Monday, June 28, 2010

Hong Kong Tea House & Restaurant Inc.

The Hong Kong Tea House Restaurant is an established restaurant featuring Chinese specialties in Salt Lake City. Consistently the recipients of local culinary awards, they have been servicing the Salt Lake area for many years with wonderfully tasty Chinese food.

Delicate and flavorful Dim Sum is served in many variations. They are tender and delicious, like tiny little flavor bombs that just explode into your mouth. Everyday before 3:00 p.m., they serve many choices of Dim Sum at extremely reasonable prices. For instance, a platter containing (4) crab meat dumplings will run $3.50, while a platter of (3) Shrimp and Chive dumplings while go for $2.95 a plate. If you go with a few friends, everyone can sample a variety of Dim Sum for just a few bucks. The center of the table spins- so that a tasty, mouthwatering dumpling will be right within reach!

They also have generous servings of entrees such as the General Tso's Chicken, that has a sweet, spicy, almost candied crust, made from real sections of the chicken and is priced at $7.99 and comes with white rice. For vegetarians, they have a wonderful entree, Braised Tofu with Tender Green that comes with little sauteed baby Bok Choy that is so fresh and delicious for $6.99.

If you enjoy shrimp then, oh baby, this dish is for you! The Prawns with Honey Glazed walnuts are out of this world. The shrimp is coated with a slight crust that is infused with honey and the walnuts are toasted and crunchy, for $12.99.
The service is impeccable. One of my dining companions dropped their chopsticks and was going to call out to the waitress, but I told them to wait and I would just simply finish the water in my glass. Sure enough, as I finished the glass, the waitress was there in a heartbeat to refill it. If you are in the Salt Lake area please check it out!
565 West 200 South
Salt Lake City, Utah
Phone: 801-531-7010

Saturday, June 26, 2010

"Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability."
-Sam Keen

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Scrappin' Girlfriends

Scrappin' Girlfriends is a wonderful little shop located in the heart of old town Twin Falls, Idaho. When walking into the store, you might think it was a candy store. They have a huge assortment of colourful beads and trinkets that look good enough to eat!

A creative team can assist with finding the perfect item for your artistic masterpieces.
Their online gallery provides loads of inspiration for that special scrapbook project.

If you are in the area, take a stroll down Main and slip into this little shop. They have fun and pretty items! Lisa and Michele have such a positive energy that it is plain to see they love what they do. Check out their Etsy store
i candy and their blog at Scrappin' Girlfriends.
Scrappin' Girlfriends
123 Main Avenue East
Twin Falls, ID 83301
(208) 734-8592

Monday, June 21, 2010

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sweet and Savory Apple Pie!

In honor of Father's Day, here is an interesting recipe that features bacon in a dessert- submitted by Tex-Mex!
Everyone Loves Bacon Apple Pie!
1 Pie Crust
3 Strips Bacon, fried crispy and chopped (I used maple bacon)
6-7 medium to large tart apples, peeled, cored and sliced (I used acombination of granny smith and fuji)
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
2 Tbsp plus 1 tsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp Amareto
1/2 cup REAL maple syrup
6-7 slices bacon, halved lengthwise
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spread the pie crust in a 9″ pie pan and leave the overhanging edges. Sprinkle the bacon crumbles over the crust. Mix together the apple slices, brown sugar, nutmeg, cloves, cornstarch and Amareto. Spread over the bacon in the pie crust. Pour the maple syrup evenly over the apples. Arrange the strips of bacon over the top of the pie crust in a lattice, then fold the edges of the pie crust over the bacon and crimp. I used a pie crust over the bacon. Bake for 45 minutes or until done.
The perfect mixture of sweet and savory! Enjoy!

