Jun 08
henrys chicago style

Henry’s Chicago Style 33135 US 19 • Palm Harbor, FL 34684727-785-7300  Being a native from the Windy City area, I always try to find a Chicago style hot dog spot in any city that I reside. It’s not often I find one, but the craving is always there throughout my life. That’s why when I saw a random ad for Henry’s Chicago Style, I jumped at the chance to go. Even better, I found that it was close to my house and wondered why I never saw it. Then I went. Upon arrival at Henry’s, I was greeted by a group of 16 and 17 year old kids at the register and behind the counter. No adults in sight. This was way different than my usual mom and pop experience – mom and pop were nowhere to be found. I didn’t care, as I really just… [Read more]

May 17
sweet chocolate wine taster

Those who know me know that i love my food and wine. Being able to locate a cheap bottle (cheap being defined as under $15) without traveling too far is my forte. Contrary to popular belief, the key is making sure the wine is very drinkable on its own, not the cost at the counter. I’ve been a frugal chick for much of my adult hood, and finding new bottles at a low price point has been easy. Trust me, I’ve spent well over $40 on a bottle before and still been disappointed, so I’ve become accustomed to trying new wines that only disappoint my wallet on a way smaller level. The following are some great bottles that retail at your local grocery store for less than $15. Cupcake Chardonnay, California This wine has a rich buttery flavor (one of my favorite attributes in a… [Read more]

Jan 06

Gladys Knight & Ron Winans’ Chicken and Waffles gladysandron.net 529 Peachtree Street NE | Atlanta, GA 30308 404-874-9393 For years I’ve wanted to try the famous Gladys and Ron’s chicken and waffles in downtown Atlanta. I’ve heard so much about it and since it’s such a different mixture of tastes in one sitting, I felt like I had to have it. Well, today I finally had the chance to go,  and I’m sad to say that it was a little bit of a let down in terms of what I was expecting. Granted, the food was very good in that my buckwheat waffle was very crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, and the chicken wings were perfectly fried, but I just wanted more from it. From the itty bitty parking lot, to the seating for two where the four of us were forced to… [Read more]

Dec 30

Aqua Bar and Grille 813.675.8700 7627 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, Florida 33607 THE WESTIN TAMPA BAY aquabarandgrille.com Primarily a seafood restaurant, the name speaks for itself. Set inside the Westin Hotel on the water of Tampa Bay, Aqua has beautiful scenery both inside and outside of the restaurant. Walking in the first thing you notice is the low green lighting which slowly changes to a clear marine blue. The color change adds the necessary ambiance to impress a first date, as well as the fun lighting for happy hour with your coworkers. The service at Aqua is very good when you are sitting in the dining room. The staff is very attentive and knowledgeable about the wine list. All three times I visited they were able to help me select a perfect wine with my meal choices. The food is divine down to the bread… [Read more]

Apr 29

Eggstyle 3980 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, FL 34677 813-855-EGGS(3447) www.eggstlyeusa.com Eggstyle is located just west of the Tampa city limits in Oldsmar Florida.  The dining room serves breakfast, brunch and lunch. The atmosphere is casual and friendly with an err of sophistication.  The décor is warm and upbeat.  The dining area is very open with comfortable booth seating just far enough apart that you are not bothered by other conversations.  I immediately felt good as soon as I walked through the door, as we were greeted with a friendly smile and a genuine feeling of being welcomed.  Aside from being a breakfast restaurant, there is also a separate juice bar area where they prepare smoothies made to order with fresh fruit, honey, yogurt and fruit juices, which is a great for those just passing through for a healthy fix. Side note: I usually do not comment,… [Read more]

Oct 22

Circa 1926 358 Park Avenue Winter Park, FL www.circa1926.com Circa is located on the edge of the Winter Park strip just outside of Orlando. Nestled on a corner of Park Avenue, Circa appears to be just another modern spot for the trendy crowd to frequent. However once you are inside your assumptions are quickly thwarted by the elegant atmosphere and live jazz entertainment. The lighting is just low enough for an intimate date, yet bright enough for a girls’ night out. Just behind the dining room is a staircase which leads to a nightclub on the top floor, equipped with a spacious dance floor and a full bar which allows you to have dinner and continue your evening well into the early morn. The staff seems always ready to assist you and they are very friendly. I got the impression that if something was not… [Read more]

Aug 13

Origami Sushi 3647 W Hillsborough Ave Tampa, FL 33614 origamisushitampa.com This small restaurant presents just the right mixture of authentic Japanese cuisine and American style dining.  There is ample seating along the windows and dining room, and a full bar with flat screen televisions that runs across the length of the dining room. Great for a date night, or just being out with friends or family, Origami is a great place to frequent.  The staff is friendly, the bar is stocked, and the food is worth the wait. I love the menu at Origami as it has pictures of every dish they serve, so there is no guess work in what your food will look like or what ingredients will be included. I ordered the “Scorched Earth”, a cooked roll with salmon and asparagus.  The kicker is the assortment of fish and seafood in a… [Read more]

Apr 23

The Ravenous Pig 1234 N. Orange Ave. (between Orlando and Denning) Winter Park, FL 32789 www.theravenouspig.com The Ravinous Pig is located a few blocks off the strip of Winter Park in the Orlando area. The place was awarded Best Restaurant Overall in Orlando Home and Leisure Magazine’s Silver Spoon Awards, however, I failed to see what the big deal was. Granted, the food was not bad, but the it was not exceptional either. And the wine list was very, how should I say…unimpressive. Don’t get me wrong, the food was edible, but if I did not subscribe to the magazine I would never have thought the place would be nominated, much less win. I ordered a salad with goat cheese, beets, pistachio’s, avocado, and an herb vinaigrette. For my entree I ordered mussels in a witte beer, fennel, and orange type juice, and it came with truffle oil fries…. [Read more]