Sunday, March 1, 2015

Ketchup!

Hi Dolls,

I was invited to try out a new restaurant at Atlantic Beach called Ketchup!  With a name like this I was excited for the visit and anxious that I'd be in for a real treat!  I brought my friend Krystle with me and a treat is exactly what we got!

 We went on a rainy day but I can envision the outside patio being a hot spot once the summer heat hits us!
 Outside of the restaurant there is a huge menu.  This makes sense because you place your order as soon as you come into the restaurant. 
We loved the inside!  There are signs of Ketchup everywhere and the decor makes it feel really homey and I can definitely see people hanging out here in the summer after hitting up the beach!  
 Check out this table situation!  I didn't even notice that it was a door until we were about to leave!  How cool is that?!?!
 The walls were also decorated with surf boards and plenty of flat screen tv's to keep you in the loop with what ever is going on be it news, sports, or your 12 o'clock soaps.
I got the pleasure of meeting the owner and chef, Ace French, who was a delight to chat with!  Maybe I'm being a little bias because we were able to hold a conversation about Jimmy Choo's!!!  My kinda guy! But I digress lol!  All jokes aside, he was very friendly and passionate about Ketchup.  He shared a lot with us about the food and how he came up with the name Ketchup!  

Ok, now on to the food!!!  
DISCLAIMER:  to preserve our girlish figures, we did not consume all of the following items in their entirety!
 With a name like Ketchup, there's gotta be something special about the ketchup...right?!?!  Well Chef Ace told us that his restaurant was the first to get a hold of this Sriracha Ketchup!  If you know me, you know I love spice so this ketchup was perfect for me!  They also have Jalepeno Ketchup, Balsamic Ketchup, and of course your original Tomato Ketchup.
Krystle and I were sort of indecisive so we picked a few different items that we could sample and let me tell you...we were not expecting the ginormous size burgers!!!  They serve your food in a dog bowl which I thought was pretty cool.  Then we found out that they are dog-friendly and if you bring your dog they can eat on the deck for free and here's the kicker...they get  to eat on a plate!
 We learned that their hot dogs are made in house from scratch.  We decided to go with the Good Charlotte Dog that comes with onions, mustard, and pear-wasabi slaw.  This reminded me of a sausage more so than a hot dog.  It was my least favorite of the day probably because I was expecting your good ole reddish-pink hot dog.  I did like the fries, fried onion straws, and burgers though!
 This was the Beach Boy Burger!  It comes with avacado, fresh spinach, Roma tomato, red onion, and lemon aioli!  It was delicious!  I love that their Black Angus beef burgers are ground daily with Applewood smoked bacon ground into it!!!  YUM!!!
 This was the Tabitha's Secret burger, a burger for mushroom lovers.  It comes with sauteed and fried mushrooms and melted Swiss cheese.
 We HAD to get the Andy Altee which I will say was so incredibly massive one could eat on it for a week!!!  This bad boy comes with two 8oz. patties, three slices of cheese, six pieces of bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pickles. WHOA!!!   
 We couldn't leave with out trying some dessert.  This was the key-lime pie which had the perfect amount of tartness.  I loved it!
 This was the chocolate madness cake which was super chocolately!
 This was the Chocolate Badness!  The same chocolate cake, deep-fried!!!  Kids will go crazy for this!!!
Me and Chef Ace!  He is a pretty cool guy!  If you decide to go to Ketchup have a chat with him and tell him Trice says hi!  I will say if you do decide to go, do so on an empty stomach because you will NOT be able to finish your burger!  Or you can just bring your dog who probably wouldn't mind finishing up your meal for you!  
Ketchup on Urbanspoon
As always, thank you so much for stopping by!  
Have a great week!
~Trice

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sunday's Best: I survived Florida's 2 day winter!!!

Hey Lovelies!

I'm sure the weather where you are has been pretty wacky as it has been here in Florida.  One day it's 70 degrees, the next day it's 26.  So wishy washy, this weather.  Nevertheless, it gave me a great excuse to dress for the occasion!

I've been wanting to dust off my faux fur stole I bought a few years back and last weekend gave me the opportunity. While it was nearly freezing Saturday, the weather warmed up significantly by Sunday so I was able to wear my stole as an arm warmer.
I thought it added a nice touch to my very neutral look for the day.  In addition, I have really been loving skirts lately and that's saying a lot for the girl who hated them as a kid!
So how is the weather in your neck of the woods?  I feel for those of you living in the states with snow.  I  gotta give you all a hand because I don't think I could deal with it.  With that being said, sorry to rub in the fact that we only had two days of cold weather here in Florida!  Love ya, mean it!
Faux Fur Stole:  H&M
 Skirt:  H&M
Necklace:  Charming Charlie
Heels:  Boutique 9
As always, thank you for stopping by!
Have a wonderful day!
~Trice

Monday, February 23, 2015

New and Improved Applebee's!

