Finally made it to Cinnaholic

We were driving and driving.  D happened to be in town.  The original objective was to seek out fried Twinkies and Oreos, but to our surprise Mermaids went out of business.  “Well this sucks,” I shared out loud while seeking for other venues offering the same pathetic goodness.  So now we all know that as of June 2017 there are NO MORE FRIED TWINKIES in downtown Las Vegas!!! Horrible news, just horrible.

“Well, so now what?” D was basically asking.

Thinking quickly on my feet, “Hey, do you like cinnamon rolls?”  Mind you, I keep a sugar log of places I must try and Cinnaholic was on it.  From what I understood, it was basically Cinnabon and Yogurtland fused together…I was right.

We continued back on the dusty road, but this time to seek out these rolls of yeast with varied frosting and toppings.  The northern/west location we visited was under contraction, but still open for business.  We weren’t too sure at first.  The outside didn’t look so welcoming, but the inside was clean while in its transitional stages.

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Greeted by the display case once you enter, you are soon drawn to the cinnamon roll creations to choose from.

“Oh boy, what’s that one?”

“Hey, check that one out!”

“<hmm> I don’t know about peanut butter and jelly?”

 

If none of the pre-made items move you, you can continue down the counter picking and pointing at the varied frosting and topping selections posted on the wall to explore.  A few of the frostings included banana, cherry, maple, pina colada and butter pecan.  Toppings ranged from almonds, brownie bites, pie crumble, pretzels to strawberry jam.  Sure, it can be overwhelming, but nonetheless satisfying. IMG_4244.JPG

“So, do you all hate cinnamon rolls?” I ask out loud to all the employees.  Together they respond, “PRETTY MUCH!”  We all laughed.  I always find it funny when employees cross that point of overload concerning products they sell.

 

So for about $25 I purchased four cinnamon rolls <chuckle> .  Three for myself and one for D.  He went with a Oreo cookie crumble with fresh-cut Strawberries and drizzled Chocolate.  

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I raised the bar ordering from top to bottom, Mango frosting with fresh Blackberries.  Next I went with the Peanut Butter frosting, loaded with Chocolate Chips.  And to top it all off I chose the Coffee Cake from the display case, which included a sprinkling of brown sugar and oatmeal.

“Hey, you want to try some of this?” I asked.  “Sure!” D replies.

We went back and forth cutting from each cinnamon roll.  Needless to say, I started to become sick <lol>.  However, do you know what’s interesting, Cinnabon doesn’t make me feel sick.  As much crap as they put in those rolls, I am able to handle it.  I guess it’s because they only offer a frosting rather than a strong flavored frosting plus toppings.  With Cinnaholic, three bites of the first one was already much.  It’s as if they went a little too far.  I’m not against the toppings, I respect the gimmick, but you don’t want to over do something either.  I would want to offer the best ratio with the idea of enjoying every bite rather than scraping off half of the toppings because it was too much.  What if I said I wish there was more focus on raw flavor than sugar?  Let’s take the peanut butter and chocolate.  For my New Years (birthday) I’m now always making a chocolate peanut butter cup cake which contains a chocolate fudge cake, peanut butter cream icing and gnash.  Oh and the candy on top – how can I forget.  And I don’t feel overloaded.  I can eat a lot of it and feel satisfied/pleased.  I can’t put my finger on it, but something was weird about their peanut butter or the two selections combined.  So could it be their ingredients or preparation of their items?  I think I was just disappointed because of this crazy high expectation I formed in my mind – NOT to say it was nasty or horrible.  I mean, the dough was nice and soft, no complaints.  Customer service was great and I enjoy the concept of the shop.  I even had the chance to sample a frosting. Will I return?  Sure, but…I think I’ll be a little more mindful as to which flavors to choose and to tell them to hold back on the amount of frosting.

Check their site to see if there’s a location in your state.

 

Don’t worry, I did not eat them all in one setting.  D took his home and I packaged up my three and picked at them the following night…while home alone…in the dark…while watching tv (BIG SMILE).

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My Cheesy New Years

So understand when I usually say New Years it tends to mean my birthday.  <hmm> ok, well, unless I’m posting during the beginning of January, then that’s the regular worldly new years.  My original plans backfired and therefore ended up at Cheesecake Factory for New Years brunch.  Now, unlike my lovely friend who took the time to coordinate this gathering, I actually enjoy this place.  She use to work here so she has different feelings-which is understandable, but doesn’t keep me from eating here LOL.

Usually only going here for dinner, I’ve never had their breakfast or brunch items before until now.  I ended up with their french toast or as they say, the Bruleed French Toast, all for $12.52.  No sides included. (sad face) Figures, it is Cheesecake Factory.

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So if you’re thinking why the to-go container (I’m chuckling inside to myself).  It’s because I ordered other food items as well LOL I’m a mess!!!  OK FINE!  I arrived earlier than everyone and made the attempt to try their breakfast.  Then once the party arrived I ate again and had lunch with them.  YES, I LIKE TO EAT.  Anyway they clearly found my bag of food stashed away which also included two slices of cheesecake (BIG CHEESY SMILE).  I told you I like to eat.

