Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cured my shrimp and grits craving: Breakwater Restaurant and Bar

Monday night I decided to take myself out to dinner and for some reason I was craving shrimp and grits and sushi. I know sounds like a weird combination, which is why I had to choose one over the other. I decided to go to Breakwater Restaurant and Bar.

The appetizer menu ranges from southern favorites such as pimento cheese and southern fried shrimp to humus and calamari. I had the souther sampler because I couldn't decide what I wanted. My four choices were duck pastrami, fried oysters, pimento cheese and fried shrimp. I loved the duck pastrami. It had a great flavor. The oysters and pimento cheese were great as well. The shrimp was good, just wasn't impressed by it.

For my entree I had shrimp and grits, which I'm sure you guessed. It was probably one of, if not the best shrimp and grits I have had in a while. Some other entree options are surf and turf, salmon, a grilled rack of lamb and, of course, southern fried chicken.

To drink I had the Bellini-tini, which if memory serves me correctly it was St. Germaine and peach Ciroc, and I'm missing an ingredient. It was a very good drink.

I sat at the bar with what seemed to be quite a few regulars. Service was great! I'm actually thinking about going back for Foodie Fest (Aug 21-31, 2014)! 

Weekend Whereabouts

Last weekend was quite different from what I'm used to. I'm a planner and enjoy being busy, so Saturday when my plans didn't go as planned, it kind of threw my day off. I will say I had a very productive morning. I got the house cleaned and even pulled some clothes out of my closet to give away. 

I ended up going to a friend's house for a wine gathering he was having. Unfortunately, we had some pretty heavy rain, which I read flooded Interstate 85 and Interstate 385, so I spent the night at there. 

I did have a blast with them, playing Cards Against Humanity and drinking wine while nibbling on cheese and crackers. 

Sunday was a little more interesting with brunch at Waffle House. It was probably my most awful Waffle House experience ever. Dinner was at Universal Joint with Mr Homewrecker. It's always good to hang out with a good friend.

Sunday night ended with a drink Downtown with a friend of mine. Somehow we got into a discussion of beer with the bartenders. In case you didn't know, I hate beer. I've only found 1 beer I like, and that's a raspberry wheat from Shock Top. I do get picked on because of this but whatevs.

Well, my new friend and the bartenders at Rey's got to see my beer face. It's awful! After trying a Red Stripe, they gave me a taste of an IPA they have on tap. It's probably a good thing I don't know the name. It was terrible! Check out my Instagram mr_j_sully to see a 15 sec clip.

That's about it for my weekend. I know, disappointing, but I did take myself out for dinner Monday. Review coming soon!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

One of my faves: Adams Bistro!

I'm ridiculously excited about this post! I've been doing this blog for about a year and a half yet, and have done all of these restaurants except one of my Greenville favorites, probably because I didn't want to let the secret out.

So I call it a secret because it is a place that is quite popular, but whenever I say something about it no one has heard of it. It's crazy to me. Anyway, I had dinner with a guy and my suggestion was Adams Bistro. It's one of my favorite places, I hadn't been in a while and it's very close to his house. Considering he is newer to town, I didn't want to have him drive all over the place.

Adams Bistro is a small family-owned restaurant on Pelham Road with a pretty big menu. They have everything from stuffed mushroom caps as appetizers to soups, salads, burgers, steaks and seafood. They even have a meat and two menu. They do serve alcohol, it is a pretty basic cocktail menu and they use to allow you to BYOB wine for a corking fee. I'm not sure if that is still in affect.

For dinner I chose to do the meat and two with grilled barbecue chicken, collard greens and fried okra. Yes, that's right the southern fellow went very southern! As usual, dinner was delicious. My friend had the Cobb salad, which he described as very good and partly blamed the blue cheese crumbles.

We didn't have any room for dessert, but they do have an amazing red velvet cheesecake. 

