Deseo at The Westin Kierland Resort Scottsdale AZ – Worth a Fork


Deseo is Modern Upscale Latin Cuisine located in the beautiful Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale AZ. They offer a comfortable traditional looking dining room with large windows to view the beautiful desert plantings that surround the resort. They have an open kitchen and you might be able to get a seat at “The Rail” (seats that loop around the open kitchen) to see the kitchen action and make conversation with the Chefs.

We were seated at “The Rail” and got to see the action.


The started us off with hot steamy out of the oven yucca rolls and soft creamy butter that melted right into the roll.


We started with what was called “Rainbow” on the menu.


It was a mix of fresh tasting fish, salmon, tuna and another mild fish that was in white soy citrus and pickled jalapeños. It was refreshing and light. At the time it seemed like the best ceviche I ever had.

We also shared a Wagyu Beef Empanada that was very detailed.


The Empanada sat in spiced tomato sofrito and was garnished with green apple slaw. The purple dots are some sort of huitlacoche sauce. This was the most high end empanada I ever had anywhere for sure.

For dinner I had the Big Eye Tuna Encebollado.


Now this dinner was different than I expected. I was expecting a cumin crust. But got a Black Cumin Crust that doesn’t taste the least bit like cumin. Black cumin looks and taste very similar to caraway seeds. Actually I enjoyed the light sprinkle of Black Cumin over the sweet tomatoes. That’s a new taste for me that I will remember.

The fish tasted good in the light refreshing fruity tomato consommé and the accents of pickled shallots, and mini yucca dumplings added more interest to the dish.

My husband had the Duroc Pork Chop.


The pork chop was covered with a reddish mole that wasn’t bitter with lots of flavors. All kinds of interesting garnishes surrounded the plate such as spiced pepita brittle, a corn tamale, shaved baby carrots and apple.

Sadly I was too full for dessert 🙁

Yes Deseo is Worth a Fork and YES You would drive across town to dine here.

Dishes I had at Deseo on my last visit were-




Pan seared Halibut with Fideo.

You might travel across town to dine here. Extensive Wine List, Famous Stetson Salad and Mushroom Pan Fry and more in the Touristy Arts District

Worth a Fork! You would drive across town to dine here.

For more information on Deseo at Westin Kierland please visit

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Forking Awesome Mexican Inspired Meatballs Recipe


Mexican Inspired Meatballs

Forking Awesome Mexican Inspired Meatballs

These Mexican Inspired Meatballs come out delicious and very flavorful and Forking Awesome. You can use them in tacos or burritos. The Mexican Meatballs would also be great with a bean and corn salad or with  corn pasta and a green or red chile sauce and salsa. If you are a fan of tacos you will forking love these Mexican Inspired Meatballs.

Ingredients for 8 servings

2 lb ground beef – Fresh ground at home preferably (brisket- Chuck – Rib)

4 XL eggs – beaten

1 cup water

2 Tablespoons kosher salt or sea salt

2 teaspoons black pepper

1/4 sweet onion chopped fine

1 Tablespoon cumin

1 Tablespoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon cayenne

3/4 cup whole wheat panko

1/4 cup masa flour

1 cup cooked rice

1 cup cooked corn kernels

2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce – chopped fine – with some of the sauce

3/4 cup scallions – chopped

1 carrot shredded

4 garlic cloves – grated

1 teaspoon annoto

1/2 cup fresh cilantro – chopped well

non-stick spray


Set oven to 350 degrees F and spray your baking sheets with non-stick spray.

Get a large bowl. Add the meat, all vegetables, all liquids and spices and mix well. Lastly add panko and masa flour. Mix till incorporated. Get a small scooper and scoop out and make the meatballs until you are done with the mixture. Place the meatballs in the oven till they are cooked threw. (about 12 minutes)

Mexican Inspired Meatballs

Mexican Inspired Meatballs

Forking Delicious! These Mexican Inspired Meatballs are so good you are going to have to throw a party! #CrowdPleaser

Mexican Inspired Meatballs

Mexican Inspired Meatballs

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New, Weird or Special Edition Cereal Out There Summer 2016


There is always “new” “WEIRD” or “Special Edition” Cereal out there on the grocer’s shelf and I never know what I’ll come across. Saw Froot Loops with Fruity Shaped Marshmallows. Maybe it makes the kids think they are having candy in the cereal. I guess they are!


