Sunday, January 26, 2014

Maggiano’s Little Italy

By far one of my favorite Italian restaurants has to be Maggiano’s Little Italy! The portions are huge and they have that dark rice wood feeling inside with the waiters dressed to impress. Since it’s further in town from our house we don’t get there as often as we would like. Not to mention you feel like you have to roll out of the restaurant with the huge portions they give you. I strongly recommend the Family Style menu it’s the most bang for your buck and never ending dishes. Usually we’ll order an extra round of each course then package it up to go.

While we waited for a table to clear we ordered a round of drinks at the bar. I got a lemon drop martini and D ordered a Catcher in the Rye (Knob Creek Rye, Luxardo Marashino, Simple Syrup, Old Fashion Bitters). I have to say his cocktail was amazing and I’ll be switching over to that next time we go!

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Once our table was ready we headed into the dining room and started our order with Calamari Fritte $11.50 (Crispy calamari, served with marinara sauce) and Mozzarella Marinara $9.50 (Breaded mozzarella, served with marinara sauce). It’s our guilty pleasure, but oh is it worth it!

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We ordered a Maggiano's Side Salad $4.95 each (Iceberg and romaine lettuce, crumbled bleu cheese, crispy prosciutto and red onions. Served with our signature house dressing.) It wasn’t the usual salad we get and love which is the chopped salad. It was my fault and I was mainly distracted with our child that just woke up from a nap. It was ok, we just love their chopped on better.

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For the entrée we ordered the Crab & Shrimp Cannelloni $17.50 (Roasted red peppers, Asiago cheese sauce and seasoned breadcrumbs) and Chicken Piccata $16.50 (Chicken breasts sauteed with capers and lemon butter with angel hair aglio olio) as well as the Fettuccine Alfredo $14.95 (Fettuccine tossed with garlic in an Asiago cream sauce). We planned on only eating half and taking the rest home so don’t judge me for ordering so much haha. First of all the cannelloni is worth whatever they charge because it just melts in your mouth. I’m drooling just thinking of how good it was!! Of course everything else was really good too, no complaints.

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You can’t leave Maggiano’s without ordering the N.Y. Style Cheesecake, Seasonal Fruit $7.95 (New York style Ricotta cheesecake topped with fresh berries and whipped cream). Truth be told all of the desserts we’ve ever had there are amazing. We got this to go and I forgot to take a picture of it for you.

It’s worth every penny to eat here. If you sign up for their email list they send out a free appetizer or dessert. It varies from when I’ve seen friends sign up.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Baby A’s

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While in Austin sight seeing we decided to try out the highly raved Baby A’s.

They have huge patio areas. Here’s just one of the indoor covered patios they have.

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Their salsa was really good and their chips had a nice flavoring to them.

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The cocktails here are worth the stop. The food not so much so coming back is a hard call, because if I did come back it would be for a drink and not the food. It’s almost like that food you get because you’re drunk and hungry, but you can’t remember how it was the next day.

The fajitas where not good, which is hard for me to say because usually you have half of it good. Sizzling Fajitas $22.99 (Beef or chicken choose corn tortillas for gluten free. Roll your own tacos with our beef or chicken fajitas, cooked with bell peppers & onions. Served with refried or charro beans, rice, guacamole, cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo and flour tortillas)

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D ordered a bowl of their famous tortilla soup. It was watered down and didn’t have much to it. The chicken in it was good, but you have to watch out for bones. $5.75 (Marinated, slow cooked shredded chicken, sliced avocado, monterey jack cheese, spicy chipotle sauce over corn tortilla strips. Seved with homemade mexican rice, fresh cilantro, onions and lime.)

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D fell in love with the Spicy Cucumber Margarita. It’s strange and has a little kick to it, but he had 2 and couldn’t stop talking about it.

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I read a lot of people rave about the Purple Margarita, which they limit you to 2 for a reason. This thing will kick your butt once it sets in. It’s really good! I also got a coconut margarita which I could drink all day long on the beach or by the pool.

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Like I said I won’t go back unless we are grabbing a drink. There’s plenty of other amazing restaurants to eat at in the area that are better than this.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Akashi Sushi

 I had a girls night at Akashi Sushi Fusion Cuisine to catch up with an old friend and decided to try out a new sushi place. A neighbor had been here and said it was really good, but the prices where on the high end. After reviewing their menu, they have a huge selection of Japanese and Chinese dishes as well as a fusion. Since we where meeting up for drinks we just tried a couple of rolls.

The interior is well done and they really like the blue lighting. I thought the seating was laid out spacious enough and I like that they had a lot of seats at the bar area as well.

Lady Gaga $12.45 (Yellow tail, tuna, avocado inside, spicy tuna, spicy salmon, white tuna, jalapeno on top, served with jalapeno sauce & spicy mango sauce)

Valentine Roll $10.95 (Crunchy spicy tuna avocado inside, wrapped with fresh tuna)

Chilean Sea Bass Roll $13.50 (Grilled Sea Bass, asparagus, avocado, served with eel sauce, wasabi sauce and honey miso sauce). Loved this one!!

Hawaiian Roll $9.50 (Inside Spicy crunchy scallops, on top with mango, avocado, masago)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Jimmy Changas


We recently had a new Tex-Mex place open up near us called Jimmy Changas. I was a little nervous trying them out because their website looks more like a Chucky Cheese kiddo place, but I was pleasantly surprised how nice it was inside. They are really kid friendly which is great, but you are surrounded by nice blown glass and modern fire places.

We snacked on salsa and green sauce while we looked over the menu. Both where really good so we where off to a good start.

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For drinks I ordered the Calpyso Punch $8.76 (amaretto, cruzan spiced rum & 151 rum blend with pineapple juice, rocks, grande) This was really really good! D got the Changa rita $6.54 (sauza 100 anos tequila reposado, premium liqueur, tropicana orange juice and lime juice). It was good but not the best one we ever had. I would love to try more cocktails, but the prices will add up quickly. 

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D and I shared the chicken and beef fajitas for 2 $26.39. (sizzling hot fajita platters with sautéed bell peppers & onions -- served with Spanish rice, choice of charro, refried or black beans, fresh guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream and housemade flour or corn tortillas.)

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I would definatly come back and try some of their other items on the menu and their playground looks fun to for when my son gets older.