August 17, 2010: California Pizza Kitchen

Today was a relatively long day.  My mom dropped me off at my grandparents’ hotel to swim in the pool at the wee hours of the morning.  After my mom picked us all up we went to shop a little. Of course, shopping works up an appetite.  On the way to Trader Joes we decided to stop at California Pizza Kitchen in Scarsdale.

On a hot summer day my mom, grandmother and I were crazy enough to have soup.  My grandfather, on the other hand, was in the mood for Fish tacos.  My mom and grandmother got a bowl of Tuscan White Bean Minestrone Soup (Cannelini Beans, zucchini, onions, celery, tomatoes and parmesan cheese all combined into a soup for a decent price of $5.99). I was in the mood for something a little different.  I went for the Sedona Tortilla Soup, a lovely combination of tomatoes, tomatillos and corn along with green chilies and what the restaurant calls “Southwestern spices.”  The soup was garnished with thin crispy tortilla strips.

The soup was delectable and coated my taste buds with the most exotic flavors.  I was in soup heaven.  It was creamy, elegant and had the right amount of spice.

My mom and I also ordered an appetizer of Tuscan Hummus (we are hummus women).  Rather than chickpeas this hummus is made with pureed Tuscan white beans, sesame, garlic, lemon and garnished with parsley, tomatoes, basil and garlic.  This delicious, melt in your mouth hummus was served with a honey-wheat whole grain pita bread.  It was to die for.  It was one of those dishes you can enjoy with your eyes closed.  I know I did.

[Tuscan Hummus]

[Sedona Tortilla Soup]

Next time you find a California Pizza Kitchen, you know you can eat healthy and save some money.

Peace, love and no beef!



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