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Dining Out With Dogs in Metro Phoenix November 2017


Dining out with dogs is just a “Fluff” story about my dining adventure out with my dogs. This isn’t a full blown review. We usually go to casual eateries that aren’t too far from home. Many restaurants in Metro Phoenix do offer patio dining but not all patios are dog friendly. Even if a patio is certified Dog Friendly it is always a good idea to call the restaurant before your arrival to ask if it’s ok to dine with your dog because you never know if the patio is booked for a party or if the restaurant suddenly changed the dog friendly policy. I also find that it is always better to dine at off times because it’s better to avoid most people and most people’s dogs. Sometimes people have allergies or just don’t like to dine around dogs and sometimes other dogs get wild and bark at each other and you might be asked to leave. There are some rules to dining out with dogs. Dogs are not to eat off restaurant plates and not allowed to sit on restaurant furniture. Dogs should also be close to your side at all times. You also need to be aware that most food and drink you consume isn’t good for your dog. Much of the food you eat can be harmful or TOXIC to your dog. To be on the safe side try to just feed your dog plain lean meat without sauce. It’s a good idea to contact your veterinarian and get a Dog friendly food list or a list of foods to avoid.

Our first dining destination is Banh Mi Bistro Vietnamese Eatery in North Phoenix. This is a Pho-Free Vietnamese Eatery. The specialty of the house is The Banh Mi Sandwich on Vietnamese Style Baguette (wheat and rice flour roll) They also offer a nice selection of appetizers, salads, rice plates, noodle bowls and much more!

Today I got one of my favorites……The Vietnamese Style Chicken Curry with Rice.

This is different than Chinese and Thai Curry. It might be a little sweeter, it seems much lighter, thinner and refreshing. The white meat chicken is melt in your mouth tender. There is also some carrots and potatoes.

“Ummmmmm It’s very tasty and aromatic!”

“Lip smacking good!”

My husband got one of his favorites…..The Shaken Beef Banh Mi.

“The Beef is so tender and delicious…I think it’s tenderloin.”

“It’s just Forking Delicious!”

“More Please!” “We always enjoy our visits to Banh Mi Bistro Vietnamese Eatery in Phoenix.”


“Tonight we are on our way to Cucina Tagliani in Glendale AZ”

Cucina Tagliani is a casual family friendly American Italian Restaurant with an OFFICIAL Licensed dog friendly patio.

They also bring pans of water for the dogs comfert.

Tonight the dogs get to share my salad. I think the Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad that Tagliani’s serves is among the better salads in Glendale. The cheese they use is creamy and mild and the strawberries always taste fresh picked. Almond slices are toasted. Tonight the chicken is perfect. It’s nicely caramelized and juicy. The house made dressing is tasty.

Here might be a better picture of the salad.

My husband got the Papa’s Platter. He’s a BIG EATER and even for him it makes 2 1/2 meals.

It’s a Veal Parmigiana, a Sausage Lasagna and two spinach cannelloni’s.

“Ohhhh Can I have some?”

“Not till I get some first!” Haha!


“We are on our way to Salad and Go in Phoenix”

Salad and Go is a local growing fast food chain that specializes in Drive Threw Salads. Salad and Go offers about a dozen different salads. They also serve breakfast, smoothies, wraps and children’s meals. This is a drive threw restaurant without a dining room or restrooms but they do offer a dog friendly patio.

“What are we having?”

I went with the seasonal fall harvest salad ($7.29)

I got fresh greens, sweet potatoes, crisp apples, beets, candied pecans, feta cheese and champagne vinaigrette. The dogs get some sweet potato, apple and chicken.

“That smells pretty good to me!”

“We are ready for more chicken please!”


That was Dining Out With Dogs for November 2017.

We hope to see you next month!

The Forking Truth

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

My 2017 Visit to deseo restaurant at The Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale AZ


deseo is a modern upscale Latin Restaurant located in The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale AZ. They offer a separate bar, an open kitchen with rail seats available and a comfortable dining room.

I’ve been here several times and the food has always been amazing. Here are not all but a few of the dishes we tried at deseo.

