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Re-Baked

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on May 27, 2010

This weekend, after our late lunch at Southend Brewery, the Husband and I decided to head back to the hotel to get ready for the wedding.  However, I had to stop back at Baked to try another sweet treat.  While I enjoyed my cupcake in September, this time around my friend Jaclyn recommended I try out a sweet & salty treat.

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As I often am when walking into a bakery, I was overwhelmed by all of the choices 🙂 First, I checked out what they had in their cases…

Muffins and scones

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Tarts and pastries…

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Whoopie pies…

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Brownies…

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And cookies

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I also remembered that they had cakes out on their big table in the center of the bakery.  I remembered the Citrus Cake as being one I wanted in September.

IMG_9757 I was intrigued by the Green Tea Cake…

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IMG_9759 I decided that a slice of cake would probably be too much, especially with us attending a wedding that night.  So, I decided to grab one of the Sweet & Salty brownies.  I took it to go to enjoy later in the weekend.  With a few additional snapshots of the bakery, we headed back to the parking garage and back to the hotel to get ready.

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IMG_9767On Sunday, I did get around to eating the brownie :-)  The description was that it had cocoa, caramel, and sea salt in/on it.   IMG_9778

IMG_9779 I actually was a bit disappointed with the brownie 😦 It wasn’t bad, but it was just fine.  Perhaps I built it up in my mind too much, but it just didn’t meet the sweet & salty combo I was looking for.  Next time, I’m getting that Citrus Cake!

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Sweet Tomatoes

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on May 25, 2010

This weekend, the Husband and I were in Charleston, SC for our good friends’ wedding.  We spent all day today attempting to get home as our flight from Charlotte to Chicago was delayed many hours due to multiple mechanical problems and it was ultimately cancelled.  We got rebooked on another airline and made it back to Las Vegas in the late afternoon.  The Husband and I hoped to get a handful of things done this afternoon/evening so we decided to check out Sweet Tomatoes prior to heading to the grocery store for the week (after getting a car wash and signing up for the gym!).

Sweet Tomatoes is a Salad Buffet restaurant, which was exactly what we were craving after traveling this past weekend.

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The Husband had been to one before so he knew how it worked, but I appreciated that as soon as I walked in, I understood what I needed to do.  Upon entering the restaurant, we were to collect a tray and then we could head down the salad bar, collecting as much as we wanted on our first go.

IMG_3029 The first section of salads included pre-tossed salads.  We watched an employee tossing the salads at the front of the buffet so we knew they were fresh.

IMG_3030 Our options included Caesar Salad Asiago, Won Ton Chicken Happiness, and Rajun Cajun. I grabbed a small bit of the first and the third.

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IMG_3033 Up next was the build-your-own salad section.  It had lots of traditional items as well as some unique items.

IMG_3034 I was particularly excited to find Butternut squash and Beets 🙂

IMG_3035 The main salad bar also had some premade cold salads.  I didn’t grab any as my salad plate was already full.

IMG_3036 After this last section of the salad bar, we found ourselves at the cashier where we paid for the buffet itself (which is way more than salad as you’ll see below) and beverages.  We had a coupon for a free dinner with the purchase of another adult meal and two drinks.  Even without the coupon, we were quite impressed with the price at less than $10 per person for the buffet.

After paying, the Husband and I found a table and began enjoying our salads.

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IMG_3038 I then went off to explore the rest of the restaurant.  There was the section for beverages.  It included the traditional soda fountain as well as teas, juices, and lemonade.

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The rest of the buffet sections included…

Soup (a wide variety!)

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Fruit

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A bakery which included muffins, brownies, other desserts, and cheesy bread

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A pasta bar which included three pastas… one of them was mac n cheese which I found to be better than it looked and fine for a reasonably priced buffet (not great)

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There was also a baked potato bar – an area I’ll check out more the next time I visit I think.

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Last but not least, they had a sundae bar!  Our options were Vanilla, Chocolate, and Swirl of Dreyer’s non-fat fro yo.  It also included a small selection of toppings.  A great dessert!

