Goodbye, Cyprus: My last meal at Zephyros

ImageImageAfter 3 relaxing weeks of adventures in Cyprus, topped off with an overnight stay in Amsterdam, it’s bittersweet to be back. Since my husband could only partake in a week’s worth of Cyprus fun, I’ve been so happy being back on the same part of the planet as him. However, leaving my cousins, whom I consider my “second” brothers and sisters, is always such an emotional and tearful experience.  Continue reading

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Glikolemono: The Sweetest Cafe in Larnaca

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The other day after an afternoon of perusing the shops in downtown Cyprus ( very exhausting life while on vacation here, I know), we decided to find a cafe to sit down for an afternoon caffeine pick-me-up. After walking around for a bit, my cousin Christoula suggested we try out her favorite cafe, Glikolemono, which means “Sweet Lemon” in Greek. Nestled in an alleyway, which is quite the trend for cafes and restaurants on this island, with rows of adorable vintage cafe tables and chairs, sits this charming little cafe. Inside, the floor is a Moroccan tile, and the pastry windows are alive with the sweet treats that they churn out fresh daily from their quaint little kitchen in the back.  Continue reading

Happy Hump Day Review of the Week: Emporium Pies | Dallas, TX

ImageImageImageImageIt was a warm and balmy night in Bishop Arts. We had just finished yet another satisfying meal at our beloved restaurant, Oddfellows (of which a proper review will be posted soon). In the distance, a lone saxophone pierced through the sounds of happy hipsters and fluttering families. The night was young and full of promise, so we decided to amble with the crowd and explore the sights and sounds of our new ‘hood. Continue reading

Go for the Bubble Tea, Stay for the Buns… Veggie Heaven Review | Austin, TX

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As a student at the University of Texas, I remember walking by this tiny little restaurant nearly every day, the garlicky smells flirting with my nose buds (nose buds are real, right?) until my friend Amaranta eventually coaxed me inside after having tried it and fallen in love herself. Walking in, I discovered the place really IS tiny, with funny little lucky cat decorations and wood paneling on the walls. But the smell!! I knew if the food was as good as it smells, this was the beginning of something beautiful. And it was love at first bite. I can’t remember exactly what I ordered that day, but I CAN attest that every dish I tried after that was just as amazing as the first.  

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Happy Hump Day Review of the Week: Local Foods Restaurant | Houston, TX

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When I first found out that my beloved Antone’s original sandwich shop was being thrown out into the cold by some new, hip restaurant, I was pretty bummed. This place was, after all, the original Antone’s sub shop, and was a nearly five decades long-standing staple for those in the museum district and West University areas for a mean po-boy. Then when we discovered the new, hip bully on the block was actually a concept restaurant birthed from owner of the neighbor next door, Benji’s, well, I was feeling far less Atomic-Wedgied by this presumed “bully”. I mean, how much of a meanie could this restaurant be if they were sort of right next door all along? Come opening week, my mama and I decided to just “walk by” and “check it out through the window”.

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Happy Hump Day Review of the Week: Mongoose versus Cobra | Houston, TX

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A few weeks back when we were in Houston visiting the fam, we ventured out looking for a place to grab a drink with friends. We wanted to try somewhere hip and new. Somewhere with some good bar snacks. Somewhere that has a great cocktail and some interesting beers on tap. Somewhere with an industrial, hip vibe. What bar in Houston encompasses all these qualities and more? Mongoose versus Cobra, of course! 

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Humpday HappyHour Review: Bacchanal Wine Bar in NOLA

ImageSo in spirit of my idea on having special “theme” days each week, I thought it might be neat to do a Happy Humpday Hour on Wednesdays, in which I review all the snazzy bars, restaurants, and café’s I can manage, preferably minus the beer belly/ food baby side effects. I’ll try my best to find all the hip places with some great happy hour specials, but happy hour specials or not, I’ll definitely find great spots to chill out at when you’re trying to get through the work week hump. I’m thinking I’ll post sometime before you would go out after work, like around 4 or 4:30 (CST). Oh, and I will try my best not to stick to one specific city, but since I DO live in Dallas, be prepared for more Dallas reviews than anything else (yay for my Dallas fans!). That being said, I DID just return from a hazy, fun-filled, foodie-gasmic adventure in NOLA so I’m going to kick off my first review with a bar we went to that really impressed me for it’s very jazzy, hip ambience, and of course, food. Continue reading

BarBelmont Review | Dallas, TX

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On a ladies night not long ago, some friends and I were deciding where we should go perch our behinds and enjoy the late afternoon sunset. After a bit of deliberation, and going through the happy hour neighborhood map section of our brains, we were coming up short (or at least boring, tired and typical). We were stumped. We wanted to try something different, something outdoors?, with a fun, vacation-y vibe… And then my friend’s brain did a slight deviation from the usual mapped out route of happy hours… and landed on BarBelmont. Continue reading

La Duni Review (Dallas, TX | McKinney Ave location)

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Yesterday my fiancé Andy and I cruised over to La Duni for lunch just to try something different. We were starting to get tired of the same lunch spots we have been frequenting near McKinney, and when we spotted La Duni from a distance, we were like “Si, por favor!”

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Coppa (Houston, TX) Lip Smacking-ly Good Italian Fare

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Coppa, in translation, means both the spicy Italian pork sausage that tops some of their signature pizzas and pastas, and also goblet, which is fitting in that every time I have been there, I wish they’d give me a giant goblet to fill my wine in, rather than the typical dinky wine glass… because the wine is pretty, pretty good.  If you are looking for that authentic, ingredients-showcasing type of Italian food, the type of fresh fare that you may unearth in a little Italian restaurant tucked away behind a bougainvillea tree on a cobble stone street in Naples, but slightly fusion-ified by a brilliant American executive chef named Brandi Key, who, is probably NOT? Italian, then Coppa should be your number one stop. Continue reading