Good morning from the Phoenix, Arizona airport! The past couple days have been so much fun — and so busy! I was in Arizona for a Thermador blogger event — they unveiled their awesome new cooking range, which I will now be pining away after forever. More details on that later!
It was my first time in Arizona and I wish I’d had some free time to explore and go hiking, but at least I was able to see this guy up close and personal:
Yikes! Wouldn’t want to get into a fight with him. I had a really strong urge to touch it, but I resisted ;)
I also loved all the palm trees — for some reason it didn’t occur to me that Arizona would have palm trees!
I have so much to share with you guys, but I’ll start with the FOOD! I have pictures from two delicious dinners that Thermador treated us to on Tuesday night and Wednesday night. The food was too good to not take pictures!
First up — Tuesday night! Thermador took us to a place called BLT Steak and the food was absolutely phenomenal. Everything was served to the table family style so we were able to have little tastes of everything — my favorite!
They started us off with these HUGE cheese popovers!
I was fascinated by how puffy these got. Apparently it’s all the eggs that make them fluff up like that? The inside was totally hollow! So good.
Next, we had a Blue Fin Tuna Tartare with avocado and a soy lime dressing.
I LOVE tartar and this one did not disappoint!
Next was a roasted beets, endive, apple, and crows dairy chevre cheese salad:
Then came the main courses! We had a grilled New York strip steak with green peppercorn sauce which I neglected to photograph apparently — probably because I was too busy eating it. SO delicious. I loved the peppery crust. Also on the menu was a roasted organic farm raised chicken with lemon rosemary stuffing:
I never order chicken at restaurants because I feel like it’s boring, but this was far from boring. It was probably my favorite thing they served us — so flavorful and juicy.
For sides, there was a potato gratin, green beans, and mushrooms (SO good):
My least favorite dish of the night was the green beans — they were basically drowning in butter. Boo!
Dessert was equally divine — a blueberry lemon meringue:
A honey crisp apple cake with vanilla ice cream:
And a peanut butter chocolate mousse with banana ice cream (AMAAAZING):
Yum! I left feeling full, but not stuffed. I love family style because you get to have a little taste of everything without overdoing it :)
Last night we had another dinner out courtesy of Thermador — I loved the dinners because it was fun to get time to chat with the other bloggers and the Thermador staff. We went to WildFish in downtown Scottsdale.
I had a great spot for food photography — right by the window! :) We started with some shared appetizers — a crispy cashew kung pao calamari, which was just okay — kind of heavy:
And these jumbo lump crab cakes with a chive remoulade sauce — SO good:
Next up was a simple mixed green salad — tasty and fresh.
Followed by our main course! I ordered the roasted chicken with roasted mushrooms because I still had it on the brain from the night before.
SO beautiful, right?! It was tasty, but not as delicious as the night before ;) What a difference natural lighting makes for food photos, though!
Our shared sides were asparagus and a twice baked potato:
And for dessert I had unpictured mixed berries with a little ice cream. The real dessert event was this flaming cake that the restaurant served Brooke, who was sitting at my table — it was her birthday yesterday! :)
Any dessert that can go up in flames gets my vote. Yum! Hope you guys enjoyed the food porn ;)
Time to hop on my flight — I’m connecting in Chicago and going on to Raleigh from there. I’ll be back later with more about what we did yesterday at Thermador — including pictures of their new range! It was pretty sweet, not gonna lie.
p.s. Did you guys see the unveiling of the new food pyramid which is actually now a plate? What did you think? I like it — I think it’s simpler and clearer. But we’ll see if it actually makes any difference in the health of our nation!