Experiencing Great Restaurants and Delicious Libations

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Core Kitchen & Wine Bar – Dove Mountain AZ

Located in the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort

 

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Visited November 15 2014

I had a breakfast and a dinner experience at the Core Kitchen & Wine Bar, the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain’s fine dining restaurant.

As I found consistent throughout the Ritz-Carlton property, the staff at Core was exceptional in every way. Greeting me by name, offering reading material, offering what ever area in the dining room I desired, the presentation of each course was perfectly timed and they anticipated my every need.

The food was exceptional. From a simple breakfast of coffee and Huevos Rancheros to a hearty New Zealand Venison dinner, every element was consistently good. For dinner I started with a Farmer’s Blend Mushroom Veloute Soup with a house made truffle mascarpone ravioli. It was poured at the table over the ravioli and fresh mushrooms. My entree was a chef’s special, New Zealand Venison with elderberry and micro-root vegetables. Dessert was creme brûlée with french macaroons. It was probably the best meal I have had in a couple years.

The dining room has several types of dining experiences, both inside and outside. There is counter seating around the open kitchen, a large private dining room, a high ceilinged room with a two sided fireplace, several lower ceiling areas for more intimate dining. Outside there are covered terraces with water features and fire places, as well as open terraces with the spectacular Dove Mountain valley views.

Adjacent to the restaurant is it’s own citrus grove, providing the freshest oranges, tangelos and red grapefruit you will find in a restaurant anywhere.

For my review of the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort click here

The Core Kitchen & Wine Bar website click here

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Ignite – Dove Mountain AZ

Located in the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort

 

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Visited November 13-15 2014

The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort’s lounge and terrace has lunch and dinner service. For most of my visit the large glass wall between the lobby lounge and the terrace was open making it seamlessly feel like one space. Inside there are fireplaces and outside the terrace has numerous fire pits and fire towers -hence the name “Ignite”.

The hotel has staff rangers that host hiking tours through the desert and mountain valley and provide information on the animals and cactus found in the resort. At 5:15 on the Ignite terrace, the rangers give a talk about the native american history in the Dove Mountain Valley. There is a legend about a native american flute player that played in the valley at dusk, and the music was heard throughout the valley. They continue the tradition every evening with a flute player way off in the distance on the mountain, and the flute music can be clearly heard and enjoyed on the Ignite terrace with you favorite libation.

They have an impressive whisk(e)y  list of over 100 choices  (but alas only 4 gins).

To view the Ignite web page click here

For my blog post on the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort click here


Turquesa Latin Grill – Dove Mountain AZ

Located in the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort

 

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Nestled alongside the inner arc of the main swimming pool, Turquesa Latin Grill is open for lunch and drinks poolside. You cannot beat the setting for a relaxing casual meal. The staff here (and everywhere in the Dove Mountain Resort) is as good as you will find anywhere – pleasant, friendly, efficient, informative and they anticipate your every need. The food was fresh and good, although I ordered fairly basic fare – a chicken burrito.

Although only open for lunch, they do host private events poolside where the pool, trees, and cacti are bathed in colors and illuminated balloons hover above.

For the Turquesa Latin Grill website click here

For my blog post on the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort click here