Eats Abroad; Honeymoon on the Harborside!

Location; Polk County, Florida
Stop; Harborside
Site; Click here

      Hey guys! Two things: First, I would like to apologize for my abrupt disappearance. Second, I know I have exclusively done witchy content for the past couple of posts, and that wasn’t planned, so I’m sorry. It was my idea to return to the two weekly posts schedule, but I think that’s asking too much from myself right now. We’re still in a weird transition period here on JNJ, with naming reconsideration and the idea of splitting off entirely to a secondary site… I figured I’d take a moment to return to some OG content and talk food with you guys! Let’s talk Harborside. We picked to go to Harborside for a post-wedding meal based on my new Husband’s insatiable lust for seafood. I have no regrets.

    We got two appetizers, one of which was Loaded Potato Skins with lobster and crab meat. They were good, but they weren’t able to stand against the other one we got. We got the Fried Lobster Bites and… oh. my. god. They were delicious. I’ve never been a fan of lobster, I’m more of a shrimp girl myself. This particular appetizer changed my mind on that, even though I’m generally not even a fan of fried foods either. Guys, seriously. Will you check out that lobster? I wish I could put into words how good it was. It was fresh, and plump and… Harborside outdid themselves.

Gordon Ramsey- harborside review

    I don’t think I’ve ever tasted seafood that was that amazing. 10/10, go eat it. I got Lobster and Crab alfredo for my entree and, if I’m being honest, the appetizer was much better. Not because my meal was bad, but because the lobster was that damn good. I loved my alfredo, but I kind of loved the Fried lobster even more. If I hadn’t spoiled myself with that I probably would have been just fine. My husband got a stuffed flounder meal with Maccaroni, that looked wonderful but wasn’t my thing. He said it was amazing, though. Of course, it didn’t hold a candle to the fried lobster.

 

My Crab and lobster alfredo

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     The entire meal was delicious, the lobster was divine, my Crab and Lobster alfredo was also delicious… Although I had very high expectations based on the appetizer.  I can’t recall what our companions got, but they likewise gave rave reviews. Generally, I would highly recommend Harborside for a date, or even a trip, if you like lobster.

    Guys, I’m going to try to get more consistent with my post schedule and also, I may post a poll regarding the rebranding of the site for the possible names. I’ll probably be posting about that eventually. Stay tuned!

Engaging Eats; Nibbles with Niffers!

      Well, well, it’s been a while since I’ve done a food post, and I figured it’s about time! This last Friday, I found myself in Opelika before my shift started and I decided to kill some time by the tracks before I grabbed my favorite treat! I wandered up and down the little strip, perusing the posted menus and decided what I wanted for lunch. A burger. Not just any burger, Niffer’s own Black n’ bleu burger!

      I had a similar meal over at Vortex in the big ATL last year (or was it the year before?), and wasn’t impressed. Mainly because I didn’t make my standard modifications for taste, and partly because I failed to specify the temperature. I plan to go back and give them another try! This particular burger, required no modifications, and if I could change one thing, I would have specified the temperature. That does seem to be my downfall, doesn’t it?

      Despite the burger being more on the well-done side, it was delectable. At first, I was a little put off by the bitter bleu cheese, but it grew on me very quickly once I was cordially introduced to the cajun seasoning and mozzarella! The further I got into the burger the more delicious it was, it was to my great disappointment that I couldn’t eat the whole thing in one sitting since I filled myself up on cajun fries. 

    The fries were about what I expected, except better. Most of my experiences with steak-cut fries, have not been the best. These were crisp, not soggy in the middle and seasoned well with the same cajun seasoning on the burger. Together, these two make a winning pair! The only thing that could make it better would have been a milkshake, even though the asthetic of the establishment was very American, and not so much Sock Hop.

    Niffers Interior        You can see the interior from the bar shot up there, that it’s very kind of woodsy, the sort of place I can imagine coming to drink after a long day at work, or maybe a place for hunters to gather? The actual dining area was a little more bright and family catering, but out of respect for the staff and folks dining, I refrained from snapping a picture.

