New Desserts for Forking Amazing Restaurants in Jax!

Hi Dolls,

What's better than being invited to a food event to sample new menu items?  I'll tell you what's better, attending a food event to  sample new DESSERT menu items!!!  I know right!  That is exactly what happened a few weeks ago.  I attended an intimate tasting of the new dessert menus by Michael Bump, Executive Pastry Chef for Forking Amazing Restaurants.  The tasting included items from Chef Bump's menus for Bistro Aix and Il Desco.  These are some of my favorite restaurants in Jacksonville so there was no way I was turning down the invite to taste new dessert items and after reading this post, you'll understand why.  Check out what we had!
 Roasted Seasonal Fruit: (Bistro Aix) This was a nice starter.  The seasonal fruit was roasted peach on top of a crumble of vanilla shortbread cookie, topped with buttermilk ice creme and phyllo crisps.  YUM!  This definitely reminded me of peach cobbler.  
Chocolate Nutella Crepes: (Bistro Aix)  They had me at "Nutella"!  I mean seriously, how can you NOT love nutella, especially in a crepe?  Add dark chocolate mousse, vanilla anglaise, and hazelnut brittle and you'll have a flavor explosion waiting to happen!  The brittle was a nice surprise to the palate.  
Beignet Feuilletee:( Bistro Aix) I'm sure you would imagine that it would be hard to choose a favorite out of all of these magnificent desserts but ladies and gentlemen, this little beignet was the showstopper for me!  Maybe I'm partial to beignets but I absolutely loved it.   The light and fluffy beignet was covered in Vietnamese cinnamon, atop a raspberry sauce, and dressed with Frangelico creme brulee, candied hazelnuts, and raspberries.  This was the one dessert I wish I had more of!
Tiramisu: (Il DescoThis was one of the most delicious tiramisu's I've ever tasted!  It was made with an espresso rum soaked sponge cake, mascarpone mousse, shaved chocolate, and coffee anglaise.  It was so light and fluffy.  I enjoyed it so much I stopped eating it mid-way and saved it after imagining what it would be like to savor it while sipping on coffee the next morning.  I did just that and it was everything I'd hoped for it to be!
Chocolate Praline Torte: ( Il Desco)  This was the last course we had and it was well worth the wait!  It was made with dark chocolate cake, praline layer, chocolate mousse, vanilla anglaise, and candied hazelnuts.  It was incredibly decadent and definitely the perfect ending to a sweet night!  
The tasting was superb and Chef Bump chose the perfect items to showcase from his new dessert menus.  After writing this post, I could go for any of them right about now! 
 Which one looks the most enticing to you? 
 I can guarantee that they all are as good as they look!  These are all available now at Il Desco and Bistro Aix so treat yourself to one of these amazing desserts after an amazing meal you're sure to get at any of these restaurants.  As always thanks so much for stopping by!
XOXO




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Southern Grounds Coffee

Hi Dolls!


If you are a coffee lover like me, this post will certainly make you drool just a lil''!  My friend Nate over at NomNomJax, hosted a 3-course coffee pairing event at none other than 
Southern Grounds Coffee in Neptune Beach!  It was the perfect event for a beautiful Sunday afternoon!
Do you see this work of art?  It is none other than the Nutella Latte!  To be completely honest, this was the one thing on the event listing that did it for me!  The first time I visited Southern Grounds, I saw it on the menu and resisted but this time around, I knew I had to try it!
The Nutella Latte was the first pairing served with a warm blueberry muffin!  It had to be the most delicious blueberry muffin I've ever tasted to date....no joke!  The latte was strong but the sweet and chocolately Nutella rim with chocolate shavings was all the sweetness I needed for the latte.  This was a perfect pairing and completely met my expectations.
Anyone who knows me well, knows that I love me some bread!  Especially croissants!  I tried this sandwich the first time I visited Southern Grounds and it was just as good this time around.  It is made with Boars head cheese and bacon which is the best of the best!  
The croissant breakfast sandwich was paired with this Nitro Cold Brew coffee.  This was a very nice but strong iced coffee!  You could definitely taste the chocolate infused coffee.  I only sipped some and took the rest home.  I didn't want to be wired for the rest of the afternoon!  It was perfect for iced coffee the next morning.  I added a splash of almond milk and honey and it was perfect.  
Like I always say, no meal is complete without a sweet finish (although we started off super sweet) and for the third pairing we had Espresso brownies with house-made Sangria!  The brownies were very dense but delicious nonetheless.  They were so heavy I could only finish a couple bites.  It made for a very nice dessert at home later on that evening though.
This Sangria was perfection!  It was the perfect ratio of wine to fruit!  It is definitely a must-try if you're a Sangria fan!
Southern Grounds Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
As you can see by the look on my face, I was totally pleased with event!  Every pairing was spot on and you can never go wrong with alcohol for a night cap (or mid-afternoon cap).  
Which of these would you be the most interested in trying?  
As always thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great week!
XOXO




