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Tips for Trying Sushi for the First Time and Experiencing New Things at The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar Charlotte

DaddyB and I were invited to check out The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar in the SouthPark area of Charlotte, NC last weekend. Yes, you heard right, we had a date night. Though in the past there have been years between our dates out of the house now that we have an amazing babysitter and the girls are older we really enjoy a great night out.

The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar Restaurant Review MommyB

This was a very interesting visit for us as DaddyB has never tried sushi, ever, and I am allergic to shellfish so have to be selective about what I can and cannot eat. We were excited for the challenge and fully embraced it and had confidence that a restaurant loved by so many in the area would not disappoint.

The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar Charlotte Review MommyB

When we first walked into The Cowfish we noticed the fun atmosphere immediately as familiar music from our young adulthood played, and conversation filled the room. Once we were sat at our table we were able to soak in the eclectic hints of decor in the room. I personally loved the giant sized bento box:

The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar Charlotte MommyB

Be forewarned, the menu at The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar is HUGE, both literally and in content of menu items. If you’re someone who takes a long time to order you may want to check out their menu ahead of time online. Our waiter Brandon however, really knew the menu and was able to tell us quickly about items and was amazing at answering all of our many questions about ingredient dishes, and his recommendations.

We shared delicious truffle fries {a must order}, but when it came to our entrees we decided to try a little bit of both worlds that The Cowfish offers. As I mentioned DaddyB has never tried sushi at all so he got the famous Fusion Specialty Bento Box that includes sushi, a mini burger, and awesome sides including my favorite thai cucumbers. I decided to go with a diner favorite The Deliverance Roll – Southern Style Bar-B-Q-shi, which included delicious bbq pulled pork, a really cool potato wrap and was topped with bacon coleslaw.

The Cowfish Restaurant Charlotte MommyB

If you’ve never eaten sushi, here are a few tips for trying sushi for the first time:

1. Start with a “beginner roll”. Consider starting with a roll that doesn’t include raw fish like the California Roll {Daddy B started his meal with an intermediate roll and liked it, but wasn’t ready for the texture.}

2. Choose a roll that offers a tempura {light batter} or a flavorful drizzle to enhance the flavor of the roll.

3. Consider a fusion restaurant like The Cowfish, that offers familiar ingredients alongside new ingredients. This will give more confidence in experiencing new foods.

Speaking of experiencing new foods, this truly was our night for doing just that! Not only did DaddyB try sushi for the first time, but we were also able to sample some of the unique ingredients that The Cowfish has to offer. Check this out, we had flavor infused Masago {fish eggs}, with wasabi, citrus, soy, and sriracha. {My favorite was the citrus flavor.} We also got a “sneak peek” at the newest wasabi-infused micro greens. I must say this was one of the coolest things I’ve eaten in a while. They taste like micro greens at first but then as you chew a burst of the wasabi flavor comes out. I’d love to see this paired with a dish.

New Foods at The Cowfish Charlotte MommyB

Our experience at The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar was filled with fun, new experiences, unique and tasty food. If I had to change anything about our night out I would have loved my food to be a little hotter {I like my food on the warmer side of the spectrum (ask DaddyB, he thinks I’m funny)}. Other than that, seriously the ambiance, outstanding service, and price of our date night were just as sweet as our yummy fortune cookie-crusted dessert.

Thanks The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar Charlotte MommyB

Have you ever had fusion sushi before??? What are your favorite sushi dishes?

This is not a compensated post, we received a complimentary meal in order to give our honest thoughts on the restaurant, services, and food offerings. These are our opinions based on the above experience, however your experiences may vary.

Carolina Ribs on the Run Review {Giveaway}

I am a member of the Restaurant.com Review Crew.

In looking for a new restaurant to try out on our usual Sunday afternoons after church, I thought it would be nice to venture up to Mooresville this time around. Restaurant.com showcased a lot of great restaurants, unfortunately I’m allergic to shellfish so some of them didn’t work, but I found Carolina Ribs on the Run and took a peek at their menu. After checking to make sure there was something my girls and husband would like to eat there too, we headed up North.