     I do highly recommend that if you’re in the area, and just find yourself among these little shops and exhausted from a day of shopping or exploration, come here. They have so many options for burgers, and they all sound amazing! In case you guys are wondering what this yummy piece of meat looks like,  wonder no longer!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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      I know, I know, it doesn’t look like magic. But it is. I want to go back for a date night and gorge myself on some of the best steak fries I’ve had from a burger joint!

Now, I realize I haven’t made little scores for food, so let’s go to our text rating!

Eat or Retreat? 

 Oh for sure, Eat. Eat on the weekends, eat before work, eat for lunch. I’m so for this place, and it has very affordable pricing. For my entire meal, it was 9.25, if memory serves. Guys, this burger is fairly huge, it would take me about 2 days to eat it. Highly recommended!

 

6 Ghoulish Treats from PSNT

Hey guys! Happy Second Day of Halloween! Who would love to get cupcakes in your treat bag for Halloween? I’d like to point out how messy and impractical that would be before announcing that I kind of did just that! Sans the bag of course.  Petite Sweets n Treats came through!

     I talked to the lovely Francine over at Petite Sweets N Treats to make us some JNJ approved Halloween treats! I didn’t give her any specifications, other than “We need Halloween cupcakes- have fun!”. This post really is a surprise for me too, I had no idea what I was getting into by asking a baker to whip us up this batch of cakes!

    I’m not sure how much commentary these need, since they’re delicious and just the right amount of creepy. If you want to use these amazing cakes as a springboard for your own creepy cakes, be sure to share it with us and tag @java_and_jeans on instagram so we can drool too!     

     I threw these into a gallery to inspire you, and maybe tempt you to try your hand at cake decorating. Just looking at these when I picked these up made me want to see what I could do if I make my own treats. 

 

   Guys, in true Petite Sweets n Treats Fashion, these are delicious! Pardon the lack of cutting pictures of Pennywise. That’s a surprise for someone at work and I wanted to wait to dig in. I hope these are able to inspire you this Halloween to try something new and adventurous with your desserts.

      Who knows, maybe you can make them for the movie night coming up! Just a quick reminder, I’ll be hosting two movies on October 30th at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM EST. Showtime will end at about 11:00 PM EST. The link is here!

Branded; Petite Sweets n Sweets worked some magic!

 Guys, I have to admit, I’m more than a little hyped up and this amazing little bakery may or may not be to blame. I found the lovely ladies over at Petite Sweets n Treats by complete chance, and as luck would have it that fell in line with our big move! Cake is always welcome, but more so in times of stress!

     We haven’t had a shortage of treats since discovering them, and for good reason- it’s delicious. I’ve been trying to push her some new customers since tasting her delectable lemon cupcakes… and the vanilla unicorn cupcake… and the cookie one…

   I need to get to point- I’m starting to ignite my sweet tooth with all this talk of goodies. I’ll be giving a tour of the new digs soon, since I’ve mentioned it all over instagram and facebook. It’s kind of a huge point of pride at this point, and will mark the start of my forray into the marvelous world of beauty blogging. I just bought my first Coloupop Palette and I’m so excited to play with it, and my Naked Palette! (once they get here!) 

    Wow- all this caffeine is bad for my concentration. 

     The lovely ladies over at my new favorite treats place, are a family. The two entrepreneurs are Elyssa and Makena, who infected their talented Mom with the cooking bug. These three really work some magic together! They make some of the most unique flavors I’ve ever seen, and are always experimenting with new sorts of tastes. I feel privileged to be a proud Guinea pig, and I can’t wait for the next adventure in flavor.

    I commissioned her to make us a cake for the blog, and the upcoming [redacted] that I’m working on. I’m a little worried to say too much about that, honestly. Suffice to say it’s been a lot of work to plan for. The cake in question, comes in two attempts. This one, which I adore, was not quite up to their vision, and so she’ll be making a second attempt, which I’ll reveal a little later.

    This cake is pure magic, I kid you not. It’s two layers of chocolate cake with coffee replacing the water in the recipe. I was incredibly antsy to taste it. But, I was made to wait. She modeled the cake after a mug of coffee, and adorned with our logo.