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As I was running around the restaurant taking photos, a father noticed my camera and asked if I was a blogger.  He mentioned that his daughter also blogs and called her over.  As she and I started chatting, I realized that I read her blog! 🙂 Hi Kristen from Swanky Dietician! It was fun running into you! Hope you enjoyed your time with your family.  The blog community is so small.  I started reading Kristen after reading Kristen from Eating RD who I started reading after she and my friend Diana from The Chic Life met in Charlotte. I love the blogger community!

Okay, back to Sweet Tomatoes! For the price and convenience, we really enjoyed Sweet Tomatoes.  It’s not a fancy restaurant and doesn’t pretend to be.  There’s a decent selection and appears to be quite family friendly.  They have seasonal themes and I imagine we’ll definitely be back in June as there’s a Strawberry theme (my favorite fruit!).

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As a final tangent, we found the following card on the table.  While up getting more food, if you left the card Tomato side up, the staff would know you’re coming back. IMG_3057 If you flipped it to the other side, they would know you’ve left.

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McCormick & Schmick’s Happy Hour

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on May 10, 2010

Happy Mothers Day! While the Husband and I are caught up on our cross country move posts, all of my photos for Las Vegas things thus far are on the SD card in the DSLR that is currently with the Husband on his second drive cross country with his dad (posts to come from him this week! and I’ll catch up on the LV posts when he gets back).  In the meantime, though, I did get pictures of happy hour on Friday night with my point and shoot 🙂

The Husband and I were looking to unwind after our first week of Nevada living, working, and unpacking and our friend recommended we check out McCormick & Schmick’s.  It’s located in the same business park as Bahama Breeze so we knew how to get there easily.

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Valet parking was available but the parking lot was easy to maneuver.

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Before even making it inside of the restaurant, we found our friends and their friends sitting at one of the tables out on the patio.  The weather was gorgeous and perfect for an outdoor happy hour.

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Each night, there are different specials…

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Friday night is Sushi and Saki Night.

IMG_2985 In addition to the daily specials, there are also the normal happy hour food specials.

IMG_2986 To kick off happy hour, the Husband and I each went with a beer.  His was a Pyramid Curveball and I had the Blue Moon’s seasonal Honeymoon.  They were both light and refreshing (but not too light!).  I particularly liked the slight sweetness of the Honeymoon.IMG_2988 Our friend ordered two bowls of edamame for the table to share.  I haven’t had edamame in a while and really enjoyed these.  They were warm and salty.IMG_2991 After a lot of patience from our waitress Jackie 🙂 (we were busy catching up!), we ordered some food to go with our beers.  The Husband and I decided to order two dishes to share.  The first was the Fried Zucchini with pomodoro sauce. The fried portion seemed almost like a tempura, yet lighter.  I enjoyed these more than the Husband.

IMG_2992 We also shared the Fish Tacos which came highly recommended by our friend.  We thought they were actually just okay.  The menu said they were blackened, but they definitely weren’t.  The fish tasted fresh though.

IMG_2993 The Husband ordered a Sam Adam’s Boston Lager, his favorite 🙂

IMG_2994 Then Jackie brought out the dessert tray, which was huge and enticing.  The Husband and I were drawn to two in particular (perhaps we’re craving fruit?).  He went with a tart.  The shell was pretty much like a lighter peanut brittle but made with almonds.  Everyone at the table had a bite of the shell and loved it! Inside, there was vanilla ice cream and it was topped with berries.  Definitely a good choice.