Even with using our GPS it was a little hard to find Carolina Ribs on the Run because there’s no signage off the main road, but we did end up finding it nestled in a VERY quiet plaza. We definitely got a great parking spot. While we were there a few other customers trickled in, but since they were loading up a vehicle with bins of food I assumed most of their business came from catering.

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There are some things we loved about Carolina Ribs on the Run and other things that we weren’t so impressed by. I’ll start with the things we liked:

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  • The service was good- the staff was very friendly and helpful with the menu and our food came out relatively fast.
  • The food was very flavorful, and came in large portions. The ribs and chicken quesadilla specifically were outstanding, and this comes from a woman who recently went to a BBQ festival and tasted several different styles of ribs/pulled pork.
  • Their prices were good, our tab was pretty standard for 2 kids menu entrees an appetizer and 1 adult meal. For the 4 of us our total tab was $29+ including tax, but with our Restaurant.com gift certificate we ended up paying $19+

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Neither good nor bad

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  • The restroom – since the restaurant is on the smaller side there is one bathroom/toilet, but it is large in size. The restroom was mostly clean, and a GREAT height for small children/wheelchair accessibility, but considering the restaurant had opened a short while before we got there, it could have been cleaner.

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The not-so-great

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  • Hubby and I found some small bones in my rib sandwich, when I approached the cook he apologized, I know these things happen, but definitely something to be careful of.
  • There were no children’s coloring pages or entertainment while waiting for food, {this would be a super easy fix though.}
  • The booths were hard to sit in for our entire family, but especially the children.

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As a restaurant, Carolina Ribs on the Run has some work to do, but the food is definitely amazing, which may be a reason they cater as well. If they are interested in building as a brand and restaurant they may want to consider fixing just a few small things that could potentially be more inviting to diners and families like:

  • Investing in booths that fit average size diners, not needing extra cushioning they’ve used and making it safer for parents to use boosters for their children or having children eat while sitting on their knees.
  • Being more vigilant with cleaning the restaurant inside and outside a little more, which would bring up their 91.5 public health score
  • Ensuring all food is safe and the best they can deliver to customers.

 

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TRUE Pizza Review – Charlotte

Thank you TRUE Pizza for hosting my girls and I for a great lunch!

At TRUE Crafted Pizza, we recognize that everybody has their favorite style and type of pizza and we do not want to be beholden to any particular style of pizza; instead, we strive to be TRUE to ideals of quality, consistency, and community. We want to consistently make the best possible pizza and serve it in a space that is exciting and enjoyable for the members of the community. Our quality stems from simply and skillfully preparing the best ingredients.

In true artisan style, the food at TRUE Crafted Pizza showcases great ingredients AND a sense of care for the customer.

Their menu features two primary styles of pizza:

  • Traditional Oven Baked Pizzas: These crispy crust pizzas are cooked to order in our high temperature wood stone oven and delivered to the guests within 5 minutes.
  • Signature Grilled Pizzas: This second type of pizza is unique to TRUE Crafted Pizza and is not offered anywhere else in Charlotte. These pizzas are thin crust pies that have been brushed with olive oil, grilled to perfection, and topped with the freshest ingredients possible. The combination of the dry heat and the smokiness of the grill make for a memorable pizza.

And boasts several non-pizza items, like fresh salads, hand-crafted sandwiches, a great kids menu and several locally made or in-house made items as well.

True Pizza Charlotte Collage

TRUE pizza has a unique take on food, and my girls and I were able to try out some of their delicious food. We went once on our own and were invited once by TRUE to sample some dishes. Here are true thoughts {pun intended}.

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  • LOVE that the kids pizzas come with up to 3 FREE veggies. They want to encourage kids and healthier choices.
  • We didn’t try any local items, but I love that they offer house made meatballs, tomato soup, and pesto.
  • I think they have a great menu with a lot of different selections to please every customer.
  • I love the concept and the actual look and feel of TRUE is pretty cool and welcoming.
  • Their salads are very fresh and are the perfect size for one person to enjoy.
  • The girls loved their pepperoni pizza during our second visit.
  • They have an AMAZING location, in the heart of the Piper Station shopping center.
  • The staff was very friendly and attentive.
  • They have a heart for giving back to the community.

