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Food and Wine Weekend in Eureka Springs

November 8th, 2010

Food and Wine weekend starts on Friday, November 12th, 2010 in Eureka Springs, AR. As many of you know, this town has some of the best restaurants in Northwest Arkansas. During this weekend many of them showcase their talents and one we would like to spotlight is the Grand Taverne Restaurant featuring Chef David Gilderson. A few years back Chef Gilderson came to the Eureka Springs and we were fortunate enough to attend one of his opening tastings at the restaurant. Having been unabashed foodies in Dallas for a number of years, we knew a class act had arrived in town.

He’s still cooking and creating and has announced his menus for Friday and Saturday nights with some outstanding dishes and wine pairings. If you can get to Eureka Springs this weekend, you surely won’t be disappointed if you make a reservation at the Grand Taverne.

I didn’t see the Food and Wine menu on their website so I’ve taken the liberty of including it here.

FOOD & WINE WEEKEND 2010

NOVEMBER 12 & 13

GRAND TAVERNE RESTAURANT

featuring Chef David Gilderson

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12

Appetizer

Food ~ Rabbit Confit $12

Wine ~ Antica Antineri Family Estate $14

Napa Valley Chardonnay

Entree

Food ~ Grilled Filet of Beef $50

& Pan-fried Lobster Medallions

Wine ~ Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon $20

Dessert

Food ~ Pumpkin Cheesecake $7

w/port wine glaze

Wine ~ Concha Y Toro Late Harvest $8

Sauvignon Blanc

All 3 wines $35

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13

Appetizer

Food ~ Grilled Shrimp Cocktail $13

w/ Dirty Martini Cocktail Sauce

Wine ~ Mumm Cuvee “M” Champagne $8

Entree

Food ~ Bone-in Prime Rib of Veal $45

Wine ~ Ambulneo Bulldog Pinot Noir $30

Dessert

Food ~ Vanilla Grand Marnier Mousse $7

Wine ~ Turkey Flat Port $8

All 3 wines $40

live music both nights ** regular menu also available ** reservations please

Grand Taverne Restaurant

37 N. Main Street

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

479-253-6756


We still have rooms available at the Bed and Breakfast so if any of this entices you to come, we’d love to have you.

Top 5 chocolate desserts in Eureka Springs, AR

April 2nd, 2010

While we haven’t tried every possible chocolate dessert in all the restaurants in Eureka Springs, here are our current favorites. If you know of others please let us know.

# 5: German Chocolate Cake at the Bavarian Inn. A tall, three layer slice of cake with two thick coconut mixture layers all covered with a hard chocolate ganache. Wunderbar.

# 4: At Ermilio’s Italian Home Cooking they have a Drop Dead Chocolate Cake that is literally drop dead delicious and if you’re on a diet, the diet will drop dead.

# 3: Chocolate Bread Pudding served warm at Gaskin’s Cabins Steakhouse. Oh we do love this rich flavor that melts in your mouth. We always save just enough room and if not, walk around a minute to make room.

# 2: Autumn Breeze does a classic Chocolate Soufflé that you can’t go home without trying. Knowing it’s coming at the end of the meal makes the time pass quickly. And you must get it with ice cream or you are missing the essence of this dessert.

# 1: The current number one chocolate dessert is at Casa Colina Mexican Grill and Cantina. Try their new Bailey’s Chocolate Crème Brulee dessert. It was so good Richard did the unthinkable and used his finger to get the last little bit out of the bowl.

Let us know which are your favorite chocolate desserts.

5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Eureka Springs restaurant dining at it’s best

January 31st, 2010

The winter months allow us more time to do two things, work on our bed and breakfast rooms and eat out at the restaurants here in the historic town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. I tell Jan that eating out is a reward for working in the rooms. Sounds like a good reason to me. We like to go back to as many restaurants as we can to checkout any changes to their menu, service and food.

Recently we went back to the Crystal Dining room at the Crescent Hotel. Read on to see our comments and discover what kept Jan saying, “Wow, that was fabulous!”, for days.

Their current menu offers all inclusive five course meals at what we think is a reasonable price for the quantity and quality of food. Our meal included bread, appetizer, salad, soup, main entree and dessert. The prices range from $35 to $49.

First they brought out a bread starter we found unique in it’s presentation. Slices of fresh baked bread on a square plate with the bread piled on the corners and in the middle a mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar topped with a pesto sauce. Interesting presentation and taste.

For appetizer Jan ordered the Stilton Bleu Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms. When she took her first bite it was a Harry met Sally restaurant moment. The appetizer was probably the highlight of her meal. She did give me a small taste and, wow, what a mouthful of flavor.

Jan chose the Black Bean and Corn soup and I chose the French Onion Gratin soup. The French Onion soup was very tasty and I especially liked the topping. Not sure what kind of cheese they used in their version, but it was exceptionally good. Jan’s Black Bean and Corn soup was even better. The flavors really seemed to combine well together.

For a salad we had Bundled Grilled Heart of Romaine and Radicchio and Maitre D’ Spinach Salads. Both very satisfying.

Our entrees were Steak Diane and Scallops Christopher. The steak was classically prepared, served with fresh mushrooms, chives, shallots and coated with a Cream and Brandy sauce. Very tender and cooked just the way Jan likes it. The scallops were large and wrapped with prosciutto and perfectly pan seared. I have always like scallops and these didn’t disappoint me.

