The lost meals entries consist of meals that occurred at various times throughout 2012 which, for any number of reasons, escaped my documentation – some due to a cross country move and a new job, some due to the Los Angeles Kings run to the Stanley Cup, and some simply as a result of too much travel. Having enjoyed many of these meals with friends or family and with some of them amongst the year’s very best the reality is that with time my memory has deteriorated and as life moves forward I’ve realized there is little hope to ever “catch up” or document these experiences as well as I’d hope, yet in order to preserve them I present these pictures, notes, and thoughts on the experience.
White Chocolate Rum, Meyer Lemon, Espresso Macaron
Double Chocolate Croissant
Box of Treats
Cornish Pasty Company
Mushroom, Walnut, Spinach Soup with Homemade Bread and Butter
Cheese Steak – Onions, Green Pepper, Mushroom, Swiss, Red Wine Gravy
Chicken Pot Pie – Carrots, Red Potato, Green Beans, Celery, Thyme and Chicken Gravy
The Pilgrim – Turkey, Sweet Potatoes, Grilled Onion, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce
Banoffee Pie – Graham Cracker Crust, Caramel, Whipped Cream, Bananas
Apple Caramel Pasty – Apples, Cinnamon, Caramel topped with Ice Cream and Whipped Cream
Heading to ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium for the 24th Annual Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl but certainly not prepared to eat at BW3s it seemed only logical to revisit my two favorite places in Tempe; one home to the undisputed best croissant in The Valley and the other featuring traditional British hand pies from Cornwall County – and an enormous beer list plus some pretty stellar desserts. Having similarly visited both spots during the same day earlier in the year (http://endoedibles.com/?p=3661) but this time much later in the day and with family coming along from the ride I’m happy to say that both spots proved equal to their prior successes, though arriving earlier at Essence would be strongly recommended as the almond croissants were already sold out with only an hour left before closing up shop for the long weekend – not that the airy and crisp double-piped chocolate ganache version was a bad consolation prize, nor the Paris-perfect macarons.
Moving from sweet to savory (and then back to sweet) our arrival at Cornish Pasty Company was met with a raucous crowd enjoying any number of craft brews but seated swiftly as Led Zeppelin, The Who, and The Ramones competed for air time overhead we were greeted equally quickly by an excellent (and funny without being fakey) young server who understood our time constraints in terms of making it to the game and took our whole order at once noting that she’d place the order in a staggered manner to make sure food wouldn’t pile up while still leaving us time to make it to ASU by kickoff – a plan that worked flawlessly.
Knowing from my last visit that the pasties would all be excellent – and they were – what truly wowed during this visit to Cornish Pasty Co was actually the soup, a recommendation from our server as “her favorite thing on the menu” – a dense, creamless potage with a hefty mushroom nose and a subtle vegetal note on the tongue while the walnut base added a lingering smoothness that went well with the hearty housemade soda bread and cultured butter. Obviously not leaving without dessert and having already enjoyed the sticky toffee pudding and bread pudding on my prior visit this time we opted for the house-special Banoffee Pie and Caramel Apple Pasty, neither as good as the pair off puddings but both better than the vast majority of in-house pastries at restaurants in Phoenix and Scottsdale (where even top tier restaurants choose to outsource their desserts to Ms. Dempsey.)