Friday, August 23, 2019

Fayetteville Edition: RangeFinderCoffee

Rangefinder Coffee

Tucked away in Water Stone Outdoors is a new small coffee bar.

Rangefinder CoffeeRangeFinderCoffee focuses on specialty espresso and coffee drinks. They serve La Terza Coffee beans, which are "ethically sourced and roasted to perfection."

Rangefinder CoffeeThe menu is not large, but the focus on coffee is clear.

Rangefinder CoffeeI went for a mocha with oat milk - something you don't really see everywhere!

Rangefinder CoffeeHe made a version, then had me taste it to see if it was to my liking.

Rangefinder CoffeeIf you're looking for a strong cup of joe, this is your place.

Ripley Edition: Heather's Simply Blessed Sweets

Heathers simply blessed

When driving through Ripley, I had a hankering for dinner - particularly a hot dog.

Heathers simply blessedSo I found Heather's Simply Blessed Sweets, which serves a number of cakes and other sweets, as well as a daily specials like sandwiches and dinners.

Heathers simply blessedThis small space is all decorated with pastels and lights.

Heathers simply blessedNear the counter, there were a number of cupcakes and scones available. I opted for a vanilla cupcake.

Heathers simply blessedAnd, I also ordered a hot dog to go - chili, slaw, mustard and onions.

Heathers simply blessedThe vanilla cupcake has a unique icing that is thick and sweet, but with depth.

Heathers simply blessedAnd the hot dog was tasty with a sweeter chili. Have you been here?

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Fayetteville Edition: New River Curry House

New River Curry House

New River Curry House is Fayetteville's newest restaurant.

New River Curry HouseFeaturing Indian dishes from the Punjab region of India, near the border with Pakistan, the restaurant has a modern-meets-rustic vibe.

New River Curry HouseThink wooden accents and potted greenery.

New River Curry HouseI looked over the menu, and I wanted to try everything.

New River Curry HouseBut I started with an order of Samosas - and I got sides of Tamarind chutney and Raita chutney. One was a sweeter chutney, and the other was close to a tzatziki.

New River Curry HouseAnd then paneer pakora - which is cheese and chickpea.

New River Curry HouseAnd take a look at this cool drink I had to wash it all down with: Basil Seed - pineapple flavor. It has these little gummy-ish seeds inside. Very unique.

New River Curry HouseFor my entree, I went with chicken tikka masala, which is savory, yet a bit creamy.

New River Curry House
And for my side, I went with the potato pave - it's a crispy potato cake.

New River Curry House

Bill went for a pork belly, which also look delish.

Charleston Edition: Connie's Gourmet Kitchen


While at my dentist office, the topic of pepperoni rolls came up. As it often does.

Connie’s Gournet KitchenAnd my hygienist told me that this woman just down the road makes the best pepperoni rolls. It was Connie's Gourmet Kitchen.

Connie’s Gournet KitchenSo I bugged her for some time to see when she might be making the next batch, and she saved me two so I could sample them.

Connie’s Gournet KitchenAnd boy am I happy she did. The bottom gets just perfectly slightly crisp, and it's packed full of cheese. Sweet dough. Mmm. Have you been?

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

White Sulphur Springs Edition: Bella Italy

Bella Italian

If you see a tall building in downtown White Sulphur Springs painted like an Italian flag, you've found Bella Italy.

Bella ItalianThe restaurant was quiet on the day I visited - which meant the waiter's sole attention was on me.

Bella ItalianThe menu had some standard dishes, but I was really feeling an Italian hoagie on this day.

Bella ItalianIt came with cold cuts and cheese. I asked for some fixins, and a whole plate of veggies was delivered to me. Yum.

Bella Italian

Oak Hill Edition: The Red Oak Grill

Red Oak Restaurant

The Red Oak Grill is a new restaurant in Oak Hill boasting "Fine Appalachian Meals."

Red Oak RestaurantThe interior was clean and modern, and I had the whole space to myself.

Red Oak RestaurantThe menu isn't huge, but it covers a variety: sandwiches, steaks, smoked pork, chicken, etc.

Red Oak RestaurantI went for the stuffed chicken breast, which was filled with housemade spinach dip and roasted. For sides, I went for mashed potatoes and macaroni & cheese.

Red Oak RestaurantHave you ever been here?

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Charleston Edition: Stella's


A new shop in downtown Charleston is doling out unique gelatos and balsamic vinegars!

Stella’sStella's is a bright, exciting shop on Hale Street that is still testing out regular hours.

Stella’sBut I caught them on an open day, and my mouth was salivating as soon as I walked in.

Stella’sIt's tough to decide between chocolately or fruity - so I went with both. I went for a caramel flavor and a strawberry gelato.

Stella’sAnd then, they topped it with balsamic vinegar for each - and wow. That little bit of salt really brings out the flavor!

Hurricane Edition: Hidden Creek Mercantile

The Merc

Hurricane has an impressive food scene.

The MercFrom over-the-top milkshakes to bbq, this town has a little bit of everything.

The MercOne popular shop also has a lunch counter.

The MercThe Hidden Creek Mercantile features locally produced goods, a well as a menu full of sandwiches, smoothies, desserts and more.

The MercThe menu at The Merc had quite a few things that caught my eye - like a buffalo chicken quesadilla! - but then I saw the monthly special.

The MercIt's a chicken salad melt with swiss cheese and cranberries!

The MercTo go with it, I also ordered a "I love my nana" smoothie - with bananas and strawberries.

The MercIt came with chips and a pickle.

The MercHave you been here?

The MercWhat's your favorite item?