We've known and loved Chef Christopher Gross' French-inspired cuisine for so many years -- we guess you could say we have a "crush" on him - sorry, couldn't resist.
For a little fun, Chef Gross likes to fly across the pond and jump on his bike to give it a spin. This is him at Monza, outside of Italy, July 8 this year.
Dripping with food awards like the culinary Michael Phelps of Phoenix, we know that we can find Chef Gross and luscious food will follow. Today is no exception, he's taken us around town and on a Northern California adventure in search of decadent delights with French and Mexican taking the lead.
Sit back, relax and savor Christopher Gross' perfect food day:
Breakfast: The perfect start to my day is having French pressed coffee with my girlfriend, Jamie. We read the newspaper and go through email and discuss what we have planned for the day. As we eat, our 4 dogs constantly nudge us, as they beg for us to share our breakfast with them. Sometimes they are under the table, often on the chairs, and at times, they boldly climb on top of the table.
Lunch: For lunch you can't beat the New Mexican cuisine at Los Dos Molinos. I don't get there as much as I would like to, but my favorite things are the Machaca Pizza, and the Carne Adovada enchilada-style with a Negra Modelo Beer. I usually end up consuming three to four bowls of hot sauce. I thought I remember seeing an ad for them once that said "It's so nice it burns twice," whether that is a false memory or not, it's the truth! I like to end my meal with the sopapilla à la mode, the honey and ice cream cools my mouth and the flakey pastry is buttery and delicious.
Between Meal Snacks: For snacking I could live in Northern California. On a recent work related trip in Napa, we flew into San Francisco and drove up. We stopped at the Gourmet Ghetto in Berkeley. First we darted into Café Fanny for a pain au chocolat and grand café and then grabbed a baguette from Acme Bakery to enjoy later with our wine from Kermit Lynch. On our way back, we discovered The Fatted Calf in Napa Valley and could easily become one if we lived there. They had the nicest charcuterie, which is one of my favorite things to eat. I really wish they were in Arizona.
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Dinner: For dinner I love the food and ambiance of Petite Maison. They have a fantastic menu that is full of my favorite foods, like fine cheese, Foie Gras, and steak frites. I don't get to go out to eat that often, but when I do, it is a luxury. Sometimes after work, I run over to Petite Maison for their late night hours and have a Laphroaig, with Chef James Porter, a great way to end a night.