No Bones About It!

No Bones About It!

This post is in collaboration with Bone’s Restaurant.  All of these opinions are entirely my own. Thank you for supporting businesses that are partners with Bubbly Horse!

When you arrive at Bone’s, the building is very unassuming. With a simple awning and a small front drive, you might just pass it by. Trust me, you will be sorry if you do! But, as most fine dining restaurants, be sure you make a reservation.

There is a reason why Bone’s Steakhouse in Atlanta is always listed as one of the best restaurants in Atlanta, or for that matter the US.  The place oozes an old school vibe.  You almost expect to see the Rat Pack sitting in the corner drinking martinis!

 

I was in Atlanta for business recently, so my parents went along with me.  A small family vacation, and it happened to be my mother’s birthday!  There’s not a better birthday dinner than celebrating at Bone’s.  They really make you feel special and important.  Check out how they decorate the table below.  So cute!  I haven’t seen any other restaurant do this.  Very cool.

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I have been a customer at Bone’s for a long time, so I even have a profile on file. The General Manager just happens to have a connection with Kentucky so I contacted him before we arrived in Atlanta.  He was so nice.  He greeted us warmly at the door and showed us to the table.  Our table was in the Dog Room, that’s where I like to sit.  Portraits of regal dogs adorn the dark paneled walls.  Glass wine cases and low lighting complete the ambiance. Everybody looks better in low light!

 

 

It was time to order dinner.  For my appetizer I ordered the lump crab cocktail.  The cocktail was served with both a cocktail sauce and a remoulade sauce.  You can’t believe how firm and delicious it was.  Fresh off the boat!

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Soon after the starters were taken away and the crumbs were swept away,  our main course arrived.  Bone’s is a steakhouse, so I ordered steak.  I can grill a good steak, but I can’t get the crust to turn out like professional grills do.  The filet arrived, cooked perfectly and already portioned out for me (dad and I always split a steak).  It was so tender I really didn’t even need a knife.  The outside of the steak was perfectly crusted.

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A birthday dinner wouldn’t be complete without a birthday cake!  And at Bone’s they give you about half of a cake.  Great for sharing, and it’s ice cream!  Delicious!

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The last part of the birthday celebration is my favorite.  I’m sure you have gotten the connection between the name Bone’s and dogs by now.  When you are leaving the restaurant you are presented with a cute little box to take home.  Guess what it is? A box of cookies, shaped like bones!

Thanks to Bone’s we had a great birthday celebration for Mom.  I would tell you how old she is, but I would have to kill you. Ha!  xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

Dining Delight

Dining Delight

This post is in collaboration with The Charleston Grill and The Belmond Charleston Place. All of these opinions are entirely my own.  Thank you for supporting businesses that are partners with Bubbly Horse!

Charleston is definitely a foodie destination.  Southern cuisine at it’s best!

Trip Advisor ranked The Charleston Grill in the Top 2 places to eat in Charleston.  I had read all the reviews and decided to make reservations for us (my parents and I) during our recent trip to Charleston.  My aunt and uncle had visited The Charleston Grill over the New Years’ holiday and have raved about it.   I didn’t realize that the restaurant was located in our hotel, The Belmond at Charleston Place.  How convenient!

When you arrive at The Charleston Grill you are greeted by a professional staff and ushered into a lovely dining room.  There’s dark paneling and luxurious fabric as well as soft lighting.  Candlelight and muted lighting makes us all look and feel better!  The lounge had a jazz combo playing softly.  It’s truly a beautiful space.

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Photos courtesy of The Charleston Grill

The menu had several options that caught my eye.  At home, I don’t get the chance to have super fresh seafood, so I opted for the scallops.  The scallops were sautéed perfectly with a golden crust and had a piece of morcilla (which is a blood sausage from Ecuador) which was accompanied by pea puree.  The dish had a chili-chorizo vinaigrette to top it off.  All I can say was WOW!  I’m not even a huge sausage fan and I could have licked the plate!

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As a side dish we ordered the roasted baby carrots.  They were so tender and delicious.  Sweet carrots accompanied by feta cheese, fresh mint and pickled Fresno chili peppers.  The feta cheese gave them just enough saltiness.  They were almost too pretty to eat.

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throughout the evening, from the hostess to the sommelier to the server, the staff was knowledgeable and the service was top-notch.  To be honest, these days it’s hard to find a restaurant with high quality service standards, but The Charleston Grill trains and educates their employees, and it shows.  The wine list was extensive and had a wide variety of wines and price points.