I can honestly say, I've never had a bad meal from here and the service is always great! So, now that I have let the cat out of the bag, be sure to check this place out.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Blues, Booze and Tacos

Well, I'm sure you know by now if I don't post anything for a few days I haven't done much because I've been working a lot. Of course I've found time for a little fun though. I met a couple (still working on name for them), but I've been hanging out with them a lot lately. Within a week we did happy hour, dinner-twice, and celebrated their anniversary and one of their birthdays. They also introduced me to a new game "Heads Up", it's on your phone download it. I don't watch much TV but Ellen apperently plays it on her show.

I didn't post a Weekend Whereabouts because I was too sleepy to take pictures and it just didn't feel right without them. My Saturday was filled with work (tax free weekend-aaaahhhh), a baby shower and then my new pal's birthday party. All were fun and quite exciting. 

So, let's fast forward to my work week. It's been amazing! I get to wake up on the exact opposite schedule than I am used to (I work 3rd shift by the way 8pm-7am) and sit in a classroom from 7am-4pm. Sounds terrible right? It isn't that bad because I'm actually learning quite a lot.

Anyway, last night I decided I needed something away from the downtown scene. I knew I wanted music, which isn't typically a thing for me, but for some reason I was feeling that tonight. So I decided to check out Mac Arnold's Plate O' Blues Restautant in the Village of West Greenville, also known as The Village. 

I think I've talked about The Village before, but if I haven't it is a small area just outside of Downtown Greenville and quickly becoming a hub for Greenville's art community. 

Mac Arnold's Plate O' Blues Restaurant is a music venue and restaurant owned by Mac Arnold, a Greenville blues legend. The restaurant is also a collaborative effort with one of Greenville's first food truck Asada. Keeping their street food menu, which consist of tacos, burritos, nachos and quesadillas, Asada takes care if the restaurant portion of the venue. Mac Arnold's also has a full service bar.

Last night was the first night Mac Arnold's hosted his weekly Jam Night, which will be a weekly competition of local bands. I didn't recognize any of the bands but it was definitely a fun time.

Of course I had something to eat. I ordered the pork quesadilla which is served with chips and pico de gallo on the side. Although the quesadilla was delicious, it caught me a bit off gaurd by the way it was made. As you can see below it wasn't grilled like most.

Mac Arnold's is definitely a good time and something different for Greenville. Another big plus is, Mac himself was there. You don't see that much. If you get the chance check out Mac Arnold's and The Village.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Weekend Whereabouts: Charlotte!

Last weekend I was in Charlotte for yet another family reunion, this time it was my maternal grandmother's family. For some reason I had a bad feeling about this trip when I woke up Thursday morning, but tried to go with an open mind. 

Thursday night, we stayed at the Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, which was a blast. It was a fantastic family friendly environment and in most cases you wouldn't even need to leave the hotel because they have everything, restaurants, indoor waterpark, arcade, bowling alley, bar and a few more amenities for the family to enjoy. 

My sister and I did however leave late at night to enjoy some sibling bonding time at Dave and Buster's down the road with a little dinner, drinks, and reliving the days of sibling rivalry on arcade games. By the way, arcade games are so much more fun with a little adult juice in your system. 

Friday, the entire family enjoyed a day at Great Wolf Lodge's waterpark. My favorite slide was the Howlin' Tornado. We did it about 4 times. It is definitely a must-do if you're of the height requirement.

Friday night consisted of switching hotels so we could stay with the rest if the family and a meet and greet for the family at my cousin's house and then a night in the town. My sister, aunt and I went to Epicenter in Uptown. We first visited a rooftop bar called Rooftop 210. It was a pretty cool place, with a great atmosphere. 

The second place we visited was Howlin' at the Moon, which is a piano bar. I took my sister to a piano bar in Fort Worth a few months ago, so now she likes to serif there is one around when we go out. It was my aunt's first time in one and we all had a blast!

The rest of the weekend wasn't as much fun as the first two days. After we got back to our room, we discovered we had problem with our hotel room, which I won't go in detail about, but it was awful! No one got any rest, which everyone in my family needs or else we have attitudes.