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Honey Lavender Grilled Pork Chop @ Mimi's Cafe

Hi Dolls,

Mimi's Cafe, the popular neighborhood cafe, serving up French-inspired American comfort food,  recently asked its guests to develop Mimi's next great entree for a chance to win a trip to France!  I wish I would've known about this because France is definitely on my bucket list!  Out of more than 175 recipes developed by Mimi's guests, the winning recipe was none other than this Honey Lavender Pork Chop!  It will be featured on the menu beginning September 19th and I was lucky enough to preview it earlier this week!
First and foremost, this is a beautiful dish!  They say you eat with your eyes first and I promise I took a million pictures of it before diving in!  It has all of the flavors that would remind you (well it reminded me) of fall!  It's a center-cut pork chop lightly glazed with honey, herbs de Provence and lavender, grilled to perfection.  It's paired with a mixed green salad made with green apples, cranberries, goat cheese, toasted walnuts, roasted potato croutons tossed with balsamic dressing!!  I could taste every last ingredient I just mentioned!  How often does one get to say that?  YUM!!!
While I was there, I also had the opportunity to sample some of their delicious pasta dishes!  Pictured above is Mimi's Simmered Meat Sauce Pasta!  It was everything you want in a comforting bowl of pasta.  It's made with Campanelle noodles which are perfect for housing flavor, a delicious meat sauce, and lots of Parmesan cheese!  
The jambalaya pasta below was everything you would imagine it to be!  Spicy, with all of the New Orleans inspired flavors including Andouille sausage and chicken!  It was delicious! 
No meal is complete without a sweet treat at the end!  Just in time for fall, Mimi's Cafe has brought back their delicious Spiced Pumpkin Muffin!  If you received my September newsletter, you know how much I love Pumpkin Spice!  Of course I love that there was cream cheese icing but my favorite part of this muffin was the pumpkin seeds!  They added an extra crunch which is always nice!
It was the perfect ending to a very fall influenced meal.  
Mimi's Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
If you enjoy a lovely cut of pork, you don't want to miss out on this Honey Lavender Grilled Pork Chop.  The flavors mesh beautifully together.  Specialty menu items are only for a limited time so stop by your nearest Mimi's and try this dish before it's gone.  The pasta dishes and spiced pumpkin muffin are not to be missed either.  Trust me, you'll be glad you stopped by.  Besides, have I ever steered you wrong?  As always, thank you so much for stopping by!  Have a fabulous weekend!
XOXO




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Wild Wings Cafe Re-Opens in Jax

Hi Dolls, 

Are you like me and associate the seasons with specific foods or activities?  For example, I associate winter with my family and gumbo, spring with my birthday and pizza (don't ask), summer with traveling and "watching what I eat", and fall with football and chicken wings!  I mean, come on! What's better than watching my Florida State Seminoles crush everyone while indulging in chicken wings and a spirited beverage???  One of my favorite places to eat wings is Wild Wing Cafe and the one here in Jax recently reopened after being closed due to a kitchen fire a few years ago.
I have to admit, I'm pretty excited!  Besides home cooked, they probably do have "The best wings south of Buffalo"!
Wild Wings Cafe has over 30 different made from scratch flavors from traditional buffalo to jalepeno cheddar!  My favorite flavor of the night was the Honey Lime Sriracha.  It was definitely finger-licking good!  If you follow my snapchat, you know exactly what I'm talking about LOL!
For all of the wing lovers out there, you'll be pleased to know that on Monday through Friday from 11:30am to 1:30pm, you can enjoy the all you can eat wing bar!   Can you imagine if this option was available during the games....they'd be eaten out of a house and home!   
Though, they are well known for their wings, they have a variety of other menu items like 100% grass-fed, ground chuck burgers, nachos, chargrilled chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, and these boneless wings!  With that being said, you're sure to get what you need while you enjoy your favorite sports team play!  They also have football specials on game days that you wouldn't want to miss out on so make sure you ask about them.
The icing on the cake for me is the live entertainment from local musicians!  Whether outside or in,  Wild Wings usually has live music lined up for the weekend!  When I went a few weeks ago for the Grand Opening, I had the pleasure of listening to the very talented Lunar Coast Band!  
With them serenading us while we ate all the wings we could, the night was a blast!  If you have a Wild Wings Cafe in your neck of the woods, you have to give them a visit!  Try the honey sriracha wings and tell me what you think!  As always, thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!
XOXO




