Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Hampstead, NH: Christina's Country Cafe

Before we went to Rhode Island, we stopped by New Hampshire to visit some family and one day for lunch we stopped by Christina's Country Cafe (open for breakfast & lunch). 

I ordered one of my favorite breakfasts to splurge on, Biscuits and Gravy. This was delicious, the gravy and biscuits were both wonderful and the portion was huge.
My mom and aunt ordered omelets  My aunt did a create your own, and my mom ordered the Greek Omelet. They were both really happy with their meals and I tried my mom's omelet and all of the toppings in it perfectly melded together. 
My other aunt ordered the Tuna Salad Sandwich. She really enjoyed it and I stole a bite and thought it was pretty good as well. It was light on the mayo which we both really enjoyed.
My cousin ordered a kids burger with a million toppings and she enjoyed it.
We all really enjoyed this restaurant. It was good, hearty breakfast food for decent prices and huge portions. Service was very good and they were patient with kids.

416 Emerson Ave
Hampstead, NH
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Monday, July 29, 2013

Arlington: Pupatella

Pupatella is probably one of my favorite restaurants in the NOVA/DC area which you can easily tell by the amount of times it has been featured on my blog. 
In case you haven't taken my advice yet you don't know this little tidbit of info. At Pupatella you can see them making the pizza in front you. Definitely entertaining when you have to wait awhile in line on a Friday or a Saturday. 
Teddy and I always get the same pizzas (prosciutto & arugula for me and spicy diavola for him), we have had others but once you find the one...that's it.

Bottom line...Go. 

5104 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA
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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Herndon: Zinga Frozen Yogurt

During a sleepover with one of my bfs we decided to finally try Zinga Frozen Yogurt right by her house. 

Off to a good start, tester cups that are not monitored like some places. 
Baller bottom of the cup things. Not my thing but an awesome creative selection. 
Yogurt. Props to an original flavor I haven't seen anywhere else, blue daiquiri- was pretty good.
Fruit/wet toppings.
Dry toppings. Awesome presentation. Much more sanitary.
After you pay you can pick your own spoon color. It's the little things, remember how awesome it was when slurpee came out with different colored straws??? ( or was it just me?)
My creation. Strawberry and Tart + random toppings. 
I loved this place. Out of all the places I've been to recently it's definitely on of my favorites. Good yogurts, good toppings-how awesome we're the dry toppings dispensers? Never seen that before. 
13320 Franklin Farm Road
Herndon, VA
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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Glenshaw, PA: The Upper Crust Pizza

Ordered pizza from The Upper Crust Pizza while visiting my family in Pittsburgh this weekend. 
One large 1/2 sausage 1/2 meatball. 
One large 1/2 pepperoni 1/2 anchovy (minus the anchovy because they forgot to put it on)
Cheesey Bread
Small side salad.  
The pizza here was pretty good, although I prefer this place for delivery in this area.

715 Dorseyville Road
Glenshaw, PA
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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Alexandria: Trattoria Da Franco

A few weeks ago my friend and I decided to have a progressive dinner in Old Town Alexandria. We drove around and decided upon Trattoria Da Franco because they had an adorable patio.
We started our meal off with antipasti (appetizer) of Bruschetta. This was pretty bland, basically chopped onions, tomatoes and capers on some bread.
Side of garlic bread. Basic bread, would pair nicely with a saucy pasta dish but bland on its own.
Special of the night, Asparagus with Cheese. Not bad, just asparagus covered in mozzarella  But oh wait, guess how much this side of asparagus $15.
Because we only tried the appetizers I can't really form an opinion on how the overall quality of the restaurants food is but there are a few things that will not make me come back. When we ordered our bruschetta the server asked us if we wanted garlic bread $8 (little pricey for garlic bread in general) so we said sure, turns out we had to pay for it, which would have been find had the server told us.

Another big thing was the $15 price tag attached to the asparagus side dish. $15 is completely unreasonable to pay for something that is in season. This is not some high class steak house that charges an arm and a leg for sides, this is an Italian restaurant whose dinners cost $15.

I recommend taking your business to another restaurant in Old Town.

305 South Washington Street
Alexandria, VA
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Gettysburg, PA: Mr. G's Ice Cream & Tommy's Pizza

Teddy and I recently spent a Saturday in Gettysburg and my job for this trip was figuring out where to eat.
Ice cream is my dessert of choice and according to Trip Advisor, Mr. G's Ice Cream is the top rated place to eat in Gettysburg so I put this on the list.
I got something called Ghost Tracks...which is basically moose tracks (peanut butter cup, fudge swirls, etc.) but better and Teddy got Mint Oreo which he really liked.
The homemade ice cream here was refreshing, creamy and perfect. 