No meal would be complete without dessert!  That evening the dining room had a special dessert.  It was a chocolate tart with a graham cracker crust and a poached pear.  The chocolate was warm and sweet and it was drizzled with a raspberry sauce.  Hello treadmill!  It was delicious and I ate every bite!

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The evening was so lovely.  I would advise that you visit The Charleston Grill on your next trip to Charleston.  You won’t be disappointed!  Cheers xoxo.

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The Belmond at Charleston Place

The Belmond at Charleston Place

This post is in collaboration with The Belmond Charleston Place.  All of these opinions are entirely my own.

Recently I took my parents to Charleston.  We wanted a family vacation, but we didn’t want to fly, so our options were limited.  Problem solved.  Charleston was only an 8 hour drive from Lexington.  One of my favorite shows on TV is Southern Charm on Bravo so I was really excited to visit Charleston!

We wanted to have the entire Charleston experience.  I compared all the hotels, locations and distance to places we wanted to visit.  The hotel that stood out to me was The Belmond.  I had read recently that Travel and Leisure voted the hotel chain the best in the world. The hotel was in a central location. My parents are older so they don’t walk as much as they used to.  I booked it.

On the way down we stopped in Asheville to break up the trip.  Asheville is a cool place, I’ll post more about that in a future post.

We arrived at The Belmond Hotel and it was lovely.  As we drove in we noticed the large columns and the beautiful horse fountain.  This was the place for us!

We checked in and went up to the room.  I had heard that the rooms were large, but wow! They were awesome.  There was a knock on the door and a bellman delivered a nice bottle of Chardonnay and a cheese/fruit plate.  They really know how to welcome you at The Belmond!

After we unpacked we went exploring to check out the surroundings.  The lobby was busy with people and there was a fun looking lobby bar.  A jazz combo was playing and there were lots of people enjoying happy hour.  The name of the lounge just happened to be The Thoroughbred Club!

Charleston Place has some great shopping available.  Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tommy Bahama and St. John to name a few.  That’s all located in hotel.  You don’t even have to go outside and brave the heat and humidity! But, if you want to go out of the hotel you just go out the back door and you’re right on King Street.  King Street is where all the action is in Charleston.

The Belmond at Charleston place has a rooftop swimming pool.  It is so beautiful.  The glass rooftop is retractable for summer and is also ready for cooler temps or star-gazing.  The windows around the pool give a view of the downtown area and the building landscape.  Stunning at night!

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After exploring and shopping was time for dinner.

Stay tuned!  Tomorrow I will discuss The Charleston Grill at the Belmond.  You don’t want to miss it!  xoxo.

Featured image of the hotel and pool provided by Belmond Charleston Place.

 

 

Book’Em!

Book’Em!

Memorial Day weekend means the beginning of the summer is here.  After the winter that we had, I’m ready!  But the beginning of summer also means that vacation travel is here.  I have a few ideas that will help you save big $$ when you are planning your trip.

Whether you are staying close or traveling far I have a site that can save you money on your trip.  I have been using TopCashBack.com for a while.  When I checked my balance the other day, I have $60 just waiting to be transferred to my Paypal account.  I bought a dress for Derby from Neiman Marcus and got 12% back, I bought my mother a gift from Saks and got 10% back and I frequently purchase items from Ebay and got money back.  I even bought Alexa and got money back.  She’s pretty handy.

So when I was looking at the site I noticed quite a few hotels offer cash back.  It’s really simple, just go thru the site and book your hotel as normal.  Some of the offers I saw included Marriott 7% back, Hilton 10% back, IGH 8% back and Expedia is 12% back.  If you are going to spend $1000 (or probably more for a week) you would be crazy not to get money back!   Especially from doing what you normally do anyway.

https://www.topcashback.com/ref/bubblyhorse

So let me know what you think!  With all the money you’ll save you can shop more!  xoxo

Photo by flicker.com

Shoe Lover

Shoe Lover

Several weeks ago I wrote a blog post about a David Bowie exhibition in Brooklyn, New York that was going on this summer and fall.  If you are going to be traveling to NYC I have another suggestion for you!

Stuart Weitzman has been designing beautiful shoes for women for many years.  Do you remember the pair of million-dollar shoes he designed for the 2002 Oscars?  They were adorned with Swarovski crystals and were called the Cinderella shoes.  He is credited with creating the first pair of shoes that were designed to provide couture fashion for feet.

The exhibit runs thru April 20th -October 8 at the New York Historical Society.  There are over 100 pairs of gorgeous shoes that show the evolution of ladies footwear.

http://www.nyhistory.org/exhibitions/walk-way-footwear-stuart-weitzman

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Photos courtesy of the New York Historical Museum

 

Pizza Please!

