Chocolate Iced Glazed, Chocolate Iced Cake, Chocolate Iced with Kreme Filling, Chocolate Iced Custard Filled, Apple Fritters, and Original Glazed
Have you ever seen a herd of 2,000 or so donuts pass before your very eyes before? Not in a dream—but in real life?! Well, I’m here to tell you—it’s a real vision.
As I stood and watched the production of these Krispy Kreme donuts, my eyes couldn’t help but get bigger and bigger. I suddenly had visions of a massive swimming pool being filled to the rim with donuts specifically so I could dive right into the dead center of it. I wouldn’t even have minded the stickiness of it all if I could surround myself with love like that.
At the front counter, I studied the many different types of donut choices I had to choose from. Do you have any idea how many different kinds of donuts they were selling? I mean, talk about the important decisions one needs to make in life! But you would be right in asking, “How does one actually choose from amongst the masses?”
Vegetable Spring Rolls with julienned carrots, cabbage, celery, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, and sweet & sour sauce; Chicken Fried Rice tossed in soy sauce with egg, carrots, bean sprouts, and scallions.
This place is one of my favorite China Bistro’s. Every time I happen to go to PF Chang’s, I manage to order the same thing over and over again—but it’s what I love.
The spring rolls are delish dipped in the sweet & sour sauce—every single time! I did try a sweet chili sauce they gave me but I didn’t like it as well as my regular sweet & sour sauce that’s grown on me. The chicken fried rice I could eat for days on end—they give you so much of it.
But on three separate occasions, I always asked for an order of two spring rolls but they always came back with four. I only paid for two but ended up with four each time. Not sure where the disconnect was—but I’m not complaining since I’m not being charged for their mistake, and more importantly, I get to keep all four to myself!
Meatloaf dinner with garlic bread, mashed potatoes, macaroni & cheese, and collard greens.
Here’s a place I wanted to try because I saw it on an episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives” on the Food Network. Amazingly, I had never heard of it before I saw that episode on TV.
So away I went in search of YJ’s Snackbar. It was definitely in an area I could have easily missed and drove right past had I not been paying attention. This is definitely a place you know the local neighbors go to eat when they don’t feel like cooking for themselves at home.
I had perused the menu ahead of time before I even went to this place—and thank goodness I did! I noticed that you can’t really choose much from the menu because they only serve what they choose to serve that particular day of the week you happen to be there. So I decided to choose the Soul Food Tuesday dinner for my outing.
Waffles & Hash browns
My personal experience at the Waffle House was less than ideal. It started when I drove up to the place and parked my car. The few workers that were there were all congregated outside the place just ‘hanging out.’ It definitely wasn’t a staff meeting.
On this particular day, I happened to go straight after work. The place was pretty empty except for one lone man eating on the far side of the restaurant from where I was seated.
As you may or may not know, the menu is also very limited here—waffles, eggs, hash browns, and maybe a couple other things, but that’s pretty much it. I placed my order with the girl who escorted me to my table—she also happened to be the one that cooked my food as she smacked on her chewing gum.
As I observed my surroundings and watched her cook my food, I realized anyone could probably just come in off the street and slop their own food around in this “kitchen.” The place did not look very clean and it was less than appealing to watch the food being made.
Traditional Beignets hand-rolled, flash fried, and dusted in powdered sugar.
I have to say, I’ve never even heard of a beignet before I came across this place and I certainly didn’t know how to pronounce it (ben-yay). But once I met the beignet, I was pretty happy we got to know each other.
They’re kind of like donuts with powdered sugar. But this place also has what they call ‘savory’ beignets, too, with several varieties of goodness on the inside of them depending on which kind you choose. I just happened to try ‘The Bronx’ beignet and I thought it was pretty good for a savory surprise.
Cornbread Pancakes & Bread Pudding
7-Cheese Grits with chicken & Savory Beignet with Italian sausage, ground beef, pepperoni & mozzarella; served with kettle chips & dipping aoili
I have to say, I did fall in love with the 7-cheese macaroni. How do you NOT love something that has 7 different cheeses inside of it?! I immersed my entire face into it. It was as if we became one.
But I wasn’t too fond of the bread pudding tho (probably because I’ve grown accustomed to the awesome bread pudding at my local diner).
