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Tuesday, 05 March 2013 05:00

Wet Your Whistle in Austin

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I've rounded up just a few places to wet your...whistle (clean up that dirty mind of yours!) and get your drink on while visiting. With so many places, but plenty of time, stay tuned for more reviews of spots that'll make you wonder why you haven't already booked that plane ticket to Austin. Pace yourself my lovelies, we all like to liquor up a señorita, but it's not always fun when it's sloppy!

Handlebar:
This place has a really cool vibe and a totally integrated crowd, which makes it all the better to people watch. You’ve got your gays, preps, hipsters, cowboys/girls and everything in between mingling and playing like they’re on an elementary school playground. I know what you’re thinking…What the hell are you talking about? Hold on to your juice boxes my lovelies…on their roof top patio you’ll find a see-saw, those little animals that sit on coils (and you rock back and forth on) in the playground -whatever they’re called- GIANT Jenga and a variety of other games . The patio also houses TWO bars. SAY WHAT?! Yes, it’s awesome and it’s also laid back. Perfect. In the mood to dim the lights, want a more intimate space? Hang downstairs at their other bar where they have a DJ spinning (music is also pumping on their patio), a photo booth and the drinks flowing freely.

Gibson’s Bar:
Another well integrated bar (psst- this is the bar next to the food trailer I reviewed before) that has rotating events and drink specials is Gibson’s Bar on South Lamar. Love this spot for its amazingly friendly bartenders, fast service, cool interior and large outdoor patio. Is it possible to fall in love with a bar? If so, I’m in deep. One of my favorite events that they hold is Bubbles, Bitches & Bingo. While playing Bingo they have great specials on champagne, which makes it oh-so-much-more fun to try and find and mark off your I8’s and your O69’s. The honey won Bingo one night and we were given a $25 gift card. All this plus food available from Luke’s Inside Out, makes this a match made in heaven (at least my idea of heaven).

Firehouse Lounge:
My first impression upon walking into this place was, did I just accidentally sneak into a "speakeasy?” This place has an über cool vibe without feeling pretentious. Jazz band playing on stage, fans are slowly turning above you, the dimly lit lights over the bar are liquor decanters and all the bartenders are dressed with vintage looking vests, button downs and slacks. Drinks are strong, so hold on tight, but hey that's not a negative in my book. They have great happy hour specials weekly and the service was great. I liked this place so much I almost didn't want to review them and give up this little "secret" on Brazos Street. Oh and before I forget to mention it, this place is also a hostel! I can't imagine a cooler place to crash and quench when passing through Austin.

Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden:
I found this place while planning a Sunday Funday pub crawl recently, when my oldest brother and sister came to town to visit the honey and I. Yes, that is what my family enjoys doing on Sunday and no, don't be jealous. You too can do this upon visiting Austin. There are lots of spots in town to hold a crawl (see honorable mentions below). Anywho...we started our said "crawl" here and can I just say, this was a great idea?! They have lots of events going on here, but on Sunday's there's live music out back. Let me paint the picture for you. It's in the "Rainey Street District," which used to be residential, so it's a bunch of cute little row houses that are now bars. In the back of Banger's is a backyard lined full of long picnic tables and you dine, drink and listen to live bands and feel as if you're at a great house party...with waiters and waitresses...and great food. I liked it so much I'm going on a Monday night with the pup. They have Mutt Monday's and offer specials as well as free dog training. Did I mention I love Austin?

Honorable Mentions:
Cool spots you'll want to check out, but too many for me to review

Clive Bar
Kung Fu Saloon
The Dogwood
J Black's Feel Good Kitchen & Lounge

Spots I've yet to try, but are on my "must" lists:

Easy Tiger
The Blackheart
MugShots Bar
Driskill Bar

Tuesday, 05 March 2013 05:00

Keep It Clean

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It’s time to clean things up a little around here ladies! I know it’s hard for some of us to keep things clean, but not to worry, I’m not talking about cleaning up your potty mouth or any fun “activities” for that matter …that’d make things WAY TOO BORING and we all know I try and never say that “B” word. I’m talking about taking a “clean” (aka natural) approach to our usual beauty routines. There are a lot of harsh chemicals in many of the products we use that will do more damage than good for us in the long run. I’ve scoped out (and tried) the following homemade concoctions that are not only simple and quick, but will leave your face and body looking fabulous. So, let’s get to work on our early Spring cleaning!

