American, Bakery, Breakfast, Brunch, Coffee Shop, Dallas, Fort Worth

Magnolia Table- Waco, TX

One week ago Fixer Upper fans watched the final episode of Chip and Joanna Gaines’s broadcasted projects. The Magnolia cult is not dead though, from a Fixer Upper spin-off to the Silos in Waco, TX Chip and Jo are pretty set for life. Why stop there though? Fans everywhere rejoiced when Chip changed the Elite Cafe sign to ask “Avocado Toast?” and the Gaines’s made their official announcement to open Magnolia Table.

Y’all I can’t lie, I’m a huge Fixer Upper fan and I’ve tried so hard not to fall in love with Waco (Go Frogs), but I can’t help it. Waco has grown on me and I love Chip and Joanna and everything about them and their Magnolia brand. When Magnolia Table opened I immediately opened my calendar, called my best friend Hannah Haston (she’s an amazing professional photographer who works in the DFW/Waco/Austin area, click the link!!) and we made plans for a Monday, months into the restaurant being opened. I have been waiting forever to eat, see, love, and write about Magnolia Table for so long! Two things before we dive in: this blog will contain somewhere around thirty photos (y’all IT’S SO PRETTY I LOVE YOU JO) and it 100% met my expectations from design to food. 

Going into a place that’s been so hyped up and can, let’s be honest, ride on the name to get business I was unsure if the food and service would be any good. And after seeing so many professional photos and the episode of it being fixed up (haha see what I did there?!) I wasn’t sure if it actually would be as stunning in person. I was proven wrong on all fronts. Yes, it was an hour and fifteen minute wait, but you know that going into this it’s going to be a long wait. And that’s when checking out the Take Away section and outdoor waiting area are two smart ideas on their end. The Take Away is primarily there for people to grab either chicken salad, strawberry butter, chicken salad, pimento cheese, or chicken salad (maybe they’ll expand the options soon) as well as some Magnolia merchandise like shirts, tea towels, mugs, and some food extras like coffee and honey. The outdoor waiting area is really well done with some tables and chairs, bench seating around the perimeter, and a shaded area for those hot Texas days. You can grab a coffee while you anxiously check your place in line on your phone. Sipping on a delightful lavender coffee was just the ticket to pass the time. It had just a hint of lavender that wasn’t too much or too little! (Now I bombard you with more outdoor photos 😁) 

Then you walk inside and it’s almost a whirlwind, if that’s not too dramatic to say. You want to take it all in as you’re being seated, the interior really is stunning. From structurally speaking to all the detailing it’s truly eye catching in person as much as in photos. Hannah and I were seated in the back room that had some private seating as well as their community tables and bar seating. We got lucky and got our own table with patio viewing and all of that natural light Jo loves! 

Our waitress was super cute, feeding into the lightness you’d expect from the employees working here. She loved giving us her opinions when we asked, checked on us frequently, and always had a smile. 

Okay, remember Cara (hi that’s me, I’m at the bottom of the post in those overalls) this is a food blog…SO LET US TALK ABOUT THE FOOD! Oh y’all…it is so scrumptious, delicious, met my brunch food expectations. They aren’t riding on their name, they are firing really amazing food here. 

We started with Jo’s buttermilk biscuits with fresh strawberry butter. They weren’t layers of dough, it was almost more of a British scone than a Southern style biscuit on the outside. The inside was, however, pretty classic and a lovely crumbly mess of fluffy buttery goodness. The strawberry butter was superb, with no apparent added sugar it seemed to be just butter and fresh strawberries mixed in one spreadable piece of joy.

Now those of you who know me personally know that before going to a new restaurant I do ample research on the menu and check Instagram for visual reference…Table was no different and I knew way ahead of time what I was going to order. I mean, how could I (a lover of Chip Gaines) not get Chip’s ham sandwich?! 

A plate of beauty really. Let’s start with them tots, these are not your average tater tots. They were fantastic, packed with potatoes that were so light and fluffy with a crispy exterior fried to perfection. Fresh Parmesan and chives were the perfect topping. 

The ham sandwich, consisting of sliced ham steak, scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese on a buttery croissant (I prepped my body for the carb intake by not eating that weekend) was everything and more. It was precisely what I would expect Chip to want for breakfast. The croissant was flaky and flavorful, the eggs fluffy and light, and ham cooked with obvious love with those stove-top burnt bits. Cheddar cheese melted in these layers and I was ready to take on the afternoon, grab some shiplap and start a demo day. Well done chef and Chip, you’ve won that cooking baton.

