Friday, June 24, 2016

8 Bit Brewing is a Good Bet

Murrieta - The best part about summer break is getting to sleep in and drink beer for breakfast.  This is exactly what I did today.  With no plans or appointments, I slept late and made lunch plans with my husband at 8 Bit Brewing in Murrieta, Ca. 

Though my husband and many friends had been here before, this was my first time to the newish brewery located in the industrial district of southwest Murrieta.  I was very impressed with the vibe and décor, modern gray tones mixed with warm wood accents.  The unique distressed metal slab bar top was a favorite of mine.  As were the Pacman inspired beer labels and brewery logo.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Video Recipe: Roasted sweet peppers stuffed with feta and cream cheese

This is a very simple and quick video recipe for making stuffed sweet peppers. A wonderful appetizer for graduation parties and other summer fun, this is sure to please most everyone at your shindig. This is a gluten free and vegetarian recipe, but most folks will never know the difference because each bite is packed with cheesy good flavor! 

Don't hesitate to share this video with friends and family who you think would like it.

-Bill and Jeney

Monday, February 22, 2016

Lunchtime at Giada in The Cromwell Las Vegas

Giada at The Cromwell Las Vegas

Right in the heart of the Las Vegas strip lies newly remodeled and renamed, The Cromwell Hotel and Casino.  Beautiful and contemporary, this boutique hotel and casino is a classy step above its more garish neighbors.  The Cromwell also plays host to Giada De Laurentiis’ first sin city restaurant simply titled, Giada.

Giada takes up most of the street side second floor with enormous open air windows with views to the busy street life below.  The dining room is light and airy, decorated in creams and whites with pops of red and orange.  In the bar, the television is set to classic films produced by none other than Giada’s father.  Classic, "King Kong" was running during our visit.

Also in the bar, a bartender by the name Gio who made my husband and I the most amazing drinks!  We originally ordered Bloody Marys, but they were out of mix, so we asked him to surprise us. Not only did the drinks taste amazing, but they looked beautiful too.  Mine was frothy and slightly sweet, garnished with a twisted lemon peel, the other was cool and clear topped with a perfect basil leaf.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

FOOD REVIEW: Guy Fieri’s El Burro Borracho in Harrah's, Laughlin Nevada

Nacho Average Taco Joint

My mother’s family is from the southwest.  As a child, she frequently made dinners for us that represented that influence.  I developed a love for Tex-Mex and Mexican food at a young age.  When I found out Guy Fieri had a Mexican restaurant inside Harrah’s Laughlin, I had to check it out.

Queso Casero Enchiladas
The shiny modern corner of the otherwise dingy casino, el Burro Borracho is fresh and inviting.  Popping with color and artwork on every surface, the atmosphere is as delectable as the food.  Upon sitting, we were informed that the giant piece of extraordinary artwork on the ceiling above us (yes, I said every surface) was a replica of the tattoo on Guy’s arm memorializing his sister.

Like any good Mexican food restaurant, fresh salsa and chips were brought immediately to our table.  Being a vegetarian, I personally did not want the first batch, as it was topped with freshly fried chicharrónes.  After just a quick word with the server, we were brought new chips sans pork.  From the menu, over half of the appetizers and all of the salads are vegetarian, but meat eaters will note that you can add meat to most of them.  It is Guy's restaurant after all.