The much anticipated Ichicoro Ane is now open in St. Petersburg, Florida! I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the newest Japanese restaurant and am very excited about this new addition to the Tampa Bay area as it is like none other.
I was visiting Universal Universal Orlando Resort for the weekend and knew I had to stop by The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen (can they make the name any longer?). The name of the restaurant itself is fun so I knew this place would be a fabulous time with my friend, Mariko, who was visiting from Canada.
I have always been fascinated by liquid nitrogen and Cauldron's organic handcrafted ice cream did not disappoint!
Bentonville's food scene has been emerging with top-notch restaurants in the last few years. They have award-winning dishes combined with southern hospitality and the town is quickly becoming a hot spot for foodies. Here are our top 7 favorite restaurants and cafes in this charming city.
The Preacher's Son is the newest hotspot in Bentonville when it comes to good food, cool vibes, underground bar and a rooftop bar all in one place. The executive chef, Matt Cooper, is actually a preacher's son and modified the oldest church in Bentonville (built in 1904) into a gorgeous bright establishment. We were very excited to dine at one of newest additions to this up-and-coming foodie town.
I have been wanting to write this post for awhile because it’s my favorite ramen shop in the Tampa Bay area. Actually, Japanese Kitchen Dosunco is probably my favorite ramen shop ever; even compared to some ramen restaurants in Japan. It took me awhile to write about it because every time I go, I eat the ramen right away and I don’t have anything to take pictures of. Finally, after numerous trips, I have calmed myself down and took the time to really take in the food, restaurant and the ambience.
We arrived at Pressroom first thing Sunday for brunch and were excited to try this hip restaurant located in Bentonville Square. The space is bright and colorful with an industrial-modern atmosphere and the brunch menu had a variety of dishes made with fresh local ingredients.
Tusk & Trotter caught our attention as they have received numerous awards and recognitions since their opening in 2011. Owned by chef Rob Nelson, the award-winning eatery is located right off "The Square" in downtown Bentonville, Arkansas and the building was once Sam Walton's general office and warehouse.
Ozark Mountain Bagel Co. just opened in May 2017 and has already gotten rave reviews from all of it’s customers. While we were visiting Bentonville, Arkansas, we had to go see what the rage was all about for ourselves. We have only had store-bought bagels, so we were pretty excited to try handcrafted and freshly made water boiled bagels from Ozark Mountain Bagel.
We were really looking forward to this unique dining experience at Animal Kingdom's Sanaa Restaurant, so much so, that we made sure to get there as soon as they opened to get the best seat in the house. Being able to dine with the view of the safari animals was one thing we really wanted to experience while staying at Disney World's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
I have been waiting months to dine at one of the newest restaurants in Disney World at Be Our Guest Restaurant. It's a Beauty and the Beast themed restaurant located within the Magic Kingdom amusement park and you get to meet the Beast himself!
We were searching for a place to have a nice and chill Wednesday night when we came across Cheese Please. Cheese Please is a nice little wine bar that offers wine and cheese tastings and their online reviews were outstanding. We couldn't believe that we didn't stumble upon this place sooner with all the rave reviews.
The "cool streets" of Hillcrest and North Park have amazing microbreweries and have built quite the reputation. Fruitcraft is one of the newest additions to this hipster neighborhood and it is not your average tasting room.
We were really looking forward to visiting this hidden gem and have been following 801 E. Main's journey from their humble beginnings. Robyn, the owner, has been frying up her famous New Orlean's style beignets from her farmer's market stand, The Poor Porker, for years and has since expanded to an amazing eclectic space at. 801 E. Main St.
I have never been to Spain (on my bucket list) and Cafe Sevilla gave me a beautiful glimpse of this country.
We have been huge fans of Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe for over six years now and began going to this unique and trendy spot shortly after they opened. Every time we have friends in town, this is one of the spots we love taking them to. We've spent so much time here that we decided it was time to share this hidden gem.
Succulent Cafe is nestled between two buildings and the space is utilized beautifully. It is the perfect spot to unwind and savor a nice cup of coffee.
Holy Matcha opened its doors this month (March 11, 2017) and I immediately fell in love with the interior design. I simply adore baby pink walls and cute succulent arrangements.
Oceanside is really bursting into the culinary scene and before I stopped by three amazing restaurants that were using local produce, I went straight to the source: Cyclops Farms.
This was literally the first time I had dined at a 100% vegan establishment. I was in the mood for some meat, but the atmosphere and the selection of fun cocktails got me to stay.
I have visited a Maid Cafe years ago when I went with a group of friends, but Ryan had never experienced one before, so we made sure to visit one this time while we were in Japan. Maid Cafes have been in Japan for awhile now and they are popular among otakus (Japanese term for people with obsessive interests, commonly the anime and manga fandom) and tourists. They are cafes with waitresses dressed as maids and they treat their customers as “masters”.
I was on a hunt for the cutest cafes in Japan and came across Pompompurin Cafe in Harajuku. Japan is well-known for creating kawaii (cute) dishes and this cafe did not disappoint. The entire yellow cafe explodes with cuteness from their decor to tabletop settings to dishes.
Are you a fan of of the anime character Totoro or cream puffs? We are! That is why we went to this cute little cafe that was located slightly away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. Shirohige's Cream Puff Shop is a small little bakery and cafe located in Setagaya, Japan.
Steak Katsu (or gyukatsu) is relatively new in Japan. It’s so new that not even my Japanese relatives knew about it when I went to go visit them in November 2016. Katsu, meaning (fried) cutlet, is very common in Japan, but most of the time, it’s made with pork or chicken. There’s a few places that I know of that currently serves steak katsu and Shibuya is one of them.
Anytime someone mentions Vegas, I instantly think of Bacchanal Buffet and I start rambling about how amazing this buffet is. I’m not a huge buffet person, but this place is special. It’s so good that it makes me want to cry. Yes, I’m pretty sure I mentioned this before, but I cry for good food. When we booked our trip to Vegas, I was overjoyed we were staying at the Paris Hotel because Bacchanal was right across the street!
Cask Social Kitchen opened in June 2015 and has quickly became one of our favorite restaurants in Tampa. Located in Hyde Park, it’s one of the restaurants in the area not to be missed.
We've been searching for a local coffee shop in Tampa that has it all - good coffee (obviously), friendly service, plenty of seating and free wifi - and we finally found it: Ginger Beard Coffee!
Oxford Exchange has been around in Tampa for awhile, but we only recently visited for brunch. I don't know why it took us so long to visit this place because it is gorgeous!!
We are both coffee people and both have a Nespresso machine sitting in our kitchen, so we love the Nespresso Cafe! There are a handful of them across the U.S., but the largest one is in Beverly Hills, California.