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  • They don’t have a gluten-free menu, which a lot of pizza places tout, but have different options that would work for a gluten-free diet.
  • They don’t sell pizza slices. While we were there a few people were looking for slices. I think this would be a great option especially for the people stopping by while shopping and after the movies. Even if they only offer a couple of specialty choices.
  • Price-point is a little higher for a quick family bite, but one pizza is a great sharing size.
  • I wish the kids menu included more for the $. I would love to see a fruit choice.
  • Miss A loves hot dogs so she tried out the kids pizza dog, but unfortunately with her missing teeth the hot dog was a little tough to eat.
  • We had a few pizzas that were “well done” on the bottom the first time we visited, and their pizza is a little on the saltier side. The second time we went the pizzas were much less burned, but both things that can be easily corrected.

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B Girls True Pizza Review

Overall we enjoyed the TRUE Crafted Pizza experience. For the most part, the food was good. Both girls really enjoyed their pizzas and were transformed into little chefs by adding a little bit of table parmesan to their slices. I loved my caesar salad and the pizza of the day that I was able to try, although a little salty was a combination of great flavors and quality ingredients.

I loved the cool setting that TRUE pizza offers, great for family day or a date night with the hubs, and of course with their selections of wine and beer I’m sure I could convince DaddyB to join us someday soon. Needless to say the B family will be returning to TRUE Crafted Pizza, although it’s not close to home, it’s definitely a different pizza place for the Charlotte area, and I can only see their food getting better and better.

True Pizza Interior Review

 

Check out more about TRUE’s story, their delicious menu, and the work they are doing to give back to the community by heading to their website: truepizza.com and following them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

My girls and I received a complimentary meal from TRUE Crafted Pizza and used this experience and our previous dining experience to give you our honest thoughts on the restaurant as a whole. Your opinions may vary.

Best Local Restaurants Across Canada, US and UK

Restaurants Blog Hop

I had the unique opportunity to partner with a bunch of amazing bloggers across the country and across the world to bring you a comprehensive restaurant review, so whether you live in another state/country or are traveling this year, you’re bound to find some great eats between all of these blogs.

Check it out and make sure you share!!

Eastern US

Tampa, Florida – I Run for Wine
Annapolis, Maryland – Maryland Momma’s Rambles
Framingham, Massachusetts – 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Orleans County, New York – Living Off Love and Coffee
Charlotte, North Carolina – MommyB Knows Best
Eastern North Carolina – Rebecca Lately
Raleigh, North Carolina – The Dirty Floor Diaries
East Greenwich, Rhode Island – Mama Luvs Books
Richmond, Virginia – Close to Home

Western US

Phoenix, Arizona – Brie Brie Blooms
Aliso Viejo, California – Una Colombiana en California
Oceanside, California – Adventures of Valley Writer
San Diego, California – Toot Sweet 4 Two
Wildomar, California – Simple Sojourns
Las Vegas, Nevada – Growing Up Gabel
Las Vegas, Nevada – Home Cooking Memories
Reno, Nevada – Saving in Nevada
NE Oklahoma (Route 66) – The Creative Princess
Tulsa, Oklahoma – Masterpiece
Austin, Texas – Texas Type A Mom
Dallas, Texas – The Effortless Mom
Dallas/Denton County, Texas – Coffee & Giggles
Houston, Texas – A Day in Motherhood
Palestine, Texas – Going Crazy! Wanna Go?
Provo, Utah – Clarks Condensed
Salina/Sevier, Utah – Home Maid Simple
Salt Lake City, Utah – Summer Scraps
Bainbridge Island, Washington – Popcorn and Pearls
Seattle, Washington – Faith Filled Food for Moms

