Tupelo Honey Cafe

Tupelo Honey is a southern restaurant with several different locations throughout Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Colorado. I had the pleasure of dining at the Virginia Beach, Virginia location and I will DEFINITELY be returning!

Everything you look for in a restaurant, they have; a comfortable dining experience, great hospitality, an incredible selection of music, delicious food, even better drinks, and a charming atmosphere.

Tupelo uses food from locally sourced farms, and they’re all noted on their website. Great food that was grown responsibly is very important to me as well as sourcing locally, so this place really has it all for me.

They are open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, and have a great happy hour selection during the week. I came during lunch time right at their opening. I ordered the grilled chicken and avocado sandwich with a mixed green salad, and it was delectable. The sandwich had really great flavor, and the white balsamic vinaigrette on the salad was one of the best I’ve had.

I usually caution on the side of drinking before the evening (unless it’s a morning mimosa), but the drink selection they offer was so great that I decided to stay AFTER my meal just to have a seat at the bar and order one of their many options. I ordered the ‘Tupelo Krush’ Frozen Orange Whip drink, and I am so glad I did! It was much better than I anticipated (and I had anticipated it to be GREAT). It’s also on their happy hour list of drinks, so check them out then if you’re skeptical of my opinion (you shouldn’t be.)

If you happen to be in Virginia Beach and are looking for breakfast/lunch/dinner/drinks, you HAVE to go to Tupelo Honey Cafe!

https://tupelohoneycafe.com/ | 4501 Main St, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

 

Thank you guys, see you again next week!

 

Mix It Up

This weeks feature is a spot I overheard a few people talking about, and I decided to check it out! Mix It Up (located in Virginia Beach, Virginia and in Suffolk, Virginia) is a bar unlike others around. When you walk in you are immediately greeted by a welcoming and helpful bartender who asks you about your beer preferences, and recommends accordingly. The best part though is that you get to taste your options before you dive in and pick one. It. Gets. Better. Tasting is UNLIMITED. Unlimited as in, you can taste every single one of their draft options to find the one that is perfect for you! I’m not a beer drinker at all, but I do love a good cider. They have great options for every pallet type. I HIGHLY recomend Larry’s Lemonade.

In the adjoining room next door, they have the Mix It Up store where you can drink AND shop! (Dream come true right?) They have a room filled with hundreds of different bottled beers and ciders that you can choose from to make your own 6-pack. They have a wine selection as well for those interested in that. In this room, they also sell a variety of drinks that can be used as mixers, and chasers, and prepacked drink making bundles with drink recipes inside. Both locations were strategically placed next to ABC stores so that all of your drinking needs are put together!

They have a food selection as well, and host different game nights, movie nights, and other events that they share on their Facebook page. They have an outdoor area that is their own personal beach! They filled the area with sand and have a few picnic tables and lounge chairs for everyone to enjoy. They also have the large size Jenga game outside which is an awesome game to play and entertain friends. Definitely recommend this spot for friends, family, and dates, of course ONLY for those over 21!

If you haven’t already, you HAVE to go to Mix It Up!

2973 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA

Thank you guys, see you again next week!

 

The Four Agreements

As someone who has a very visible tattoo (half sleeve), I️ get a lot of comments. Most of them are “Your tattoo is so pretty!”, “Nice tattoo”, “That’s dope”, etc. Very rarely does anyone ever ask me what it says or what it represents. (Below are pictures of my piece.) The written words say:

“Be impeccable with your word”

“Don’t take anything personally”

“Always do your best”

“Don’t make assumptions”

Four and a half years ago I️ was gifted a book called “The Four Agreements” and it changed my life. In my adolescence I️ struggled with self-confidence, self-worth, self-identity, and was generally unhappy and dissatisfied. A plethora of factors contributed to this outlook, but once I️ read this book, my general thoughts changed. Change wasn’t immediate, but I️ had something to work towards, and some guidance.

Being impeccable with your word is so important. This allows others to trust in you and what you say, because you always stay true to what you say. It helps you stay confident in yourself because you don’t have to feel guilt from saying things you know you won’t be able to fulfill.

Don’t take anything personally is straight forward and helps your self-esteem the most. No matter what someone says to you/about you, it is not a reflection of yourself. It is a reflection in their feelings and their own thoughts. This best explains the quote “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Some people will try to release their frustrations onto you, and realizing that will allow you to be able to let whatever they say go. Return their words with kindness and understanding that you don’t have to take their problems personally.

Always do your best, because it avoids regret, and disappointment with yourself. If you know that you did the best you possibly could at whatever you did, you can’t think to yourself that you should have done more or could have done better. Your “best” will change with each day and each challenge that presents itself, so keep that in mind to honestly be able to use this.

Don’t make assumptions. Do not do it. Don’t make assumptions for what someone will say, for what someone might do, or for their reasoning for doing something. This one is important for having great communication, and all around avoiding being upset over something that might not be true. Ask questions and get to the bottom of something before you react and misjudge a person or situation. This will allow better trust and relationships, and avoid hurt feelings.

I can’t imagine where I would be (mentally, emotionally, AND physically) in my life if I hadn’t gone to pick up this gift from someone from my past who I had a chance re-encounter with years later. For that I thank them. I hope this helps someone else’s life, or is at least a good read. The link for the book on Amazon is below, and I would love to hear if someone purchases it and what your interpretation is.

