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Yes! It’s been FOREVER! Almost a year and I want to apologize from the bottom of my heart…but I am BACK, YES I AM!

If anyone knows me, they know that I am very finicky, well my stomach is very finicky, with certain foods.  My throat could start itching, my lip could blow up, my tongue could swell.  Let’s just say that I have a slight food allergy.  Not Hitch-like, but it’s pretty noticeable, ESPECIALLY with spicy stuff.

Any-who, this brings me to the subject at hand: guacamole particularly guacamole.  I’ve never been into the fruit, yes, it’s a fruit, because it turns my stomach upside-down.  Don’t gasp when I say this, but avocado toast makes me want to barf.  I know it’s the rave now with foodies, but I’m not on board at all.  Now, I can eat it in the form of guacamole. I believe I’m able to tolerate it and actually munch on it because there are other ingredients incorporated into it.  Tomatoes, salt, pepper, cilantro, lemon, lime, they tend to cut the raw form of it.  Put that on a fresh tortilla chip and I can go to town.

Now comes the good part.  I’m all for meeting up for a bite to eat.  Friends, family and food go so well together.  On this day, my girl and I tried out this restaurant in Plano, TX called Mi Día From Scratch.  Their food is described as a fusion of flavors from the past and present, Santa Fe and Tex Mex.  I’m all about trying new things, especially when it comes to F-O-O-D.  Being that I had never been to this restaurant, I decided to keep it simple, order things that I’m familiar with and that I would think can’t be messed up.  I started with an alcoholic beverage and the Margarita of the Month was a Mexican Mule.

IMG_1834I’m always down for a Mule.  They’re so refreshing and crisp.  I looked up what’s in a Mexican Mule and it’s pretty simple: tequila, lime & ginger beer.  Very tasty.  To start off, and this is pretty much the “WOW” of this experience, and honestly I didn’t have to eat anything after this, the Tableside Guacamole. Oh. My. GAH.  This amazingness starts tableside. From what I remember, it was the generic recipe for guac: fresh avocado, cilantro, tomatoes and lime.  That’s all mixed up, kept kinda chunky, which I like and then comes *drumroll* BACON.  Lots and lots of BACON!  It was so much, I honestly could not believe it.  It just kept getting piled on.  I did not complain at all.  Once finished and placed between my friend and I, I believe we stared at it in amazement for about five minutes. No lie.

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That first bite.  Nothing like it, something I’d never had and could not get enough of.    The smoky, savory flavor of the thick pieces of chewy bacon went so well with the smooth, yet chunky texture and mild, creaminess of the guacamole.  We were shocked that we kept picking up chip after chip.  It was a true addiction.  I made sure to drink lots of water while indulging in this deliciousness, because at the end go the day, it was still avocado and I did not want to be scratching my throat at the table, making that embarrassing noise, like I do in the privacy of my own home.  Don’t act like y’all don’t know that noise.  We finally stopped eating the guac, we still had entrees to eat, tacos, nothing fancy, and honestly, I wasn’t that impressed.  Grilled steak street tacos.  Lacked seasoning, pretty bland. Blah. Blah. Blah.  We wanted to take the guac home so bad, but you know how that is.  It would’ve been brown in color by the time we got home.  Not very pleasing to the eye.  So, we kept our gluttony levels low.

I’m sure you guys get what I’m saying.  WHEN you go to Mi Día From Scratch, sit at the bar, order the tableside guacamole, make friends with the bartender and try out all those interesting drink concoctions on the menu and I’m sure you’ll have a great time!

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Let’s be honest.  When you think of a deviled egg, you think of your typical  mashup of yolks, mayo, mustard, salt, pepper and that pretty little sprinkle of paprika, real fancy.  I’m sure it was someone’s auntie or grandmother, or your own, that made them sometime in your life at a special occasion like a family reunion or a funeral *blank stare* BOOOORING.

Go to any restaurant now and it’s the star attraction, one of the best ways to start a meal, very out of the ordinary, but something that you fall in love with instantly.  I’ve had some pretty tasty eggs, very detailed and elaborate, at restaurants such as Del Frisco’s Grille in Dallas, this was the first place I tried them.  One bite is all it took for me and I was hooked.  Another great place is Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar in Plano.  This place is overall one of my favorite restaurants, and how unique is it that they change their deviled eggs on a weekly basis.  Keeps you coming back!

