Category Archives: Forking Dining with dogs

Dining With Dogs and the Dogs Non-Safe and Safe Foods to Eat!


“It’s too Forking HOT to dine out with dogs in Metro Phoenix!” “Oh FORK!”

Normally I have a story and cute photos of my dogs to share from Dining out with Dogs in Metro Phoenix. We are having another brutal summer and we’ve already had record breaking heat that made it around up to 120 degrees F in Metro Phoenix. Even if we cool down a bit it’s still too hot to walk a dog across a hot pavement in the sun during most of the day. We’ve been able to take the dogs on a few rides out early in the morning to walk around Petsmart ( a dog superstore and market.)  They also got a few rides to a few burger drives.

During these times with high heat it’s a good idea to give dogs extra chewing treats and dog puzzles to keep them busy. Other things that help keep dogs keep busy inside are Natural long lasting treats like bully sticks and antler horns are some of what is suggested. Some dogs do choke on rawhide so rawhide isn’t suggested.

It is recommended to get the latest list of the safe and the non-safe food list for dogs from your veterinarian. The list I posted may or may not contain the latest or complete information……but at least it’s something….

Here’s the List of Foods for Dogs to avoid.


Xylitol (usually but not always in sugar free candy and gum)



Onions & Garlic

Coffee, Tea, Caffeine

Grapes & Raisins (all grape products, wine, jelly, vinegar, gummies)

Milk and Dairy (some dogs don’t have lactase to break down lactose)

Macadamia Nuts (I read somewhere that dogs can’t eat most nuts) (only can eat peanuts & cashews)


Fat and Bones

Persimmons, Peaches and Plums

Raw Eggs, Raw Meat & Raw Fish


Sugary Foods and Drinks

Yeast Dough

Your Medicine

Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Nutmeg, Other Spices

No Heavily Seasoned Foods

I also went to a second site – here are a few extra things they had on their list.


baby food

cat food

Jimson Weed



Here is the SAFE DOG FOOD LIST (from

Lean Meats

Some Fresh Fruits like – Apple, Orange, Banana, Watermelon (Cleaned with Skin seeds and stems removed)

Some Vegetables like – carrot, green beans, cucumber, zucchini and Skinless Baked Potatoes

We are wishing all of you a safe happy summer and we hope to dine out with dogs again soon!


“We are Forking looking forward to dine out in Metro Phoenix Again!”

The Forking Truth

In Memory of Louie 5-5-2001 – 3-3-2017


Dining Out with DOGS in Metro Phoenix AZ June 2017


Where the Fork are we going?”

Dining with Dogs in Metro Phoenix is just a “fluff” story about taking my dogs out to eat. We usually go to most of the same casual places that aren’t too far from home but we do hit a new places now and then. You do need to know that there are some rules for dining with dogs. Many restaurants here in the Metro Phoenix Area do have patios but not all patios are dog friendly. It’s always best to call a restaurant first before you decide to dine there with your dog because the patio could be booked already for a party or closed for another reason. Once you decide on a dog friendly patio you must make sure to keep your dog(s) by your side at all times. Dogs are NOT to sit on restaurant furniture or eat off of restaurant plates. It is always suggested to dine at off times to avoid as many people as possible because some people other diners don’t want to dine around dogs and it’s best to avoid screaming children as they tend to spook dogs. You also need to be aware that most of the foods you eat can be harmful or toxic to your dog. You should get a list of these foods from your veterinarian. Basically it’s usually safe to feed your dog a few small pieces of plain meat with any sauce removed. You might consider purchasing a collapsible bowl for water for your dog.

For our first Dining with Dogs Adventure with our new member we decide to try out Banh Mi Bistro Vietnamese Eatery in Phoenix AZ. This is a Pho Free Vietnamese Restaurant that specializes in the Banh Mi Sandwich. A Banh Mi Sandwich is served on a rice and wheat flour Vietnamese Style Baguette that has a crisp exterior and a soft interior and is filled with pickled Daikon & Carrot, jalapeños, house made aioli, cucumbers and your choices of around 10 fillings. The sandwich is a mix of savory, spicy, sour and sweet. They also serve a variety of tasty appetizers, noodle bowls, really good rice plates and MORE!

