Coffee then Talkie

I like coffee, and I have found a great gem of a place in Waldo.  One More Cup coffee drinks combine my two loves…coffee and Shatto milk.  The place is not big, but it is super inviting and cozy.  They have a small front porch with two cafe tables, plus a bigger back deck with a handful of tables.

So far, I have sampled the coco loco, bananas foster, and the white chocolate strawberry.  Each cup is artfully hand crafted and as yummy as the names imply. They also offer a large variety of teas, smoothies, shakes, and baked goods.  They are a local shop that supports other local businesses.  They also take donations each month to support various charities in the area.

The staff is always super nice, and knowledgeable about their product.  My only complaint is it is a 30 minute drive away from my house, so I don’t get to visit it as often as I would like.  There are no plans to expand, but I think that just adds to their charm.  I love supporting local, and I will support them all day long as long as they keep churning out flavorful coffee beverages.

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Mac and cheese

I am known for my mac and cheese.  I have been told to bring it to all the family functions.  Although it is not an original recipe, it is one I am happy to have in my arsenal.  I have been asked for the recipe many times, so I figured I would share it here.

 

1 (16 oz) box of elbow macaroni

1 stick butter (the real stuff, margarine makes the dish too oily)

1/2 cup flour

1 1/2 cups milk

4 cups cheese (I use a mexican blend, but any cheese works)

 

In a small sauce pan on low heat, combine milk and butter.  Once the butter has melted, add the flour a little at a time.  While the flour cooks off in the small pot, cook macaroni to directions on the box.  You will want to leave it a little al dente so that when you put the macaroni in the oven it will absorb some of the moisture from the sauce.  Once the macaroni is cooked, drain it and add it back to the pan.  Pour the (butter, milk, flour) sauce over it and stir to coat the noodles.  Add in 2 cups of cheese and stir until cheese melts.  Pour half of the mixture in a baking dish, and cover with one cup of cheese.  Pour the other half into the dish and top with the remaining cheese.  Place in a preheated oven at 350° and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

Not Your Normal Ramen

For anyone who knows me, I am a huge fan of ramen.  It provides a simple and cheap meal, and can be fancied up as much as you want.  So, it comes to reason that I would want to try the real deal.  I went in expecting one thing, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Boru Ramen is located just of Wornall in Waldo.  The ramen menu is simple.  There are 6 different soups to choose from.  I am a huge fan of greens so I tried the Korean.  My dining partner chose to go with the Miso.  We waited a bit and then the waitress brought us two huge steaming bowls of ramen.

It was love at first bite.  The broth was spicy yet complex.  I could taste all the different elements that went into it.  The heat level was perfect for me, but my dining partner decided he needed to kick his up a notch.  Boru offers a “spice bomb” to add heat and flavor.  It looked like a red chili paste.  For my companion, it was the perfect addition and made the experience better.

My only complaint is that the greens and kimchi seemed very chewy, but the flavor was out of bounds.  Next time I go, I plan on trying a different ramen bowl.  Overall, it was a very enjoyable visit and I plan on returning soon.20171115_194122

Who wants a big biscuit?

I have been a long time fan of big biscuit, so I though what better way to pay tribute than to show one of the most insane omelettes I have ever seen.  This, ladies and gentlemen, is the titanic.20171007_100926

It is a fully loaded omelette with biscuits and gravy on the top.  The menu describes it as a Big Biscuit and gravy on top of 4 eggs filled with ham, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, hash browns & cheddar cheese.  I did not personally eat this, but my dining companion did.  He rated it two thumbs up.

I chose to get my usual Laredo scram-bowl.  It is 3 eggs scrambled with breakfast potatoes, chorizo, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, onions, jack & cheddar.  As always, it was delicious and I ate every bite.

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I have yet to get a bad meal here.  If you feel like something sweet, the waffles and pancakes are some of the best I have eaten.  So stop into big biscuit and getcha some.

So…it’s been a while

I have fallen behind on my blogging duties.  I know, I know.  Bad Nikki.  So here is a review for you all.  Happy now?

 

I have been wanting to try Soiree since they opened in April.  I love cajun food and to have a place up north serving it seemed like heaven.  I went on a Friday with some friends.  We were greeted as soon as we walked in and were seated quickly.  Our experience started out a little rocky.  There seemed to be a miscommunication between the servers as to who was covering our table.  Once that was sorted out, our experience was amazing.

We started out with the gumbo fries.  They were perfection.  It was steak cut fries with gumbo poured over it. We were too busy eating to take pictures, so here is the mostly eaten gumbo fries.20170714_194937

 

For our entrees, I ordered the Jambalaya, and my friends ordered the shrimp po boy and the bayou basket.  The jambalaya was perfectly seasoned.  I was a little thrown off by the chunks of tomato, but they were not off putting at all.  Again, too busy eating to get a picture of the presentation.  Deal with it.20170714_194935

For dessert, we shared the sweet potato cheesecake and the memas sundae.  The sweet potato cheesecake is just as advertised.  It is not overly sweet, and was made with real sweet potatoes, not the canned stuff.  The memas sundae is a mix of bananas foster and banana pudding.  Both were phenomenal.  My dining companions even said they would come back just for dessert.20170714_200615

So is Soiree worth it?  Heck yes.  Now go getcha some.