A few years back at deseo I tasted a side dish that was made of red lentils, tomatoes, greens, almonds, dates, Spanish Cheese and stock. It left such an impression on me that I recreated my own version of a similar dish on my site. It was absolutely FORKING delicious!

We decided to visit deseo again and have found that some things have changed. The long time Chef has been replaced with another Chef and the new menu differs some. I wasn’t sure about going back after I heard this news but my husband is very optimistic and said to me that maybe deseo is even better now!

We started out by sharing a Hamachi Appetizer called Tiradito Nikkei.

This was a very good dish. Very balanced with truffle ponzu, cilantro, avocado and nori. You can’t see the little pearls of rococo chile. I was hoping that they’d be spicy but they really had little or no heat. Still it was a very nice very delicate balanced dish.

We shared a side dish called Pastel de Choclo. It was described as Peruvian Corn, cumin, Spanish Olives, cotija cheese and eggs.

I really don’t know. Both me and my husband found this dish not palatable. I think it’s possible that this dish is an acquired taste. I just couldn’t stand the taste and textures. It’s very difficult to describe. The Peruvian Corn is very chewy and the rest had a strange flavors that didn’t taste like food to me or my husband. Sort of like some sort of lumps of clay mixed with corn in my mouth. This dish hit both of us the wrong way. Could it was just be horrible????? or Maybe this dish is made correctly and is simply for an acquired taste? I DON’T KNOW!

For dinner I had the Wagyu Hanger Steak “Churrasco” Style.

This dinner was a very large portion. I think for most people this is two portions. The steak was developed with flavor and was mostly tender and covered with lots of sprouts. The Argentine Chimichurri was very mild and delicate. For me it didn’t have or add much flavor to the steak. But the potatoes were amazing. They had almost molten centers. The potatoes were my favorite part of the dish. The potatoes were delicious!

My husband tried the 24 hour Wagyu Short Rib also covered with lots of sprouts.

The Beef was very tender and lacked rib fat. The meat was prepared in a SousVide were it sat in a water bath for 24 hours. It had a black garlic flavor to it. Neither of use tasted the jalapeño chimichurri this dish was suppose to have. The horseradish potatoes were too mild and almost didn’t taste like they contained any horseradish. I only had one bite and didn’t taste any horseradish. My husband said he didn’t taste any horseradish until he got to the last bite or two. (opened batch of horse radish?….or they ran out?…????)

In all my visits to deseo I never had room for dessert before. Since I had most of my dinner wrapped up I finally had room to try the dessert cigar.

WOW! What an AMAZING LOOKING Dessert! An edible (sort of) Match pack, a quality multi chocolate and chocolate mousse cigar, cream and gelato. The cigar itself was amazing. Fabulous!

A sweet ending.


My experience may differ from yours but on my visit that was mostly ok…… but also was a mix of some hits and some misses.

The Truth is that Every FORKING thing is subject to change and YOUR experience may or MAY NOT differ.

The Forking Truth

Dining Out With Dogs in Metro Phoenix AZ September 2017


“We’re Dining Out Today!”

Dining with Dogs is just a “Fluff” story on how it was taking my dogs out to eat. We usually go to casual places with patios. I do note that not every patio is dog friendly and you must find out in advance if it’s ok to bring your furry friend(s). There are some rules to dining with dogs. It’s very important that you don’t let your dog sit on the furniture like in the picture below.

Dogs also should be close by your side at all times and dogs shouldn’t eat off restaurant plates.

You also need to be aware that most of the food you eat can be harmful or toxic to your dog’s health. You need to get a list of dog safe foods from your veterinarian. Basically you can do alright if you just feed your dog small amounts of plain meat with the sauce removed. It would also be a good idea to bring a collapsible water bowl for your friend. I try to dine out with dogs at off times. That works out best to avoid as many people as possible because many people don’t like to dine around dogs. Another thing to try to avoid is dining out with other people’s dogs because the dogs might start barking and you might be asked to leave.

Now that we got that out of the way…. It’s been another very hot summer around Metro Phoenix and it just got bearable to dine out with dogs in Mid-September.

