Archive | June, 2011

Cafe Pasqual’s – Santa Fe, NM

16 Jun

After celebrating the nuptials of the new Mr. and Mrs. Dan Brauer early into Sunday morning, the only logical cure for the mix of mojitos, wine, champagne, and tequila was of course, a breakfast burrito. I have to say, breakfast burritos are one of my favorite dishes. I mean combine breakfast (awesome) with burritos (even more awesome). It’s truly a winning combination in my book.

Cafe Pasqual’s also came very highly recommended and this time, I was not disappointed. I ordered the Chorizo Burrito which is a whole wheat tortilla with scrambled eggs, home fries, and sauteed chorizo covered in green chile and jack cheese. I know a good breakfast burrito, and I’ve tried a number of them (everything from Nick’s Crispy Tacos, Cafe Venue, Rex Cafe, to my office cafeteria). I’m going to go on the record and say this was the best one I’ve had to date. I would gladly accept a challenge from someone who can tell me the best breakfast burrito. If you’re going to be in Santa Fe, Cafe Pasqual’s is a must for breakfast.

They even give their recipe for the Chorizo Burrito.

www.pasquals.com – (505) 983-9340

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The Shed – Santa Fe, NM

15 Jun

Over the weekend I had the pleasure to travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico for the wedding of two of my dear friends, Liz and Dan. It was my first trip to Santa Fe, but I had heard great things about this city from my friends and family.  Our schedule was pretty packed for the weekend but my friend Haylee, her boyfriend Adam, and I decided to check out the Georgia O’Keefe Museum Saturday morning before all the festivities Saturday afternoon. All our walking around left us hungry and in need of a nice lunch. The Shed came highly recommended by a coworker of mine that is from New Mexico and has gotten rave reviews. It won a James Beard Foundation Award in 2003 and “Best of Santa Fe” numerous times over the last decade for their red chile and enchiladas. With all of this hype, maybe my expectations were too high? I somehow left The Shed desiring much more from my meal…

First of all, this place is packed. Apparently everyone and there mother wants to dine here and is willing to wait to do so. We waited about 35 minutes for a table, but in the meantime snagged a spot at the bar and enjoyed a nice margarita.  I’ll give their marg’s good marks as they were nice and fresh and somehow I’m starting to like tequila, after hating it for so many years.

We finally get seated and decide that chips and guacamole is necessary to start off this luncheon. The guacamole is probably going to get the highest marks from all of us at the table. A little bit spicy, but just the right amount. I was originally going to order the Shed Burger, but after talking to our waiter, he talked me into getting the enchiladas, since it’s what they’re known for. Given that this is one of their ‘signature’ dishes, it should’ve knocked my socks off, right? The dish left much to be desired. I thought overall they were pretty bland. The red chile sauce lacked flavor and I’ve had better enchiladas at ChiChis before (does that place even exist anymore?)! I have to imagine there are better spots in Santa Fe to get enchiladas! Overall, all of us felt like the food could have been much more flavorful. When in Santa Fe, I’d suggest checking out a different lunch spot instead of The Shed (or just come for drinks).

www.sfshed.com – (505) 982-9030

 

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Delfina Pizzeria – Pac Heights

9 Jun

It’s Friday night in the city and the decided destination for a rainy night is Delfina Pizzeria. My first time to this spot that I’ve heard good things about from friends and I’m not sure what to chose from the menu. For starters, they don’t take reservations, so be prepared to wait. After enjoying a glass of wine and some good conversation we finally get seated. To start things off we opted with the stretched mozzarella and belfiore burrata; essentially fresh mozzarella with small toasted baguette type bread with arugula. The combination of the nutty flavor of the arugula, rich creaminess of the mozzarella and the crispness of the bread made this dish just right. I mean I’m a Wisconsin girl and I can’t say no to cheese! On that note, I have to mention that they do have mozzarella in carrozza, which basically means its fried. I grew up on some fried cheese and almost couldn’t pass this dish up but had to when I learned it had anchovy sauce on it. Maybe next time I need to be more adventuresome and try it out. Next we shared the Insalata Tricolore; greens with a lemon vinagrette and grana padano (cheese). This was a very basic but tasty salad to go along with the main course…the pizza! We opted for the Salsiccia which had house-made fennel sausage, tomato, bell peppers, onions and mozzarella cheese. The pizza as you can see from the picture above was really great. I will definitely be back to Delfina Pizzeria again!

http://www.pizzeriadelfina.com  –  2406 California Street @Fillmore St.

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Kennedy’s Irish Pub & Curry House

7 Jun

After a few weeks of being very diligent on my blogging, life has caught up to me and hindered all my progress. Alas, it is time for me to get a post out into the inter-web! Last Thursday, Leah, Danny and I were going to see Arj Barker from Flight of the Concords do some standup at Cobbs Comedy Cafe and decided to grab some dinner at Kennedys Irish Pub & Curry House. For those who don’t  know, Kennedy’s is an interesting spot. It happens to be an Irish pub…with an Indian restaurant inside of it. They also have lots of pool, darts, and a buy-one-get-one happy hour special. I’ve ordered takeout from Kennedy’s many times, but never took the time to dine in.

Between the three of us we ordered the vegetable paneer, chicken vindaloo, chicken tikka masala and garlic naan. Usually, the vindaloo dishes are my favorite as they tend to pack the most punch spice-wise and require a bit of beer to wash down. This time, the vindaloo was not spicy at all. Maybe they thought I couldn’t handle the heat when I went to the counter to order? Next time I will definitely specify that I don’t want a mild version of this dish. The tikka masala was quite good, but not the best I’ve ever had. The vegetable paneer was also acceptable, but I think the paneer dishes at Mehfil Indian (www.mehfilindian.com) are better. Overall, Kennedy’s is a nice bar to stop in at and I’m sure that if you’re there late night and are ordering your food around 2AM on your way out the door it tastes much more delicious. Kennedy’s will stay a staple in my Indian restaurant options but am definitely open to suggestions on other Indian spots in the city.

Note – you can often get discount coupons from www.restaurants.com; $10 for $25 of food, but wait to get the 70% or 80% discount so you only pay $2 or $3 for the coupon. Even better at Kennedy’s is that they let you use it toward food AND drink! Lots of places only let the coupon go toward food. Bonus!

1040 Columbus Street – www.kennedyscurry.com

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