JAVINOS Wine Bar and Restaurant

March 7th, 2010

14795 N. Northsight Blvd.

Scottsdale, AZ 85260

480-315-9900

Open every day for lunch and dinner; closed Sunday.

Apparently this restaurant has been waiting for us to try for three years. The signage is misleading. Timing is everything. On a walk in our neighborhood, fortunately it was close to dinner time and I didn’t feel like cooking. We walked up to JAVINOS to see what it was all about, and our first impression, was casual and approachable-inviting. A quick perusal of the menu showed the prices were reasonable and there were plenty of items to choose from. We decided to give it a try. I looked around to see what the seating options were and there appeared to be three separate areas: the bar with tables and booths facing the kitchen, brick oven flames and televisions, the patio (enclosed as it was evening, but I think the sides open up in good weather) complete with a water fountain, and a more formal dining room which had a Tuscan living room feel. We opted for a booth in the bar area. The waiters were still learning the new, price reduced menu, but were eager to please and be helpful. The manager was friendly and gave us the scoop on this privately owned restaurant. The owners for which the J and A stand for, wanted a venue for their winery in Argentino. I sampled a couple of  reds, their Malbecs, which had a nice flavor to them. I ordered off the appetizer list and was impressed as I enjoyed a vegetarian stuffed red bell pepper, the three short ribs, a set of three which sat on a bed of french fries priced at $6 each. My husband went for the pizza, and was equally satisfied, though he eyed my dishes with longing-yes, I shared, reluctantly I admit. I was savoring every bite. The Happy Hour offered two beers on tap: Fat Tire and Peroni, for a mere $2, and glasses of house wine are half off! We are excited to have a neighborhood spot within walking distance, and are looking forward to returning there. Did I mention they use all Angus beef, and their half pound burgers are only $10? Or was it $8? I’ll have to go back and find out.

FnB

March 7th, 2010

7133 E. Stetson Dr. #2

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-425-9463

Enjoy creative innovations at the bar and on the menu, using the freshest local (including AZ wines) and in-season ingredients in this intimate cafe in downtown Scottsdale on Stetson.

Broccoli Salad

March 7th, 2010

1 lb. Broccoli- cut up small

1 c. chopped celery

1/2 cup raisins

1 c. red grapes-sliced in half

1/2 sunflower seeds

1 c. bacon-cooked and chopped

1/2 c. diced red onion

Dressing:

1/c Mayonnaise

3 T sugar

1 T apple cider vinegar

Drop prepared broccoli in a pot of boiling salted water for 6 minutes. Remove, drain and pour into a bowl of ice water to stop cooking and retain the bright green color, for 3-4 minutes and drain. Chill in refrigerator til ready to use. Add the rest of the ingredients and pour dressing over and mix well.

Gila River Farmers’ Market at Wild Horse Pass

March 3rd, 2010

480-502-5600 Brunch Reservations

480-705-2936 General Information

GilaRiverFarmersMarket.com

Open every Saturday

December through February: 9am to 1pm

March through April: 8am to 12 pm

May: 7am to 11am

Enjoy shopping for fresh food, walking through a 2.5 acre organic garden, cooking demos, live music, $5 breakfasts “off the grill”, brunch buffet, native art and classes, at the newly located Raw Hide Western Town at the Wild Horse Pass exit, just across the road from the resort.

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