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A Destination Dessert Dining Experience

I am a dessert fan so when we visited Denver, there was no doubt that our lovely hosts had to take us to D Bar Desserts

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November 21, 2009 Posted by | Affair to remember, Gastronomic experience, Trips | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Pigs are not meant to Fly

last sunday, hubby and i decided we would check out the new eastwood mall to see what all the hype was about. we heard that the cinema was peachy and resolved to watch angels and demons there. we found only a couple of seats left at cinema 7 all of which were front row so we decided to just get seats at another hall.

cinema 7 was labeled ultra, although i dont exactly know why its called that as i lost interest in asking the girl behind the counter because she obviously was just interested in selling me our tickets already as she looked like she was too engrossed in her conversation with another ticket girl -dont you just hate it when people behind the counter are like that?! i did see that it only had a few seats as shown by the monitor when we tried to reserve seats. anyone know how different this cinema hall is from the others? lazy boy seats maybe?

anyway, when we entered cinema 4 we saw that it was much smaller than the ones we usually go to in rockwell. as i sat in our middle choice seats, i realized that the small cinema hall was very nice, red plush walls, seats that recline to a certain degree, and nice new floors! it was placed at the top of my list of where to see good movies.

after a satisfying trip to the cinema, hubby and i decided to have dinner, it was a toss up between mythai and flying pig and because the weather was too hot for spicy food, we decided to follow our carnivore instinct and headed to flying pig.

it had a laid back ambiance with quirky posters on the walls

we ordered sashimi because i was craving for raw fish

this was not exceptional really, the maguro was not the melt in your mouth kind, but hey, i ordered fish in a pork restaurant so i was very forgiving

the sashimi plate called a duo, had a teriyaki laden maguro portion which was…well, different definitely, but nothing i would crave for

we also ordered ilocandia carbonara, as hubby was craving for white sauce pasta

this was warm and creamy with a slightly unorthodox taste, we realized it was probably the the famous sausage from the north and hence, the name ilocandia carbonara…again, it was different but not a wow

for the main dish of the meal, we ordered a half slab of baby back ribs in honey and pomegranate basting with cheddar mashed potato on the side

the rack was meaty and the flavor tasty but it was not the fall off the bone i had imagined it to be. although it didnt really state in the menu “fall of the bone baby back”, i had just expected that it would be a standard. the dish was not bad but far from exceptional either.

now comes the saddest part of dinner…
i always want to try new restaurants’ desserts, but with the mediocre dishes hubby and i tasted, we decided to just make a safe choice of creme brulee (although ive heard, its not really easy to make this).

hmmm, looks good i thought, but the goodness just stayed in my thoughts…

the plain creme brulee was bready, full of holes and had water in it as if it had been in the fridge for quite some time *tearful*

the chocolate creme brulee had very coarse nuts on top of, again, a bready consistency of what was supposed to be creamy dessert, ive tasted better brownies…

and this last version had a hint of mango but i was just too sad to even care…

lets just face it, i guess pigs are not really meant to fly…

May 26, 2009 Posted by | Gastronomic experience | , , , , , | 6 Comments

je suis gourmand

since i am a person who appreciates good food (je suis gourmand), this restaurant at the ground floor of net one seemed like a good place for our post vday dinner!

hubby called for reservations which was well and good because as we were having our dinner the restaurant filled up all the tables as far as i could see. the place is cozy despite the fine dining flair. the waiters are well versed and were attentive to the needs of the gourmands at the restaurant. chef marc aubrey even made his rounds at the tables greeting the diners.

i was hungry from a whole day of doing my lecture and i knew what i wanted

roasted bone marrow with mushrooms

roasted bone marrow with mushrooms

ive never had bone marrow before aside from the greasy bulalo and so, to me this dish was a little subdued, heart attack tasting wise.  you can see the glistening rounded mush of bone marrow on the plate which was much more firm than the bulalo version and when eaten doesnt leave a greasy taste in your mouth.

hubby ordered his favorite gratinated french onion soup

so sorry for the lousy photo, the candle gave a flare and we just couldnt take another shot because we wanted to taste it already!!! it was pretty delicious but hubby said he still preferred the french onion soup at fridays in minneapolis because it had a thicker cheese top.

for the main course hubby ordered his staple

grilled lamb trio

grilled lamb trio

this dish is for lamb lovers, it includes lamb chops, tenderloin and marquez sausages. although i must warn you the sausages are HOT! as in spicy hot! he paired this with mapu red wine from chile.

i on the other hand went with my love for cheese

blue cheese linguini carbonara with roasted smoked bacon

blue cheese linguine carbonara with roasted smoked bacon

i loved my pick! the linguine was smothered in delectable blue cheese. it was so smooth and blended well with the smoked bacon and succulent prawns! this is a must try although i do warn you that the love for blue cheese is an acquired taste because of its strong taste and distinct odor. i paired this with french colombelle white wine which had a sweet fruity taste just right for me!

for our dessert i was torn between the creme brulee and the home made fresh grape sherbet

white chocolate and dried apricot creme brulee

white chocolate and dried apricot creme brulee

however the dried apricot gave the creme brulee the winning edge!

je suis stuffed!

February 17, 2009 Posted by | Gastronomic experience | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments