Hen of the Wood – Burlington, VT – First Spoonful

I had heard a LOT about Hen of the Wood, and all of it was good. So, of course when we were on the east coast for a wedding, and staying in Burlington, we had to check it out. The Burlington location is the second with the first being in Waterbury, not too far from…

That Damned Instant Pot Craze!

Moment of Truth – I am NOT an “early adopter”. Of anything. I wait it out. I listen to others’ commentary, successes and failures. I read reviews online. I read articles, and I research. So when this Instant Pot craze started a couple of years ago, I waited. One person I know sent theirs back….

Expectations and Living Up to the Hype

Hype…is it really all that? Is hype a product of a great PR team? Are “people in the know” really that knowledgeable? Who decides what is great, “on trend” and a “must have”? I have never claimed to be an expert on ANYTHING. I know a little bit about a lot of stuff and I…

Lionfish – First Spoonful

Lionfish in San Diego, a partnership between Clique Hospitality Group and Andy Masi, is a place you will want to check out and visit often. The gorgeous dining room and bar are perfect settings for both dinner and happy hour with an eclectic menu. Handcrafted cocktails, small shareable plates, excellent entrée selections and thoughtfully prepared…

Sparrow + Wolf – First Spoonful

  Sparrow + Wolf is my most anticipated restaurant opening in ages. I have waited for fucking EVER to eat Brian Howard’s food again. Since Comme Ça closed in 2015, the only time I was able to enjoy this Chef’s food was at events. Neighborhood Cookery INDEED! Sparrow + Wolf opened last Wednesday in Vegas’…

Aureole – New and Improved

I’ve waited long enough to post this. I apologize for the delay, there are some issues with the website and they are being dealt with. To see ALL of the pics, please visit Good for Spooning on Facebook.  Aureole is new and improved Johnny Church at the helm In December The Hubs and I celebrated…

They Used to be SO Good…

We all have favorite places to go, but what happens when that place changes in some way making it less of a favorite? Is it truly the business, or is it your expectations? Truth be told it is probably a combination of both. I experienced this a lot in San Antonio, Texas. We lived there…

Downtown Grand – Not So Grand

Ever since the renovation and reopening of the Downtown Grand, I have been a huge proponent of the property. I have booked blocks of rooms for parties, pub crawls and events in the downtown area. Nice rooms, decent house staff, conveniently located, gorgeous pool…and all of that has changed. I have had my final stay…

Life is Beautiful Indeed! #LIB2015

I wasn’t supposed to be there. Really I wasn’t. I wanted to go, but I was supposed to be in Phoenix. Then a dear friend – let’s call him “G” – texts me to say he has a pass for me. Hubby goes to Phoenix without me.  It is a GA pass, and I am…

Grills & Guitars 2015

The kickoff event to Life is Beautiful was held at the SLS Foxtail Pool and the food was fantastic! Many of my faves were on hand to serve up some great food, but a few were noticeably absent . The cocktails by the liquor sponsors were varied and delish (I did not drink the tequila)….