Here’s “NEW” Frosted Flakes with forking marshmallows. If they can’t think up a new cereal they just add forking marshmallows to it.


Marshmallow Fruity Pebbles too.


Rice Krispies Treats…?….That’s cereal mixed with forking marshmallows.


Limited Edition Home Run Crunch! Well baseball season is coming soon! Is this a home run with you?


Caramel Popcorn Crunch?…… Doesn’t look like popcorn…….t don’t forking know if it sticks to your teeth like real caramel popcorn.


Limited edition Orange Cream Pop Crunch?????? Well this cereal is very original and feels like summer.


Froot Loops Bloopers….I get it….Haha so funny!

They made a mistake (blooper) and the cereal is messed up in shapes instead of the normal loops and your forking buying  forking REJECTS  at full price! GENIUS! Brilliant IDEA!

Those were the Limited, New and Special Edition Cereals I saw this Summer and I don’t know what I’ll come across next.

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Sautéed Celery with Herbs, Calabrian Chili Pepper and Parmesan Recipe


Sautéed Celery with Herbs, Calabrian Chili Pepper and Parmesan

Sautéed Celery with Herbs, Calabrian Chili Pepper and Parmesan

Celery is an over looked and under used vegetable and can be a delicious vegetable course in a meal. Think about everything you add celery to in recipes and the flavors and then it’s easy to turn celery into a delicious side dish. One of the tricks to delicious celery is that you have to peel the ribs just like you peel a carrot. The oil that the celery gets cooked in will get infused with flavors that will penetrate the celery to make it tasty.

Ingredients for 2 servings

2 cups celery – cleaned – peeled and cut into bite size pieces – save the leaves and put them to the side

1 sprig rosemary

1 sprig sage – just the leaves

2 sprigs thyme

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter

1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 Calabrian Chili Pepper – chopped fine

1 garlic clove – mashed fine

sea salt – fresh cracked to taste

black pepper – fresh cracked to taste

Parmesan Cheese – shredded to taste


Use a small fry pan and place it on medium high heat with the butter and oil.

When the butter is almost melted add the rosemary, sage and thyme to the pan and cook till herbs are crisp. (this is only a few minutes) Remove the herbs and let drain on a paper towel.

Turn down the heat to medium.

Add the chili and garlic and mix around well and then add the celery. Cover with foil until the celery is tender crisp. ( a few minutes)

Stir in the celery leaves and they only need up to a minute to wilt.

Add the fresh cracked salt and pepper and stir.

Plate up and add one of the fried herbs and fresh shredded parmesan cheese to the top .


Sautéed Celery with Herbs, Calabrian Chili Pepper and Parmesan

Sautéed Celery with Herbs, Calabrian Chili Pepper and Parmesan

Forking Good!

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Sometimes You Eat at Places that Aren’t for You.


Sautéed A dog?..........

Sautéed A dog?……….Did they sauté A dog?…….

Sometimes you eat at places that aren’t for you. Sometimes it doesn’t mean that these are bad places….It just means the food isn’t your style but might be someone else’s style.

A beautiful new casual restaurant recently opened in Scottsdale AZ called The Chicken Scoop. This is a restaurant that specializes in Chicken Salad. They offer 14 varieties of Chicken Salads in a variety of scoops and accompaniments. I love chicken and think it is the most delicious of all meats when prepared well. This restaurant seemed like a very good choice for me so I wanted to try The Chicken Scoop.

My husband and I both pick the two scoop platters. Two scoops of chicken salad, a side and a small  pudding “scoop.”


I got Buffalo Chicken salad and Spicy Thai Chicken Salad and I picked fresh fruit as my side order.

The chicken salads truly don’t taste bad. Some were more tasty than others but none of the four taste bad but the texture was soooooooooooooo off-putting to me.