We headed out to Banh Mi Bistro Vietnamese Eatery in Phoenix AZ. BMBVE is a Pho-Free Vietnamese Eatery. They specialize in the Banh Mi Sandwich but also do offer many appetizers, salads, noodle dishes, rice dishes and MORE! Today I got one of my favorites – the Chicken Rice Plate. I enjoy the very flavorful marinated boneless chicken thigh that is always prepared with a tasty char and is brushed with an appetizing glaze. I also get a nice refreshing salad accented with some pickled vegetable, Steamed rice and a pork egg roll.

Chicken and Rice Plate

“We are big fans of Banh Mi Bistro Vietnamese Eatery” “We love everything we get to try here!”

Shaken Beef Banh Mi

www.BanhMiBistro AZ.com

The next weekend was unseasonably cool so we got to dine out again.

“WE are off to Pita Kitchen in Glendale AZ”

Pita Kitchen is a casual Greek/Mediterranean Restaurant in the Arrowhead section of Glendale AZ. Our favorite meal to order here are the Greek Salads. I like the Chicken Kabob topping best and I think the dogs like that one best too!

“! never had Greek Food before…..but something sure smells good!”

“Maybe you won’t like Greek Food Runt, you better leave it all for me”….”I hear Runts like olives. Maybe you better eat the olive and leave the rest for me.”

“Oh that Greek Food was Delicious!” “I can’t wait to go to Pita Kitchen again.”


That was Dining with Dogs for September 2017

Hopefully we’ll see you next month.

The Forking Truth

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

Lunching at Drexyl and Charr Restaurants – in Scottsdale AZ

Drexyl Modern American Restaurant - Scottsdale AZ

Drexyl Modern American Restaurant – Scottsdale AZ

Drexyl ModernAmerican Kitchen and the recently opened Char Bar and Kitchen are two of many nice places you can dine at. Recently we enjoyed a revisit and had a nice leisurely lunch at Drexyl Modern American Restaurant in Scottsdale AZ. They offer an all day menu of mostly American Food with some international influences. The  atmosphere is a mix of Modern and Classic and old fashioned music plays in the background.

At the time of this review  Drexyl is open for lunch during the week. (call them to be sure..everything is subject to change).

We started with a special appetizer of Crispy Korean Chicken Sliders.


It was bigger than I was expecting and could have been a whole meal for one person.  My sandwich was so tasty. The crust on the chicken was shatteringly crisp and had Asian Seasoning in it and was topped with a small dap of slightly spiced chile mayonnaise, charred slaw and pickled radish sprouts. The slider was mighty satisfying and delicious. For my taste it could have been bold and spicy but still the slider was delicious!

For Lunch I had the House Smoked Salmon Cobb Style Salad.


Everything was fresh, The House Smoked Salmon was gently smoked, tomatoes were ripe and sweet, the caramelized onions were unexpected but somehow added another flavor and texture and it all worked together with some sort of mild kind of blue cheese.

My husband had the Prime Dip.


It was made with flavorful slow roasted ribeye and topped with caramelized onion, swiss and havarti cheese. They put a mild light spread on the bread that contained a little horseradish. My husband asked for a little plain horse radish to add in because he likes horseradish.  The side salad was a little special with candied pecans and the au has was laced with rosemary.

For more information please visit www.DrexylUSA.com

Char Kitchen and Bar recently opened in Scottsdale AZ (near The Drexyl)

Char offers American Food with Mediterranean and European Influences in a sort of Modern Farm House like atmosphere.


We decided to start with Chicken Lollis.


The nicely manicured chicken was topped with pomegranate harrisa BBQ sauce, pickled onions and feta cheese. The harrisa was used very sparingly because it wasn’t noticeable but still these chicken lollis were scrumptious.

For Lunch I had the small size Santorini Salad with added Charred Chicken.


I thought for a small size salad it really was pretty big and packed with fresh vegetables and this perfectly Charred Delicious Moist Chicken. Besides the chicken what made this salad special was the uncommon Pink Goddess Dressing..(P.S. don’t tell but it’s made with Beets)

My husband had the Choban Lamb Burger.