“My first Dining with Dogs in Metro Phoenix….I’m on TOP OF THE WORRRRRRLD”!

“I’m so FORKING GLAD these people adopted me!”

I decided to get the Chicken Curry with Rice and my husband gets a Pulled Pork Banh Mi.

The curry is a nice light and aromatic with good flavoring and tender chicken. The pulled pork is tasty and satisfying.


“We couldn’t be more pleased!”

“Hey Big Mama!” “Where are we off too?” “Don’t you FORKING call me Mama you RUNT!” “We’re off to Salad and Go in Phoenix AZ”

Salad and Go is a small local chain that serves a variety of about ten kinds of quick packaged salads, breakfast items, wraps, soups, smoothies and more! Salad and Go is only a Drive Threw Restaurant without a Dining Room but they do have a Dog Friendly Patio and Usually hand out Dog Biscuits to Dogs.

I Forgot to Photo our salads but they both looked similar to this one.

It’s a pretty good sized salad with lots of seasoned moist chicken. This time I got the seasonal salad that included Quinoa, Roasted Beets and Candied Walnuts. My husband got a Greek Style Salad with Chicken and Shrimp.

“My first time at Salad and Go!”   “Yum!”

“I better get up as close as I can to get the most food!”

“Your playing DIRTY you FORKING runt!”

“This food is pretty tasty isn’t it!”

“We did alright at Salad and Go!”

“Woo Hoo where am I going?’

It’s been mighty hot in Phoenix but we had one day the next week where the high was only 94 degrees F and it was still comfortable and cool at lunch time so we sneaked out for Lunch again at Banh Mi Bistro Vietnamese Eatery in Phoenix.

Banh Mi Bistro Vietnamese Eatery is a Pho Free Vietnamese Restaurant and they recently expanded the menu slightly with a few newer offerings. A Cheeseburger Banh Mi, Coconut Curry, small Chicken Cabbage Salad and Asian Flavors of Ice Cream. This time I got a Chicken Banh Mi because I haven’t had one in a while.

“Hey Runt, you only get to eat after I eat first.”

My husband got a BBQ Pork Banh Mi.

There was more than enough to go around for everyone. I even got to take half of mine home with sharing.

“We FORKING ENJOY Banh Mi Bistro Vietnamese Eatery in Phoenix.

It seems that Dining Out with Dogs in Metro Phoenix will be more like Dining IN with dogs in Metro Phoenix because it is Forking Hot Here Already. We took the dogs to the Burger King Drive Threw for a Breakfast Sandwich.

“I just started dining out in Metro Phoenix and it’s already so FORKING HOT” The cement burns our paws and we can fry in the heat!”  “Where are we going?”

“We’re going to Burger King.” “Get used to it Runt….this is about as good as dining out gets for us because it so hot outside.”

“It Forking looks like food comes out the window”…..”My Big Beautiful Aussie Queen!”

“That’s all Folks!”

It’s very hot in Phoenix now. We had some record breaking heat already. It already got up to 120 degrees F. We can only hope for a monsoon to cool things down.

We’ll see you when we can!

That was Dining Out with Dogs in Metro Phoenix for June 2017…take care and we hope to see you next month.

The Forking Truth

In Memory of Louie 5-5-2001 – 3-3-2017



Dining with Dogs in Metro Phoenix AZ May 2017


“I’m off to Humble Pie Near Glendale AZ

Dining with dogs is just a “Fluff” story about taking my dogs out to eat. We usually go to very casual places that aren’t too far away from home. There are some rules to dine with dogs. Dogs are to be kept near your side. Dogs are not to sit on restaurant furniture and dogs are not to eat off restaurant plates. It’s usually a good idea to dine with dogs on off times to avoid diners that don’t want to eat with dogs. In Metro Phoenix most restaurants do have patios but NOT ALL patios are dog friendly. It’s recommended to call a restaurant first before you dine there with your furry friend because on occasion dog friendly patios sometimes turn non-dog friendly and sometimes the patio might be already booked for a party.

