Last week, a couple of my coworkers were in town for a business event. I love when people are in town because it gives me an excuse to try out new restaurants. We all decided that we wanted breakfast for dinner (one of my all time favorites!) so I scoped out a few restaurants near our event space. Turns out Country Pancake House was the perfect place. Little did we know that we should have ordered one dish and all shared it. So we ended up having three ginormous plates of food to eat (and share).
I ordered the blueberry banana pancakes. You can get one giant one or four “regular” pancakes. I say regular but they are honestly the size of hubcaps! I ate one.
We also ordered the triple berry french toast. Holy moly. It’s like a loaf of bread cut into three pieces. I couldn’t believe the slices were cooked all the way through. They were and it was delicious!
You can see below that our third dish was a chicken and broccoli cheese crepe, which was really delicious as well.
Someone’s excited for dinner!
Oh and btw – I didn’t even mention the cornbread basket that was brought to the table after we ordered. So much food and the price was great. The joint is cash only, but they have an ATM on-site. Ridgewood is also an adorable town with a ton of shops and restaurants. I’ll definitely be back to Country Pancake House and Ridgewood!
Country Pancake House // 140 E Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Before I moved from Phoenix to the NYC area, I made a list of all the places I wanted to visit. There were a ton of restaurants on my list and I’m sad to say I barely scratched the surface. La Grande Orange was a definite “must visit” and it didn’t disappoint.
Part gift shop, part cafe, part grocery they offer ice cream & gelato, pastries, sandwiches & salads, as well as pizza. There is also a robust grocery section with imported meats, cheeses and a huge wine selection. I ordered a smoothie and an “old-fashioned” which was their version of a Hostess cupcake.
I definitely enjoyed my time at LGO and would love to go back to try a few other menu items.
A few weeks ago, my friend Barbara and I met for lunch and a movie. We both watch the PBS show Check Please, Arizona and Gallo Blanco was one of the featured restaurants. Since it is located near the theater where we planned to go to the movies, it was a no-brainer to check it out for lunch.
Located just inside the Clarendon Hotel, Gallo Blanco’s bright decor is very eclectic. Lots of funky colorful art and cool mini art installations decorate the walls. They have a bar and a patio seating and the interior of the restaurant is airy and light with lots of windows.
Barbara ordered one of their spicy Bloody Mary’s and I was impressed with the garnishes!
We ordered chips and the loveliest guacamole to start. There were bits of orange and lime in the citrusy dip that made it refreshing and light.
We also wanted to try the Elote Callejero- grilled corn w/ Cotija cheese and smoked Paprika. It did not disappoint.
We opted for an assortment of tacos and some herbed jasmine rice as our main course. I really wish I had more than just my iPhone to capture the meal… the colors were just gorgeous!
If you’re in the area, give Gallo Blanco a try. Your tastebuds will thank you!
401 West Clarendon Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85013
Today I am taking a Tea 101 class at the Urban Tea Loft in beautiful downtown historic Chandler. I actually won the class via Twitter and was super excited to get the message that I was in!
TEA 101-Understanding the Basics
Expert instruction from Certified Tea Expert, Glynis Legrand on tea basics and the health benefits of tea. Over an hour of proper tea preparation and tasting taking into consideration proper steeping times and temperatures.
I'm really excited to learn the proper tea preparation and also to sample the many lovely teas that UTL offers. It is starting to get, uh, chilly here in AZ and I've been drinking more tea. (Yes, I am now "one of them" where I think 70 degrees is chilly!) I'll post some pictures that I take during the class and let you know what I've learned.
If you live in the Phoneix area and haven't yet been to the Urban Tea Loft, you are missing a great spot. It's one of the first places I take any out of town guests and the food and tea-tinis are always a hit. Try to stop by on a Saturday when they are serving up amazing Soul Food specials. You won't be disappointed!
Urban Tea Loft
11 West Boston Street, Suite #2
Historic Downtown Chandler,