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.

Bones Filet in

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!

Bubbly Horse visits Bones restaurant in Atlanta

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.

Bones Filet in Atlanta

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!

Birthday cake at Bones Stekhouse in Atlanta

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

 

 

 

 

 

Georgia on My Mind

Georgia on My Mind

Recently my parents and I went to Atlanta for some business.  We love Atlanta.  It’s only a 6-hour drive and it’s a major city.  The people are nice and the dining and shopping are great!  I’ll tell you about some more Atlanta adventures next week.  Stay tuned!

One of my favorite things to do on way back is to stop at a little road side stand and get some peaches.  Nothing is better than Georgia peaches!  I prefer them to South Carolina peaches.  Georgia peaches are sweet and delicious.

I was looking for some creative ways to use my peaches.  I found a great recipe!  You’re going to love this one.  Be sure to pick up some ice cream, angel food cake or pound cake.  Top these items off with these peaches and you have a world class dessert that is easy and delicious!

Fireball Peaches:

  • Fresh Peaches (I used three) sliced
  • Fireball (use to your taste)
  • Sugar and Cinnamon mix (I used 1/2 cup sugar and at least a tablespoon of cinnamon)

 

Fireball Peaches

Put the peaches in the bowl and pour the Fireball into the fruit.  Do it to taste, but I think I used about 1/2 cup.  Place mix in a ziplock bag and put in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Please be aware that because the alcohol isn’t cooked out the Fireball will still contain alcohol.  This dessert isn’t appropriate for kids.

Georgia Peaches

Take the peaches out and pour the sugar/cinnamon mixture in the bag.  Shake to coat.  Spoon mixture out and ENJOY! xoxo

Summertime Bites

Patio Flowers

 

Sometimes bites that you share on the patio are great, summertime mosquito bites are not so good!  If you are like me, the mosquitoes just can’t wait until I come outside.  I know that you can hire a mosquito team to spray chemicals on your yard and trees.  The spraying works great, but I just don’t want all that poison out in the yard.  My dogs eat a lot of grass and I don’t think that it’s healthy for them.

So, I’ve tried several different things that has really been working for me this summer.  My friend Tracey sells Avon.  Did you ever use Skin So Soft back in the day?  It really works well as a mosquito repellant, without putting pesticide on your body.  They have a body wash, lotion and a skin oil.  It works great, but remember you need the original recipe.  If you need any Avon, let me know and I’ll send you Tracey’s contact information.

The second mosquito remedy is a homemade cocktail that I mix and spray on my yard and trees.  It’s all natural so you don’t have to be afraid for your pets.  Mix it up and try it out.

The recipe for the mix is as follows:

  • 1 big bottle of cheap blue mouthwash (you can get at Costco)
  • 3 cups of Epsom salt
  • 3 stale 12 oz. cheap beer (stale beer has no bubbles, leave the opened beer out for 24 hours)

You can buy the sprayer at Walmart for less than $10.00.  xoxo

Patio Hibiscus

 

Delicious Little Nuggets

Delicious Little Nuggets

I have been patiently waiting for cotton candy grapes to arrive.  I LOVE cotton candy (it is super good in my champagne) so I knew I would like these grapes.  They are only available at certain times of the year, and they do sell out quickly.

Run, don’t walk, to either a Fresh Market, Whole Foods, Kroger, Sam’s Club or a Trader Joe’s to get some of these babies!  These grapes are so good.  They are so sweet, they taste better then a lot of candy I’ve tried.  That’s big, because candy is my JAM!

Cotton candy grapes are distributed by a company called Grapery.  They are actually produced in the USA.

In an article recently in Real Simple magazine they stated,  “distributed by the Grapery since 2011, a California-based company that cultivates table grapes, cotton candy grapes are juicy green spheres that naturally taste like the pink dessert. David Cain, a horticulturalist, developed the grape in an effort to give consumers more varieties of the bite-sized fruit, similar to the way that there are multiple kinds of apples, he told NPR in 2013. Without genetic modification or including artificial flavors, Cain made the grapes taste like cotton candy by hybridizing two different species of the vine-ripened fruit that highlights its naturally sweet taste.”

cotton-candy-wide (2) photo by Grapery

So, I have a great idea for you.  Why not freeze the grapes and use them in your drinks like little ice cubes.  Especially wine and champagne!  Just wash and freeze and you’ve got a delicious, sweet ice cube!  Mine are freezing now.

Cotton Candy Grapes in Champagne

Cheers 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.

Charleston Grill Bar

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!

Bubbly Horse visits the Charleston Grill

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.

Bubbly Horse visits The Charleston Grill

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!

The Charleston Grill at The Belmond in Charleston

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.

Stephanie and her parents at The Belmond

 

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!

The Belmond at Charleston Place

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.

 

 

Patio Party

Patio Party

Mint juleps aren’t for Derby anymore!  Don’t you just love a mint julep?  Not the ones they serve in masses at the track, but the real, homemade type.  I love a good mint julep and they are so easy to make.  I wanted to share my version of a summertime strawberry mint julep.

