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Aloha Friday Cocktails Overlooking Diamond Head

Happy Weekend,

 

ENJOY!

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El Charro Norte In Chino Valley

When we first moved to this area, we were renting up North, while our new home was being built.  Our friends who live up there took us to El Charro Norte, the sister restaurant to El Charro in Downtown Prescott on Montezuma.  We haven’t been to the place in town, but if it’s anything like Norte, we should probably go there too!

Let me first say that their Sangria is fantastic!  Also try the Skinny Rita.  Oh yeah, the food’s good too.

We ordered for the table a Taco Salad, a Guacamole Salad, Shrimp Taco, Chile Rellenos with beans and rice and a Roberto Burger.  Oh man, that was good!  We’ve gone back many times and have always had a great meal, fun times with our friends and a wonderful cocktail.  We’d like to go back this winter and sit on the outdoor patio with the fireplace and enjoy the countryside.

This is a little off the beaten path, but worth it.

For Real?

I’m not sure if you all remember that I had made flavored Vodka… my adorable husband thought that I was nuts, but Missus DF in Prescott as well a few of our other friends enjoyed it. I used very inexpensive Vodka and added fresh Cherries as well as another batch with fresh Raspberries… NICE!

Flavored Whiskey

Well, I was poking around again at the local supermarket and I found flavored Whiskey. Can you see the price on it? HOLY COW! $28.99 for a little more than a quart of hooch. I’ll stick with making my own thanks.

A Blast From The Past

I didn't know this stuff was till being made!

 

I was poking around in the market (no, we don’t have to go to a State Liquor store here in the middle of the desert) and look what I found.  I had no idea that they still made this stuff.  So I bought a JUG  and you know what?  I kinda liked it as a wine spritzer.

ALOHA!

Food Pet Peeves

I belong to an online chef’s forum, and I was reading a thread started on the small annoyances that non-foodies commit. What they were lamenting over was the little things that folks who are not died in the wool culinary experts do with their food. Well, I’m not saying, I’m just saying, I was a foodie from as far back as before there was such a word as foodie. And yet, I allegedly must irritate several people, because I could name a few no-no’s that I do.

So what's so wrong about this?

#1 – I don’t drink my wine from a proper vesicle.

and what's wrong with this too?

#2 – I eat my pizza, sometimes anyways, with a knife and fork.

if I'm not suppose to use these, then why are they on the table?

#3 – Keeping in the pizza theme, both DH and myself enjoy dried red pepper flakes, oregano and grated cheese on our pizza. The chefs feel that these ingredients should be added prior to cooking and not after. If that’s such a faux pas, then why the heck do all of the pizzerias that we go to have it on the table when you sit down?

I’m just sayin’, that’s all.

Aloha!

Taco Night Out

Sometimes, and I stress sometimes, my husband will give in and take me and my mother to eat Mexican food here in the middle of the desert.

On this outing, I offered mom the choice of restaurants and her pick was Blanco Tacos + Tequila.

YUM!

Even though DH says that he doesn’t care for Mexican foods, there are quite a few dishes that he will eat.

grilled mahi tacos with rice and corn

Three grilled Mahimahi soft tacos and instead of beans and rice, our super wait staff brought him roasted corn on the cob and their blanco rice. DH was happy with his dinner.

four mini hard shell tacos

Mom and I both ordered the special Summer menu of four mini tacos (oh and I added on a white sangria, thank you very much).

These were hard shell tacos stuffed with four different goodies. Chipotle shrimp, braised short ribs, guacamole and spicy ground beef.

We’ll be back!

Do You Have To Drink Wine From A Fancy Pants Glass?

Something Different To Take Home

I say NO, my friends and neighbors.

For many years, well, as long as we lived in Hawaii anyways, we did not  have an automatic dishwasher, I washed everything by hand. One time I was washing a stemmed wine glass and it broke in my hand and gave me a nasty gash, three stitches worth. My dearest husband went out and bought me what he said his family always drank wine from, little juice glasses if you will. You know the ones that you get your chianti in when you go to those cute American-Italian restaurants with the red and white checkers plastic table clothes. I love it!

my last wine glass of a set DH gave me years ago

I still have one of them left after all of these years.

Wine Glasses don't always have to have stems

Recently I added a new one. I found this at Crate & Barrel. It was a bit rich for my blood, but really adorable.

There’s a set in a catalogue that we get that I hope Santa brings me.

ALOHA!