March 10, 2014
The only other time I’ve been to at The Stockyards Restaurant: The Original Arizona Steakhouse was during Restaurant Week in 2012. The place is pretty expensive so it’s definitely not a place that we go to a regular basis at all. However, my parents were in town and wanted to pay for dinner. Plus, my dad loves a good steak so we decided to visit Stockyards again … and it was delicious! I tried the 5 oz. filet mignon and it was so awesome. The meat was so tender. Yum, yum, yum!
The thing with Stockyards though, is that it’s not just thier meat that’s good. They really work very hard to make the entire experience an amazing one. From the perfect service to their appetizers, salads, soups, and desserts, everything is done really well. Our only complaint was that the baby back ribs were a little dry, but oh well. Even the wild boar and venison sausages were awesome!
So many pricy choices
Biscuits and butter
Wild Boar and Venison Sausages
Seafood Chowder (Soup of the Day)
Sonoran-Sauced BBQ Baby-Back Ribs (Half Rack)
March 8, 2014
Even though we had never visited the location that was here before The Attic took over, I have been hearing great things about both. I am so absolutely glad we grabbed dinner with some friends at The Attic though because the food was pretty awesome. I appreciate the relatively small menu because you can pretty much either order a burger or a pizza.
The Ivan is this place’s MVP and if you visit on a Wednesday night, you can get this amazing burger with a draft beer for just $10 … I mean, what a deal! The Hangover is like the Ivan on crack due to the bacon and fried egg. We also order The Veggie pizza, which in my opinion is not the best thing on their menu, but the next day, the slices were amazing. I guess they just make good next day cold pizza? Anyway, I think we might have caught them on a weird off night though because the food took absolutely forever to come out … FOREVER! Better luck for us next time … hopefully on a Wednesday night!
The Veggie Pizza
March 2, 2014
Thanks to the current Polar Vortex, we had a huge rainstorm last night. A huge rainstorm is considered a big winter storm here in the desert, I guess. Of course, pho is the perfect rainy evening meal. Even though it was quite a trek, we drove all the way to Chandler and met up with some friends for pho at Saigon Pho. The pho was totally worth the amazing lack of Phoenix driving skills that emerge when it starts to rain. I loved how there were not only beef balls, beef slices, and tripe in the pho, there was also delicious tendon and super tender meat. The meat and tendon definitely made the entire bowl of pho that much better — and totally worth the $6.50! Yum! What a perfect meal for a stormy night!
Thai Iced Tea
Fresh Spring Rolls
Saigon Beef Noodle Pho
February 26, 2014
I started in a different role with the same company (The Nature Conservancy) a couple weeks ago, and with this new job comes some more extensive traveling, so be prepared for some adventurous posts! First, an awesome little cafe in Los Angeles!
A local suggested this lunch spot, called Homegirl Cafe and Catering, to me and my coworkers while we were in town, but it is so much more than just an ordinary lunch spot. Homegirl Cafe is one of several social enterprises run by Homeboy Industries, which provides “hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and recently incarcerated men and women, allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community.” All of the restaurant workers were either formerly incarcerated, former gang members, or gang-member affiliates.
Adjacent to the cafe is the Homeboy Bakery and Homeboy gift shop, and in another wing of the building, all kinds of quality services and programs are offered to these clients, including employment services, legal services, education, counseling services, and tattoo removal. You can find out more about Homeboy here.
But for now, back to lunch!
All different sorts of tacos – everything from fish to pork to beef to chicken to flowers!
One of my coworkers is a vegetarian, so he got this salad with a lot of vegetables — it was apparently pretty good though!
The front entrance to Homegirl Cafe!
I will be back if I’m ever in the area – good food at a decent price and an awesome mission!
February 12, 2014
My sister is in town and she really wanted to try a hummus place, so we went to a place called Hummus Kitchen. It was pretty good and not too pricey! We ordered a couple appetizers as well as a hummus platter. The hummus platter came with 4 different types of hummus and some pita bread – honestly to me all the hummus tasted pretty similar. I was satisfied with everything we ordered and would definitely go back there.
The Hummus Kitchen – many different locations in the city!
The falafel and cauliflower appetizers
Filo dough with potato and mushroom filling
My favorite – the hummus platter!!