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February 2020

Scottsdale Coffee Tour

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Calling all coffee shop lovers! I had the best time touring a bunch of the cutest coffee shops in the Scottsdale area! I loved all of these locations so much and would happily go back to all of them!

Press Coffee

This cute little coffee shop is located right in the heart of Scottsdale Quarter. It is a great place to stop while shopping or before you go on your shopping spree. The atmosphere is calm and collected. There are a variety of two person tables within the cafe for you to sit at. I wouldn’t recommend this location for larger groups as this is pretty tight location. Because I wanted to try something a little different, I asked for their recommended item. Which was a Hot Chai Latte with Almondmilk. My drink came out within about 5 minutes even though they were very busy. On to the drink. HOLY CRAP. This drink is amazing. I am writing this after my first sip and it is taking all my willpower not to drink the entire thing right now. Light, flavorful and just the right temperature. I highly recommend this location for those looking for a place to sit and work and relax.

Also, I came on a super rainy day in Scottsdale and this place was full of people. From the moment I came in until the moment I left, there was a constant and steady stream of people coming in. Cost of the drink was about $6.30, so a little pricier than I normally pay at these cafes. But the flavor was so good without being overpowering that I thought it was well worth the cost.

Ruze Cake Shop: Stop and Taste the Roses

The BEST macrons. So so good and so worth the price. The espresso macron was the best hands down. The cutest little shop in Old Town Scottsdale and worth a trip with you and your girlfriends. Gives me some Gwendolyn vibes without being in Indiana. They cater and have macron and Arizona cactus cookies that are a part of that deal. Perfect for any wedding you may have coming up as everything is decorated so well and the attention to detail is immaculate. I’d highly recommend these if you are in the area or need some cute items to add to a grab bag or gift bag. I would personally get a few macarons or Arizona cookies to put into gift bags for a girls bridal or baby shower! Such a cute environment for a girls catch up session!

Website: https://www.ruzecakehouse.com/

C’est la Tea – Teaspressa

Okay, it took me way too long to find this. Let’s start out by saying that if I can’t see a sign from the road it will take me 10 years to find it! So, I passed this place twice before I found it. But once you get here, its totally worth it. A very cute location and very Instagram-able for those who are into that! The location itself is super cute, with white chairs and tables and outdoor seating for when its nice out. The tea itself is great and worth a stop. Also, I just saw a girl in the cutest outfit– a newspaper dress and white leather boots – I’m going to need that outfit asap.

Regardless, Teaspressa is a very cute place for those who are looking for a place to sit down and relax. This location is about 8 minutes from Old Town Scottsdale, so its a drive if you live in North Scottsdale or the surrounding area. The tea itself — I got a London Fog as that’s my favorite tea. Matcha is a little rough for me to handle. I also haven’t had it iced before today and it was really good and very refreshing. This was also my third stop of the day so I am really feeling that caffeine kick. Imma need a nap after this!

Prep & Pastry

Prep & Pastry is the cutest brunch place in Scottsdale! The food, mimosas and atmosphere are all amazing and totally worth a visit. I highly suggest making a reservation or getting on the wait list as soon as possible. Otherwise, I saw that the wait was about an hour when we arrived at 10:30am on Sunday.

The food itself was absolutely phenomenal! Their french toast had a champagne infused whip cream that might have been one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. Couple that with the best Monte Cristo I’ve ever tasted and I was already in a food coma. We ended the night with an espresso donut that was just melt in your mouth goodness. I highly recommend coming here and trying these items. The food and service are well worth the wait to get a table!

Also, I just need to shout out the serious fan girl moment I had today. I got to meet Erin from Wink & A Twirl and she was just so sweet and so kind and it was such a blessing to get to chat with her for a moment. Let me just say that I have had so much fun getting to know people on the Instagram platform. There can be negativity there, but there is also so much joy and wonderful people as well!

Have you been to any of these locations? If so, post a picture in the comments below!

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter And Sage

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Two Words: Flour Explosion!

This caused one of the biggest cooking messes I’ve ever made in my trailer. I had flour covering me, the counter, and basically half the trailer. I’m not kidding either! So. Much. Flour. This recipe was relatively inexpensive and was honesty so so good. The biggest issue I had with this recipe was that I needed more counter space. The lack of counter space created a lot of issue trying to move things around and make space for all the steps.

Let’s start from the beginning, a quick 12 minutes in the microwave equaled soft sweet potatoes that were easy to mash. Combine the sweet potatoes, ricotta and salt and pepper. After that add the 3/4 cup of flour. I had to add a couple extra tablespoons of flour to get it to the consistency Chrissy said I had to be at. Goal was to not stick to the side of the bowl. I was so excited when I finally hit that point that I ran over to my husband to show him how well I was doing. He had no idea why I was so excited, but I needed to tell someone I did it! Ha!

At that point, you place it on your counter space with flour and start kneading the dough to make the gnocchi. Chrissy said 9-10, 90 degree turns would do. I’m pretty positive I was doing something wrong because it took me more like 15-20 to get it to be non-sticky. And non-sticky was a reach, it was more like less sticky than it was before. Once I got to that point, I moved it into the three dough balls as instructed and tried to roll it into 12 inch long rolls as requested. Honestly, each one was a different size and different width. I definitely did not get those rolled out right, but I wasn’t as concerned with that.

At this point, I cut the dough and threw the pieces into boiling water. As this cooks you can get the sauce ready. Honestly, the easiest part of the entire meal. Melt a stick of butter, add freshly torn sage leaves and cook. Once the gnocchi rises, strain it and put it into the butter/sage mixture. Sprinkle the Parmesan, salt and pepper and mix and you are good to go!


Overall Review:

Overall Difficulty: 1/5

Price: Less than $20 for all ingredients.

Materials Needed

  • 1 Pound Sweet Potato
  • 1/2 cup whole-milk ricotta
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour (I needed a couple more tablespoons)
  • 1 Stick Butter
  • 1/4 cup torn sage leaves
  • 1/2 cup grated parmigano-reggiano cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste (butter sauce)

Taste: 5/5

Recommendation: This recipe is super filling, a little goes a long way. I would recommend pairing this with some veggies, fruit and some chicken for a wonderful meal.

The recipe can be found in Chrissy Teigens cookbook Cravings. This recipe review is a part of our Cravings Cookbook review series.


xoxo – The Unprofessional Chef