Last week Gus and I went to the Arizona BBQ Festival and enjoyed some great tastings.  There were BBQ tents and portable kitchens set up throughout the Salt River Fields in Scottsdale.  One of the best features of the event were the chef demos held throughout the day.  I attended two demos; the first being Chef Stephen Jones of Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails.  Each chef was to demonstrate how to make some type of “road kill”.  Chef Stephen chose an appetizer of  Frog Legs and it was delicious.  Since meeting him and a short conversation, I decided to also check out the restaurants website andRead More →

If you like good food, laughter, the sounds of exuberance and celebration, a mostly loud festive atmosphere then you will enjoy Osaka Japanese Grill in Mesa, Arizona at Power Road and US 60.   They specialize in Teppanyaki cooking  which is an entertaining dining experience where the food is cooked on a large hot griddle.  Everyone seats around the Teppanyaki and enjoys the show.  The food probably tastes even better just because you have the pleasure of watching a specially trained Teppanyaki chef  while they prep, chop, dice it up and cook your food. We had six of us for dinner on  Monday night and thought itRead More →

This was our second dining experience at Uncle Sal’s in Scottsdale AZ and the dining experience was just as great as the first.  It had been several years since we had first enjoyed the fine food of Uncle Sal’s and I was anxious to see if they could live up to my expectation based on the prior experience.  Our friends Fred and Basia highly recommended the restaurant both times and I quickly said yes when it came up again.   Our first visit was a little on the pricey side because we were in the main dining room and selected from the dining room menu.  I’ve no regretsRead More →

Our first early evening in Galveston after a long slow dreadful drive from Houston was completely forgotten when we found ourselves at Nate’s Seafood in Jamaica Beach.  At least the dreadful drive through rush hour traffic on a Friday in Houston was forgotten, not the great dining experiences that day.  About, Nate’s,  don’t be confused by the Jamaica Beach address, it’s a small town along  the main Seawall Blvd from the East End to the West End on Galveston Island.  They are located just at the west side of Jamaica Beach.  The signage can be confusing along Seawall.   You leave Galveston, enter into Jamaica Beach and then return toRead More →

Our vacations are usually not what one would call the veg out and relaxing one where you sit by the beach and burn to a crisp.  Gus and I love to venture out each day in a rental car and visit antiques stores, stop by a brewery for his favorite stout beers and then find an interesting place for lunch and dinner. Some of the eateries we visit are a pleasant surprise and others not.  It all depends.  Usually, we let our eyes do the talking as we are on the look out for somewhere to eat.  Does the restaurant have curbside eye appeal.  DoesRead More →

Gus and I stopped by the Open Range Grill & Tavern in Sedona, AZ on our way back from Flagstaff to Prescott last week.  The restaurant rests in a beautiful setting within the Red Rock area of Sedona on the East Side of highway 89A that threads its way through town.  Since Open Range is on the second level of the Singua Plaza, you get spectacular views of the mountain range on the East Side of Sedona. The picture below will give you a great idea of the view from the dining room.  The restaurant itself is appointed in a combination of industrial and western design thatRead More →