Tuesday’s Treats #147

Hungry Mykola

Location: Lviv Oblast, Ukraine

This place is amazing! The atmosphere is very nice, with several different options for seating. So many of the tables have couches or great big arm chairs; so, the seating isn’t just diverse, it’s incredibly comfy, too! They also have an outdoor covered patio seating, and it appears many weddings and receptions take place.

There are so many delicious menu option, it’s hard to choose just one. The food is incredible! We ordered way too much food for our party of four, but we hadn’t eaten all day, and it definitely was an experience! We ordered the meat platter appetizer, the bread basket with spicy cheese and garlic paste, a salad with baked chicken, cheese and delicious dressing (much like a Caesar), the Poultry Cutlets, and the Borscht from the Stove. Everything was absolutely delicious!

The bread basket had four different breads, the cheese spread was just a bit spicy with a wonderful creamy texture. The poultry cutlets were perfect paired with mashed potatoes and peas and carrots. The salad was amazing. I’m sorry, I don’t remember the name of it, but it’s the only one that has baked chicken, cheese and croutons. The Borscht was my favorite. It was presented on a beautiful little tray with garnishing and the yummiest mini yeast rolls in a skillet. Oh. My. We are till we could eat no more!

Something that is very unique about this restaurant is the trout pond where you can actually “fish for your dinner,” and they will prepare it for you. The small indoor and outdoor ponds are beautiful and makes for an interesting conversation piece.

oh, they also have a playground outside for the kiddos while you wait for your meal. How fun! This is just a wonderful restaurant you need to try when you are in Lviv!

As far as I can tell, the Website info doesn’t give menu information, but you can find the location and sister restaurants.

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Tuesday’s Treats #137

Oink Joint BBQ

Location: Newnan, Ga

This place will leave a mark!

It was late on a Friday night. My oldest son and I were traveling through town and about half starved, because we both had waited to eat until he was off work, we were packed and on the road headed to Florida. His work ran late, and it took us a bit longer to get everything in the car; so, we hit Newnan about 8:00pm. We looked up places on Trip Advisor, and since my son wanted barbecue, we decided to give them a try. … I’m so glad we did!

From the moment you get out of your car, you can smell the smokers, and your mouth starts to water. It was definitely a busy Friday night, but there was enough seating, and there were only two parties in front of us. The menu is on the wall chalkboard, against the brick wall; so, you can decide while you’re waiting. The line moved pretty fast.

We ordered brisket, Brunswick stew, mac and cheese, chicken sandwich and salad. Now look, if you order a salad, just know, it COMPLETELY FILLS one of those carry out plate containers. So, if you were hoping for just a tiny side salad to help you feel better about all the meat and starch you’re about to eat, just forget about it, and enjoy! 😂

Everything was melt-in-your-mouth delicious!! Oh. My. Goodness!! It is one of the best bbq places I’ve ever eaten!! Yes, I’m telling the truth. One of our favorites is Biguns, and this one, now, comes in a close second. 😉 The brisket was actually chopped, just a bit; so, it made “shoveling it in” a breeze! The mac and cheese was shell macaroni with some extra goodness mixed in. The chicken was delicious, and they have three bbq sauces from which to choose: sweet, spicy and vinegar. As I’ve already stated, everything was absolutely delicious!!

Oh, did I mention, I didn’t even get to the salad? 😂 I packed it all to go, with a little leftover brisket, thinking I’d take t the next day to my husband to try. Then, I don’t I’ve off and left it in the hotel fridge! Well, it’d probably have been a mess to try and travel with it anyway!😜

We can’t wait to get back that way to have some more! Here’s their website for location and menu options. They have a FB page as well.

Tuesday’s Treats #136

Topgolf

Location: Alpharetta, Ga.

The food was great and moderately priced for a “sports bar.” Anytime you eat at an “entertainment venue,” the prices will be just a bit more. However, we did get a fried chicken sandwich with fries, a brisket grilled cheese with tator tots and a pepperoni flatbread, along with 3 drinks and a big “donut” dessert for about $60. It was all very tasty, and the waiter was impeccably nice; so, I’d say we came out pretty good.

