The Borough Market in London is a foodie lover’s dream come true. With fresh fruit and produce stalls, meals to go available in every type of cuisine that you can imagine, nibbles galore, and refreshing beverages of all kinds there is still more to explore.
Located a few feet from London Bridge tube station for easy access and nestled against the spectacular Southwark Cathedral, the Borough Market is one of the oldest markets dating around 1,000 years in some form, and certainly a permanent fixture in London. The market is a mix of mobile kiosks, tents, and built in structures. Continue reading Visit London’s Borough Market→
I met a friend for lunch today at Bombay Spice restaurant. This was not our first visit and there will be many more meals here.
Bombay Spice is Indian Cuisine with an american twist. They have a dog friendly front patio and intimate indoor seating. I first sampled their cuisine at Scottsdale Culinary Festival, but never knew the location (Northwest corner of Tatum and Shea, Phoenix).
Between my friend and I, we are have quite the food allergy list. Bombay Spice offers vegetarian options and can accommodate any food allergy that you can imagine (gluten, dairy, soy, peanuts, corn, yeast, rice, and more).
The appetizers are big enough to share. My favorite are the Chickpea Ceviche served cold, and Lentil Cake hot appetizer.
The Tikka Masala is coconut-based for a lighter sauce than the more common yogurt or cream based sauce. They offer white rice, brown rice, or quinoa for many entrees, served with Naan or Dosa.
Indian cuisine, or you want to try a non-curry meal, then try a Biryani containing basmati rice, spinach & vegetables, almonds, and mild spices. Served with Papadum crisps so my gluten-free friend share part of my meal.
Save room for desert the Mango Sorbet topped with pistachio is not to be missed! The service is excellent, taking great care of us and the dog in our party. I am already looking forward to my next visit!
Quiessence is one of my favorite restaurants in the Phoenix area and the choice for my Birthday dinner. The menu changes daily featuring fresh, local ingredients. The best dining option is in the Tasting Menu that is a 5 course chef’s choice (you do not order any specific food, but you can specify Vegetarian and/or food allergies). An optional wine pairing is available, and highly recommended (if you like delicious wine).
My Birthday Tasting dinner included a chilled vegetarian starter, bread (do not eat too much of the bread, pace yourself!), meat & cheese appetizer (not quite fast enough with the camera), yellow squash salad with yogurt dressing, perfectly fluffy gnocchi pasta, salmon and fingerling potatoes, lamb with stuffed mini bell peppers, and desert course (complete with birthday candle).
Quiessence is only open for dinner. There is limited patio dinning and plenty of window side tables to enjoy the beautiful surrounding area on The Farm. For a more romantic experience try to plan your dinner before sunset. Be sure to make reservations. Open Table is my favorite on-line reservation system and the mobile app is really easy to use.
Arizona Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to try a three course meal at a much reduced fixed price to try out the scrumptious food from Quiessence!
Le Chocolat du Bouchard is a delightful, little, neighborhood chocolate & coffee shop located in Downtown Naperville (Chicago suburb). They have a variety of chocolate everything! The decor is charming, the entire store is inviting you to come in and enjoy a slice of chocolate cake with your coffee and a lazy afternoon.
Cork Restaurant is one of my favorite restaurants in the Phoenix area! Every Sunday Cork offers a themed tasting dinner. The theme changes each month, resulting in a fresh, seasonal, delicious special night out. Here is a sampling from the “Taste of Spring” four course (plus an optional starter) dinner that I still dream about. Hmmmm, yum.
We started with the (optional) starter course of Braised Rabbit Risotto with Fava Bean, Taleggio, and Arugula. Bold flavors and great texture started the evening beautifully. The fava beans were a delightful surprise with the cheesy risotto.
The first course of Watercress and Asparagus Soup with Dungeness Crab Fritter and Creme Fraiche was light and refreshing. The crab fritter was slightly crunchy and paired nicely with the subtle sweet of the soup.
The candied nuts offered a sweet side to the creamy brie and tart greens in the Pen Tendril Salad with St. Andre Brie, Raisins, Apricots, Candied Nuts and Roasted Apple Vinaigrette. The salad was a refreshing mid-point after risotto and soup, giving me the opportunity to slow down and savor all of the sweet, tart, creamy, savory flavors and prepare my taste buds for the next level of mouth watering goodness.
It was a tough decision between the Mustard-Crusted Pork Tenderloin, or Char-Grilled Lamb Loin, or Pan-Roasted Halibut. We compromised on both the Lamb and the Halibut. It was a tough choice between the juicy lamb and the perfectly seared halibut, but the lamb & wine pairing exploded with flavor and even though I was getting full, I still wanted more!
The evening ended with a light & fluffy Strawberry Shortcake with Grand-Marnier Marinated Strawberries. Cork’s pastry chef recreates classic desserts and improves upon them, the shortcake was no exception. The strawberry reduction was flavorful without being too sweet. It was the perfect ending to a fantastic meal!
The four courses were only $35 per person, and worth every penny. I am excited to see what’s on next Sunday’s tasting dinner menu!