DIY Microdermabrasion

2 parts baking soda

1 part water

I always try and do this in the shower, but you can do it over the sink if that’s easier. Mix 2 large pinches of baking soda with a few splashes of water (enough so it forms a paste and not too liquidy) in your palm. Rub gently in a circular motion all over your face avoiding the eyes and eye area. Dry face and apply moisturizer. Look into mirror and marvel at your lovely complexion.

DIY Microdermabrasion


Natural Teeth Whitening

Here’s another great at-home concoction that uses baking soda. Who would have ever thought there’d be so many uses for it?!

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp hydrogen peroxide

1 pinch of toothpaste

½ tsp water

Mix thoroughly and brush your teeth with it for 2 minutes. Do this once a week until your desired whiteness is achieved and flash your pearly whites to anyone and everyone that looks your way.

Natural Teeth Whitening


Olive Oil Hair Mask

There are several at home hair mask recipes out there, but this one suits my “if it’s too difficult or time consuming I’m not doing it” bad attitude. You simply warm up about 2 oz (or more if you have tons o’ hair) of cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, but not too warm, you don’t want to burn yourself. Apply to dry hair for 30 mins, cover with a plastic shower cap (or you can be ghetto like me and just tie a Target bag to your head) and wash out with mild shampoo and conditioner. Style hair as usual and spend the entire day tossing your hair around as if you’re in a hair product commercial.

A couple of other cool “tricks” I’ve learned…

  • Run out of cuticle oil? No problem, rub olive oil into your cuticles for about 2 minutes then wash with gentle soap and water. Voila, say bye-bye to nasty dry cuticles.

  • Stayed out too late and have large bags under your eyes? Slice that cucumber up that’s in your fridge and apply one cool slice to each eye. Lay down for 5-10 mins, get up and check out your bright, well rested eyes in the mirror.

Olive Oil Hair Mask

Tuesday, 05 March 2013 05:00

You say I'm cheap like it's a bad thing

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You say I’m cheap like it’s a bad thing! Being a fashion copycat takes a lot of frugality and a lot less cash than you think. One of my favorite things to do is find a great outfit like the one Julianne Hough is wearing at LAX and make it “my own.” Takes a little hunting sometimes (but we women are well versed in the “art of the hunt” aren’t we?) and that’s half the fun! The other [fun] half is the amount of dough you’ll save. Join me my little pussycats and we’ll be fashion copycats together!

You say I'm cheap like it's a bad thing


Resources: Bag, $39.80; T-shirt, $10.80; Camo skinnies, $69.99; Denim Jacket, $39.94; Booties, $41.20; Julianne Hough

Tuesday, 05 March 2013 05:00

Suicide Prevention

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Suicide Prevention

      Warning Signs of Suicide

Often a suicidal person may give a sign or hint in some way that they plan to attempt suicide. Here are some warning signs and facts you should be aware of.

RECOGNIZING THE SIGNS

      Have you heard someone...?

  • Describe a specific plan for suicide: “I’ve thought about how I’d do it.”

  • Expressing hopelessness or helplessness: “Things will never get better for me.”

  • Talk positively about a suicide death: “I think she was brave for going through with it.”

  • Say goodbye to important people: “You’re the best friend I’ve ever had. I’ll miss you.”

  • Express a lack of interest in the future: “It won’t matter soon anyway.”

  • Express a negative attitude toward self: “I don’t deserve to live.”

  • Express suicidal feelings: “Lately I’ve felt like ending it all.”


     Have you noticed someone...?

  • Using drugs or alcohol more than usual

  • Behaving differently than how they usually do

  • Giving away their most valuable possessions

  • Losing interest in their favorite activities or hobbies

  • Planning for death by writing a will or letter


     Have you felt...?

  • Helpless

  • Unimportant

  • Trapped

  • Overwhelmed

  • Unmotivated

  • Completely alone


If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are not alone.

Each year over 30,000 teens and young adults call the Trevor Lifeline when they recognize these signs and need someone to talk to. The Trevor Project is here for you 24/7. If you need support, please call the Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386 to speak with a trained volunteer counselor.

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LGBT ParentsFebruary 27, 2013

by Maureen McCarty, Online Content and Marketing Manager

Six million American children and adults have an LGBT parent and an estimated 3 million LGBT Americans have had a child, according to a Williams Institute national study released today.

