Thursday, July 17, 2014

Lake Tahoe Paradise: Six Peaks Grille at Squaw Creek Resort

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View from the dining porch at Six Peaks Grille

This summer, I traveled to Reno, Nevada to visit my mom. We ventured out to visit Lake Tahoe for a couple days at the Squaw Creek Resort. We weren't prepared for how gorgeous the scenery was! 

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To top it all off, the resort has a fine dining restaurant called Six Peaks Grille. Six Peaks Grille uses regional ingredients from the surrounding Northern Lake Tahoe area. Their exquisite cuisine is topped only by their astounding views, which is saying a lot in the picturesque Lake Tahoe.

 Six Peaks Grille


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six peaks grille

Sparkling water and an outdoor fireplace to balance the night breeze on the dining deck.

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six peaks grille
Steak Salad

My mom ordered the Steak Salad, which consisted of garden greens, Shaft's blue cheese, carrot reduction, and citrus vinaigrette. She ordered it well done and it came out perfectly charred while still maintaining a ton of flavor within the steak itself! the presentation was gorgeous as well, with a splash of color from the carrot reduction.

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 Beef Tenderloin

I was torn between ordering the Beef Tenderloin and the Chilean Sea Bass. I'm sure the bass is good as well, but I was SO thrilled with my choice to go with the Beef Tenderloin. 

My plate came complete with crispy potato (beneath the beef), baby carrot, fava bean, garlic puree, and bone marrow butter on top.

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My dish was mind-blowing. With the views that surround Six Peaks Grille, they really could get away with a mediocre chef. But Chef de Cuisine Chad Shrewsbury truly goes above and beyond, creating each dish as a masterpiece for the palate. 

It may seem small, but that much tenderloin is very filling. I ordered it medium, and it was just filled with amazing flavor. The crispy potatoes (under the beef), had a delicious and subtle spice to them. 

Dipping the potatoes and the tenderloin into the garlic puree perfectly complemented their flavors without being too overpowering. The veggies were a great counterbalance to all the heavy ingredients. You could tell that a lot of thought and care went into this dish.

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The view from our table.

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LOVED the presentation of our dessert! Dessert was Lava Cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and stone fruit. The lava cake with vanilla was delightful, but the stone fruit had what appeared to be some sort of tiny web or fungus in it! I wasn't too thrilled about that, but everything else was amazing. 

You can see the ice cream is already melting - that's because it was over 90 degrees out that night!

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Overall, Six Peaks Grille went above and beyond all expectations we had for a resort restaurant. The only hitches we noticed were the web in the stone fruit and the fact that there was no vegetarian option for dinner. Coming from San Francisco, it's odd to see a menu without a vegan option, much less vegetarian. 

Nonetheless, the food was grade A in terms of flavor and presentation, the service was attentive, and the views were spectacular. As long as you're a carnivore or omnivore, you'll be delighted here for sure. 

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Boston ABC Dining, Letter F: Fairstead Kitchen


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Letter F of Boston ABC Dining takes us to Fairstead Kitchen in Brookline. Situated in Washington Square, Fairstead is in an up-and-coming foodie destination in Boston. From Barcelona Wine Bar to Ribelle and The Abbey, there's a great restaurant everywhere you look in this area!

Fairstead is a unique fusion of Middle Eastern and North African cuisine. 

Fairstead Kitchen


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Croquettes: I enjoyed the presentation but preferred the consistency of the smaller croquettes from Barcelona.

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Tuna Crudo: Cool, fresh, healthy. Enjoyed this dish but would have liked a better presentation of the raw fish itself.

fairstead kitchen

Rabbit Spaetzle: This dish was essentially boiled and fried rabbit. It wasn't my favorite - either all the fried pieces were too greasy or maybe I'm just not a rabbit fan!

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Ribs: I wasn't thrilled with these for some reason. I'm used to more flavor in my ribs.

fairstead kitchen

Sweet & Sour Beef Tongue Soup. The waitress mentioned this as a special and I figured, How often do you get the chance to try something so unique? If I'm going to try something like beef tongue, I want to have it in a clean, nice restaurant in a major city like Boston. 

On to the soup: This was a great dish when you got over the whole cow tongue thing. The sweet and sour flavor of the soup is the main thing on your taste buds. I would describe the beef itself as just a bit tougher than hamburger meat. 

