restaurants

Le Peep: 3935-A Pelham Road, Greenville, SC

Le Peep just opened up in Greenville, SC. This is great because Greenville doesn’t have too many great brunch spots. The items on the menu are great, but unfortunately the service staff is horrible. I had read Yelp reviews on it, and they all echoed the theme: bad service. True to form, the service was bad for me and my friends as well.

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I was lucky, my food was neither cold or under seasoned, I enjoyed my meal (sweet crepe and the salmon benedict), but my friends had horrible experiences, their dishes came out cold, or certain components of their orders were left out (like skim milk for tea). All of us did not receive refills unprompted –which i hate! I mean hello, all you need to do is drop off a water jug at our table!

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Here are some specific issues I had:

*when I asked her what the red sauce side was, she proclaimed it was hollandaise sauce — I quickly responded by pointing to the hollandaise sauce and claimed that “this yellow sauce” was hollandaise sauce.

*She did not come back to fill water back up in our jug: we had to flag her down in order to get water refills.

*She just DID NOT know the menu.

*She messed up the checks and put other people items on other peoples checks.

Now critiquing the cooks:

*I really enjoyed the sweet crepe (hence the two stars) —they claimed they were going to give me fresh fruit assortment which consisted of JUST strawberries.

* Dark roast coffee was awesome

*UNFORTUNATELY, two of the south of boarder items came out cold– so we had to send them back.

*the south of the border options were also not made correctly — I am sure they left out the taco seasoning that was suppose to be added to the beans, since the dish tasted bland.

This place looks so promising, unfortunately it failed to deliver. I think the venue should dismiss the waitresses, and rehire the ones that prove they know the menu, specific items on the menu, are not socially awkward & attentive.

Tell me what you think!

Holy Taco: 1314 GLENWOOD AVENUE EAST ATLANTA GA. 30316

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Wow, this is my 2nd post where I say i thought the food was okay. I went for a birthday party a while back — the place was okay. I was happy to be celebrating my friends birthday, enjoying the weather & sitting outside. I did NOT enjoy the people buying and selling drugs across the street. I did enjoy the kindness of the staff and that they brought out plates for us to cut a store bought cookie cake that I brought to the venue! Have you been to Holy Taco? I honestly cannot remember what I ordered, but the birthday boy, LOVES this place, along with my foodie boss from over the summer — I’m apparently the only one that thought it was okay….

Bye!

Hankook: 1341 Collier Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

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Loved it and ordered way more than I could eat. Two tacos max. Image

I would make it a point to try the steak and shrimp!

What to wear: extremely casual. Around lunch time office people from Pepsi are hurrying in & it is extremely crowded.  You can also see students from GA state, Emory and GA tech making an appearance in their relaxed hipster looks.

Who doesn’t love korean tacos?

Cafe Alsace

Have you been to Cafe Alsace? I recently went there and I ordered the lunch special, which was a crepe filled with lamb, feta and grains(?) with a side of a mushroom (cream based) soup. Yum.

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I enjoyed my meal (not the best meal — but still yummy) and I loved the soup  (I’m a sucker for soups).

Pros:

  • hole in the wall joint
  • intimate
  • perfect for lunch
  • owner had pretty blue eyes, was polite and nice (also has an accent- LOVE)

Cons:

  • one person working the room.
  • had to wait a considerable amount of time until my glass was refilled w/water
  • did not inquire about what I wanted to drink

What should you wear when dining for lunch:

  • don’t wear your gym clothes
  • don’t need to dress up
  • don’t wear stilettos
  • midtown attire would look odd here!
  • sun dress, business casual, or school clothes

Venue great for:

  • first casual date
  • cheese platter with girlfriends
  • latte’s with mom or dad

Makeshift Jaeger Schnitzel

One of my friends  loves schnitzel, so this past Thursday and I told her to pop on by for a quick dinner — and guess what I made? Jaeger Schnitzel.

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Ladies, friends and lovers — if you’re having family over, cooking for a best friend or even date night and you’re not very good at cooking this is  A GREAT recipe for you! It seriously takes 15 mins from start to finish, and if you don’t have time to marinate just fire up the pan & cook away!

Ingredients:

  1. Package of sliced mushrooms (you can slice them yourself if you want)
  2. olive oil
  3. half spoon of butter
  4. one large egg
  5. italian bread crumbs
  6. parmesan cheese
  7. two chicken breasts
  8. red chili flakes
  9. garlic powder
  10. light brown gravy mix
  11. mashed potatoes (i cheated and bought the kind that you heat up)

HOW TO DO IT:

  1. sauté the mushrooms in olive oil on low heat and make sure each slice of the mushroom is directly touching the pan (do this until you see that they’re soft and tender – low heat)
  2. make the gravy mix according to the packet
  3. heat or make mashed potatoes
  4. THE FUN PART: take on chicken breast and put it between two big pieces of parchment paper and flatten it out using a a pan or use a rolling pin, get it SUPER thin!
  5. then take out to plates
  6. on the first place just break an egg and whisk it
  7. on the second plate take all of your dry ingredients and mix it. use half a spoon of the chili flakes and garlic powder (you can skip this if you want) but you definitely need to mix the bread crumbs and parm!
  8. Pat dry the breast, then dip it in the egg wash, and then drench it in the bread crumb mixture
  9. make sure your pan is medium hot and warm olive oil  (enough oil to coat the pan and place the half teaspoon of butter) once melted put one of your chicken breasts in the pan and pan fry away (should take 3 mins on each side)
  10. after your done pan frying it just assemble everything on to a plate

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I promise— you can muck up this recipe, the only way you could do that is by burning the chicken or any of the ingredients — and hopefully you’ll love this recipe as much as I did!