The study, “LGBT Parenting in the United States,” analyzed LGBT parenting demographics from a variety of data sources, including the Gallup Daily Tracking Survey, the Census Bureau’s 2011 American Community Survey and the 2010 Census.

The results underline the diversity of our movement and the prevalence of the LGBT community from coast to coast.

As number of LGBT-headed families continues to grow, so does the overwhelming majority of Americans in support of the need to secure legal equality, fairness and respect for LGBT parents and their children.

For more on the Williams Institute study visit here.

Source: HRC

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By Holly R. Cashman
Associate Professor of Spanish linguistics, University of New Hampshire
Posted: 02/27/2013 9:43 pm on HuffPost Gay Voices

In his recent State of the Union address, our commander-in-chief promised, "We will ensure equal treatment for all service members, and equal benefits for their families, gay and straight." After a heartbreaking week in which Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan died, leaving her wife and daughter without the benefits owed to surviving spouses and children in the military, because of DOMA and inequality in military benefits, only a day before the outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Pannetta extended some (but by no means all) benefits to same-sex couples in the military. So we should be happy to be mentioned by the president in the State of the Union address and encouraged that change is coming to the military, meaning that Charlie Morgan, who valiantly, heroically battled DOMA as she was dying, will not have died in vain. And I am.

But at the same time, I chafe at "families, gay and straight." What is a gay family? For that matter, what is a straight family? Is your family gay or straight? How do you determine this?

Of course, I know that I am being intentionally obtuse. I know that what President Obama means is families headed by same-sex couples. The problem, though, is that families are so much more complicated than that, and boiling them down to "gay" or "straight," not to mention contrasting the two types as polar opposites, communicates things that are just not true and that are harmful. Just as the term "gay marriage" is problematic, so is the notion of "gay families," in my opinion.

What about families that are headed by a single parent? Is that family "gay" or "straight"? What about children who are being raised by two couples, comprising parents and stepparents? Or children who are being raised by their grandparents? Or LGBTQ children who are homeless or in foster care? Does only the identity of the parent(s) or guardian(s) matter? What about a couple comprising two people of the same sex who do not have children? Are they a family? Clearly, the media would not have been so drawn to the case of Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan if there were not a beautiful little girl, blameless and innocent, whose tragic loss of a parent would be compounded by the loss of financial support and benefits. However, as the story of Dwaye D. Beebe and Jonathan Franqui illustrates, it is not only children who suffer from the denial of benefits in the military as a result of DOMA; lack of access to military bases, housing, and health care may keep a partner from caring for her or his military spouse's ailing parent.

What it comes down to is that families are families are families whether they are headed by two moms, two dads, one grandma, an adoptive parent, a mom and a stepdad and a dad and a stepmom, a single mother or any of the many, many, many other possibilities. What President Obama gained in specificity (the phrase clarified for those who might have missed that he was talking specifically about equality for lesbians and gay men) he lost in the implication that there is something qualitatively different about a so-called "gay family." There is not.

Follow Holly R. Cashman on Twitter: www.twitter.com/hrcash

Source: Huffington Post


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By: Cason Crane
Mountain climber
Posted: 02/27/2013 11:35 am on Huff Gay Voices

When I was a junior in high school, one of my friends and classmates committed suicide. This tragedy devastated me. I had never known anyone who'd taken their own life, and I was shocked to learn that suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds. So it was in a state of grief that I learned shortly thereafter of the death of Tyler Clementi who, like me, was a gay teenager from New Jersey who had been bullied. His death opened my eyes to the growing problem of youth suicide, specifically in the LGBTQ community. I learned that LGB youth are four times more likely than their straight peers to attempt suicide. Underlying these tragedies were my own personal experiences -- being teased and called names, getting shunned in the locker room -- but I was fortunate to have the loving support of my family and friends, unlike so many others.

Confronted by the tragic deaths of my friend and Tyler and witnessing daily the trials and tribulations facing LGBTQ youth, I felt compelled to work to make things better for these youth. I discovered the Trevor Project and knew that this was an organization that I wanted to support. At that time I was too young to be a Trevor Counselor, so I wanted to find a way to help in my own way. I thought about my family's advice -- to follow my passion -- and about how I could combine my passion for mountain climbing with my desire to help LGBTQ teens like me.