This week we have unseasonably hot temperatures in Phoenix so we needed to dine as early as possible to avoid the screaming high temperatures. We decided to dine at Humble Pie. They have a covered patio with fans and it’s quite comfortable. The pizzas are thin and sort of crisp the cheese is hand pulled. Humble Pie also offers one of the best Lunch Deals in Town. Choice one of several salads and a generous lunch size pizza for just under $10.00. You get BOTH a NICE Salad and a PIZZA for only $10.00!

“Ummmmm what am I getting here”

We both got lunch specials and we started with a chopped salad and a gorgonzola and strawberry salad. The both salads are very good. At many places in Scottsdale these salads alone would cost more than what we are paying for that includes a good pizza.

“The Strawberries taste sweet and fresh farm picked and not like those cardboard strawberries from the supermarket.”

Soon our pizzas arrive.

Crust is thin with a nice crisp. The sauce is concentrated and sweet. The hand pulled cheese is melty and milky and the fresh basil is the perfect accent.

“I did alright at Humble Pie!.”

“I’m off to Pita Kitchen in Glendale AZ”

“My folks and me like the salads from Pita Kitchen” Pita Kitchen is a small casual Greek Style Restaurant.”

“I got to try Chicken and Gyro.”

“All was tasty to me.” “I did alright and it was great getting away from that Forking little runt that now lives in my house.” “I think I hate him.” I wish my old man was still here… he was perfect.” “I loved him.”…..”even if he didn’t show love back to me he still was perfect and a perfect gentleman at all times……I really miss him.”

This is the one that she called a “runt.”……….”Not ready for the Dining with Dogs team yet.”

“I’m off to Oscar’s Pier 83 in Glendale AZ” “Woo hoo without the Forking Runt.”

Oscar’s Pier 83 serves up a variety of fried fish and some other items. Today I went with the Ahi Tuna Salad. They gave me a large tomato, hard boiled eggs, crisp romaine a few other veggies and a generous portion of Ahi Tuna.

My husband had the Battered Cod Platter.

“It’s not fancy food but I enjoyed everything my folks would let me eat.”

“I’m on my way to Leo’s Island BBQ in Peoria AZ.” “Again without the Forking runt…WOO…HOO!”

Leo’s Island BBQ specializes in the Hawaiian Plate Lunch. The typical Hawaiian Plate Lunch is lots of meat, a double serving of rice and creamy macaroni salad served in a styrofoam container. They offer around 30 choices and pricing runs on average less than $10.00.

I had a non-typical order today and got the BBQ Chicken Salad.

It isn’t fancy but does contain lots of chicken for sharing. It’s really only fast food priced and far better than what I’d get from a fast food joint.

My husband got the BBQ Pork and Chicken Lunch Plate.

“Whoa, lots of meat here…I’m not leaving hungry.”

Hopefully our newest arrival will be able to join the Dining with Dogs Team Soon.

He’s just now learning how to ride in the car.

“Don’t worry folks I got this down.”  “I’ll be Forking Dining with Dogs in no Time!” “I’ll be Forking dining out next week!” “I had this down a month ago but nobody knew yet!”

That was Dining with Dogs in May 2017. We hope to see you next month!

The Forking Truth

In Memory of Louie 5-5-2001 – 3-3-2017


Dining with Dogs in Metro Phoenix AZ April 2017


“I’m off to Tru Burger in Peoria AZ”

Dining with Dogs is just a “Fluff” Storyand not a full blown restaurant review that’s about taking my dogs out to eat. Most restaurant in Metro Phoenix do have patios but not all restaurant patios are dog friendly. It’s always best to call a restaurant the day of your visit and and ask if its ok to bring your furry friend to dine there. It is also suggested to dine at off times to avoid a bigger crowd of people that might include people with allergies or dog haters. There are some rules to live by with dining with dogs. Dogs are to stay close to you. Dogs are NOT to sit on restaurant furniture. Dogs are also not to eat off of restaurant plates. It’s important that you are aware of the dog friendly food list. Basically most foods you eat are not healthy or possibly TOXIC to your dog. Your usually safe feeding your dog sauce free plain piece of meat. You know that’s what your dog wants anyway….a few of the foods to avoid are anything related to a grape, onions, garlic, chocolate, avocado (some veterinarians do disagree with avocado) bread, alcohol and more.

We went to Tru Burger in Peoria AZ. This is a casual Build your own burger place and more. You have your choice of style of burger, type of patty, sauces, toppings and side.

