Archives for the month of: September, 2015

This is  an awesome place to go!  Whether it’s to have a quick bite to eat, a refreshing drink, just hang out and chill on a beautiful day, with a group of friends, with your family or just for a date, it’s really nice.  What makes this place so awesome? The view.  The location.  Hands down!  It’s located at Washington Harbour, in Washington, D.C., right on the water.  Where we sat, we had a nice breeze, the sun was shining, but it wasn’t too hot.  We had the umbrellas over us, the hustle and bustle of people around us, music playing.  The ambiance was on point.  Fun and relaxing.

This was my first visit and unfortunately, our first waiter, he started our dining experience off on a bad note, a bothering note, but  luckily, the young gentleman that seated us, Shawn, he saved our day.  He pretty much took over our table, made sure our glasses were always filled with water, checked on us frequently, no matter how busy he got.  When our food came, any condiments that we asked for, anything that was missing, they were brought to our table quick, fast and in a hurry, with a smile on his face.  Customer service skills on point.

Seeing as though we were in D.C., all I have ever heard people talk about is Seafood.  Seafood. Seafood.  You must get seafood!  I hadn’t had my fix yet, so it was only fit to get….seafood, LoL!  The one thing that stuck out to me, the Crab Cake Sandwich.  I really wanted to dig my teeth into something, take a big bite of something.  I noticed that another one of their items on the menu, the Waterfront BLT, it came with this crab tarragon mayo.  How good does that sound?!  You can NEVER have too much seafood, so you know what I DID…”Could I get a side of the crab tarragon mayo with my sandwich?  Please and thank you!”  It was so good.  I kept the tomato and lettuce off, kept the pickles on for crunch and to add a punch to the sandwich, paired with the sweet lumps of crab in the crab cake and the crab tarragon mayo.  The bread was warm and soft, a little chewy.  I ate it all.  Not a crumb left.

If it wasn’t for Shawn, I have a feeling things would have gone totally different, but thankfully he took over and showed us a great time, served us a great meal and it was just an overall great visit at Nick’s!  If you’re ever in the D.C. area, near Washington Harbour, make a pit stop atNick’s, ask for Shawn.  He’ll definitely take care of you!

Black Truffle Mac & Cheese.  One of the best things I’ve ever eaten, at a restaurant!  I can’t do the lady cooks in my family like that.  It literally melted in my mouth.  All it took was one bite. Creamy, rich, thick, cheesy, noodles cooked perfectly. The way Mac & Cheese should be. Like homemade, what I’m used to.  It was a side, but honestly, it could’ve been my meal.  Round of applause to the chefs cookin’ with the pots at Ocean Prime!

The Prime Roll

The Prime Roll

This place here, definitely where you wanna go for a special occasion, and I mean a serious special occasion, but then again everyone’s special isn’t the same.  Either way, just be prepared to spend a pretty penny.  You do get what you pay for.

Delicious, high-quality, hot, fresh, GOODT food.  My appetizer, which pretty much turned into my entrée, was delicious, a real treat. I wanted something light, but still filling…sushi.  You can never go wrong with sushi.  The Prime Roll caught my eye. What was unique about this roll was it was topped with beef Carpaccio. Gave the roll a smoky flavor, very unusual, in a good way, for a sushi roll.  Very distinctive. I enjoyed it and it paired great with their house-made soy sauce.

Surf 'N Turf...looks good right?!

Surf ‘N Turf…looks good right?!

Honestly, everything that was placed on our table, was delectable.  One dish in particular, which wasn’t even my dish, deserves an honorable mention.  The Surf ‘N Turf appetizer.  Once again, another appetizer that blew my taste buds out of the water.  Two huge, sweet, succulent scallops, placed beautifully on top of slow-braised shredded short ribs and creamy mashed potatoes. It all melted in your mouth, in unison. Out of this World.

Honestly, I didn’t expect anything less from such a notable restaurant, where I’ve never had one bad thing.  Ocean Prime, where the cool kids go.

A long wait, a small, cramped place, shoulder to shoulder with lots of people, loud establishment, waiters rushing through and around you with stacked plates of food…even with all of this ruckus, I still say, you must go to Jonathon’s Oak Cliff.  All of that chaos, is well worth it, I PROMISE!

I placed my name on the waiting list, expecting at least an hour wait, people were sitting all on the sidewalk and in driveways waiting on their names to be called.  When I decided to order a mimosa to sip on as time passed, I lucked up and found a seat at the bar.  No long wait, didn’t even listen for my name to be called from that point on, just popped a squat at the bar, mingled with some people and was served by one of the craziest and livest female bartenders I’ve ever encountered.  She was really fun, energetic, on top of her s**t and she handled the whole bar, while staying as cool as a cucumber, making sure everyone was taken care of.

I was so anxious to eat, I couldn’t wait for my friend, so I started with an appetizer, decided to treat myself, a bit of a cheat DAY, not meal but DAY LoL.  Danger Dogs.  They are dangerous, because you can’t stop eating them.  You really could finish a whole plate by yourself.  I mean, I almost did.  What they are, are pigs in a blanket, corny dog style, on a stick.  Sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with this smoky honey mustard that did. The. Trick.  The sausage on the inside was cooked perfectly, the pancake was soft, sweet and moist.  If my friend showed up about five minutes later, I would’ve finished all four of them, with no problem.  Licked fingers and all.

