A few weeks ago Wayne Moderson mentioned a Mexican restaurant on Central between Dunlap and Hatcher called Via Delosantos. He thought it was one of the better ones he had been to. We have seen the place many times before driving by, but the outside appearance did not attract us so we ignored it. We owed Pete Petersen a dinner out in payment for taking care of our dogs while we were gone and asked him where he wanted to go. He had never been to Via Delosantos either and said that was the place. So while in the pool this afternoon we set that up and also invited Bill Russell and Wayne Moderson. We stopped at the Park office to ask Sharlene Froberg something and invited her as well. She had been invited to dine at her sister Joyce Garcia’s house but called and said they would join us as well. Continue reading Via Delosantos supper. Hernia diagnosis. Wound still infected. Elaine’s Copics tub.
Today was Pete Petersen’s birthday, so Bill Russell, Sharlene Froberg, Elaine, and I took him out to dinner at one of his (and our) favorite places – Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen. It being somewhat spendy, we don’t go there often but it sure is a great place to go for special occasions. Since it is Friday I made sure to call ahead this afternoon to make reservations – Pappadeaux is VERY busy on Friday and Saturday nights. We only had about a ten minute wait for a table to be ready, and we got there about five minutes ahead of the reservation time.
Pappadeaux has so many great dishes it is always hard to select what I want at any time. I ordered Fried Alligator and Crab and Spinach dip for appetizers; both were delicious. Pete and I both love the alligator.
Bill had lobster, Sharlene had Jumbo Shrimp Brochette, Elaine had Pasta Mardi Gras (her favorite), Pete had a chicken tenderloin dish, and I had Alaskan Halibut Piccata. Elaine and I both brought home three-fourths of our meals and we’ll have some great leftovers. Sharlene and Bill each took some of their meal home as well. We had a large order of Onion Rings; Elaine found them too spicy for her but Pete likes them so he got to take the leftovers home.
Desserts? Of course! Pappadeaux is well known for the high quality of their desserts. I ordered the Turtle Fudge Brownie with Pecans to take home, as did Sharlene (though she started hers at the table and I snitched some bites). Bill ordered the Praline Bread Pudding Souffle with Vanilla Ice Cream and Bourbon Sauce as did Elaine (all of Elaine’s went home as did much of Bill’s). Pete ordered the Banana Pudding, which comes in a jar which you can take home.
It heated up a lot today – the high reached 118° this afternoon while we were at the pool. It has been so hot lately that the pool temp was 92°, even though they run the aerators all night. The high is usually reached around 3-4 in the afternoon, but it was still hot after 5:00, as you can see in the photo at right. The 118° was a record for the date.
Pomelo at the Orchard – we had never heard of it, but now appreciate Sharlene Froberg’s choice for brunch today. It had been some time since we joined her and we looked forward to it. We would go back there. I had the Breakfast Pizza, and expected something the size of a personal pan pizza. Instead, I got one about 12 inches! It had garlic cream, hollandaise, fresh mozzarella, Schreiner’s sausage, peppers, onions, breakfast potatoes. And plop in the center were two eggs, sunny side up! It was very, very tasty though far more than I could eat. Three-fourths came home, and I shared some of that with Pete Petersen. Continue reading Brunch with Sharlene. My workbench is clear.
When Sharlene Froberg invited us to try a new (to us) restaurant we said “yes” without hesitation, even though we had never been to this one before. I had seen recently that Nancy and Bill Schuling had been to Coup des Tartes and seemed to like it, so that made it even more attractive. Sharlene made the reservations and today was the day.
Coup des Tartes is a French-inspired restaurant at 1725 E Osborn here in Phoenix. It is housed in an old 1920s era home converted for restaurant use; the rooms have been preserved and turned into several attractive separated eating areas that will each hold 6-8 people. There is also a much larger banquet area. They also have an outside eating area that would be very nice evenings this time of year; we would have eaten out there today had there been some shade.
The menu offers items that are unique to Coup des Tartes. Each item seems to have their own flair. I had the Proscuiutto (sic) Sandwich (House Made Fig Jam, Pesto, Mozzarella and Arugula, baguette) accompanied by a Taleggio Salad (Mixed greens, fresh raspberries, apples, red onion, sugared pecans and Prickly Pear Vinaigrette topped with melted Taleggio cheese on toasts). Both were delicious. I used their spelling of Proscuiutto above, though I know it is not the customary one. I was especially intrigued by the Fig Jam addition to the sandwich and the Prickly Pear Vinaigrette dressing for the salad. Those are examples of the unique touch Coup des Tartes adds to their dishes. I also had a Four Berry Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream for dessert. All was great!
Elaine ordered coffee at the start of the meal and after she commented on how good it was (unusual for her – she seldom likes restaurant coffee) I ordered a cup myself. I quickly agreed with her and ordered a bag of their custom blend coffee to take home, as did Sharlene.
We each had something different: Elaine had Lobster Salad Croissant (Tomato, Avocado, Tarragon Citrus Aioli) and pronounced it okay but light on lobster. Pete had the Moroccan Lamb Sandwich (Braised lamb, mix greens, gruyere, Mango chutney) and Sharlene had the Roasted Chicken Sandwich (Tomatoes, Caramelized Onions, Gruyere, Spicy Mayo, Baguette). I believe they both liked their choices. Pete and Sharlene each had a different tarte for dessert.
This was proofreading day for the newsletter so there was not much for me to do on that.
I did some additions and cleanup to the Royal Palm Alert List. Until I am able to get back to programming for the upgraded utility I am forced to maintain two parallel lists. One will be used for the new system, the other is a simple email group list in Thunderbird. I had several to add and a few to delete because the last alert showed their address to be undeliverable. Then I sent out an alert to a water outage in a section of the Park tomorrow using the group list method.
When we heard Pappadeaux was having a Maine lobster special on Friday night, we knew we had to go. And so, it developed, did some others from here in Royal Palm. So group of us made arrangements to go together tonight. Vaneddie Jones, Bill Russell, Marty House, Sharlene Froberg, Pete Petersen, Elaine, and I went as a group. And as it turned out, Dale and Betty Stroh also went on their own; they would have been welcome to join our party had we know they were coming. The special was two one-pound lobsters for $29.95 along with dirty rice. Elaine and I each ordered that meal and we brought home 2½ lobsters along with a bread pudding dessert. Continue reading