Posts Tagged 'sweet'

Custom design pizza by the slice

20121017-104629.jpgOnce again I have my mind and stomach set on a certain type of meal and then end up with something completely different.  Knowing that I was going to be back in Chapel Hill I did some brief research for restaurants serving hamburgers. My intent was to stay in the Franklin Street area and make my final restaurant decision once I arrived. I was fortunate again to find a decent parking space on Franklin Street and began my journey across to locate one of the burger joints I had researched prior. As I was walking down the street checking out local restaurants Artisan Pizza Kitchen caught my eye. A craving for hamburger suddenly change the pizza so I entered the restaurant to take a look at the menu. Among the many pizza options,calzones, sandwiches and burgers.  I noticed that you could build your on slice. Knowing that I really didn’t want to order a whole pizza I chose a couple custom slices with some of my favorite ingredients. I was impressed with how fast my slices are out to the table. These are not your average size pizza slices. They are very large and by the time I finish eating both of them I barely had room for dessert. Maybe I will find a good burger during my next visit to Chapel Hill. I would recommend Artisan Pizza Kitchen for a delicious quick meal when you are in the Chapel Hill area.



James and Jenkiss met in 1998 when James was running a Manhattan pizza parlor. They quickly became friends and dreamt of one day owning their own business. James and Jenkiss would often concoct their own pizza from the Margherita to the Fresca. One day they began experimenting with alternative pizza sauces: thus the artichoke pizza concept was born.

Jenkiss learned his way around running a business while working with Trains Cafe in Carrboro and Cafe Bazaar at Spice Street. James continued to develop a pizza and sandwich menu for their future business while still living in Manhattan.

In 2008, Jenkiss convinced James that a quaint shop on Franklin Street would be the perfect place to open a pizza parlor. So, James packed everything and moved to Chapel Hill. Thanks to more than 10 years of friendship and a meticulous business plan, James and Jenkiss opened their doors of Artisan Pizza Kitchen in May 2009.

Today, Artisan Pizza Kitchen welcomes thousands of locals and visitors alike to enjoy everything from the signature artichoke basil pizza to our delicious sandwiches made with homemade focaccia bread, salads and fresh grilled burgers.

Dine in, take out or order delivery today! We hope to see you soon at Artisan Pizza Kitchen!

Artisan Pizza Kitchen
153 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 929-9119


Lime & Basil was worth the wait.

20121011-225417.jpgLime and Basil wasn’t the first choice for dinner. The original plan was to grab Chinese for a quick meal before returning home. Lime & Basil seemed to be calling and we made our way across Franklin Street to glance at the menu.  I had never been to a Vietnamese restaurant and was a bit concerned that I would find something on the menu that I would eat.  I skimmed  the menu posted on the window, found the word “chicken” and was satisfied with entering the restaurant to find a table. Plenty of tables were found in this small and popular restaurant.  Many people had beaten us to the tables in the appropriately painted lime green dining area.  We were greeted by a very mellow host who asked if we were on “The List.”   Fortunately to get on “The List” all we had to do was give a name and party size.  We were informed of a 20 minute wait and agreed to be added to “The List.”  The 20 minute wait was extended to 30 as the early patrons were not making plans to exit the building upon completion of their meal. I was curious to know what a gentleman in the corner was doing.  He had an office setup with laptop, cell phone and note pads.   He appeared to be working more than eating.  Finally, the early birds began to wrap up their visit and allow those of us on “The List” to have a chance to eat dinner.


After being seated, I didn’t spend much time reading the menu.  I had made up my mind prior to entering. I selected the Classic Lemongrass Stir-Fry with chicken.  Sauteed carrots, onions, and beansprouts with lemon grass and chili in a garlic stir-fry sauce placed over rice.   In addition, I added some Chile sauce to the blend to fire up the meal.  Everything was good.  I could have had a few more pieces of chicken, but that’s normal for me.  By the time I cleaned my plate, there was no room for dessert.   I think that “The List.’ was even longer by the time we finished our meal.  The building was full with more people waiting outside.


Lime & Basil

200 W. Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516


Not much to say about this surprise that landed on my desk today.  This chocolate chip covered strawberry was a nice treat!!  Another good work of art that I had to devour.