Tru Burger is very DOG FRIENDLY and even has a special gate on the patio just for people with dogs. The patio is nice and comfortable with a relaxing blue color scheme.

We started with an appetizer of Green Bean Fries.

“Oh I Forking Like Green Beans when they are fried!”

The Green Beans were sort of addicting but very substantial and came with a mild but tasty creamy wasabi sauce.

I had the Lettuce Wrapped Salmon “Burger” with guacamole, tomato, onion, Habanero sauce (on the side) and Onion Rings.

Salmon is seasoned nicely and is juicy. I’m able to cut off a good slice without avocado for my furry friend.

“I LOVE when restaurants serve me my own water…but I love eating better.”

Onion rings are really tasty and that habanero sauce is REALLY HOT but tasty!

My husband had the Grass Fed Green Chili Burger with Fries. It’s a really big burger! Our waitress said it was a half pound patty! My husband said the burger was a good tasting burger and the chili was also a good tasting one.

I’m on my way to Banh Mi Bistro Vietnamese Eatery in Phoenix AZ

Banh Mi Bistro Vietnamese Eatery specializes in the Vietnamese Baguette Sandwich called the Banh Mi. This Vietnamese Restaurant is Pho Free. You can’t get a bowl of Pho here. They now offer around eleven varieties and also offer various appetizers, salads, noodle bowls, rice plates and more!

I decided to try a new menu item. The Chicken Curry with my choice of rice or bread. I’ve had Chicken curry from other Asian Restaurants but only one time before from a Vietnamese Restaurant. At B.M.B.V.E. I got a generous portion of tender tasty chicken with fresh carrots and potatoes. The sauce is light, thin and very fragrant with lemongrass. I like the lighter more fragrant sauce.


Our furry friend got to try some of my husband’s Shaking Beef from his Banh Mi Sandwich.

“Everything I tried from Banh Mi Bistro Vietnamese Eatery was so delicious!” ” Both the chicken and Steak were so tender and flavorful. I’m a big fan of both!” ” I do well every time I visit!”

“I’m off to Salad and Go in Phoenix AZ”

Salad and Go is a Drive Threw Eatery with several locations in Metro Phoenix AZ. They serve about a dozen varieties of gourmet salads, breakfast, wraps, smoothies and child’s meals. Salad and Go is very Dog Friendly and Dog Patrons are served complimentary Dog Biscuits.

Today I went with a Southwest Style Caesar Salad.

I got a big bowl of fresh crisp romaine, garbanzo beans, tortilla strips, added flavorful tender chicken that was tossed in a poblano pepper dressing.

My husband got a seasonal special salad with seasonal Chicken Corn Chowder Soup.

Someone thought the Italian Salad gave off an appetizing aroma.

“I’m a big fan of Salad and Go!”

We are proud to announce a new member that we hope to be a part of the Dining with Dogs team.

He is only pint sized but has a great big appetite. But for now he is young and very rambunctious. I don’t know how long it will take to get him dining with dogs ready.

That was Dining with Dogs for April 2017

We hope to see you next month!

The Forking Truth

In Memory of Louie 5-5-2001 – 3-3-2017

Dining with Dogs March 2017


I’m off to Sardella’s Pizza in Peoria AZ

Dining with Dogs is just a “Fluff” Story about taking my dog(s) out to eat. There are a bunch of rules and things you should consider when dining out with dogs. We have many restaurant patios in Arizona but not all restaurants are dog friendly. It’s always best to call any restaurant the day you plan to visit to make sure it’s ok to dine with your furry friend. Dogs are to dine close to your side. Dogs are NOT to sit on restaurant furniture and dogs are not to eat off of restaurant plates. you NEED to be aware that most of the food you eat can be harmful or toxic to your dog and you need to review a dog friendly food list from your veterinarian. Basically small pieces of sauce free plain meat and certain vegetables are safe. It is also a good idea to visit restaurants with your furry friends at off times because sometimes you come across people that don’t like dogs there and it’s good to avoid non-pet friendly people.

We had a very tough month because we lost our beloved Louie to cancer. We thought for our first dining out with Dogs without Louie that it would be best for a new memory.

