Archive | February, 2012

Try a Healthy Side Dish for Your Oscars Party

24 Feb

Found this delicious recipe from Mango & Tomato – Pan roasted asparagus with queso fresco.

Take a look, and if you give it a try tell us how it went over. Happy Friday!

You can view the whole article with all the images on Mango and Tomato here.

Pan Roasted Asparagus with Queso Fresco

I want to share with you a recipe I made last week that was inspired by a recipe that Isabelle pinned for Roasted Cumin-Lime Carrots.

This side dish comes together incredibly fast and is as good straight out of the pan as it is eaten standing straight out of the refrigerator.

I hope you add this recipe to your repertoire of green side dishes.

Pan Roasted Asparagus with Queso Fresco adapted from Family Style Food



Valentines Day Is Right Around the Corner – Get Inspired!

2 Feb

Chocolate, flowers, and love songs – must be Valentines Day!

In honor of the occasion, here are the “Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S.” as compiled by Gayot. Take a minute to browse and get some romantic inspiration for your own special dinner together.

We’ve included a couple from the list here, and you can check out the article on Gayot’s for the full list here.

p.s. Don’t forget to make a reservation at your own dining choice ahead of time!

2576 Aurora Ave. N
WA 98109

Timeless elegance and accomplished cooking have made this spot Seattle’s special occasion restaurant for more than 60 years. Set on a slope above Lake Union with classic lines crossing Frank Lloyd Wright with Pacific Northwest design, the building opens to refined rooms that are welcoming and gracious.

Being family-owned for three generations, its professional service and world-class wine cellar, as well as its cuisine, set Canlis apart. Five sommeliers, who are gracious whether you order a $30 or $3,000 bottle of wine, help you choose the right selection from more than 18,000 bottles. A menu with both traditional favorites and contemporary seasonal fare makes deciding between truffle fries and butter-poached lobster or a well prepared steak and a twice-baked potato a true challenge.

If you like decisions made for you, the prix-fixe chef’s tasting menu ($115) shows off the talents of executive chef Jason Franey. Canlis’ signature dishes are equally impressive, especially the Canlis salad, Washington-raised Kobe-style beef, and the vermouth-bathed Peter Canlis prawns with garlic, red chilies and lime. Desserts include a Grand Marnier soufflé (order in advance) or a luscious molten chocolate cake.

Extend your evening by enjoying brandy in the bar while listening to jazz or show tunes played on the house Steinway. No matter when you leave, your car will magically be waiting.

Eiffel Tower Restaurant
3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S. (Flamingo Rd.)
Las Vegas
NV 89109

If Las Vegas were the house, this restaurant would be the best seat in it, for this fine-dining perch in Paris’s Eiffel Tower has an unobstructed view of the Strip, including Bellagio’s dancing fountains across the street. Burgundy velour banquettes and a Belle Époque décor set a plush stage for the contemporary French offerings.

Among imaginative appetizers, we like the cold foie gras torchon with duck prosciutto and a fig compote, offered for lunch and dinner. Luncheon sandwiches include steak with Roquefort cheese and a red onion compote. A salad favorite is created with lobster, shrimp and crab. The dégustation menu dreamed up by the chef each evening is a popular choice, featuring menu items such as warm lobster salad with fingerling potatoes and toasted caraway seeds; butternut squash soup with duck confit; sautéed sea bass; venison chop; Eiffel Tower desserts or a soufflé; and petits four.

Wine can be paired with the tasting menu for a complete experience. Among à la carte dinner entrées, try the slow-roasted filet of Atlantic salmon with Pinot Noir sauce. Prices are high, but dishes such as the individual Eiffel Tower beef Wellington with sautéed snap peas are worth it. The wine list consists of more than 900 labels.

See full list….