The title is a nod to the “before and after” category on Wheel of Fortune. I’m a proud game show nerd.
Though I admit to having a slightly irrational fear of flying (nothing a good cocktail can’t cure…) it is amazing that through the magic of air travel, I can be in Chicago for lunch and, four hours later, arrive in paradise for dinner with Mama Bender.
I’m in Arizona for the long weekend and excited to hang out with the fam. While waiting for my brother to finish his work at the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, my mom and I hit up True Food Kitchen for a “truly” delicious meal.
We kicked things off with a pair of Cucumber-Citrus Skinny Margaritas. These were made with Casa Noble Silver Organic Tequila, lime, fresh mint, soda and orange. They really hit the spot!
We decided to keep the “twin” theme with our meals, too, starting with a half bowl of miso soup made with wild mushrooms and scallions. By far one of the best miso soups I’ve ever had.
We also shared two appetizers: edamame dumplings with daikon radish and white truffle oil…
…and herb hummus with pita bread, tomato, onion and feta cheese. I honestly can’t say enough good things about each. The edamame dumplings were so unique (the stuffing was literally puréed edamame beans), and the hummus portion was generous, with perfectly toasted pita.
Last but not least, we each got a Mediterranean Chopped Salad, made with cucumber, olive, cherry tomato, quinoa, feta, Marcona almonds and lemon oregano vinaigrette. They gave us a generous portion so I took about half home with me. I can’t wait to eat it for lunch tomorrow!
Well…I suppose that wasn’t the last dish. Our waitress twisted our arms and we wound up ordering off the dessert menu, too. 😉 The Banana Chocolate Tart was incredible! It’s served over a mesquite flour crust, which gives it a nice smoky aftertaste, and is surrounded by crushed brazil nuts. Yum.
It was quite the welcome meal. When we arrived home, I was also greeted by these lovely pink roses!
Thank you for the valentine, Mama Bender. I’m excited to spend the weekend with you!
While I was at the airport, I snapped a picture of today’s #FebPhotoADay: phone. Remember these?
Do you have a favorite phone from your lifetime?
Might be an odd question, but I distinctly remember my hands-free Clueless phone and how much I loved being able to talk to my friends in a high-pitched squeal or low-pitched “man” voice.
I also loved my very first Nokia cell phone because of a little game called Snake.
Those were the days…