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619 Ocean View Restaurant

Hi Lovelies, 


Earlier this week I attended an amazing NomNomJax dinner event at the beautiful 619 Ocean View Restaurant in Ponte Vedra.  First and foremost do you see this picturesque view of the ocean below...well this is what we had the pleasure of  beholding the entire evening while we dined!
Not only was the view breathtaking, the food was pretty darn good as well!  For starters we had several appetizers including this delicious Argentinia cheese pastry made with tapioca sugar.   
This Preserved Lemon Hummus was probably some of the best hummus I've ever eaten! 
This was the Barrel Batched Cocktail for the evening!  It was made with Blueberry, Thyme, and St. Augustine Distillery Vodka.  It was very light and fresh!
Amuse:  Crab and Purple Potato Causa
Made with crab, avocado, and aji amarillo.
1st Course:  Sweet and Sour Smoked Sausage
Made with pickled watermelon and datil peach jam.
2nd Course:  Sunny Bibb Salad
Made with sunflower seeds, goat cheese, and Orange Florida citrus vinaigrette.  
3rd Course:  Smoked St. Louis Style Ribs
Made with vinegar, savoy cabbage, corn, hominy, and peppers.
4th Course:  Seafood Paella
Made with scallops, shrimp, mussels, clams, chicken, smoked sausage, heirloom vegetables, and saffron.  
5th course:  "Snickers in a Cup"
Made with caramel, pink sea salt, dark chocolate, cream, and vanilla. 
619 Ocean View Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
This dessert was everything you probably imagine it to be!  DELICIOUS and a perfect ending to a perfect evening!  If you haven't had the chance to attend a NomNomJax event, you are totally missing out on some of the most amazing dinner events at some of Jacksonville's best restaurants!  Take this hidden gem for example.  Myself and several others had never even heard of 619 Ocean View before this event and I can hardly wait to go back!  It was a great evening with great people, great food, and a great view!  As always thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend!
XOXO




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My Gratitude and These Overalls!

Hi Dolls,


Who says adults can't rock overalls?!?  When I saw these overalls in Zara over the summer it was love at first sight and when I tried them on I knew they had to be mine!  I mean to be completely honest I thought my Kriss Kross, overalls with one strap to the back days ended in 10th grade but I have had a change of heart!  Clearly, overalls can be worn at any age!
Last week I met with the producers of a local day time television show and they did a segment with me at this really cool spot downtown with graffitti all over the walls!  The segment was "A Day in The Life of a Fashion Blogger"!  I was thrilled for the opportunity and welcomed the chance to speak on my experiences as a blogger!  You guys have to check it out here!
Every year I am amazed at the things I have been able to accomplish as a blogger!  Last year, I was on a different show right before school started to give my fellow teachers tips on how to be fashionable in the classroom (here) and this year a feature on just me, lil' ole me!  But the most gratifying part of it all is having readers who enjoy stopping by on a regular basis!  Besides this being a hobby for me, you guys are who I do it for!  If I don't say it enough, I appreciate you all!  You're all "friends in my head"!
I've been blogging for a while now and what started off as a creative outlet has afforded many things for me like new friends who enjoy the same things I do, a new love for the city I live in, invites to private restaurant tastings and events, a lot more creativity, and opportunities to speak on television about two things I love, fashion and food!  Yes, there are way more successful bloggers than me by a long stretch, but these things are far more than I ever expected when I first started.
I am definitely humbled and grateful for anything that comes along with being a blogger and will continue to do it as long as possible.  For those of you who read my posts and support me, love ya, mean it! 
Top:  Forever 21
Overalls:  Zara
Necklace:  Charming Charlie
Heels:  Aldo
Thank you all for coming along for the ride and staying a while!  You're the bestest!  For a peek at the segment click here!
XOXO




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Summer Tomato and Avocado Salad

Hi Lovelies!

Through meticulous Pinterest trolling, I have found the perfect summer salad!  It's light, fresh, and ridiculously easy to make!  It takes no time at all and requires minimal ingredients!  On these hot summer nights, that is exactly what I need, a quick dinner that is healthy and delicious! 
Here is the Summer Tomato and Avocado Salad!
Like I mentioned earlier, the ingredients are minimal!  You may already have them on hand.
Ingredients:
1 English cucumber
3 Avocados
4 Roma tomatoes
1/2 Red Onion
1 Lemon
1 cup Cilantro (optional)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
 Making this dish is as easy as listing the few ingredients it takes to make it!  All you have to do is chop everything up and throw it in a bowl!
 Once everything is in the bowl, make the dressing!  Add the juice of 1 lemon...
and 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
 Add salt and pepper to taste and mix away!  
Ladies and gentlemen, that is it!  It takes no time at all and it is delicious!
I didn't have cilantro on hand so I omitted it.  I made this around lunch time and enjoyed a bowl by itself for lunch and with chicken breast for dinner!  It was even better after chilling in the fridge for a few hours.  If you're all about quick and easy meals that are healthy and packed with flavor, you have to try this!  The next time I make this I'm going to add some feta cheese!  Ooh I bet that will set it off quite nicely!  
As always dolls, thanks so much for stopping by!
XOXO




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Hi! I'm Trice, a Jacksonville, FL based blogger. I LOVE shopping and all things fashionable and want to show everyone that "Teachers Have Style Too!"! I also LOVE to cook and enjoy dining out. Please enjoy my fashion and food experiences and leave a comment if you'd like.
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