Beautiful day to be out and about!
We ran into at our V-Day double date....the Mayor Silvestor Turner!
Come check out this modern freestanding home with a rooftop terrace! This home has an open living with a highly desirable 2-story plan! It has the latest & greatest finishes, granite counters, dark cabinetry, SS appliances, 10' ceilings, 3 bedrooms plus a study/media room, real hardwoods, transom windows & plantation shutters throughout, walk-in closet, built-ins, covered back patio, rooftop terrace & private driveway! This home has it all and is only 2 streets from downtown in blooming Eado!
The Reyna Group
You know that old gas station on Yale and 11th that was being converted...well it's finally opened! I got a chance to try 8 Row Flint and I really liked it! It's got 4 tacos on the menu, Brussel Sprouts, Chicken, Pork and Beef. They also have chips with salsa, guac, or queso. And of course they sell whiskey, lots of it, beer, and other mixed cocktails.
It's a really nice atmosphere. Super open and casual and looks like they're drawing a great crowd, a nice mixed crowd, which is nice. Sasha and I sat at the bar, she ordered a mixed drink with orange peels, I wasn't in the mood to drink so I just ordered chips, salsa, and the guac. On food, we enlist the bartender's help and she says she's only been there a week but she says the Brussel Sprouts Taco is the most popular, but she likes the Pork best, and since I'm not a huge pork fan I ordered the Brussel Sprouts and the Chicken Taco and...the Brussel Sprouts was sooooo good! So good that I ordered another one and made Sasha try it and she thought it was sooooo good too! The chips and salsa were great too. I loved the thick chips. I definitely want to come back and have that Brussel Sprouts Taco again.
The kitchen is located in the food truck in the back of the lot. Interesting idea. Those big barrels contain whiskey, which is kind of neat. You can see the tubes neatly organized along the barrels around the walls and onto the pouring spouts. Really nice decor, cozy, fun, casual, really cool place.
I'll be honest, I wasn't that impressed. It might be what I ordered, the Spicy Chicken Ramen. The inside of the restaurant was ok, but just looking around it just seemed a little unclean. It's probably due to the high traffic, but even the condiments looked like they hadn't been cleaned in a while. I may try it again, try something more popular, but you know, with all the great restaurants out it's hard to give a place a second chance...but I will try.
Tip, I suggest going with the soft noodles, ramen noodles al dente does not taste good.
I wasn't expecting anything really, wasn't sure what to expect. I knew the outside looked pretty interesting. As I'm walking onto the property I notice more and more interesting items. Nice little herb garden outside, nice outdoor sitting area, nice entrance, bar, dining area...and I also noticed there was a lot going on with the decor. There's industrial, mid century modern, lots of different colors, patterns, textures...lots going on inside, so much to look at! But overall it was nice, comfy.
Our sever, the grey fox, was great, super helpful and pleasant. I ordered the green salad and the Snapper Tartare for my meal and Janice got the Chicken Tikka Masala. My salad was interesting, light and some good textures, raisins, pistachio, kind of sweet, but not too sweet. My snapper on a chip was excellent. I am uber picky when it comes to my seafood and this snapper was very nice, fresh! Janice says she liked her Masala. I took and bite and it was pretty good, rich. We also ordered 2 desserts, one the Lemon Pudding Cake and we asked him to surprise us with the other...he brought out the Dark Chocolate Terrine and it was a fabulous choice! We liked that more then the Lemon Pudding. Not overly sweet, great textures, smooth, really delicious!
We enjoyed our experience very much and I will definitely put this on the list of new restaurants to take and introduce people to! By the way, same owner as Feast and Bernadine's.
From Common Bond...delicious! Accompanied by vanilla latte.
Another awesome year and run!
You know...there's something about that small mom and pop shop. In this world of big store chains it's nice to come across a sweet little shop like Avalon. I had a sweet lady help me with my new personal work stationary. She really took the time to help me through the selections and designing it and just really provided not only great customer service but personal care, which I really appreciate. Especially knowing how picky I can be, she really helped with the details on proper etiquette for personal stationary. That was awesome! Turns out she's the owner! They're really great there and if you're looking for stationary and gifts, what a wonderful place to support! Love local businesses! Especially those that deserve it! I purchased 100 personalized notecards and envelopes each, came out to $200.
I was actually on my way to Paper Source when I happen to see Avalon Stationary. I'm so glad I gave it a chance. Truthfully, it might have been a tad more but it was worth the help and experience. And you know us inner loopers love uniqueness and character, so if you're looking for stationary and gifts, check out Avalon!
If you're looking for a power washing service, I recently used Clean Rite. It was $250 for the house, extra $25 for the garage and additional
$5 per window for an extra wipe down service, total was $395. It took from 830-2pm and the house looks fabulous! I should've taken some before photos, but believe me, after 2 years, our house was pretty dirty! I thought Clean Rite did an excellent job!
For HH, they have $1 oysters, but most of them are not tasty. The one that is the $3.45 option that is $1 on the happy hour menu is the edible one, in my opinion. That Toffee Bread dessert was extra special too! Yummers!
