Food Trip Friday # 104

This is my first post for Food Trip Friday!  I love to cook , eat and read everyone’s recipes, and  my mouth waters over the sumptuous food preparations.

Last Saturday, having a day off, we pondered over where to go out to eat for a treat.  Being that March 19th was St. Joseph’s day, we were combining a car trip to the Italian bakery with dining out.

At the bakery, we selected some St. Joesph’s pastry’s ; these have vanilla custard inside but you can also get with  cannoli cream ( ricotta cheese and powdered sugar recipe).

There’s an Italian restaurant in a mall  about 1  1/2 miles away. called Bensi.  We have only been there twice and once with friends.

Once we arrive, I see that it has become quite popular, and there’s a birthday party table reserved in the front area complete with balloons, looks like fun.   There are groups of family’s waiting for a larger seating, but since it is just my husband and I, we are lucky to be seated at a booth right away.

the shared appetizer: mozzarella en carrozza, crab-stuffed shrimp, stuffed mushrooms, and bacon-wrapped scallops.

For my entree, I choose Papparadelle pasta (means ribbons shape) with shrimp, sun-dried tomatoes, and asparagus in a wine sauce.  It was delicious, especially since I like the taste of sun-dried tomates and of course once in a while I eat mozzarella cheese.

My entree, Papparadelle with shrimp, sun-dried tomatoes, and asparagus

Another view since the topic is Foodie Friday!

My entree!

I love tomato sauce, so I was waiting for the waiter to bring a small dish of extra marinara sauce to dip my mozarella en carrozza ( fried mozzarella sandwiches-breaded).  Once in a while I’ll order mozarella, but not often.

Dipping the breaded mozzarella in the tomato sauce, delicious!

And the St. Joseph’s pastry that we purchased at the Italian bakery.  Yes there are still some authentic bakeries left instead of the supermarket’s


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St Joseph's pastry with vanilla creme

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