Tuesday, December 20, 2011

{Lunch at Liberty Market}

Over the weekend I took a trip to downtown Gilbert, to meet up with my good friend Ashlyn, her sisters & adorable nieces to take some family Christmas photos.

We grabbed lunch before starting the shoot at local favorite, Liberty Market. In my year and a half of living in Arizona, I'd still never made the trek out to Gilbert. They have the cutest downtown area, with new restaurants & boutiques opening up,  like my personal favorite Postino.

Liberty Market is actually a restaurant, contrary to its name. They do sell their delicious menu items in a walk-up format, as well as wine and cool european drinks in a cooler at the front. So maybe you could consider it a market if you really wanted to.

As you stand in line with your paper menu deciding what to order, you're forced to walk along side a long cold case filled with triple decker cakes, past salads, bread pudding and other delicious looking treats. Which makes it really hard to focus on ordering normal food and not skipping straight to dessert.

Thankfully, my Italia salad filled me right up with some leftovers to take home. Mixed greens with oven-fired tomatoes, salami, dry cured sicilian olives, artichoke, garbanzo beans, basil, pecorino-romano, croutons, and some amazing lemon vinaigrette. Enough toppings? I didn't even have to make any substitutions! Which always happens. I do still want to go back to try the red velvet cake! It looked incredible.

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