Restaurant Shout Out: Rosebud

Loved my experience at Rosebud. The waitress was incredibly kind, along with the supporting staff. I ordered the crab cake benedict soft poached eggs, remoulade & hollandaise and my friend ordered fried oysters & grits (w/o bacon & extra oysters for my Kosher/Halal friends), benne seed chicken gravy & poached egg.

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Both items were good. Not giving this place 5 stars, since I thought the potatoes were TOO salty (over seasoned) and the benne seed chicken gravy was a tad to tart and sweet. I’d give it 4.5 stars. I’m definitely going back — also definitely ordering a side of grits, since they were perfect!

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This place is trendy so dress up. Ladies feel free to wear a maxi when the weather is hot. Fellas please no graphic tees, or punk-ish street wear — I would stick to khakis and a polo or jeans and a plain v-neck — feel free to dress business casual!

Brunch: Poor Calvin’s

This Sunday I went to Poor Calvin’s located at 510 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308.

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Poor Calvin’s is an American-Thai Fusion restaurant and on Saturday and Sunday they do a fusion brunch as well. Unfortunately, Poor Calvin’s website expired, so I can’t post a link to their website: but I can post some pictures of what what I ordered/devoured!  I was lucky enough to go with a good friend and we did relationship perks, which means we both ordered our favorite dish (in this case– the one item that looked the most appealing) and split them!  So naturally for brunch we ordered something sweet and savory (yummmmmm).

In this situation, my friend Mavara and I were on the same page for our two favorite items on the menu:

Sweet item: Thai Crepes: Strawberries, Nutella, Thai Roti, Green Tea ice cream, berry glaze and fresh cream!

IMG_1577Savory:  Crab Cake Benedict with Kale mashed potatoes, a poached egg, and yummy sauces dressing the plate with other garnishes!

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I hope you can check it out. It would make me incredibly sad if such a great venue closed down.

Easy Enchiladas

I was in the mood for Enchiladas the other day, and I only had a handful of ingredients on me– but luckily all the right ingredients to make vegetarian-black bean- enchiladas!

I found the recipe here: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/black-bean-and-corn-enchiladas/60a9004b-7aa7-42fc-8f64-f21423d22081

I did not have corn, so I just made the recipe as stated with out it — and I still loved it!

Here are some pictures:

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I enjoyed my enchiladas with a  avocado relish dish! Super easy to make I cut up an avocado, some tomatoes, onions, garlic, and half of lemon (i wish i used half of a lime instead) salt, pepper, garlic powder and one fresh diced jalapeño! Put in the in fridge for 30 mins and enjoy with anything!!! (An avocado relish!)

ImageI was tooooo lazy to put the bottom one in the oven, so I made just like the ones up top, except I microwaved this plate for one minute with the enchilada sauce (I loved it just as much)!ImageTry this recipe out! Tell me what you think! It’s SOOOOO EASY, and generically good! I promise you’ll love it

Chinese Food: Chong Qing Hot Pot (Atlanta)

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I was recently on Instagram when one of my friends posted an awesome picture of “hot pot.”  I soon googled it, and realized that I think I would LOVE it, so naturally I googled “Best hot pot in Atlanta” and this Yelp! review appeared: http://www.yelp.com/biz/chong-qing-hot-pot-atlanta.

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I soon messaged some friends in hopes of tasting this foreign delight, and not to my surprise they also were excited to check it out.

We headed over to the venue late Saturday evening around 8ish, and it was in a Chinese Strip Mall next to a ViP Chinese Buffet restaurant.

Chong Qing Hot Pot is located in a food court and only accepts CASH. There is an ATM machine there, but it’s one of those machines that charges you a service fee.

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(Lamb Spicy Hot Pot)

On to the food: I was lucky enough to try a sample of things since I ordered a variety of things with a few friends. We ordered a beef hot pot (not spicy)  and a lamb hot pot (spicy). Being the spice addict that I am I really enjoyed the spicy broth over the non-spicy broth. I tried dan dan noodles, orange chicken, & egg drop soup. All of it was good ….and all of it was, surprisingly, well priced (each item was under $10)!

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(Dan Dan noodles)

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(Chili Chicken –actually not sure what this is!)

I will definitely go back to this food court and I will definitely sample some of the other Chinese food vendors in the food court too — specifically the Chinese BBQ vendor!

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Have you been here? If so, what did you think?