Here’s what I thought about it.  It was too rich.  Maybe there’s a better word, but I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it.  I disliked the hard exterior however was fine with the soft interior.  It was good, but I couldn’t taste the french in the french toast LOL.  This could be because they bake it then grill it.  I don’t know.  I couldn’t taste the egg, it just taste like toast.  And like I said previously, I don’t like tugging on my bread to eat it.  It should be soft – FOR ME!  However, I definitely enjoyed that caramel sauce <sigh of happiness>.

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Freaking Fabulous French Toast

(Facebook repost)

OHHHH My gosh, like OHHHH My gosh!  People, have you been to Blu Jam Cafe?  Nabachwa and I have and it was YUMMY.

Yeah, yeah, it’s breakfast.  Can’t you just figure out how to make it yourself?  Ok, yes, fine, but who wants to all the time and sometimes it’s nice to go out and treat yourself.

<sigh> As I was saying, Quenab (still trying it out and think I’ll keep it) ventured out to Blu Jam and boy were we glad we did.  Wait, can I first share how I love having someone I can physically (eating) express myself with.  Ok, I’m back.  So as I was saying, I really, really enjoyed this place.  They had great customer service, our waiter was fun, enjoyed my company and I REALLY enjoyed my french toast.

We both ordered the Crunchy French Toast which is their popular breakfast menu item.  It’s why most visit this establishment.  If you look them up on Facebook or Bing you’ll more than likely view this same photo over and over.  It’s served with fresh berries that fall along soft buttery toast that has been dipped in egg and coated in crunchy corn flakes topped with a dust of powered sugar.  Guys, you have to try this spot!  And get some bacon or whatever you like to balance out the sweetness.  You know, a sweet and salty combination.

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Things I disliked, the journey of searching for street parking while in Hollywood, but at some point I have to accept it is what it is.

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Eat’n Park Memories

Do you know what time it is midwest-east coast???

It’s Eat’n Park Christmas Star Commercial time

(and the crowd screams)

The Eagle and I actually took a trip to the Burgh to visit some folk and before making our way to the airport, guess where we stopped?  OMG how did you know?  You got it – Eat’n Park!

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Oh how I remember the days of a child eating away and if lucky walking out with a little treat.  As I have gotten older, we would always go to Eat’n Park right before my road trip back to good ole Ohio.  It was ‘our thing’!   I tell ya, there’s nothing like cheap, pathetic, warm, restaurant chain food to put a smile on your face before a road trip. LOL

What all was on the menu for the day?  Well, I honestly don’t remember what The Eagle ordered, but I know I went for the buffet.  Now, lets pause for a sec.  You do understand what kind of place this is?  Think of such chains as Denny’s, Big Boy, IHOP, etc so lets not get our nose too high up in the air.  Bring it down some and enjoy the lower side of life <chuckle> You know, the common folk.  Besides, it makes you appreciate the really, really good stuff 🙂  Now, I had two plates LOL one consisted of mini waffles, eggs, potatoes while the second plate was compiled of grits, biscuits and gravy and yes, bread pudding OF WHICH I FREAKING LOVE!!!  How did it taste?  You know, average chain food.  Am I kicking and screaming to return soon?  No, but it’s a place I respect for what it is…cheap food.  So, I’ve learned to find a place in my heart for it 🙂

And speaking of things I love – THE SMILEY FACE COOKIES!!!  Anyone who’s anyone knows about the smiley face cookies.  And they know it’s almost tradition to purchase one or some on the way out.

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<big sigh> Oh I see the commercial now so clear.  (sit back and close your eyes…ok well keep one eye open to keep reading I guess)  SO, it starts off with a plain christmas tree all alone.  Oh look, a little star all by his lonesome too, just bouncing about.  The star makes his way over trying to be apart of tree but can’t reach the top.  OK – OK here’s the Hallmark moment.  Wait for it, Wait for it.  The tree then bends over and helps the star get to the top of the tree then BAM! The tree lights up and becomes a beautifully lit Christmas tree THE END!  (go to youtube to watch if you feel left out)

Goodbye E’nP, it’s been a nice reunion.

 

 

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Diving For Food!

So there’s this place called Tart over on Fairfax if ever in Hollywood.  It’s a restaurant attached to a colorful, cool, LA vibe hotel.  Jenise told us about it and so we all made the trip.

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Talk about a photographers heaven…for me anyway.  The door to the right leads you into the hotel lobby.  This entrance I’ve captured is the door on the left, the restaurant.  As you enter it becomes a little dark.  There’s a bar with additional table seating placed around the room.  As you follow the path of curiosity to the right, it quickly leads you to their outdoor seating. This is located central of the hotel and restaurant.

IMG_1132.JPGBesides the check-in counter, the hotel entrance has a tiny boutique, large coffee table with art decor inspiration books and appropriate themed dust collectors representing farming or gardening.  The doors to the left lead you to the outdoor eating area as mentioned above.  Directly to the right was their little swimming pool with yellow rubber duckies preparing to outline the water.IMG_1139.JPG

Cute!

 

“Where to sit?” was the question of the moment.  So many choices.  For us, simply a party of three, we really didn’t need the horse shoe of benches topped with black and white pillows and large coffee table to hold everyone’s plates.   Maybe next time.

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