Monday, April 14, 2014

Rice Box [3/5]

Rice Box

Rice Box (located off University) recently opened to much excitement among those who had attended school near Florence. Apparently, the first location is much beloved. Naturally, the hubby and I were curious about the hoopla, so we popped in for dinner on a Friday night.

We were seated promptly, and took in the decor as we studied the menu. Dark wood tables contrasted with orangey walls, and the artwork ran to a geisha theme, including the curtain which separated off the bathrooms. The entry area we had walked through featured (fake) leafy stalks of bamboo in lieu of window coverings and a couple of large vases.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Brickhouse Sports Cafe [4/5]

Brickhouse Sports Cafe

One of my great joys as a food blogger is talking food with my friends. So when Lady P emailed me to rave about Brickhouse Sports Cafe, the only natural thing to do was to set up a lunch date. I arrived on the appointed Thursday with visions of burgers dancing in my head. Given the timing, I wasn't surprised to find the restaurant quiet. Older pop music played overhead, loud enough to discern the lyrics, but soft enough to easily speak over.

As a "sports cafe", the TVs were numerous, but much to my delight they were mounted high on the walls and mixed with paintings, making them surprisingly unobtrusive. Their loftiness meant I could look across the table without being distracted by the flickering frames. The bar was in a back room, separated from the front by a brick wall with semi-circular cut outs. The front room, where we were seated, had combination of booths and tables.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Pizzelle's Confections [5/5]


The hubby and I made it into Pizzelle's on the day of their 1st anniversary celebration. I'd heard fantastic things about their chocolates and I was curious to see what all the fuss was about. After some wandering about (pro tip: they are in the southern building of Lowe Mill, not in with the artists' studios) we found our destination. The brick interior of the shop was charming and the small tables inviting. We read our options from the chalkboard menu while standing in a short line. By the time we reached the counter we were ready with our order--one box of four truffles, a Mommy Dearest bar, and a drinking chocolate. Since it was their anniversary, we received another truffle free with purchase. We opted for Age of Aquarious, The Holy Trinity, Goodbye Earl, Date Night, and The Sitar. In the drinking chocolate, I was given such a wide range of marshmallow flavor options that my brain sort of shut down. The hubby piped up with "peppermint" and I nodded.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Sady's Bistro [4/5]

Sady's Bistro

Sady's Bistro has been on my "to try" list for ages, but we keep missing their dinner hours. When the hubby and I were both home from work earlier than expected one Friday, we seized the chance and headed in. With a prime spot in Madison and a sandwich laden menu, I expect Sady's is bustling at lunch. For dinner, we had the place to ourselves, which was good as it gave me plenty of time to wax indecisive over the menu.

I finally settled on having breakfast for dinner and stepped up to the counter to order a Mi Morena breakfast plate and a strawberry cream smoothie. The hubby added a Turkey Avocado sandwich and a bottle of diet coke. For his side, he selected chips and salsa. I was excited to see that Sady's uses Fred Bread and sells both Fred Bread and goodies by Mason and Dixon Bakery. They even had diabetic friendly candies.

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