Saturday was family fun day at the park, which was ok for the most part-lots of games, food and conversation going on. I'm not sure if it is a good or a bad thing, but my family is very competitive so things got a little interesting at the park, especially during the family kickball game, which ended in a 17-17 tie to appease everyone. 

Saturday night, I needed a little time away from family, so I went out alone to the Woodshed. It was quite an interesting place. It was my first time there and I had heard a few people talk about it. Of course, it's a gay bar, but not one of those pretentious ones. I'm sure it can be a fun time for some.

I didn't get to do any of the family activities planned for Sunday. I had to get home for work Sunday night. I hope you all had a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Weekend Whereabouts: Cincy style

This weekend I was in Cincinnati for a family reunion and I wasn't impressed. I think I say that simply because I couldn't explore the city the way Mr J Sully explores a city. I'm usually alone, and if I'm not alone I'm with like-minded individuals that want to see what all a city has to offer in the time period I'm there. 

So, I woke up around 345 Friday morning to hit the road to Atlanta to fly with my aunt and little cousin. I refused to ride with my grandparents, which is how my mom got there. And yes, I woke up that early and drove in the rain after $35 all you can eat and drink Tapas and Tinis.

Airplane selfie

After arriving in Cincy and my grandparents checking into our hotel, my grandpa somehow talked us into going to the casino. I'm not a big gambler, I hate losing money that I can't justify, but I was the big winner of the day spending a whopping $8 and bringing home $15! No one else won anything. 

After the casino we stopped by the mall, Kenwood Towne Centre. Apparently, this is the good mall according to my cousin. Unfortunately, I didn't buy anything. 

Friday evening consisted of a meet and greet, which we didn't stay for very long and a nap. You know I needed it after 4 hours of sleep.

Friday night I had to go out and experience nightlife. It wouldn't have been right. So, I caught an Uber Black (more expensive than UberX but UberX wasn't available) to the city (45 minutes away) and checked out the club scene. The first club I went to was called Shooters (a bear bar for those of you who understand homo). It was kind of dead, but I stayed for a while and eventually went to Below Zero Lounge (typical gay club). I actually had a great time people watching at both places and met some people at Below Zero, as it is referred to locally. 

After Below Zero, I had to eat, of course, so I followed people around the corner to a taco place that had a window on the side if the street. I'll be blogging about that next, but the name was Gomez Salsa.

Saturday, was quite different from Friday, which is where this trip went sour. Long story short I ended up on the "charter" bus my cousins rented and rode to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Freedom Center).

So mad I'm on the bus.

The Freedom Center is located on the outskirts of the city between the Bengals' stadium and the Reds' stadium in an area once known as Little Africa, according to our tour guide. 

The tour of the museum consisted of many exhibits pertaining to the period of slavery in the United States, as well as a quilt exhibit of African American history from the time of European settlement until the present, with quilts representing the Trevon Martin case and stricter voting laws. 

Slaves on a ship quilt

Robert Smalls Quilt (I played him in a play in 3rd grade)

Wilma Rudolph Quilt

Little Rock 9 quilt

Trevon Martin Quilt

Saturday night consisted on a slightly "ratchet" banquet and sleep because I couldn't find an Uber car. I'm so glad to be back home, although I'm trying to find a reason to go back to Cincy and explore how I want to.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Tapas and Tinis #Euphoria2014

Last night I attended Tapas and Tinis, an event hosted Town Magazine and Euphoria at The Loft at Soby's. This was my first time attending this event, as I am usually working, and I had a blast. 

The food was provided by Derin Moore of Performance Foodservice Roma. It was all so delicious! I'm not sure I had a favorite. 

The music was pretty good as well, which was done by The Erica Berg Collective. 

The purpose of this event was to stir up some excitement for Euphoria coming up in a couple of months and it definitely served it's purpose well. I also had fun meeting new people like Nicole (yes, that's her real name) from Gap Creek Gourmet and Tara from Custard Boutique  in the West End. It was also nice to see big names in Greenville's food scene. I definitely cannot wait until Euphoria! I hope to see you there!