It’s all smooth. No celery or onion. No chucks of chicken. It’s like you made chicken salad, remove the vegetables and just put it in a blender. They give you a basket of crackers to eat with your chicken salad but I would prefer to pay extra to get some crunch like from celery sticks or other crunchy vegetables.

I guess if I just had dental work or falling out or missing teeth this might be the first restaurant I would want to eat all. You don’t need teeth to eat the chicken salads I tried.


These smooth chicken salads just aren’t for me but I will consider this place again the next time I get dental work done.


I also ate at a Tex-Mex Restaurant that’s been on my Bucket List for a long time.

The Carlsbad Tavern Scottsdale AZ

The Carlsbad Tavern Scottsdale AZ

This restaurant has a fun atmosphere.


They have a nice patio with a big water feature.


The inside looks like a cave.

I ordered the Filet Mignon.


My Filet had nice looking grill marks but didn’t pick up any flavor from the wood grill. My husband and I both tasted the meat and both of us thought it was unseasoned. I’m not a big fan of unseasoned meat. So the steak was mine but wasn’t really for me.

Sadly I also wasn’t a fan of the mushroom and cheese enchiladas that came with my steak.The enchiladas seemed sort of dried out.  I thought the mushrooms inside were seasoned nice and were tasty but the cheese inside was next to inedible to me.


It tasted like they used processed American Cheese-like product


instead of a traditional jack or cheddar cheese or combination that most people would expect.

That plate was mine but wasn’t for me.


Went to Kale and Clover Mindful Kitchen in North Scottsdale AZ. They serve fast food style Health Focused kind of foods. I went to get my beverage and saw all the teas were flavored….(bah)…so I decided to try a strawberry kiwi green tea. The tea tasted like green tea slightly flavored water. I asked my husband to close his eyes and taste it.

He said,

“This just taste like water with something in it.”

That’s the Forking Truth! It just tasted like water with a tiny bit of green tea  in it.

I got my salad.


It’s an attractive salad made with several nice ingredients but the salad was very dry and chicken in the salad was tasteless. I guess most people would be thrilled with this salad but it wasn’t for me.

My husband had their Jambalaya Bowl.


He said the turkey sausage in it was delicious but he also said the sauce around the rice was too salty and smokey for him.

My husband normally likes very salty foods so it’s very unusual for him to complain about too much salt. It must have been a salt bomb.

He was upset that I picked this place for lunch.


He also left half his food there and never does that.

This place wasn’t for either for us.

I do note I don’t know if my experience is typical of these restaurants since my written thoughts here are only based on first impressions.

Oh well…….doesn’t mean that these places are bad……Just not for me…. I’ll do forking better next time.

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Sun Valley Bakery in Phoenix AZ makes Banh Mi Sandwiches that are Worth A Fork!


Sun Valley Bakery in Phoenix AZ is a small Vietnamese Eatery in Phoenix AZ. This place really seems like Vietnamese Food for Vietnamese People. This restaurant is located in an older strip mall that is surrounded by several other Vietnamese and Asian businesses and a couple Mexican Businesses. On my visit all I saw was lots of take out by Asian people.They were all taking out multiple bags of food in large boxes. It looked like all the boxes contained soups. This place is called a Bakery but I didn’t see any baked goods for sale. I don’t know if they sell baked goods. The interior of the restaurant is NOT Fancy and is older and dated looking. I also note that the air conditioning doesn’t work well. It appears that it hasn’t worked in years and a portable air conditioner sits on the floor that brings the temperature down a little.


This is another place where you are not here for the atmosphere and only are here for the food. They have one full size menu that stays on a table by the cash register. They offer many appetizers some that I never heard of before like Tapioca Cakes with meat. I didn’t get to page threw the whole menu but some of the food offered is food has ingredients in it that aren’t offered at most Vietnamese Restaurants like Pork Blood Porridge, Steamed Rice cake with Skin, Lemon grass soup with legs. They also offer over twenty kinds of noodle soup, many rice plates, rice soups and the most inexpensive Banh Mi Menu I have ever seen.


