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The Sweet Spot – Duluth GA #foodiefriday

The hubs and I were on our way home from Atlanta, Georgia. I had a taste for cupcakes. I searched online and found there was a bakery called The Sweet Spot located in Duluth, Georgia.

I told hubby that I would like to stop there but after putting it into GPS I saw it was a 5 mile detour off of the interstate. With that in mind, I told him that I changed my mind and we did not have to go there. He insisted saying if I wanted a cupcake, let’s go get it.

 

When we arrive, I took in the location. Located in a strip mall, the bakery had very simple but elegant decor. It looked as if it could be featured in a real simple or Martha Stewart magazine.

There were so many different flavors of cupcakes to choose from and everything looks so delicious. I decided to order the pistachio cupcakes, red velvet cupcake, and a tres leches cake bar.

I was so excited to dig into my desserts.

I started with the tres leches. I didn’t examine the cake closely enough before I bought it, otherwise I would have realized it had a layer of vanilla pudding in between the cake and the whip topping. I do not know where adding vanilla pudding is considered traditional for this desert, but none of my friends have ever put vanilla pudding into tres leches. The cake had a firm texture with which it could absorb the milk that would have been poured into it. However, the milk did not have much flavor. I could not discern any hint of spice like cinnamon or nutmeg which are usually common in this desert.

The pistachio cupcake had little pieces of pistachio nuts throughout the cake and was topped with a lightly pistachio flavored whipped cream. The flavors were not very intense. It tasted like it did not have enough flavor. In my opinion, either the topping or the cake needs to have a strong pistachio flavor. One or the other, but not both. Too much would it be overwhelming. In this both had very muted flavors.

My last hope for a satisfactory dessert was the red velvet cupcake. I saved this for last because I love red velvet cake and I helped this would be delicious. It had the proper density and texture for red velvet cake. However, It was topped with whipped cream and not cream cheese frosting. Another desert that I took for granted that bakers knew how they should be served.

TOW opinion: I was disappointed that the desserts were not prepared the way that I have traditionally known them to be prepared. I did learn if I am going to a new bakery, I need to ask more questions to ensure what I am purchasing is what I am expecting to receive.

Photo blogging #challenge October 2017 #mychoice #photoblog

The theme for October photo blog and challenge hosted by http://hoohaa.com was Photographer’s Choice. I did not take any artistic shots this month. My pictures were more about the fun, interesting things I was doing. I think I will find my inner artist in November.

Photo 1
We were hanging out with friends and decided to play dominoes. I ended up winning this round.

Photo 2
I helped with a fundraiser for the Soup Kitchen called “Empty Bowls”. I made two bowls: one to donate and one for myself. Making the bowl was easier than you think. The professional potter worked the clay in advance. All I had to do was mold it in a bowl shape and paint it. This is the bowl I kept. I liked the way it looked after firing in the kiln.

Photo 3
I told hubs that I wanted to melt glass. He made this kiln at our house and then we tried to get it hot enough to actually melt glass. That was easier said than done. The temperature is half of what we needed it to be to do what we wanted. Yes. That says 1,110 degrees F!!!!

Photo 4
October means Beer tastings! The beer tasting was held at Montagues. I don’t go for the beer. I go for the food 🙂 The lovely item is a collard green wonton with red eye gravy reduction. It was so delicious!!! Just looking at the picture makes me want a plate of these right now.

Photo 5
All my posts could be food related this month. LOL This is from Bulla in Atlanta. I loved their bar setup. I wish I had taken a better picture to really showcase all the different ingredients for their cocktails. I ordered Sangria Blanca and it had blueberries and strawberries. Yum!!!

These were just a few of the pictures that I chose for October.

Check out the website to see the other bloggers’ submissions and interpretations of this theme.

 

900 Wall – Review #BendORrestaurants #foodiefriday

Foodie Friday is back in 2016! Finally!!!

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I think I am on the Chinese New Year calendar. January was a blur for me. New Year starts now 😜

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900 Wall – Bend OR
I heard good reviews about this place so I decided try it out.

All you need to know is : I cleaned my plate.

**drop the mic walk off stage**
Yea it was that good.

I ordered the salmon and shrimp over cucumber, avocado, and red onion with a cream sauce. Delicious. I thought it would not be filling, but I was wrong. If I had not been in an upscale restaurant, I might have given into the temptation to lick the plate.

I ordered two appetizers: deviled egg and quinoa tofu fritter. The deviled egg was fine. I needed a little comfort food at the time (I was grieving, but that’s a story for another time).

You know how every dish cannot be a home run? Thankfully in my case, it was the quinoa tofu fritter and not the main dish that was a little basic. I did not take a picture of it because it did not even look appealing. Taste wise: it was not bland, but it lacked something. Even now, I cannot put my finger on what it lacked. Maybe the best way to describe it is that the flavors were flat.


My recommendation: go to this restaurant and whatever you order off the main menu is bound to be good especially if you get the seafood. The appetizers can be hit or miss.

