{ct} prime

February 10, 2016

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Recently, I had a craving for a good burger. I had been eating too much new haven pizza lately and needed a change. We went to a burger place downtown called Prime 18. You can order their pre-set menu of fun burger combinations or make your own! I decided to make my own – turkey burger, blue cheese and mushrooms. So delicious! My friend ordered one of the pre-set burgers that had pineapple and bacon – an interesting combination. The burgers were delicious!! We also ordered truffle fries and sweet potato fries because who eats a burger without fries! Nothing too special about the fries though. They also had great happy hour deals – always a plus! I would definitely go back to try more of their burger flavors. I love discovering new food places in new haven.

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My turkey burger

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Burger with pineapple and bacon

Chez Panisse is one of those fancy places in the East Bay that I would have never visited on my own accord, but since I was invited, I decided that it would be an interesting once in a life time kind of experience. Their lunch prices are more like dinner prices, which make it not too ridiculous, if you’re considering this meal to be your main meal of the day. Dinner is based on pre-determined 3-4 course dinner sets that cost way more than I would ever be willing to pay for a meal no matter how good it’s said to be. Anyway, I’m glad I got a chance to visit during lunch and eat in their upstairs café. Chez Panisse is unique because it was opened by Alice Waters in 1971 and focuses on fresh seasonal flavors and ingredients. Back in 1971, this type of thinking was quite ahead of its time! According to its website, “a neighborhood bistro, it is named after Honoré Panisse, a character in Marcel Pagnol’s 1930s movie trilogy about waterfront life in Marseille (Marius, Fanny, and César), as an homage to the sentiment, comedy, and informality of these classic films.” Take a look at this fancy meal!

A fancy chez photo adventure:

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Happy Lunar New Year!

I have learned that when you actually cross the Golden Gate Bridge and keep heading north (instead of turning right back around because that was the goal of the tourist attraction), you enter Marin County. There are a bunch of smaller towns in the area that are all generally referred to as Marin because the places are just too small to name by name all the time. I was headed to Marin recently with a friend to visit an outdoor recreation store because they were having a big sale. Since it was brunch time, well, that made it the perfect opportunity to look up some brunch places on Yelp to visit. We decided on Kitchen Sunnyside located in Mill Valley.

Kitchen Sunnyside is located in Mill Valley’s town center area. We lucked out and didn’t have to wait too long especially since we agreed to be seated at the bar located around their open kitchen. Open kitchens are always nice because they created a centerpiece for conversation and you can spend time guessing if they’re working on your food yet. We tried the XXX and XXX. Both were incredibly delicious and I’m so glad we ended up at Kitchen Sunnyside! Any place that serves eggs benedict with perfectly poached eggs is an A+ on my list!

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Welcome!

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Bay Hash – hash browns topped with eggs scrambled w/ bacon, shrimp, Dungeness crab, garlic, scallion, cherry pepper. Finished w/ scampi shrimp, smoked salmon & parmesan

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Hemingway Benedict – smoked salmon, spinach, caper, cucumber wasabi hollandaise

I’ve always thought that one of the best and most unique places to eat in the Valley of the Sun is Chino Bandido, which, no, is not just a restaurant where a bunch of Mexicans decided to cook up Chinese food. I’ve definitely visited Chino Bandido many times before, but decided to go again during a recent trip to Phoenix. And just like I remember … it was sooooo delicious! I mean, who ever thought that mixing Mexican and Chinese cuisine would be so delicious? I would have never imagined, but the owners and creators of this place are geniuses. That’s all I have to say!

A Chinese Mexican photo adventure:

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{phx} ohso

February 6, 2016

During a recent visit to Phoenix, I met up with some friends at OHSO. I had never visited this place before even though I know it’s quite popular. I know a teacher who lives near the North Phoenix one and frequents it. Anyway, I met up with some friends at OHSO for a late afternoon get-together. We shared some beers and appetizers, which were all quite delicious. I can definitely see how this is a place to meet up for Happy Hour, on the weekends to watch the game, or for a girls or guys night. It gives off that vibe!

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Beers

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Food to share

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Some more food to share

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