Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Photography for Old Towne Grill & Gift Card Deal

A few months ago, I was asked to take some photography for Old Towne Grill's Facebook page and website. Keep in mind, I was asked AFTER I did an unbiased review. Anyway, they just posted a picture on their Facebook page of their gift card which has some of my photography posted on the front. Fun! Here's a sample of some pictures I took:



And I thought I'd share the offer since I love the little gift card:

Now through December 31st at Old Towne: Buy a $20 

gift card, get a $5 gift card FREE!


Head on over!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Waffle Love (Food Truck) in Utah County, Utah

Update: Waffle Love now has TWO trucks. Even better? They have an actual indoor location now, too, right next to the first Mountain West Burrito in Provo, 1796 N 960 W

Favorite:


Definitely follow a food truck on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
That's how they let everyone know where they'll be parked at various times throughout the day.

Waffle Love: Facebook
Waffle Love: Twitter
Instagram: waffluv




The Red Wonder: 1/2 raspberries / 1/2 strawberries / cream / Biscoff


Waffle with oozy, crunchy Biscoff spread.

My mom pointed out twice, maybe thrice, that it was real cream for their whipped cream. I was like, "Mom, I know." Real cream alone can make the ladies in my family fall in love with a place.
The Paityn: bananas / cream / Nutella

Waffle Love serves Liege waffles with your choice of toppings.

"Not to be confused with Belgian waffles, the Liege waffle is made with a yeast dough instead of batter and is spotted with large bits of sugar.  When cooked in the iron, the sugar chunks melt and create pockets of crunchy sweet on the inside and shiny, slick sugar spots on the outside." --Whipped blog


Did you notice how lovingly they placed all the toppings?


Waffle Love on Urbanspoon

Thursday, November 15, 2012

North Woods Inn in Covina, California

A.K.A. Clearman's North Woods Inn.
Also located in La Mirada and Pasadena...

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A couple of weeks ago, my son and I took a quick trip to visit my brother and grandparents in Southern California. My grandparents still live in the same house that my dad grew up in and I spent a lot of vacation time down there as a child/adolescent. It's so comforting and cozy to visit the same house. They are in their early 80's and still spry as ever. They are the most inviting and welcoming people I know and I get excited to share them with my husband and children.


My brother picked us up from the airport and we pretty much made a B-line straight to an old family favorite, North Woods Inn. This place is so nostalgic for me. It holds some fun history for my family. My dad's two brothers worked here and I guess they all used to go here on dates and such. Every time we visit California, the ol' cabin with permanent snow is a must.


Sirloin Burger $9.95



It's basically a steakhouse with big food. They give you peanuts to snack on while you wait for your table or food, and you can throw the peanut shells on the sawdust laden floor. 

I can't remember what we all ordered or how much anything was because my sweet grandpa swiped the ticket before I could object. Grandpa!




This is my dish, and let me tell you, this is exactly why most of my family comes here; the two signature salads (greens w/ bleu cheese dressing and red cabbage soaked in vinegar and spices) and the cheese bread. The key is to order a baked potato with cheese butter, single servings of their two salads, and cheese bread. This is what I order because I can't seem to control myself with the unlimited amount of cheese bread that they bring to your table otherwise. If you order a huge meal, you'll fill up on these salads and bread anyway before you even touch your meal and then be incredibly stuffed when you exit the restaurant--but that's ok, too. 


Always gotta play the games. Apparently my Grandpa is still "hot stuff" and Cameron is going to be a "bill collector" when he grows up.

This is also a family tradition, a picture in front of the North Wood's sign. I could probably fill an entire album with all the different family members in front of this sign. 


Just make sure, that if you happen to go here, the cheese bread and the salads are a must!

WARNING for Families: They have artsy nudish pics placed randomly throughout the restaurant.


Clearman's North Woods Inn of Covina on Urbanspoon

Clearman's North Woods Inn San Gabriel on Urbanspoon

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tis' the Season

Note: I'm approaching my slow blogging-season due to a busy time in my husband's UPS schedule. I have quite a few reviews to post from my California trip, so those will fill in the gaps between local posts.

So many places to try, so little time!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Red Iguana in Rose Park, Utah

Favorite:


Chips with hot salsa.

We have friends and family in almost all areas of Utah, so if there happens to be a special occasion that catches us passing by Salt Lake City then Red Iguana is the first place that comes to mind. It has the easiest accessibility, right off the freeway without really having to go into the city, and it's familiar and busy enough to feel comfortable taking our children. Since we usually have our 2- and 4-yr-old with us we always plan to go during the slower hours, which is still pretty busy but not as long of a wait.

