Trading Red Roses For Red Meat

Trading Red Roses For Red Meat!

If you’re anything like me you don’t really dig the whole hoop-la of a fancy schmancy dinner just for Valentines Day. I detest red roses and rubbery tequila lime chicken by candlelight. It takes quite the menu to get me interested and it has to be a rock-star opportunity for me to actually put on my skinny jeans and get a sitter. Side Note: I actually have never met a woman who loves Red Roses.  Perhaps save the 50$ and take her out for a nice Red Steak instead. Heck, I’d take a Red Beet over a Rose. Just a thought.

The problem is there are so many places that feature a Valentines Menu but are any actually skinny jean and sitter worthy?

Don’t fret I’ve been on the case for you, but mostly for me. I think it takes a truly great place to actually feature off menu items to take V-Day out of Sysco’s hands and turn it into a culinary art project.  So far, this is what I have found to be worthy.

San Antonio, Tx

SAY SHE ATE TX  This totally hip and incredibly delicious food truck is gettin’ all fancy with a one-time popup restuarant. They are featuring a 3 course menu with cake pops to take home to your kiddos or to eat in the car (which I will be doing). If you’re solo or detest V-day you can grab a bite of this deliciousness at the truck itself which will be the “kitchen.” These guys even make thier own pepper jam. Nuff said.

 (Photo Credit: SaySheAteTX)

Cost: 40$ a person. Reservations still available. Call or text 210-446-8257 Menu: Online

RoMo’s Chef Rob is always making something flavorful and worth your bite/trip to the west west side. I believe there is also a flower and a special treat offered to all reserved tables. If you’re single check out the RoMo’s official Singles Awareness Day meal which will be featured the Saturday prior to Valentines.

 (Photo credit: RoMo’s)

Cost: 80$ for a couple if you are wine pairing an extra 35$. Reservations still available. 210-521-7666 Menu: Online

The Monterey Nothin’ says lovin’ like a pig’s head. Show your sweetie you savor her senses with a dish like this…

If the Valentine’s menu is anything like the New Years Eve menu then you are gettin’ lucky in more ways then one. Promise. The Monterey not only is the home of one of Texas’s rising  Chefs but it features local, organic, grass fed, farm-to-table food. I’m not sure about candlelight but you can swoon over your love on the back patio, there’s even a couch.

Francesca’s at Sunset Why not go big and have a stay-cation while you’re at it? Really, surprise your Foodie Mama and book a night at the Westin La Cantera. Get in on this menu at Francesca’s and heck you can even go in the hubba hubba hot tub after this meal and kiss under the stars. Awww. On that note here’s a sneak peak of another exclusive Valentine’s Menu. If it’s anything like the brunch I had a few weeks ago… I’m jealous. Pictured below is the Steak and Eggs at Francesca’s, it was as good as it looks.

Price:  65.00 per person call (210) 558-2253 to make your reservation Menu: Online

I Hope this helps make your Valentines Day less Hallmark and leaves more of a Hell-A-Va-Good-Food Mark-Spark.

Let me know if I missed your favorite spot. We’re all about sharing here. Cheers.

Tastefully Balanced

For the past 2 weeks I have lost my sense of smell and TASTE! Damn you Texas Ceder. Even after a plethora of Neti Potties I still I wake up each morning and run down stairs sniffin’ anything I can get my hands on and chuggin’ OJ to see if I can taste it. I admit it I’m desperate. A foodie loosing her taste/smell is like Dolly Parton loosing her Tatas voice. My master palate has been put on pause and my master love affair with the edible on hold.

(Oh-Beautiful plate of food. I cannot taste, there for I am not.) I know I’m really deep.

As much as this has been a curse it has given me time to reflect on how much my senses of taste and smell mean to me. As much as food, flavor, taste, smell, and chasing food dreams rules most of my life. This month I asked myself, “at what expense?” Truthfully, I have yearned for a ripe grape to burst into my mouth or to indulge in my rich dark morning coffee, or even to smell my babie’s fresh-from-the-tub hair. Yet I notice that I have been much more easy-going. *Gasp* I know it’s hard to believe.

