Tuesday’s Treats #127

Baumhower’s Victory Grill

Location: Auburn, Al

This used to be Bob’s Victory Grill. New menu, same place and staff. The place is cool, food is good, and the staff is friendly.

The good is still great, but they’ve taken off a few things from the menu that I’m really bummed about! CHICKEN PHILLY! This was absolutely amazing, and now, I don’t know what to order. The Royal Rooster Ana the Buffalo Chicken sandwiches are great, but they’re so messy, you have to eat them with a fork and a knife. Ugh. The gooey fries and the fried pickles are a must! They still serve the slaw and their amazing sauce before the meal. Add a pack of crushed up club crackers and call it a salad. Lol.

Our sons got the wings and the pizza. Both are amazing. So, maybe next time we come, I’ll get the pizza or try a calzone, because that pizza was pretty delicious!

The strawberry shortcake is amazing and so is the blackberry cobbler, but they need to skip the sundae appearance of the cobbler and just give you more! It’s so delicious, but you feel skimped, because the glass is filled half way with ice cream and whip cream. Great presentation, but I’d rather have a little more( See pic)!

Here’s their website for menu and location info.

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Tuesday’s Treats #126

Dutch Kitchen

Location: Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands

This place is in the middle of the airport, and has plenty of seating to spread out and chill for a bit. We did not eat a meal; so, I cannot speak to that. However, we stopped here on 2 different layovers, and the staff is very friendly, even when they don’t speak your language well, and the coffee and desserts are amazing!

You have to get the Dutch Delight coffee! You will send me a Christmas card! Lol! It is so delicious!! If coffee isn’t your thing, they milk, tea, juice and plenty more to choose. There are several desserts from which to choose, and we love this little cookie with an almond on top. To be honest, I don’t know what kind it is, but it’s scrumptious!! We have also had an apple tart, a stroopwaffle and their “pancakes” and syrup. The pancakes are more like crepes, and they are tasty. The syrup they put on top is almost like sorghum, and it is delicious!

If you have a little time in your layover, be sure to stop by. There are comfy chairs to sit, cute teacup tables and even a big “teapot table” table with a tv for Kids. The restrooms are nearby, and if you’re a smoker, the smoke room is right next to it. There is also a little “Dutch market” around the corner if you need to pick up some chocolates or other goodies before your flight. Happy eating, and Happy flying! 😊

Hey don’t have a website that I can find, but here is the foursquare connection.

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 #123

Pest Pub

Location: Lavina Mall (inside), Kiev, Ukraine

This restaurant is located in the upstairs food court in Lavina Mall. We missed this on our first visit, and we went to the open food court where you sit with everyone, and if it’s busy, it’s loud and crazy. This is a nice and quiet, almost a “no kids allowed” type atmosphere, but not really, cuz there were a few children. However, this is definitely away from the hustle and bustle, and chaos that the other food court can sometimes present.

The atmosphere is very cool, very masculine, and the staff is friendly. There is a plethora of drinks from which to choose; however, if I might suggest the lemonade (non-alcoholic), it was amazing!! Made fresh with s slice of lemon, a slice of grapefruit, a touch of ginger, with a sprig of mint…with ice. 😉 Oh my! It was so light and refreshing. This was so good!!

We just ordered a little snack of Focaccio with 3 sauces: garlic butter, four cheese and branded tomato sauce, and the waiter had brought the sweet and sour by mistake. The garlic butter was my favorite, and the cheese was second. The sweet and sour was definitely an Asian twist, and the branded tomato just tasted funky, more like a canned tomato paste with basil. The bread was so delicious, I ended up eating six pieces before I even realized it!! I felt like a piglet for sure, but it was so tasty!

They have several other choices on the menu, including full pizzas, pasta, etc., but we were just looking for a snack of sorts, and this hit the spot! (The menu below has more food choices on back.)We will definitely return here on our next visit to Lavina Mall.

I couldn’t find a website for them, but I did find a Facebook page, and they have it listed on Google.

Tuesday’s Treats #122

Culinary Studio Kryva Lypa

Location: Lviv, Ukraine

This place is absolutely the coolest, and the food is amazing! If you are in Lviv, you’ve got to find it, and to find it, you might have to search just a little bit. It’s “hidden away” in one of their many courtyards off from the Main Street, and you have to walk through a little “tunnel,” of sorts to get there. However, it’s not crazy difficult. I just put the address in my gps, and paid attention to my surroundings and found it easy enough. When you go through the “tunnel,” there will be a lounge that looks to be underground (I’m sorry. I do not remember the name, but it’s cool looking with it’s lights and entrance.), and there’s an ice cream shop on the right b fore you walk out of the tunnel. Then, it opens up to the great big courtyard with lots of restaurants, one of which is Lviv Croissants. That’s supposed to be crazy good and popular; so, maybe these directions will help you find your way. It’s well worth the search!

The atmosphere is amazing, and the staff is gracious, even to Americans who don’t speak a lick of Ukrainian! It’s not a very big place, but there’s plenty of room for moderate size parties, and it’s got so much character packed into such a smaller venue.

The food was absolutely amazing. We started with the cheese plate. It had 3 different types of cheese, grapes, and we had them bring us a basket of bread with it. Yum!

For our meal, we ordered the salmon filet, beef filet and homestyle fried potatoes. Both of these are in pictures on the menu, which they do have in English, if you need it. I was a little hesitant of the blueberry sauce they use on the beef, but no worries needed; it was absolutely delicious and so tender! I’m not sure exactly what the starch was on the side, maybe quinoa, but it wasn’t as grainy. It tasted pretty good with the blueberry sauce. My husband said the salmon was some of the best he’s ever had, and those potatoes were to die for!! We got cappuccinos at the end, and that was scrumptious as well. This will definitely be on our repeat list for our return visits to Lviv!