We picked a family owned business called Sardella’s. It isn’t fancy but they offer a comfortable patio and they serve pizzas, pastas, wings, salads and calzones.

We started out by sharing a generously sized salad made with romaine, spinach and artichokes.

This is only part of the salad.

I kept her busy with plain romaine and spinach.

Then they brought us garlic knots for dining in.

The complimentary garlic knots are tasty….Then our pizzas arrive….


We have a sausage pizza and a pomodoro pizza (cheese pizzas with garlic, tomato, ricotta cheese, basil and Italian seasoning)

I do note that Bread, Cheese and Garlic can be very harmful to dogs. My dog is over 90 pounds and can digest cheese. I am very careful and only give her a very small amount of mostly cheese to taste the pizza.

“Oh that was so tasty!”

“All three of us really like the Pomodoro Pizza Best!”  “It’s special and has the most going on with it.” “The Pomodoro is a nicely seasoned pizza accented with mounds of milky creamy ricotta and slices of sweet roma tomatoes that cut threw the richness.”

“The Forking Truth is that I enjoyed my fist visit to Sardella’s.”

“We are on our way to Lamp Cafe.”

We were on our way to Lamp Cafe but all the patio seats were taken so we went next door to Lamp Pizzeria.

Both Lamp Cafe and Lamp Pizzeria have small but comfortable patios with umbrellas that face each other.

We started by sharing a salad called a Union Salad that was great for sharing.

Two pieces of delicious charred crusty bread, fresh romaine, onions, sweet tomatoes, white beans, provolone cheese and toasted pine nuts.

“I got to eat some romaine lettuce and some beans!”

Then we shared a Neapolitan Style Pizza named the Grandma Pizza.

This is a very flavorful pizza made with provolone cheese, garlic tomatoes, onion and chiles. This pizza was very thin but also was foldable …..if you should desire to fold……with good flavor and the perfect amount of char. It’s a nice light pizza that doesn’t weigh you down. Although it wasn’t needed….. but just for fun we had to have a side of Calabrian Chile Oil that was delicious.

I really enjoyed myself at Lamp Pizzeria!

I’m on my way to Cucina Tagliani in Glendale AZ

Cucina Tagliani is a family friendly type of restaurant that serves American Style Italian Food. We had the Grilled Salmon with Asparagus and Spaghetti Squash and the Spicy Sausage Rigatoni.

Everything is tasty and all is ok!

“I got some rigatoni”

“I really enjoyed spaghetti squash and salmon!”

“I did alright at Cucina Tagliani”

That was dining with dogs for March 2017. We hope to see you next month!

The Forking Truth

In Memory of Louie 5-5-2001 – 3-3-2017



In Memoriam LOUIE 5-5-2001 – 3-3-2017


Here’s to me! I was the Forking Best Dog Ever!

If you are reading this you know that I am dearly departed. I’ve been fighting cancer as long as I could and I out lived by about a year all my doctor’s expectations.

I looked like this when my folks adopted me.

Then I looked like this.

Then I looked like this…..

I started to grow up at about seven months I looked like the photo below.

Here are just a few of my favorite dining out moments from Dining Out with Dogs.

AJ’s Fine Foods Glendale AZ

Ahhhhh Beef……

AJ’s Glendale AZ

Yummmmm Macaroni and cheese….

AJ’s Patio Arrowhead Glendale AZ

Umm Burger.

Angelina’s Pho and Grill

Phee Phy Pho me……tee..he

Leo’s Island BBQ

Lots to eat…not hungry here…

Humble Pie in Phoenix AZ

It’s always a great day for pizza…

Lamar’s Doughnuts

Ummmm Dougnuts!

“Natural Organic Chicken…Not too Shabby” from Salad and Go

Banh Mi Bistro

Love Banh Mi Bistro…

Carvalho’s Brazilian Kitchen

Yum! Carvalho’s Brazilian Kitchen!


Not all but many of the photos below were taken at Cucina Tagliani in Glendale AZ.

Take Care and Thanks for sharing all these memories!

Don’t worry about my folks….I know they FORKING MISS ME but I left them in the capable paws of my apprentice.

She doesn’t have my great taste for food as she has her own taste. She is very loyal, protective and a better watch dog than I ever was. But as you know…I was one of a kind.

