Greetings Foodies,

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Enjoy every bite,
Foodie the Kid

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Truly Tasteful

    Owned by Keanne and Sigret Thompson, The Tasteful Kitchen is the newest vegetarian restaurant in town. The place is a little hard to find when driving down Stone Ave, but at night you find it because of the lights on a tree. The parking and entrance is in the back. The entrance looked so welcoming and friendly like you were about to ask your neighbor for a cup of sugar. Inside the walls were covered with art from local artists in town. There weren't many tables probably about 7.
Even though it was so small you did not really notice the other people in the place.   When we sat down we were treated to some sunflower seed pate. Is was great and went well with the jicama and carrot sticks. The service was nice and so was the waitress (Keanne).
     Next my Mom and I had some complimentary Creamy Carrot and Avocado Soup ($5) which came with a lime and sunflower seed crackers which were made from dehydrated sunflower seed pate. The soup tasted like Campbell's Tomato Soup's more successful older brother.  It was sweet, creamy, and had a little bit of a bite to it. Also it went really well with the lime.
     After that my Mom and I got our Entrees. My mom got the Grilled Portabella Mushroom Sandwhich ($12), which came with a salad. The bread on the sandwhich was good  and the portabella mushrooms were grilled to perfection! The salad went well with the sandwich. The salad had the right amount of vinaigrette. I got the Butternut Ravioli Stack ($12), which also came with a salad. It was dehydrated butternut squash cut paper thin with sunflower seed spinach "ricotta", basically the sunflower pate with spinach, in between. The stack was great, but just a little bit difficult to cut though. There was dehydrated carrots and beets in the salad which gave it a sweet crunchiness to the salad. I also had some lemony undertones to it too.
     For dessert we had the Decadent Carrot Cake ($6). It was honestly the best carrot cake I ever had. It was so moist and rich, and the reason why is the pineapple. It also came with a candied carrot on top, which was a nice touch. The waitress said said it was a family recipe and the owners mother makes all the desserts.
     Come to The Tasteful Kitchen if you want to do yoga, take a vegetarian cooking class, hear a lecture or just enjoy the culinary experience.

The Tasteful Kitchen                           Hours:
722 N. Stone Ave.                                 Wed-Sun 5pm-9pm     
(520)-250-9600                                      * make reservations

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Navy Meals

     Started by a retired Navy Seal, Trident Grill is the one of the main U of A hangouts and secret lair to all of the Redskin fans of Tucson. It has a very homey, chill, vibe to the place, but when there is a game on it must be super loud with all the whooping and the hollering. The walls are covered in seals, flags, badges, and uniforms.
     The menu was a little limited but full of good options. We got the Maryland Blue Crab Cakes ($9) and the Mac-N-Cheese ($5) as our appetizers. The crab cakes were presented with tridents made out of thousand island dressing. They were dense and had a little bit of a smoky element. Then there was the mac and cheese, it was probably the best macaroni and cheese I ever had. Cheesy doesn't begin to describe this. It was cheese, upon cheese, upon cheese. The helping was large and great,  It could of even been offered with ham.My Mom got the New England Clam Chowder ($4.50), the helping was generous and the bacon that came with it was a nice touch. She also got the Green Chili Turkey Melt ($9) which was a bit dry. Next time she vows to get some additional Thousand Island dressing on the side. The onion rings she chose were good too.
      I, Foodie the Kid, got the Chesapeake Bay Burger ($9), it was juicy, but yet very dense. The grilled onion added a nice and interesting texture to the burger. The Old Bay seasoning was a nice touch with the burger and with the waffle fries.
     For dessert, we Shared the Chocolate Cake ($4.50). For a dessert that was not home made it was very good and chocolaty.
     Come swing by when you want to throw your hunger overboard.

Trident Grill                                            Hours:
2033 East Speedway                      11 am-2am Daily
(520) 795-5755

Sunday, January 15, 2012

From Bisbee with Yum

     From an old Pizza Hut to a swanky diner, Bisbee Breakfast Club churns out yummy breakfast and lunch options all the way from Bisbee. I heard about the place from my Mom. She often sees it driving up and down Ina Road during work. When I took my Mom, the place was packed!
   They had several of the basic breakfast options like pancakes, omelets, and waffles. My mom and I decided to divide up the menu. She got breakfast and I got lunch.
    My mom got the Corned Beef  Hash & 2 Eggs ($7.59) which is standard, yet hearty and flavorful.  She was impressed with the biscuit.  It was gigantic!  Because of it's size she expected it to not be fully cooked.  It was actually cooked to perfection!
     I got the Gooey Louie ($7.99) which is a burger with sauteed onions and mushrooms, topped with bacon and Swiss cheese, and with a Jim Beam sauce. When you think gooey, you think cheesey, not saucey, but the sauce was really good. The sauce also went well with the crispy bacon.
    We decided to share a Sticky Bun (it was on special). Because of it's size it took longer for us to eat.  It obviously had been microwaved because those last few bites were a bit chewy.
    I got the chance to take a tour of the kitchen. The manager, Terry Kyte, and all of the chefs were really nice and also responsive to my feedback about the sticky bun.
    Stop in for a bite at the Bisbee Breakfast Club when you're driving down Ina Rd today.

 Bisbee Breakfast Club                                      Hours:                            
 4131 W. Ina Rd.                                             Mon-Sun 6am-2pm
 (520) 579-7495

Sunday, January 8, 2012

A Tasty Thai Roller Coaster Ride

     Thai China Bistro is one of the newest Asian restaurants in the Old Pueblo. I went there with a fellow foodie friend, Jason, and the place looked stereotypical Asian with the paper laterns, vases, Chinese woman statue, and all. When you go up to order there is a humungous menu board with pictures of food and bamboo. The menu had the essential Chinese food options like Orange Chicken ($6.00) and Egg Rolls ($2.59). Jason and I mainly got Thai food.
     After a short period of time, we got our Vegatable Summer Rolls ($2.99) which were well plated.  The rice paper was just right, gummy but not super gummy. The Summer Rolls were on the verge of too healthy with all the vegetables; if it had anymore cilantro, I would have left it on my plate. There was a sauce that came with the summer rolls; it tasted sorta like a duck sauce.                                   
     Next we got our entrees: Jason got the Chicken Pad Thai ( $5.99) which was coated with a special "secret sauce".  Jason tried to figure out what the sauce was made out of. He said it must be a base of vegatable stock with some sort of fruit element thrown in there. It really tied the meal together. The rice noodles, bean sprouts, and green onion were cooked well.
     I got the Chicken Pad Prig Sod ($5.99) which came with a special ginger sauce. The sauce tasted liked a deluxe version of soy sauce. One of the chefs told me that all the vegetables and meats are all freshly cooked and cut which you could tell by how tender the chicken was and how green the vegatables were.
     What we got for dessert was Fried Oreo Cookies ($3.99) and Green Tea Ice-Cream ($2.99). The cookie was an Oreo cookie wrapped in tempura, fried, and drizzled with a little honey. It was a chocoholic's dream. The cream was  light and fluffly and the cookie part was super chocolatety. Typically, when I have green tea ice-cream it doesn't partically wow, but this one caught me by surprise! This one was made from Japanese green tea it was thick creamy and topped with a cherry. It wasn't over powering. It was like a coffee ice-cream but green and better and was a good end of
our meal.
     Check out this flavor roller coaster ride when you're on Grant Road sometime.

Thai China Bistro
5121 E. Grant Rd.
(520) 325-5185