Thursday, April 23, 2009
The best breakfasts are the ones you don't anticipate. The ones where you wake up to a phone call and a friend asking if you'd like to get up and go grub.
Wednesday I received such a call from my new friend Erin, who is charming at the best of times & makes a lovely dining companion.
Brown Sugar Kitchen, owned by the famed Tanya Holland, is set in the middle of nowhere in West Oakland, but don't worry, cause its not lonely.
The service is good, and the food is good too. I was though, very disappointed with my chicken. While the inside was moist, the outside was burnt, and the chicken itself was pretty bland. I was however, delighted with the lightest and crispiest cornmeal waffle I have ever had, accompanied by apple cider syrup, which was incredible.
Erin and I had Mimosas and then some Limosas (with Lemonade in place of the Orange Juice) then, she was nice enough to share he shrimp & grits with me. I have never had grits and actually enjoyed them. The BSK crew has succeeded where others have failed. Shrimp, grits, some greens & a spicy gravy make for the most delicious combo you could imagine!
The whole exerience was friendly and entertaining, so its worth a trip therem, and worth a trip there again just for the grits! Its unlikely that I will ever order the friend chicken in the future, as it was such a disappointment. On the other hand, one disappointment among so many yummy eats, I can handle.
Brown Sugar Kitchen
3 1/2 out of 5 cupcakes
Monday, April 20, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I bought a chocolate lip balm and it was alright. Then I got my hands on a Coco Zen lip balm and discovered what I had been missing!
In so many fabulous flavors, Chocolate Chai, Chocolate Coconut, Chococlate Cappucino, Chcoolate Mint, Chocolate Orange Blossom and Chocolate Strawberry, my lips were feeling pretty good. Then I tried it: the ultimate lip scrub…cause its edible!! Oh yeah, I kid you not! And my lips have never been softer, sweeter or tastier
The best thing to do is order this: A lovely Lip Duo as it will allow you to get a great deal on the scrub and your favorite balm. Here is something else really cool: it is safe for your kids, too!
How good is this stuff really? My friend Chris was complaining about having dry lips. I, being the always prepared Aunt type, whipped my Chai Lip Balm from my pocket and presented it to him. He rubbed some on his finger, sniffed & rubbed it on his lips. This was followed by a happy smile.
So there you have it, loved by a woman who didn’t know she was craving edible lip scrub and enjoyed by a young man. A true crossover product. Even funnier? Thus far, my favorite lip balm is the Cappucino! Wonders never cease! Oh yeah and Joyce & Co are committed to using Fair Trade and Organic products, as well as being local to the San Francisco Bay Area.
So go to the website: Coco-Zen and don’t forget to follow Joyce, the one and only Coco Zen Mama on Twitter!