Northern US

Chicago, Illinois – East 9th Street
Lake County, Illinois – THE ROCK FATHER
Long Grove (NW Chicago Suburbs), Illinois– Make Dinner Easy
Naperville, Illinois – Making Time for Mommy
Cincinnati, Ohio/Northern Kentucky – {enjoy the view}
Detroit, Michigan – Roasted Beanz
West Michigan – Eat Local, West Michigan!
Rochester, Minnesota – The Mama Report
St. Charles, Missouri – Robyn’s Online World
St. Louis, Missouri – inRandom
Omaha, Nebraska – Midwest Mammas
Seward, Nebraska – Busy-at-Home
Dayton, Ohio – Mudpies and Tiaras
Miami County, Ohio – The Home and Garden Cafe
Greenville, South Carolina – The Destiny Manifest
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Outnumbered 3 to 1
Norwalk, Wisconsin – The Mommy Bunch

Southern US

Northwest Arkansas – Jamie’s Thots
Northwest Arkansas – MamaBuzz
Atlanta, Georgia – The Jort Report
Cumming, Georgia – In the Kitchen with KP

Canada

Quispamsis/Saint John, New Brunswick – Older Mommy Still Yummy
London, Ontario – Creative Cynchronicity

UK

Banbury, UK – Bubbablue and Me
Bristol, UK – Slummy Single Mummy
London, England – The 21st Century Housewife
Portishead, UK – Practically Perfect Mums

 

This post was brought to you by a cool collaboration from Social Fabric and Collective Bias, but is not paid, all opinions and reviews from me are my own honest opinions.

Atlantic City Food – From the Boardwalk to the Casinos

This post is a product of my #jerseylove trip to Atlantic City. I would not have been able to write this post without the great hospitality of Caesar’s Atlantic City, Harrah’s Atlantic City, James’ Candy, and Steel Pier Atlantic City.

While the awesome bloggers from Social Media Moms and New Jersey Digital Moms were enjoying the #jerseylove social media for good trip, we were also able to partake in some of the yummier things that Atlantic City has to offer.

If you’re looking to start off your day with a little brunch, might I suggest a delicious hand-made crepe? The crepe station and omelet stations at Caesar’s Brunch at Nero’s were pretty popular. They also offered a wide variety of seafood, breakfast foods, desserts, pretty much a “you name it, we have it” brunch buffet. Everything I ate was delicious and fresh.

Caesars Brunch at Neros Crepe MommyB

While we were in town we got a, “Taste of AC” at the beautiful Harrah’s Resort and were able to try out some delicious dishes, view some amazing chocolate sculptures, and even try out some new drinks, like this “woo-hoo”:

Woo Hoo Taste of AC Drink MommyBKnowsBest

Here are some photos from our #jerseylove sneak peek, Taste of AC:

Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival Taste of AC Collage

If you like food and are interested in meeting the chefs behind the food, including renowned culinary experts and TV personalities like Rocco DiSpirito, The Neelys, and Robert Irvine. The 2013 Food and Wine Festival will be held July 25th through July 28th and tickets are being sold right now. Head over to www.caesars.com/acfoodandwine for more details and to purchase your tickets.

Let’s get a breath of fresh air and explore the boardwalk. When you step out onto those wooden planks a variety of food smells are wafting in the air. From the standard soft pretzels, funnel cake, ice cream, big-as-your-head pizza, cotton candy, french fries, cheesesteaks, and even the extreme new tastes and flavors like fried {insert name of anything you can deep fry here}, red velvet funnel cake, to anything your heart desires, the boardwalk in Atlantic City has it all.

A few of my samplings include a soft pretzel, but I honestly have no clue where it came from other than some lovely #jerseylove girls sharing it with me, and Steel Pier AC also treated us, literally to some of their sweet treats. I strongly encourage that you at least try one bit of these not-so-diet-friendly must-have boardwalk treats, all in moderation right?!?

Atlantic City Boardwalk Treats MommyB

And of course some delicious Fralingers Salt Water Taffy from James’ Candy shop.

Fralingers Salt Water Taffy Atlantic City MommyB

Let’s face it, after eating yummy, but food that’s not a full meal, you probably want to dig into a great meal right?? Atlantic City has that too. On our trip we were able to dine at some amazing restaurants.

