Tuesday’s Treats #201

Capital Grill

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

This place was amazing. We went for Valentine’s Day, and although we didn’t make reservations, we ended up with a great table and a great server.

Tuesday’s Treats #200

Paperlo

Location: Kyiv, Ukraine

This place was has just the neatest decor and atmosphere. The staff is friendly and some can speak a little English. The food is delicious, and again, the decor is just really cool. (Lots of pics on this one; so, get ready!)

The food was phenomenal, and the menu was completely in Ukrainian; so, our friends told us things on the menu and ordered for us. As you can see, we ate like kings.

We started with a cheese plate that was delicious. It had four different types of cheeses and honey and ground coffee to dip. Now, I know, that sounds crazy, but it was SO good! They also had brought a type of dried beef, like beef jerky. It had a little kick of spice, and it was great. Our friend ordered a plate of, what I would call, bruschetta. I’m not sure what it is called there, and I don’t eat raw tomatoes all that much, but she said it was delicious.

My husband (and our oldest) ordered a burger that was about as big as his head! He had to squish it to try to eat it, and he eventually just eat it with a fork and knife. 😂 I ordered a steak and grilled veggies, and it was scrumptious. Our youngest ordered a cheese pizza. It was different, as it didn’t have red sauce on it, but it was very tasty.

We also ordered some drinks like (non-alcoholic) mojitos. One had ginger and lemon and the other was apple. They both were good; I liked the ginger and lemon best.

We had so much food; we were stuffed and couldn’t finish it all! We so enjoyed this food, and we look forward to visiting again when we return to Ukraine.

The Website appears to be in Ukrainian, but I didn’t peruse all through time see if there is a language selection. They also have a FB page.

Here are some more pics of the cool decor.

Tuesday’s Treats #199

La Hacienda

Location: Suwanee, Georgia

*My apologies for this pic not being all elegant and nice. I had planned to take a quick one and get another, but my husband dove into his molcajete so quickly that I missed the opportunity! 😂

The food, staff and atmosphere here is great!

They have four locations: Dawsonville, Cumming, McDonough and now in Suwanee. We visited the Suwanee location.

My husband would tell you to get the molcajete; it is amazing. My oldest would tell you to get the pollo ranchero, and I would say get the pollo hacienda. Our youngest loves the rice and beans and queso. Honestly, I love my dish for the chicken and sauce and rice. Being a “Gulf of Mexico shrimp” girl, I’m honestly not crazy about the tiger shrimp, but you may very well love it.

The salsa has a nice little kick. The chips are fresh, and the been and beef dip is phenomenal. The queso is great as well.

We haven’t had any of the seafood or taco choices, but the items in the menu look delicious! We have frequented the new Suwanee location several times – four times in one week! 😂 Yeah, you could say we liked it just a little.

Website

Tuesday’s Treats #198

Park Side District

Location: Lawrenceville, Ga

This place is absolute amazing! Everything was delicious, and the atmosphere is cool. The only thing I might would change is there’s not a ton of real “intimate” seating, but we went during lunch, and we had a nice seat.

The food is phenomenal. We started with the Gouda grit fritters, added a salad, salmon, shrimp and grits, brussel sprouts and dessert. I had the apple cobbler and my husband had the red velvet bread pudding. Oh. My. Word!!

Now look, my husband doesn’t even like brussel sprouts now bread pudding, and he loved both! 😂 The fritters are something special and unique; you’ve just got to try them. The shrimp and grits and the salmon is so good; I’ve been craving these since we left!

That apple cobbler is so fresh and delicious, and the bread pudding is surprisingly moist and scrumptious! You’ll want to try this place out soon!

Website

Tuesday’s Treats #197

La Hacienda

Location: Suwanee, Georgia

This place is great! The salsa has a kick. The chips are fresh. The sweet tea is Southern style, and the meat is delicious. It’s a pretty new restaurant; so, go check it out.

