Sunday, June 30, 2019

Huntington Edition: Moonlight Cookies

Moonlight cookies

Moonlight Cookies is a late-night cookie shop that satisfies your sweet tooth - even at midnight.

Moonlight cookiesThis shop is located in Huntington's Heritage Station.

Moonlight cookiesThe space is relaxing and even has a cute book section.

Moonlight cookiesThey have a variety of standard cookies and specialty ones depending on the day.

Moonlight cookiesThey have "The OG" which is the original chocolate chip cookie made with house dough and semi and milk chocolate chips.

Moonlight cookiesThey have the "Salty Blonde" which is caramel and sea salt with caramel chips and caramel bits.

Moonlight cookiesAnd they have the "P.B." which is a peanut butter cookie with peanut butter chips and swirled with crunchy peanut butter.

Moonlight cookiesI went for the "Salty Blonde" from the original house cookies.

Moonlight cookiesAnd then I got a few specialty ones - a mint and chocolate chip one, a chocolate and peanut butter one and more.

Moonlight cookiesAnd what is better than pairing that with hot chocolate? Nothing.

Moonlight cookiesThe campfire hot chocolate comes with toasted marshmallows on top. What's your favorite cookie here?

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Huntington Edition: Huntington Ale House

Huntington Ale House

Huntington Ale House is known for steaks, burgers, brews and its creative macaroni & cheese dishes.

Huntington Ale HouseI ordered a pulled pork mac & cheese to go.

Huntington Ale House

What's your favorite dish here?

Huntington Ale House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, June 28, 2019

Charleston Edition: The Riverside Anchor

Riverside Anchor

I've heard about Riverside Anchor for quite some time.

Riverside AnchorWhy? Because of its legendary "Tomato Pie."

Riverside AnchorThe restaurant has gone through some leadership changes, but the pie remains. 

Riverside AnchorIt is fresh dough with garlic, olive oil glaze, and "secret spices."

Riverside AnchorIt's topped with mozzarella cheese, diced tomatoes and whatever toppings you'd like to add.

Riverside AnchorSo I got one of those original pies to try.

Riverside AnchorAnd, I also got a sandwich - a "squeak" here.

Riverside AnchorIt's served on fresh baked dough, topped with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. This is the "Pip Squeak," and it has ham, turkey, bacon and mozzarella cheese.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Summersville Edition: Healthy Vibes Cafe and Juice Bar

Healthy Vibes

Healthy Vibes Cafe & Juice Bar is a small oasis in Summersville that serves up healthy items and great drinks.

Healthy VibesThey'll be closing soon, so I wanted to get in to check them out.

Healthy VibesAnd I ordered the "berry buzz," which has cranberry, pomegranate, acai, strawberry, blueberry, yogurt and agave.

Healthy VibesYum! Had you tried any?

Healthy Vibes

Charleston Edition: Tin Box BBQ Pub & Grub

Tin Box BBQ

Tin Box BBQ Pub & Grub is a new restaurant at Eagle View Luxury Apartments.

Tin Box BBQThis spot is neat because it literally overlooks the whole city.

Tin Box BBQ
The restaurant focuses on BBQ, of course, and I visited for my birthday earlier this year.

Tin Box BBQIt also happened to be their opening weekend.

Tin Box BBQI ordered pulled pork sliders with a side of Mac n Cheese.

Tin Box BBQThat allowed me to try all the different BBQ sauces - Mimi's Original BBQ Sauce, Screaming Mimi's, Jonny J's Jacked Up, and Big E's Carolina Sauce.

Tin Box BBQWe had some homemade chips to start with.

Tin Box BBQThree sliders with pickles.

Tin Box BBQAnd the mac is: "Our homemade mac is creamy and stringy using 5 cheese blend and topped with crumbs and more parmesan baked to golden brown"

Tin Box BBQHave you been here yet?

Tin Box BBQ

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Asheville, NC Edition: Curate

Curate

Curate is a well-known authentic Spanish tapas restaurant led by Chef Katie Button in Asheville, North Carolina.

Curate
Cúrate is a celebration of authentic Spanish cuisine. For those who have visited Spain, the Cúrate menu will bring back memories of the country's best jamón Ibérico, vermuterías, and lively tapas culture. In recognition of the restaurant’s all-Spanish wine list, Cúrate was listed as one of America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants by Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2018. Cúrate means ‘cure yourself’ in Spanish, reflecting the belief held by chef Katie Button and her family that there are curative effects in sharing good food and wine with family and friends. Experience the essence of Spain in downtown Asheville… one plate at a time.
CurateThis restaurant was my first stop when I made it to Asheville, because I had heard so much about it. It's been recommended by Zagat and Lonely Planet, among others.

CurateWe had reservations for the restaurant, so we were whisked to our table to look over the menu.

CurateThere were a few things that caught my eye, but at the top of my list was "Pan de cristal con tomate."

CurateThat's bread, tomato, olive oil, garlic and salt - pretty simple. But simply delicious.

CurateAnd, I got a side of manchego cheese to go with it. Honestly, I could live off this type of food.

CurateThe dishes are served tapas style - which means small plates - so I ordered a few different things to try.

CurateI also ordered "Pulpo a la Gallega," which is galician style octopus served warm w/sea salt, olive oil, spanish paprika, and yukon gold potato purée.

CurateIt's a pretty simple and mild flavor, but fresh and I love the texture.

CurateFinally, I had to try some of the cured ham.

Curate

Jamon iberico de belloto - from Cinco Jotas, hand-cut, 100% pure Iberico pigs, from the jabugo region, acorn fattened and free range, giving it a unique and exceptionally nutty flavor.

CurateWow. Have you been?

Cúrate Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato