Friday, April 30, 2010

$15 Table Mesa Bistro giveaway, what a treat!



Posted by Lyndi

You’ve heard about the incredible Table Mesa Bistro. You’ve even drooled over my review.  You’ve put it on your to-do list. Now, here’s your chance to win a $15 penguin bill gift certificate to Table Mesa!  

Feeling lucky?


Prize:

1 lucky winner will receive a $15 penguin bill gift certificate to Table Mesa Bistro located in downtown Bentonville.  Contest ends Wednesday, May 5th, at midnight.  I will pick a winner via randomizer on Thursday the 6th.

Eligibility:

Leave me a comment, preferable with your twitter or blog name to make it easy to contact you.  That’s it!  And, if you have dined at Table Mesa before, let us know what YOUR favorite dish is! 


No purchase necessary to enter. Contest void where prohibited. Contest open to members who are 18 years or older. Contest open only to US residents only.  


Duke’s Mayonnaise should be a food-group.


Posted by Lyndi

I’ve mentioned before that I grew up in a household that was extremely health and food conscious.  That meant no processed foods and certainly nothing with sugar added.  Forget ketchup.  It simply wasn’t a part of my life.

Mayonnaise?  Now that’s a different story!

I grew up in Cary, North Carolina, and the Southern mayonnaise of choice was Duke’s Mayonnaise.  Since it is minimally processed, Duke’s Mayonnaise always tasted like freshly made mayonnaise, only without the preparation and cleanup of home-made mayonnaise.  Created in 1917 by the Duke family in South Carolina, the recipe has remained the same ever since.

What’s in it?

Soybean oil, eggs, water, distilled and cider vinegar, salt, oleoresin paprika, and natural flavors

What does it taste like?  It is just mayonnaise, right?

Wrong.  It’s not your average mayonnaise.  It has more egg yolks than other brands of mayonnaise and no added sugar.  This gives it a unique tanginess, while remaining smooth and creamy.

Where can I buy it?

Good news, there IS a store in Northwest Arkansas that carries Duke’s Mayonnaise!  Where?  At the Pinnacle Station Local market in Rogers (corner of Promenade Blvd. and New Hope Road). 

What if I don’t live in Northwest Arkansas?

No problem.  If you live in the Southeast, no problem, simply head to your nearest grocery store!  Otherwise, anyone can shop online and order directly from Duke’s Mayonnaise.


Check it out.  Your sandwich will thank you.



Thursday, April 29, 2010

And the $20 Fish City Grill winner is…. (drumroll, please)



Posted by Lyndi

And the winner of the $20 Fish City Grill penguin bill is…

@RobW66

You’re the Lucky Winner!!  Congratulations RobW66!!  I will DM you via twitter so I can provide you with the penguin bill!

Thank you to everyone who entered!  It sounds like I’m not the only one who enjoys Fish City Grill based on your comments.  And thank you for all the words of support about my blog.  I only wish each and every one of you could have received a penguin bill.  Stay tuned for more giveaways!

A huge THANK YOU to Dave at NWArestaurants for providing the $20 penguin bill to Fish City Grill.  If you’re not following Dave yet you are missing out on great restaurant deals (deals that sell out fast!).

Stay tuned for more giveaways….

Welcome to Table Mesa, Bentonville’s lovely boutique bistro on The Square.



Posted by Lyndi

Last Thursday was girl’s lunch out with my friends Amanda and Alicia.  We met at Table Mesa restaurant on perhaps one of the busiest days imaginable in downtown Bentonville:  Earth Day.  The square was alive with children, events, parents, and the demand was high for a spot in Table Mesa.

Thankfully, there was no waiting in line for us at Bentonville’s hottest and one of the best-kept-secrets in Northwest Arkansas.  Why was there no waiting?  I went online and reserved a table earlier that morning and requested a window seat.  That’s a very handy tip for lunch.  Simply go online and click on the “Reservation” starburst icon.

So, have you not dined at Table Mesa yet?  I suggest you immediately put this on your to-do list. 

Table Mesa is the real deal. 

A boutique-style restaurant that specializes in modern Latin cuisine with a blend, Table Mesa opened in October of 2008 and has thrived ever since.  Owners Lindie and Carl Garrett take pride in their kitchen.  Everything is made from scratch with daily rotating specials for lunch and dinner.

