One of the hallmarks of the holidays is food. We all spend a ton of time in the kitchen over the Christmas holiday, so I wanted to share some hack that have helped myself and my family.
CROCKPOT LINERS ARE LIFE
KEEP COOKIE SHAPES WITH FLOUR
SKIP THE FANCY STUFF
While I know Christmas dinner is aesthetic for some people, plating your food on your finest china may not be the best idea if you want to get in and out of the kitchen fast. There are so many cute and sturdy paper plates that are holiday themed. Save the room in your dishwasher for your pots and pans!
PREP AND COOK THE NIGHT BEFORE
GET A THREE-POT CROCKPOT
One of the greatest things my mom has is a crockpot that can hold three different items. She usually adds to vegetables and the gravy for the mashed potatoes in this. You can let them cook/warm up in this while you focus on the more labor-intensive dishes.
USE BOILED SUGAR INSTEAD OF ICING
Before we get into this, please remember that these reviews are honest and not paid for in any way. I want to help you decide if you should try or steer clear from restaurants wherever you may be traveling. Let's get started.
THE SUNDOWN NACHOS
THE SUNDOWN ORIGINAL BURGER
THE PHILLY CHEESESTEAK
One really big thing that stood out to us about this place was the fact that everything, from your drink to your meal, was served on styrofoam plates and in styrofoam cups. For Jonathan, it was weird. He understood that COVID brings some issues, but several other places used regular plates and cups. In fact, he said he felt the added cups and plates would cost the restaurant more.
I think there is something about the use of these that cheapen the brand of this restaurant. If the food was stand out, I think it would have been a different story. I will say that there was a framed article about a "local restaurant burning down," so maybe they were just getting re-booted and lost some things in a fire. That's unconfirmed though.
With all of that being said, it was a bar. We didn't have any drinks, but that certainly was the main appeal most people had to this place.
Jonathan said that this was an average food experience with elevated prices. This may be because of the closeness the bar had to the beach. For me, I would have to agree. For those three items and two drinks, we ended up paying $40 plus a tip. Sadly, I'd recommend trying something other than this venue if you visit Surfside Beach. This day was a kind of "go with the flow" say, so we just went where the traffic took us. If you try a great restaurant in Surfside, let us know. I'm sure we will be back in the future!
Anyone who knows me personally knows that I’m obsessed with chicken. And, if you are too, you have to check out Fabe’s Charcoal Roasting Co. in Fayetteville, N.C.
I always want to look up the business to see if it is a chain, and I couldn’t really find any evidence that it is, but there are a few restaurants like it. One that comes to mind is Viva Chicken, which specializes in Peruvian chicken and side dishes.
Fabe’s hallmark item is certainly their slow-roasted chicken. It is marinated on and under the skin, so each and every bite is packed with flavor. I’m a fan of white-meat chicken, but you can also order dark-meat.
My husband usually gets the rice tipped with black beans and the sweet plantains. I’m not a huge fan of sweet plantains myself, but I tried a bite of his, and they were pretty good!
Lastly are the drinks, which I unfortunately didn’t get to try. However, they look delicious! There is the Jamaica and Horchata alongside specialty drinks. They look amazing, and I’ll definitely be trying them next time. And no, in all my years of life and in my love of Latin culture, I still haven’t tried horchata! I’m hoping to soon.
FINAL FOODIE THOUGHTS
MAIN COURSE DISHES
My over-all impression is that this is the perfect place for a date night. Even though Jonathan and I were able to spend the evening with other bloggers, it was nice to sit across from one another and enjoy some truly tasty food.
The location is also great. Bonefish Grill is located near the mall and close by to several hotels. If you're stopping in or visiting Fayetteville, N.C., make sure to make plans to eat at this wonderful establishment, and let them know that Gabbie and Jonathan from TheOpinionatedOne.com sent you!
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Halloween desserts are so tempting, especially if you're watching what you eat. Everyone is surrounded by candy and sweets around this time of the year.