As soon as you walk into Caesar’s Atlantic City you spot Mia restaurant. Not only is it the most visible in the hotel, but it is beautifully decorated, {I swear the white columns lead straight up to heaven}. The food was also very delicious, I loved the antipasto platter, and had to sit on my hands to stop myself from spoiling the rest of my dinner. I also found the creme brûlée to be THE best I have ever eaten, no joke, and it’s not even my favorite dessert, but was truly divine.

Mia Restaurant Atlantic City Collage MommyB

Another delectable fine dining restaurant we were able to visit was the Atlantic Grill, also located right inside Caesar’s Atlantic City resort. Only go to this restaurant if you want to taste some of the best food you’ll ever eat in your life, also note you pay for what you get, meaning, yes this restaurant is a little on the pricier side of things, but if you’re going to have one extravagant meal while you are in Atlantic City, or if you win in the casinos, definitely head here.

I was lucky enough to dine with Megan from Sweet Sadie Marie and Sherry from SuperExhausted. Each of us had “the best ever” of at least one of our dishes of food that we were served at Atlantic Grill. I had a “double yum moment” when I chose my burrata mozzarella that came with grilled garlic ciabatta, roasted tomatoes, aged balsamic, basil. Let me tell you, this is no ordinary mozzarella, it’s deliciously creamy on the inside because it’s made with not one, but two kinds of mozzarella. I truly could have eaten this just as my meal, but am glad I didn’t stop there. I also had the best filet mignon I have ever eaten, and I have been blessed to have been able to dine in a few other amazing high-end steak houses in the country, but this was the absolute best.

Unfortunately, we didn’t have room for dessert, but with the amazing appetizers and entrees we were able to partake of, it really didn’t matter. One last note, Atlantic Grill was probably the least likely place I would have eaten, being that it is primarily known for it’s seafood selections and I have a shellfish allergy and don’t really like seafood in general, but I am glad that we ended up there.

Speaking of my allergy, Atlantic Grill was extremely caring and very cautious when it came to my allergy even being that they were a seafood restaurant. The maitre d’ expressly said that they take allergies very seriously and when I noticed the “Allergy” sticker on my plates I felt valued and appreciative that they took the extra care to make sure I could dine with them.

Here are some pictures of my delicious meal from Atlantic Grill, please do not lick your computer screen, I repeat, do not lick your computer screen.

Atlantic Grill Restaurant Caesars Atlantic City Collage MommyB

If you’re not up to socializing or want to enjoy a great meal in your room, the room service at Caesars Atlantic City is not only delicious and convenient, but their staff members are delightful as well. {And yes I did have another steak, guess I was low on iron this trip}.

Caesars Atlantic City Room Service Collage MommyB

Desserts go last right??

If you stay at Caesars resort in Atlantic City, {which I HIGHLY recommend that you do, but that’s another post}, you will pass by Caffe Tazza, which is located right next door to Mia restaurant. My mouth was watering each time I passed by the glistening display cases. Unfortunately, I was too busy to order one of their delicious-looking pastries, and I only got a sample of one of their fresh made gelato flavors, but next time I visit, this is on my list. Wouldn’t it be on yours too??

Caffe Tazza Caesars Atlantic City Collage MommyB

All-in-all my taste buds were very happy with my trip to Atlantic City. If you need any recommendations feel free to leave a comment here and I’d love to tell you more in-depth about the delicious foods I was able to try out on my #jerseylove trip.

Thanks again to Caesar’s Atlantic City, Harrah’s Resort, Steel Pier AC, and James’ Candy for providing these meals. My opinions of the services and food in this post are my own, honest opinions. I am not being compensated for my thoughts, and what you are reading is straight from me, 100%. If you enjoy my reviews I encourage you to share this post, follow me using the social follow bar in my right side bar, and tell your friends about MommyBKnowsBest.com

Favorite Family Friendly Restaurants in Charlotte

Restaurants Blog Hop

Living in Charlotte, North Carolina affords our family the opportunity to go out to eat, and Charlotte has some great restaurants to offer. While some of the restaurants mentioned below are chains, they are also restaurants who “do it well” in the family-friendly category.

