One of the most refreshing, delicious, and outstanding drinks I've had in a long time. A genius concept, especially in an area that could always use it, I could only wish they had it where I live. If only we also had a thriving Viet community and year round hot weather ...
The idea of late night fried chicken at an affordable price will always be in demand, especially in a place like NOLA. It might not be the world's best fried chicken per second but seeing as it comes from a ?convenience store setup is mighty impressive.
Are you a smart cookie?
If the answer is yes, then come here and enjoy some coffee at one of LA's finest cafes. It is as popular as they come, but my four stars is more representative of the combined experiences I've had in all of my trips to the area. I have to give it a dock on the star ratings wise for being unnecessarily expensive and some demerits for their inconsistent service. The coffee though? Bomb dot com.
These are some of best pralines I've ever had. I never think of sweets but somehow I find myself coming back to this place because they do it so well. They make for excellent snacks, a perfect dessert, and a wonderful gift. They make me appreciate all the incredible options NOLA has to offer. Southern Candymakers is as good as they come.
More to come.
Honolulu is already expensive in practically every aspect, I'm resigned to the fact I'll rarely ever shop here. But seeing as I was running errands and in need of some last minute gifts, thus TJ Maxx was the place to be. If I wasn't in a slight hurry, I would easily stayed longer to browse. (#1)
This store is huge. It is also super clean and things are easy to find. The staff was supremely helpful in telling me where things were and even went out of the way to escort me to various parts of the store to find different versions of the items I needed, as well as helped with price comparisons.
As a result, I was able to find what I needed and more. I was even able to use their bathroom, which was super clean. I know lines can be a problem at any location, but this time was not the case. The only things that bothered me was the security at the door, who gave me some unnecessary 'tude and the less than stellar parking situation.
(#1) Such is the curse with almost all TJ Maxx locations.
The quintessential touristy experience of New Orleans would not be complete without Bourbon Street. In some respects, it is both the most happening place in the city and the most touristy. One cannot deny it's shady existence, virtually every vice can be indulged in these parts and that's why so many people love / hate it.
On one hand, it is party central. People openly drinking on streets, listening to loud music at dbaggerific bars and clubs, and random people acting a fool. Whether it's a grenade, a looseyanna (Louisiana) lightning, or a hurricane, people are crushing sugary, colorful drinks all throughout the street. When people are done watching a game at the Superdome or Mardi Gras is happening, Bourbon is typically flooded full of people of all ages. Boob flashes, drunken idiots, rude bouncers, camera lights, jazz music, strip clubs, fortune tellers, etc. all are a part of the experience.
Then on the other hand, it's a place to avoid. Not necessarily for the reasons above, but NOLA has more to offer to than just a street that constantly parties. Bourbon has shades of Times Square in NYC or even Lan Kwai Fong in Hong Kong. At any given hour, there's a stream of people all over and locals would much prefer to spend their time somewhere else in the Big Easy.
Despite its dodgy reputation, Bourbon St is mostly a safe place. There are usually enough people, bouncers, and cops around to deescalate any crazy situation. The most that happens is usually some drunken buffoonery and some occasional flashing but not enough to expect it on a regular basis.
Because it is in the CBD (Central Business District), most people visiting the French Quarter cannot avoid but touch Bourbon Street at some point during their visit. I don't make it there as often as I used to, but I would be lying if I said I didn't *something* that made an impression on me each time.
One of the most recognizable parks in the world, Jackson Square is a historic landmark centered in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter. Whenever I am in the area, I almost always stare in awe and reflect on its significance. There is so much happening in the French Quarter, it's important to take a moment and recognize the greatness of this single block.
Hatch is all the things I can appreciate about an all American establishment: funky decor, excellent service, affordable prices, and above all, delicious food. I can easily see why this is one of OKC's most popular places to enjoy some breakfast / brunch.
Since they close at 2pm every day, this place is constantly packed. I didn't have to wait long since I was in a small party, but I was already seeing huge crowds at 10am on a weekday. For some people this is a bummer, but I tend to think that it means Hatch is doing something right.
The themes are so dramatic here that it's almost hard to describe the place. On one hand, it feels like a classic retro diner with a little bit of a contemporary vibe, but then it feels totally "New American" with a bit of a Jetson's feel. The interior is ultra spacious; many groups can dine here with no problems stretching out.
Menu wise, they've done a great job in creating a decent amount of variety for a breakfast themed spot. There are some items with classic spins, healthy alternatives, kid friendly options, and lunch stuff for those who don't want morning meals. Portions are hearty and the prices are in the sub $10 range for every entree.
Speaking of food, I absolutely love their hashbrown tumblers. Filled with hollandaise, bacon, and cheese, it is one of the most indulgent things I've eaten in awhile. Same goes with their country fried steak, which was fried to perfection and the gravy was as savory as they come. While I was impressed with the chicken fried eggs as they were perfectly poached and lightly fried, it was just too expensive at $3 each. From the lunch side, the grilled cheese with tomato soup was fabulous. I wish I could try all of their sandwiches.
Lastly, the service was on the top of their game. Waters were refilled, smiles were constant, and every person who came by the table was polite and well mannered. They were really flexible about splitting checks and did not rush anyone out despite the fact we stayed closer to closing time. I appreciated how the staff was able to work together seamlessly and making it look easy at the same time.
Will I come back? In a heartbeat. I am constantly exploring the OKC landscape and would consider this spot one of their very best.
Whether it's been a coffee run, a snack session or lounging, 9 Bar has always been a solid option. Situated in the heart of downtown JC, it sits in an area that splits from commercial to residential. It is most definitely the local choice for some cafe action.
While the interior might be on the small side, they've done a good job with the layout in terms of seating. There's a communal table, along with a series of smaller solo / two seater tops with some outdoor seating to boot. I was hoping for a little WiFi but realized they don't actually offer it.
Overall, the coffee is good and I think their baked goods are somewhat underrated. Who knew some of the best sandwiches / pastries in the area existed here? An ideal day would be to grab a drink and a sandwich and enjoy the quiet ambiance that this place offers.
Baristas / counter staff are friendly. I appreciate the bathroom isn't a free for all. They take credit cards and beware of the morning rush.12/20/2019 We always love seeing you come through our doors, Jando! Whether you're here for a baked treat or… Read more
After a night of endless bar hopping, Mme Lee was the most recommended spot by our local friends to grab a night cap. I was already a little skeptical, but my group of guys had no interest in ending the evening. After seeing random youngins go in and out of this place, I wasn't at all ready to go in. We ended up spending a decent amount of $$ in drinks and stayed 2 hours too long.
Some things I noticed along the way:
* Weekend nights are understandably crowded, but overcrowding is another issue. This place had way too many people in way too small of a space. It was one giant mosh pit.
* Service is weak sauce. When a group of 12 get several bottles, we expect a certain level of service. It's often difficult to get the attention of the bottle girls when they're off and about throughout the joint. Bartenders were not all that much friendlier and the people out front are kind of not-friendly. The staff's attitude as a whole was probably the most disappointing thing all evening.
* Some interesting DJ'ing going on -- one minute it was bumping hip hop and the crowd goes wild, then it jumps to house music and fists come flying out, and then some kind of electronica and people start leaving in droves. Then it goes through a similar rinse-n-repeat process again ... is this for crowd control?
* Crowd is generally young and good looking. No complaints here, minus the general dbaggery and agro types acting a certain way all over the dance floor.
* Despite what I noted about the bartenders earlier, the pours are on point. Our drinks were made well enough to where it likely kept us there the whole time.
* This place would have a super interesting vibe, at least decor wise, on a non-crowded week day.