Posts in Food
Rose's Luxury - An Opportunity Missed, but a Recipe Gained

I was actually hanging out along the outer fringes of Washington D.C. (Vienna, VA to be exact) when I saw Bon Appétit's tweet heralding their top Hot 10 2014 restaurant picks. I immediately zoned in on #1 because doesn't everyone want to say they've eaten at the hottest restaurant in America right now? Yes, that is me, hand raised proudly, flailing about drastically, actually.

It's true, I travel from my tiny northern Arizona town often for work, but I'm rarely 28 miles from B.A.'S #1 RESTAURANT PICK FOR 2014. Not when it hits newsstands and social media streams anyway. I'm usually impossibly far from those places.

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Charleston, stop 4 - Two Boroughs Larder

I apologize for the bit of back-and-forthing lately between my two blogs. Depending on the post, I often feel some stories flow better on one blog than the other. I also find it hard to pick out my clothes in the morning ... if that gives you deeper insight. So my three previous stops in Charleston, SC are on my "other" blog, and you can find them here.

At this point in the day I was stuffed to the brim with enough glorious food from the Charleston area to make even the most disciplined of locavores green with envy. If you and the places you gravitate toward at mealtimes focus on obtaining the freshest possible ingredients locally, you're a locavore.

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Watermelon & Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho with Lump Crab

I'm clearly hanging onto the last days of summer for dear life ... and this refreshing soup is proof. Several weeks back I had the opportunity to visit Driftwood Southern Kitchen in Raleigh, NC thanks to a tip from my fellow food-blogger Stacey of Cook Eat Life. You can read about Driftwood as well as find Stacey and her food blog by clicking riiiiiiiiiiight here. I was exhausted from travel but famished - I wanted something with a ton of flavor but that wouldn't make me want to crawl under the table immediately following for a nap.

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Blueberry Yogurt Loaf - Where did the summer go?

I'm not sure where I've been the past few months, but suddenly I'm home from travels and I'm wondering where I've left my summer. I can't seem to find it anywhere. I've laid the thing down and forgotten where I've put it. Growing up, whenever we couldn't find anything, like a pair of pants perhaps, we'd do what every kid does and asked our mother.

She would always respond thusly, "Maybe you left them at a friend's house." I always wondered how my mother could possibly think I would walk home from a friend's house with no pants on, but after the millionth time asking her such questions, I understood her response. It wasn't that she didn't care or didn't love me, but she had to ignore the request and respond with a canned answer or go bonkers from being required to forever keep track of her children's belongings.

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Food Finds - Crushcraft Thai Street Eats, Dallas, TX

*I visited Crushcraft way back in July and am just now getting it on the blog. This one is quite wordier than my usual blogs, but this place made such a wonderful impact on me - from the concept to the design to the focus on making really good food accessible to the masses, Crushcraft is my new favorite Thai eatery. Since sampling their take on traditional Thai street foods, I've been to countless restaurants, hoping to duplicate the experience. Crushcraft stands alone. Read on to find out why, if you live anywhere close to Dallas, you should be frequenting this downtown joint.

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Food Finds - Driftwood Southern Kitchen, Raleigh, NC

It pays to know people, especially people who can put you on some pretty good food. If I've learned anything since embarking on my quest for exquisite sustenance, it's exactly that. We all have our favorite resources when searching for great food; I fancy Eater.com and Tasting Table, followed up by Urban Spoon and Foursquare. I sure you have yours as well, but those sources are supplements after the fact.

I always ask friends first (pre-travel), then locals (upon arrival). It's an iron-clad plan of attack.

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La BRASA Boston & Daniel Bojorquez's Honey-Butter-Grilled Chicken Thighs

I never head out on an adventure that leads me away from my tiny, northern Arizona town without putting my nose to the grind-stone and doing some heavy-hitting culinary research. Part of that comes from living in a remote and isolated "village" - when you leave our town, it's 2.5 hours in any direction to get to the next significantly populated area, so you make sure you're fueled up (necessities like blankets, water, and coolers for foodie finds in the trunk) and have plans to take advantage of your time "off the mesa". If I'm going to be gone all day and I won't be out of town again for months, I want to make the most of it. That means finding new and exciting places to eat and shop for food.

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Nashville-Style Sweet and Spicy Chicken

My dogs have completely lost their patience with me, and I don't blame them. They are spoiled dogs, so please don't call up the ASPCA just yet. They are adored, worshiped, snuggled, coddled, over-fed and generally loved to death. But I often go through phases where I crave food with quite a bit of heat and when that happens, the "sneakies" the puplets get during dinner time become few and far between.

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