Danger Dogs

Now, the star of the show, what I’ve heard everyone talk about, the Chicken & Waffles.  I knew I was going to order it.  I had to.  It would have been a blank trip in my opinion if I didn’t get what Jonathan’s was famous for.  I had to see what all the fuss was about.  Let me say, it was delicious.  Pretty much as close to perfect as you could get.  The difference between their chicken and waffles and others that I’ve tasted, the chicken was seasoned perfectly, inside and out, juicy and tender.  That is key!  I can’t stress that enough.  The Belgian waffle was thick, had a hint of sweetness and was able to hold a full piece of chicken friend chicken.  Not only that, I went all out and had it topped with Chef Jon’s peppered gravy and drizzled with hot maple syrup.  That classic combination of sweet and savory, it always does it for me.  Made all of my day.  There was not one bad thing about it.  It was amazing.  Now I know what all the rave is about!

Chicken & Waffles

Chicken & Waffles

A return visit will be definitely be planned for the near future.  I saw so many other dishes in the window of the kitchen, like The Kure (look up the pictures on Yelp, it’s massive), the Brunch Kabobs, even the Club Sandwich looked tasty. For now though, I’m good on my Jonathan’s fix.  Let’s just say, walking out of there “full as a tick” was an understatement!

Key Lime Cake

So, guess what?! I’ve found a new love.  Sweet love that is and I’m not talking about Anita Baker.  It was like finding a hidden treasure when I found Cake Bar.  It’s located in this new area called Trinity Groves, in the heart of West Dallas, black-owned.  You’ll find a lot of new establishments in this area, from restaurants to retail, artistry to entertainment.  As eclectic as I am, I’m upset at myself for not knowing about Trinity Groves earlier.  When I saw all of the businesses, how modern and fun they were, the landscaping, the architecture, the view of Downtown Dallas, the beautiful Margaret Hunt Hall Bridge, just everything, it didn’t even feel like I was still in Dallas!

There’s no place like Cake Bar, that I’ve ever been to in Dallas at least.  It’s a delicacy.  Reminds me of home.  It felt like I was in the kitchen of a family member, like my auntie or my grandmother’s house.  So welcoming.  So nostalgic.  When you first walk in, you’re greeted by Ms. Debra, loudly, “HI! WELCOME TO CAKE BAR!”  She held a whole conversation with my friend and I, just about being a business owner and how social networks can affect her establishment as well as others.  She’s so down to Earth, so real, we laughed with her the whole time.  She was a one-woman machine.  Taking orders, changing the menu, stamping bags, greeting everyone that walked through the door, all while keeping a smile on her face.  Everyone was just so friendly.

Me & THE Woman, Ms. Debra!

Me & THE Woman, Ms. Debra!

I didn’t know where to look first when I walked through the door.  Sweet, made-from-scratch goodies, everywhere. The menu, SMH, you got cakes, ice cream, pound cakes, breads, cookies…but I came for what they’re called, CAKE Bar.  I was torn between so many.  The Key Lime Cake, German Chocolate Cake, Red Velvet Cake (which I later found out they were sold out of) and the Hummingbird Cake.  Because of the bright, vibrant green color of the cake, I chose the Key Lime Cake. One of their most popular choices and I now know why.  It was so moist, the icing was sweet, but not too sweet, and for $4.50, you get a pretty big slice.  I couldn’t finish mine, but I wanted to so bad.

After enjoying every delicious bite of our slices of cake, we just sat around, “people watched”.  To see everyone’s faces of happiness and excitement to try the cake, it was funny, but the best was to see Ms. Debra and her staff talk to everyone, joke around and make everyone feel good, feel at home, when they walked into her place.  I mean, it’s called Cake Bar.  How can you not walk in with a smile and be excited to treat your sweet tooth?!

Any good chef, any good cook, knows that when you cook with love and passion, you can taste it.  You can taste the dedication and the time that talented individual took to make a meal that you’ll never forget, a meal that you’ll want seconds and thirds of.  One woman I know that exemplifies just that, Chef and Lifestyle Consultant Jenice Coleman.  I know first hand that she puts her all into every dish that she creates.  Her inspiration and influence come from her family, specifically her mother and her sisters, which is why she started Marie’s Catering; Marie is her mother’s middle name… it’s “Food With Love”.

When creating one of her culinary masterpieces, she uses the freshest of ingredients, a lot of herbs and spices, organic products, nothing but the best.  Knowing Chef Coleman personally, she’s all about taking care of your body inside and out.  Just because you’re cooking healthy, doesn’t mean it tastes dull and bland, like most diet foods you torture yourself with.  Everything is full of color, texture and flavor and of course her own touch here and there.  Her specialty is vegetarian food, but please believe, any and everything that I’ve tasted of hers, is amazing.  When asked what her favorite thing to cook is, she mentioned a couple of things such as Stuffed Shells, Vegetarian Spaghetti, Tamales and Enchilada Pie.  Looks like I know what my next requests from her will be.  She loves to eat Cuban food.  FYI, if you’ve never had Cuban food, you’re missing out on life.  Really!

Chef Coleman will come to you, cook for you, make you a meal that will knock your socks off, change your life.  She also specializes in meal prep, being a personal chef/cook, sitting down, consulting with you about what you’re putting in your body and how you can change it up and still eat and enjoy and lead a healthy and delicious lifestyle!  Marie’s Catering is based in Dallas, TX.  For booking and/or questions contact Chef Coleman at Jenice1_coleman@yahoo.com.  You can also check out Marie’s Catering on Instagram at @Ms_Catering, try not to drool on your phone screen.  I’ll just go ahead and say “you’re welcome” right now.

White Northern Tortilla Soup

White Northern Tortilla Soup

Lemon Herb Chicken Salad with Feta

Lemon Herb Chicken Salad with Feta

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