Sunday, June 23, 2013

Italian House & Grill HSV A Keeper

Yea!  We have found a new 'keeper'!  We have been wanting to try this restaurant. Every time we thought about going it was never the right time or occasion.  Last night the stars were aligned and we ate with two friends from the Village.  The atmosphere and the food were wonderful.  We arrived without reservations, but were easily accommodated.  Although the restaurant is small, we didn't seemed cramped. We didn't feel as if we were eavesdropping in the tables next to us or them listening to our conversation.


Be sure and call for reservations!
We had coupons for Meatballs and Spaghetti and a salad so the two guys used them.  They were really a good deal...Plenty of meatballs in a nice red sauce, Italian bread with olive oil for dipping, and a nice fresh house salad with a house vinaigrette dressing. The gals ordered Angel Hair Pasta Primavera in a indescribably delicious white sauce with diced veggies. I couldn't eat all of mine...two meals for one.  I am adding chicken tonight for my next meal. In fact, there may be enough to share with Chuck...maybe:) Italian House & Grill on Urbanspoon

Bleu Monkey Grill, Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA



Lunch out with friends at the Bleu Monkey Grill was a treat.  We got to catch up and give the 'Bleu Monkey' at try.  It was on our 'eat out in 
Hot Springs' list.  


We really enjoyed the company, but the jury's still out on the Bleu Monkey Grill.  It was highly touted so maybe we set our expectations too high.  Then again, maybe we didn't order well.  Our friends have lunch there quite often.  They ordered the Club Sandwich and the Maui Salad, two of their favorites.  The Maui Salad was ordered without nuts or Sesame Seeds because of a health issue.  It came loaded with nuts. They got the Sesame seeds right.Chuck ordered the California Fish Tacos from the Lunch Menu and I ordered the Grilled Portabella on a Bun.  On a scale from '1 to 10' we rated each of them a '5'! Chuck was surprised to find his tacos in a soft flour taco. He likes them in a crispy corn taco. 

Reminded me of
Pringles
I had the choice of french fries, onion rings, or baked potato chips as a side.  Thinking they were all homemade... 'silly me'...I was really surprised when I got Baked Lay's.  To their credit the waitress and hostess were very accommodating.  They replaced my Lay's with onion rings. I asked and was told they were frozen, but very good.  They weren't.  The onion slid out of batter. Hand beer-battered onion rings are my favorite.  You would think I would learn about frozen onion rings?
The Welcome Mat is  out!

It wasn't a complete bust. We will go back again and give them a second chance.
The next time I am going to try an Angel Hair Pasta dish maybe with Chicken if I can substitute it for the Shrimp! 

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Friday, May 3, 2013

ZipList.Com



I have found the greatest website where I can clip and save recipes I find on-line: Zip List! Click here to view!

Here is a recipe that I found and was able to add it to my Recipe Box on Zip List with a Clipper on my Tool Bar. 

Cheesy Enchilada Casserole




Sunday, April 28, 2013

Peaches and Apricots

Two of my favorite jams:
Peach and Apricot. What is even better...mixing the two!  

I buy Polaner's All Fruit with Fiber
one of each flavor.  








I keep Kerr Mason Caps
in my pantry. It is amazing
how many jars they fit!



Then, I mix them in a Mason jar.  Really delicious on Pillsbury Southern Style frozen biscuits.  
Add Jimmy Dean Original Patty Sausage for a great breakfast treat.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Best Pizza in the Village

Mulligan greets you at the door!


Hands Down Mulligan's at Ponce Golf Course in Hot Springs Village is our favorite pizza place.  

Sometimes we eat in;
sometimes we take out;
sometimes we call & pick up.  


Wall of Bottles












If we get the large pizza, we will eat two or three pieces and then freeze the rest.  





A nice waitress gave us this tip: Freeze each piece individually and wrap in plastic wrap.  When you want pizza again, take a piece or two out; place on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper*, and bake at 325/350 degrees until hot...cheese is melting.  The large pizza covers three meals for us.  Sometimes we will get a 10" pizza and finish it off if we aren't in the mood to go through the freezing routine:)




Remember: Don't eat the bones (crust). Save them for dessert! Dribble a little honey on them...
yummmmmy!

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Easy Dessert with Pizza

This is the best idea when you want dessert with Pizza, but not too much.  

We first had it at the Pizza Cafe in Little Rock.  It won't work if you eat the bones/top crust of your pizza.  Save those bones!  Then, coat them with honey.  How easy is that? It is delicious.  


I do not know why all pizza restaurants don't provide the little honey packets.

Friday, February 8, 2013

La Petite Bistro

We have found the most delightful small restaurant that has delicious food at reasonable prices.  The first time four of us went for a birthday lunch. We all had different items: Reuben Sandwich; Creme Dory; Fajita Salad; the Quiche (Menus are below).  We all made a good selection.  We each gave Le Petite Bistro a 'thumbs up' on all of the items!  And, yes, our a birthday dessert was delivered complete with a candle!

The next time we went with friends for dinner.  Three of us had the Prime Rib and I had the fish for the day, Mahi Mahi.  The Prime Rib got a good review for all.  I gave a great review for the fish.  Chuck took a bite of mine and said I made the best selection.  The Prime Rib was 'Good', but my fish was 'Great'.  I think they ordered it medium, but medium rare might have been a better choice.  

Two times a charm!  I not sure what will happen on the third time and there will be a third time.  La Petite Bistro is at the top of our list for lunch and dinner.  


The atmosphere is warm and inviting even though it is located in a store-front in a strip shopping center. You would think that the acoustics would be loud, but they were not.  The staff is small so be prepared for 'dining' experience.  Do not expect 'fast food' service.  Chef Robert will even come out of the kitchen to check on his patron's.  I asked where he was from, thinking somewhere exotic like New York, San Francisco, or Paris.  I was really surprised to hear a Texas twang and him pointing to his cowboy boots and flashy Texas belt buckle:)


We recommend you give Le Petite Bistro a try...Lunch or Dinner. 




 
It's a great place
to go for a special occasion or dinner out instead of cooking at home.

Lunch Menu-Front side
Lunch Menu-Flip Side


Friday and Saturday Night Menu-(Subject to Change)


I love Cupcake Chardonnay
I have not tried the 'Red's'








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