Paula Deen LIVE at the Blumenthal in Charlotte

Paula Deen came to Charlotte, ya’ll!  Her people reached out to me with fantastic tickets to see this wonderful show and to meet Paula!  What an amazing experience!  If you want to see her, here’s the link to check out her tour dates:  Paula Deen Live.  Our show was Wednesday, September 24 2014 at the … Continue reading

Youssef 242 in Hickory

Hickory has blessed few real “fancy” restaurants (when compared to Charlotte) so I was so excited to finally try Youssef 242 last night.  I’ve had it on my list forever, and somehow never got to it.  I made reservations in the middle of the night (thanks Open Table!) and like that we were in. We … Continue reading

Milky Way Cake

Looking for a decadent dessert that’s relatively easy to make?  Try this Milky Way cake.  I used a red velvet cake mix for mine,  but next time?  Butter Cake all the way. Milky Way Cake INGREDIENTS 18 1/4 butter recipe yellow cake mix, i use duncan hines 1/2 cup butter, softened 2/3 cup water 4 large … Continue reading

Carrabba’s Bread Dipping Spice

I usually refuse to go to chain restaurants.  There are so many choices out there, why waste your dining dollars on a chain where you know exactly what is on the menu and the masses will follow you there?  Well, one reason is because sometimes you just crave a dish.  And familiarity can be a … Continue reading

French Onion Soup

I think French Onion soup is my favorite soup of all time.  The KING of soups!  When I was a kid, I almost choked on a big glob of cheese while eating a cup in the mall, but now I am much more careful.  Smaller bites.  Chewing. My favorite soups are ones that have a … Continue reading

Cafe Monte in Charlotte

Café Monte My girlfriend and I decided to give this place a try because we found a Living Social deal that was too good to pass up.  So glad we did!  The interior is fun yet elegant.  When we were there, they had live music playing in a corner and a pastry case on the … Continue reading

Linguine With Mushrooms and Garlic Cream Sauce

Pasta, mushrooms and cream.  Really, that’s all I need to write, right? Linguine With Mushrooms and Garlic Cream Sauce INGREDIENTS Parmesan, for sprinkling fresh parsley, chopped 2 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes 4 ounces linguine salt 1/2 cup whipping cream fresh ground pepper 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled 3 medium garlic cloves, minced … Continue reading