Saturday, November 17, 2018

Scottsdale, AZ Edition: FnB


FnB, which stands for food and beverage, is a restaurant in Phoenix that has been a James Beard semifinalist and been nominated for best chef in the southwest for the last five years running.

FnbThe restaurant has a bar area, as well as a very nice dining space that just made us feel #classy.

FnbThe menu has a lot of plant-based dishes, and they're all described by the main ingredients.

FnbAnd the drinks! They have a cider that the owner makes. How cool is that?

FnbI went with a rose-flavored tequila drink.

FnbBread for the table.

FnbFor my meal - I first ordered a corn, peaches, feta, almond, basic and arugula. Yum!

FnbAnd for my entree, I got a halibut with green beans, plums and lemon-thyme aioli.

FnbHave you been?

FnB Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, November 16, 2018

Phoenix, AZ Edition: Barrio Queen

Barrio Queen

Barrio Queen was one of my first stops when I got to Phoenix. It was close to where I was staying, and it had amazing reviews.

Barrio QueenOn my walk there, it was a million degrees and I thought I might die. I even saw lots of little lizards scurry across the sidewalk. But I made it - a sweaty, red mess - but I made it.

Barrio QueenThis place has a ton of different taco options, and their tableside guacamole is the stuff of legend.

Barrio Queen

Since it was just me, I opted for tacos only.

Barrio QueenI went for the al pastor, cochinita pibil and nopalitos - which is cactus!

Barrio QueenAL PASTOR - Pork marinated in chile and spice. Topped with diced red onions, fresh cilantro, pineapple and our homemade red sauce - Straight from Mexico City

COCHINITA PIBIL - Casa Signature - The Queen's acclaimed pork marinated in sour orange and achiote paste. Topped with pickled red onions and homemade pico de gallo

NOPALITOS - Tender sautéed cactus, jalapeño peppers, red onions and tomatoes. Topped with queso fresco

Barrio Queen

But first - chips & salsa!

Barrio QueenAnd, my three tacos.

Barrio QueenAnd, if you're curious what cactus tastes like - to me, it was like green beans.

Barrio Queen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Charlotte, NC Edition: Charlotte Douglas International Airport - 1897 Market

1827 market

On my long trek to Phoenix, I had a layover in Charlotte.

1827 marketAfter a quick Google search, I saw 1897 Market had some pretty stellar reviews so we stopped there for lunch.

1827 marketIt was actually huge, with a beautiful dining space and a pretty cool little market area.

1827 marketI saw a pasta dish when I walked in and ordered what I thought was that -- bucatini. It wasn't, but it was still delicious! Cream sauce, bacon jam and parmesan - yum!

1897 Market Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Milton Edition: The Twist

The Twist

The Twist in Milton offers a drive-thru and sit-down space for those wanting ice cream (me!) and other items like burgers, etc.

The Twist

My main goal here was to find a delicious ice cream.

The Twist

I ordered a small caramel sundae. It came with these little dollops of whipped cream on the side, which were adorable.

The Twist
Have you been? What's the best thing to get?

Twist Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Dunbar Edition: Cafe Crema

Cafe CremaI went to Cafe Crema when it was located on the West Side of Charleston, but it moved to Dunbar and expanded some of its offerings.

Cafe CremaIt's cute!

Cafe CremaCafe Crema was the perfect spot to get some work done, so I started off with a drink. They were advertising a peanut butter & jelly frappuccino, and that sounded fun.

Cafe CremaAnd for some lunch, I ordered the Big Dipper, which is not something I'd typically go for. It had cheddar and feta cheese, ham, salami, black olives on wheat bread with 1000 island dipping sauce.

Cafe Crema

First, the drink really did taste like peanut butter - not heavy on the jelly. But definitely nutty.

Cafe CremaAnd this sandwich has become one of my all-time favorites! I'll be getting it again and again.