Chef-owner Richard Sandoval's Latin-Asian fusion paradise is meant to be shared. Artfully blended, innovative dishes roll out of his test kitchen and onto small plates you'll want to pass around the table. There's always something new to try, like a starter of XO Edamame tossed in chiles.
Giada thought the perfect ending to her weekend getaway in Santa Fe would be taking a hike at the mountain trails of The Bishop's Lodge. This resort also features two restaurants: the award-winning Las Fuentes Restaurant and Bar as well as the poolside Sunflower Bar & Grill.
Giada says Tia Sophia’s breakfast burrito makes for “the perfect hearty breakfast.” Soft tortillas are stuffed with bacon and hash browns, smothered in melted cheese and served with a poached egg on top. For added kick, order the Christmas version that comes with extra-spicy red and green chiles.
Giada says she knows the secret to McConnell's Fine Ice Cream’s nearly seven decades of success: "They make their ice creams and sorbets with 100 percent fresh ingredients and cream from a local dairy." The result is ice cream that is "creamy and rich." Giada could not stop saying "mmm."
Catch a sunset along Narragansett Bay in Newport, R.I., at The Mooring Seafood Kitchen, famous for its views and award-winning clam chowder. Try a bowl with the bag of donuts appetizer--lobster, shrimp and crab fritters that are fried on the outside but "silky and velvety" inside, Giada said.
For a brunch worth crossing a body of water for, Cafe Nola is the perfect island getaway just across Puget Sound. Only a five-minute walk from the ferry landing on Bainbridge Island, Wash., this "charming" eatery is known for its Caramel Pecan French Toast and made-to-order Bloody Marys.
Giada can't get enough of the "tender" shrimp and grits at this local restaurant specializing in low country, homestyle cooking. Topped with blue crab gravy, spicy sausage and a "perfectly cooked" poached egg, Giada called this Southern breakfast staple "stick-to-your-ribs good food."
The Chocolate Maven Bakery in Santa Fe may appear unassuming from the outside, but on the inside it houses an award-winning cafe where customers can watch bakers working laboriously in the open kitchen. Giada was a fan of the Great Start Breakfast with granola and the Belgian chocolate brownie.
Cap off a day of sightseeing with dinner at Zin, where farm-fresh produce, local wines and homegrown ingredients are the stars of the menu. If there's a long wait for a table, Giada recommends grabbing a seat at the bar and ordering zinfandel-glazed barbecue-beef short ribs with mashed potatoes.
If the breathtaking skyline view doesn't evoke sheer amazement, maybe the menu will. Located on top of the John Hancock Center, The Signature Room at the 95th (floor, that is) radiates art deco luxury with a menu prized for local dishes like the Roasted Amish Chicken atop a bed of creamy grits.
There's no better cure for a hot Texas day than a little Amy's ice cream, especially when the flavor is the famous Mexican Vanilla. Work your way through more than 350 premium ice creams on rotation, as well as frozen yogurt and dairy-free fruit ices. Then fold in a few mix-ins and Crush'ns.
On Food Network's Giada's Weekend Getaways, host Giada DeLaurentiis visits 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill for the delicious, local foods and Colorado's best microbrews and wine at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa, in Avon, CO.
There's no better place to enjoy an amazing sunset than at The Sunset Restaurant. Giada is a huge fan of the sangria, calling it ''sweet, refreshing and absolutely perfect.'' Try the restaurant's most delicious meals: Fish and Chips for dinner and the Crème Brulée for dessert.
Looking for a place to stop between wineries? Giada recommends Nappy Valley's Round Pond Estate olive mill to learn about artisanal olive oils and how they're made. Book a tour and tasting, or drop in during the summer months for a sampling of the estate's olive oils and red wine vinegars.
Food Network chefs can’t get enough of this cafe’s tantalizing treats that have been featured on four shows. Giada is crazy about the super chocolatey, crunchy Oreo cookies made with cocoa, butter and powdered sugar, while Bobby is won over by the sweet and gooey Sticky Buns studded with pecans. Tom Papa tries the fruit-filled tarts that remind him of childhood.