He said it was really great with what he thought were Greek Seasonings and the Charred Tomato Chutney. The patty was cooked how he requested and the peppery arugula and tangy feta made the sandwich a party in the mouth. Fresh made fingerling potatoes were on the side that had very creamy interiors and were tasty with crispy fried herbs.

For more information on Char please visit www.CharKitchen.com

Drexyl Modern American Kitchen and Char Kitchen and Bar…Just Two of the many Nice Restaurants in Scottsdale AZ!

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Christopher’s and Crush Lounge in Phoenix AZ is WORTH a FORK


Christopher’s and Crush Lounge Restaurant is located in the Biltmore Out- Door Fashion Mall located near Macy’s in Phoenix Arizona. This is a contemporary restaurant with a French Accent. The Chef/Owner was formally trained in France and has earned a James Beard Award. The atmosphere is a mix of sophisticated and classic. Tables are dressed in linen with heavy silverware.

They started us out with crusty baked in-house baguette and some salted butter. The butter taste usually good to me and is studded with flakes of salt. It’s unlike any butter I had before and I just want to keep eating it with that crusty baguette but I stopped at one serving so I could enjoy dinner.

My first course of three was Salad of House Smoked Salmon with Squid Ink Brioche and Edible Cheese Spoon. (YES the SPOON is Edible)


The Salmon was sliced razor thin with expert precision and just melted in my mouth. A fun and whimsey masterfully made cheese spoon also adorned my plate. Everything went together well. This plate was so elegant.

My husband had the Cassolette of Mushrooms with Port Wine Sauce.


I had a little taste of the mushroom and it seemed special. It was different than I was expecting. The Mushroom picked up an unexpected flavors that were very good.

Sole with Chive Sauce and Radishes were highly recommended from out waiter so I went with that.


The Sole was prepared to perfection as it was moist light and flakey. The fish reminded me of Sole Meuniere but was lighter and with a Chive Twist. The cooked radishes are also a nice light vegetable that you don’t get too often with dinners. They are almost sweet and not so peppery like a raw radish. This was a great plate and reminded me of dinners I’d have in California Wine Country or a nicer restaurant in Las Vegas.

My husband had the Sautéed Duck Breast with Sherry Sauce.


He said it was really great and more delicious duck than from the last several places we had duck at.

We shared the dessert plates.

A yummy cheese plate served with a basket of toast.


And This AMZING Lemon Tart Plate


The Lemon Tart had that PERFECT lemon bite in a very light but rich tart base held together with a thin and tasty crust in berry sauce. This was really great. The Lemony Ice was eye-opening with flavor and presented in a detailed edible light shell. This is among the best desserts I had anywhere.

Service was professional.

Wine pairings were PHENOMENAL.

Everything exceeded my expectations and the Chef thanked us for coming.

Christopher’s and Crush Lounge in Phoenix AZ is certainly WORTH A FORK!

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

You would travel across town to dine here.

For more information please visit www.ChristophersAZ.com

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Viet Kitchen in Phoenix AZ is Worth a Fork


In a strip mall in what’s considered to be North Phoenix is a little gem of a Vietnamese Restaurant called Viet Kitchen. The inside is decorated with traditional Vietnamese Furnishing.


I thought the Vietnamese Fixtures were interesting.


I’ve been here several times and so far have found everything I tried fragrant and flavorful. The white meat chicken and the beef here were moist and tender in every dish I tried so far.

This Vietnamese Restaurant offers plates that I haven’t seen on other Vietnamese Menus. For instance they offer interesting salads that I have to try next some of the salads are made with lotus root stems, jackfruit and banana blossoms. I also noticed that this restaurant prepares their own banh mi also called baguette rolls fresh baked in-house.


Phoenix Magazine named Viet Kitchen in the top 5 Global Cuisine Restaurants of Phoenix.

On my most recent visit to Viet Kitchen we decided to start with the Beef Summer Rolls.


