Workshop Kitchen + Bar – Palm Springs, CA

One of my favorites in Palm Springs!  This time I was with a group of girlfriends and we sat outside which was so lovely (hence the dark photos sorry).  Because there was a good group of us, we were able to order a lot of plates to share.

Not pictured was the Valrhona Flourless Chocolate Terrine with salted peanut butter ice cream and housemade marshmallow – do I even need to say how good it was?

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Crispy Local Goat Cheese, braised lentils, glazed beet, scallion

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Roasted Heirloom Carrots, Temecula farms avocado honey, avocado oil, black garlic, county line farm baby mustard greens

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Wood-Fired Pizza – daily special

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Shaved Brussels Sprouts, red currants, rising c ranch pomelo pipits, cabernet vinegar, pumpkin seed oil, pecorino romano

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Marinated Baby Market Beets, local arugula, weiser farms carrot, harry’s strawberries, dill créme fraiche, grilled rye

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Market Veggie Enchiladas, poblano roasted peppers, spaghetti squash, kale, grilled tomatillo sauce, cotija cheese, topped with a fried egg

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Grilled Organic Jidori Chicken Diabolo, spicy mustard rub, sage red quinoa, rapini with garlic

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Local Goat Cheesecake, ha’s pear compote

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The Wandering Goose – Seattle, WA

Why don’t I go here more often?!  This place is ridiculously good.  I was in the mood for a biscuit sandwich this time which didn’t disappoint.  I added homemade sausage to it and ate every crumb on my plate.  I’ve had their Little Gem Salad with fried chicken in the past and that was equally as scrumptious just not as breakfast savory.  Don’t hold back here – let yourself be tempted by the gorgeous cakes and treats – just don’t count your calories.  You’ll want to try them all!

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The Easy – egg & cheese biscuit sandwich with sausage added

Cheeky’s – Palm Springs, CA

I’ve heard people rave about this place for a long time now but haven’t been to the desert in quite some time.  I recently stayed in old Palm Springs and made a point to go here on my way out of town.  I think no matter what time of day there’s always going to be a wait so don’t expect to walk right in.  Especially since they don’t take reservations.  They have a lovely deck area where you can sit and enjoy a nice coffee or drink while you’re waiting though.

I had the hardest time deciding what to order.  I honestly I think I could have closed my eyes and pointed to anything and I would have been pleased.  Our waitress pointed out that the top portion of the menu were the weekly specials whereas the bottom half were the items that never rotate.  That definitely helped me narrow it down.  I finally decided on the Thai chili roasted pork over steamed rice topped with fried eggs and sesame.  When do you ever see that on a menu?  My girlfriend ordered the french toast with blackberry, honey mascarpone and black pepper so I felt better knowing I could have a bite of hers.  Both were excellent and couldn’t have been more different.  Mine savory, spicy and hearty, hers sweet with the most perfect balance thanks to the black pepper on top.  Let me also not forget to mention the tots with homemade ranch.  Who could say no to those?!  DE-licious!!!  I can’t wait to go back.

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Thai chili roasted pork over steamed rice, fried eggs and sesame

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French toast with blackberry, honey mascarpone, black pepper

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Tots with homemade ranch

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The Bazaar – Miami Beach, FL

The Bazaar in Beverly Hills is one of my favorite restaurants so when I found out there was one in the SLS South Beach, I immediately picked up the phone and made a reservation.  And the fact that the only time slot I could get was 10pm didn’t phase me…well worth it!

The setting is very different from the CA location.  Whereas the one in Beverly Hills is dark and museum-like, this one consists of one large airy room, draped in white.  Very beachy, dramatic and elegant.

The menu is quite different as well – it showcases the local seafood as well as Cuban, Latin and even Singaporean influences.  They haven’t forgotten to include favorites from the CA.  We stuffed ourselves silly and didn’t regret one bite.  This place is a must!

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Caviar Cone – ossetra caviar, capers, eggs, onion, créme fraiche

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Not Your Everyday Caprese – cherry tomatoes, liquid mozzarella

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Kueh Pai Ti – Singapore’s favorite street food – shrimp, peanuts, chili sauce

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Yellowtail Hamachi – olive oil yogurt, grapes, radish, crispy rice

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Empanadillas de Bacalao – salt cod, honey

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Sautéed Shrimp – garlic, parsley, spicy tomato sauce, lemon, guindilla pepper

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“Cubano” in Honor of Café Versailles

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Black Rossejat – paella-style pasta, squid ink, shrimp, aioli

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Cuban Coffee Roasted Churrasco – passion fruit

 

Joe’s Stone Crab – Miami Beach, FL

What does one do when they go to Miami Beach?  Eat Stone Crab of course!  And that we did.  Lots of it everywhere we went.  The most famous institution though is Joe’s Stone Crab located at the southern tip of South Beach.  There is some serious history to this place which isn’t surprising seeing as it’s been open for over 100 years!

We arrived late in the afternoon only to miss the lunch service and therefore were limited to the bar menu, but limiting it was not considering all we really wanted was Stone Crab.  The Stone Crab was amazing…we ate many more than the three you see pictured:)  The rock shrimp tacos were a great addition too!

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Joe’s Bar Classic – 3 Large Stone Crabs, Hashed Browned Potatoes and Creamed Spinach

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Rock Shrimp Tacos, Cilantro Cabbage Slaw and Pickled Tomatillo Salsa

General Porpoise – Seattle, WA

My husband for months now has been describing in detail how amazing the filled doughnuts at General Porpoise are however I have yet to have one until just recently.  I typically don’t like filled doughnuts, I’m kind of a purist with mine BUT…I am a total sucker for marshmallow anything so I’ve been salivating thinking about the chocolate marshmallow one.  OH. MY. GOD. THESE ARE UNREAL!  No wonder there’s a line every day to get one (or 3 if you’re me – I’m pregnant – that’s my excuse).  The doughnuts are perfectly soft and sugar coated and the filling is just the right amount such that you get a perfectly balanced bite every time.

If you’re needing an idea for a brunch, shower, or party treat – you can pre-order online!

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Matador Room – Miami, FL

Located in The Miami Beach EDITION Hotel, this is a restaurant not to miss while you’re in Miami.  You walk through the bar on your way to the dining room which is stunning in itself with floor to ceiling photos of matadors doing what they do best.  The colors are rich and inviting, definitely a swanky hangout for a drink and nibbles.

We sat outside on the terrace rather than in the main dining room which was very lovely and green with plants hanging above and all around.  Overall our meal was spectacular from start to finish.  So much fresh seafood, I could have eaten here every day.  Absolutely nothing about this meal was disappointing.

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Spicy Tuna Tartare, Black Olive, Cucumber and Avocado

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Florida Stone Crab, Mustard Sauce and Dill Dip

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Crispy Florida Black Grouper Tacos, Aioli and Cabbage-Chili Pickle

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Raw Shaved Florida Red Snapper with Green Chili Dressing, Crunchy Rice and Herbs

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Roasted Snapper, Sweet Chili-Garlic Sauce, Crunchy Potatoes and Farm Beans

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Tres Leches Cake, Glazed Pineapple

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Warm Vanilla Fritters, Mexican Chocolate

 

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