Friday, October 9, 2015

Bonefish Grill- Frederick

Normally I stray away from chain restaurants; being turned off by the lack of personalization, crowds and usually subpar food. However, Bonefish Grill has been the exception to the rule for me ever since they opened their doors in Frederick. I still remember when my family decided to give Bonefish Grill a try for my Mother's birthday a few years back and we ALL became addicted. So when I was invited to checkout their new remodel and delicious fall menu, my taste buds were already singing.

I loved the new look of the restaurant. It had a sleeker, more modern, almost industrial vibe to it. New chairs + tables completed the look, as well as some awesome pendant lanterns which really helped set the ambiance. My favorite new addition was the huge glimmering art deco fish on the wall. 

Patrick was our server and told us about all of the delicious specials as well as introduced some of the new fall menu items. (the swordfish topped with feta, crisp onions and truffle butter  accompanied by pumpkin ravioli really caught my attention.)

One of the specials I was not aware of was the Hooked on Tuesday deals! You get a salad + select entree + dessert starting at $14.90. On top of that, you have the opportunity to add bang bang shrimp as an appetizer for only $6! What a deal! (check out the Hooked on Tuesday menu options here

We started off with two Dogtoberfest Brews from Flying Dog Brewery and some warm fresh made bread with olive oil & pesto. 
Next came our appetizers.  Its not a complete meal at Bonefish without their famous Bang Bang Shrimp- crispy shrimp tossed in a creamy spicy sauce which I have tried to duplicate on many occasions. The sauce is so good we admittedly eat the lettuce garnish. 

We also shared the Ahi Tuna Sashimi- Premium sushi grade, sesame-seared rare with wasabi + pickled ginger. Which is the freshest Ahi Tuna I think I have ever had. 

Soon our salads arrived. The Hubs went with the Bonefish House Salad which has hearts of palm, kalamata olives, tomatoes, citrus herb vinaigrette

I went with a Classic Caesar Salad. (I am such a sucker for a Caesar Salad)
It was hard to believe we still had our entrees. We ordered another drink- Wade the Omission Pale Ale and I a Cabernet Sauvignon from Sycamore Lane

For the main event, I went outside my comfort zone of always ordering the Tilapia and went with the Atlantic Salmon. The entree came with spaghetti squash and my choice of side (I chose the Potatoes Au Gratin of course) I love all of the signature sauces and can never choose just one so I habitually ask for a little side of each. (high maintenance I know) I was so excited to see a new sauce-Lemon Tomato Garlic which is now officially my new favorite.  Other sauces included Lemon Butter, Mango Salsa (so good you can eat it by itself), Herb Pesto & Pan Asian. 

Wade decided on the Snapper (which he let me have a bite of and I also loved) with a side of Spaghetti Squash and Potatoes Au Gratin. 

We were completely stuffed to the gills and took a little break before dessert.

After a brief period of digestion, dessert arrived! We shared a pumpkin creme brûlée off of the new fall menu and the macadamia nut chocolate brownie complete with vanilla ice cream and raspberry sauce! That brownie was out of this world. 

What a great meal! Thank you so much Bonefish Grill for such a wonderful time with awesome service. We will see you soon!
*this is a sponsored post. Thank you to TilsonPR and Bonefish Grill Frederick

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Snazzed Up Apple Sauce

This past Sunday meant football was on in our house, which meant I needed to occupy myself.. all. day. long! So I decided to throw our own Oktoberfest celebration feast. One simple dish I whipped up was a snazzed up apple sauce. 

Here is what you need:

1 jar of natural unsweetened apple sauce (or make your own!)
1 honey crisp apple, chopped
1 tsp butter
1/8 cup of light brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Place all ingredients (except applesauce) in a pan and heat on medium 
cover for 5 minutes and stir occasionally 
you now have delicious sauteed apple chunks!

Mix contents in with applesauce
chill until ready to serve!

I cannot wait to share some more recipes of items from our Oktoberfest Feast  with you all!

Happy Fall everyone!

Friday, October 2, 2015

California Dreaming: Sonoma Wine Country

Yes I am still writing about our amazing 1st anniversary trip to California. This time, its all about our  day trip to Sonoma Valley. A Taste of San Francisco tours picked us up from our hotel the morning of our last day in San Francisco and I was ready for a relaxing day to end the trip. (we did a day trip here and here the day before) We did a mini tour around the areas outside the city including the Presidio; an old army post turned national park. We stopped briefly in Sausalito to pick up another couple before heading for Sonoma Valley. (which is a must stop whenever we make it back to San Fran!) In Sonoma we would visit a large winery and a small winery, with a stop in the town of Sonoma in between for lunch.  

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards
Our first winery stop was Jacuzzi Family Vineyards....yes just like the Jacuzzi tubs.  The grounds were absolutely breath-taking.. I could not get over it. It felt as if we were in the Tuscan Country side. We sampled the wines and listened all about the history of the Jaccuzi family from our amazing guide Kirsten. I was a huge fan of their wines.  Next we headed over to the olive oil tasting room. I love infused olive oils & balsamic vinegars; especially to use as salad dressing.  My favorites were the blood orange and jalapeno flavors!  

By this time I could not take it anymore and needed to head out to the back patio I was blown away.  I could definitely sit out there all day long. We explored for a bit before heading back to the shuttle for lunch in the town of Sonoma Valley! 

The Sunflower Cafe

We decided to try the Sunflower Cafe for lunch during our pit stop in the town of Sonoma. It was the cutest restaurant with a cozy outside eating area. We both chose the freshly made Arnold Palmer (iced tea + lemonade) and the Roasted Turkey Sandwich (w/ avocado, sun dried tomatoes, house made mayo, greens & bacon all on fresh sourdough bread) which was fresh and exactly what we needed to refuel. 

Robledo Family Winery
Our last stop was at Robledo Family Winery where we were met by Larazo, one of the Robledo sons and taken into the tasting room. Larazo told us all about his family; and not only the wine making process, but also the business side of running a vineyard. Robledo is one of the few Mexican owned wineries in California and whose popularity has increased over the years.  Their wines have even been served during White House affairs! Their reds were amazing and I am still considering joining their wine club! The outside areas were so picturesque and had the perfect covered area to hold events. 

What a great day! On the way back to San Francisco, we were able to stop at another look out point to view the Golden Gate Bridge. Luckily the fog had left so we got some perfect views in! Big thanks to Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, Robledo Family Vineyards, The Sunflower Cafe and A Taste of San Francisco for hosting us East Coasters!

You can see more of our Cali trip here --> Los Angeles --> Carmel--> Yosemite --> Muir Woods (Mill Valley)--> Hog Island Oyster Company (Marshall). Recap of our time in San Francisco is coming soon!