I remembered my experience climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, at age 15. The route was long and hard. There were times that I thought I wouldn't be able to keep going. I had to ask for help from my teammates to get the support I needed to continue. And, eventually, we reached the summit and reveled in the beauty of the moment and the achievement of surmounting this challenge.

That experience was so personally empowering for me and a powerful analogy that I thought describes what many LGBTQ youth experience: the challenges, the obstacles, the need for external support, but, ultimately, the pay-off -- the high of being true to themselves and to those who care about them... the "It Gets Better" moment. I also knew there were very few openly gay mountaineers, and none had managed to successfully climb all seven of the highest peaks on each continent (called the Seven Summits). So I decided I would attempt to climb those summits to raise awareness and funds for the Trevor Project, to help more LGBTQ youth get the help they need and to call attention to this important issue.

I decided to call my quest The Rainbow Summits Project, and if I am successful, I will become the first openly gay person (and the fifth youngest person ever) to successfully climb to the top of the highest mountain on each continent. I thought this would help me to find a silver lining in the tragic deaths of my friend, Tyler and the other LGBTQ youth who had taken their own lives -- and also help save those who feel like all hope is lost.

In the year since I started Rainbow Summits, I have managed to successfully climb five of the Seven Summits, and have plans to complete the final two in the next four months. This March I leave to climb Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, and I'm busy getting ready for what I think will be the biggest challenge of all. As part of this climb, I will be carrying prayer flags to the summit of Mt. Everest, with dedications on them to people who have committed suicide or been the victim of harassment, bullying, homophobia or intolerance. I welcome anyone who would like to dedicate a prayer flag to go to rainbowsummits.org/get-involved and let me know how you would like the dedication to read. I will transcribe it onto a traditional Tibetan prayer flag and take it to the top of the world with me.

I hope my adventure will serve as an inspiration to young people like me to be true to who they are and to know that they are not alone. It's also my hope that calling attention to this rampant problem will help kids' parents, families and friends be there for the young people in their lives as they discover and embrace who they are. I look forward to sharing my journey to the top of Mt. Everest with you all.

See a slideshow of some of Cason's climbs here.

Source: Huffington Post

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Posted by Devin Cordero on February 26, 2013

Lately we’ve been hearing lots about the “sequester” – Washington-ese for automatic budget cuts resulting from the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, itself a result of the Budget Control Act of 2011 passed to avert that year’s debt-ceiling crisis.

Understandably, that sentence reads as DC gibberish to all but the most obsessed political junkies and out-of-touch pols. But the “sequester” will affect everyone, including the LGBT community in Florida, which benefits from funding for things like HIV/AIDS services, mental health treatment, and substance abuse programs.

So how does the “sequester” relate to things like health services for at-risk populations like the LGBT community?

First, a primer on U.S. budget problems:

  1. Most years, Congress passes a budget with a deficit—it promises to spend more money than it takes in.
     
  2. In order to cover the gap, Congress lets the Treasury sell bonds as a way to borrow money from people who will buy them. These bonds are promises to pay back the money, mostly to governments of other countries, but also to municipalities, businesses, and people who are confident that the Treasury will pay them back.
     
  3. Because Congress almost always passes an unbalanced budget, the Treasury sells more and more bonds (read: more money is borrowed) every year in order to pay the bills Congress has said the country owes. This pile-up of bonds to be paid back is the national debt.
     
  4. To try to force itself to pass balanced budgets, Congress requires approval for the amount of piled-up debt. By law, the Treasury can’t sell bonds once this amount is reached.
     
  5. Incapable of passing balanced budgets, Congress has instead raised the debt limit almost every session, including seven times during the Bush administration.

Early in the Obama administration, due to a combination of a drop in tax revenue and an increase in the costs of services because of the collapsing economy, Congress approved some of the most unbalanced budgets in our nation’s history.

It also borrowed $800 billion in 2009 to pay for the Recovery Act. The deficit exploded, and the Treasury found itself approaching the debt limit faster than ever before.

Congress started to view the threat of refusing to raise the debt limit as a clever way to demand budget cuts in order to shrink the deficit. Refusing this demand would result in a breach in the debt limit, making the Treasury unable to pay the obligations Congress made.

