Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The B-Line

Fish Tacos at B-Line by carmenkchan19
Fish Tacos at B-Line, a photo by carmenkchan19 on Flickr.
Last weekend, Andy and I finally decided to go to The B-Line Restaurant. This was the first group-on coupon I had bought. The reason we used it is because it was going to expire this month.

We've walked by The B-Line many times. It was always busy and the food always smelled great! The day we went in was no different. Andy and I had a hard time deciding what to get. They had a huge menu that Pastas, Salads, Sandwiches, Burros, Tacos, and Quesadillas. They also had a nice selection of drinks and desserts.

After a few minutes, Andy decided to order the Italian Sausage & Peppers Sandwich, and I ordered Fish Tacos. Andy also got a beer with his meal. Since it took us too so long to decide what we wanted to eat, we missed the happy hour by 2 minutes!! That'll teach us. :)

The food came out pretty quickly even though there were many people in the restaurant. The food was hot and tasted really fresh.

The fish tacos had pickled cabbage, blackened mahi mahi, and jack cheese on corn tortillas. The rice and pinto beans were delicious too. The rice was nicely cooked and the beans weren't all smashed up like most restaurants.

Andy's sandwich was delicious too. The herb penne rigate was delicious! It was perfectly cooked and coated with just enough sauce. The sausage and roasted peppers were delicious.

I wished we saved some room for dessert. The restaurant had this rotating dessert display that showed a HUGE selection. I saw cheesecakes, tarts, and mousses among other things.

We will definitely be back to the B-Line, and one of those times will definitely have to be just for the desserts.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Venzo's Pizza

Venzo's Pizza
Originally uploaded by carmenkchan19
It's been a while since I've blogged about places I've been to. Part of the reason is that I have enjoyed some of the places I've visited and just kept going back. A girl can really only eat so many meals a day. :D

This year I will try a little better with new restaurants. I think one of the things my husband and I really want to do is try out all the pizza places we can find. Granted there are a lot, but Andy and I are up for the challenge. :)

We stumbled onto Venzo's Pizza by accident. We were planning on going to this other Mexican place, but didn't know that they weren't opened on Sundays. Venzo's Pizza caught our attention with the sign near the street that said two slices and a drink for $3.99. To me that didn't seemed bad because most places charge $3.99 for one slice of pizza.

The place itself wasn't heavily decorated nor did it have really bright lighting. I really didn't mind it because I prefer places that are more casual and laid back.

Andy and I decided each to get 2 slices and a drink. We were hoping that it was enough food because we were both starving from a small lunch that day. The slices were just plain cheese and each additional topping was $0.50. We both decided to get pineapple and ham.

While we waited, we watched the two guys at work and perused the menu they had at the counter. One was getting the phone calls and throwing the pizza dough while the other was putting the toppings on. The menu consisted of a lot of things. There was specialty pizzas, salads, and calzones. After 5 minutes or so, one of the guys brought out our pizzas and said that our second slices will come out a little bit later.

I was shocked when they brought the first slices out because they were huge! They had to use two paper plates for the slices. The pizza was delicious. I had ham and pineapple in each bit with plenty of cheese and a delicious crust.

Venzo's was great. I definitely want to come back and try their specialty pizzas and their specials again. Next time, I will stick to one slice only.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Vero Amore - Authentic Neopolitan Pizza

The Good: Delicious Food
The Bad: Small Restaurant for its popularity - fills up quickly.

The first time I came across Vero Amore was an ad on Facebook, which led me to their menu online.  The description of their pizzas sound delicious and I definitely wanted to try it out.  After getting a coupon from Groupon.com and hearing the great reviews from a couple of neighbors, Andy and I finally visited. 

We visited the Vero Amore on Swan.  The location was a bit on the smaller side and in the same vicinity as the Fry's supermarket.  The restaurant was pretty busy when we arrived.  We were quickly greeted at the door by a server and was told that there would be a wait unless we decided to sit at the window.  Since we were pretty hungry, we took the seats by the door.  Our server quickly brought us menus and waters. 

As told by the server, Vero Amore is the Tucson's only certified Neopolitan pizza restaurant.  They use homemade and homegrown ingredients.  The menu is not large, but it had a great selection of salads and pastas if you were not interested in the pizzas. 

We started with the Wood Fired Bread.   The bread came out warm and delicious.  The herb butter that went with it was to die for!

Our pizza came out a bit after we had finished our appetizer.  The pizza was delicious!  The cheese was nice and gooey.  The sausages were perfectly cooked.  The red peppers and tomato sauce were perfectly matched.  This all laid nicely on a solid pizza crust that you could pick up by your hand without worrying about everything falling on your lap, which is how pizza should be eaten!

The dinner ended with the most heavenly dessert I have ever tasted.  It was there homemade chocolate chip cookie and vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce.  Andy and I decided to opt out of the chocolate sauce because it probably would have been too much.  The chocolate chip cookie was freshly baked in the mini iron pan.  About two scoops of vanilla ice cream was on top of the cookie and it was melting fast!  The combination of the hot freshly baked chocolate chip cookie and vanilla ice cream was so good that I had to stop myself before ordering another one. 