Full Disclosure – some of you may have seen me throw a food tantrum when my food dreams are spoiled by mediocre food or bad service.  I shamefully remember dragging my family around NYC with a crazed, hypoglycemic look in my eyes so angry that I couldn’t find a real smoothie when I craved one.  Let’s not forget how often I send dishes back to the kitchen for being slightly burned, under ripe, or drenched in dressing.  And I wish I could take back the dirty looks I shot at my hubby when he forgot the butter on my blueberry pancakes.  I know for a fact I have made some of you cringe when eating out with me.  Perhaps, there is room for a new balance of having high standards without the tantrums or melt downs and keep some chutzpah.

As much as I miss my tastes I have a new committtment to my love affair with the edibles. Deep breath…Ok, I think I can..I think I can…

Dear Food, If I’m really hungry…I will love you even if you’re not perfect. I will eat you even if you’re not exact. I will cherish the moment and still keep my standards high without costing me my friendships or my marriage.

Fewww it’s nice to get that one off my chest. Ok, universe I promise to behave… now can I have my senses back?

Where does your balance of annoyance and high standards lie? Bring your shame game up a notch or two. For me, I see loosing my sense of taste has gained my sense of perspective. Is being a hungry witch-on-wheels really worth the perfect bite?  I think not.

 Tastefully balanced,

One Saucy Mama.

 

5 Must Eat Boulder Bites

I love Boulder

Not only does my kid brother live there, but Boulder is a mecca for good food, mountain activities and good living.  There are more Tibetan prayer flags in this town than there are bike paths.  And that’s saying something.

I would like to condense my Boulder love into 5 must eat Boulder bites. I’ll leave it up to you to find these places and visit Boulder on your next Bohemian dream vacation.

In no particular order, if you’re lucky enough to be in Boulder for 5 days or even 5 hours check out these bites…

1. The Junk Burger from Mountain Sun Brewery.  Get a side of BBQ sauce and ask for blue cheese crumbles as your cheese and you’ll be drippin’ grass fed beef down your arms with a huge smile from ear to ear.  For extra points get there during happy hour.

2. Grilled Veggie Sandwich from The Kitchen and go for the garlic fries. The Kitchen is a total farm to table dream eatery. The kids menu should be modeled around the country. Fist pump for the Kitchen also providing healthy AND delicious kid options.  They got the colors, the smells, and the flavors perfectly in line for your kiddo to have a healthy delicious home grown meal. I digress, but please check back soon for my post on “Family Welcome Dining.” Pictured below is the Grilled Veggie Sandwich from the kitchen.

3. The “Cozze” pizza from Pizzeria Locale.  What the heck is “Cozze”? A thin wood fired crust covered in a zesty marinara sauce and sprinkled with plump mussels. I was a bit hesitant about this pizza as it has no cheese…that’s right folks no friggin’ cheese. Coming from a cheese hound like myself, I promise this pizza will deliver itself.  For extra points ask your server to tell you the stories behind the pizza oven and about the prosciutto slicer.

4. A potsticker or 4 potstickers from Zoe MaMa’s. Zoe Mama’s is a cozy small grab n go joint featuring Chinese street food.  It is owned by a sweet Chinese lady that everyone calls “Mama.” Let me tell you Mama makes a mean potsticker among other dishes in her small wholesome cafe.  She came out from behind the counter and played with my kids for 20 minutes on my 2nd time in there.  This lady could melt ice cream with her eyes alone.  A chat with Mama is worth the trip all by itself.  Those pot stickers are filled with fresh shrimp, luscious pork, and a hodge podge of veggies.  A place like Boulder caters to all of your food quirks so if you’re in to vegan, gluten free, dye free or locally grown they have great options.  For extra points get a hug from Mama. Pictured below are the “original” potstickers.

5. Fried Cauliflower with Cumin Yogurt from Cafe Aion. This small plate will make a big impression. Holy cow speaking of cheese, that was cheesy.  If you’re not a big fan of cauliflower I still dare you to try these.  A nice crisp, refreshing, creamy cumin-infused yogurt dip balances the comfort food and healthy side of this dish.

Travel. Eat. Enjoy.