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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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April 23, 2016 – Flo’s

Flo’s Tempe

788 E Baseline Rd

Tempe, AZ 85282

480-588-7922

http://www.madebyflo.com/

Organized by: Karna and Fred

 

In April, we visited one of the three locations of Flo’s, a local Arizona restaurant opened in 1997 and focused on spicing up your experience with Asian cuisine. Their motto of “Traditions with a twist” illustrates that there will be plenty of recognizable dishes but with some twists to wake up your senses.

We made our place on the back patio and, even on this windy day, it was a really comfortable setting with the added bonus of twinkle lights. We certainly enjoyed the San Diego type weather before the Arizona summer rears its ugly head.

As with almost every dinner, we started with cocktails. Ann ordered a Pomerita-Florita, made with tequila, triple sec, pomegranate syrup, lemon juice, sweet & sour, and soda water. To cut down on the sweetness, she ordered it without sweet & sour and it was still plenty sweet and probably more refreshing. Well done Ann! We also ordered some beers like Kiltlifter and the Japanese beer, Asahi, which is similar to a Heineken and a few bottles of Riesling. Just out of curiosity, we also ordered a taster of the Hakutsuru Plum Wine. Yes, it was just as sweet as imagined, but this was different. It was a thicker, more fragrant sweetness. Sound crazy? The best way I can describe it is to say, imagine the difference between drinking the juice of a plum versus the empty, hollow sweetness of a processed candy.

Never one to shy away from apps, we tried the lettuce wraps, potstickers (chicken, pork, and veggie versions), and the spicy wontons. The spicy wontons were hands down my favorite of the night! Shrimp and pork wontons served in a chili oil plus a soy and vinegar sauce. Nom nom nom! The lettuce wraps were a nice surprise as well. Unlike the drier versions that you find at PF Chang’s and Pei Wei, the lettuce wraps are covered in a tasty sauce. Be careful of using the red chile sauce, it carries a yummy but spicy kick!

Kelly and Tony ordered the Hot and Sour Soup, but little did hey know that they would receive a cauldron! Entrees included Thai Fried Catfish and Chile Sauce; Katsu Chicken, which is panko breaded chicken on egg-fried rice with teriyaki sauce and sesame seeds; Yellow Curry Chicken; and Yuxiang Pork, a twist on an imperial dish with bell peppers and onions. The sauce on the Yuxiang was surprisingly sweet considering it was on the “spicy China” side of the menu. Perhaps I needed to order it with more spice? The Spicy Orange Chicken was delicious! If you have ever been to Panda Express, do not make the mistake of thinking this is the same. Instead, think less bread and more flavorful sauce.

Sadly, we didn’t get to try the Peking Duck which is on the “hidden treasures” menu and needs to be ordered 24 hours in advance. For dessert, we enjoyed the Chocolate Won Tons, which were little crisp pastries filled with chocolate ganache and a tasty wrap up to the night.

Overall it was good, but there were plenty of intriguing dishes that we just didn’t have the chance to try. I guess it just means we will have to go back. 🙂

Prost!

 
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