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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Lake Tahoe Paradise: Six Peaks Grille at Squaw Creek Resort

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! 

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.

Lake Tahoe Dining at Six Peaks Grille

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

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.

 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.

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.

The view from our table.

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!

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

Beef Tongue Soup! Boston ABC Dining, Letter F: Fairstead Kitchen

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. 

Unique Boston Cuisine

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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.

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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.

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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 break the mold by bringing us interesting fusion cuisine, and I think that's a great thing.

What's the weirdest meal you've ever had? Leave it in the comments below!

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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.

A Cottage Dinner, Boston

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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. 

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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. 

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

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

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

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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. 

What's your favorite restaurant in Boston? Give it a shout out and I'll do a review on it!

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