The Banh Mi Sandwiches are priced $3.50 and $4.00 each.

The Food Critic from our Newspaper said that this restaurant makes the BEST Banh Mi in the area so I wanted to try the Banh Mi here because I don’t get to eat Banh Mi too often or at too many places.

My husband went for the steamed pork Bahn Mi and I went for the Sardine, tomato and Onion Banh Mi.

I was going to get a drink from the refrigerator.


The first drink I came across was White Gourd Drink? WTFork is that? Maybe it was cucumber juice? Maybe that would be alright. I like cucumbers. I saw Pepsi and a few other American sodas I don’t drink and another can of something with soy. It just feels like you entered a foreign land here. I went with a glass of water.


Soon my Sardine Banh Mi arrives.


The bread was studier than other Banh Mi Breads I had before but it also was very crisp on the outside and softer on the inside. The bread was just heated in the oven. This sandwich was very unique but delicious. It was almost like eating a very good but different tuna hoagie. I liked the texture of the meaty sardines in this sandwich and the bright cilantro and crisp cucumber just brightened it all up. The tomato and sardine oil soaked into the bread and added another layer and moist flavorful texture to the sandwich. I would get this sandwich again.

My husband went for the Steamed Pork Banh Mi.


This Pork differed from other Pork Banh Mi Sandwiches he had before. He thought the pork had multiple textures and thought it was might contain various parts of the pig. He ate it and said it wasn’t bad at all but he has a preference to just pork without the parts. (I do note they offer other pork banh mi sandwiches like the BBQ pork that the cashier recommended to us)

I have no idea how they can sell these banh mi sandwiches at only $3.50 and $4.00 each. They are  cheaper than fast food. Gosh a Jack in the Box Burger cost something like a forking $5.00 and is awful. These Banh Mi Sandwiches are so much better!

The cashier/cook was helpful and friendly. She acted like she really enjoyed having us here.

The Banh Mi Sandwiches are a PHO-Nominal Value and are Worth a FORK!

NO..Your not going to drive across town to dine here...but if your in the area if they serve what I had most of the food is very tasty and fresh.

If your around Central Phoenix and are in the mood for Vietnamese you might want to give this place a try.

This restaurant doesn’t have a website and isn’t on FaceBook. For more information on Sun Valley Bakery in Phoenix AZ you’re going to have to give them a call. 602-354-6600

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Pickled Beets with Beet Stems, Leaves, Clementines & Blue Cheese Recipe

Pickled Beets with Stems, Leaves, Clementines and Blue Cheese

Pickled Beets with Stems, Leaves, Clementines and Blue Cheese

I saw a beautiful bunch of beets today at the store. The beets had nice leaves so I figured the beets might have been picked not too long back. Beets with live leaves usually taste much better and usually have a better texture so I brought them home.


Usually I only eat the beet greens in salads because they are bitter but today I cooked them up with the stems while I cooked the beets.


I cooked the beets with vintagers, sugar and a couple clementines to infuse another flavor into the beets.


The beets were very large and took 90 minutes covered in a 350 degree F oven. When the beets are cool enough to handle the skins just slip off.


While the beets were cooking I sautéed up celery, beet stems, onion, garlic and threw in the beet greens last.

Then the plate gets dressed up with toppings.

Pickled Beets with Stems, Leaves, Clementines and Blue Cheese

Pickled Beets with Stems, Leaves, Clementines and Blue Cheese

Ingredients for about 6 Servings

3 medium/large beets – with stems and fresh leaves for the rest of the recipe – washed well

1 cup red wine vinegar

1 cup rice wine vinegar

1 cup sugar

2 clementines – each cut in half

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

3 celery stalks – peeled and sliced

beet stems – from your beets – chopped

1/2 sweet onion – chopped

2 garlic cloves – ground up or mashed

1 Tablespoon kosher salt or sea salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

beet leaves – pulled off the stems in bit size pieces

2 small clementines

3 scallions greens sliced thin

3oz blue cheese – crumbled

6 dates – seeded – sliced thin

6 Tablespoons honey

3 oz almonds – toasted

6 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

fresh ground sea salt

Aleppo pepper


Set your oven to 350 degrees F

Get a large pan. Cut your beets in halves and place in pan.