You have to start with the real deal, which is homemade simple syrup.  Don’t be scared, it’s not hard.  And if you make a batch of it, it will last several weeks.  Or, at least until you run out of bourbon!

The recipe for simple syrup is 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar and a sprig of fresh mint leaves.  Tear the leaves off of the stim, but don’t tear the leaves.  You will be fishing those out as the syrup cools.

Boil the mixture until the sugar is dissolved.  Should be about 3 minutes.  While cooling remove the mint leaves.  Let cool completely then put in a storage container ( I use an olive oil dispenser).  You can keep it in the refrigerator for about a month. Ok, so now you have your base.  Here’s the recipe:

  • 2 parts Bourbon (use a middle of the road bourbon, you don’t have to use Pappy)
  • 1/2 part simple syrup
  • 1/2 part lemon juice
  • several strawberries
  • a fresh sprig of mint

Place your strawberries in a glass and be sure to muddle them until they have broken up.  Add all ingredients, including ice to the shaker and shake, shake, shake.  Pour into a julep cup, Moscow Mule cup or a highball glass.  Garnish with the fresh mint.

Cheers!  xoxo

 

 

 

Glitter Beer

Glitter Beer

Glitter Beer

Yes, you read it correctly. Glitter beer is a real thing! I’m not really a beer drinker but I might have to try some of this. Has anyone tried any of it?

After doing some research about this totally fun product I’ve found that glitter beer is a hot new trend according to CraftBeer.com. Glitter beer is currently being made from several brewers including Sasquatch’s Gold Dust Woman, a New England IPA. The glitter is completely edible and safe. I know what you’re thinking, you won’t have an issue on the back-end. 🙂

Some folks may think that the glitter dust contained in the beer comes from Unicorns, but that is incorrect!

“The glitter is called Luster Dust, which is made from sugar, maltodextrin and mica-based pearlescent pigments,” according to Madeline McCarthy of Sasquatch Brewery in Portland, Oregon.

Personally I would like to see the beer a lot more glittery but this is certainly a start! Cheers, xoxo.

Daily Scoop

Daily Scoop

Summertime is a great time to break out that ice cream maker that you have.  You know the one that is sitting in your garage that you never use?!

Maybe you don’t use it because you don’t really know how or that you think it’s going to be difficult.  I think the hardest thing about the electric ice cream maker that I have is that I have to find room in the freezer to freeze the cannister!

On several occasions I have made champagne sorbet and it’s really easy and so fancy.  It’s so good, and you know exactly what the ingredients are in the sorbet.  I found this recipe in Food and Wine that you might want to try.  It only has two ingredients!  A perfect treat for summer!

4 pounds fresh strawberries (about 16 cups), hulled and quartered 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

How to Make It

Step 1
Using a potato masher, mash strawberries in a large bowl until mostly pureed (there will still be small chunks of pulverized berries) to yield about 6 cups strawberry puree. Stir sugar into berry puree. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 1 hour.

Step 2
Pour half of the chilled strawberry mixture into the freezer bowl of a 1 1/2-quart electric ice cream maker, and proceed according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 3
Transfer sorbet to a freezer-safe container; press a sheet of parchment paper directly on surface, and seal with an airtight lid. Place in freezer. Repeat procedure with remaining chilled strawberry mixture. Freeze sorbet at least 8 hours or overnight.

Photo and recipe from Food and Wine

Bubbly Days

Bubbly Days

Memorial Day is a holiday to reflect upon what sacrifices people have made in order for us to live in this wonderful place called America.  It’s also a great time to reconnect with friends and family.

Over the weekend I’ve been able to spend time with some of my oldest and dearest friends that I don’t get to see very often.  I’ve also spent time with some of my close friends cooking out, sitting by the pool and just spending time catching up.

Today I went over to my friend Maggie’s house to sit by the pool.  Her dog, Jack Woods, is sort of a doggie celebrity.  He’s very rare and has a bloodline that traces to a Westminster Dog Show winner.  Jack loves the pool, especially floating.  Check out these super cute floats that I found at Walmart.com.  Remember the other day when we discussed TopCashBack.com?  Well guess what?  I used the site and got 10% cash back for these super cute floats.  I just ordered them thru the TopCashBack.com site and then picked them up.  No shipping costs and they were ready to be picked up within an hour!  Look how cute they are!  Who doesn’t love a lollipops and cupcakes?!

https://www.topcashback.com/walmart/

When we got ready to use them it was pretty much a comedy show blowing them up.  I thought I might pass out before they were ready to use.  After the adventure of blowing up the floats, it was time for a cocktail.   I found a great combination that I think you will like.  It’s a Strawberry, Thyme and Prosecco cocktail.   Here’s the ingredients:

Strawberry thyme prosecco cocktail

2 cups strawberries (chopped)
1 cup liqueur (limoncello)
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
750 milliliters white wine (sparkling)

Mix this up and you have a perfect outdoor party!  I hope your weekend was as nice as mine.  xoxoxo