When In … Milwaukee

If y’all didn’t know I am big on soul food. I know I know I need to be eating healthier but sometimes (most times) I like to indulge will I am on my overnights. So recently I was in Milwaukee, bored out of my mind, and not wanting to touch any hotel foods. Off to google, I went in search for the best of the best that Milwaukee would have to offer. Thanks to Yelp (I think) I was directed to eat Daddy’s Soul Food & Grille. There were a few negative reviews about there not being a menu, but being from the era of Copelands, I knew I should expect a formal menu. My to-go plate included Macaroni and cheese, Yams, Collard Greens and the very best Catfish I’ve ever had the pleasure of biting into.

Now as most of you know I do not usually eat yams, unless they are my own. People have a tendency of making them either too sweet, too dry or too wet. YUCK! The collard greens were good, definitely could’ve had a second helping but the macaroni, I could’ve passed on them altogether. I’m not sure what specifically made it a miss for me, but it was. The catfish tho! I wanted to smack someone’s mama! It was seasoned to the bone. Like the batter had been marinading for weeks, and it took the fish, like so! I’ve been trying to remember a time in life, If I have ever had catfish that good but I havent.

So When in Mailwaukee, Make sure you visit, Daddy’s Soul Food & Grille at 754 N. 27th St

Jonez

Hattie B’s (Nashville)

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So I definitely misjudged Hattie B’s in Nashville! In my defense, for Hattie B’s to be a soul food eatery, there were NO black folk in line or in the patio, enjoying the meal so that gave me a slight reason for pause. However since I had paid my 6.57$ for my Uber to experience Hattie’s B, I was going to stay right there. There was about a fifteen minute wait, which felt a lot longer, as we were all standing in the rain. Come to think of it, I was the ONLY black person waiting in line. Don’t ring the alarm bells as I am usually, but that when I travel internationally.

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Fortunately I did not let my prejudgement of the establishment stop me from sampling some of the best macaroni and cheese I’ve been lucky to have. The hot chicken, which Hattie B’s is known for, was spectacular. Very spicy, but it maintained Its flavor amongst the spice. I believe I also sampled the collard greens, which were nothing memorable but the Red skin potato salad was so bomb. It was so good, I couldn’t bare to put my fork down to take a photo!

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When in Nashville or WHEREVER Hattie B’s is located, don’t think about it, JUST GO!

Tristan Jonez

La Puerta (San Diego)

So San Diego was a good look. I was able to first experience San Diego on a layover, and the weather was such a change of pace from the wintery mess we were experiencing in Baltimore at the time. As a general unspoken rule, when I clock in to work on day one, I usually don’t partake in alcoholic beverages while on a layover, just because. However if the crew and I go out, I’m not judging anyone who wants to do so. Well that rule was broken when I went to La Puerta. A Mexican eatery, with an amazing happy hour and quesadillas so good, they are bound to make you cry!

As y’all know, Or don’t, every month my flight attendant sister travel to a different location to de-stress as work can be a bit much at times. So it was my pick, and San Diego was the destination. The first stop had to be La Puerta! I’d had the PurpleHaze, which is a mixture of their sangria and a frozen margarita. I went on to drink The Angel Of Harlem, which was a spicy concoction of El Jimador Reposada, Aperol, Serrano Agave, Lime, Strawberry, THEN topped with a jalapeño. For food,  I played it safe, El Pastor Quesadilla, which grilled pineapples and jalapeños were added, highly recommend.

La Puerta is located in the Gaslamp district at 560 4th Ave, San Diego 92101

FYI, Don’t try the “Bad Medicine” drink, Its SUPER Nasty! Yuck!

Tristan Jonez.

Gimme The Goods.

I think I had the best Mexican food of life. Well my life, in my thirty two years of living, I believe I’ve found the holy grail of Mexican cuisine. Although, I have yet to visit Mexico, so I could be speaking prematurely.

Recently I had a layover (time between flights) in Austin Texas, and after working three long flights, I was due for a food break. I probably could’ve used a few cocktails too but I only opted for food. I had fish tacos, in both a corn and flour shell, a chicken quesadilla, and a chicharron taco. LISTEN! The food was beyond! And trust me, I’ve sampled what I thought was the best. From Los Angeles to New York and these restaurants had absolutely nothing!

Now I will say this, Unfortunately I can no longer eat avocados, so I wasn’t able to taste the guacamole but it looked so perfect, so fresh and delicious, I almost shed a tear.

Do you guys have a go-to Mexican Shop when your taste buds are in a Frenzy? Let me know!