This is not a typical Mexican-joint.  In fact, they call it “modern Latin cuisine with a blend.”  Yep, that describes it quite well. One look at the menu and you’ll understand why.  Menu headings include:  Tapas, Liquids, Leafy, Earth & Ocean, and Simply Sweet.   One look around the dining room and you are enveloped by the cozy comfort of treating yourself to a complete sensory experience.

What do I recommend?  Oh just about everything I’ve tried.  But here are a few “must try” menu items you have to try at least once.

1.     Margaritas.  Is it wrong that I started off with the drink?  I must. Their margaritas are crisp, clean, and everything in it is fresh, fresh, fresh.

2.     Chips, salsa, and guacamole.  Everything is made from scratch, including the chips, which are prepared out of flour tortillas and plantains.  Warning to my gluten-free foodies:  The menu does not call this out. Table Mesa does aim to please, so let them know of any allergies so they can best serve you.

3.     Chicken Tortilla Soup.  Best in Northwest Arkansas, in my opinion.  You can order this by the bowl or by the cup.  I often made a complete meal just out of the soup.  (And that margarita, of course.)  Here’s another handy tip:  Ask your server to substitute the cheese in the soup to goat cheese.  You will not be disappointed, I’m just saying.  The chips in the soup are the same flour chips as #2, so those with gluten-free allergies take note.

4.     Curry Chicken Burrito.  While I personally cannot vouch for this one due to the flour and cheese ingredients.  I’ve heard more than five people moan in pleasure while eating this.   

5.     Fish tacos.  I personally could eat these every time if I wasn’t always up to trying something new.  Prepared with mahi-mahi, it is dusted with their special spice blend and chipotle mayo.  It’s fantastic and filling.

6.     Key-Lime Tres Leche house made cake soaked in three milks and key lime with seasonal fruit puree.  Again, I cannot personally vouch for this.  But I have seen with my own eyes a table of ten people pass this around and every single person savored their bite, many with their eyes closed.  Enough said.

Hopefully you did not mind my long-windedness today.  Table Mesa is fantastic and I highly recommend you trying them out.  Make a night of it one Friday night and then stroll the square. 

Ahhhh, you will end the day feeling delighted and complete.



Table Mesa is open every day, except for Sundays (EXCEPTION:  Mother's Day they WILL be open!!!).  Lunch is 11-2:30; Dinner is 5-8:30 on Mondays-Thursday; 5-9 on Friday and Saturday.  Click here to see their website for complete details included menu, pricing, and reservations link.

Want an incentive to try Table Mesa?  How does a $15 gift certificate sound?  Keep your eyes open for an upcoming $15 gift certificate give-away!


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

T-FAL/WEAREVER cookware sample sale THIS FRIDAY!

Posted by Lyndi




One of the many benefits of living in Northwest Arkansas is the close proximity to thousands of Walmart Suppliers.



Often, many of these Suppliers will thin out their sample rooms by hosting a sample sale. And the prices are usually hot, hot, hot!



Lucky us!



This Friday T-FAL/WEAREVER is hosting a sample sale that is sure to get your foodie heart pumping!



When: Friday, April 30th
Time: 7:00a.m. – 10:00a.m. (the early bird gets the worm!)
Products: Cookware Sets, Open Stock Cookware, Pressure Cookers, and Roasters
Where: 3201 S.W. Regency Parkway, Suite 11 in Bentonville
Bring: Cash or check


Happy shopping! I hope you get a good deal (perhaps I will see you there!)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Ever wonder what the “Customer Pick Up” sign at Williams-Sonoma means?



Posted by Lyndi

I wondered.  Especially when every parking space is filled up at the Pinnacle Promenade in Rogers and those two perfectly vacant spots are beckoning (taunting) me in from of Williams-Sonoma.  Alas, surely this means I either (1) have to pick up a customer or (2) have ordered something at Williams-Sonoma that I need close access in order to load it in my vehicle.  Right?

Wrong! The sign does not mean either one of those!

After talking with an associate in the store, she told me that these two parking spots are for any of their customers and for any reason.  That’s right, these parking spots are for if you are there for a class, to browse, to pickup, or to purchase.  They simply want to make it easier (and nicer) shopping experience for their patrons.

Thank you Williams-Sonoma.



Friday, April 23, 2010

Sterling silver “foodie” charm giveaway!


Posted by Lyndi

Remember that childhood jingle: “Eat it or wear it?” 

Well now you can wear something that declares your love affair with eating!  

One lucky reader will get to own this sterling silver foodie charm!  Gratis!  Free!  No Cost to You! 