Not only are the summer rolls generous in size they are generous with flavors. The beef just melts in your mouth like butter and were infused with aromatics and a slightly charcoal taste. The thin rice flour wrappers are also stuffed with crunchy vegetables and a good amount of refreshing herbs. Fish sauce is on the side for dipping. These Summer Rolls are tastiest I ever had anywhere. This is a MUST GET DISH!

For dinner I had the Curry Banh Mi. I thought Curry Banh Mi would be a sandwich but it was curry with the baguette on the side. The translation of Banh Mi is something like baked bread. I did have options of rice or noodles but went with the bread.


The Banh Mi was fresh baked in-house and had a crisp exterior and a soft center and was cut just so for dunking in the curry sucking it up like a sponge tasting good in the mouth. The curry contained moist infused white meat chicken with carrots and potatoes. The curry was very aromatic with Thai Basil. It was sweet and spicy and just delicious with coconut milk. It was very flavorful and the flavors were very balanced.

My husband had the Viet Kitchen Fried Rice.


The Viet Kitchen Fried Rice contained beef, chicken and shrimp. I didn’t try it but my husband enjoyed it and said we should come here more often.

Other dishes we tried here were…..


Vegetable Pho


Hot and Spicy – my husband’s favorite dish here so far.


Chicken and Greens




Chicken and Cabbage Salad


Spicy Stir Fry

I’ve been pleased with everything I tried from Viet Kitchen. Service has always been efficient.

Viet Kitchen is 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.

You most likely aren’t going to drive across town to dine here because you already have a favorite Vietnamese Restaurant that prepares Pho the way your used too….. But if your in the area you might want to give this place a try because they have something different to offer.

For more information on Viet Kitchen of Phoenix AZ please visit www.VietKitchenAZ.com

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People in Metro Phoenix AZ are too Forking LAZY to Return Shopping Carts


It doesn’t surprise me that People in Metro Phoenix AZ are too Forking Lazy to Return Shopping Carts. Travel and Leisure Magazine listed PHOENIX AZ as the second RUDIST City in the U.S. I see examples of this almost every day. Besides people who don’t return shopping carts I notice car drivers don’t slow when they see pedestrians instead they speed up. Not all but some bicyclist use the sidewalks also not slowing or stopping for pedestrians instead of using bike lanes like they should. Everyday I have to jump off a sidewalk when I’m with my dog. NOT ALL!…. but many people in Phoenix really are rude! I don’t know why but I think it’s the heat that makes people different here. You also sure don’t hear the beautiful warbling of birds here like you hear back east maybe because even the birds are cranky and just squawk. I guess people are the same. People in Arizona are rude and maybe cranky too.

My least favorite thing about shopping is parking. Where can I park where someone won’t plant a forking shopping cart by my car? Every forking time I go grocery shopping or to a store I see someone too lazy to return a shopping cart. I understand that for the elderly or handicapped it might be too straining to return a cart but that is only a small percentage of people….UNLESS I’m at Trader Joes…yikes it’s chalk full of Sun City Seniors….but honestly I haven’t noticed much of a cart return problem at Trader Joe’s….Just every where else…ummm.


This forking “CART-HOLE” …. my term for people too lazy to return shopping carts…… is only steps away from a cart return and still left the forking cart by my car. (the white signs in photo are cart returns)


Here is were a BUNCH of people got the same forking idea to avoid the cart return that is only a few spots down.


The laziness of Cart-Holes in metro Phoenix AZ is polarizing. I’d be ashamed to leave a shopping cart like that. What happened to do on to others as you would like to have done to you?

I guess Cart-Holes are everywhere. I do recall before I moved here back east in Pennsylvania Not all but most of our local supermarkets had this little device attached to the carts where you needed a quarter to use a shopping cart and that paid for the lock to release so you could use the cart. You only got your quarter back if you returned your cart to the cart return by locking the cart in place thus- releasing your coin.


I often wonder why we don’t have the same sort of system here in Phoenix where it’s really needed.


Even at Pet Food Markets people are CART-Holes!

Phoenix is different. Cart-Holes is almost all you see.


