Nico Heirloom Kitchen

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Downtown Gilbert is continuing to add to its long row of restaurants that face Gilbert Rd. Chef Gio Osso’s Nico Heirloom Kitchen is one of the newest additions this year. It brings a modern twist on Italian fare for the casual crowd. Gio named this restaurant after his son Nico. His other restaurant Virtù has made all types of headlines here in the Valley. Nico has an open patio and beautiful decor that hangs on its brick walls. They roll their own pasta daily and have a nice selection of signature drinks to choose from. We had a large party of friends that came here to celebrate my buddy’s bday. My one buddy ordered the Virtù Octopus and allowed me to sample it. I’ve only tried octopus once and it was very chewy. I was surprised how flavorful and not-so-chewy Nico’s was. I was feeling pasta and ordered the Rigatoni. It had a delicious bold red wine pork sauce that was nicely balanced. I really enjoyed it. This was overall a great experience for myself and my friends. I expect good things from Gio Osso in the future as he contributes to the Valley’s ever-growing foodie culture.

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Virtu Octopus

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Chistorra & Eggs

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Rigatoni

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Christmas Party

MYA Christmas Party 2012

I love Christmas parties. It’s fun to see everyone get dressed up and celebrate the holidays together. I am blessed to be a part of a wonderful group of friends that I get to do life with and grow in my relationship with God with. We had a white elephant gift exchange and lots of great food. What a great night of fellowship!

Thanksgiving

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I love cooking on Thanksgiving. I’ll have the Macy’s parade on in the background followed by some football games while I cook. It’s fun to plan and organize all the ingredients and what to cook first so that everything comes out hot. I just love how cheap all the food is at this time of year. Best advice I heard is to take your list of sides and cut it in half (I have a tendency to make too much). This year I had the honor to cook for several people without family, so I bought an almost 25 lbs turkey. This year I brined my turkey with a killer blend from World Market. Some of the sides I made were a green bean casserole, sausage stuffing, deviled eggs and pumpkin pie. I’m thankful my turkey came out great!

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We had over fifty people show up for our Thanksgiving dinner. It was a blessing to serve them and eat and fellowship with them. I saddens me that Thanksgiving gets overlooked because it is such a wonderful holiday. I love spending time with friends and family in community over food.

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Still a classic….

DSC04663I like to Black Friday shop just as much as anyone, but it belongs on Friday…

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Bonfire Night

IMG_1167I love it when the weather starts cooling off. For me, autumn means layers of clothes, chili and bonfires. Tonight we had a fun fellowship night of corn hole, s’mores and music. I’m very blessed to have a great group of friends to do life with and thankful for moments like this to be in community. Tonight got me excited for the upcoming holidays.

Neon Splash Dash

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IMG_0793A bunch of us ran in the Neon Splash Dash at Firebird Raceway. It’s a fun 5K race that is very similar to the Blue Man Group show in Vegas. You run through 4 different Glow Zones, where at each one you get sprayed with a different color of U.V. glow paint. Then there is an After Glow party afterwards where you glow with the backlight. They have live bands and continue to spray the crowd with paint as you dance the night away. I had a blast with my friends running the race and hanging out afterwards at the party.

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The Spread

When I go to house parties, I like to eat. Well… we had quite the spread for Aaron’s birthday party. There was shrimp, mexican food, fried chicken, pulled pork, chips – everything you can think of. I couldn’t stop munching. We also had a lot of dancing. The macarena, the watermelon crawl – it was fun. Some people even took some time to jump off the roof into the pool. I even played jenga for awhile. A lot of fun and a great night of fellowship.