404 Baltimore Street
Gettysburg, PA
Mr. G's Ice Cream Parlor on Urbanspoon

The decision on where to eat lunch was a little harder. Gettysburg has a lot taverns that look awesome to eat at, but we were all hot and sweaty from walking around all day so we decided to hit up a casual pizza joint (also in the top 10 from trip advisor).
They have an awesome craft beer selection, Teddy got some sort of dark beer that tasted like coffee while I just stuck with boring ice tea.
We got 1/2 cheese 1/2 pepperoni. I was not a fan, it was on par with frozen pizza but it did it's job because we were hungry. Teddy liked the doughyness of the pie.
Food was cheap and pizza was decent so this would be a great place to stop by in Gettysburg if you have a large group of people who need a quick meal or you are traveling with kids. 

105 Steinwehr Ave
Gettysburg, PA
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Barrington, Rhode Island: Daily Scoop

After our very filling lunch here, we decided to work it off by exploring the town of Bristol. After working up a sweat we ended up at an ice cream place that I had researched, the Daily Scoop (technically it's in Barrington?? not sure where the city limits for Bristol are)

They had a ton of fun, creative flavors and they allowed samples. 

My aunt and I both got the Caramel Crunch with Hot Fudge, delicious! 
Jeff got 1/2 Pistachio 1/2 Caramel Crunch and he enjoyed both. 
Other choices...
The Daily Scoop very creative flavors and their prices are not inflated, a perfect place to stop on a hot afternoon.

Important to note, CASH ONLY.

230 County Rd
Barrington, RI
Daily Scoop on Urbanspoon

Friday, July 19, 2013

Bristol, Rhode Island: Bristol House of Pizza

After a family event Sunday night we were wandering around Bristol trying to see what was open. Bristol House of Pizza was right by our hotel so we decided to stop in and give it a try. 
To start off the meal we ordered some wings (sauce on the side). These were pretty good, your average wings. 
We ordered 2 pizzas, one large 1/2 pepperoni 1/2 cheese and one small anchovy pizza. This is where the night sort of goes down hill. The crust, sauce and cheese were all just lackluster. This tasted like frozen pizza, except not as good.
My uncle ordered a calzone with sausage and mushrooms. He thought was ok, but unhappy that the mushrooms were canned. I tried a bite and thought it was a little bit better then the pizza.
The employees were nice but sadly the food was not very good. I LOVE pizza, and will eat about pretty much any kind, particularly if I have been drinking a little (which I had) and I only ate one tiny slice. If you come here, the calzones are definitely a little better then the pizza but not by much, and stay away from the mushrooms as the ones we got were canned.

I've checked out other reviews of this place and they seem to do pretty well so I am not sure if we had an off night or not, but next time I am Bristol I will be going to one of the other cute restaurants around the area.

If you are looking for a good meal in Bristol, check out Quitos, we all really enjoyed it :)

55 State Street
Bristol, Rhode Island
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Bristol, Rhode Island: Quito's Restaurant and Bar

This past weekend the family and I took a trip to Rhode Island and stayed in the lovely town of Bristol on the water. I knew that we would have to go to a seafood restaurant since everyone is obsessed with fresh seafood so I did my research and came up with Quito's (when we asked the hotel, they also mentioned Quito's as one of the best places in Bristol).
Quito's is located on the water and they have indoor and outdoor seating. We decided to enjoy the weather and sit outside (luckily it is covered so it was nice and cool).
I decided to order the White Sangria and it was pretty good but I wouldn't consider it sangria, more of a fruity punch. 
Jeff and my uncle ordered the lobster meal (whole lobster with sides). They both loved it.
My mom and I split the crab cake appetizer and 3 side dishes. The crab cakes were delicious, mostly crab meat.
My aunt ordered the crab cake sandwich which came with a side of fries. The crab cake was delicious but the bun to cake ratio was way off, and for this being a meal, the size of the crab cake was a little small.
For sides we got french fries, sweet potato fries, spinach and coleslaw. Everything was pretty good except for the spinach which was just average.
The quality of the seafood in this place was great, definitely recommend it for the seafood lover. They had a few options for land lovers, but the menu is mostly seafood. Service was pretty decent, hit and miss at times.

411 Thames Street
Bristol, Rhode Island
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