     We held a Cake Party the say after we got this delicious creation home. We invited our new neighbor and a couple of our friends to enjoy it with us! The neighbor and I didn’t taste the coffee, possibly due to being acclimated to the taste. A few moments after finishing our cake, I started getting jittery. There was at least a cup of Cold Brew in it, and it finally hit me.

     Just take a look at this delicious thing. I have a new favorite cake!

 

 

Hidden Gem; How Sweet it is to Get Some Treats

Unassuming on the outside, delicious on the inside!

 

Let me ask you guys a question. What would you do if you loved baking? I’m talking really loved baking. To the point where it spills into the rest of your house and builds up such a demand that you’re called to action. Do you double down? Or do you retreat?

The awesome owner of How Sweet it Is here in Columbus answered that call by doubling down and starting a business. She specialized in cakes and Cuban treats. To my great pleasure, she deals in made-to-order cupcakes. She also brews Cuban coffee in-house, but sadly the day I was able to get there before closing she was out. 

I did get lucky and choose a day where she had some tempting treats available. I selected 4 of her cupcakes, since that was what I most curious about at the time (aside from coffee, of course). Vanilla, Chocolate, and her lone Liquor infused Panatela Borracha. My fourth one was a difficult choice, Red Velvet or Lemon Berry. I chose the Red Velvet, after resolving to get the Lemon Berry next time.

Since I’m trying to be responsible with my Sweets, I only allowed a sample of each. The first one I attacked was the Vanilla one- my favorite flavor of Cupcakes of all time. So believe me, putting this down was a challenge.

 One of my least favorite things about some cupcakes is that the frosting is way  over-sweet, the owner of this bakery has mastered the craft making that not the case. The cake portion is likewise subtley sweet and delicious. The only thing reminding me to put down down the cupcake was the sweetness and how impressively rich it is. They use real cream in their cupcakes, and the difference is evident and enjoyed.

Then I dug into the Red Velvet and Chocolate cupcakes next- due to these two being fairly similar in flavor, I’ll bundle these together. The frosting on both was very similar in flavor. Which is to say, delectable.

 

Chocolate Cupcake

              Topped with chocolate chips, the frosting mimics that of the vanilla cupcake. The cake bit is delectable, rich chocolate that reminds me of ice cream. It really shows that they use cream in their recipes, it’s amazing what kind of difference that makes in something like a cupcake!

Red Velvet Cupcake

The frosting looks just a little different, but tastes just as good. I really enjoy the mild flavor of red velvet and this cupcake definitely is the best of both worlds. The rich decadence of red velvet cake, but with only a fraction of the guilt. Light, fluffy and indulgent you can’t o wrong with a Red Velvet Cupcake.

Panatela Borracha

     I saved the one I was most interested in for last, and let me tell you, it finished strong. This cupcake was delicious. The icing, which you can see has some adorable pink swirls, was lightly flavored with brandy. The cake portion was an almond creme cake, which was so soft and sweet that writing this makes me desperately want another one. 

     This is a fairly unique item, and the only option they have that is for those who want to have their booze and eat it too. They do have a host of other flavors available, for the curious, you can view her entire menu here.

    I loved this cupcake! From the whipped cream to the actual cake, it was wonderful. I don’t even generally like Almonds, or anything almond flavored, but I’m absolutely enamored with this treat.

    All of her whipped cream topping that embellished the cakes was so subtle and not like some whipped cream I’ve had that is so sweet it hurts. She really learned the balance and took that knowledge to heart. 

     I will say that it’s not really a prime hangout spot due to size. I do find the size and the color scheme charming and genuine, however. There’s something that feels so real about her bright pink ramp leading up to the door. It’s cute, feminine and a more than a little unassuming. I always associated the color with posh boutiques- not anymore!

Overall…

I honestly wholeheartedly recommend How Sweet it is if you have a craving for cupcakes, or any number of other treats she has available. I’m particularly interested in the Tres Leches, which I aim to try when I finally get to try some of her coffee.