Bread Pudding!

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White Chocolate Bread Pudding – Bazille (San Jose, California)

It still blows my mind how a restaurant inside Nordstrom can serve up such an amazing dessert.  Looks like their attention to quality/customer service isn’t just reserved for their merchandise.  This bread pudding was everything I needed it to be…soft on the inside, crispy caramelized on the outside.  The creamy decadence of white chocolate and raspberry sauce brought this dish to another level.  I could eat two of these in one sitting.  Shopping is exercise, isn’t it?

You Say Pizza, I say Focaccia

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Focaccia Prosciutto e Funghi – Bar Pasticceria alla Bragora (Venice, Italy)

I forgot the difference between a pizza and focaccia while in Italy, but I can’t forget how delicious this dish was.  Look at all that ham and those mushrooms, along with the cheese melted on top.  It’s enough to make you forget your own name.

Cappuccino

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Cappuccino – Torrefazione Marchi (Venice, Italy)

We discovered this espresso bar while wandering the streets of Venice.  Tiny and nondescript, it was easy to walk by entrance and not know the delights that lay within.  They roast their own beans and there is no seating available – a true espresso bar.  We came back to this one several times during our stay, enjoying our delicious and well-made espresso drinks standing up at the bar…just like the locals!

Little Goat

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Bulls Eye French Toast + Brandade & Belly – Little Goat (Chicago)

This lively diner made our hearts bleat faster ;)  The french toast was made with sweet onion brioche and topped with crispy fried chicken, strawberries and BBQ maple syrup.  The other dish was a savory concoction that featured brandade, pork belly, sunnyside up eggs, and kimchi on top of biscuits.  Everything was udderly delicious!

A Summer Soirée

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We were invited to a lovely dinner party at my bestie’s home. Her husband is a food genius who created a wonderful menu and culinary experience for us to enjoy (she was his trusty sous chef). His sister put together the stylish decorative touches that enhanced the ambiance for this event.

The menu included items such as braised lamb neck & polenta, vegetable chili atop cornbread, watermelon & feta salad, beer-battered fish, and other scrumptious dishes. Cocktails served were a bourbon-based strawberry-lemon-ginger mix and a twist on the whiskey sour, with a dash of plum wine. Dessert was a berry cheesecake parfait served in mason jars. Needless to say, this was an amazing evening!

Here are the photos from this delightful al fresco affair:
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Compliments to the Chef!

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