I told you I took a bunch of photos! Magnolia Table didn’t disappoint me at all, not that I was expecting it to, but it certainly could have. It fulfilled my foodie tastebuds, pleased my interior designer eye, and had my Fixer Upper heart full…and my stomach. The Gaines’s have made it quite clear: they aren’t abandoning their fans or passions, simply feeding into our lives one of the best ways possible. They’re opening their hearts and doors saying “Meet me at Magnolia Table…where everyone has a seat at the table.”

“Come and Get It

             -Chip”

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Bakery, Baking Recipes, Cookies, Sweets, Uncategorized

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love my chocolate, as I’m sure many of you have realized by now. And peanut butter and chocolate is one of the best combinations to ever be invented. So when this recipe popped up on my Pinterest from Butter with a Side of Bread, I knew I had to try it.

The recipe is absolutely perfect and these are indeed probably one of the best peanut butter chocolate chip cookies I’ve had/made. No substitutions needed for it, I baked the cookies for 10 minutes and was very satisfied with the softness of them. However, if you like really gooey cookies lean more towards an 8 minute baking time. Super easy to make and all ingredients you can find in a common household, if you’re like me and keep peanut butter and chocolate chips on hand all the time. I highly recommend this recipe, perfect for everyone! And don’t forget the classic fork marks!

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Bakery, Baking Recipes, Breakfast, Sweets, Uncategorized

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I don’t know about you, but I always seem to be going through bananas like crazy. Yes, because I’m eating them all, but also because they turn brown so quickly. So what should you do with ripe bananas? Make banana bread of course! And because you should always have chocolate chips in your house, why wouldn’t you make banana bread with them in it! I originally found this recipe on Pinterest and it is by far my favorite. Tina’s Chic Corner recipe is adapted perfectly, especially with the use of Greek yogurt. Other than that, every ingredient is pretty standard that most people have them in the house so if you’re looking for a nice breakfast idea for the family or just for yourself I highly recommend this! I’ve also wrapped it in aluminum foil and have been able to nibble at it for a couple days after baking it. Makes for a quick and delicious breakfast on the go! Prep is easy and baking time is perfect! Happy Baking! 

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Bakery, Breakfast, Coffee Shop, Italian

Buon Giorno Coffee- Fort Worth, TX

Coffee shops are pretty common, I mean there’s practically a Starbucks on every corner, but the newest craze has been ‘hipster coffee shops’. Micro roasteries, as some call themselves, are the biggest thing since cupcake shops. Everyone wants to get a handcrafted mocha with a cool leaf design and Instagram it with their favorite filter. Coincidentally, I fall under this category and put it to use at Buon Giorno Coffee.

Right in downtown Fort Worth, just off Henderson Street near Lancaster Ave, sits Buon Giorno Coffee. It’s tucked back a bit, you would have to had google coffee shops to be able to find it most likely. It’s a smaller little place, with little parking in front leaving street parking to be the alternative. It’s worth finding a spot though. 

When you walk in, it’s like other coffee shops in Fort Worth (Brewed, Avoca Coffee Roasters). Very hipster and quaint, delicious pastries right out front in the case, classical music quietly playing in the background, but unlike the other ones Buon Giorno, like its name, attempts to take your taste buds to Italy. Although it doesn’t necessarily feel like Italia, you’ll have to read on to see if it tastes like Italia! This being my first time, I got not only a handcrafted beverage, but a delicious looking and recommended brioche. The man at the counter was very nice and told me his favorites and the shops most noteworthy pastries, he knew his stuff so don’t be afraid to ask them what they suggest!

I ordered the Menta Mocha, or mint dark chocolate coffee. It was quite delicious, what I can remember from my trips to Italy is that the flavors are bold yet subtle. This mocha was just that, the peppermint didn’t overpower the bold mocha taste, subtle and delicious. And naturally I got myself a heart shaped design, no leaves this time.  

 
As recommended, I ordered the sausage and cheese brioche. I honestly half expected something like the savory pastries at Starbucks…I was 80% correct. The brioche itself was delicious, the pastry was well baked. The sausage was quite tasty, too. The reason for my review is more the construction and lack of cheese with which the name describes. The little cheese inside was smothered on the side and you really didn’t get much. There was a lot of empty space inside the brioche. Each individual ingredient was delicious though, I would certainly order it again. I mean, it’s hard to resist a well baked brioche!  

