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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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November 22, 2014 – Moore Wine Party

Moore Wine Party

Time for the annual holiday festivus-ness that is the Moore Wine Party! Kelly made sure that her screen was protected from injury by installing a large duct tape X over each one. Good thinking Kelly!

Weather was great, food was a plenty, and friends were all around for a good time.

 
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Posted by on 11/22/2014 in theme party, Wine Bar

 

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Classy and casual – the southwestern kitchen at TQLA

TQLA 
1840 S Val Vista Dr
Mesa, AZ 85204
480-813-8752
http://tqla.com/locations/phoenix
Organized by Jen and Don
 

TQLA is a Southwestern Kitchen and Agave Bar with a location in Houston and a recently expanded location in Phoenix area that opened in Oct 2012. The ambiance and decor of the building is very upscale and rustic Southwestern which matches the menu. There is a really nice outdoor patio with tables and lounge cushions but also flows really nicely into the clean and modern-rustic dining room, which contains a full bar. And I mean FULL, the sucker is huge!

They have a Happy Hour from 3-6:30pm with all appetizers half-off and specials on margaritas and Mexican drafts. The margaritas are good, but that is up to the taste of the drinker. The bar tenders can even mix up any kind of drink if you want to be creative. Jen loves a special spicy jalapeno one that she created with the bartender! Some are huge fans of the margaritas while I crave the Perfect Storm margaritas across the street at Nando’s, but really it is all about personal taste preference. The chef also really creates some exciting and fun twists on normal Mexican dishes on the appetizer menu such as a Wild Mushroom Tamale and the BBQ Duck Tamale. Muy delicioso! The chips and salsa is also quite good – which is a test for me of any Latin/Mexican/Southwestern restaurant – and be sure to try the habanero salsa, it’s bright orange…you can’t miss it. 🙂

All the dishes are very tasty. They all feel fresh and not overly loaded with cheese, rather you are able to really enjoy the flavors of each ingredient. A favorite of mine is the Chicken Tortilla Soup, which has a nice spice because of the tomato chile mixed with the queso fresco and avocado, and topped with Mexican crema. Even their Ensalada de Casa is not boring and stands out from the crowd. It’s just a simple house salad but they mix in picked onions and a tequila mango vinaigrette to give it an extra kick and stand out from the crowd.

 

 
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Posted by on 05/18/2013 in Latin, Mexican

 

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