Tristan J

Piece Of Velvet

When something is good, I will praise it from the mountain tops. I will be their public relation guru, making sure I let everyone know all about the goodness I recieved. However when something is not deserving of praise, when something is deserving of critique, I am here to administer that as well.

So, I was planning and hosting a gender reveal party for a coworker turned close friend. With this being her first child I wanted to make sure I did an amazing job, from decorations to the balloons, to the guest list, so obviously the cupcakes chosen was going to be a big deal. The sweets was the focal point, so not having any cupcakes would be very noticable. I could have spent my money ANYWHERE, but I choose to go with Piece of Velvet, as the product itself is quite tasty. I placed my order six days (!!) prior to the event so I would be assured it would be ready to go for Thursday December 21. So you can imagine my surprise when my order was not ready upon picking it up, hell it wasn’t even in the Harlem location.

12:40 Arrived at Piece of Velvet in Harlem, to which the Counter Rep, Keisha advised there was no order ready for me, and it would not be there until 2pm.

1:45 I return back to the Harlem location, Waiting patiently for 2pm.

2:15 I question the Counter Rep, was the delievery, going to be coming soon? Was Advised, the van has left Bklyn, and would be here, but did not have a solid time of arrival.

3:40 Van still not arrived, Still no time of arrival. I asked where specifically was the van currently, Keisha advised, she was told they were on their way.

4:15 Van Arrives at the Bklyn store, Advised by Counter Rep Keisha the van would be at the Harlem Location in twenty minutes.

5:00 Offered beverage, since I had been in the store for now, over four hours.

5:45 Van arrives, advised my order was not with the arrival of products. Driver suggested it may have gone to the Bklyn Store. Counter rep Keisha makes several calls, was advised my original order was ‘messed up’ by a driver, and a new batch of cupcakes were being created.

5:50 Driver takes my number, and advises he will bring my order to Laguardia Airport as a courtesy.

So At this point, I am frustrated, furious and just plain ole angry, that there has been no communication. Especially when the order was placed in advanced. I head to work with the thought that eventually what I ordered will be delivered to me. So imagine my utter surprise when I call the driver, and he tells me he doesn’t know where the cupcakes are, and that there is so much traffic. Its embarrassing that as a company, this is what you do? This is how you handle discrepancies with customers? I was as respectful and polite as a person could be. There was no manager, no owner, nothing. Granted the Yelp Reviews are in shambles, but I never had an issue with them, I also have never made a custom order. I know better for next time, but I felt it my duty to warn you guys. Be careful with whom you decided to spend with, some folks could care less about customer service.

With Love,

Tristan Jonez.

 

SuperDuperMuper

I love a good burger joint even though I usually opt for the chicken sandwich. I honestly can’t remember the last time I had a burger. Well today, while searching for food, I came across Super Duper Burgers and baybeeeeeeee I’m in love! As routine, I ordered a chicken sandwich, I added pepper jack cheese and their super duper sauce (Laughing) with an order of garlic fries, that comes topped with mozzarella cheese. Boy ole boy! The fries were delicious, even without the garlic/cheese, next time I will try out their trio of dippin’ sauces. I caught myself staring at the burgers as they were being cooked on the grill, and they looked so juicy, so well done (I Love my burgers burnt) I was itching to order a burger in addition to my chicken sandwich, but I knew my eyes was being bigger than my stomach!

The first time I passed by this spot on my way to the San Francisco Museum of Art, I remembered because they have a happy hour. I know there are plenty of burger places that caters to the after work crowd, but something about the signage was memorable. Because the fries were so filing I wasn’t able to finish my meal, but a few hours later, I smashed it! Even cold, my chicken sandwich was really tasty. I am interested in trying everything on the menu, but first I have to find where the bread they use comes in the Bay Area. It was slightly sweet, extremely soft, and it melted in my mouth. Damn!

When was the last time you fell in love with a sandwich?

Tristan J

CupcakeLand

I’ve been obsessed with cupcakes since I was a kid. Growing up my dad wasn’t big on allowing sweets such as candy, but cupcakes were allowed only on special occasions. So now when I treat myself to one, its always an occasion. I take my time to admire the cupcake, even if its from one of my favorite bakeries. I take the time to appreciate the work of art, thats currently in front of me. I let my cupcakes know that I am truly appreciative for the joy that its about to bring. Thanks to my father, as an adult I still won’t really eat candy, but a cupcake, a cupcake has the ability to make me weak in the knees.

My favorite eatery currently is Piece of Velvet! The cupcakes/cakes melt in your mouth. I promise! It’s like upon first bite, you are navigated into a different time and space, a place where your taste buds have reached the highest peak.

Tristan Jonez

SideNote: Although I have my favorites Im always looking to try new places, so Let know know what bakeries, are you favorite?