Category Archives: foodie

A Vegas Hash House A Go Go Breakfast & Coffee

Everything is bigger and better in Vegas right? A lot of things are over the top. This certainly included the Hash House A Go Go breakfast and coffee two friends and I experienced recently. You would find none of us complaining!

Hash House A Go Go has several locations in-and-around Las Vegas. We found ourselves on an early weekday morning at their spot within The LINQ Hotel & Casino.

Hash House A Go Go - Las Vegas strip, The LINQ Hotel & Casino

Hash House A Go Go - Las Vegas strip,  breakfast

Before the food comas would commence, coffee was ordered. Specialty coffee is not hard to find along the Strip with a Starbucks every where you look. A lot of the hotels have a shop of their own as well, pouring out specialty and basic coffee drinks.

Well Hash House A Go Go cranks that up a notch. I ordered a Frosted Mint latte which came topped with a whole can of whipped cream (I kid, or am I?).

Hash House A Go Go - Las Vegas strip, specialty coffee

Hash House A Go Go - Las Vegas strip, specialty coffee

One of my friends ordered a Cinnamon Roll A Go Go Latte, which I could have easily consumed in addition to mine. That presentation!

Hash House A Go Go - Las Vegas strip, specialty coffee

I had chicken and waffles on the mind for quite some time, so when it came to the menu I only glanced for a few seconds. Looking around the packed restaurant and seeing lots of people enjoying their signature dish reinforced my decision. The Hash House A Go Go Sage Fried Chicken and Waffles it is.

Hash House A Go Go - Las Vegas strip,  chicken and waffles

Two sage fried chicken breakfasts sat on my tower of hardwood smoked bacon filled waffles. You heard that right, bacon, bacon, and bacon! It was topped with leaks and a maple syrup reduction. Well it was time to dive in.

Hash House A Go Go - Las Vegas strip,  chicken & waffles

Hash House A Go Go serves their large then life comfort food 24 hours a day. One of my friends ordered “a” pancake that could have probably filled up the three of us by itself. What was amazing is that he considered ordering a second one. We might still all be there if that was the case.

Hash House A Go Go - Las Vegas strip,  breakfast

The other enjoyed some biscuits and gravy, eggs, mashed potatoes and other breakfast goodness.

Hash House A Go Go - Las Vegas strip,  breakfast

We all discussed something on the menu that wasn’t even ordered, the “O’Hare of the dog” which was a 24 oz Budweiser in a bag and side of bacon. It must be popular.

Between the three of us, there was enough food for a small army. None of us came close to finishing, all getting full before setting off on the Las Vegas day. Delicious.

Hash House A Go Go - Las Vegas strip,  breakfast

Besides Vegas, Hash House A Go Go has locations in San Diego, Orlando, Chicago, Connecticut and Texas. I’m sure I will find myself back at a Vegas location when in town next. Maybe to experience their brunch, lunch and dinner offerings.

Where else would your recommend grabbing breakfast in Las Vegas?

Experiencing Chicago’s Wicker Park Food and Evening Scene

On a recent trip to Chicago, I was going to meet up with a friend who lives in the Wicker Park neighborhood. Wicker Park is known as being the hipster part of town and a great place to hang out at night. Its gained steam as a food destination with restaurants and independent coffee shops springing up like hot cakes. I decided to make a longer foodie evening of it and soak some of that atmosphere in.

Wicker Park Chicago neighborhood

I hopped on the Blue Line “L” train in The Loop along with the masses getting off work and headed towards the northwest. A little bit later it seemed like half the train got off with me at the Damen station in the heart of neighborhood. What a happening place.

Since I don’t usually follow eating conventions, I’ll eat pizza for breakfast, I decided to begin with dessert. Just outside the train station entrance my feet took me into Stan’s Donuts on Damen. Starting in Los Angeles more than fifty years ago, Stan’s is a gourmet donut institution that has spread to several locations in the Windy City. Having spent only mornings in Wicker Park in the past, I’ve seen one endless line after another, with everyone grabbing pastries and coffee before hopping on the “L” to get to work. Being it was the evening this time there was no line score!

Wicker Park Chicago neighborhood - Stan's Donuts

Wicker Park Chicago neighborhood - Stan's Donuts

Upon entering I saw the donuts in the display case. The gourmet one with the longest name immediately caught the eye. Hey, the more words in its name, the more goodness it must have in it right?! I enjoyed a Maple Caramel Bacon Pecan Bar amongst the retro decor. Wait nothing to wash it down with? I was saving that for my next stop.

Wicker Park Chicago neighborhood - Stan's Donuts

Wicker Park Chicago neighborhood - Stan's Donuts,  maple caramel bacon pecan bar

A short walk down W. Milwaukee Avenue, the main street of Wicker Park, brought me to my favorite coffee shop in the city and arguably anywhere, The Wormhole Coffee. I entered the sci-fi themed coffee shop already knowing what I was craving, a Peanut Butter Koopa Troopa latte. I sat next to an Apple II computer bringing back memories of childhood, while listening to one Depeche Mode song after another. That brought back memories of road trips pasts. I was in heaven. Of course I had to say hi again to the Back to the Future style DeLorean that sits in back.

Wicker Park Chicago neighborhood, The Wormhole Coffee

Wicker Park Chicago neighborhood, The Wormhole Coffee

Wicker Park Chicago neighborhood, The Wormhole Coffee, Peanut Butter Koopa Troopa

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It was time to meet up with my friend, who recently moved here from Michigan. He gave me some choices on places where we could grab some dinner. Dessert first, then a specialty coffee, with the main course last, that is indeed how I like to roll! Burgers, pizza and ramen noodles were the choices. I thought to myself I eat the first two things a lot, so let’s go with ramen.

