The Illinois

The Illinois
Imperial India Pale Ale
Goose Island Beer Co.

Good balance, full bodied, spicy, complex citrus-y bitter (in a very good way) edge

We both enjoyed every sip.  And, we’d buy it again.

2014 favorite?  It was definitely one of them.

Goose Island Beer Company

Taqueria Los Hermanos

Quesadillas De Camerones
Shrimp Quesadillas

This lunch dish was served with a spoonful of pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream and shredded lettuce on the side.

Burrito Al Tamarindo
Chicken Burrito With Tamarind Chipotle Sauce

Taqueria Los Hermanos
4418 Hugh Howell Road
Suite B3
Tucker, GA  30084
678 937 0660

Liberté Yogurt

Liberté Yogurt
Peach & Passion Fruit

Finally, truth in advertising….

We really love this yogurt.  It might just be yogurt perfection.  If not outright perfection, Liberté comes seriously close to it.  The blend of peach and passion fruit balances the sweet with the tart.  And, the yogurt itself is incredibly smooth, creamy and rich.  It’s a real indulgence that we wouldn’t feel guilty sampling every day.

Love it!!

Liberté Yogurt

Whole Foods

Traderspoint Creamery — Wildberry Yogurt

Traderspoint Creamery Yogurt
Whole Milk, Raspberry, & Wildberry

By far, wild berry was our favorite.

We love the glass jars.  Each individual serving comes in its own 5 oz jar.  The plastic wrap around the jar was easy to remove.  Then, we used these pretty little jars to serve butter and jam for holiday and vacation day breakfast trays.

Traderspoint Creamery

 Whole Foods Market

Crawfish Shack

Soft Shell Crab Po’boy

From the bread to the crispy crab to the nicely spiced drizzle of sauce on top, this was incredibly good.  We’re already craving another one.

Fried Shrimp

Better on previous visits, but, these were still quite nice.  We appreciate the light handed touch used to apply the breading.

Corn, Potato Salad, & Hush Puppies On The Side

Crawfish Shack Seafood
4337 Buford Highway
Suite 170
Atlanta, GA  30341
404 329 1610

The Local 7

Pork “Wings”
With Carolina Sauce & Onion Rings

The Onion Rings

Served piping hot and super crisp, we loved these.  Golden brown, crispy flavorful batter on the outside with tender onion on the inside, these are everything you want an onion ring to be.  We wanted to finish every last one of them.  But, we just couldn’t do it.  Between the two of us, we barely finished half of this very generous serving.

We couldn’t finish two.  Four?  You’d have to be REALLY hungry.

Fried Artichoke Hearts

One of our all time favorite nibbles, we’re still loving these.

Georgia Sweet Tea

Iced Tea, Whiskey, Agave, Lemon Juice & Plenty of Lemon Slices

The Little John Burger

Look, something green found its way onto his plate.  Mhmm, nice try.

Fall off the bone tender, but, we’d go for less sauce next time.

The Local 7
2316 Main Street
Tucker, GA  30084
770 674 1782

Tree Story Bakery & Cafe

Pumpkin Twist

Yeasty goodness swirled with pumpkin and plenty of spice, it’s a bit like a cinnamon bun with spiced pumpkin filling in for the cinnamon swirl.  And, the toasted pumpkin seeds and almond slivers encrust every inch of the top of this tasty treat.  We both loved it.

The Chestnut Loaf

Normally, Christmas morning in our house means thick slices of panettone stuffed with loads of candied chestnuts and cappuccino for breakfast.  It’s our favorite tradition.  This year Christmas rushed into town in a wildly busy haze.  So, we forgot to buy our yearly tin.  This was a lovely (yet lighter and leaner) substitute.  We’d definitely make this substitution again in a pinch.  Turkey sandwich material?  Oh yeah, the sandwiches were delicious.  But, they were a bit on the messy side.  Chestnuts, chestnuts everywhere…

Baby Buttons

Stuffed with sweet bean paste, these were devoured posthaste.