I'm excited because it's Sunday and we missed church due to a longer than expected showing and we're headed to eat but we're a little late for brunch, at most places...but today we found Brasil who serves breakfast till 3pm on the weekends! Now we're talking! I mean, you would think it's normal business practice to extend breakfast or brunch on the weekends...because people love breakfast...but no, they don't...except a few places like Brasil!! So needless to say, we're very very happy.
Now, I noticed their weekend breakfast menu is different from their weekday. It seems like there are more items on the weekday menu, which doesn't make sense to me. I mean, shouldn't your weekend breakfast/brunch menu be bigger than your weekday menu? I mean how many people get breakfast at a restaurant on the weekdays? I know I don't!
However, we did notice the guy next to us had pancakes. We asked how he got the pancakes and apparently they have a specials menu, we missed that. So, definitely check out their specials menu, which is on the black board near the entry door.
On the food, we thought was good, not excellent. But hey, I'm not complaining, just letting you all know. It gets pretty crowded, but there is a good crowd, good for you people watchers! Alright, that's it for now...till next tiime!
It's the new owner of Common Bond, Johnny Carrabas!
Had a birthday lunch here, got the seared quinoa salad and the tuna was a tad fishy, I couldn't finish it. But, they were nice enough to bring out a little birthday treat! I still like this place, great spot for a day lunch or coffee!
The newest restaurant with a lot of buzz...a really great atmosphere, sexy and interesting decor and the food and service, excellent! Definitely go and try!
Sorry so short, sometimes you're just not in the mood, especially when you have a lot of catching up to do on reviews...but believe me, this is a must try!
Oh, one more thing...the lemon dessert, uh! So so good!
Seems authentic, atmosphere no bells and whistles, food seemed really authentic and the restaurant gave off a vibe like there was some little old asian lady in the back cooking her homemade recipes...and that goes far with an inner loop crowd! We enjoyed the fish the most, I did like the mapo tofu, but seeing all the oil rise to the top after the tofu was gone brought on some remorseful feelings. The green beans good! The beef dish was ok. It's odd, you think they're everywhere, but I feel like everyone is always looking for a good Chinese place and I really hadn't found that, but I think this place might be a good place!
It's always nice to have a Korean restaurant nearby...my personal biased opinion. This new place took over the former Witchcraft bar and same owner as Lola's Diner. I think I heard he was Korean too. Kind of excited but also don't want to get my hopes up about the food, diving in...
Location isn't bad, close so that's good. Our server was great and we ordered several things...the veggie pancake for appetizer, the galbi (beef) dish with rice, and the kimchi fried rice. I liked the veggie pancake, the beef dish was tasty but a bit too fatty and greasy tasting and the kimchi fried rice just didn't have the right flavors, and it was a bit too saucy. The side dishes were not tasty at all. The flavors were off. This one traditional black bean side dish, literally had like 7 or 8 little beans in the dish. A little underwhelming. They also charge for a refill on the side dishes, but I can understand that. In a traditional Korean restaurant the patrons usually don't really abuse the "service" of freebies or side dishes...whereas an American crowd may? ...so I can understand, but I still don't like it if I'm used to freebies and now I have to pay for a refill? But, that's just me being a Korean patron. Overall, it was an ok experience, maybe I'll try again with my family and see if they want to add it to the rotation for the convenience of the location.
Well now...people...did you think I went missing? I guess I sort of did. You know how the holidays come bombarding you with to-do lists! I'm finally done with those lists and now ready for some smooth sailing into the new year! The last 2 weeks of December always feel so unstable to me. Nothing is consistent, the days, the work hours, the obligations, events, parties, get-togethers, the family... It's bitter sweet...hectic, but it's festive and fun. It's my favorite time of year. You love it, but you're also sad it's all going to be gone soon. So as part of my inconsistent days, this morning we decide to go to Revival Market for breakfast. It was disappointing to see their breakfast ends at 11am. However, they do have a few all day breakfast items, this picture above being one of them. I ordered the Traditional Breakfast, $12, which includes 2 farm style eggs, bacon or sausage, and a piece of toast. We subbed ours with a biscuit which was nice of them to allow. When my breakfast arrived, the eggs came sunny side up. I don't eat eggs sunny side up and then realized our server never asked me or matt and ethan how we wanted our eggs. None of us eat our eggs sunny side up, but that's how we got them. They were accommodating enough to send mine back to scramble. They should ask though...
The sausage was really good, the biscuit was really good, but I wish...wish they would keep breakfast open longer. The full breakfast menu. It's a small place and it would be nice if they offered that...especially since their restricted breakfast menu looks really good. Or at least on Saturday and Sunday have breakfast a little longer. Overall, we enjoyed our meals, just that one wish and it would be the perfect weekend place.
*the picture above is without the eggs since they sent them back to scramble them.
And I can eat whatever I want! Best cupcakes in town… Celebrity cupcakes!
Nothing else to say...just drool.