New Flagstaff restaurant and a contest for you

Hi, all — and happy Sunday.
My weekend has been screwy. I ended up working for several hours on Saturday, covering for a sick coworker. Unplanned work — and for more hours than I counted on — made for a less-than-fun day. I’ve really gotten used to having Saturdays to myself.
I made sure to have some fun before work, though: I took myself to the early matinee of “We’re the Millers.” OMG — so funny! It was just the movie I needed to see before heading to the office. At least a laugh a minute.
Now I have to decide between “Elysium” and “Two Guns” today. Maybe I’ll do both.
Nah. I should take a nice, long walk and spend some quality time at Starbucks instead. I have a first draft to finish, preferably before I get edits back on DIVA.
MG entranceBetween seeing the movie and leaving for work, I revisited Modern Grove, a restaurant that just opened in Flagstaff this week. It’s between Dunkin’ Donuts and Jimmy John’s.
MG Italian Chopped SaladYou might have seen on Instagram a picture of the Modern Grove salad I picked up for lunch Friday. I took it to go (and carried it in to Starbucks with me).
The Italian Chopped Salad was a mix of greens, salami, pepperoni, fire-roasted peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, provolone and balsamic vinaigrette, and I loved it. The ratio of greens to toppings was perfection!
I was so impressed — and found so many other tempting items on the menu — that I went back again Saturday.
MG's The RoastThis time, I got The Roast, a steak sandwich with caramelized onions, provolone and tangy horseradish sauce. I added a side of fries, but next time I think I’ll go with a side salad.
There was nothing wrong with the fries, mind you. They were actually pretty darn tasty — lightly seasoned and just crispy enough. But I’m sure the salad is just as delicious, in addition to being a much healthier choice. I’d feel more virtuous with a pile of greens on my plate.
That sandwich … OMG … that sandwich. The steak was tender and cooked just right (the menu called it medium-rare). The melted cheese, the sweet onions, the tang of horseradish all worked together to make a taste treat.
The menu also offers burgers, several gourmet pizzas, and, for dessert, N.Y. cheesecake and salted caramel bread pudding. Breakfast includes yogurt parfaits, quiche and breakfast burritos.
And prices are fairly reasonable, especially given the quality of the eats. Most menu items are less than $10. The pizzas range from $11 to $14 (for gluten-free crust).
Modern Grove didn’t give me anything to write this blog post. I bought both lunches for myself, and will gladly return again to give the restaurant more of my hard-earned money. I have my eye on a couple of their burgers, the turkey sandwich and (at some point) the mac and cheese bites.
MG refrigerator case
Huh. That one turned out a little blurry. It’s supposed to be a shot of the refrigerator case containing salads, cheesecake, fresh-squeezed orange juice and other things I can’t identify.
If you live in Flagstaff, or are planning to visit anytime soon, I highly recommend you do yourself a favor and check out Modern Grove.
Y’all already know I’m a Diet-To-Go ambassador. The company hasn’t specifically asked me to promote their newest contest, the “I Live Healthy Photo Contest,” but I wanted to let you know about it anyway. It sounds like fun, especially for those of us who are already snap-happy.
It starts Wednesday and continues through Aug. 29 — and all you have to do is share a photo of your healthy habits.
DTGPhotoContest.BASICThe top three photos, as chosen by votes on the Diet-To-Go Facebook page, will win their photographers a week’s worth of free meals.
  • The details:
  • Starts: Aug. 14 at 12:01 a.m.
  • Ends: Aug. 29 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Voting Aug. 14-Aug. 31
  • Winners announced Sept. 1
  • Submit entries directly on the Diet-to-Go Facebook page, or tag photos with #ilivehealthy from Twitter or Instagram to automatically enter them.  The contest itself and photo entries will be hosted on Facebook.

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