On a side note, I saw a guy that looked like Mr Miyagi from Karate kid. I surreptitiously took his picture.


Mr Miyagi look alike, if you see this post and you want me to take down your picture, let me know in the comments. If you are the real Mr Miyagi (I don’t believe Wikipedia saying you died), you were great in Karate Kid!!! Wax on, wax off.

Inn on the Square #innonthesquare @uptowngreenwood #foodiefriday

It’s time for Foodie Friday!

If you are not familiar with Uptown Greenwood SC, you probably are unaware that Inn on the Square is re-opening. Or what a big deal that previous statement is. It was about 5 years ago that Inn on the Square closed. This was unfortunate for many reasons but mainly because it is in a prominent place in Uptown Greenwood. It needed to be occupied and opened.

Earlier this year, the new owners said that they beginning renovations and were opening this fall. Date was set for October 1st. They hired Claire Griffth as the Events Manager (best thing they could have done in my opinion) and she began furiously working to make sure everything was in place to open without delays.

On Sept 25th hubby and I were invited to be dinner guests while the chef and kitchen staff tested a few of their menu items.

When we arrived, we were told we could go the Fox and Hound lounge for a drink while we waited for our table to be arranged. When we walked inside, I felt like it was classy, but in an unpretentious way.

We were called into the dining room and our server took our order. I listed everything that people from our table ordered—

Appetizers

Lump Crab Fritters (I ordered) – these were about the size of a golf ball. Lots of lumps of crab and corn. Crispy to perfection on the outside. I want this again. I told the chef that is going to be the first thing I order when they open.

Pulled Chicken Spring Rolls – comments at the table were that these were outstanding.

Antipasto Platter – comments at the table were that this was delicious too. I wish I could have ordered this as well as the crab fritters.

From the Garden

Argula and Apple Salad (I ordered) – Delicious! Arugula, lettuce greens, apple, candied walnuts, raisins, and blue cheese tossed in apple cider vinaigrette. My kind of salad. The bite of arugula paired well with the apple. The walnuts added crunch. While the blue cheese added a tart creamy flavor.

Entrees

Catfish and Grits – I tasted the fish and LOVED the breading mix because it was really crunchy but the fish was light and flakey on the inside. I do not prefer to eat grits, but my friend said those were good too.

Peppercorn Tuna (I ordered) – Peppercorn tuna is one of my favorite dishes. I like a lot of peppercorns and this was prepared the way I like it. It was served with wasabi mashed potatoes. Genius! Not very spicy, but there was enough of the flavor there to know there was wasabi in it.

Pan-Seared Sirloin – Hubby said this was the best sirloin he had. He ordered medium rare.

Desserts

Free formed apple tart with caramel sauce – I liked this but wish there had been more caramel sauce. Tasty!

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting – This was a little dense for carrot cake, but the flavor and frosting was good.

Almond Joy inspired mousse (I ordered) – I tasted all of the desserts and this was my favorite. It was chocolaty and creamy but not super sweet.

 

Inn on the Square

104 East Court Avenue

Greenwood SC 29649

innonthesquare.net

Lump Crab Fritters

Antipasto Platter

Argula and Apple Salad

Peppercorn Tuna

Peppercorn Tuna

Catfish and Grits

Pan-Seared Sirloin

Free formed apple tart with caramel sauce

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

Almond Joy inspired mousse

 

Foodie Friday #graze #snackfood

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I debated doing Foodie Friday this month since I am already doing an April challenge that is consuming my free time. Check out my A to Z blog posts throughout the month. Anyways, as you can see, I decided I did not want to skip a month. I will make this short and sweet.

Foodie Friday is all about delish food and I have found this wonderful snack subscription service at Graze.com. My friend told me about it because she knows I am a foodie.

Graze provides wholesome, portion controlled sized snack options delivered to your each week. I admit the concept intrigued me. However, I was worried that I would get snacks that I did not like because you do not choose specifically which snacks are in your subscription box each week. I rated their snacks in one of four categories: never send, try, like, or love.

In the beginning, I had several snacks that I said that I would like to try.

Now many of those “will try” have been changed to love.

My absolute fave so far has been Chili & Lime Pistachios. I love pistachios and the added seasoning kicked up the snack to a whole different level. I wish they had included an additional packet of the seasoning so that I could just eat that. It was a little spicy, salty with a hint of lime sour.

Second fave is Caramel apples. And this snack was on 80 calories!!!! While I wish the apples had been crunchy, the caramel sauce was perfection. Knowing the snack was 80 calories meant that I could eat all my caramel sauce. I am very picky when it comes to caramel sauce because many times it is too sweet.

The other two snacks in the picture are Thai Sweet Chili bites and Cinnamon Fig roll.

These are gourmet snacks and the company is committed to making snack food healthy. The quality can be tasted in their products. I hope they keep making these for a very long time.

If you want to try for yourself, first box is free when you use my reward code AMARYL6XP

Or you can click here https://www.graze.com/us/p/AMARYL6XU

And Graze management, if you are reading this, I am willing to be a food tester for future snack flavor combinations.