We hit up Furious Spoon and both ordered the Shoyu Ramen. Fresh ramen noodles made in-house mixed in with Chashu pork belly, bamboo, bean sprouts and more foodie goodness. The outside seating along Milwaukee was full, so we hung out and caught up at a long, wooden communal table alongside the open kitchen. I thought to myself, what a great place to hang out after a long day. That was my first time dining in an authentic ramen restaurant. What took so long?

Wicker Park Chicago neighborhood, Furious Spoon ramen noodle shop

Wicker Park Chicago neighborhood, Furious Spoon, pork belly ramen noodles

Wicker Park Chicago neighborhood, Furious Spoon ramen noodle shop

I continued to get my first taste of Wicker Park at night as we walked some of the neighborhood afterwards before calling it a night. It was a quick, but memorable evening of treats and food in one of Chicago’s more popular neighborhoods. All the other establishments and outside seating we walked by makes me want to experience more of it on another trip soon.

Wicker Park Chicago neighborhood

What other food and coffee spots would you recommend checking out in the Wicker Park part of Chicago?

Trying the Cappuccino Flavored Potato Chip.

Those that follow me know about my love affair with coffee. Whether at home, a local coffee shop or on the road I’m usually drinking coffee in all of its forms. By forms I mean a pour over, drip, Chemex, as part of a latte, etc.

The taste and smell of java deliciousness has made me try things like coffee flavored ice cream, but one day I was roaming a store and saw these…

Lay's Cappuccino Potato Chips

…cappuccino flavored Lay’s Potato Chips. I did a double take. While seeing a delicious cappuccino on a product definitely drew my eye and a smile, I was also thinking to myself, “Huh?”. Potato chips and coffee, really?

This flavor was the result of Lay’s Do us a Flavor? competition. Lay’s ran a contest taking potato chip flavor ideas from everyone, before picking four flavors to produce. One flavor will be saved via a website and social media vote, with the winning contest contributor receiving a one million dollar prize!

I didn’t buy them at first, but after posting about it on Facebook a couple of friends, who I’m sure know of my coffee love, suggested I try them out. So the next the Lay’s Cappuccino Potato Chips were secured and opened right away.

Lay's Cappuccino Potato Chips

Yep, it smelled just like a cappuccino. If you closed your eyes and someone put the bag in front of you, you might actually think there was a caffeinated beverage up close, not a potato chip snack.

I proceeded to taste a few of the chips and was kind of indifferent. You could definitely taste the flavor of cappuccino, but in no ways did it feel like I was eating a potato chip. It wasn’t like anything I had tasted before. The chips contain no caffeine, so naturally I had a cappuccino in liquid form alongside for the ride.

Lay's Cappuccino Potato Chips

Lay's Cappuccino Potato Chips

Lay's Cappuccino Potato Chips

Afterwards, walking around having a dozen or so random others try the chips, the responsive was more on the negative side. One person actually liked them a lot. The rest of the bag was consumed since I bought it, but I probably won’t by it again for that next road trip. Hmmm probably not. 🙂

Thinking back to the contest, if I had submitted an entry it might very well have been coffee based. Latte potato chips anyone? 🙂 You gotta give Lay’s props for being innovative and letting it’s fans help shape the products it creates. Next time I go to the store I might snag one of those other contest flavors just to try. Who knows unless you try!

Lay's Cappuccino Potato Chips

Have you tried the Lay’s Cappuccino Flavored Potato Chips? Any of Lay’s other “Do us a Flavor” flavors? If so, you can go to DoUsAFlavor.com to vote for your favorite. What were your thoughts?

St. Pete Beach: The Views, Cocktails & Seafood of Crabby Bills.

Crabby Bills Seafood in St. Pete Beach, Florida sits right along the beach and Gulf of Mexico. The up-top outside deck provides beautiful tropical views during the day and romantic sunsets each and every night. A rum runner or two and some Sea Scallops and Bairdi Snow Crab are the last pieces to the puzzle of a fun St. Pete Beach experience.

I will let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

St. Pete Beach, Florida, tropical cocktail, Crabby Bills

St. Pete Beach, Florida, tropical cocktail, Crabby Bills

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, beach

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, beach

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, beach bar

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, seafood, scallops

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, seafood, king crab

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, sunset, Gulf of Mexico, beach

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, sunset, Gulf of Mexico, beach

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, sunset, Gulf of Mexico, beach

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, sunset, Gulf of Mexico, beach

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, seafood, scallops

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Crabby Bills, seafood, king crab

Food-wise you aren’t looking at the same dishes more than once. 🙂 The photos are from consecutive days. When you find great seafood why not order it again. The sides of choice are the Southern Green Beans and Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

Crabby Bills has other locations in St. Cloud and nearby Clearwater, but how can beat the beauty of being alongside St. Pete Beach and the Gulf of Mexico?!

What delicious, scenic, outdoor dining fun have you had in your travels? Or around home?

Photo(s) of the Week: It’s Ann Arbor Foodie Time at Frita Batidos.

Frita Batidos in Ann Arbor, Michigan offers Cuban inspired street food. My go-to there is the Chicken Frita topped with a sunny side up egg and shoestring fries. You can never have enough fries there so you’ll always find in front of me garlic cilantro fries alongside for the ride. It’s definitely Ann Arbor foodie time now!

Frtia Batidos, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Cuban food

Frtia Batidos, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Cuban food

Frtia Batidos, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Cuban food

Frtia Batidos, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Cuban food