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December 18, 2015 – Salty Sow

Salty Sow

4801 E Cactus Rd.

Scottsdale, AZ 85254

602-795-9463

http://saltysow.com/phoenix/

Organized by: Ann and Jay

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the DDs!

We celebrated the end of 2015 with an homage to our love of all things bacon! Salty Sow is another restaurant expansion from Austin, TX that is making its second home in Phoenix right behind

We sat at a great large community table right next to the open kitchen which gave a great viewpoint of watching the magic of Chef Brady Cohen in action. On a fun side note, Chef Cohen was recently named on of Marie Clare’s most eligible bachelors check it out here!

Even the cocktails have a nod to little piggies like the CurlyTail with tequila, serrano, cilantro, blood orange, and smoked salted rim, or the Smokey Sow Martini made with Tito’s (of course!) stuffed bacon and cream cheese olives, or my favorite the Salty Sow’r with Copper City Bourbon, agave, lime, and tamarind.

First of all they have happy hour every day from 4-6:30 so make sure you get there early and take advantage of some of the $5 noshes. Do not miss the Truffled Deviled Eggs, the Duck Fat Fries, or the Crispy Brussel Sprout Leaves. We ever ordered a second round of a few of them because we couldn’t get enough!

Next on the must order list are the Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms (insert foodgasm) or the Farm Salad which is not your ordinary salad. Instead it has bacon lardons, pork belly, 110-minute egg, avocado, roasted beets, mushrooms, frisee, baby spinach, radish, and goat cheese croutons lovingly covered in a white balsamic vinaigrette. Oh my!

We wrapped up the night saying good bye to 2015, happy birthday to Don and Ann, and happy retirement to our favorite English teacher, Karna.

Cheers!

 
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Posted by on 12/18/2015 in American

 

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September 19, 2015 – Cyclo Vietnamese

Cyclo Vietnamese Cuisine

1919 W Chandler Blvd.

Chandler, AZ

http://azeats.com/cyclo/default.htm

Organized by: Fred and Karna

September brought us on another foodie adventure but this time over to Asia. Cyclo vietnamese is an awesome gem with the best kind of feature, BYOB. This place is small but cute with modern décor. Being able to bring in your own drinks sure does help keep the cost down and is another fun surprise to see what everyone is going to bring.

Cyclo is a small place run by a very animated owner who is not shy with dishing out the sarcasm but who has a zest for having a good time. Water is served to everyone with chopped up fresh fruit for a tasty and refreshing twist.

For starters, we had the spicy garlic green beans and the spring rolls (both regular and vegetarian). For entrees, we tried a variety of dishes like the Hanoi Rice Vermicelli, a broth with veggies and meat and rice noodles that you add together for a tasty soup. I was super proud that I ate everything with chopsticks, never mind that I wanted to avoid the wrath of the owner by asking for (gasp!) a fork. J

We also had the spicy crispy lemongrass chicken, mixed grill, and chicken with bok choy. There was also a great crisp rice crepe filled with shrimp, pork, sprouts, and served with large pieces of red leaf lettuce. The lettuce is used when eating many of the dishes almost like a tortilla.

For dessert, many of us ordered coffee but it wasn’t the regular coffee we thought of. Instead, a Vietnamese coffee is brewed slowly in a metal drip cup and then mixed into sweet cream and poured over ice. It was like dessert and coffee all in one! (Note: even better when you add a splash of Bailey’s) The mango sticky rice was made with purple rice that I have never seen before. It wasn’t as sticky as normal, but was still delicious.

There was also a heated debate over the best kind of Cheetos with crunchy inching out over puffy as the winner (but I might be biased in the voting).

The best line of the night still belongs to Jenn “filter can’t fix crazy”, oh but we can try. J

Ăn ngon nhé! (Bon appetit!)

 
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Posted by on 10/11/2015 in Vietnamese

 

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