Tree Story Bakery & Cafe
2550 Pleasant Hill Road
Duluth, GA 30096
678 584 0000

Dos Madres Cantina

Guacamole & Chips

Salsa, Too

Baja Pescado

Beer (Three Taverns Brewery, Prince of Pilsen Pilsner) battered fish, freshly creamed sweet corn with roasted poblano peppers and goat cheese, and a small mountain of jalapeño slaw generously filled both of our plates.  Piping hot out of the fryer, the beer batter was crisp, yet delicate and airy light.

Late Lunch, Very Quiet

Dos Madres Cantina
340 West Ponce De Leon Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030
404 687 0663

Las Vegas — Neon Boneyard Park

The Neon Boneyard Park

The Duck Greets You

And, Neon Art Follows

We will visit again and again.  Not just for the neon art.  But, also, for the stories…

Every guide spins their own narrative about the signs and their history.  And, these stories rich with history are just as mesmerizing as the glowing neon art.  For the nighttime tours, the signs are lit.  Without a doubt, we’ll be doing that next time.

Exit Through The Gift Shop

Actually, you enter and exit through the gift shop.  And, you’ll be tempted to buy at least a t-shirt or two.  We left with a couple Ugly Duckling t-shirts.

One Grey…

…And One Blue

Loved it!

And, we love our shirts, too!

The Neon Museum
770 Las Vegas Boulevard North
Las Vegas, NV  89101
702 387 6366

Las Vegas — Serendipity 3

Sin City Frozzen Hot Chocolate

Even for two to share, this is pretty ginormous.

Sin City Frozzen Hot Chocolate
AKA Sin City FroHo
(AKA Frozzen Hot Chocolate Plus Liqueur Of Your Choice)

We chose Amaretto.  And, we’re pretty sure they added even more Amaretto into the hot chocolate, too.  We left very happy each morning.

Do we feel guilty adding a dessert to breakfast? Nah, we didn’t do it EVERY day of our vacation… only every other day.

Crab Cake Benedict

Each crab cake was loaded with big chunks of gorgeously sweet crab.

The Chocolaccino

What’s a Chocolaccino?  Well, you add a small handful of chocolate shards to a mochaccino.  And, no, we didn’t count this as breakfast dessert number 2.  Though, in retrospect, we probably should have.

Oh well…

Wagyu Benedict

This was someone’s favorite.

Take one poached egg.  Toss it in corn meal and deep fried it.  Then, place it on top of one beefy rich, delicious burger and add crispy bacon strips.  Then, top that with both hollandaise and country gravy.  It’s dangerously delicious.

So was this…

The Chocolaccino With Chocolate Coffee Beans

On this day, they added espresso chocolates in the shape of coffee beans to the Chocolaccino.  So, yeah, we should probably be counting this as a dessert.  More hot chocolate than coffee, but, it was seriously delicious.  Loved it!  Several espresso chocolates fell to the bottom of the cup.  That made for several deep dark hot chocolate sips at the bottom.  In a word, those sips were heavenly.

Another day, another Sin City FroHo…

On this day, they blended all of the Amaretto into the hot chocolate.  And, they were clearly very generous with it.

Fried Eggs Benedict

Poached eggs, deep fried with a biscuit and country gravy dotted with breakfast sausage pieces.

To say that thee staff at Serendipity’s is friendly would be an extreme understatement.   They’re SUPER friendly and incredibly sincere in their desire to make your visit special.  And, from our experience, they really went out of their way to remember all of their guests and their needs.  (We were probably labeled the “day drinkers”.)

One day, we ordered the s’more hot chocolate.  They were out of marshmallows.  So, they whipped up a warm marshmallow sauce “fondue” to make up for it.  So sweet…

Good food… and a really fun way to start a vacation day.

Before 10am, everything was very quiet.

Sin City Frozen Hot Chocolate

(Psst, it’s hidden in the cocktail menu.)

Brunch Every Morning

We accomplished something in Vegas.  We ate every type of Eggs Benedict on the Serendipity Brunch menu.  Yay!! What do we win?  Oh yeah, a few hundred extra miles on the treadmill.

Drugstore Sundaes

It really was divine.

Serendipity 3

Loved it!

Serendipity 3
(Ceasars Palace)
3570 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
877 346 4642

Right in front of Caesars Palace, just follow the marble (and faux marble) sculpture trail out front.