My sister Stacey, jewelry designer at StormFlight Designs, created this one-of-a-kind handmade charm specifically at my request for one of you!  She specializes in sterling silver and really has an incredible passion and talent to design unique items that are great conversation pieces.  I know, I know, she’s my sister and I am taking a little liberty to brag.  But seriously, she’s amazing!  If you have the chance to check out her other designs, please do!  Anyone that wants to buy something from her just has to mention my name and they will get an automatic 10% discount!

This sterling silver “foodie” charm would look fantastic on a silver chain.  It measures approximately 1 ½” long and ¾” wide and there are two jump-rings that allows you to slip onto a chain.   

Is this something you could see yourself wearing?  Or your mom? (Mother’s day is coming up, you know.)  How about your sister or best friend?  Let’s not leave the men-folk out.  C’mon how many of you guys out there are dying to add this to your key chain or belt?

Well perhaps today is your lucky day!

Prize:

1 lucky winner will receive this sterling silver “foodie” charm valued at $38.00. Contest ends Saturday, May 1st, at midnight (CDT).  I will pick a winner via randomizer on Sunday, May 2nd.

Eligibility:

Leave me a comment, preferable with your twitter or blog name to make it easy to contact you.  That’s it!  I would love to hear about to whom you plan on giving it to if you win!  Or tell me why you love being a foodie!  Or what you think about the foodie charm my sister created or any of the other jewelry she has designed and posted on her site!  Basically, I am just looking forward to your comments.  It’s what makes all of this so rewarding!

Good luck to all!


No purchase necessary to enter. Contest void where prohibited. Contest open to members who are 18 years or older. Contest open only to US residents only.  

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Quick tip: Don’t throw those potato chips away!


Posted by Lyndi

It happens to all of us one time or another.  You get near the end of the bag of potato chips and are faced with a plethora of broken-down chips OR you host a party and there too many potato chips leftover but you don’t want to throw them away and you don’t want to binge on them.

What to do.  What to do.

Here’s a handy tip:  Take those potato chip crumbs and store them in the freezer in a Ziploc freezer bag!  They make a great “bread-crumb-like” topping for baked chicken or fish.  By storing them you are not wasting food (are potato chips really a food?) and you always have an impromptu ingredient at your fingertips!




Wednesday, April 21, 2010

$20 Fish City Grill giveaway to one of my lucky readers! Is it you?

Posted by Lyndi

Here’s a great giveaway that will accomplish three things: (1) it allows you to perhaps try a restaurant you’ve never been to, (2) it allows you to not have to spend $20 of your own money on that meal, and (3) you get a great reason to eat out!

If you haven’t been to Fish City Grill restaurant in Rogers yet, read my previous post to learn more about them!

Dave at NWArestaurants.com has graciously provided a $20 penguin bill gift certificate.  Never been to NWArestaurants.com?  Well, you should.  Dave features local restaurants (like Fish City Grill) and has crazy 50% off penguin bill certificates all the time!  Please follow him on twitter, facebook, or his website to catch the deals! They go fast!

Prize:

1 lucky winner will receive a $20 penguin bill gift certificate to Fish City Grill at the Pinnacle Promenade in Rogers.    Contest ends Wednesday, April 28th, at midnight.  I will pick a winner via randomizer on Thursday the 29th.

Eligibility:

Leave me a comment, preferably with your twitter or blog name to make it easy to contact you.  That’s it!  I would love to hear what you think about my blog and what types of “foodie” subjects you are interested in!


No purchase necessary to enter. Contest void where prohibited. Contest open to members who are 18 years or older. Contest open only to US residents only.  


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Try Fish City Grill next time you’re in Rogers (even if you’re not in the mood for fish).


Posted by Lyndi


While the Pinnacle Promenade Mall in Rogers, Arkansas may have grossly missed the boat with their food court options in my opinion; they definitely make up for it with their restaurant anchors.

One restaurant in particular is Fish City Grill, sandwiched between Pottery Barn and Solstice on the Southside of the mall entrance.  Once you enter, the ambiance of part-diner, part-bar, and part-family-style d├ęcor greets you comfortably.

There are a plethora of seafood options on the menu and a daily chalkboard that details specials that tempt you to try them before they disappear.  Since I don’t eat shellfish of any kind, the daily chalkboard usually has to-die-for fresh entrees of seafood such as Dover sole, mahi mahi, flounder, or trout.  For example, yesterday’s options included tortilla crusted dover sole with pico cream sauce for $12.99 or panko crusted rainbow trout with creamy thai sauce for $11.99.