All types of experts agree that this wouldn’t just devastate the economy today, as the government wouldn’t be able to pay for basic services budgeted by Congress, but also in the future, as people would be afraid to buy U.S. treasury bonds, since they would no longer be guaranteed to be paid back on time. In effect, the government would be more likely to be denied loans.

Fast-forward to the summer of 2011, and Congress and the President are at an impasse over raising the fast approaching debt limit. Republicans control the House and decide which bills come to a vote, and they refuse to allow a vote on a debt limit increase unless they can also pass large budget cuts in order to shrink the budget shortfall and slow the growth of the national debt.

The President refused, arguing that cuts would hurt the economy and cause more of the same issues that made the deficit explode in the first place. A last-minute compromise was reached: the debt ceiling was raised until 2013, but large automatic budget cuts known as the “fiscal cliff” were scheduled at the end of 2012. Under pressure to find a “better solution” after the President’s re-election, Congress again kicked the can down the road to March, and the cuts now became known as the “sequester.”

So here we are. March is two days away, with no “better solution” in sight. In all likelihood, the “sequester” will become a reality.

That brings us back to the original question: How does this relate to services for the LGBT community in Florida?

According to a White House report issued this Sunday, the budget cuts mean huge hits to services the LGBT community desperately needs. Per the White House, impacts will include:

  1. $275 million in cuts to the Mental Health Block Grant program resulting in over 373,000 seriously mentally ill adults and seriously emotionally disturbed children not receiving needed mental health services.
     
  2. Cuts to the AIDS Drug Assistance Program resulting in 7,400 fewer patients having access to life-saving HIV medications
     
  3. $1.4 million in cuts to the Florida Health Department, resulting in 35,900 fewer HIV tests administered
     
  4. $5 million in cuts to grants for substance-abuse programs, resulting in 4,500 fewer admitted for treatment

With some studies finding LGBT individuals at higher-risk of developing discrimination-fueled mental health and substance-abuse issues, and the CDC finding that gay men are at the highest risk for contracting and transmitting HIV, it is clear the “sequester” would be a devastating blow to the LGBT community.

We urge you to call or tweet your representatives in Congress and urge them to work on a more balanced solution to our nation’s deficit problem, one which combines new revenues with more targeted budget cuts in order to achieve a balanced budget. If everyone participates, we can all be hopeful for a more sensible outcome.

Source: SAVE Dade

Thursday, 14 February 2013 05:00

Gay Barcelona!

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Axel Hotel in Barcelona, SpainWhen I'm traveling alone, I like to stay at gay hotels. They are normally very cute, boutique style hotels that are centrally located in whatever town your visiting's very own gayborhood. There is normally a cocktail bar where you can find another lonely traveler and strike up a conversation. And who knows, maybe you'll end up sharing some room service with them later.

If you are traveling as a couple, these charming hotels generally offer couples massages and packages from their spa menu. Not that I'm in the closet, I'm far far from it, but I always feel more comfortable when I know I'm at a "family" run business.

On a recent trip to Barcelona, I had the chance to stay at Axel Hotel and WOW, what an experience! I made my booking through expedia.com and found a room for only $69 per night (I know right? of course it was $69). The prices vary at different times a year. Most people travel to Europe in the summer, but I like to feel a little less crowded and I find that hotel reservations and plane tickets are way cheaper. Plus it gives us Florida girls a great excuse to break out our faux-fur lined jackets...hawt!

Moritz in Barcelona, SpainSpain is very food centric. You can walk down just about any street and have really great tapas or you can stumble into a little gem like Moritz. Much like some of the craft beer houses we have in America (Hops, Big Bear Brewing Co.), Moritz brews an extensive variety of beers. The only difference is they are bloody good! My date and I snacked on a flat bread white pizza and a divine roasted eggplant dish that came in a little Dutch oven.

As far as night life goes, in addition to Axel Hotel's very own Sky Bar and ground floor Disco, there is another gay club within walking distance called Arena. All I have to say is that here in Barcelona, house music rules, but you can also get your Latin music fix for much of the night.

So what did we learn here? That's right you should no longer be afraid of traveling to Europe in the winter and try to stay gay all the way!

http://www.axelhotels.com

http://www.arenadisco.com

http://www.moritz.com/


Thursday, 14 February 2013 05:00

Austin BOUND!

