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I have posted before about why I can never be called a foodie, Food Nerd however is perfectly acceptable. I come to this conclusion because to me a foodie has a level of sophistication and class while a food nerd is somewhat awkward in their love of food. And while a foodie knows all there is to know about food, a food nerd is on a never ending knowledge quest. Foodies also tend to not be so impressed with all good food, me, oh my gosh I freak out like a teenage fan girl! I have a feeling that a lot of true foodies look at me and think “what a nerd!” so I accept my place in this big wide web of food lovers, foodies and food nerds. The term does not bother me in the least, as I am a nerd in so many other ways, love Star Wars and Sci Fi in general, love comic books, and all kinds of books, music of all genres, history and The Discovery Channel. Yep, I really cannot escape it, so I just OWN it!
What did this Food Nerd do this weekend?
The kick off and highlight was a trip to Gilbert Farmers Market, I have been trying to get over there for months, but being a 50 something mile trip, and having crazy busy weekends with the kids, it just never seemed feasible. The opportunity presented itself this past weekend when my sister, who lives in Queen Creek, offered to watch the kids for the weekend while we attended my husbands HS Reunion. We decided it would be a good idea to meet at the market with the kids and some friends and make it a fun filled morning. My main agenda was to get some breakfast at Luncha Libre. They have long been one of my favorite local food truck, and since I have started working on Friday’s I am missing them at Food Truck Friday. I also had some other shopping and browsing in mind, and for sure wanted to stop by go lb. salt, I have a lot of their products but have never been able to swing by the booth in person.
My plan to go straight to the Luncha Libre food truck was fully supported by my hungry crew! We made a beeline right for that bright beautiful truck and luckily the line was not all that long. We were the first of our group to arrive, but I was not waiting. I got a Steak and Blue breakfast-dilla and the boys split a Sonoran Dog breakfast-dilla and we all got lemonade.
The boys can still be a little picky at times, so I was not sure if they would be open to this new food adventure, but they demolished the food. My wild child picked at it a little more than the daddy twin did. The chips and salsa were a big hit, the boys even asked for more.
I was in a food coma by the time my friends and sister showed up and ordered so I am not sure what they got, but they all said it was delicious. My sister ran over to The Tamale Store and grabbed a few different ones, and gave me a bite of one with a cream cheese filling, which was super tasty, I need to get a few of those next time. Then it was time to walk around and check it all out, my crew grabbed some produce from Crooked Sky Farms, some snacks from NutWhats, some cheese from Fiscalini, coffee beans from Bergies, and cookies from Aunt Ninny’s. And even though I have a cabinet full and did not need anything from go lb. salt, I did swing by and totally nerd out. After that we went and checked out the crafts and art which was super cool. The whole trip was well worth the drive, and I cannot wait to do it again!
Next night was the reunion at the Wigwam Resort and Spa, which meant I had to dress nice, which admittedly is NOT my forte! But I did my best and looked fairly nice and we headed up to the Wigwam. The conference room they had set up was nice, and the food was better than expected. (side note, the food at my class reunion SUCKED) And the staff working the event was great, there were on top of it every minute. The music was not the best and since my husband is older than me, not really my thing, but it was nice to see people having fun and catching up with old friends. I also learned that there are a whole group of cute local restaurants on Old Litchfield Road, so now I have another nerd adventure planned to go check them out. How did I not know this??
Sunday I had planned a really awesome date with my best friend Meghan! We were headed to the Phoenix Symphony to see “An evening at Hogwarts” and then got to Dinner at Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails. We were both really excited and had front row seats! The show was fantastic! They had dancers from the ballet and some large puppet dancers and owl kites. The composer was so entertaining and the music was awesome. I had not been to the symphony for years and really need to make it a point to go more often. It was uplifting and calming at the same time. Much like my respect for great chefs, I totally appreciate the effort, dedication and talent of great musicians.
We were close enough to walk over to Blue Hound and since were were a little early for dinner we decided to sit at the bar. Our bartender who was a local from Arizona (yeah!!) was great and really into his craft. Meghan ordered some craft beer and I got a tequila drink with huckleberries, (my favorite berry!!) which was great, it was strong but not overwhelming, the flavors were not too sweet, it was a perfect drink. We also ordered a mushroom flat bread and some tater tots. We had fun laughing about how we were ordering tater tots, but the joke was on us, because they were really, really good. We stayed at the bar to eat and enjoyed watching as each person reviewed the drink menu and carefully ordered something exciting. Dinner was an event all on its own. It was a great night capping off a great weekend.
I was so beat from the weekend that I could not come up with anything to make for dinner Monday night. But at the last minute I decided on grilled cheese on sourdough with tomato soup, and a pinch of basil from the garden. This meal for me and the kids was comfort food perfection!!
Do you have any favorite comfort foods? And/or what foods do you totally nerd out on? I would love to hear from my fellow foodies, food nerds and food lovers, whichever you happen to be!