Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Mozaic-Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week in Santa Cruz is here again! With lots and lots of restaurants participating! 

My friend and I wanted to try something new, that we wouldn't normally eat so Mozaic with it's Mediterranean cuisine seemed like a perfect fit. 

I was a little apprehensive at first...Mozaic had taken over one of my favorite places, Louie's Cajun Bourbon Bar. Louis had moved due to an increase in rent but have not yet reopened elsewhere...so sad! 
But I digress....as we entered, the atmosphere was busy but fun and lively. The design had changed from New Orleans Bourbon street to beautifully tiled counters and glass light orb fixtures. Fancy but not at all stuffy.
To start we ordered a few drinks, then picked out dishes off the fixed Restaurant Week menu. I chose the Spanakopita, Salmon and Baklava. 

The spanakopita was really delicious but almost too much he he! The salmon was spot on....perfect and not too fishy, plus who doesn't like some rice along with it. 
 Craig ordered the Calamari, Lamb and Beef Gyro dish and Pistachio Pudding. The pudding was...interesting. It had a lot of rose in it...so to me it tasted like eating perfume. My friend and her husband seemed to enjoy it. 
The Baklava was yummy...maybe a little too sweet for me...and I love sweet. It was just dripping with honey. I could only eat one...maybe I'm not used to anything that rich anymore :( Darn you "healthy" diet! 
Overall Mozaic was a delight and the manager was super nice as well. It will be fun to go back and try other dishes.

 For more info on Restaurant Week Follow this link  http://www.santacruzrestaurantweek.com/


Monday, October 12, 2015

3 Treat Brownies

Howdy! So this happened......I made a really simple but over the top dessert!! 
I present the 3 Treats Brownie:
  • One layer cookie dough(I chose regular/choc.chip)
  • One layer Oreo cookies (original)
  • Final layer Brownie Mix (dark chocolate fudge mix)

Set the oven to 350 degrees

First you start by spreading out your cookie dough into the bottom of a non-stick pan. Try to make it even throughout. 

Next place your Oreos over the dough. You might even be able to get away with a few layers of cookies he he!
Then after mixing up the brownie batter, pour it over the Oreos and cookie dough.  
 After spreading the batter evenly you are ready to place it into the oven. 
I started by setting the timer to 20 mins but it proved to take a lot longer. I kept adding on 5 mins...so almost 40 mins later it was done, but still gooey! 
Make sure to check it with a toothpick to make sure it is cooked through.  
 After letting it sit for 10 mins, I had to cut off a piece and see what this creation looked like...and it was truly delicious! Very rich and decadent!
I also had some extra cookies and dough so I made a second treat, but it did not turn out as photogenic as the brownies he he! So pay no mind.
This brownie filled our place with such a yummy smell...part cookie, part brownie. I started drooling right away he he! 
Thanks for readin! -Bunny