Da Chocolate Bomb

While visiting Nashville I developed a case of the late night snack attack. I was craving chocolate and set out on a mission.

None of the downtown bakeries were opened and didn’t consider running into a restaurant for dessert until I was already on the hotel shuttle. I hoped that one of the cafes at Gaylord Opryland Hotel would still be open. Fortunately one of the snack counters was still open and I spotted the Chocolate Bomb. It consisted of layers of chocolate cake and mousse covered with chocolate topping. My craving was so demanding that I also stopped at a gift shop on the way to my room to grab a bottle of chocolate milk to have with the bomb. I was very satisfied after consuming every bite.


Championship Burger at Pinkys.

I have driven by Pinky’s Westside Grill many times and have thought about stopping in and finally did this week.

Pinky’s opened in November of 2010 in the former home of Triple G Automotive.  The signature red white and blue VW on the roof makes the building stand out at the busy Charlotte intersection. The interior has several original artwork piece for sale and a couple of coin operated games if you have to wait for a table.  There was not a wait time today, but I did return to the KISS pinball machine for a game after lunch.

I had checked out the menu online and today was in the mood for a good burger.  Pinkys offers several burger options with plenty of condiments to choose.  I built a five-ounce beef burger with pepper-jack cheese, chilli and slaw.  The burger had more than enough of the toppings went it arrived.  I had to use a fork to eat most of it, but this wasnt a problem to me.  The burger was very good and I also enjoyed the extra chili that found its way out of the bun.   I ordered a side of waffle fries that were also very delicious.

If you have read previous posts you know that I am a fan of sweet tea.  Pinkys scores a A+ on their tea.  I could have drank a whole pitcher.


Pinky’s location is easy to get to from I-77, I-85, I-277, and just about anywhere in Charlotte, NC. At the intersection of Morehead St. and Freedom Dr., Pinky’s is near every major interstate, making it not only a favorite for Charlotte, but an easy yummy trip for the entire metropolitan area. The decor is fun and light, while maintaining a good degree of suave dignity. There is parking in front of, behind, and across the street from the restaurant. Take a look at the maps, it’s closer than you think.

Pinky’s Westside Grill
1600 W Morehead St
Charlotte, NC 28208

(704) 332-0402

Happy New Year!!!

We have a tradition to visit Ironwood Cafe in Pinehurst, N.C. for dinner on New Years Eve.  I will admit that last years visit was a bit disappointing because of the menu change for the evening.   I also do not care to getup to get appetizers and salad when I am paying more than usual for a meal.   I am happy to write that this years trip was very pleasant and the regular menu items were offered as in the past.  I’ve tried several different items from the menu, but my all time favorite is the BLACKENED  RIBEYE.   The  12oz gorgonzola cheese crust, haystack onions garlic whipped potato and fresh vegetable meal is delicious.  A few years ago I would substitute the fresh vegetable with the chipotle mashed sweet potatoes.  This item has since been removed from the menu, but our waitress tonight agreed that it should return.  The sweet mash was always prepared perfectly to provide a sweet taste at first then the chipotle would kick the tongue just a tad.  I hope to see this return to the menu in the future.

The ribeye is a select hand cut piece of beef that is always cooked as ordered.  I like sauces and tend to use steak sauce when I eat steak, but the Ironwoods ribeye never needs anything in addition. The gorgonzola cheese adds a nice amount of extra flavor to the dish.

The Ironwood cafe offers indoor and outdoor seating.  We also like to visit and sit outside beside the flaming fountain when the weather permits.

The Ironwood Cafe

2176 Midland Rd Pinehurst, NC 28374 ~ 910.255.0000



No shortage of sweets at Disney.

There are a few things that you can expect to see at any Disney Park.    Disney Characters, guests from many countries and just about any type of sweet delight that you can imagine.   Every restaurant has a dessert or two to choose from.   Various candy stores, bakeries and ice-cream shops are scattered throughout the resort.