I love trying unique foods because when you think about it, we tend to eat the same things over and over again. Three meals a day, day after day, that's a lot of repetition. Restaurants like Fairstead Kitchen break the mold by bringing us interesting fusion cuisine, and I think that's a great thing.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Girl's Night Out! The Cottage in Chestnut Hill, Boston

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Girls night out! After a tough gym workout, my roommate and I treated ourselves to a nice dinner at The Cottage Kitchen + Bar in Chestnut Hill.

The Cottage in Chestnut Hill


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Chestnut Hill Mall caters to the upper class homes in the surrounding area. The shops are fun to go window-shopping, but it's not really my first choice when going on a shopping spree. The restaurants are upper class but affordable. 

the cottage chestnut hill

A great cocktail: White Peach Sangria with white wine, peach brandy, orange vodka, peach liquor, and fresh peaches. Very delicious and smelled sweet, but a bit too hard for me.

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To me, when a restaurant puts extra effort into their complimentary bread, it means a lot. The bread at The Cottage was fresh out of the oven and fluffy, with soft butter to go with it. 

the cottage chestnut hill

Soup of the day: Minestrone. This one was hearty and perfect as an appetizer.

the cottage chestnut hill

Chicken Tortilla Soup with Cheese - Hearty, warm, delicious!

the cottage chestnut hill

Sweet Potato Crusted Cod with garlicky rapini, crispy fingerling potatoes, lemon chili aioli, and mango. Yum!

the cottage chestnut hill

I ordered the Lobster Sandwich, with crispy prosciutto, arugula, lemon mayonnaise, all on grilled challah toast. It was unbelievable - the thick challah bread and generous portions of lobster and fresh arugula. 

After all the bread and hearty soup, I wished I had more room to finish the entire plate. I took home half the sandwich and had the rest for brunch the following morning. Still delicious the next day!

All in all, I loved dining at The Cottage. The food was great, the ambiance was classy and beachy, and the waiter was helpful. 

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer in Reno: Sup Restaurant & White Wedges

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It's 103 degrees here in Reno during the day. We bravely ventured out to grab lunch at Sup Restaurant in Midtown, known for their sandwiches and soups. 

I ordered the Tuna Sandwich and Homemade Strawberry Lemonade, both of which were scrumptious. We sat on the outdoor patio - in the shade of course, and did some people watching as we happily downed our meals.

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White wedges are so comfy and perfect for summer! These puppies are actually from Wet Seal, no lie. 

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My sando came with a healthy side salad - with REAL greens! I love when restaurants don't skimp out by giving their customers iceberg lettuce (which has virtually no nutritional value).

Reno Food Blog

My mom ordered the White Cheddar Soup, which was hearty and filling with chunks of carrot and a tiny cookie on the side. I got this with my meal too - a great addition!

Sup was delicious, with generous portions and an extremely friendly staff. I would definitely recommend it to anyone in the Reno area.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Clothing Junkee: American Fashion

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Tank & skirt by H&M, flip flops from Old Navy, vintage sunglasses 


In Typical American Fashion



I spent the 4th of July in Reno, NV, visiting my mom for her birthday. She took me to the coolest parts of Reno - like Midtown, a counter-culture neighborhood filled with art and murals for days. It reminds me of certain parts of San Francisco. 

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Red, white, and blue. Reno is a great place to be on Independence Day. It's a very patriotic city, and they don't skimp on the BBQ or fireworks by any means. I don't think we saw a single person all day who wasn't sporting the red, white, and blue.

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Obsessed with these bright blue wayfarers.

American Fashion Blog

American Fashion Blog

How did you spend your 4th of July? Leave your story in the comments below!
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Sunday, July 6, 2014

San Francisco: Ike's Place + Dolores Park

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Dress by Forever 21 ($11.85), flip flops by Old Navy ($10 in store), sunglasses by LIT Boutique on Newbury street, Boston ($16).

This summer, I went back home to San Francisco to visit friends and family. Luckily, the sun came out while I was there (I was never a big fan of it's infamous fog). Taking advantage of the free vitamin D, we naturally packed up and headed to Dolores Park.