Here’s their website for menu and location information. At the top, you can choose several different languages for translations. 😉

Tuesday’s Treats #121

Lviv Handmade Chocolate

Location: various locations Ukraine

The above pics are from the location in Rivne. It is a pretty small cafe, and there’s not as many “shelf” selections as others I have been in, but it’s very cute, and the menu items are more than some of the other locations.

The cafe in Lviv is the absolute coolest place!! When we walked in, it appeared to be a tiny cafe, but we went up the stairs and kept going, and kept going, and kept going! We went up five stories! We ended up in, what I would describe as the attic. It was amazing!!

They even have a Kids Center on the fourth floor where your kids can play while you drink your coffee, and the restrooms with a changing table are right there, too.

Don’t try to go out the Exit! It will beep at you!! …at least, that’s what a friend of mine said. Lol! 😂

Ok, now that I’ve given you a ton of pictures and described to you the amazing place, let me tell you about the amazing drinks and chocolates you can get.

My personal favorite is the white chocolate latte. It is so delicious! A friend of mine got the milk chocolate latte, and several friends have gotten the melted chocolate cup with fruit (See the picture above with bananas in chocolate). This seems to be a real popular choice among Ukrainians. Another drink that I’ve tasted, but have yet to order for myself (because I’m always getting coffee!), is the ginger tea (See pic). This drink is made with ginger, cinnamon, orange slices, lemon slices, and mint, and it’s served with a little bowl of honey. This drink is amazing. It has an actual healing quality to it, which makes perfect sense if you were to read any article on natural healing remedies. They always include cinnamon, lemon, honey and orange.

They have a plethora of other drink options, and that doesn’t even begin to skim the surface of the chocolate varieties. There’s decorative chocolatier items like lollipops and teddy bears, solid blocks of chocolate, truffles, chocolate with marzipan, nuts, fruits, and all kinds from which to choose. Some of our favorites are the white chocolate coconut, the dark chocolate solids, the white chocolate with pistachio nuts, the chocolate square with a coffee bean on top (tastes like hazelnut chocolate inside), and the white veil, which is chocolate dipped in white chocolate.

They also have different Lviv coffees for sale, as well as, a ton of gifts and novelties. The assortment can almost be mind-boggling but all together wonderful to behold! If you find one of these cafes, be sure to drop by and have a cup of “kaba,” and if you’ve already been to one, don’t think you can just skip another. Each one is unique with it’s own character and design. Each one is worth the time to stop.

Here is their website to find all the locations and various items.

Tuesday Treats #119

Rebra BBQ

Location: Bukovel-Yaremche, Ukraine

This place is so cool! The atmosphere is great, and the food is delicious. You can sit along the window and watch the skiers fly, or tumble, down the side of the hill. The staff is nice and friendly, and the menu has both Ukrainian and English translations. If you’re American, and you’re looking for some food BBQ while skiing in Bukovel, you’ll want to check them out.

Now, the locals will tell you it’s way too pricey to eat here, and to their standards of food payment, it is. However, for meals in the States, it’s about comparable to a high-end BBQ place. They have lots of sides, several sauces from which to choose, and desserts a plenty.

We had the beef brisket, ribs, cheeseburger, roasted potatoes and fries. The beef is beefy, and the cheeseburger is thick. Everything was delicious. The desserts were different, but yummy! The cronut was not at all what I expected, but it was very tasty. It’s a croissant doughnut, filled with a lemon chocolatey cream, glazed with this strawberry, caramel icing, and this is served cold. The “brownie” is more like a cake, but it is chocolatey good.

*Note to all Americans: upon your entry, if you see a sign that says, “Administration is not responsible for staff,” please know this doesn’t mean what we think it means! 😂 It means they aren’t responsible for stuff! This cracked us up, and I did try to mention it to the staff, but I’m not sure they’re going to change it. So, if you happen to drop in, and you are greeted by this sign as you hang up your coat, just know it’s not a reflection on what you’re about to encounter! 😂

Here’s their website as well; so, you can take a look at stuff.

Tuesday’s Treats #118

Pasta Mia

Location: Rivne Oblast, Ukraine (Kyivska vul. 84)

Ok, so I’ll be honest. When our translator and driver said we’d stop to eat at a little cafe, along the highway between Lviv and Rivne, and we pulled up to the gas station here, I was a bit skeptical…well, a lot skeptical. Here, in the US, when you stop for a bite to eat at most gas stations, you better just grab a prepackaged bag of chips and a coke, cuz if you eat in the “cafe,” you may very well wish you hadn’t later! Lol!

If you find yourself in this same scenario, and you pull into this cafe/gas station, go ahead and order up a plate! It’s that good! Our translator got the pasta with Parmesan cheese, and I had a bite. Yum! She got a cappuccino as well that looked delicious. I got a latte and an apple strudel kind of thing out of the display case (so sorry. I don’t remember the name of it!). They warmed it, and it was absolutely delicious! They had several pasta dishes and coffees from which to choose, and many more items in the display case, but like I said, I had been skeptical to start; so, I didn’t take in all the choices. The menu is also in Ukrainian; so, I couldn’t read it. The connected store has a nice selection of drinks and snack items as well; so, if you’re not in the mood for pasta, they’ve got you covered. 😉

It was a nice little break on our 3 hour drive in the snow from Lviv to Rivne that day, and I will cherish the memories made with sweet friends. Here is the TripAdvisor site for you to find a little more info, as they don’t have a website that I could find.

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.