WTF Pizza Truck – Apple Valley, California

WTF Pizza Truck – Apple Valley, California

Nov 20

Should you find yourself in Apple Valley, California (yes, I had to search for it on a map as well), or like me, have the pleasure of completing a rotation or three at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, then you just might have the opportunity to indulge in a freshly baked pizza from Where’s the Fire (WTF) Pizza Truck. WTF takes the mobile kitchen concept to a new level with its...

Red Mountain Bistro – El Paso, Texas

Red Mountain Bistro – El Paso, Texas

Nov 13

If you have yet to head over to Resler Drive in West El Paso for an evening spent at Red Mountain Bistro then you have surely been missing out. From the salvaged retro “El Paso” sign and live music on the patio, to the efficiently laid out open kitchen, dining room and full bar, Red Mountain transforms a small strip mall unit into an intimate upscale American bistro serving up some...

The Rustic Olive – Mesilla, New Mexico

The Rustic Olive – Mesilla, New Mexico

Oct 30

Should you find yourself in Southern New Mexico, whether on a day trip from El Paso or just driving through, take an hour or two and detour to the town of Old Mesilla, just outside of Las Cruces. Named a National Historic Landmark in 1961 for its relevance in the civil war, its notoriety as a hangout for figures like Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett and Pancho Villa, and its significance on the...

Independent Burger – El Paso, Texas

Independent Burger – El Paso, Texas

Oct 28

Let me begin by confessing that I may or may not have eaten at Independent Burger three times in the last week. Yet whether it is a case of indecision or my subconscious wanting to return for more “testing,” I honestly have not quite made up my mind about the new establishment. Indy Burg, as I now affectionately call it, opened in early October at The Venue at Montecillo on North...

Homemade Quick Pickles Recipe

Homemade Quick Pickles Recipe

Oct 22

As much as I enjoy good jarred pickles, there is something satisfying and refreshing about making your own from some fresh pickling cucumbers. While pickling may sound like a time intensive process, this recipe uses thinly sliced cucumbers and vinegar to “quick pickle” in as little as 20 minutes. I love making these pickles to use as toppings on homemade burgers and sandwiches, or...

Tabla/El Paso Beer Snob Dinner – March 28, 2013

Tabla/El Paso Beer Snob Dinner – March 28, 2013

Oct 07

Well this article is literally months overdue but during a recent review of past posts I realized I had been inadvertently sitting on a never published draft and did not want it to go to waste – better late than never, right? So here goes…Just when I thought Tabla was on their A-game, they had to go and make a good thing even better by pairing up with El Paso Beer Snob to put...

Cuartito Azul – El Paso’s Hidden Argentinean Gem

Cuartito Azul – El Paso’s Hidden Argentinean Gem

Oct 01

Sitting humbly on a quiet block of Thorn Avenue on El Paso’s West Side, Cuartito Azul may just be the Sun City’s hidden gem. Run by the Brandi Family of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cuartito Azul and its sister restaurant of the same name across the border in Juarez, Mexico, offer bold, authentic Argentinean cuisine at incredibly reasonable prices. The El Paso location of El...

Unrulis Pizza + Pints Grand Opening – El Paso, Texas

Unrulis Pizza + Pints Grand Opening – El Paso, Texas

Sep 20

Last Friday a few friends and I stopped in the newly opened Unrulis Pizza + Pints for their “Grand Opening” to see what the latest El Paso brick oven pizza installation had in store. Unrulis’ is the sister restaurant to Chef Rulis’ Rulis’ International Kitchen, also on North Mesa Street in El Paso, Texas. Their menu is a compilation of salads, sandwiches and of...

Lemon Feta Orzo Salad Recipe

Lemon Feta Orzo Salad Recipe

Sep 12

I have a penchant for anything that utilizes fresh lemon juice and savory flavors, so this orzo salad was an obvious recipe I put together using some of my favorite simple ingredients. The fresh lemon vinaigrette brings the punch, the feta some salty richness, the cabbage offers some crunch, the onion some zip and the orzo is the starch that binds it all together. I enjoy it...

Taverna – Austin, Texas

Taverna – Austin, Texas

Sep 11

The Lombardi Family implements a winning formula in their restaurant brands – supply customers with fresh, contemporary European cuisine and warm hospitality in a space they can relax and enjoy with friends and family. While that sounds like an incredibly obvious and simple strategy, they just do it well. At the Austin, Texas location of Taverna, the Lombardi’s “Pizzeria and...

Homemade Potato Gnocchi Recipe

Homemade Potato Gnocchi Recipe

Jul 27

Simply put, gnocchi are one of the greatest creations on Earth. Admittedly that statement may be a bit overstated, but my penchant for the delicate, pillowy potato dumplings borders on ineffable. After making my own gnocchi from scratch, my appreciation for these subtle yet rich morsels has only grown. While making gnocchi has the reputation as easily going awry, use the recipe below as a...

Dreamcatcher Cafe and Coffee House – Ruidoso, New Mexico

Dreamcatcher Cafe and Coffee House – Ruidoso, New Mexico

Jul 27

Whether as a skiing destination in the winter, the venue for a summer escape or the cure for your gambler’s itch, the village of Ruidoso, tucked into the Sierra Blanca mountain range in south-central New Mexico, is a charming getaway. If you have the opportunity, rent a cabin from a local homeowner and make your way to Sudderth Drive for a day of walking, browsing and dining along the village’s...

Ripe Eatery – El Paso, Texas

Ripe Eatery – El Paso, Texas

Jul 23

Part of Ripe’s charm is in its story – a restaurant born from a brother and sister’s lifelong affinity for all things related to food. The brother plays the role of chef and does so quite well; Ripe consistently turns out fresh, well prepared dishes utilizing local ingredients when possible (an added plus in my book), and I have yet to be disappointed. The sister runs the operation and manages a...

Koze Teppan Grill – El Paso, Texas

Koze Teppan Grill – El Paso, Texas

Jul 20

To some, the thought of ordering seafood in a land locked city like El Paso may sound asinine. However, when your insatiable craving for sushi borders on maniacal, you begin to make concessions.  Thus I began my quest around El Paso for a halfway decent imitation of the fresh sushi rolls (I didn’t even entertain the thought of finding reasonable sashimi) that I’ve grown accustom to growing up on...

basico bistro + café – El Paso, Texas

basico bistro + café – El Paso, Texas

Jul 20

In the recent surge of trendy restaurant openings throughout El Paso, basico bistro + café may have had the quietest entry into the market. Their advertising is scant at best, their website does not function (all dead links) and their inconspicuous placement at the base of the Coronado Tower on North Mesa make it easy to miss, but basico’s surprisingly sleek interior and bright, airy layout make...