Not in the mood for fish?  No problem.  I recommend the grilled blackened chicken with rice pilaf and vegetables for $8.99 (substitute the rice pilaf for new potatoes, a much-better choice) and Hugo’s Louisiana pot roast, rubbed with Cajun spices, slow-roasted with carrots and potatoes for $8.59 (better yet, do what I did yesterday… take home the leftovers and stir-fry with potatoes and onions and make a pot roast taco for dinner.  Wow, good eats!).



While Fish City Grill is a chain, don’t let that deter you next time your shopping at the Promenade.  Stop in, grab a bite to eat, a drink to sip, and enjoy a good meal.

Want an incentive to try Fish City Grill?  How does a $20 gift certificate sound?  Keep your eyes open for an upcoming $20 gift certificate give-away, courtesy of NWArestaurants.com.




Sunday, April 18, 2010

Why buy pesto when it is so easy to make?



Posted by Lyndi

In my opinion, pesto is delicious on just about everything.  From the obvious to the sublime, it is always handy to have this trusty little foodie condiment within reach.

Ever wanted to make it instead of buying it?  It’s easy and I’ll tell you how.

Thought it was too expensive to purchase all that basil?  If you are not growing basil yourself, check out your local oriental grocery store.  Chances are they will have an inexpensive option for, just like Hong Sun Oriental Market in Rogers has for us!  Read my earlier blog post for more details.

Pesto Alla Genovese

Ingredients

2 ½ oz (75g) basil leaves (about 2 cups)
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp roughly chopped pine nuts
2 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan
7 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

1.     Place the basil, garlic, pine nuts, and cheese in a blender.  With the motor running, pour in the oil in a slow stream through the feed tube.

2.     Process until a smooth sauce is formed, then season with salt and pepper.  Alternatively, pound the basil, garlic, pine nuts, and cheese in a mortar with a pestle, then slowly work in the oil.

Pesto can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, although it will lose flavor and color.  I freeze mine into an ice cube tray!

Source:  The Cook’s Book, © 2005, Chef Paul Gayler




Thursday, April 15, 2010

Quick tip for keeping fresh asparagus… well, fresh.



Posted by Lyndi

It is helpful to store asparagus in your fridge with the bottom stalks standing in water.  Similar to a flower arrangement, doing this will help prolong the freshness of your asparagus.

If you are looking for thick asparagus (like the ones in the photo), go to Sams Club.  Looking for thin and delicate?  Check out Walmart, Harps, or Allens Market.

Happy eating!



Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Add a touch of Spring to your salad with edible flowers.



Posted by Lyndi

Recently I shared that Allen’s Food Market in Bella Vista is stocking $0.99 fresh herbs.  To my delight, Harp’s Food is carrying the same line in the Produce Center AND they have a slightly broader selection as well as different offerings such as $0.99 sun-dried tomatoes and chili peppers. 

And guess what else they have? Edible Flowers for yes - $0.99! 

So, if you want to add a touch of Spring to your salad, pick up these little delights.  They taste fresh, clean, and slightly sweet and gave my simple tossed romaine leaf salad with balsamic vinaigrette, pitted kalamata olives, and Parmesan a simple foodie touch!




Sunday, April 11, 2010

Hurry before it’s gone, gourmet remoulade for just $1.09!



Posted by Lyndi

I ran across this little foodie find at the Pinnacle Station Market in Rogers.  It is a brand that I purchase all the time for around $3.00 and right now it is on markdown for $1.09 per bottle.  What a deal!

If you like fish tacos, hearty sliced roast or turkey sandwiches, then remoulade is the dressing for you!  Remoulade is a condiment that is heavily flavored by horseradish, vinegar, eggs, garlic, paprika, and tomato paste.  This brand is exceptionally good for an off-the-shelf product and is manufactured by Louisiana Fish Fry Products out of Baton Rouge.

Head to the salad dressing section and you’ll find this merchandised close to the bottom shelf.

Hope you’re able to score this special deal before they’re all gone!



Gluten-free multi-grain crackers that will please everyone!



Posted by Lyndi

Don’t let the words “gluten-free” trick you into thinking these are cardboard-ey, tasteless, dull, and unimaginative crackers.  No way, these are the really deal.  You may think you’re buying this for the gluten-free foodie in your household but think again:  all hands around the kitchen table will be dipping in for seconds for these little tasty crackers.