Pizza Please!

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Summer is the most popular time to travel.  I’m sure everybody is getting their plans together and getting ready for a fabulous summer trip!

I ran across this article from Food and Wine that lists the best pizza places in the country.  I’m sad to say that there’s not any listed that are in close proximity to me, but they are in places that I like to visit.  I keep a list of recommended restaurants in places that I travel to often.  I’m sure that you do too.

I have several Italian friends and they have always told me that the water up east is better for making pizza dough and bread than water in the south.  One friend even told me once that a restaurant he knows in Florida has water shipped in from NYC to make bagels.  That seems a little far fetched, but I guess it could happen.  The bagels, pizza and bread seem to have a different consistency and taste in New York or Philly than in Kentucky.  Nothing beats a slice of pizza in NYC!

See below for the article.  You might want to make a stop to one on your trips and try them out. xoxo

http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/best-pizza-places-us

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Flying with Bubbly

Flying with Bubbly

International travel is difficult.  Long flights, potential delays and hauling luggage around multiple airports are just a few things that happen routinely when you travel.  But you can’t get across the globe if you don’t fly to some point on the map!

I ran across this article and thought it was really interesting.  The airlines are rolling out the red carpet for first-class passengers these days.  Not so much in the coach section, but a first-class ticket is something to dream about!  Maybe one time in your life you will able to experience the luxury of a first-class trip.

Champagne is the ultimate luxury beverage.  Everything about it screams fancy.  So why wouldn’t the airlines use vintage champagne to lure customers into first-class?

 

 

 

 

 

According to a recent article from T & L:

“The change in selection is relatively unremarkable — except that Singapore Airlines also began offering the 2004 Krug to its first class passengers a few months ago.

Emirates is also giving its first class passengers a bubbly upgrade. Instead of serving the usual Dom Perignon, elite passengers on routes to Europe, the U.S. and Asia can sip on Dom Perignon 2000 P2 edition (an almost $400 bottle).

First class passengers should be aware of the “champagne wars” as airlines try to outdo each other with more expensive, luxurious offerings to lure customers.”

I’ve got a new item on my bucket list! Cheers xoxo.

 

Photos by Bing Images

 

 

 

Ready, Set, Travel!

Ready, Set, Travel!

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Recently I was reading an article from T & L that discussed the best places to travel this summer with the most favorable exchange rates.  Let’s face it, it’s really expensive to travel and the more ways that you can plan in advance, the more you will save.  And you know what that means, more money to shop and eat!

You may know that I went to South Africa last summer.  It was expensive to get there, but the exchange rate from the Rand to the US dollar was awesome!  Overall the trip was very reasonable for food and services.  The article lists South Africa as the #1 adventure for the best favorable exchange rate.

I’m planning a trip to Chile and Buenos Aires this fall.  Both countries are on the list. Yay!

Traveling can open your mind to different cultures and new experiences.  Grab your passport and let’s go! xoxo

http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/destinations-where-dollar-is-strong

Photos by Getty Images

Let’s Dance!

Let’s Dance!

If a trip to NYC is in your future then you should head over to Brooklyn.  Not only has Brooklyn become a foodie and an overall hip destination but there’s a cool new exhibit that going on at the Brooklyn Museum.

The Brooklyn Museum has the David Bowie Is show running until July 15th.  It looks like a great exhibit.  The show has over 400 objects including original costumes, lyric sheets, original album art and photos.  It includes 60 custom- made costumes (including some wild Ziggy Stardust items).  So put on your red shoes and dance the blues!

This is the very last show of the exhibition that has been touring for the last couple of years and it’s broken attendance records worldwide.  Tickets are only $20 for the weekday and $25 for the weekends.  Enjoy!  xoxo

 

Photos by Brian Duffy, Frank W. Ockenfels 3 and Vogue.de

https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/davidbowieis

 

 

Steak Lovers Unite!

Steak Lovers Unite!

Who doesn’t love a great steak!  As we get older maybe we don’t eat as many steaks as we used to for a variety of reasons, but that doesn’t mean we can’t splurge sometimes.

Recently T & L published an article about the best steak houses in the country.  I’ve actually been to several of them but the others are certainly on my to-do list!  Everybody has steaks but GREAT steaks are hard to find.  Many on the list are iconic places that maybe you have visited or have heard of over the years.

The good news is that a couple of the steakhouses listed are pretty close to where I live.  Road trip! xoxo

Photos by Kelly Campbell, Starr Restaurants and Urban Farmer.

http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-steakhouses-in-the-us#five-oclock-steakhouse