Overall Andy and I had an enjoyable time at Vero Amore.  We will definitely be visiting again to try other pizzas on the menu.   I would suggest to try this place at odd hours because Vero Amore is quite popular and fills us quickly during lunch and dinner hours.  

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Weekend Food Adventure: The City Yogurt and Beyond Bread

This weekend Andy and I was able to try two new places in Tucson: The City Yogurt and Beyond Bread

Beyond Bread is a local Tucson restaurant.  It's a casual place where orders are taken at the register and then the food is brought to you.  They specialize in sandwiches (especially the breads) and desserts. 

Andy and I ordered the specials of the day, which was the chilled Gazpacho soup and the Turkey Cranberry sandwich.  The price overall wasn't too bad because both portions were large.  The sandwich had plenty of meat and cranberry on it.  Although the gorgonzola cheese was delicious, I felt that it overpowered the sandwich a bit.  The soup was good.  It had nice flavors and a great tang. 

The next place we visited was a new frozen yogurt place - The City Yogurt.  It is actually on the South side of town which was so much closer to where Andy and I lived.  They had only been open for 3 days when we visited and was still fixing up some last minute stuff.  They had plenty of flavors to choose from and plenty of seating.  The other great thing is their prices is a little bit cheaper than that of BTO and Tutti Frutti.
We definitely will be visiting again.  I love frozen yogurt!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Risky Business

The Good: Great menu at good prices. Great atmopshere.
The Bad: Can't think of any

Andy and I visited Risky Business last night for a friends birthday. We haven't been to this restaurant in over a year, so it was like trying something completely new.

We had a hard time deciding what to eat. They had a great selection of food at decent prices. Being on a diet, I chose the shrimp salad and Andy chose mussels from the appetizer menu. We also shared an caramel apple martini.

The mussels were delicious. They had a great mix of spices and the broth was delicious. He finished the rest of his bread with dipping it in the broth. The salad was great with all the feta, corn, avocado, and sun dried tomatoes.

Lastly, the drink was fantastic. There was enough alcohol that I got a slight buzz. The flavors came through and it was hard to not order another.

Being a local restaurant, we will definitely visit again especially since there are four locations in Tucson.

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BTO Self Serve Frozen Yogurt

The Good: Lots of flavors.  Big and Bright Area
The Bad: Not many choices for fruity flavored yogurt.  Not very convenient location

Andy and I have been really into frozen yogurt.  We heard about BTO Self Serve Frozen Yogurt recently from a friend and wanted to try it out. 

BTO was very similar to Tutti Fruitti in Park Place Mall.  BTO had 14 different flavors, such as  cookies and cream, cake batter, and regular vanilla.  BTO also had a large selection of toppings such as fruits, sweets, and sauces. 

The place was nice and bright and has very cool decor.   It was pretty busy when we went there.  We saw kids, adults, and lots of students. 

Andy and I tried a lot of flavors:
  • Peach
  • Raspberry
  • Dulce De Leche
  • Gnutella
  • Taro
  • Swirl of cake batter and cookies and cream

There were a lot of flavors that looked delicious.  One of the nice options was that you could get a swirl of flavors, which was not an option at Tutti Fruitti. 

Overall, the place was great.  The flavors were great and we like the atmosphere of the place.  We will most likely visit Tutti Fruitti more because it's more convenient for us and it's in Park Place Mall. 

We definitely will be visiting again especially if we're in the university area.  :)

Friday, July 30, 2010

Something Sweet Dessert Lounge

The Good: Nice and Casual Atmosphere; Great selection of Desserts; Good Service
The Bad: Very small parking area. 

Andy and I wanted to visit Something Sweet for a while.  The dessert lounge has won best dessert place from Tucson Weekly.  Many co-workers have really enjoyed it.

The lounge was pretty busy when we got there.  We were quickly seated by the waitress.  The menus had a large selection of beverages along with a extremely big selection of desserts including pies, cakes, and cheesecakes.  It took us a long time to decide what we wanted and we settled on the raspberry swirl cheesecake and tiramisu.  Along with the desserts, we ordered two teas.

The teas were first served to us.  I really liked the fact that we got our hot water in little teapots.  :)  The desserts came pretty quickly afterwards.

The tiramisu was delicious!  The biscuit layers were extremely nice and went very well with marscapone cheese layers.  Nothing was too over-powering and everything went very well together.  The presentation was great too!

The raspberry swirl cheesecake was delicious.  Having made cheesecake a lot, I've gotten to be very picky with cheesecakes.  The cheesecake had a nice texture to it and the crust was perfect.  The raspberry swirl did not overpower the rest of the cheesecake either.

Overall had a great experience at Something Sweet Dessert Lounge.  The service was great and the desserts were superb!