These little happy taste-bud gems are available at Sams Club.  And, for the everyday price of $7.48 for two containers (totaling 285 crackers!), your pocketbook will be happy, too.

What are they made of?

Brown rice meal, sesame seeds, potato starch, quinoa seeds, safflower oil, flax seeds, amaranth seeds, tamari soy sauce powder, maltodextrin (corn), salt.  And yes, they are certified gluten free!

What do they taste like?

Crispy with bursts of flavor!  Sams Club carries the Original Multi-Seed item.  If you're interested, Cooks Natural Foods Market in Rogers carries the single pack in Rosemary & Olive Oil (my favorite option).

Happy Shopping!






Thursday, April 8, 2010

And the $10 CG2G winner is…. (drumroll, please)





Posted by Lyndi

And the winner of the $10 Cuisines Gourmet To Go Restaurant penguin bill is…


You’re the Lucky Winner!!  Congratulations Ashlee!!  Please send me an email at nwafoodie@gmail.com so I can provide you with the penguin bill.

Thank you to everyone who entered! I am touched that so many of you are willing to follow my blog or twitter!  Please let me know how I can better serve you.

A huge THANK YOU to Dave at NWArestaurants for providing the $10 penguin bill to Cuisines Gourmet To Go.  If you’re not following Dave yet you are missing out on great restaurant deals (deals that sell out fast!).

Stay tuned for another giveaway….

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

And the winner is... (drumroll, please)



Posted by Lyndi

And the winner of the $15 Bella Napoli Restaurant penguin bill is…


You’re the Lucky Winner!!  Congratulations!!

Thank you to everyone who entered!  Hopefully you will win the next time!  

In fact, did you know you have a chance to win a $10 Cuisines Gourmet To Go penguin bill TODAY?  That’s right!  Click here for more details!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Ever wonder what ‘Cuisines Gourmet To Go’ restaurant is like?



Posted by Lyndi

I admit, I was curious.  I wasn’t sure if it was (a) a catering service, (b) a catering kitchen, (c) a private restaurant for PepsiCo employees (more on that in a minute), (d) a meal-solutions service, (e) or a restaurant.

Yes to all of the above.  Oh, except for (c). 

After purchasing a 50% off penguin bill coupon from www.NWArestaurants.com (only $5 for a $10 coupon, wow, crazy good), I decided to give this place a try.  Imagine my surprise when I walked in and lo and behold, it was a cozy-comfortable restaurant! 



If I could sum up Cuisines Gourmet To Go in a phrase, it would be:  Want options?  

Option #1: Everyday menu lunch.  You name it, they probably have it:  salads, cold sandwiches, hot sandwiches, hot entrees, quiche, soups, and chili.

Option #2: “Famous, Fast, Fresh” (their quote, not mine) daily specials for $6.95.  Ready in 5 minutes or less, guaranteed.

Option #3:  Daily lunch specials can be mailed directly to you.  Just go to www.cusinestogo.com and sign up!

Option #4: Take home dinners/meal solutions.  Priced per portion and packaged any way you like.  This is a good option.  The chef prepares 3 to 5 entrees each day and they are packaged in foil containers for you to reheat at home in your own cookware, or in oven-ready microwavable containers. 

Option #5:  Yes, they are a catering service.  Whatever you want.

Option #6: Specials.  For example, over Valentines Day they had a gourmet take-home dinner for two with fresh flowers for $89.  This included sesame ginger encrusted tuna, herbed baked goat cheese salad, filet of beef tenderloin medallions with Parmesan duchess potatoes, citrus glazed asparagus, and artisan bread.  Lastly, it also included poached pear in burgundy sauce with tuxedo strawberries.  Specials like this are posted on their web site.

Okay, enough about their options. 

How did it taste?

Fantastic!  I’ve been twice now and both times I have been really impressed.  Their salads were huge and crisp, soup perfectly balanced, vegetables grilled so they still tasted fresh, and my husband loved his Philly cheese steak sandwich!  Take a look at that photo and see for yourself!

I highly recommend you try Cuisines Gourmet To Go for lunch one day. 


Serving lunch 11am-2:30pm Monday through Friday and 11:30am-2:30pm on Saturday.  Located in the Pepsi USA Building on 52nd Street.  Just north of the Holiday Inn & Suites, just south of Toyota of Northwest Arkansas.



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