We thought it would be fun to end the meal with the flaming Cherries Jubilee. You could tell Aaron, our waiter, had prepared these many times before as he showed off his flair for dramatic presentation. It wasn’t just pretty to watch, it tasted good also.

At the end of the night we thanked Aaron for taking such good care of us and all the way home Jan kept saying, “next time you aren’t getting any of my Stilton cheese mushroom appetizer.” Guess I’ll just have to order my own.

5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast, Eureka Springs, AR

Hiking in Buffalo River State Park, Arkansas

December 16th, 2009

We had a little down time this week so we did something we’ve been trying to do for a while now. We did a day trip to the Buffalo River, a 150 mile long river with natural wilderness, towering limestone bluffs, canoe outfitters, campsites, hiking trails, and three wilderness areas. We decided to go to Lost Valley which is about a 1 1/2 hour drive from Eureka Springs, Arkansas where our bed and breakfast is located.

First we went to Jasper, Arkansas and had lunch at the Ozark Cafe which has been serving food to the locals and travelers for the last 100 years. We stuffed ourselves with plenty of carbohydrates for our pending hike and took with us two of their desserts for an afternoon pick me up.

The first stop on our hike was the Natural Bridge, about a 15 minute hike on a fairly easy trail, the first 1/4 mile of which is wheel chair accessible. I’m glad it was easy because we decided it wasn’t such a good idea to eat a big lunch of carbs right before going on a hike. The area around the initial hike was through a wooded area next to a stream which was dry at the moment. The pictures below are of the Natural Bridge area. As you can see, we took our dogs who felt right at home jumping across rocks and through the streams. It was a quiet, peaceful hike through some great scenery.

We then took the trail up to see Eden Falls. This trail was a little harder as it headed uphill and became a little rocky. But we had worked off enough of our lunch that the going wasn’t too bad. Along the way I took a pictures of the cliffs (see above) which tower over the river. The total time to hike up to the falls and back was about 2 hours at a leisurely pace.

Driving out of the park we ran across a herd of Elks which are prevalent in the area.

Once we arrived back home in Eureka Springs, we knew the dogs had enough exercise as they plopped down and didn’t open their eyes again until the next morning. Of course, we did pretty much the same thing.

5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast, Eureka Springs, AR

A 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast favorite chocolate dessert

November 4th, 2009

Here’s a recipe for one of our favorite chocolate desserts. Chocolate, my favorite vitamin. We know where there are some great chocolate desserts at restaurants in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Next time you are in town, stop by and we’ll point you to them.

Chocolate Amaretto Cake

—— Cake —–
1 box chocolate cake mix
1 box chocolate pudding mix (instant)
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup Water
1/2 cup Amaretto
4 eggs
3/4 cup pecans; chopped
—— Sauce —–
1 stick Butter
1 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Water
2 oz Amaretto

—– Cake —–
Put all cake ingredients, except the pecans, in a bowl, and mix for 2
minutes with an electric mixer.
Place pecans in bottom of greased bundt pan.
Pour batter over the pecans.
Bake at 325°F for 1 hour.

—– Sauce —–
Boil all sauce ingredients for 1 minute.
Using a skewer, poke holes in the cake while it’s still hot.
Pour the sauce over the cake and let it soak in.
Cool for 20 minutes and remove the cake from the bundt pan.

Notes: Will stay moist for 3-4 days. Good with whipped cream on top.

5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast, Eureka Springs, AR

A Foodies Path to Heaven

June 8th, 2009

What started out as a welcome home trip to a restaurant, ended up taking this foodie to a heavenly place.

Jan returned from her week long trip after visiting our granddaughter and I wanted to get out so we could talk about all the cute things Emma did. Ok, maybe a 5 day old baby can’t really do much but eat, sleep and take care of business (I’m sure you know what I mean). Anyway, it was a good excuse to get out and sample what the tourists do in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and oh what a meal we had.

We headed to Casa Colina because I knew they were having a Spare Rib dinner with a Mexican Barbecue sauce and it just sounded like something I’d like to try. We started with a Guacamole appetizer with pineapple salsa that was finished with a drizzle of raspberry sauce. While Jan loves guacamole I can take it or leave it, but the combination of the pineapple and raspberry was a very interesting and tasty twist on this appetizer and we went through two baskets of tortilla chips scooping the appetizer off of the plate.

The main entry came and it looked delectable. There was a pile of spare ribs with a Mexican barbecue sauce, fresh roasted corn on the cob and black beans topped with a little cheese. My stomach started to growl not so silently. I started with the corn which was roasted to perfection and seasoned with lime juice and just a touch of red pepper. It was perhaps the best corn I’ve ever tasted. The tartness of the lime against the sweetness of the corn gave the corn a very satisfying flavor.

The spare ribs were tender and the sauce had just enough spiciness to it to make it interesting but not overwhelming. They were too good to save for lunch, so I ate them all right then and there.

I’ve always liked black beans over the re-fried beans you normally get at most Mexican restaurants and these worked well with the spare ribs.

After the meal Joe, who owns the restaurant with his wife Dani, asked if we’d mind trying a Mojito he was thinking of serving at the restaurant. “Sure, why not”, we said. Neither of us had every tried a Mojito and found that the lime, mint and rum drink that Joe served tasted like limeade, well, except with a little more kick. The drink was refreshing although we thought the mint leaves shouldn’t be blended with the drink because they get caught in the straw.

Casa Colina is one of the restaurants we include in our packages offered at 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast. It’s well worth a try.

…Richard

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