The steak fajitas, chicken hacienda and molcajete are some of our favorites! To be honest, I wasn’t crazy about their bacon wrapped shrimp, but to each their own. The salmon chipotle looked amazing. I might try that next time.

Website

Tuesday’s Treats #196

NY Street Pizza

Location: Lviv, Ukraine

*My apologies for the delay in this post! Had some trouble on the site and couldn’t post media. 😜 We’re back up and running smoothly, I hope! 😉

Before you read this review, you can check out the pics and my previous review here. We visited this restaurant again while in Ukraine, and it was just as amazing as the first time!

We had a few different items this time; so, I thought I’d share those as well.

The Greek salad is phenomenal, and it’s served with such class!

The apple strudel is so delicious. Last time, we had the molten chocolate cake, which is still scrumptious; however, if your wanting something a little different from chocolate, this is a must!

Tuesday’s Treats #196

NY Street Pizza

Location: Lviv, Ukraine

*My apologies for the delay in this post! Had some trouble on the site and couldn’t post media. 😜 We’re back up and running smoothly, I hope! 😉

Before you read this review, you can check out the pics and my previous review here. We visited this restaurant again while in Ukraine, and it was just as amazing as the first time!

We had a few different items this time; so, I thought I’d share those as well.

The Greek salad is phenomenal, and it’s served with such class!

The apple strudel is so delicious. Last time, we had the molten chocolate cake, which is still scrumptious; however, if your wanting something a little different from chocolate, this is a must!

Tuesday’s Treats #194

The Grizzle Grist

Location: North Georgia

I know I’m a bit late on posting today, and this is usually my day to review a restaurant, but since it’s Christmas Eve, and I have a short moment here between a family lunch and our evening festivity’s, I thought I’d share a little recipe with you that a family tradition. 😊🎄

I love to bake, and I especially love to bake around the holidays. So often, the calendar is too full to do all the baking I’d like to accomplish, but I always try to get in, at least, a little. There’s one item that is almost always on the list of things I am to bring to a family function. These are called marble-top brownies, but I’m not sure you’ll find this particular recipe anywhere, as I made my own version about 20years ago, and they’ve been a family tradition ever since.

Now, I believe in EASY; so, get ready for a bit of “straight-out-of-the box” instructions, and please, don’t snub your nose if you’re more of a “straight-from-scratch” kind of gal. I’m sure you can modify this to your own desires and likings. 😉

Marble-top Brownie’s (Momma Mia Style)

1 box favorite Brownies Mic (I like Betty C’s)

Ingredients to make the brownies (this will vary – typically egg(s), oil and water)

1 pkg Cream Cheese

1/2 c. Sugar

1/2 tsp. Vanilla

1 egg

Bag of Coconut Flakes

Bag of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

Preheat oven to 350. Spray the bottom of a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray. In medium bowl, mix brownie ingredients as directed into he back of the box. Once mixed well, pour batter in bottom of pan. In medium bowl, mix cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until well blended. Add egg and mix just until blended (don’t over mix). Pour over brownie mix and spread till all brownie mix is covered. Take knife and “cut” batter and turn to make swirls of brownie and cream cheese mix. It will have a marble effect. (*Note, don’t make it “dirty;” in other words, don’t over marbleize, or the cream cheese will be more brownie mix than creamy.) Sprinkle coconut over mix, followed by chocolate chips. Bake for 28 mins or until cream cheese is almost set and edges are slightly golden.

*Once out of oven, use a plastic knife to cut into brownies. This makes cutting so much easier and less messy.

Hope you enjoy these! Merry Christmas!🎄

*Sorry for the Saran wrap pic below. They’re already readied for Christmas lunch tomorrow! 😉

Tuesday’s Treats #193

La Trattoria

Location: Carrollton, Ga

*I will begin by giving my apologies for the pic. It’s not the best in presentation, but it’s all I’ve got, because we gobbled down that pizza so fast, and the place was pretty busy; so, I didn’t get a good shot. Maybe this will give you an indication of the yummy topping you can get. 😋

This place was great. Nice atmosphere, pleasant wait staff, and delicious pizza. We had salad and pizza, but they have many more items on the menu.