I wish you all well and it was great to be a part of Dining with Dogs.

The Forking Truth

Here’s to me! I was the Forking Best Dog Ever! and I Forking ate like a champ even at the end when the doctors said I wouldn’t …



Chicken, Liver and Rice Meatballs Recipe for Dogs


“What are you making me….It smells Forking Delicious!”

For a special occasion or if your dog is very sick like my 15 3/4 year old is…You need to serve special foods that your dog enjoys to keep him eating. My dog LOVES Liver but liver is too rich to feed in meal amounts. I added rice and ground chicken to stretch out the taste of liver. I recommend only leave what your dog will eat in the refrigerator for up to two days and keep the rest of the balls frozen. Serving size will differ depending on size of dog. My dog weighs 60 pounds and he eats 6 balls a day (with other foods) without any issues. He loves this recipe. It’s one of his favorites.

Ingredients that makes about 48 balls

1 lb chicken livers (my package was slightly under)

4 Tablespoons either chicken fat or unsalted butter (2T for liver and 2T for rice)

4 cups chicken stock

2 cups dry white rice

1 lb ground chicken

3 XL eggs lightly beaten

a few cracks fresh ground sea salt

a few cracks fresh ground black pepper

about 8 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


Set oven to 350 degrees F

Spread out the chicken livers on a baking sheet and split the two tablespoons of butter or chicken fat into about 8 pieces and place over livers.

Place in oven and cook 30 minutes. When you pull the livers out hit them with a light sprinkle of salt and pepper.

While the livers are cooking you can prepare the rice.

Put 4 cups of chicken stock in a pot with 2 Tablespoons of either butter or chicken fat and bring to boil.

Add rice, then cover and reduce to simmer for twenty minutes. Take off heat and fluff rice.

By now the livers will be done. Get a potato masher and mash them like potatoes on the pan with juices and all.

Chicken livers will cool fast but wait till the rice is just warm and then combine the rice with the mashed livers. Then add beaten eggs and then mix in ground chicken.

The mixture will be soft so you need to use a meatball scoop.

Sprinkle olive oil on your sheet pans. I use a paper towel and make sure the whole surface has a light coating of oil.

Scoop out the balls.

Mine were done in 15 minutes at 350 degrees F.

“Oh Fork that smells so good….I hate waiting for them to cook….I want them now!”

The dog is waiting by my feet for the Chicken, Liver and Rice Meatballs.

Chicken, Liver and Rice Meatballs for Dogs Recipe

People can eat these balls too but they only taste like chicken liver with a better texture.

The Forking Truth






Dining With Dogs February 2017


“We are on our way to Pita Kitchen in Glendale AZ”

Dining with Dogs is just a “Fluff” story about taking my dogs out to eat. We usually go to many of the same local places over and over but we do find a new place now and then. Many of the restaurants in the Metro Phoenix Area do have patios but not all patios are dog friendly or officially licensed to accept dogs. You should always call an establishment to find out if your furry friend is allowed to dine there. I have found that one once dog friendly patio suddenly went non-dog friendly. It’s also always a good idea to have a back up restaurant to go to because the patio might be booked for a party or sometimes another customer will make a stink if they see a dog come in and you might have to leave. There are some rules for dining with dogs. Dogs are not to sit on furniture and dogs are not to eat off plates. Most food that you eat is not safe for your dog and some are toxic. A few of the foods to avoid are most nuts, anything that is or made from a grape, onions, garlic, avocado, chocolate, bread and more. The best snack for your dog is a small plain piece of meat with any sauce removed.

On this particular day went went to Pita Kitchen in Glendale AZ. This is a casual Greek/Mediterranean Grill.

#What am I going to get to Forking eat today?”

I got a Chicken Kabob Salad.

I received a very large and very generous Greek Style salad with TONS of nicely seasoned moist Chicken and warm pita bread.


My husband had a two meat shawarma plate.

“I FORKING need some more chicken”

For more information please visit

“We’re on our way to Leo’s Island BBQ in Peoria AZ”

“I never leave hungry from Leo’s Island BBQ”

Leo’s Island BBQ is a family owned casual restaurant in Peoria AZ. They specialize

in the Hawaiian Plate Lunch. That means your meal will consist of generous portions of meat, rice, macaroni salad and some steamed vegetables. They offer around 30 combinations and most are priced at around $8.00.

