Food Blogs again? It wouldn’t be Wednesday without it, so suck it up and read the damn thing like you know you want to. We love to give you this weekly summary that highlights the best of breakfast, lunch and dinner, the crème de la crème of everything from appetizer to dessert coverage and all the restaurant hype in between. It’s like Sparknotes, but not at all frowned upon by educational establishments. Here’s a redux of this week’s happenings in our favorite food blogs:
Let’s start out with ice cream. Or, since we hyped it up, the crème de la crème of ice cream from local shops that churn it out to satisfied masses. Those crazy competitive foodies at Chow Bella decided to do a Battle of the Dishes on the ice cream sandwiches from Churn and Sweet Republic which resulted in a sweet, chocolatey, gooey, creamy, cold war to the death that we would love nothing more than to be in the middle of. The verdict gave Churn the upper hand on their actual ice cream due to the ice crystals present in the Sweet Republic’s sammy (disappointing), but both places had hard cookies that were difficult to bite and lead to major ice cream squishage. We recommend bringing a napkin when heading to either establishment.
Remember when all anyone talked about for, like, a week was the new restaurant Cycle that popped up downtown eons ago? Well, we were guilty of the hype, but never actually made it down there to taste any of the ever revolving menus. Thank goodness every food blog from here to Ahwatukee is on it like foodies on a trendy new restaurant concept so we can find out what we missed. This week, PHX Rail Food wrote on the success of the pop-up eatery and the excitement it has brought to the restaurant community. Local chefs like POSH’s Joshua Hebert (whose okonomiyaki is pictured), Gio Osso formerly from Estate House, Payton Curry of Caffee Boa fame and a host of others have all ventured down to create meals for Cycle and many food trucks have even joined in on the fun. The message behind the post? Get to Cycle before the last meal is served and keep an eye out for what might be next.
Now, for some light reading. Relax. It’s just a cook book filled with delicious (and we assume healthy) Greek recipes from Cloudberries: A World of Family Recipes author, Tessa Kiros. The review is brought to you by none other than Linda Avery from Pen & Fork. The book, Food From Many Greek Kitchens, focuses on the Greek side of Kiros’ family and shares both complex and simple dishes from the Mediterranean. Rather than being divided up into the traditional format for a cook book, Kiros presents her recipes in unique way with sections for traditional foods, fasting foods, Easter foods and shared foods. The recipe for Papoutsaki (a Mousakka-like dish served individually) is shared here.
Until next week, stay full and focused, my friends.
Images via Pen & Fork, PHX Rail Food and Chow Bella.