Recently though, and I do mean for the last two weeks, I’ve frequented a restaurant that I’ve grown to love, called DISH.  You’ll see one of my  awesome previous posts about their grits.  To DIE for.  No games were played when they made them!  Anyways, I’m getting off subject.  So my past visit, I went to another location, in Dallas.  They happened to have a different menu.  Brunch, but a different menu, give or take some items.  They didn’t even have the Bucket of Bubbles.  I was let down. Severely.  I tried to hide my “spoiled daddy’s girl” face, ordered a Blood-Orange Mimosa AND Truffled Bacon Deviled Eggs.

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They came to the table and they were absolutely beautiful.  So colorful, so vibrant.  Like I say, I take one bite, and by one bite, I mean, I put the whole thing in my mouth and concentrate on tasting every flavor.  The smooth, semi-sweet, mild filling was perfection.  Piped ever-so-smoothly in the boiled egg.  Bacon makes everything better, every sane person knows this, so biting into the thick, savory applewood smoked bacon and the slither of the pickled purple onion garnish, it was just magical.

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I had others with me at the table, so I had to share.  I was upset. Yup. I wanted more *sigh*. Sometimes life, it just isn’t fair, but those deviled eggs, the moment they were placed in front of me so gently, life was great!

Who doesn’t like pizza?  I mean, it’s hot, melted, stringy cheese, with whatever toppings you can think of and as many as your heart desires…placed ever so beautifully and strategically on top of crunchy, chewy, doughy crust.  Is your mouth watering?! Mine is.  The picture above, does no justice to how good each and every slice of that pizza was.  That pizza is the deliciousness from Urban Crust.  Word of mouth was how I found out about this unique place.  My parents couldn’t stop talking about it, they had been a couple of times.  Clearly they enjoyed themselves.  I think it’s the location that makes it even better, because it’s kind of unexpected.  It’s like a hidden jewel.  You definitely, well I mean I definitely, wouldn’t have expected for a place like this to be located here.

Historic Downtown Plano, which has grown so much since the 1900s, located on the East side of North Central Expressway, surrounding 15th St., where the streets are paved with cobblestone.  You’ve got little boutiques everywhere, the huge old courthouse, urbanized with new retail shops, restaurants and housing.  It’s definitely the newest place to eat, play, shop, live and just have a good time.

Now, walking into Urban Crust, you wouldn’t even know that it’s three stories high.  I surely didn’t.  Each level is pretty slim, close quarters, stairs leading up to each floor.  The old, industrial building, which used to be a harness and saddle establishment, has a new look to it.  A hip, modern concept.  Oh, but wait!  What really makes it the “Place to Be” is the 30 ft. long, 32 degree, frozen rooftop bar.  Coolest thing ever.  Literally.  I absolutely loved it.  Not only is the bar cool, no pun intended, but the bartenders are even cooler.  Good people!  Our bartender, I hate that his name has escaped my mind, but he kept us entertained all night, created great drinks for us and kept the vibe and the ambience going all night.

Wait though…I’m supposed to be talking about the pizza right?! All off subject.  If, no when you go, get some kind of pizza. Any kind.  You must.  Judging from Yelp photos, the Black & Blue seems to be a popular choice.  I went with a friend and I wanted one type of pizza, she wanted another, so we did the whole half and half thing.  We ordered the Margherita Pizza, but one half was topped with pepperoni.  Two great choices.  Of course, my favorite thing was the crust, the bread. The carb.  I also liked the pepperoni though, because they were mini pepperonis.  Just the right amount of spice and bite.

So, if anything, take a ride on over to Downtown Plano, there’s really a lot to do, but a lot of people haven’t caught on yet.  It’s a lot of landmarks, you can park and walk, the sidewalks and streets are always busy.  Even if you just want to chill, walk on into Urban Crust, head to the top floor, get a refreshing drink and overlook all of Plano from their rooftop.  It’s absolutely beautiful!

I don’t know one person that doesn’t like happy hour…really!  I mean, I believe it’s called that because during those hours, of cheap prices, good food and strong drinks…you’re HAPPY lol

Kona Grill definitely knows how to keep a smile on their customer’s faces and I can testify to that.  Their most popular location, for most Dallas, TX natives was the Northpark location, but the newest Plano location is the place to be nowadays.  The vibe is just so much better.  The Northpark location, it’s very drab.  Not much light, very dim and I guess, romantic in some ways, for some people, but not me.  When I think of happy hours, I think HAPPY, excitement, fun, loud talking, big, bright atmosphere.  This new Plano location gives you all that AND some.  Any meet-ups I plan with friends and family, this is one of my favorite Go-To spots.  The layout is so social, so modern, so fly.  The patio circles the restaurant, it’s very spacious, lots of tables, lots of chairs, you can enjoy the fire outside, even on a hot Texas day, very intimate.  I also love that the bar opens up to the patio, so you can enjoy the ambience of the outside AND the inside.  The lighting is perfect, bright and energetic.  For the sports fans, there are TVs everywhere, on ESPN of course…you can’t go wrong with that!