The dessert alone was worth the $11. Fried, bite size donuts with “infusable” flavors of chocolate, raspberry and Bavarian cream, complete with little “syringes” to insert each flavor! These were crazy good, but there were so many (2 dozen), and it was so rich, that we couldn’t finish them all! Had they not been fried, I’d been tempted to take them home (fried stuff never reheats well. 😜). … Yeah, probably a good thing, cuz just one or two of those, and I think I’ve gained 5 lbs!! 😂

My husband and youngest son enjoyed an hour and half of teeing off, and the digital read outs gave great stats of range, height, curve, etc. There’s comfortable seating, nice restrooms and fans and heaters to accommodate the changes in the weather.

It was a great day outing, and for all the entertainment and good food, we were only out $150. That amount can be shaved next time with no dessert, no membership fee and waters only. 😉 As my husband pointed out to one of his friends, it’s not necessarily the place for the “professional golfer” or to get that “real golfing feel,” but if you’re looking to work on your swing, don’t want to get bored at the regular driving range, or you need to take someone to get used to golf who might just drive you crazy out on the range, and you’d like to not spend your whole day out in the woods looking for the ball, this is a great, comfortable day to spend enjoying a “round” of golf! They do keep a scoring system for you for a little friendly competition, and there can be as many as 8 to a section; so, with the comfortable seating, ability to bring your own clubs, and all the extra little perks I’ve already mentioned, this is fun for all ages. Oh, and a little bonus, because you’re completely under a covered roof, you’ll have no worries if you get caught in a little summer shower as we did today! 😉

There’s also a “kidzone” registration if you have kids ages 12 and under, which includes perks and discounts, and they are also running a “family pass” summer special May- Sept. For $199, you’re family can come any weekday from opening-5pm, as long as a child 12 years old or younger is present. They have some other packages and deals as well, just check it all out online.

The location we went to was in Alpharetta, Ga. However, after looking at the website, I realize there are, apparently, many across the states! Who knew?

Tuesday’s Treats #132

Bistro Off Broad

Location: Winder, Ga

Great atmosphere, friendly staff and amazing food. This place is a hidden gem. We were told about it several months ago, and today was the first time I got to try it out.

My apologies for this not being the best picture, but I forgot to get a pic of the appetizer when it came out before we gobbled it down; however, you can slightly see it in the background here. These were fiery buffalo mozzarella bites with a tomato jam. They were extraordinary! Little bite size mozzarella balls with jalapeño “coins” that bring an amazing heat, and the “jam” is a sweet combination to cool it all down a bit.

I had, also, ordered a Caesar salad, which was amazing, and I thought I had snapped a pic, but evidently, I did not. The dressing was perfect, not too soupy, not too thick, just light enough to bring flavor to the fresh romaine and crunchy croutons. Oh, and the baked Parmesan piece as a “garnish” was the perfect touch. You can add grilled shrimp, roast chicken or steak to this to make a full meal. This is what my friend had as her meal, and she said the chicken was absolutely delicious.

Yes, I have posted a close-up of the French Dip; so, hopefully, you can see the slight softness of the fresh bread and the piles of shaved Prime Rib on this sandwich! It was scrumptious!! Everything was fresh, farm to table goodness. Even the fries were irresistible with just a slight bit of saltiness and no greasy after taste.

Please note, due to their farm to table dedication, some of their items are seasonal and not always available. However, even though their menus is a bit limited, they seem to do what they do with extreme excellence! I look forward to eating here again soon!

Here is the website to find location and menu option.

Tuesday’s Treats #131

Tani Thai

Location: Buford, Georgia

This is a newer restaurant in Downtown Buford. If you’ve ever been downtown, it is in the same location that Adam’s once was. The owner and staff are very friendly. The atmosphere is very nice, and the food is delicious! … and I’m not even a frequent visitor to Thai cuisine! 😉

A friend and I went here for lunch one day to try it out, and we had so much fun as we split all of our dishes and treated it as a 4 course meal. We started with the shrimp cones. Oh My! These were scrumptious!! I’m sorry we didn’t get a picture of them. We gobbled them up too quickly, but they were whole jumbo shrimp wrapped in a type of egg roll, served with a tangy-spicy sauce. I’d go back simply to get these!

Next, we decided to have soup and salad. We ordered the coconut mushroom soup with chicken and the Tiger Tear’s salad with chili-lime seasoned grilled beef and sweet peppers and fresh greens. Both were delicious and just spicy enough to bring a little warmth.