2 clementines cut in half and add to pan along with-

red wine vinegar, rice wine vinegar, sugar

Cover the pan and cook until for tender. (one hour – 90 minutes depending on size of beets and oven.

In your fry pan on medium high heat add 2 Tablespoons olive oil, celery, beet stems, sweet onion, garlic, 1 Tablespoon salt, black pepper and cover loosely and cook till sweated (till all is soft). Now add beet leaves and cover. (this will cook fast) and lastly stir in the two clementines segments.

For serving slice the beets and serve about one half a beet per person.

Top the beets with a scoop of contents fro the fry pan.

Top each serving with scallions, blue cheese,  dates, honey, extra virgin olive oil, toasted almonds, fresh ground sea salt and Aleppo pepper.


Pickled Beets with Stems, Leaves, Clementines and Blue Cheese

Pickled Beets with Stems, Leaves, Clementines and Blue Cheese

Forking Yummy!

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There is Lots of Recalls Out There that are Hazardous to your Health


When you purchase any food that is packaged most of the time you will be ok with your purchase. However from time to time things do happen in the factory or elsewhere and you are taking a chance suffering illness or worst. You need to be aware that there are a lot of recalls out there that are hazardous to your health.


We all hear all the warnings on the evening news often about packaged foods containing Listeria, Salmonella and E Coli. We hear it so often that most of the time we don’t even pay attention.


I was surprised to find out that so many foods were recalled over the past two months for Listeria, Salmonella and E Coli.


In my own Kitchen Cabinet is Ground Turmeric that is currently recalled for elevated levels of Lead.


Just a SMALL sampling from the recall list are-

Honey Bunchies Gourmet Honey Bears – Listeria

Bounce Protein Energy Bars- Listeria

Molly & Drew Beer Bread Mix- E Coli

Kashi & Bear Naked – Snack Bars & Granola- Listeria

Whole Foods- Raw Macadamia Nuts- Salmonella

C&W Peas- Listeria

Bountiful Harvest, First Street, Great Value Frozen Peas & Mixed Vegetables – Listeria

Whole Foods Pesto Pasta Salad w/ Arugula- Listeria

Krusteaz Pancake Mix – Possible E Coli

Gold Medal Flour and Wondra Flour – E Coli

General Mills Indian Curry – Listeria

PF Changs Home Meals- Metal Fragments

Marie Callender’s Biscuit Mix – E Coli

Golden Dipt Jalapeño Breader – E Coli

Grassfield’s Cheese 6 varieties Shigna Toxic Producing E Coli

Food can get infected by the handling. E Coli happens with direct contact to feces. You don’t know what kind of person handled your packaged food. Do you?????




You can’t grow everything you need in your kitchen yourself but you must make an effort to be aware about the recalls.

There are lots of Recalls out there that are Hazardous to your Health.

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Forking Easy and FORKING Delicious Lime Water Ice Recipe


Forking Delicious Lime Water Ice

Forking Delicious Lime Water Ice

Water Ice, Italian Ice and Granita are basically the same thing. They all are sugar, water and fruit or juice. In the US Water Ice and Italian Ice are a popular regional food that is common in Philadelphia and in the Delaware Valley. This food has been brought over by Italian Immigrants  so it is known as Italian Ice. When your making a non-traditional flavor the icy confection should be called Water Ice.

Granita usually but not always has more of a scrapped ice texture that differs around different areas of Italy. Granita in Italy is served usually like a slush like drink and in certain parts of Italy (according to Wikipedia) is a slushy beverage that’s a part of breakfast sometimes with a Brioche.

In Philadelphia and other parts of the Delaware Valley the Italian Ice or Water Ice is often a street food sold as a cooling refreshing snack or dessert.

