Four Foodie Must-Haves At Your Spring Party

by Admin on April 13, 2015

Spring is such a joyful and colorful season, which makes it the perfect time to host a fantastic party for all your family and friends. This season brings with it an abundance of delicious ingredients. This makes us foodies desperate to start creating lots of seasonal delights in the kitchen. If you are planning a springtime celebration for your nearest and dearest, here are five foodie must-haves that will ensure your party is a tasty triumph!

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Must have no.1: spring vegetables

There are so many beautiful, bright vegetables in season that will create big bursts of color on your dinner table. The specific ingredients that are in season will depend on your location. Typically, though, the list will include asparagus, carrots, cauliflower new potatoes, and radishes. Here are some appetizing ideas for your selection of spring vegetables:

If you or any of your guests are vegetarian, you could make something more substantial like a spring vegetable casserole or pasta dish.

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Must-have no.2: lamb

Lamb is the traditional meat served during the spring. Spring lamb is very tender but because the animals have not had much opportunity to graze, it doesn’t tend to be as flavorsome as the meat you get later in the year. If you can delay your party until the tail end of the season, you’ll get a richer tasting cut of meat. But if this is not practical, there are many ways of cooking spring lamb that will enhance the flavor. For example, you can stuff a leg of lamb with herbs and nuts and serve with a rich gravy, or you could make a spiced or herb-crusted rack of lamb. We would advise that you buy your lamb from a reputable high street store or online butchers. The quality of the meat will play a big role in the taste and texture of the dish.

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Must-have no.3: salmon

If you want to include some fish in your menu, salmon is an excellent choice as it is particularly juicy and delicious at this time of year. For your spring party, you might like the idea of salmon, asparagus and dill quiche, miso-glazed roasted salmon with spring vegetables or salmon en croute.

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Must-have no.4: chocolate dessert

No Spring menu is complete without a big serving of delectable chocolate to finish it off. There are so many recipes to choose from, just make sure that chocolate is the main ingredient! Some of our favorites include chocolate fondant (difficult to pull off but so worth it if you do), chocolate cheesecake, and chocolate mousse. If you think these are a bit naughty on their own, serve with some spring fruit like apricots, rhubarb, apples, and bananas.

Spring is the perfect time for foodies to get creative in the kitchen and share their fresh and delicious creations with all their family and friends. We hope you have been inspired by this post and that you have a fantastic spring party.


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5 San Jose Restaurants That Foodies Will Love

by Admin on November 5, 2014

Staying in San Jose and looking for a great place to eat? If you know where to look, San Jose is something of a foodie’s paradise. Here are five restaurants that you really should visit during your stay.

Mosaic Restaurant and Lounge, 211 S. First Street

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Located within the Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Hotel — also known as Hotel Montgomery — Mosaic Restaurant and Lounge serves Asian and American fusion cuisine created under the watchful eye of Chef Richard Yu. Try the Cambogee Beef or the Mongolian Vegetables with Tofu, but make sure that you leave room for one of Mosaic’s awesome desserts. The restaurant also boasts an impressive drinks menu with signature cocktails and more than 100 whiskies.

Habana Cuba Restaurant, 238 Race Street

Head to Habana Cuba in downtown San Jose’s Rose Garden, not far from the Arena Hotel, to indulge in Latin comfort food created by head chef Joao Barbosa. Try the Cuban-style Paella a La Valenciana, the Crimini Mushrooms, or the Chilean Sea Bass. The staff here are happy to help you with a wine recommendation, although if you are more of a cocktail drinker, you will not go far wrong with a Bellini De Habana or a Cuba Libre cocktail.

Silver Creek Restaurant, 200 Edenvale Avenue

The 170-seat Silver Creek Restaurant, located within the historic Dolce Hayes Mansion in southern San Jose, offers buffet and a la carte dining, although the real winner here is the award-winning Sunday brunch. Tuck into made-to-order omelets, gourmet entrees, berries and whipped cream, international cheeses, delicious desserts, and, of course, champagne. Calling ahead to book a table is usually a good idea, given this restaurant’s popularity.

Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria, 225 W Santa Clara Street

Located a short walk from Hotel De Anza and within a stone’s throw of the bustling San Pedro Square, Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria is the ideal choice when only a slice of NYC-style pizza will do. Start with Flame Roasted Lemon Chicken Wings before tucking into a Manhattan Red Clam or Greek Isle Pizza. Finish with a piece of mouth-watering J. M. Rosen New York Cheesecake. Amici’s has several locations throughout the Bay Area, although if you can’t drag yourself away from the luxuries of your hotel room, they are happy to deliver your choice direct to your hotel.

A Bite of Wyoming, 2227 Alum Rock Avenue

Sometimes only American comfort food hits the spot, and that is exactly what you can expect from A Bite of Wyoming. Try Mom’s Crazy Potatoes or the signature Homemade Biscuits and Gravy for breakfast. For lunch, tuck into a Bill Cody Buffalo Burger. This rustic diner boasts big portions, low prices, and a friendly staff, although if you do not call in advance to book, you can also expect a fairly long wait.

Want to discover more about the San Jose dining scene? Head off on a Mission District food tour to discover, among other destinations, an acclaimed cheese cafe and an artisan grocery. It is your chance to enjoy some of the finest local food and benefit from the knowledge of a local culinary expert.

Do you have your own favorite restaurant in San Jose? Share your tips with fellow foodies in the comments below.

Author Bio

Linda Forshaw likes to write about local haunts and far-flung places. She lives in Liverpool, England, and spends her free time exploring new places, going to live gigs, and planning her next adventure. She is currently writing for the #HipmunkCityLove project.

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