Friday, April 29, 2011

The Food Post, Part 1

I'm a foodie. I not only eat food to live but I live to eat food. Good food. Good healthy food. Usually the best healthy food is made right here at home but this post is about the good healthy food we find while out and about.

Husband and I are very loyal customers. We try many different restaurants and when we find a place that we like we visit frequently... so much so that some places upon us just walking into the establishment renders our food orders automatically placed with all the substitutions and special preparation methods we request to suit our healthy eating lifestyle. It kinda makes me feel like a rock star sometimes, I'm not gonna lie! =)

So, I decided to share with you the wonderful places we go and what we like to eat. If you're in the area, I suggest you give these places a try. The menus usually range from tame food items like chicken fingers and fries to somethings more adventurous like cheddar cheese ice cream. So you're bound to find something that meets your eating style requirements.

Crazy 8 Local Chow spots:

8. The Greek Wraps (75th Ave and Bell Rd) Granted I personally have never been to the middle east but I know good food when I eat it. Authentic or not, the food is totally worth the 20 minute drive on one of the busiest streets in NW Phoenix. We usually get the Chicken Shawarma (made with chicken thighs) then switched to the Original Chicken Kabob because it's made with chicken breasts and topped with veggies, garlic sauce, and hummus.

7. Babbo Italian Eatery (Reems Rd and Bell Rd) Really good modern Italian food. Not so heavy with the creams and the cheeses but enough to get us hooked in the first place. The menu is really impressive with loads of different dishes to choose from and they offer whole wheat pasta which is what gets my husband to go back. Now, my weak point is and always has been, SWEETS. So when I find a cakey, sweet creamy, coffee infused dessert I literally go weak in the knees. Babbo's tiramisu is so simple but ridiculously delicious I couldn't fight off the temptation to eat it the last time we were there.

6. Ben's Hot Bagels (Grand Ave and Bell Rd) This is a tiny little whole in the wall bagel shop and boy it is AMAZING! We go every Sunday morning as our once a week breakfast outing and switch to Friday mornings during Lent (because I don't eat meat on Fridays). They have fresh baked bagels every morning starting at 6am. We don't do empty carbs so eating a bagel is a real treat for us. Ben's Bagels have completely impressed us with their healthier options. Our Novas are prepared with a toasted whole wheat bagel, low fat cream cheese, onions, tomato and Nova Scotia smoked salmon.  We've tried many of their other bagels and haven't been disappointed. But this Nova is why we have been going back from almost 4 years.

5. Different Pointe of View (7th St and Tapatio Cliffs Dr) This place makes my head spin just typing about it- it's THAT good. Good sounds like a severe understatement when describing this restaurant. First off, it's not just your typical restaurant. This is a five star restaurant associated with the Hilton Hotel situated atop the Squaw Peak Mountain in Northern Phoenix. They have a five star staff who not only knows food and wine but actually enjoys playing a role in making this a great experience for their customers. This is the priciest place we've ever been to, I think, ever. But it's so worth it that we've been back more than half a dozen times in the two years it's been since we've discovered it. The menu changes slightly but their signature dishes are always available.

We start off with their Kobe short ribs which is prepared with wild mushrooms and a sweet blueberry sauce and the lobster bisque. Our main courses vary since eating here doesn't cater to our health what so ever, we like to try the most extravagant meal available.

Dessert is a time for us to explore as well but since we hardly ever eat dessert to begin with, I always have to fight the urge to settle for their expertly executed creme brulee. One of our friends was daring enough to try the cheddar cheese ice cream and he didn't even offer to share because he wanted it all to himself!

Sweet corn cake with strawberries and rhubarb

Panna cotta w/ Cuba Libre Ice cream

We made the mistake of hosting a birthday party here once and I think the overall experience was diluted because of all the chaos and the initial sticker shock of the food and wine. However, we do recommend this place for an anniversary or romantic birthday dinner. 

The Terrace Room image courtesy Tapatio Cliffs Hilton

Main dining room image courtesy Tapatio Cliffs Hilton

Well here you have our first half of our favorite places to dine and an idea of what we order. Stay tuned for part two of this post!

Thanks for viewing! Feel free to leave a comment below if you've enjoyed these places or if you have any suggestions for us to try!


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