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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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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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Navy – New York, NY

What a neighborhood gem!  So unassuming from the outside but cozy and sweet once you walk in the front door.  The staff couldn’t have been more amazing.  So accommodating and welcoming.  They truly made the experience twice as great.

Everything we ordered was outstanding.  The unique flavors stood out remarkably making each dish so interesting.  I kept taking bites trying to figure out what I was tasting.  I would order everything we had that night over and over again.  What a meal!  If only we lived there, they would surely know us by name.

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Crudo – coco-lime, avocado, pickled chili, cilantro

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Lettuces – puffed kasha, buttermilk dressing

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Smoked Mackerel – carrots, charred scallion, olive aioli

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Crispy Sweet Potato – olives, almonds, sumac yogurt

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Zucchini & Broccoli Fritters – nigella, mustard seed, dill

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Pork & Beans – smoked butterbeans, braised cabbage

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Estela – New York, NY

We heard about this restaurant from our chef friends in Seattle and weren’t able to go last year so we made it a priority this time.  Definitely worth it.  Such a cozy intimate spot that makes for a relaxing dinner.

My husband LOVED the beef tartare.  There were crispy bits of sunchoke in it which gave it great texture.  I can never say no to burrata when I see it on a menu.  This one was topped on a delicious piece of grilled bread surrounded by bright salsa verde.  So good!

Our mains included the fried arroz negro with squid and romesco and the swordfish with avocado, Meyer lemon and almonds.  Both were outstanding.  Not one bit was left on our plates.  Dessert was just as incredible.  Panna cotta with vinegar and honey – perfection!

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Burrata with salsa verde and charred bread

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Beef tartare with sunchoke

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Fried arroz negro with squid and romesco

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Panna cotta with vinegar and honey

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Black Seed Bagels – New York, NY

What’s more quintessential New York than a great bagel?!  Well there are lots of things but I always try to find THE best bagel when I’m there.  Last year it was Russ & Daughters (delicious) – this year Black Seed.  Because I’m pregnant I couldn’t indulge in their homemade lox, however I tend to be a purist with my bagels anyway.  An everything bagel with plain cream cheese…it’s been my order for years.  This one didn’t disappoint and I would definitely go back.  Maybe for an egg sandwich next time.  Yum!

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