Thank you guys, see you again Saturday!

The Grey Goose

The Grey Goose in downtown Hampton, Virginia is a great spot for lunch, dinner, and brunch (only on Sundays!). This restaurant is owned by Hampton Roads natives, and boy do they do it well.

Not only do the have really great dine-in food options (see brunch pictures below; those plates were clean in minutes!), they have great entertainment and family events. December 9th and 16th you can have breakfast with Santa! If you have kids, this would be a great outing and something to have them look forward to! They are also having “dinnertainment” called “A Christmas Story” on December 9, 10, 16 and 17. Times vary for both Christmas outing options so be sure to call and confirm and make a reservation!

Most restaurants offer catering options, and The Grey Goose is no different. Thanksgiving is no different, and they offer the whole spread! (I️ included a picture of the options so everyone can take advantage!)

Holidays aren’t the only special events they cater for though, they offer baking for celebrations. They offer an incredible selection of wedding cakes and TONS of options between the type of cake, frosting, and filling! Definitely worth giving a look when the time comes for you.

Not only is this spot as charming on the inside as it is on the out, nothing compares to a restaurant owned and operated by locals (if you haven’t caught that theme from my other posts.) This Hampton, Virginia restaurant is a must see. You HAVE to go to The Grey Goose!

https://www.greygooserestaurant.com/ | 118 Old Hampton Ln Hampton, Va

Thank you guys, see you again next week!

Fair Grounds

Coffee is something near and dear to my heart. Coffee makes my day better, and gives me something to look forward to! So this week for all of my coffee lovers, you HAVE to go to Fair Grounds in Norfolk, Virginia! This is one of my favorite coffee spots to go to. This shop is ran out of a prior 2 story home, and is located on the second floor. (The first floor is a different store.) The entire shop has a very cozy feel, as it is still semi set up as a home. There are plenty of places to sit (inside and outside), and it’s a great place to study whether alone or with groups. It’s also a great place for gathering with friends or family to talk or catch up! And in case you needed more reason to go, they play GREAT music and they have a bunch of board games available to play.

Their menu is vast for coffee, and they have AWESOME flavors. My favorite drink is a frozen French Toast, and I️ highly recommend it. They offer a few food options as well, but I️ have yet to try them. They offer a discount if you come within the first or last hour of business, and they have an old-school punch card system for frequent customers.

Fair Grounds is a local, independent coffee shop in the heart of Ghent, and most customers are the very loyal locals. When in Norfolk and looking for great coffee, you HAVE to go to Fair Grounds!

fairgroundscoffee.com | 806 Baldwin Ave. Unit 2 Norfolk, VA 

Thank you guys, see you again next week!

Montaña de Oro State Park 

Montaña de Oro State Park in Los Osos, California is a must see! This beautiful park is home to several different hiking trails, camping sites, picnic areas, and and some of the most magnificent beaches! Getting to the park is exciting in itself between the tree and cliff lined roads, and the views of the beaches from above.

This park is HUGE, and there is a lot to explore. We spent close to 2 hours at the park and only saw a few of the beaches and walked the Bluff Trail. Along the trail we saw at least two different beaches (both pictured below), and views from the top of cliffs.

Along our journey, we saw a woman staring down a cliff-side in panic, and we found that her dog had fallen down the side and was stuck on a ledge. Dogs are NOT permitted along the trails (they ARE on the campsites), and for this very reason! The rescue team had to come out and save the dog, and fortunately were able to. Please keep your furry friends at home or where they’re permitted so they are remain just that!!

Anyhow, this was one of the most beautiful beaches I have been to yet, and I will be returning to view the rest of the park. (Bonus: entry is FREE!) So, if you’re looking for something to do when in the Los Osos area, you HAVE to go to Montaña de Oro State Park!

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=592 | 3550 Pecho Valley Road Los Osos, California

Thank you guys, see you again next week!

Strawberry Fields Smoothies and Gelato

This week we have a spot that is one of my personal favorites and a frequent stop for me. Strawberry Fields Smoothies and Gelato in the heart of Ghent in Norfolk, Virginia! This is a locally owned shop that sells homemade gelato, and fresh fruit smoothies. This place is well known by the Norfolk natives, and is growing in popularity! Down to business: their smoothies are made with only fresh fruit, gelato, and fresh fruit juice. They have smoothie combinations listed on their menus, and won’t mind if you want to sub out one ingredient for another (useful for me because bananas in smoothies just doesn’t agree with my tastebuds.)

Their gelato is made in house each day, and their flavors vary almost every day. Some flavors include: vanilla, mango sorbetto, stracciatella, cookie dough, whiskey pecan, blueberries and cream, salted caramel, ooey gooey cake, Cap’n Crunch, pineapple coconut sorbetto, and samoa. That’s a shortened list compared to all of the flavors they make! They offer some vegan options too for you vegan gelato lovers out there. They post on their Facebook and Instagram pages almost daily of the flavors they have, so check them out before you come by to make sure there’s something that strikes your fancy. Or, come in and sample any flavors that you want! This is also a cute date spot, great for family outings, and good for a quick dessert run. (Even my dog Kujo loves it!) Do yourselves a favor and check them out! You HAVE to go to Strawberry Fields Smoothies and Gelato!

1510 Colley Ave. Norfolk, Virginia | http://www.strawberryfieldsgelato.com

Thank you guys, and see you again next week!