Friday, June 18, 2010

"The first duty of love is to listen."
-Paul Tillich

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Talking Tongue -Campos Market, Rupert

Campos Market is a Mexican store located on the Rupert Square in Rupert, Idaho. The square is built around a park and many events are held there during the year. On Friday nights, the market fries up fresh chicharonnes, or pork rinds, and the smell waifs out the door, past the man selling roasted sweet corn, and out, into the square. The smell is alluring when your hungry. At the back of the market is a small restaurant with just about five booths. I ordered three tacos for $1.00 a piece. The waitress asked me what type of meat I'd like. She indicated the beef and the beef tongue were very popular. I have never tried tongue before, but have tried many things. Being a fan of the Food Network, I have seen many a chef say that while greatly underused in the States, it is a wonderful piece of meat and tastes like a very tender steak. So I ordered one tongue taco and two beef.

To ease my nerves the waitress brought out complimentary chicharonnes, still snapping and hot. They were really delicious and so different from what one would find at a convenience store. Fresh, chewy and yummy!

Okay, so here goes... my first tongue taco. It was very flavorful especially with a kick from the spicy green salsa and a squeeze of the lime. The texture is something that may take some getting used to and strangely reminded me of kissing an ex-boyfriend. Nevertheless, I was glad that I gave it a shot and can cross that one off of my "to do" list. I probably would not order the tongue again, although would definitely have tacos at the market again. More like street food than a restaurant, Campos Market's tacos pack a big flavor punch! Simple, satisfying, a little adventurous, and tasty!

Campos Market

507 F Street

Rupert, ID 83350-1635

(208) 436-3171

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Relay for Life!

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to go to the Relay for Life. This is the American Cancer Society's largest fundraiser and proceeds go to the development of medications to manage cancer as well as finding a cure.

The woman in this picture is a breast cancer survivor and said the experience has taught her that she is a strong person. She recommended the book "I Put the Can in Cancer", written by Imogen Gough.

There are many people who have survived cancer or whose lives have been affected by loved ones lost from cancer. Each story is truly heroic.
Inner strength and positive thinking is a precious commodity.

Taking a moment to think about those who lost their fight against the disease.

Celebrating "birthdays" of those who have survived!
If you have not attended a Relay for Life it is a truly wonderful experience. Click the link and support the next event coming to your neck of the woods!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

"Every problem has a gift for you in its hands."
-Richard Bach

Friday, June 11, 2010

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Take me to your leader!

Boy, this blog has really gone to the dogs! Meet Abbey Rose! Doesn't she look like a little alien? For such a pint-sized pup, she is quite the handful and has already instigated a few shenanigans around River-Rose. Yesterday, she got her head stuck in her food bowl and earlier today fell asleep with one eye open which was really freaking me out!

On the bright side, she is very much a sweet cuddler! My favorite kind!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Jadie Has Left The Building 6/3/2010 2:10 PM

When I first met Jade I was dreaming. I had recently discovered fly-fishing, up in the Wasatch Mountains. I developed such a passion for it that I spent much of my time up in the mountains. Me, myself, and an old Ford F150. There, I discovered that I was capable. But, I found myself imagining, what would it be like to have a companion up here in the hills? That is where I found myself answering an ad in the paper about black lab mixed pups. Suddenly I found myself sitting on the floor with 6 or 7 puppies. Chewing on my tennis shoe laces, progressing puppy escapades unfolded right before me as I observed them all and wondered which one would end up being by my side. Towards the end, when it came time to choose one, I realized that the one that had been sleeping in my lap the whole time had already chosen me. From that day on, she has left an imprint on my heart.

Now that I look back, I realize, I was just a spring chicken myself. Lot's of life still to be lived and a some mistakes to be made here and there. Along the way, mistakes do not matter much when there is a great companion sharing in the journey. She not only stood beside me through pregnancy, moves, and divorce, but actually took an active roll to improve my quality of life in the process. Her great attitude rubbed off on me.
Some people say, "Oh, don't call my dog a dog, they are more like a human!"
Through knowing Jade, I have to say perhaps calling a dog a human, might actually be an insult to the dog. Animals have such wonderful qualities that we can learn from. In my life, I could only hope to develop into such a wonderful being as she.

Thank You, Jade! I'm so proud you chose me and that I was able to experience caring for you from the beginning of your life to the end. If we ever meet again, I'll know I'm in the right place...