The benefits of finding your way into one of the candy stores or bakeries are worth avoiding the next wait in line for a ride.  You get a chance to cool down on a hot day.  The aromas make you forget about the thousand of people that have been bumping into you.  Best of all, you get to enjoy a nice tasting product knowing that you will burn off most of the calories in no time as you exit the building.

I could probably spend all day shooting nothing but sweet treat photos and have a huge collection of pics at the end of the day.   I might challenge myself to do this during my next visit. Without a doubt, I know that I will have many opportunities for desserts during each day.  Since we participate in the meal plan there is not a meal that doesnt end with something sweet.


Rocky Road Candy Apple



Demos is a must while in Nashville.

When I first learned that I was heading to Nashville the first thing that I thought was “I am going to Demos!”   Of all of the restaurants in Nashville, Demos is my favorite.    I am a fan of sweet tea. Very sweet tea!  North Carolina is probably the sweet tea capital of the world.  Once you are out of N.C. it is a bit difficult to find tea with a large amount of sugar added.  Demos has a solution to this problem.  Just ask for some sugar water when you order tea.  The thick sugar syrup addition to a glass of tea is great!  All of the meals that I have had at Demos have been delicious.  I usually order a pasta dish, but this time I was craving steak.  Then, I started craving chicken.  So, I ordered Steak with chicken. To be more specific I had A seven-ounce cut of thick sirloin with grilled chicken tenderloins.  As in the past I was pleased with the meal and was tempted to lay down and take a nap.  Instead of the nap I chose to walk around beautiful downtown Nashville to site see.   I look forward to my next rip to music city.

Read Demos Story HERE

Demos downtown Nashville Location:

300 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 256-4655

We make EVERY event delicious!


36th Street Bakery, Cafe & Catering

I had the pleasure of visiting 36th Street Bakery, Cafe & Catering in Lincolnton, N.C. while driving to the  Blue Ridge Mountains.  As soon as I opened the door the aroma of fresh baked items attacked my senses.  I was immediately drawn to the pastry case.  I checked out every item like I was visiting a museum of sweetness.   It was obvious to me that I was going to enjoy this visit although it wasn’t easy choosing just one item.  There are several items on the menu that I would have enjoyed if it had been lunch time.  This was an early morning visit and the scent of the baked items required me to enjoy something sweet.  I finally decided on a cinnamon twist and enjoyed every bite.    I am rarely in the area and am not sure when I can visit again, but going out of my way on the next trip to western NC would be worth the time.  Linconlton is lucky to have this bakery and cafe in it’s beautiful downtown area.

Besides bakery items and catering, 36th Street also offers Murder Mystery Nights and Wine tastings.

Open Monday-Saturday from 7am until 9pm.

Weekly Entree Specials are W, Th, F, Sat from 5pm until 9pm.
E-mail us if you want to be included on the list (

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view a pdf file of their menu here



A Kool Kake!

I am a big fan of Bambi Provenzano’s art work and business called Kool Kakes.   I’ve seen photos of cakes in the form of guitars, beer coolers, disney characters and farm animals.  I would feel confident in saying that there is not a theme that Bambi cannot produce in cake form.  I recently ordered a cupcake cake for my wife’s birthday and was surprised at the size of the final product.  It weighed atleast 15 lbs and one could probably gain 30lb if they were able to eat all of it.  The most difficult part of the order was deciding on the flavors.  A partial list provided include the following:

Red velvet
Vanilla rainbow
Peanut butter cheesecake brownie
Raspberry filled brownie
Chocolate coffee stout
Campfire kakes (s’mores)
Vanilla peppermint
Chocolate mint
Red hot red velvet
Bailey’s and cream
Mountain Dew
Chocolate covered strawberry
Root beer float
Key lime
Italian butter cookie
Banana walnut
Butterscotch schnapps
Strawberry shortcake
Pina colada
Butter pecan




Bambi also make other goodies.  A favorite of mine is the Lollicake that is a brownie on a stick with various decorations on top.  This is a great treat!

From the website:

Mon – Sun: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Kool Kakes is a home based business that I started over four years ago. I love making kids 3-D cakes, but also enjoy making wedding cakes! My fondant is handmade, fresh for every cake. Each cake is made to order, every detail is up to you!