After meeting Nicole for coffee earlier in the week, she was sweet enough to invite me to an Arizona blogger group dinner. I was so excited to meet new people while trying out a delicious meal that I quickly said yes. The pre fixe menu looked amazing.
For restaurant week we were able to choose an appetizer, second course and dessert. If you paid a little extra you also received a wine pairing with each dish. Several of us went that route, myself included. I’m guessing you’re not surprised.
For my appetizer I chose the goat cheese salad, which was comprised of fried goat cheese tossed with mixed greens, tomatoes, peppers and walnuts in a champagne vinaigrette. It was paired with a white wine called Araldica Gavi, and the combination was very tasty.
For my main dish, I chose the lamb burger, which was served on a brioche bun, topped with Humbolt fog cheese and drizzled with truffle oil. The burger was insanely good, a melt-in-your mouth kind of meal that I couldn’t get enough of. The fries would have been better if they were sweet potato but overall, I was very happy with my choice!
The wine pairing with dinner was an Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon, by far my favorite of the night.
For dessert, I chose the cranberry bread pudding, which was served with a Noval Port. While I just can’t get into port wine, I could definitely enjoy the bread pudding. Picture a perfect balance of warm, crumbly muffin filled with chewy nuts and cranberries, then topped with fresh whipped cream and caramel. Two thumbs way up.
The entire group agreed that Cheuvront was a hit. I had such a great time getting to know these ladies and look forward to getting together again soon! Clockwise from the left: Nicole, me, Megan, Robin, Emily, Remy and Ari.
One other exciting thing that happened over the weekend: we made our first offer on a house!
We went out for a celebratory drink afterward. Even though there is still a long road ahead, we’ve taken the first step and we’re excited to see where we end up. Both Bobby and I love this house but are doing the “I’m trying not to get too attached” dance.
Side note: Papago Orange Blossom is an amazing beer. This description may sound appealing to some and not so to others, but it literally tastes like an orange vanilla creamsicle in beer form.
One last question…
Did anyone see last night’s football game?!
I still can’t believe it. I know Seahawks fans who say the Packers were the true winners. Even though I’m biased, I can honestly say that I have never seen such a crazy – read: wrong – call decide the outcome of a game like that. It was madness. Can the refs please come back now?