Pozole (special)
Pozole is a traditional soup made with hominy, pork, and plenty of herbs and spices. It was accompanied with a crisp tortilla, shredded cabbage, dried oregano, cilantro, and onions. It was very spicy hot. That good kind of spicy hot that comes steaming out of your ears and clears your sinuses. Most restaurants tone down the heat for Utahns, but I appreciate when they don't. I feel like it strengthens my bowels.

Horchata (w/ refill) $2.10
My usual horchata helps cool down the heat when needed.

Encurtidos $8.75 :: Pickled jalapenos filled with shrimp and queso fresco, dipped in egg batter, fried and topped w/ salsa española, served with guacamole.

I love pickled, vinegary food, so I had been wanting to try these encurtidos for awhile. Very tasty indeed. One of the peppers was particularly hot, so again, heat out the ears and could have been the hottest thing I've ever eaten. Don't hesitate though, the heat passes after a few minutes and creates an experience. Spicy heat can accompany and elevate flavors. It can leave you with the best aftertaste. If you don't eat spicy food very often (I don't even know you), but would like to start, have a glass of milk nearby or a side of sour cream to cool your palate.


The following dishes were featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, so we decided to try them. 
P.S.-This post consists of two separate visits...
Enmoladas $9.30 :: Three corn tortillas folded into triangles and filled with refried beans, topped with mole negro, sprinkled with a blend of queso fresco and cotija, topped w/ pickled onions.

Red Iguana specializes in several mole (MO-leh) sauces. Watch the DDD video below to truly appreciate what they do. We learned on the video that to get a good taste of the flavors of a mole, order the enmoladas. That's exactly what I ordered and I loved it. I had already tried the Mole Negro, so I requested the Mole Verde (made w/ avocados) and the Mole Pablano (made w/ bananas, sesame seeds, and ancho chiles). I was happy to see how beautiful the dish was with those two moles. You can see in the picture that they don't skimp on the sauce. Read more about the moles and other dishes on their menu HERE.

Puntas de Filete a la Norteña $15.85 :: Top sirloin tips sautéed with bacon, jalapeño strips, onions and fresh tomatoes, served atop the almond mole. Served w/ tortillas, beans, and rice.


Tacos Don Ramon $9.90 :: Three crisp corn tacos filled with top sirloin tips, grilled with pork chorizo, garnished with lettuce and queso cotija.
These were very good tacos. I mean, they grill the tortillas in chorizo fat, hel-lo.



Pan de Tres Leches $4.50


We, and many people we know, occasionally go on special dates to Salt Lake City, so this is a place we highly, highly recommend. We like to take our children here after doing something fun in the city. P.S. The "Taste of Red Iguana" at the City Creek Food Court just won't cut it. Stick with the full experience.

Red Iguana on Urbanspoon

Read more about Red Iguana's history HERE.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Lone Star Taqueria in Holladay, Utah

Favorite:


It's kind of funny how we/I discovered Lone Star Taqueria.
In 2003, Mark and I had a few "breaks" in our dating relationship. This particular break was like fate for us. On a particular break I went on a blind lunch-date with another man. I remember he had a red car and he was balding. But more importantly I remember that he took me to Lone Star Taqueria. I'm pretty sure I ordered a tamale, and I'm pretty sure I hadn't expected to fall head over heels....for a restaurant. When I think back, I picture myself immersed in my eating experience, looking at my date, and not hearing a word he said because I was enjoying each and every bite--I was in my own little world. I may, or may not have, thought about Mark and how much I knew he'd love this place. Long story short, Mark and I soon got back together (thankfully) and we invited Lone Star to be part of our relationship (thankfully).

It had always been a fairly busy place with a steady flow of customers, but on this day, we discovered that it truly has attracted the masses. As you can see, the drive-thru line is out to Ft. Union Boulevard and the parking lot is packed. We had to park in the bank parking lot just East of Lone Star.


Check out that list of tacos. There's no wrong answer.



Their fresh chips are thick and crispy, so there's no going soggy with these nachos.





Oh how I love a good tamale. This particular beef tamale sets the high bar. I'm certain it's the best tamale in the state. I like to dip each bite in the little cup of jalapeno mayo. 

Lone Star Taqueria has incredible flavors, awesome service, and lots of charm. Try the tamale, or of course, try the tacos.......try everything!


Lone Star Taqueria on Urbanspoon