Mike and Patty's: A Review

Mike and Patty’s is a little hidden gem in Bay Village.  You really have to know about it to find it.  It’s not really the kind of place you’d just walk by.  But thanks to me, you have no excuse not to try it now.  Mike and Patty’s can be found at 12 Church St in Bay Village.

The place is small, the menu is slightly bigger.  What I like, is there use of good ingredients.  Now I’m not saying you should make it a daily habit, but it could be worse.  They use local ingredients for the most part.  Iggy’s bread for all their sandwiches, which is all they serve.  Pictured below is The Fancy, without bacon.  Very good.  Two fried eggs, cheddar, avocado, onions and mayo on toasted Iggy’s.  

I’ve also had the classic, which is not as filling but also good.  The Breakfast Torta is the only other sandwich I’ve ordered.  It was also great.  But I’ve been eating a lot of potatoes recently, and we all know what Rudolf Steiner says about white potatoes.  They contribute to materialism!  So The Fancy, it was.

Now this place is small, there are only 4-5 seats at the window-counter.  You can take a chance for a seat there, I’ve never had to wait too long.  Or you can order ahead online or by phone and take your sandwich to go!

Long story short, place is dope.  Try it!

Chocolatree: A Review

As I've said in a previous post, this was my first trip to Sedona.  And it was pretty cool.  Sima and I had been at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, scoping out the scene.  We knew we had to be in Las Vegas for Super Bowl Sunday (LOL), so we thought we'd make an overnight stop in Sedona.

On Friday night we bought moonshine and herbs out of the back of a truck by the train tracks.  Then we went to a guided meditation led by Dr. Dream at the Center.  At like 11:30pm, we ended up at Gem and Jam, which was a music festival I guess.

Long story short, we pulled an all-nighter and left for Sedona at 4:00 in the morning.  By the time we got there, we were both tired and hungry.

We checked into our Bed and Breakfast, the Cozy Cactus, which I highly recommend, freshened up and hit the town.

I insisted we eat first.  Sima took me to Chocolatree and I could not have been happier.  We ordered so much food and it was all so so good.  I wish I wrote this review sooner to my indulging.

We each got a golden latte, which was great.  It was one of the best I've had outside of the house.

Pictured here is our meal.  From the left, goat cheese quiche with an almond-pulp crust, vegan chili, aloo gobi, mashed potatoes, some kind of grain-free wrapper and and a fermented cream.  I don't remember the details.  Those were part of Sima's order.

I got a bunch of chocolates to go, but ate them all before I took photographs!  They were so good.  The Raspberry and Bee Pollen truffles were my favorites.  I wish I got more.  Sima had a bunch of the Raspberry ones, but she wouldn't share!

This restaurant was amazing.  The entire experience was hugely positive.  Oh and how could I forget, the whole place is SPRING WATER FED!  I even filled up my bottle before we left.  They have spigots outside for the public.  The quality of the food was phenomenal.  There's definitely an awareness around food that you won't find anywhere else.  I can't wait to go back and order everything else on the menu.

Mesa Verde: A Review

During my last trip to Los Angeles, my friend Sima (founder House of Citrine) and I drove to Santa Barbara!  The original plan was to go to the Raw Food World’s warehouse in Ojai for some deals and go to this restaurant Sima had been raving about.  Well, I called the Raw Food World several times, no one answered.  We stopped for a quick charge in Burbank, at which point I looked up the restaurant we were heading to.  They were closed!

So we thought, “fuck it, let’s go to Santa Barbara.”  There was no question.  We were going to lunch at Mesa Verde.  I don’t know the details, but I know my friend Chef Greg Arnold is involved.  If I were to guess, he develops the recipes and menu and plating.  It all looks and tastes like his style.  And I know he used to work in the kitchen there.  But I didn’t meet him really until after that.  Greg, if you’re reading this, break it down for us in the comments.

I ordered: 

Polenta Fries.  Caramelized Onion.  Smoked Summer Squash.  Black Olive.  Basil.  Piquillo.  Tomato.  White Bean.  Herbs.

And it was amazing.  The fries were crunchy, the beans were soft.  There was a great variety of textures and flavors in this dish.  There was nothing I’d add or takeaway.  I ate it with my hands.  I also got this beer pictured.  It was good, but pretty sweet.  I would definitely call it a dessert beer.

The experience outside of the food was great too.  The restaurant was quiet, our waiter couldn't have been nicer.  We weren't waiting there for hours.  Dessert looked so good but were were stuffed!  I should note that Mesa Verde is vegan.  But don't let that scare you away!  It's worth it.

Sima got the Patatas Bravas Tacos.  I think she made some kind of modification.  I don’t remember what it was.  I’m guessing something related to grain-free, so maybe the shell?  I should ask.  Sima, if you read this and I haven’t corrected it, comment!

All in all, it was a great experience, as usual.  It's the only restaurant I can really recommend in Santa Barbara!  Except AH Juice, but it's a different atmosphere.  It's Nitsa's dad, Alfred's cafe!  I got to meet him briefly, which was great.  I don't have enough info or pictures for a full review on his cafe.  We got there as they were closing up.  I did get a turmeric drink that was ah-mazing.  Also had a chocolate made from juice pulp that was way better than it sounds. And a peanut butter chocolate bar.  Also very good.  I'd have gotten more, but it was the end of the day and they ran out!

Ok, now I can say all in all and mean it.  If you're going to Santa Barbara, check these two places out.

The Tasteful Kitchen: A Review

Before I travel anywhere, I look into the food scene.  I like to know what I’m getting myself into.  I was just in Tucson for the Gem and Mineral Show and stumbled into an amazing restaurant, The Tasteful Kitchen.  I actually hadn’t heard of this place before arriving.  My new friend Sunshine took Sima and me there for dinner.  And it was so good we went to nights in a row!  It’s a mostly vegan restaurant that uses the best ingredients.  Two sisters founded and own the restaurant.  And you can tell it’s their passion.  The Tasteful Kitchen is only open for dinner 5 nights a week, and every day before they open, the owners do the grocery shopping.  That speaks to their dedication and also the quality and freshness of the ingredients they’re using.

There's wine in this picture, but it's BYOB

There's wine in this picture, but it's BYOB

The first night, we ordered a sampling.  We got spring rolls, BBQ cauliflower, a vegetable platter, fried cauliflower steak and finished everything off with chocolate and walnut covered dates.  

While everything was amazing, the spring rolls were my favorite.  They were huge and filled with the freshest ingredients, paired with a great dipping sauce.  The second night we each got our own, but we added avocado.  To die for.

The BBQ cauliflower was perfectly cooked and seasoned, served with a side of house-made kimchi.  I don’t even like BBQ sauce, but these were dope.

Sorry about the image quality, I was hungry!

Sorry about the image quality, I was hungry!

I had ordered the cauliflower steak.  It came with sweet potatoes and a mushroom gravy.  The flavors were great and the portions were perfect.  I ate it all and was satisfied, but not overly full.

I didn’t even want dessert, but when I saw the dates I couldn’t hold back.  They were so good, stuffed with walnuts.  The second night we got a berry crumble or something like that.  It was very good.  But I preferred the chocolate lava cake.

All in all, our meals at The Tasteful Kitchen were the best meals I’ve had in Tucson.  If you’re in the area, I highly recommend you check it out.