The entree was the Masaman Curry with yellow coconut curry, onions, sweet peppers, avocados & cashews, with your choice of chicken, beef, shrimp or tofu, served with steamed rice or brown rice. We chose chicken with steamed rice, and we had no regrets! It was incredible! The heat was just a little warmer than the soup, and when I go back again, I’ll go up one notch, but it had such a wonderful flavor…and the steamed rice is a nice heat reprieve for your mouth!😂

For dessert, we ordered the coconut cake. Oh my goodness, talk about moist! It’s moist and sweet cake, served on a plate of raspberry and lime sauce, but it wasn’t too overpowering sweet; however, I wasn’t able to completely finish that huge slice. The raspberry sauce was delicious and cut a bit of the sweetness, but the this picture doesn’t do justice to the actual slice!

We will definitely go back. …well, it’ll probably have to be a girls’ lunch, as it was before, as my husband isn’t too keen on this cuisine, but I’ll definitely go back. 😉 If you’d like to find their address or check out their menu, here’s the website.

Note: For each dish, you get to choose the level of heat (scale 1-5), and even though I enjoy quite a bit of spice, I was a little hesitant and unsure of the level of Thai (curry) spice; so, we chose 2 for the salad and the soup and 3 for the main entree.*

Ps. Here’s an interesting article that might help you when deciding on the level of Thai spices…

UPDATE: Returned visit a few weeks later: everything was still delicious. I ordered almost the same thing, except I opted out of the soup this time and changed the appetizer to the cheese rolls. These were amazing! If you like crab ragoons (done right), you’ll love these. These do not have crab, but they are made with that same cream cheese goodness all wrapped and rolled up in, what looks like, a mini egg roll. My friends got the fried rice and the garlic, honey chicken. These were great dishes as well.

Also, note: if you are like me and don’t much care for fish oil, get the salad dressing on the side or not on it at all. Apparently, this wasn’t on the salad the last time, but this time it was. They quickly and graciously amended it, but it was a definite surprise on that first bite. The waiter said some have to become accustomed to the taste…

Be Resilient Like a Chicken Nugget

Friends and I were laughing as one shared the hilarious story of “slinging food” at her children on a Wednesday night on the way to church, because as a school teacher, she leaves school at 4:45, goes down the road to pick up child #4 drives across town to pick up her other day three children and husband from home, drives through fast food to get everyone chicken nuggets and make it on time to Wednesday night church! 😂 We all laughed till our sides hurt as she shared all the “mom tactics” to having children clothed and in their right minds with a dinner in their tummies, and her own self in her right mind; so, they could behave and have fun while in the evening program. One of the statements she made was, “Let me tell you. Those chicken nuggets are resilient! They bounce off windows and don’t splatter. They are easy to handle for little fingers. You can get the 20 for $2.50 and have change to spare, too!”

It was such a comical moment, and, honestly, I’m not a great fan of chicken nuggets, but our kids loved them in their early years, and that simple statement made me start thinking…

Chicken Nuggets ARE resilient! We could learn a lot from that little nugget…

1. They are crunchy on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside. It’s ok to have a little tough skin to survive through life’s ups and downs, but be sure to stay soft on the inside. Keep your heart humble and your soul full of grace and love. Don’t be so tough on the outside that you harden all the way through. Nobody wants to encounter all that.

2. They don’t fall a part easily. In this day and age, we’ve got to have a little strength to who we are to survive. We can be, and need to be, cushy soft on the inside to bear the fruit of love, joy, peace, patient and with those other fruit of the Spirit. However, all the hyper-sensitive, can’t disagree with someone for fear of “hate speech” actually makes us a weak people and a crippling nation. Toughen up, people. Be resilient and live life full of strength and grace!

3. They come in large quantities for inexpensive prices. Be able to give the good parts of yourself away to lots of people and don’t be too demanding of what they give back. Now listen, I’m not giving you permission to be used and abused. If you tend to be a doormat, please understand, this point isn’t for you. What I’m talking about is giving your love in a hug, an encouraging word or time spent with a friend. I’m talking about sharing laughter, making a memory or spending time with those you love. Share these things in large quantities, and don’t be demanding of a condition to be met for you to share it. People need to know you care.

4. You can’t eat just one. Be the kind of person who is contagious, magnetic and engaging to those around you. Be the sort of friend others aspire to be. Be the type of leaders others seek after. Be the person of whom others just can’t get enough.