Chicken Satay & Beef Bulgogi Tacos

Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever been to any Kona location for anything outside of the Happy Hour.  I mean you can’t beat it with a stick!  Monday through Friday 3pm-7pm, REVERSE Happy Hour (Club Kona lol) from 9pm-11pm, Saturdays as well and then ALL DAY Sunday.  And now here comes the good part, the eats and the drinks.  You get everything from sushi, to tacos to different types of flatbreads, all delicious.  Some of my faves include the chicken satay, which comes with this amazing coleslaw, the BBQ chicken flatbread, the bulgogi tacos and their potstickers.  Can you tell I’ve been there A LOT?!  Then, you can wash it all down with one of their refreshing, yet quite strong happy hour margaritas, regular, strawberry or mango.  I tend to mix strawberry and mango, get the best of both Worlds.  The best thing about ALL of this, everything on the menu is under $10!  More of a reason that I call this place one of my FAVES!  GO KONA!

I’m starting this new thing with my food posts.  I’m all about finding a new place to feed my face, and when I say new, I mean a place that I’ve never been to personally.  FOODIE FIND.  Sounds good to me!

So it’s a Saturday night.  My mom and I had a long day of running errands, we’re hungry for something, but not sure of what really.  Something quick and easy, for sure, no long waits, nothing fancy, just good food, ready to be devoured.  Mexican food, nothing hard at all…tortillas, meat, cheese, salsa, tortilla chips, sounds good right?! RIGHT!  Rusty Taco.  We pass it on our way home all the time, it’s always packed, so I mean, something MUST be good about it.

When you walk in, you can tell right away, it’s a very casual eatery.  The kitchen is open, you can see your food being prepared, the chairs and tables are steel-like picnic tables…the building kind of reminds me of an old garage.  When it comes to ordering, it’s simple as pie.  One big menu on the wall, includes all tacos even breakfast, sides (chips and salsa) and beverages.  Nothing fancy, straight to the point, order as much or as little as you want, have a seat and wait for your name to be called to pick up your order.

 

While waiting, the manager, I didn’t get his name, but he seemed like the one running the place.  He was so nice, greeted everyone, walked around to make sure everyone was doing ok and he brought us our house made, frozen margaritas.  Not knowing how big they were, we definitely could have shared; by the time we left, between my mom’s drink and my drink, we drank the equivalent of one.  As far as the alcohol level, the buzz, we felt relaxed, but I mean, I’ve had way stronger i.e. Mi Cocina, Gloria’s, Aw Shuck’s.  The chips and salsa. The chips, they were served hot and crunchy, but I’ve had a lot better.  I did like the salsa.

After about 5-7 minutes, our names were called and I was so excited. Like really.

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Seeing as though I’m on Weight Watchers, I tried to be smart when ordering my tacos.  I didn’t want to order anything really creamy, fried or covered in some sort of fattening sauce.  So, I ordered the #2 Roasted Pork Taco and the #7 Fish Taco, both on a corn tortilla.  My mom had the #5 Brisket Taco and the #10 Fried Chicken Taco, both on flour tortillas and it took everything in me to not ask my mom for a bite of that #10.  My tacos were good.  The queso fresco really hit the spot.  Gave the #2 a fresh kick.  I did order two of the more healthier options, which they still had a lot of flavor, but next time I go, I think I’ll splurge and treat myself to maybe, the #8, Baja Shrimp Taco. I love fried shrimp.  That’s the Creole in me LoL.  I’ll tell you what…that little styrofoam container, sitting oh so pretty on the tray, was a star player in my eyes.  It’s the Jalapeño Ranch Dressing.  It as supposed to go on the #10, but my mom asked for it on the side.  BIG mistake.  I guess she thought the spice from the jalapeño would be something she couldn’t handle.  That dressing was good on EVERYTHING.  I even started dipping my tortilla chips in it.  YES, it was that serious.

Well, enough of the small talk, I think I’ve made myself clear.  Rusty Taco was pretty good, I will be visiting again.  Of course I’ll be changing up my order just a bit.  Simple, clean, lots of flavor, in and out, casual, friendly and delicious.  That’s about how I would sum up Rusty Taco.

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