Hey Dolls,

I was recently invited to check out the grand re-opening of the new and improved Applebee's in Orange Park.  This particular location was the last of the city's Applebee's to be remodeled and now all of them feature a new "community" look that focuses on education, non-profit organizations and first responders in the Jacksonville area!
I was pretty impressed with the updates.  After visiting a few Applebees that have been remodeled, they have come a long way, in the right direction.  The wall decor consists of photos from local high schools and universities, professional and college sports teams and community groups. This definitely makes for a more community-like feel!
I brought one of my friends with me and as always, drinks were in order!  Speaking of drinks, Applebee's now has "Wine Wednesdays"  featuring $10 Sangria pitchers and $10 off bottles of wine.  


Since we were there on a Thursday we went for the awesome Happy Hour special which is everyone's favorite, 2 for 1's!
I had margaritas and my friend got the Bahama Mamas!  YUM!
We decided to go for appetizers before our meal and went for the pick three and of course we HAD to go for the chicken wonton tacos!
These bad boys are AMAZEBALLS!  They have just the right amount of spice and the crunchy wonton shells are perfect!  I would go to Applebee's just for these!
We also got the shrimp and pork dumplings and well....they were just O.K. They were a little crunchy on the ends which is not what I'm use to in a dumpling.  I really liked the thai dipping sauce though!
For our main course, we both went with the recommendation of our waitress, the Bourbon Cajun Chicken and Shrimp!  It came out on a sizzling plate and it was pretty good!  This dish comes with potatoes but I got mine with rice instead.
In our pick three appetizer we chose the Smore Churros but we had it brought out as a dessert.  I was hoping for real size churros but they were miniature size (insert sad face here)  Nevertheless it was tasty!
Applebee's on Urbanspoon
I think Applebees looks great now.  It certainly has a more community like feel!  I'll certainly be back for Wine Wednesday and wonton tacos  with my girls!
As always, thank you for stopping by!  Have a great week!
~Trice

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Valentine's Day Look!

Hey Lovelies!

How was everyone's weekend?  How was you Valentine's Day?  Great I hope, whether it was with your significant other, friends, family, or the remote control!  Of course, Valentine's Day is everyday for me and my boo but the occasion is always a great excuse to get dressed up right?!?! *wink wink*!
Saturday was spent with my love and I brunched on Sunday with a good friend!  Here is my Valentine's Day inspired look! Enjoy!
 




Top & Skirt:  H&M
Belt:  Fossil
Clutch: Gift
Heels:  Michael Kors
 As always, thank you for stopping by!  Have a great week!
~Trice


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A New Maple Street Biscuit Company!

Hey Lovelies, 


So I'm sure most of you already know about the awesomeness that is Maple Street Biscuit Company!  If not, they specialize in...you guessed it, biscuits!  Chicken biscuits to be exact!   
Picture of Moi from Scott Photography

My friends and I visit there every chance we get, hence the several reviews I've previously done, and since their first location opened a few years ago, they have expanded and opened up 3 more in town including the one I went to on Saturday that recently opened in Fruit Cove!
I must say that all of the newer locations are bigger than the original, but they all have the same wonderfully delicious, flaky chicken biscuits!
I was there for a Yelp event and I got my usual, The Sticky Maple!  This is the chicken biscuit that comes with bacon and is placed on top of sweet and sticky maple syrup!
My friend got the Garden Bird, the chicken biscuit topped with collard greens an egg, over-easy, and a splash of hot sauce.   Talk about southern comfort!
Another friend got the macaroni and cheese topped with Cheez-its! She said she wants to recreate this (and everything else we ate) at home.  I told her I want a personal invite the day she does!
 We also had sweet potato fries that came with a yummy, cinnamoney-honey mustard dipping sauce.
 Fried Green Tomatoes!  You really can't beat these bad boys!  There is something so comforting about them, especially when they're made right! 
 For dessert were these sinful, cinnamon pecan biscuits drizzled in a delicious glaze.  Now,  I could've eaten all of these but I consciously considered my waistline and just enjoyed a few nibbles.
Like all of the Maple Street's  in town, everyone was very nice, the ambiance has a great home-feel and the food is on point!  If you get a chance, you've gotta check them out.  They're now opened later on Friday and Saturday evenings, and I hear they've opened one in Chattanooga, TN!  

As always, thank you for stopping by!
I'll be back soon.
~Trice

Monday, February 2, 2015

Denim on Denim

Hey Dolls, 

I really love the denim on denim trend.  There is something so casual chic about the look.  With this look, it creates the basis for a lot of other looks like layering with a sweater or lots jewelry.  This time I kept it pretty basic with just the denim.  I actually wore this look for Thanksgiving and never posted it. (Shame on me) This top was part of the Toms for Target collection a while back and it so happened to match a pair of chambray slacks I already had.
 This would be a great "Teacher's Have Style Too" look for a casual, jean Friday!
 
 
 Top:  TOMS for Target
Necklace:  Charming Charlie
Belt:  CottonOn
Slacks:  Ross
Heels:  Guess
 As always, thank you so much for stopping by!  Have a magnificent Monday and wonderful week!  
Be back soon!
~Trice