Today I shared the Lemon Pepper Chicken Plate.

The Chicken is tasty and even with three of us eating it we still had leftovers.

“Hey…I could have eaten more!”

My husband had a combination plate of Fried Fish, Fried Shrimp with BBQ Chicken.

While it’s not fancy food it is good value plates and not much different in price than fast food and is much better than fast food.

“We’re on our way to Cucina Tagliani”

Cucini Tagliani serves American Italian Foods and offers an Official Licensed Dog Friendly Patio.

The food isn’t trend setting but it’s tasty, made in house, fresh and reasonably priced.

“You better get me something I Forking want because I’m not getting any younger”

I got the Strawberry and Goat Cheese Salad and had plenty of moist seasoned chicken to share with the dogs.

“You can Forking hit me again with some chicken.”

My husband got his usual Papa’s Platter that contains, Veal Parmesan, Sausage Lasagna and TWO Spinach Manicottis.

“That was a Forking Great Meal for me….I was hoping I’d get to eat at Tags Tonight”

We are so lucky that the older dog  15 3/4 yrs. has made it this far. In September 2015 he was diagnosed with aggressive cancer. At the time he was only expected to make it three  to six months more. He has been on oral low dose chemotherapy since but this sort of medicine can’t be taken at full dose strength for more than a year since it’s so hard on the organs. Currently the cancer has spread to the lungs. We don’t know how many days or weeks we have left. We have to be happy for what we had so far.

That was dining with Dogs for February 2017

The Forking Truth


Juicy Cheesy Chicken Meatballs for Man or Beast Recipe


Juicy Cheesy Chicken Meatballs for Man or Beast

I originally made these meatballs for my 15 1/2 year old dog that is dying from cancer but my husband ate some of these meatballs and said they are delicious and too good for the dog. That is the reason I named the chicken meatballs “for man or beast.” I do note that not all dogs can digest milk and cheese. Some dogs can only eat a small amount without problems. Most but not all of the dogs I have and had do or did well with milk products. My childhood Miniature Schnauzer used to drink up the cats milk bowl every day and lived to be 18 years old. These are the only meatballs I ever made that don’t have onion or garlic in them. They still came out flavorful and delicious. The suggested serving size is for people. For a dog it depends on the tolerance of dairy and size of dog.

Ingredients for about 5 servings

1 lb ground chicken

1/3 cup whole oats (not instant)

1/3 cup whole wheat panko

1 XL egg – slightly beaten

1/2 cup ricotta cheese – preferably home made

1/2 cup Italian blend cheese – shredded – (I make big batches of blend that I keep frozen till needed of 1.5 lb mozzarella, 1 lb provolone, 8 oz sharp provolone, cup parmesan)

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


Set oven to 350 degrees F

In a large bowl mix everything together except for the olive oil.

Get baking sheet(s) and oil the pan.

Use a small scoop and shape meatballs (I made 23 meatballs)

Place in oven till done. (15-20 minutes)

“It smells Forking Awesome.” “What am I getting?”


Juicy Cheesy Chicken Meatballs for Man or Beast

“Them Meatballs are Forking Great!” “What are you going to make me next?”

The Forking Truth


Forking Dining with Dogs in Metro Phoenix AZ January 2017


“We are on our way to Amuse Bouche in Surprise AZ”

Dining with dogs is just a “Fluff Story” about taking my dogs out to eat. This is not a full blown restaurant review. Many restaurants around Phoenix do have patios but not all patios are dog friendly. Even if the restaurant has a dog friendly patio you still can be refused service due to a person with allergies or fear of dogs. Other reasons can be that the patio is booked with a party or once I encountered a once dog friendly patio suddenly turning to not allowing dogs so it’s always advisable to be prepared for a dining plan that includes two locations. There are some rules for dining with dogs. Dogs must be by your side at all times and you dog must be well behaved. Dogs are not allowed on restaurant furniture and are not allowed to eat off restaurant plates. You also need to know that most food you eat can be harmful or toxic to your dog. A few of the many foods to avoid are onions, garlic, chocolate, avocado, grapes (anything made from grapes like vinegar, raisins wine) macadamia nuts, most nuts, baked yeasted items  and artificial sweetener. I mostly give my dogs plain meat and try to remove any sauces.

