Cocktails and Bites at Scottsdale Quarter

zinburgerI recently attended a fun blogger food tour at the Scottsdale Quarter shopping center. The event, Cocktails and Bites, took us to three different restaurants for snacks and cocktails. I’d never been to Scottsdale Quarter before and I was surprised by how many different shops there were. It was a fun experience and I will definitely be visiting Scottsdale Quarter again! We began the evening at Zinburger.

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Homemade Pizza

Lately I’ve been on a total pizza kick! It started when I was living in LA and build your own pizza restaurants starting popping up all over the place including one that was right by my gym. It was amazing! It was like Chipotle but for pizza and it was nice to get exactly what you wanted. Unfortunately, I haven’t found any of those restaurants in Nashville yet, although I have had some great pizza (shout out to 5 Points Pizza and Jets!).

So since I’ve been craving build your own pizza, last time I was in Phoenix I asked about having homemade pizza for dinner. My parents have a pretty awesome pizza stone oven that you use on the grill. You slide the pizza in, rotate it every 45 seconds, and take it out after like 8 minutes. It’s so easy and fun to make.

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Nashville Farmers’ Market

For my Sunday Funday this past weekend I decided to finally checkout the Nashville Farmers’ Market! The NFM is open almost everyday of the year and has a pretty large area for vendors! Much bigger than the Sunday farmers market I used to go to in LA! The Nashville Farmers’ Market has an indoor area with permanent restaurants and then there are sheds on both sides (one for the farmers’ market and the other side is for crafts/flea market).

With it being towards the end of “growing season” and a rainy Sunday afternoon, there wasn’t a ton of vendors there but there was still plenty of options especially for pumpkins!

I ended up buying a few small pumpkins to decorate the kitchen table and then some apples. It was fun to wander around and see what all the options were.

Nashville Farmers' MarketSo many cute pumpkins!

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New England Lobster Market & Eatery

To finish up my trip in San Francisco I had to have some seafood! We Yelp-ed restaurants by our hotel and found The New England Lobster Market & Eatery. It had great reviews and was close to our hotel so we decided to check it out.

The restaurant was packed when we got there – the line was out the door! The restaurant was really cute. There was picnic table style seating out front as well as additional seating indoors. When you enter the restaurant, the market portion is on the left side – where you can buy live lobster of varying sizes to take home and prepare yourself. The kitchen and order area was all the way to the back. They have a cute chalk board menu with all the options. The menu consists of lobster plates, crab plates, lobster rolls, crab sandwiches, and some appetizers.

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Slutty Brownies

slutty_brownies9Growing up, I was always torn between double fudge brownie and cookie dough ice cream. I loved both equally, how was I ever supposed to choose which one I wanted? The day I discovered Half Baked ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s literally changed my life. It was like the storm clouds parted and sunshine started streaming in. Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration but finding an ice cream that combined my two favorites into one was definitely life-changing. I had that same reaction when I discovered slutty brownies. A layer of cookie dough topped with a layer of brownie and an Oreo sandwiched in between? Sure, the name is kind of dumb (I think The Most Amazing Brownies You’ll Ever Eat sounds a little better) but I couldn’t wait to try them.

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Jeni’s Ice Cream

In light of me now living in Nashville and it being Thursday, I thought I would do a Throwback Thursday post to when Molly and I went to Jeni’s Ice Cream on our sister trip to Nashville earlier this year! Jeni’s had been on my list for awhile but I always ran out of time on my previous trips. We almost didn’t have time on this trip either but decided to make a quick stop at the 12 South location on the way to the airport. I was definitely glad we stopped- Jeni’s lived up to all the hype!

The line was out the door when we arrived but it actually moved pretty fast and there was plenty of seating inside. While we waited we took goofy pictures and scoped out all the favors. They have this really cute chalkboard menu listing all the flavors and toppings.

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