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With a combination of sadness, yet mounting excitement, I bid farewell to my love this past August and waived as the moving truck drove off on its way to Austin, TX. Why? Because sometimes, even though you don’t want something to happen, you have to let the person that you love spread their wings and go after their passions. Little did I know, I’d be heading “home” soon as well. I my darlings, am a Texas-born cowgirl.

Ok, maybe not a cowgirl, but I am in fact from the “everything is bigger in Texas” state. I’d always wanted to move back to Texas, just didn’t have the right opportunity. My love and I were still not dating at the time, and when it was time for “the big move,” it wasn’t the right time for me. After a few months and several visits, I made my decision - I’m doin’ it!!

Lucky for you, on these mini-vacays, I did my share of hunting down the coolest coffee and food spots I could find in the “keep it weird,” live music capital of the world.

Next time you’re in Austin, you’re gonna wanna (yes that’s a term) try these places…fo sho!

Jo’s Coffee: www.joscoffee.com

I visited the location on South Congress, both for coffee and a free Thursday night movie. The coffee was great and the movie was even better because they also serve beer at night…perrrrrfect!

Austin Java: www.austinjava.com

I like the variety of coffee concoctions they offer and the fact that they have a patio with full restaurant service. The love and I had some brunch here one weekend afternoon. Omelet was ok, nothing to write home about, but I definitely did see some yummies on other’s plates.

Stubb’s BBQ: www.stubbsaustin.com

I hear this place has AMAZING BBQ and I am a longtime fan of their BBQ sauce and marinade, but unfortunately have yet to eat in their restaurant. They have a really cool concert venue in the back of the restaurant (yes, you read right- how cool is that?!) and I was lucky enough to watch two awesome shows- The Cult and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.

Salt Lick: www.saltlickbbq.com

Upon taking the first bite of food off my plate, I found myself proclaiming “GOOD LAWD!! THAT’S SOME GOOD BBQ!!” and yes, I really did say that out loud. You have to drive a good 25-30 minutes to hit the Driftwood location (they have two, check the website for your closest option), but it is SO worth it. In fact, get on the plane and go there now. Seriously, it’s DELICIOUS and they have a huge BBQ pit in the middle of the restaurant. The buildings surrounding it are pretty cute, they host events, weddings, etc on site and they have, what almost looks like, a little compound set up with your choice of venue to host your event. Bring your cash and your beer, they don’t serve liquor or beer and they only accept cash- smart!

Luke’s Inside Out Food Trailer (Next to Gibson’s Bar): www.lukesinsideout.com

OMG my mouth is watering as I type. This has been the pit stop of choice upon stumbling out of Gibson’s on a late night sooo many times already. Not that this is a late night, I just want grub, type of place. No ladies, this place holds its own. It’s even Zagat rated. If you’re looking for some good ribs, some ROCKING loaded fries- stop here. Everything I’ve tried on their menu is delicious and although they have their “staple” menu items, they do rotate some delish specials. You can eat at one of their sidewalk tables or order while inside Gibson’s…amazeballs.

Kerbey Lane Café: www.kerbeylanecafe.com

The morning after a major bender, the love and I stumbled into their South Lamar location. It was bright (I kept my sunglasses on- what, I’m from Miami and I was hungover), had a 1950’s without being kitschy décor and to-die-for Pumpkin Bread French Toast! It was so good, that halfway through eating it, I was getting depressed that I wasn’t going to be able to finish it all. I’d bring it home I thought, but considering I had also drowned it in syrup, that wouldn’t be such a good idea. So, I pouted as I became full and helped the yumminess down with a cup of freshly brewed joe, which was also quite tasty. The honey had Lemon-Rosemary Chicken with mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach which looked delicious as well. It was about 3PM, so although chicken sounds like an odd choice, it was actually more appropriate at that hour than breakfast (my rule of thumb is however, it’s always a good time for breakfast).

Cherrywood Café: www.cherrywoodcoffeehouse.com

Looks like your typical coffee house that serves brunch from the outside, but it is SO NOT THAT. They have a full menu, free Hatha Yoga at 8am Mon-Fri, free movie nights every Sunday, serve beer and wine and have a live sound stage outside. Do you guys see why I love this city?? They’re also open from early in the morning until midnight and wait- there’s more, they have taste so good you wanna slap your momma, crawfish eggs benedict. Try this place once and you’ll be coming back for seconds.

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