We recently visited Amuse Bouche Restaurant in Surprise AZ. This little cafe makes some of the most impressive food in this immediate area. The husband and wife Chef/Owners have trained in France in French Culinary School.

We started with Risotto Fritters.

I don’t know how they made these Fritters so perfect. The rice is firm but cooked and is in creamy delicious sauce in a very thin and very crisp  bread crumb shell. These Risotto Fritters were excellent.

“Ummm I want some”

I had one of the specials of the day, it was Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Quiche.

The onions and mushrooms settled to the bottom but the taste was amazing. The custard was light and silky and laced with cheese. The crust was thin and buttery and golden brown under the filling and on the bottom. Not soggy at all and was delicious. The mushrooms that  the Quiche contained were developed with flavors. It was delicious. Off to the side of the plate I had a fresh mixed green salad with toasted almonds with blue cheese.

My husband had the Cuban Sandwich with the same side salad I had.

I was told the sandwich was tasty but light with meat for a man’s appetite.

Fortunately he was still willing to share some roasted pork with the dogs.

The dogs also enjoyed some egg custard from the Quiche.

Amuse Bouche does provide a community water bowl for dogs.

For more information please visit

“We are off to Salad and Go in Phoenix”

Salad and Go is a fast casual Drive Threw Restaurant that specializes in serving inexpensive take away salads. You either use the walk up window and sit on the patio…. or take your salad with you back to work or home to eat. They also offer breakfast, soups, wraps and children’s meals.

We all liked the salads last month and my husband ordered the same one called Santa Fee with added steak.

“Oh I like the steak”

I tried the Special Seasonal Salad with Chicken.

It was packed with tasty walnuts, spiced fresh pears, cranberries and blue cheese in a fig vinaigrette.

“The Chicken is really good!”

We are very pleased with what we tried from Salad and Go!

For more information please visit


“We’re off to Cucina Tagliani in Glendale AZ”

Cucina Tagliani is an American/Italian family friendly restaurant with wait service and an official licensed dog friendly patio. I decided to get something different and got the “lasagna style” Baked Spaghetti Squash.

It looks like a heavy brick but actually the way they made it the baked squash seems very light. The squash is carefully held together and is nicely seasoned and blanketed with cheese and Alfredo Sauce  and surrounded in a pool of marinara. It’s very good I’ll get it again sometime.

“I’ll eat spaghetti squash” “I love spaghetti squash!”

“Only weird dogs eat spaghetti squash.” “Good thing my human ordered a side of chicken ($2.99) for us dogs (particularly ME). “I’d Forking Starve before I’d eat spaghetti squash.”

My husband got his usual “Papa’s Platter” that’s by far the best deal on the menu.

Veal Parmesan, Sausage Lasagna and two Spinach and Cheese Manicotti

“Man “O” man did I do Forking Good today at Cucina Tagliani!”

For more information please visit

“We’re on our way to Oscar’s Pier 83 in Glendale AZ”

Oscar’s Pier 83 is a casual seafood restaurant. The specialty is their fish and chips.

Oh No!!!!!!!

#Oh FORK!”

The patio is closed due to being rained on. I live only a short ride away and by my house it’s dry and sunny….Well that’s how it goes…here in mostly sunny Arizona…

I didn’t have a back up plan so we did take out.

Oscar’s Pier 83 has a whopping 4.5 star average on a popular review site from over 300 reviews. While I don’t agree that the 4.5 star average is truthful most of the food they serve is much better than fast food. Both me and my husband ordered the 2pc fish and chips. The cod seems fresh tasting and is flaky. The batter isn’t crisp due to being steamed from the take out package but taste like it was fried in clean oil. The fries taste how they look. Coleslaw is fresh tasting and very mild with flavor. I like that the cabbage is sliced very thin and that it’s not too drippy.

Both dogs enjoyed the fish with me.

For more information please visit

That was Dining with Dogs for January 2017.

We hope to see you next month!

The Forking Truth