Brixx Wood Fired Pizza- Every Charlotte location is geared towards families. For mom – delicious salads and “mom favorite pizza toppings”. For dad – a large variety of beers to choose from. For the kids – you can ask for a piece of pizza dough for them to play with while you wait on your food.

Chick-Fil-A- Local Chick-Fil-A restaurants are great at hosting super family friendly events. These restaurants go above and beyond to cater to the needs of their patrons. We love the disposable placemats, clean play areas, and healthy meal options.

Chick-Fil-A Charlotte Family Friendly

Jason’s Deli– If you’re looking for organic, healthy options, this is the family-friendly restaurant for you. They have so many organic choices for adults and children from soups and sandwiches to their well-known salad bar, kids can choose from over 10 food options as well. Dine in and help yourself to their complimentary extras like mini muffins and soft-serve, low calorie frozen yogurt.

Moe’s Southwest Grill- Makes mini adult meals for the children with their fun, kid-friendly menu. Our family never runs out of chips, always enjoys being greeted by their famous, “Welcome to Moe’s” greeting, and love that they have fresh food choices and never use a microwave.

Moe's Southwest Grill Charlotte

Pike’s Old Fashioned Soda Shop- Definitely a place to take the whole family at least one time. children and adults alike will enjoy the retro decor inside the restaurant. The food is okay, but the desserts are divine. Sodas, milkshakes, and ice cream treats are a must-try at this family-friendly spot.

Mimi’s Cafe- Great family friendly restaurant, with homestyle foods great for every member of your family. They offer a great kid’s menu selection, {my girls love the pancakes and mini cheeseburgers}. Both of my girls had their choice of restaurant for their birthday and they each chose Mimi’s Cafe.

Mimi's Cafe Charlotte Family Friendly Restaurant MommyB

East Coast Wings- This restaurant recently opened up int he Northlake area, and has families headed in regularly. With a large menu there is something for everyone, whether you’re a wing lover or not. Miss A is in love with their mini corn dogs and Lil’ C sticks with the traditional plain wings. On Wednesday nights Kids eat free from 3:30pm-10:00pm.

Earth Fare – Best night to go are Family Dinner Nights on Thursdays from 4pm-8pm. Kids Eat Free at Earth Fare with the purchase of an adult meal, valued at $5.00 or more. This restaurant also offers organic, healthy choices for kids meals.

U.S. Fried Chicken Review #ReviewCrew

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With a pretty generic name like U.S. Fried Chicken, and a storefront with no curb appeal, you may not know what is waiting for you on the other side of the doors. DaddyB ventured out to US. Fried Chicken, a restaurant near his work, and sampled some of their food and here are his surprising findings:
When you hear U.S. Fried Chicken you may think they only serve chicken right? Well, this restaurant not only serves fried chicken, but they also sell a variety of foods including sandwiches, salads, hamburgers, fried fish and also hand-made deserts that are shipped to their store from Germantown, Pennsylvania.
When I arrived at U.S. Fried Chicken I noticed it didn’t seem like a place that people would eat-in since the seating isn’t very large, but I decided to eat-in for the experience and to give some feedback to those of you reading this review.
Since it was my first visit to U.S. Fried Chicken, the staffer who waited on me, Reema was very friendly and helpful, giving me suggestions on what dishes I might like best. Not only does this restaurant serve the “American” classics that I mentioned above but they also serve Arabic and Halal food.
I ended up ordering a 5 PC chicken meal with a bread roll and seasoned potato wedges. The food was good overall, but not necessarily an outstanding fried chicken dish. I’d probably try a different dish next time though, perhaps on of their Halal dishes.
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While it wasn’t on their menu yet, I got to sample some biryani (made with rice, chicken, spices). It was very good, and in retrospect, I would’ve preferred a lighter dish like that over something heavier like fried chicken especially as a lunch meal. So this is definitely a dish I would go back for, the fried chicken…not so much.

Whether you’re looking for fried chicken joints or more upscale restaurants, be sure to visit Restaurant.com for restaurant reviews and great deals. Also find them on Twitter and Facebook too!!