Today, I wanted to share some healthier Pinterest pins of some delicious-looking desserts that can be the perfect way to satisfy any sweet tooth while watching your figure. Let's get into it:
1: PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE MOUSSE
2: KETO PEANUT BUTTER CUPS
3: APPLE MONSTER BITES
4: CANDY CORN FRUIT CUP
5: STRAWBERRY GHOSTS
6: SKELETON TREATS
It's fall! That means that it is time for apples and pumpkins in our baking. Today, I want to share with you one of my favorite pins which is an Apple Dump Cake you can make in your crockpot. This is a four-ingredient recipe (not counting the ice cream), so it is cheap and delicious.
Check out the quick video to get a basic idea of what you're doing:
WHAT YOU'LL NEED/INGREDIENTS LIST
STEP 3: ADD IN YOUR BUTTER & TOP YOUR APPLES
STEP 4: SET AND FORGET
Now, set your crockpot to high and cook it for two to four hours, depending on the crispiness you want in your apple dump cake crust. I like mine crispier, so I think that's the best option!
Fall is here, and it's time to try some delicious new recipes. In today's post, I wanted to share some Pinterest posts on some of my favorite fall recipes (or some that I want to try).
I will be embedding the posts, so you should be able to click on them to view them in Pinterest. If you have tried these or plan to, please tag me in your posts about them! Let's get started:
1: THE GREATEST MAC AND CHEESE EVER
2: EASY AND TASTY POTATO SOUP
3: SAUSAGE BALLS (WHICH ARE GREAT IN THE WINTER TOO, BUT AWESOME IN FALL)!
4: BUTTER STEAK AND POTATOES
5: THE BEST ROAST EVER
I'm excited to bring you all another review from a restaurant pretty much everyone I know raves about. After living near this restaurant for years, we finally took the leap and tried it for the first time last Sunday. Enjoy this picture of me on the waiting bench that looked like a vintage car seat.
APPETIZER: QUESO CHORIZO DIP
JONATHAN'S MEAL: HOT AND SPICY BUFFALO SANDWICH
GABBIE'S MEAL: BUFFALO CHICKEN SANDWICH
FINAL FOODIE THOUGHTS
Jonathan: "It was fairly priced for what we had. The food was good and a great atmosphere. If you're looking for a good time to watch a game outside of your house, Bubba's 33 is the place to go."
As for me, I agree that the prices were fair. I was particularly happy to see that they had brunch specials on Saturday and Sunday. Here I was thinking that there weren't many brunch places in my area! I am certainly looking forward to going back for some different food and possibly staying for a game. We forgot to mention that there is both inside and outside seating as well as a set of cornhole boards for entertainment while you wait for your food.
Have you tried Bubba's 33? If so, what do you think? Tell us in the comments.
Welcome to a new "series" of sorts here on the blog. Jonathan and I will be going to new restaurants and reviewing them. This was a short-lived cooking series on our channel a few years ago. Who knows, maybe it will come back. For now, let me give you your foodie fix with Fayetteville's newest breakfast/brunch/lunch hot spot: First Watch.
Jonathan and I were served complementary meals. The VIP Friends and Family Weekend Sneak Peek worked as a training exercise for the employees and doubled for us as a means of review of the restaurant for the blog. I was in no way compensated for my opinions or review.
We were one of the first groups of the day on the restaurants special friends and family weekend. The staff were super sweet, which made the modern southern decor even sweeter. We were seated almost immediately. Our server was amazing. What was even better was that other staff who were there for the training were always making sure to clear the table of dishes and always asked us how our food was or how our experience was going.
The seating was super comfortable, as well. Overall, the atmosphere was perfect for Saturday breakfast or brunch. I'm so excited to have a brunch place in our city that is so close to us!
I really enjoyed everything about this restaurant. We left with our plates cleaned and our bellies full. We are super excited to come by at brunch on Sundays after we get out of our church's early service.
Both of us would recommend that you check out First Watch as soon as possible, because we're sure that it's going to be busy for quite a while. It is open to the public. Go check it out for your own foodie fix! We hope these photos made you hungry. Tell them Gabbie and Jonathan sent you!
I realized the other day that I have a whole tab for food and drink on my blog, but I haven't actually added anything to it since October of last year! So, I figured I would share with you this recipe for my homemade quesadillas.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
STEP 1: THE SEASONING
STEP 2: PREPARING THE CHICKEN
STEP 3: ASSEMBLING THE QUESADILLA
STEP 4: ENJOY
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.