5. They are great in just about any sauce or condiment. Diversify your tastes, your likes and your knowledge. Extend your horizons. Learn something new. Try, taste, or even listen to something different than before. You never know, you might like it, and you may even find a new friend along the journey.

Tuesday’s Treats #129

McCray’s Tavern

Location: Lawrenceville, Ga

McCray’s Tavern has the best warm pimento cheese dip within 50 sq miles!! It is delicious! Now, the last time we went, the grilled tortilla slices were a little crunchier than normal, but it was still yummy.

The Philly Cheese and the shrimp and grits are scrumptious! They have burgers, fries, chicken, salad, and so much more!

Now, for the dessert department! Yes, both of these desserts taste just as DELICIOUS as they look!! Yum!!

Here’s the website for you to check out.

Tuesday’s Treats #124

Depot Grille

Location: Lynchburg, VA

This place is really cool, set in an actual train depot that was once a hoppin’ place. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual. The wait staff is friendly, and the food is delicious.

We got the potato skins as an appetizer, and they were absolutely yummy. The buffalo chicken salad was spicy and tasty. The sirloin was good, but seemed a bit on the small side for the price, and the Philly Cheese steak was delicious! We enjoyed our meal and might just stop again if we’re back in the area.

Hope you enjoy!

Find all their locations and the menus here.

Tuesday’s Treats #117

Michie Tavern (aka The Ordinary at Michie Tavern)

Location: Charlottesville, VA

This is the most intriguing restaurant I’ve been to in a long while! If you are looking for an experience, as well as, good, home-cooked, country food, you won’t want to miss this!

From the original log cabin entrance looking upon the beautiful roaring fire and hearth to the colonial dressed wait staff to the tin cups and plates on which you eat, you will immediate feel as if you have just stepped back in time. This place was incredible!

The food is incredible with choices of Southern fried chicken, hickory smoked pulled pork, and marinated baked chicken, black eyed peas, green beans, mashed potatoes, stewed tomatoes, baby beets (not really my fave), Cole slaw, biscuits and cornbread. This is all-you-can-eat; so, don’t be shy to ask for a little more. You’re gonna want to! The beverages of choice are good ol’ Southern Sweet tea, old fashion Root beer, coffee, old fashion Nehi orange soda and several others. Don’t miss dessert with homemade peach cobbler, Cookie sundaes and and root beer or orange dream floats (see pic above).

Upon entering, it will appear the seating capacity is small; however, don’t be fooled. There’s plenty of seating to the left of the buffet line, and they even have a covered patio if you prefer a little fresh air. Once you fill yourself full, don’t miss the gift shop just outside the Tavern, and the short museum tour upstairs is worth the few extra bucks. (Self guided, too. Those are my favorites. 😉) The gift shop is full of unique, colonial and Virginia-specific items. I could spend hours in there, as well as, in the General Store locates across the parking lot. It’s located in the old grist mill.

I love stuff like this, and I hope you will, too. I always feel like I walk away from an experience like this with a little deeper richness to my life, and I hope my character has deepened as well. Hope you will enjoy!

PS. Don’t be thrown off when you go to their website to find more information. I’m not sure if they are working on it, or if they simply chose the simple approach. You might feel as if you’ve clicked on the wrong link; however, I assure you, it’s the right one. Just click on the pics at the top for more pictures, and click on Dining to get to other options and the Menu. (Or just click on the links I’ve given you here! Lol!)

Tuesday’s Treats #116

D’Armoyed

Location: Kiev, Ukraine

This place was really cool in atmosphere. It seems to be pretty new, and I couldn’t find a lot of info on line, but it’s well worth the visit.

The waiter knew just a bit of English, but they did have an English menu, and we were eating with Ukrainians; so, ordering was not a problem. The food was delicious, and the presentation was exquisite.

The Borsch, grilled chicken, potatoes with fried mushrooms and the Greek salad were all delicious. Our party also ordered other salads, dumplings, and some type of potato fritters (See pic), and everything was absolutely scrumptious! My favorite was probably the Borsch and the potatoes, but I think I kind of made those items my “food staples of choice” while in Ukraine! Lol. Hat chicken was amazing also, tasted like it came right out of the smoker!

Next time, we visit Kiev, this will be on the places to eat! They don’t have a website, but there is a Facebook page.