Look here! TWO Forking carts on either side of the cart return. I can’t believe those people are to lazy or uncaring to return the carts when they are that FORKING CLOSE.

The one thing worst than a cart-hole is a Forking cart-hole that leaves their forking trash in the cart. They are forking cart-holes that leave their forking trash in the cart besides not putting the forking cart back.


I Forking hate Cart-Holes!


Here’s a Cluster-FORK of CART-HOLES! ……..What a sight.


Look how forking close this cart is to the cart return. What a forking lazy CART-HOLE!


The Salut to Cart-Holes.

People in Metro Phoenix AZ are too Forking Lazy to Return Shopping Carts.

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My Visit to The Desoto Central Market in Phoenix AZ

The Entrance

The Entrance

The Desoto Central Market opened in April 2015. It opened as a Food Court with few counters of food. The local Arizona Republic Newspaper reported back in 2015 that in the coming months McClendon’s Select Produce, a Butcher Shop and a Bakery were soon to come. I thought that this sounds GREAT! McClendon sells produce. A butcher Shop and a good bakery would be awesome too! However as luck would have it at the time of my visit these places and other local venders haven’t materialized. WTFork? How could this happen in the busy section of Downtown Phoenix AZ with walking distance to the light rail???? This should be a hustling bustling place like the Famous Reading Terminal in Philadelphia.

Appond entering this was the first thing I saw.


An open Machine Age looking Coffee Bar that looked empty at lunch time. It forking reminds me of a movie. I think it was called something like “The Time The World Stood Still.”

I keep walking and pass a small table with raw oysters, a burger window and then I hit my destination called The Larder +The Delta.


The Chef of this establishment formally worked at The Bolder’s Resort in Cave Creek AZ as executive Chef. I tried the food there it was Amazing.  Later this chef moved on to a Down Town Phoenix Hotel and was the Executive Chef at the Blue Hound also making a Big Splash in the Metro Phoenix Culinary world serving up Outstanding delicious food. I was hoping for inspirations today and had dreams of tasting some of the best food this area can offer.

The Bar was set very high and so were my expectations.

I thought that this was going to be really good.

To my surprise the menus I read on-line were not the same and only lured me here like bait.

That's Forked up!

That’s Forked up!

Oh! Goodie…. goodie….. joy and oy.

As wonderful as breakfast burritos, muffin sandwiches and omelet’s can be these are not plates of food I would travel across town for. Nothing is wrong liking that kind of food……but it’s just me and I don’t get excited about breakfast food. When I do eat breakfast food I only eat it at breakfast time not lunch time. Besides the breakfast plate choices they were also offering a Chili Dog and a Chicken Skin Sandwich.

You might not believe me about the chicken skin sandwich but IT’S THE FORKING TRUTH. I note that the chicken skin sandwich might be very good but it’s not what I’m looking for because I like chicken meat with the few times I eat chicken skin. I also note the the hot dog might have been house made and extra high quality but wasn’t something I wanted to eat. Again I don’t travel across town to eat breakfast burritos, French Toast, Eggs or Muffin Sandwiches either.

Fortunately there was one dish that interested me.


It was Cauliflower – pickled celery – smoked ewe’s bleu – and local Homeboy’s hot sauce. It was like what angels would eat if they ate chicken wings. The cauliflower had the lightest crispiest crust. This was tangy, mild spicy, pickled and creamy textured cauliflower that was cut with a scant amount of cheese. It was more delicious than I can make it sound. My husband and I shared it and then we ordered food next door at Adobo Dragon.


The Adobo Dragon serves up a very limited menu of sort of Asian and Latino fusion inspired food. We decide to share a Bao (steamed stuffed bun) Combination Plate of two Bao that comes with a side salad.


We decided to start with the Fish (salmon) Bao. It sounded very interesting and was made with guava chili jam and wasabi huancaina (wasabi cheese sauce). I took a bite. I liked that the bread was fresh made and hot and steamy but the fish inside……


wasn’t spoiled but tasted very fishy.