IMG_2995 I ordered the Blueberry Tiramisu which included champagne soaked lady fingers.  I actually wasn’t a fan, but I think it’s because I don’t love tiramisu.  Our friends ordered one to share and loved theirs, so if you like tiramisu, you’ll likely like this.  I was drawn to the blueberries evidently and loved them 🙂

IMG_2996 After dessert, we enjoyed a bit more chit chat.  Our friends have been a handful of times over the last few weeks and learned that M&S has a Preferred Guest Membership program.  It’s $25 to join but you get a $25 gift card back with your first use.  Each dollar you spend at M&S gets you points which you can redeem for things such as cookbooks and gift cards.  Sounds like a good deal if you visit these often!IMG_2998

Overall, we enjoyed our first happy hour as Nevada residents 🙂 The service was good and our waitress Jackie was sweet.  She’s new to Nevada as well so we were able to chat a bit about being newbies! Hopefully the Husband’s and my reviews will help her find all sorts of fun places to eat and go!

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Boscos Restaurant – For Beer Lovers

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on April 28, 2010

For dinner in Little Rock, the Husband and I hadn’t received any recommendations on where to eat so we decided to explore the local area to see what we could find.  A quick perusal of Urbanspoon restaurants showed a handful of restaurants that didn’t speak to us.  We saw that they had a Flying Saucer, but having been to the one in Charlotte and the one in Columbia, SC, we knew we’d like it but we were hoping for something more unique.

We walked up and down the block and just as we were about to settle on the Flying Saucer (well not quite settling as we knew we’d have a good meal and good beers), we saw Boscos Restaurant.  (The Husband saw the awning while I saw a folding board noting their Sunday brunch.)

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Being beer lovers ourselves, and their awning claiming to be a place for beer lovers (hey! that’s us!) we decided to give them a shot.  We were offered seats outside but it was a tad chilly and the latino concert/festival was still going on, next door, and quite loudly! I did pop outside to get a photo from the balcony however.

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We met our waiter, Brock, and were immediately impressed and looked forward to the rest of the evening.  He was personable, friendly, and gave us lots of great recommendations.  We started with beer of course! Boscos brews their own beer and we do love microbrews.  The Husband ordered the Boscos HopGoddess Ale, described as being  brewed with 100% pilsner malt and a heaping helping of Saaz hops, a hybrid pilsner fermented as an ale.  I had the Downtown Brown, a classic English-style Nut Brown Ale.  As described, it was flavorful and easy to drink.

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Later in the meal, Brock brought us samples of the Boscos Oatmeal Stout (I was a fan!), the Isle of Skye Scottish Ale (a well brewed Scottish Ale according to the Husband), Boscos Bombay IPA, and Boscos Famous Flaming Stone Beer.

The food menu had lots of interesting options but the Prix Fixe menu caught our eye.  Both the Husband and I were sold on it.  $25 for three courses, that all looked appetizing, looked good to us.

To start, the Husband ordered the Petite Oyster Poboy.  This was not at all petite! It was fried oysters tossed in honey hot sauce, served on toasted french bread and topped with melted blue cheese.  The Husband really enjoyed this and shared it with me even though I was hesitant as I hate blue cheese.  This was GOOD! Perhaps it’s the first dish that will help ease me into liking blue cheese.  We’ll see…

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I ordered the Chicken Flauta.  It was shredded chicken, refried beans, and mozzarella rolled in two tortillas and pan fried, served over salsa de rojo.  This was also excellent.  Creamy center and the salsa had a nice kick to it.

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For our main courses, the Husband and I both ordered the same thing, a dish highly recommended by our waiter.  We got the Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin.  They were topped with an apricot glaze and served with garlic mashed potatoes and braised cherry tomatoes.  The tomatoes were cooked perfectly, the mashed potatoes were flavorful, and the pork was tender.  A great recommendation! IMG_8553

For our last course, we of course had dessert.  Our options included Apple Crisp, Brownie a la Mode (always in fashion as the Husband says), and Sorbet.  I went with the Apple Crisp while the Husband went with the Brownie.  Neither of us were impressed with the desserts, but they weren’t bad.

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While we’re sure we would have had a good meal at Flying Saucer, we were glad we found Boscos.  The service was good, the food was excellent, and the beers were refreshing.  There are four locations, according to their menu, so if you’re looking for another brewery and you’re near one of these cities (ironically we’d been in all of them in the last 48 hours!), check them out.  IMG_8539 IMG_8544

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