June 15, 2013

Have you ever heard of a Dishcrawl before? In a nutshell, consider it a bar crawl, but with food instead! Attendees meet at a particular restaurant location, are treated to a sampling of dishes, and then move on to 3 more locations throughout the evening. It’s a fun event for friends or couples, and a great way to get introduced to different restaurants in a particular area. On Tuesday, Justin and I attended the first Dishcrawl held in Dunedin.

Dunedin Smokehouse

Our Dischcrawl began at The Dunedin Smokehouse, and it kicked the night off on a great note. Our plate arrived featuring a jumbo smoked chicken wing, a slow-smoked St. Louis rib, and a cup of smoked gouda macaroni and cheese. I have to say, I quite enjoyed the rich and creamy mac and cheese, especially with the crunch of the corn, bell pepper, and onion on top.

The Dunedin Smokehouse on Urbanspoon

Casa Tina

The second stop on our crawl was Casa Tina for some Mexican cuisine. We were presented with a mini margarita and chips and salsa to start.

Casa Tina Dishcrawl

Then, our plates were filled with three items: guacamole (yum), mole poblano, and chiles en nogada (poblano pepper with picadillo, a brandy walnut cream sauce, and pomegranate).

Casa Tina on Urbanspoon

Jolli Mons

Third on the crawl was Jolli Mons Grill. Our group was presented with spring rolls and quesadillas.

Jolli Mon's Grill on Urbanspoon

Dunedin Brewery Dishcrawl

Last, but not least, our final Dishcrawl stop was at Dunedin Brewery, where a very generous portion of food was offered. It included Dunedin Brewery wings, a crunchy fish taco, and a pulled pork slider.

Dunedin Brewery Local Honey

I also couldn’t resist and had to order a glass of their local honey brew – it is a limited edition release, once a year in May. The beer is brewed with 100% Florida honey, and I have to say it was extremely delicious…this is coming from someone who does not usually drink beer. Plus, don’t you love the glass it comes in?

Dunedin Brewery on Urbanspoon

All in all, going on a Dishcrawl was a fun experience – we got to try out a few local establishments, ate a variety of food, and spent some time with others! Make sure to check out Dischcrawl’s website and see if they offer them in your area!

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And if you aren’t already full after seeing the food from our Dishcrawl, how about some more?

What do you do when your blogging buddy happens to share the exact same birthday as you? You get together for some foodie fun, that’s what!

What are the odds that my friend Megan from I Run For Wine and I actually share the same birth date? Not a day apart, not the same week…the same day! Our friendship was meant to be. Anyway, we got together with a few of our friends on Thursday night at Besa Grill to celebrate and enjoy some delicious eats!

Besa Grill Drinks

Of course, we had to start out with some cocktails. The Guava Habanero margarita (pictured top right) was a popular selection at the table, with good reason. It is sweet and spicy in a glorious combination. And when I say it is spicy, I really do mean it – there’s a nice amount of heat with the habanero pepper infused simple syrup (made in house). Yum! Also enjoyed around the table were the Cactus Pear Margarita (top left), the classic Besa Margarita (bottom left), and the Blueberry Ginger Mojito.

Besa Grill Appetizers

Next, our table was topped with plates of fresh ceviche (gorgeous presentation, right?), and trios of guacamole (traditional, goat and blue cheese, and black bean and corn).

Besa Grill Flatbreads

We also had a sampling of their awesome flatbreads, including the chicken and brie – my personal favorite (top left), the Havana Cuban (top right), the roasted tomato (bottom left), and the smoked salmon (bottom right).

Besa Grill appetizers

We thoroughly enjoyed the next two dishes – the avocado caprese salad (I think I need to make my own version at home!), and the duck nachos. The duck nachos were received enthusiastically by the group – they featured roasted duck, black bean corn salsa, machego cheese, avocado crema, all on top of wonton chips. Definitely an indulgent flavor explosion.

Besa Grill tacos

I could barely think about eating another bite when an assortment of tacos arrived on the table. Chicken tacos, steak tacos, fish tacos, and shrimp tacos were enjoyed by all, and I think I need to get myself some of these taco shell holders for my home, don’t you think?

Besa Grill dessert

And of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday without some dessert, right? Even though we were all stuffed to the gills at that point, we managed to consume some sweets, from the Seven Sins Cake to the Creme Brulee Flight, to the Fried Banana Cheesecake with dulce de leche ice cream. Drool. It was a great evening spent with friends, and I thank Besa Grill for hosting our group!

Besa Grill on Urbanspoon

Have you had any great eats at local spots lately?

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