There wasn’t much fish in the whole Bao and my half was even smaller. A piece of fish fell out of the sandwich and I didn’t even bother to put it back in. But even with all the interesting sounding sauces couldn’t mask the fishiness of the fish in this sandwich.

We bravely go on to try the Chicken Bao.

It was described as grilled chicken, mango salsa, and chimichurri.

Another nice hot steamy bun. Chicken wasn’t awful but it wasn’t good either. Dry and pretty much tasteless chicken. The major taste of this sandwich was something like mango jam. It was very sweet.

My husband was sort of angry that I suggested visiting the Desoto Central Market.

God this forking sucks!

God this forking sucks! Why the FORK did you suggest this Sh*T Hole.

We walk around and don’t see much.


We see an empty community room, a mostly empty dining room and an empty area where the butcher and produce was suppose to be.

Then we go upstairs. I found the restrooms and a whole bunch of nothing but got views of some people dining below.


Then we leave.


And see more nothing.

I do note that I did my visit to Desoto Central Market on a Saturday. I sure hope that they are busier during the week.

For more information of the Desoto Central Market please visit www.DesotoCentralMarket.com

That was my visit to Desoto Central Market in Phoenix AZ

I do note your experience may differ.

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I Forking Pigged Out at The Salty Sow’s Brunch Buffet in Phoenix AZ

The Menu

The Menu

I Forking Pigged Out at the Salty Sow’s Brunch Buffet in Phoenix AZ. This buffet was NO slop like most buffets. Oh Lardy this was mindfully sourced hand crafted contemporary farm house fare.

The atmosphere is sort of industrial modern with comfortable low booths and mostly high top booths. They also offer a large outdoor dog friendly patio. (Gosh my dogs would have been in HOG Heaven if they got some buffet too)

The Salty Sow offers drink specials for brunch. $5.00 build your own bloody mary’s at the Bloody Mary bar. They give you a glass with vodka and ice and then you top it with a choice of three different tomato juices, Toppers like bacon, hot peppers, cheese filled olives and a variety of many hot sauces, Worcestershire, horseradish lemons and limes. The other drink special is the $4.00 champagne mimosa.


Got my plate and looked around trying to decide on where to start.


They didn’t use regular buffet pans and most things stayed hot in fiery cast iron pots and pans.


Got my first plate.


I squealed with delight when I tasted the sweet, sticky, crunchy, flavorful boneless fried chicken. Gosh it was really forking good. I put it over a waffle. Didn’t need the waffle but I thought I should eat it that way. Middle left on the plate is Buttered Rainbow Trout Almondine, Middle right on the plate is Fried Green Tomatoes with guacamole. That was very unique usually fried green tomatoes are served with pimento cheese. The tomatoes were crunchy and seemed grease free. On the right side of plate are beets with whipped goat cheese and pistachios. WOW what a great first plate!

Here goes my second plate.


On the far left corner is Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad. I could tell they made the dressing and it was very good and just the way Caesar should taste. In front of the salad is Cheese Grits, next to the grits is Cauliflower and rice Casserole, followed by jumbo asparagus and Prime Rib Hash.

Now I have to take a little break because I’m full.


There are plenty of dishes I didn’t get to try and my husband helps himself to a third plate.

Some of the dishes I missed were the Porcetta, The baked Skillet Egg Dish, Poached Eggs dish. Pork Chile Verde, Pancakes, Bagels, Yogurt and Fresh Fruit.


We shared some sweets. My favorite was the lemon scone. It was sweet but balanced with lemon and salt. In the middle was something they called bread pudding but it was more like French Toast with chocolate and bananas.

What sets this buffet apart from other buffets in the same price range or even slightly higher priced buffets is the freshness and quality of the foods served. Everything was hot and fresh made. Nothing was just sitting around getting old.


I Forking Pigged out at The Salty Sow’s Brunch Buffet and I don’t mean to boar you but I will forking do it again.

The Salty Sow’s Brunch Buffet is Worth a Fork!

Worth a Fork..... You might Travel across Town to Dine Here because they offer something different you can't find at most places.