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#vlogmom MommyBKnowsBest on: Home is Where My Stomach Is – Favorite Restaurants

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Hello friends!!! I’m excited to be back with another #vlogmom post. I was sad that I didn’t have time to answer last week’s question of what my ideal birthday would be like. Especially since, having a December birthday I often don’t get to celebrate as big as someone who is born in September…I have on occasion thought about doing a half birthday party instead. But I have been blessed with awesome family and friends that make my birthday special even though it shares a month with a couple other holidays and lots of vacation out of town.

This week’s question comes from Jendi of Jendi’s Journal, a vlogess herself if I do say so myself. Definitely lots of lessons to be learned from this lady when it comes to vlogging. Anyway…here’s her question…and my answer!!!

Tag, you’re it! Tell me what restaurant(s) do you love, but are out of reach. Can’t wait to hear them and while you’re here make sure you check out these fab vloggers and their answer to this week’s #vlogmom question:

Valentine’s Day in Charlotte – Weekend Away or Date Night?

GPI Valentine's Day

Living in Charlotte, North Carolina has it’s perks. I thoroughly enjoy raising my family here, have met some amazing people, and the city is just the right size, {for me}. Charlotte has so many different areas that appeal to many, and I hope my girls can grow up as Charlotteans.

DaddyB and I have not been on a date, with each other {meaning aside from our night’s out with friends}, in a very, very, very, very long time. And if I told you exactly how many years {yes years} it has been I know some of you would shout at me. So I’m keeping that info to myself. Needless to say, we have not ventured out on the dating scene here in Charlotte, however, my local site, TheCharlotteMoms.com affords me the opportunity to visit all kinds of great places here in Charlotte that I might not have seen otherwise. I’d love to tell you about two amazing places in and around Charlotte that I would highly suggest for a Valentine’s Day treat.

Harvest Moon GrilleIf you’re looking to stay in town, no matter the reason, and want great food I love Harvest Moon Grille. Not only do they tout, “Farm to fork” food, but their Executive Chef and Proprietor, Cassie Parsons puts her whole heart into her food, and you can tell. Named Restaurateur of the Year by Charlotte Magazine, Parsons not only manages the business side of things, but she’s also a local farmer and mom too. I was lucky enough to meet with her and enjoy some delicious dishes. Here’s some of the great food we tasted on our visit:

Harvest Moon Grille Collage

Make your reservations for Valentine’s Weekend or Valentine’s Day at Harvest Moon Grille here: http://opentable.com

GPI Valentine's DayIf you’re looking for something a little more romantic however, consider a weekend getaway without the kiddos. Asheville is close enough to have a great get away, but not too far from home and the kiddos. Asheville has a lot of great places that offer romantic settings, but I recommend Grove Park Inn. Grove Park Inn has a few Valentine’s Day packages that are already set up for you, but make sure you plan in advance, because spots book quickly.

Valentine’s Day Weekend events include their Starlight & Chocolate party, dinner at your choice of one of their fine restaurants, Valentine’s Dance with dance instruction, and “It Takes Two” cooking demonstration and a commemorative portrait to remember the weekend by. Also, add a special couple’s spa appointment to make it even more romantic.

Check out some of their package choices here: http://www.groveparkinn.com/Valentine and tell them you heard about them on MommyB Knows Best it’s definitely going to be a weekend you will remember.

Kid-Free Restaurants? You weigh in

Kid Free RestaurantRecently, a restaurant in western Pennsylvania announced that they are no longer allowing children under age 6 to dine in their facility.

McDain’s Restaurant and Golf Center in Monroeville, PA., says the new, “no-kid” policy will take effect July 16.

Restaurant owner Mike Vuick said there’s “nothing wrong with babies, but the fact is you can’t control their volume.” He said all that screaming and crying disturbs many of his customers, and also states that “children might be the center of their parents’ universe, as it should be. But he says they’re not the center of everyone else’s universe too.”

As expected some patrons support the policy and Vuick’s choices for his own business and others are offended by the policy.

There are many other places like housing (in some states) and job interviews however, where it is illegal to even ask about your family status, however it appears that Vuick is within the law as it’s his business.

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