Peanut Butter Cheesecake! To die for!
Last week we went out to eat at an awesome little restaurant called Dan’s Bistro. I had never eaten there before, and I’m not sure why. Might be because it doesn’t look like much from the outside. It is in this building that looks like a little strip mall so that’s kind of off-putting, but once inside the atmosphere was simple and elegant.
The dinner menu reflects the best of European fare with French, German, Portuguese, and Italian dishes represented with just a hint of of American (Select Steaks and Seafood)
We started our meal with the Stuffed Mushroom Caps filled with sweet Italian sausage and Parmesan Reggiano. As there were five of us these went quick and were very tasty.
I had the Veal Schnitzel, which had a wild mushroom brandy sauce and was served with mashed potatoes and broccoli. The mushroom sauce was so flavorful and rich. Honestly, I could have eaten the sauce on its own like it was a soup. The veal was lightly breaded and tender and there was plenty, so I had a tasty lunch the following day. My friend had the Seafood Portuguesa, which looked amazing. This is a mussel, scallops, shrimp, cod and Linguicia Sausage in a rich broth with rice and crusty bread. From my sampling this was delicious too.
For dessert there was an amazing peanut butter cheesecake. It was so rich, creamy. All of the desserts are made in house and they definitely tasted like they were. We received a basket that had fresh baked croissants and other rolls to accompany dinner.
What really stood out to me, aside from our amazing food, was the service. Our waitress was attentive and we never ran out of any of our drinks. Which reminds me it’s a B.Y.O.B. (bring your own booze) restaurant. There is a $5 corkage fee for all bottles of wine. They had a back server who replenished our silverware…very European.
If you get a chance I would pay a visit. It’s become one of my new favorites for dining in Sedona. Our Concierge team would be happy to make a reservation for you. Just call 1-800-353-1239.
I was up in Jerome last week taking in its historic restored buildings that are now artisan shops, eateries…a haunted hotel or two. At least that’s what the locals tell me. Makes for fun times during October. Halloween is probably their busiest time of the year. I once went to a Halloween Party like one of those ones you see on TV up there…hundreds of people, amazing costumes, and a night sky full of stars.
This time of year the weather is warm, but it is starting to cool down. It is so much fun to walk around. A lot of the bordellos from when this was an old copper mining town have been turned into shops now. The House of Joy is one of my favorites with its vintage inspired knick-knacks. We went to the fudge shop…which has awesome white caramel fudge, and then up to the Haunted Hamburger for margaritas.
They were not only refreshing but delicious…and we got to sit in the window where we took in the entire verde valley all the way to Sedona.
If you want to experience something truly amazing in Sedona, you must go on a helicopter ride over the red rocks. Some friends and I took the Arizona Helicopter Adventures Ancient Ruins Tour and it totally rocked our world. We were lucky enough to be on one of their new door less helicopters. This is great if you are a photographer, but may be a little intimidating if you are nervous about heights and stuff. I have no qualms or fears when it comes to this type of thing so it was all good for me. The friend I was flying with was a little nervous, but she said after about 3 minutes she completely forgot to be scared of anything because it was so beautiful. And It was. Chills of excitement and wonder followed me all through the flight.
I had never been on a helicopter before and felt lucky to be able to sit in the front next to the pilot and all of his little knobby thingies. Flying in a copter is so different from flying in an airplane. It really feels as though you are floating along like a bubble. A fast bubble…lol…It helped that the cockpit where I sat was clear and dome like. We all had to wear these cool ear headphone sets and could communicate with the pilot and my two friends by using a button on the floor that I hit with my foot.
When we took off we hit a little rain, but this didn’t slow us down. There was scatter clouds that day so the views were just out of this world. We were so high, above the tallest red rock formations, spires and cliffs. We flew back into Secret Mountain Wilderness and over Boynton Canyon. I have hiked Boynton…the experience from the air is completely different. I just felt so small in relation to the towering walls around us. I can say that I revisited that moment when I first came to Sedona. How then, I had rounded the corner on highway 179, having never been or knowing anything about Sedona, and nearly drove off the road as I was made aware of how tiny I was in the face of the natural beauty that is Sedona. That was the feeling I had. Of wow.
The tour we was on was 20 minutes long and included flying by ancient ruins. I would highly recommend this to anyone really wanting to see Sedona as it should be seen.
It’s my favorite time of year in Sedona. The time when the evening cloud cover as the sun sets makes us a gasp at the beauty that surrounds here in Sedona. Here are some of my favorite sunset shots for this mo