This peach cobbler is oozing with so much love. I remember the day I had this bowl of sweetness. It was some time back when I took myself out for breakfast at the Cracker Barrel restaurant—and, oh my, what a treat I gave myself! I mean, who knew I deserved so much love in my life?
So, if you have nothing else to do today, give yourself a sweet breakfast of your dreams. It makes no never mind how early in the morning it is.
Take-Away Life Lesson: Everyone deserves a lot of lovin’ in their lives all day every day.
Homemade Dessert Goodness
A Relaxing Holiday—Somewhat
Are there any other bloggers out there who Snapchat besides myself? I mean, I would really like to find more snappers out there—particularly females who appreciate the ‘girly things’ in life.
But I’d also like to find both male and female bloggers that snap their food, fashion, life, and/or beauty products every now and again in real-time.
Although I can barely find time anymore for my blog and other social media accounts, I do manage to Snapchat quite a bit. For me, it’s easier and quicker to do throughout the day.
I never thought I’d join the Snap world or become a Snapchatter because I avoided it like the plague for so long—but, after much prodding from someone, I finally downloaded the app to my phone and I became pretty addicted to it. Who knew?
But either Snapchat isn’t very popular with a lot of people or I’m just having a hard time finding anyone’s Snap usernames to follow. (Not everyone puts their snap names on their profiles.) So if you have a snap name that I can follow, send me an email with your username or leave it in the comments below.
For those who don’t know much about Snapchat:
The two mascaras in the photo are supposed to have different brushes—just in case you’re wondering what this is all about.
The mascara on the bottom is a straight-brush mascara I’ve been using the last several weeks. The mascara on top is a mascara I bought because the package said it was a “curved” brush.
I’ve used curved brushes in the past so I’m an expert in what a curved brush should look like. It’s shaped similar to a “U”, to an umbrella, to a rainbow—anything along those lines.
But I fail to see the “curved” brush here! And let’s keep in mind, I’ve twirled the top mascara 360 degrees in rotation several times over because I was SO desperate to see the curve anywhere in the brush—ANYWHERE! I even studied it carefully under a microscope!
Why do they think this is a “curve?” What does “curve” even mean nowadays?
So, if you have nothing else to do today, please tell me if my eyes are, in fact, deceiving me and if there actually is a curve built into the brush somewhere.
Take-Away Life Lesson: If I were a man, my blood pressure wouldn’t be boiling now over such a thing.
Thinking about a future trip to the Middle East, I decided I wanted to have the perfect flat sandals to wear this time around—considering I didn’t have the best shoes last time as the weather is so warm there and they were the worst to wear for desert safari adventures.
Last time I had regular flat shoes on my feet—not sandals. They were ok for walks through the city but I always felt like my feet wanted to be exposed to the nice warm air.
But where I did have a problem with those flat shoes—was on desert safari! You’re totally surrounded by mounds of sand—so I soon found out my flat shoes were the worst choice for such an adventure. The sand loaded up inside my shoes instantly—so I was constantly taking my shoes off and putting them back on to empty them. I did it so often, I decided to just deal with the uncomfortableness of walking around with mounds of sand inside my shoes for longer periods of time.
Taco Salad in a rice bowl filled with ground beef, beans, corn, rice, tomatoes, bell peppers, shredded cheddar cheese, lettuce, salsa ranch dressing, cheese sauce, salsa, & sour cream.
This is a day I decided to brave the cafeteria in my building at work for lunch. I generally don’t like to eat there because it’s an overpriced placed and the lunch food can be sub-par. Their breakfast is usually the only thing I will get, if anything, since it’s pretty decent—and only IF I don’t happen to bring my breakfast from home that day.
This day happened to be a Taco Tuesday so I gave lunch a whirl. They give you the option of having a burrito made out of whatever ingredients you select or having it all put into a rice bowl. I chose a rice bowl and selected pretty much ALL the ingredients. Let’s get real.
It turned out to be a rather good lunch if I don’t say so myself. But usually I’m the type of girl who would rather make and bring her lunch from home. It always turns out to be so much less expensive that way and most often tastes better.
So, if you have nothing else to do today, dump all these ingredients inside a tortilla and/or a rice bowl, if, for no other reason than to put a huge smile on your face.
Take-Away Life Lesson: The work cafeteria can amazingly sometimes surprise you with some tasty options when you least expect it—the rare occasion it may be.