected. The pierogis and kielbasa were so fresh and flavorful but don’t be worried, the portions are plenty so you will certainly have enough.

We also tried the cabbage rolls both the beef with tomato sauce and the pork with the mushroom sauce, which was definitely the winner of the two. I assumed red cabbage salad would be similar to rot kohl that I have enjoyed in the past but this one was different and left me “meh”.

Make sure to leave room for the fruit pierogis and honey cake for dessert. Yum! And don’t miss an opportunity to stop by the attached market to pick up some fresh sausage, cheese, or other treats.

To seal the deal on this wonderful experience, we also had the benefit of some live music from the cutest musician cranking out some well-known tunes on an accordion. It was such a fun foodie adventure and a nice return to the drive for food exploration that started the Double D’s oh-so-many years ago. Well done Karna and Fred!

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Posted by on 02/22/2019 in Polish, Ukrainian

 

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Flying Basset Brewery

January 2019 | Organized by: Jenn

Flying Basset Brewery

720 W Ray Rd | Gilbert, AZ | 85233

480.426.1373 | https://www.flyingbassetbrewing.com/

Cheers to 2019 and cheers to celebrating our love of all things puppies and beer! This casual brewery celebrates our floppy eared companions and offers a good selection of local beers as well as their own tasty creations.

The menu doesn’t disappoint either. Options are what you would expect for a bar menu but with a nice mix of their take on poutine, wings, burgers, sandwiches, and other favorites. I tried the Danish brat for the first time and it was certainly different from other style brats. It was a little blander in flavor and had a softer mealy texture but was still enjoyable. The tater tots are a must have side dish but if you opt for fries you can’t go wrong. Wings can be tricky to order because you never know what you are going to get but their After Burner Froasted Wings had a good flavor and were not as hot as the name makes them seem.

Flying Basset was another great pick and a fun evening catching up with friends.

 
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Posted by on 01/12/2019 in Uncategorized

 

Cuisine and Wine Bistro

December 2018 | Organized by: Jenn and Don

French Bistro and Steakhouse

4991 S ALMA SCHOOL RD SUITE 101
CHANDLER, ARIZONA, 85248

TEL: (480)-275-6700 https://cuisineandwinebistro.com/chandler/

Say goodbye to 2018! For our end of year party & wine exchange, we visited another location for Cuisine and Wine Bistro, but instead of Gilbert, we tried their Chandler location. There are some old favorites but some new menu creations.

I was really excited about their French Onion Soup! I love French Onion but am 100% over the large piece of soggy bread with a huge goopy slice of cheese on top. I was sooooo in love with their take on this common soup. It was more broth and onion. I was so in taste bud heaven! Atmosphere was nice and casual. Tip: Order your drinks as soon as you sit. While the cocktails are tasty, they take a while to arrive.

The wine exchange was naturally full of controversy with stealing of gifts and debate over the actual rules. We do this every year but we seem to have this same debate every year. All-in-all it was a nice evening

 
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Posted by on 12/12/2018 in French

 

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 04/11/2018 in French

 

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Tasty bites from Belize – Feb 2018

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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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