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Ike's Place


ike's place san francisco

Ike's Place is always a must-see/eat when I'm home. I was lucky enough to get a chance to briefly chat with Ike while I was there. After the rapid expansion and popularity of Ike's, I think it's so awesome that he's still working in his stores and meeting with his customers/fans. He's a humble guy and that's why everyone loves him!

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Ike!

ike's place san francisco

ike's place san francisco

After much consideration, I went for the Nacho Boy, which comes complete with Avocado, Mushrooms, Roast Beef, Swiss. I asked for it without mushrooms. I never really got mushrooms. Not a fan of their consistency or their subtle flavor. 

Anyway, the Nacho Boy was AMAZING. Not that that's surprising, as I'm always consistently wow'ed by Ike's sandos. Their ingredients are always top quality and fresh as could be. 

Also, the vibe is always young and hip, with locals from the neighborhood who know where to get a good sandwich. Be prepared to wait in line for this reason. But that'll give you time to decide which awesome sandwich to order. Maybe you'll even get a chance to chat with Ike himself.

Pro tip: Get your sandwich on dutch crunch. Always dutch crunch.

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Gotta love that SF skyline!

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Summer Getaway: Cape Cod, New England

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I'm told this winter was one of the toughest Boston has seen in a while. Being my first winter in Boston, I'm proud to say I survived it - and without a single slip on the ice/snow! 

That being said, I couldn't be more excited that it's officially summer now. To celebrate, we took a weekend trip down to Cape Cod. Much fun and great food was had on this trip, so naturally I want to share it with you all!

Fashion & Fun on the Cape


Cape Cod Food Fashion

We got these cheap-o paddles from Target for some beach fun. P.S. If you're into tanks with cute designs on the back, I suggest Forever 21's current stock. I was obsessed with this one!

Cape Cod Food Fashion

Okay, okay. This is a cheesy shot. But it still felt awesome and that's all that matters right? Right guys?? :P

Cape Cod Food Fashion

#bromance #beachselfie. What more needs to be said?

Cape Cod Food Fashion

Big floppy hat from Marshalls = $10. Romper from Target = $24.99. Finding a giant seashell in paradise = Priceless.

Dinner in Cape Cod


Cape Cod Food Fashion

After our fun in the sun, we were pretty beat - and hungry. So we went to The Skipper Restaurant & Chowder House, said to have the best clam chowder in the Cape.

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Made to look like a window from the hull of a ship. Showed a video of crashing waves outside. Looked so real!

Cape Cod Food Fashion

The Skipper had great seaside decorations.

Cape Cod Food Fashion

Nick ordered the massive Lobster Steam Pot, which comes complete with mussels, steamers, linguicia, fresh corn on the cob, red bliss potatoes, and of course a 1 1/2 lb lobster (it's underneath all the toppings shown here). Yes, he finished the whole thing - with a little help from me of course!

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I thought the lobster claw looked like a face or a dinosaur. Rawr.

Cape Cod Food Fashion

The Skipper’s Awesome Crab Roll: 4 oz lump crab meat with lettuce lightly tossed with mayo and celery served on a 7’’ grilled brioche roll. This was a very filling plate, and the crab was a bit heavy on the mayo. I would only suggest this one if you're pretty much starving.

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I ordered the Cape Cod Clam "Chowdah" bowl as an entree. Our waiter assured me it was more than enough for a meal. I was skeptical when everyone else in my party ordered a cup of it as an appetizer before their meal, but they all ended up way too full in the end and I felt just right. So don't be afraid to get this as your dinner! 

The award-winning "Chowdah" was thick and warm, with large chunks of clam in generous portions. It really hit the spot.

Cape Cod Food Fashion

Fisherman's Platter: Fried Scrod, Clams, Shrimp and Scallops. Yum!

Cape Cod Food Fashion

The lights on the deck where we ate were a great addition. They were reminiscent of a starry night sky in the Cape. 

I can't recommend The Skipper enough. They were prompt, the waiter was friendly and helpful, and he had a classic New England accent which is lovely to hear. If you're a clam chowder lover, you won't be disappointed here.

Cape Cod Food Fashion

Our buddy Mike looking pretty epic on his bike on the ride home from the Cape!

If you live in the New England area I would definitely recommend a trip to Cape Cod. It has great food, great beaches, and just an overall feeling of vacation and escaping the hustle and bustle of Boston. It's only about 90 minutes away, and totally worth the trip! 

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