This recipe for Lime Water Ice is ONE PUNCH ABSOLUTELY PERFECT! It’s easy to prepare and delicious. It so light and fluffy. I DO WARN YOU YOU that this is tangy, tart, sweet and flavorful and might not be for kids. If you are used to your Icy treats very sweet this will not be sweet enough for you and you might prefer to add more sugar to this recipe. Try it this way first because the point is that the ice is suppose to be refreshing and not too sweet. Add more sugar if you need too. You will forking love this and will make this over and over again.

Ingredients for 6 servings

1 cup lime juice – fresh squeezed from Persian Limes and all the zest from all your limes. be careful and only get the green zest and not the white part because the white part is bitter. If you put the white part in I do warn you that will taste bitter.

1 1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 cup water



In a small sauce pan on medium heat bring the sugar and water to a boil and let boil till sugar is dissolved. About 1-2 minutes.

Pour into a container that can go into the freezer.

Add the fresh squeezed lime juice and zest.

Leave on the counter till it cools down a bit.


Put in freezer and check it in around 6-7 hours and fluff it up a little. Put back in freezer and fluff it up in another 2 hours.

After about 9 hours fluff it up again.


At this point I left it in the freezer over night and the next day scooped it out.

Forking Delicious Lime Water Ice

Forking Delicious Lime Water Ice

Your Welcome!…This one is A Crowd Pleaser!

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Cuff – Old Town Glendale AZ- Small Restaurant that’s big on Value


Cuff Restaurant is located in the Historic Part of Old Town Glendale AZ. They offer a limited menu of American Foods, Asian Foods, Bar Grub, Gourmet Infused Cocktails and reasonably priced wines.  The food isn’t fancy but what I tried was tasty and I don’t think any dinner was priced at over $12.00. You step inside and it looks like you walked into a black hole and your sort of reliving the past history that only the walls can tell.



We ordered the Chicken and Potato Egg rolls to start with.


They were nothing fancy but were tasty. The sweet and sour sauce was toned down and wasn’t too sweet. For only $4.00 they were very satisfying.

I looked out the window and saw a happy local riding his bike in Murphy Park across the street. My photo isn’t that great but that is a middle aged man riding a tricycle.


I’ve been here a few times and wanted to try something different for dinner so I went with the Happy Hour Fish Tacos ($7.00) and a side salad ($4.00).


The fish was prepared nicely and the portion was generous. I didn’t ask what kind of fish it was but it tasted like swai  to me. They gave me fresh lime and two house made sauces to make the plate tasty. They were caring enough to warm up the corn flour tortillas to boast the flavors. The side salad was very fresh and seemed deluxe with delicious lightly candied pecans and creamy pieces of goat cheese. This little salad just seemed like a treat.

My husband had the pulled pork sandwich with fries.


Not sure why but they served the pulled pork sandwich with a piece of pepperoni? My husband said the pulled pork was very tasty. Even the slaw was tasty and they spiked it with a little hot pepper. The sandwich also came with a nice big serving of fresh hot fries.

Decided to go for dessert and got the Key Lime Pie.


The pie tasted very home made but In a GOOD way. The filling had the right amount of tang against the right amount of sweet and the flavor popped.  I normally skip the crust because most are not worth eating because sometimes they taste like cardboard or are just thick piles of cooked flour but on this Key Lime Pie even the crust was tasty and seasoned just right.

Other things we tried at the Cuff were….


Moscow Mule with Fig Infused Vodka


Mixed Baby Lettuce Salad


Deviled Eggs


The Smoked Brisket – Had it twice, One time it was to die for, 2nd time it was drier and less flavorful….but found out the next week they were closing for the summer so that might be why..?


Amalfi Chicken


Shrimp and Grits

Cute little restaurant with not much that’s fancy but the cocktails. This restaurant serves up old time charm, prices and value.

For more information on Cuff please visit

NO..Your not going to drive across town to dine here...but if your in the area if they serve what I had most of the food is very tasty and fresh.

No…you are not going to drive across town to dine here unless your visiting the historic part of Old Town Glendale you might consider giving Cuff Restaurant a try.

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