You’ll not regret a nice lunch here,l but be sure to arrive a little early. It was pretty busy when we arrived and never stopped with customers coming and going. It’s not a huge restaurant, but what they have they do well.

Website

Tuesday Treats #192

Sushi Nami

Location: Suwanee, Ga

*a bit late, but better late than never, I suppose! 😊

Ok, let’s preface this post by stating, I am NOT a sushi lover. I’m sorry. I know it’s very trendy right now, and I know a ton of people who love it. This includes my oldest son. If you won’t judge me, I won’t judge you. 😂

My son asked me to meet him here one day, and I agreed. It doesn’t matter if I don’t eat sushi, time spent with your oldest who will be gone next year is both crucial and priceless. Now, that I’ve eaten here, I would eat here again. It was that good…but not because I got sushi.

Let me tell you about the atmosphere first. I can sum it up in two words: Modern Minimalist. It is totally different than many restaurants I frequent, and I liked it. What you see in the pics is exactly what you get. Very simple but nice. The waitress and hostess were both very nice as well.

The menu is pretty extensive on sushi, but they also have a nice array of “I don’t like raw stuff” items. The prices are a bit high on some things, particularly for mid afternoon (not dinner), but it was about what you’d pay at a Hibachi.

Please, excuse the “corner shot” of the sushi and rice pics. My sons had already dove in before I clicked the pic, and when it comes to food, there’s no slowing down a teenage man-child. My oldest ordered the Fire Dragon Roll with a side fried rice bowl. Six came on the plate, and he said it was good, but he wasn’t incredibly thrilled with the spicy tuna on top. He prefers the volcano roll and said he would get that the next time.

My youngest ordered the beef fried rice, and it was amazing. We all took a few bites. I’m not sure how to describe this other than to say this, it had a very clean taste; even though, the flavor was full and wonderfully tasty, it wasn’t like you specifically tasted (individually) the teriyaki, soy sauce or butter that it was cooked in nor did you taste the grease that you typically will taste at a Hibachi. I do believe that is what made the dish so amazing.

I ordered the butternut squash soup and a hot tea. To be honest, I wasn’t real crazy about the tea. It was great tea, which I generally like, but this was so incredibly stout, I added two packs of sugar and even a smidgen of artificial flavor, and it was still overpowering. I’ve not drank matcha green tea, but it almost made me think it might be that. I didn’t complain as I wanted something warm, and I kept trying to convince myself it would grow on me. Sadly, it didn’t. The soup, on the other hand, was absolutely delicious. I was a bit taken aback by the “foam” (see pic) that was in the center when they first presented it. I’m still not sure what it was, and I didn’t eat it, but the soup, with the topping of pumpkin, sunflower and a few others seeds I didn’t know, was incredible. I had gone into the restaurant a bit full from already eating earlier, but I consumed this whole bowl by myself! It was that good.

I will say, this day became a bit aggravating on the wait time. We arrived around 1:30, and we not served our food until about 2:00… and this wasn’t because we waited to order…and they weren’t slammed with customers. There were only two other tables the whole time. Looking at the hours now, I tend to wonder if they are at the end of the lunch portion of their day (the last Hour??), and maybe there was a shift in chefs or something. I’m not sure, but had it taken a bit longer, it would have been beyond ridiculous…not quite a deal breaker on the first run, I suppose, but it could be if it were to happen again.

However, I will definitely meet my son here again, both for the delicious food and for the precious quality time!

I couldn’t Google an actual website, but I am including the Google page for location and phone number. Evidently, there are various locations, and I think this one is rather new.

After searching a bit more, I found this news article that will give you quite a bit more information about this particular location.