Worth a Fork….. Outstanding Value and Fresh Tasty Food for (at this time) $18.95 a person (I wouldn’t be surprised if the price goes up)

For more information on the Salty Sow please visit www.SaltySow.com

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Machete Azteca Estilo DF -Phoenix AZ- Mexico City Mexican Food – That’s Worth a Fork



On truck reads 4 locations but I only see three

On truck reads 4 locations but I only see three

Machete Azteca Estilo DF is a small very casual restaurant located in Phoenix Arizona.  It’s the kind of restaurant you might pass by unless you know about it and it’s on your radar.

Front of Restaurant

Front of Restaurant

This isn’t your typical Mexican Restaurant filled with Burritos, Fajitas and Chimichangas. This hole in the wall kind of restaurant offers Authentic Style Mexico City Food. That means Machetes, D.F.Style Antojitos, Caldos and Barbaloa and Mexican Beverages.

You won’t find fancy dining here by any means and the noise level was forking loud when we were there. Mexican Music is just blaring outside the building. Inside is Mexican Television blaring and you hear the music and television at the same time and this might make your head a little wonky. This place was also very busy and completely filled up when I was there and also had non-stop take out calls being placed.


I warn you that the menu is written in Spanish.



If you don’t know your Huaraches from your Caldos ordering can be a little tricky unless you look at the pictures.

Don’t worry you can sort of figure most of it out without the use of your cell phone.

The Specialty of the house might the Machete…the name sake. The Machete is a sort of Quesadilla that is a extremely large house made corn tortilla that comes in sixteen varieties. Some of the varieties are seldom found in any Mexican Restaurant that you try in Phoenix such as the Huitlacoche.  Also called Mexican Truffle or Corn Smut. Huitlacoche is diseased or infected corn but it’s prized for it’s woodsy, sweet, mushroomy flavor.

Below is the actual photo of a Huitlacoche Taco I had in Mexico.

Actual Corn Smut Taco from Mexico

Actual Corn Smut Taco from Mexico

Since I usually only eat Huitacoche in Mexico I decided I had to order it here.


This thing was so forking big that it can’t fit on a forking plate and comes out on a forking platter. It only cost (at the time of this review) $7.99 so I wasn’t expecting anything so large. I have to say this Machete was very tasty. It might look strange to you but the Huitlacoche was more interesting than some of the other huitacoche that I had before. This one had added sweet corn in it with various sizes of the kennels in the process of turning into huitacoche. I got more texture and more sweetness than I usually get from the huitacoche. They also filled the tortilla with a generous amount of melty mild white cheese. I whacked off a piece for my husband to try and took half home. I also had a chicken taco.


This is a very small street sized taco on double house made tortillas. I like that this taco seemed authentic style meaning without cheese. In the Jalisco area of Mexico that we visit every now and then cheese is not served on tacos. I was told in Mexico that cheese never goes on the tacos there and only Americans put cheese on tacos. This taco was very mild with flavor unlike a Jalisco Style Taco. The tortillas were very fresh and hot and tasted just like the fresh made white corn tortillas I tasted from a tortilla factory in Mexico.

My husband had the Huarache with Chorizo.


It’s like the Machete but open faced with different topping. My husband was delighted with this dish and really enjoyed the chorizo they used. He also had a Barbacoa Taco.


It’s a fresh tasting taco that’s simple with fresh lime to enhance. Both the Mexico City Style tacos (chicken and barbacoa) are more mildly seasoned than the Jalisco Style tacos that we enjoy in Mexico.

All the tortillas and sauces are all house made. This restaurant is NOT BIG on atmosphere but this isn’t  your average Mexican restaurant and offer authentic style food you can’t get at most places.

I’s ALMOST like taking a Trip to Mexican City Mexico!

Worth a Fork..... You might Travel across Town to Dine Here because they offer something different you can't find at most places.

Worth a Fork….. You might Travel across Town to Dine Here because they offer something different you can’t find at most places.

For more information on Machete Azteca Estilo DF in Phoenix AZ you can visit them on FaceBook.

The Forking Truth

The Forking Truth

You might might be interest to read about my last trip to Mexico just type in “The Jalisco Taco” in the search box