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FnB is one of the best restaurants I have ever been to.  EVER.  And I have been to some fantastic restaurants.  Let me tell you – it was awesome.

I loved the relaxed atmosphere.  There is an open kitchen in the center of the restaurant with a bar set up around it.  Max and I ate at the “bar”; we loved it so much, we made reservations for the next night too!    Max also is a little mad I am letting this secret out – because with the way the food tastes and the friendly service, I could see this place booking up months in advance.

1) You have to get the Braised Leeks.  This dish has won awards – and may be the best thing I have ever ate.  Braised Leeks, Mozzarella, Mustard Bread Crumbs, and  a Fried Egg.  Max got this as an appetizer the first night, and I got it as my main dish the second night.  (The portions outside of NYC are usually HUGE for me.  I left stuffed even though I ordered two appetizers instead of an appetizer and an entre.)  Long story short – you MUST get this dish.

2)  Fried Green Tomatoes.  I had these as my main dish the first night, and Max had them as an appetizer the second night. They were served with greens and feta.  They knocked my socks off.

3) Falafel… Some of the best I’ve had…

4) Cheese and Nut Bread.  It came with dates and apricot compote.  The apricot compote was fantastic – I don’t even like apricots.  This is the dish I had as an appetizer the second night.  It was really yummy, and probably the smallest (still not small) dish on the menu – which meant I wasn’t too full for the leeks!

5) Roast Jidori Chicken – served with spaetzle.  Max said this was AWESOME.  It looked and smelled yummy.  But, I have no concept.

6) The Steak.  It was really big and it looked good.  But, Max had this the second night, and I was way too into my leeks to remember anything else about it.

7) The first night we were too full for dessert.  The second night we saved room (as best we could), because we kept watching the butterscotch pudding being made and then served.  It looked WAY TOO GOOD to pass up.  Butterscotch pudding, whipped cream, and a little nutmeg sprinkled on top.  Perfect ending to a perfect meal.

We paired all of this with a local wine, called Dos Cabezas.   Umm, FANTASTIC.  The winery is further south than we were, so we couldn’t make it there this time…  Next time, we HAVE to go there.  It was pretty cheap too – especially compared to NYC prices!

Bottom Line:  Get your ass to FnB.  I don’t care if you have to fly there.  If you have no other reason to go to Scottsdale, go just for FnB.

(PS – it TOTALLY makes sense that the Chef had a restaurant in NYC before moving to AZ – just sayin’.)

Interesting Links:

http://fnbrestaurant.com/

http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/10-best-restaurant-dishes-of-2010

http://www.doscabezaswinery.com/tasting-room.html

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After the Grand Canyon, we headed down to Scottsdale.  We were staying at the Westin Kierland Villas, which we got for a GREAT deal.  Seriously, we got three nights for the price of one!  The hotel was AWESOME.  Our villa even had a golf course view.  The pools were close by, and looked lovely, but it was a little too chilly to swim.

We woke up sorta early the following day – we wanted to make it to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West before it got really crowded.  Well, that didn’t work out.  There were a lot of people there, but we still managed to get on the tour we wanted to!  We went all around the outside of the house, taking a ton of pictures, and we were able to see the inside – no pictures were allowed for pieces of the inside tour.  This compound was spectacular, especially for being built towards the end of Frankie’s life.  He was truly a man after my own heart – making ridiculous requests in the name of art!  These requests included: a call to the president re: the poorly placed power lines ruining his view, a perfect lawn in the middle of the desert, and cutting holes in the windows, because he didn’t want to move the urns two inches forward.  The tour was scheduled to take 90 minutes, but it took closer to two hours, due to the amount of detail the tour guide shared.  Max and I didn’t mind (although some people got all huffy and left); it was a wonderful place and a lovely tour.

After Frankie’s, we decided to take a trail ride in the desert.  We pulled up to MacDonald’s Ranch to see if they could accommodate the likes of us.  Max has only ever ridden a horse a few times, and I spent most of my childhood on horseback.  We signed up for the 3 pm ride, which lasted for two hours.  We got to see the sun setting on the desert- it was beautiful.  Max was a little apprehensive when he was assigned the horse named “Tequila”, mainly because he and real tequila just don’t mix.  Not to worry, all of the horses were perfectly trained and the wranglers (guides) were excellent at soothing even the most nervous beginner.

After riding, we started to think about dinner, we yelped the crap out of the area, and found a place called FnB.  It was so awesome, it gets its own post.

So, you will get the scoop on FnB tomorrow – Stay Tuned.

Interesting Links:

http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=5639

http://www.franklloydwright.org/web/Home.html

http://www.franklloydwright.org/web/Tours.html

http://www.macdonaldsranch.com/

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