Guest Chef – Crème & Chocolats

Confectioner (n:) a person who makes or sells candies and, sometimes, ice cream, cakes, etc.

We just wrapped up our fourth filming in our Guest Chef series with Boyd Harrington. It has been so much fun, and a huge learning experience for us. Being a consumer, most don’t realize the work that goes on behind the scenes and how much training and preparation is involved in bringing the product to the customer. We just finished filming at Crème & Chocolats where we learned how to make the perfect chocolate dipped ice cream cone, and also crêpes. We found that swirling the perfect cone was actually harder than making the perfect crêpe. Don’t be fooled though, both take a lot of practice to perfect! We had a great time filming here!

Aurélie and Jean came to Arizona with the dream to share their favorite treats. They are inspired by their French background to know good chocolate, rich desserts, and exquisite pastries. Crème & Chocolats gives you more than a variety of tasty treats, they give you a cozy ambiance to indulge in them. They use a 10% butterfat recipe which is higher than a soft serve (2-5%) which what makes their soft serve creamier and smoother, and you can choose from 9 varieties of flavor-infused Belgian chocolate to dip your cone into. Aside from running their bistro, they are also the parents of 3 young little boys and married for more than 10 years.

Guest Chef – Nitro Live

Nitrologist (n:) a person who works at the front counter guiding customers through the ice cream making process while ensuring that every customer receives excellent product and service.

We’re having a blast working on our guest Chef Series with our videographer, Boyd Harrington. In case you haven’t been following along on our Instagram page, we’ve created a unique concept of working behind the scenes inside local businesses. We love connecting on a personal level with local companies we love to support. We spent our time filming Episode 2 at Nitro Live learning how to make ice cream desserts out of liquid nitrogen! We picked up the concept quickly and had so much fun working behind their counter.

Nitro Live is family owned and operated by Felicia and Rich, who were on the brink of retirement, but decided to put that on hold to create a company that applies the science of liquid nitrogen to creating delicious ice cream tailored to customers’ needs and imaginations. They also have the ability to accommodate a wide range of dietary restrictions, including lactose free, no sugar added, low fat, and vegan treats. They also have a passion for making a difference in the community, including conducting demonstrations at local schools.

Guest Chef – SodaRush

Soda Jerk (n:) a person who serves and sells soft drinks and ice cream at a soda fountain.

If you’ve been following along on our Instagram page, then you’ve seen that we have teamed up with Boyd Harrington to create a unique concept of working behind the scenes in local shops. Our goal for the Guest Chef series is to connect better with the companies we love to support and get a feel for what they do for all of us consumers. We had a ton of fun at SodaRush learning how to make different drinks, fresh lemonade and interacting with the customers. Keep an eye out for more to come. 🙂

SodaRush is a family owned and operated Soda Shop.​ Originally from Kansas, Jim and Amber moved to the valley of the sun with their 4 children to open their own soda and cookie shop. They now have two locations in Mesa, and in Gilbert. SodaRush not only only serves their Signature Sips and Gourmet Cookies, they also serve Ice Cream Cones, Fresh Squeezed Lemonade and Coconut Limeade, and also Cotton Candy, Giant Soft Pretzels, and Fruit Puree Parfaits.

Brunching in Arizona

 

Brunch (n:)  a socially acceptable reason for day drinking

Just when you get in the groove of the whole “New Years resolutions” thing someone mentions brunch and you throw that resolutions right out the window!

Sonata’s Restaurant in Scottsdale has got their Brunch game on fleek.

    {{ Brunch isn’t brunch unless you can “cheers to the freaking weekend” }}

🥂Signature drinks; The Breakfast Spritzer, aka, Mimosas 2.0 – grapefruit juice, rosemary infused tequila topped with champagne. Or their Grand Marnier and Kahlua coffee topped with macerated berries and Chantilly cream. As well as the classic Bloody Mary.

         {{ And it is totally acceptable to have sweets because we say so }}

🌰 Sweet brunch options; cinnamon roll with Applewood bacon, duck fat glaze and shaved chocolate and Stuffed French Toast with Stone Fruit and candied brandy butter. (FUN FACT: Stone Fruit is a fruit with flesh or pulp enclosing a stone, such as a peach, plum, or cherry.)

       {{ To make it a proper Brunch it must include an egg of sorts }}

🍳Savory options; Lil Piggy Omelette with pork belly, potatoes, guacamole, salsa verde, crème fraiche, arugula sad. The Sonata’s Egg Benedict with prosciutto, spinach, brioche, truffle hollandaise, breakfast potatoes, arugula salad.

                              {{ Desserts cause why not }}

🍫Desserts; Warm Chocolate Cake with spicy chocolate sauce, candied walnuts and caramel ice cream. Spurgos – Mini Beignets – Lithuanian mini doughnuts, vanilla pastry cream, hazelnut chocolate and strawberry marmalade.

We truly enjoyed our visit there, the patio was absolutely stunning and of course the Arizona winter weather did not disappoint! Where did you Brunch this weekend?

E&K Favorites: Lil Piggy Omelette

Website: http://www.sonatasrestaurant.com

Address: 10050 N Scottsdale Rd #127, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

SodaRush

On January 18th, 2018 we attended Media Night with other bloggers and influencers at the brand new SodaRush in Gilbert. From sodas to cookies to ice-cream, we were able to sample everything on the menu and interact with other colleagues.

Jim and Amber (owners) are some of the nicest people you will meet. Right when you walk in you’re treated with sweet smells from their bakery and super friendly team members. The shop is colorful and inviting, and their branding is so eye catching. The décor in their shop is adorable and a great place to hand out with friends.

If you’re looking for a large variety of fancy fountain drinks and some of the most delicious, made from scratch daily, giant cookies you’ll ever eat (they’re award winning!!) this is the place to be!

P.S. They also feature Dole Whip occasionally (it’s always available on their soda truck!), so be sure to follow them on social media to see when it’s available. They also have cotton candy, pretzels, and feature seasonal fudge and cookies of the month.

E&K Favorites: The Miguel drink and the Sugar Smash cookie.

Website: www.sodarush.com

Address: 1522 S Gilbert Rd Suite 107 Gilbert, AZ 85296