 
Overall, I enjoyed everything about Buon Giorno, from the guy who helped me decide to the guy who cleared my dishes. I would grab Harry Potter and make the drive out there to sit and relax any day, definitely venture and try something new, and experience a different Italian-esqe coffee, each and every time. 

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Bakery, Baking Recipes

Bakery-Style Chocolate Chip Muffins

I have used this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction a few times and it’s honestly the best. It’s such a great recipe and I love how it doesn’t use butter! What makes them “bakery-style” is more the size, fill those tins or muffin cups right up. I love the hint of cinnamon and nutmeg in the recipe as well, it’s not overpowering, but it gives it that extra little taste that makes a perfect bite. FYI, as the blogger Sally tells you, after adding the wet to the dry ingredients it will be pretty lumpy, but try not to overmix. There were not many flour pockets so don’t worry too much about that. 

So go on, I’m positive you have all the ingredients in your cabinet, and make your family and loved ones a fabulous, easy, delicious homemade breakfast!  

    
   

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American, Bakery, Cape Cod, Food Trails, Seafood

Cape Cod Food Trail

Today’s post takes us to the beautiful island of Cape Cod, more specifically Orleans! Home of the best beach on the Cape, Orleans is located in the “elbow” of the island just about thirty minutes past the Sagamore Bridge. The Cape in general is home to the best seafood in New England, but Orleans is home to many delectable treats. Here’s a little food trail to follow in case you ever end up in Massachusetts and can make a getaway to the Cape!

Hole in One

Located in the middle of downtown Orleans on Cranberry Hwy, off Main St sits Hole in One, a little donut shop with a lovely restaurant to go with it. Whether you’re just craving a good donut or are treating family to brunch, Hole in One is a great, casual sit down for everyone. If you do plan to have a sit down meal though, prepare for a line. More times than not though the take out line for donuts is a breeze! The donuts all look so amazing it can be a bit overwhelming trying to choose what kind. My favorites? The classic powdered is amazing as well as their classic chocolate cake donut. If you’re looking for a cool flavor the toasted coconut is spectacular, cinnamon too!  

 

Cottage Street Bakery

Alright listen up, this is important: on little Cottage Street is the best bakery in town. You can’t get a bad pastry here, it doesn’t exist. The variety of options is quite decadent, from cranberry almond poppy to the fan favorite dirt bomb. Everything is made with quality ingredients, you can just taste it! The entire town raves about the ever famous dirt bomb muffin. They refer to it as a French donut puff, but it’s more than that. It’s a muffin that has everything a breakfast should have: cinnamon, nutmeg, a little crumble, a little fluff, and a lot of yum. My other favorites include their fresh apple crunch and lemon poppy muffins, and chocolate croissants.  

 

Liam’s at Nauset Beach

Picture this: you’re sitting on the best beach of the Cape, Nauset Beach. You feel the sand between your toes and the ocean breeze in your face when you suddenly realize it’s lunch time. You’re on vacation so you’re looking to splurge, but where do you go to eat? You can’t fathom loosing your great beach spot so why not find a place right on the beach? It exists everyone, it’s called Liam’s. Also referred to as “Lord of the Rings” , Liam’s is a classic beach front shack serving everything from hotdogs to lobster rolls. But nothing beats the infamous onion rings. These rings are lightly battered, thinly cut onion strips, the grease leaving their mark in the cardboard holder they come in. It’s a beautiful site and an even better taste. They aren’t heavy and thick like most onion rings, these are well worth the splurge. Warning: don’t let the sizing deceive you. Unless you’re feeding teenage boys I wouldn’t go bigger than a medium, they pack those little containers up!  
   

Sir Cricket’s

Perhaps it’s a rainy day and you’ve been stuck inside all day, but don’t really feel like cooking. A good alternative for lunch or dinner is Sir Cricket’s. Serving up the best clam and fish chowders, this little joint in located in the same building as the fish market along Cranberry Hwy on your way to the Orleans rotary. The clam chowder is my personal favorite, filled with plenty of clams and served hot and creamy. It’s a perfect dish to share, I recommend getting the biggest size and sharing a few bowls of heaven.   
 

Rock Harbor Grill

If you’re looking for more of a meal out, I highly recommend Rock Harbor Grill along Old Colony Way. Also attached to the Nauset Fish Market, Rock Harbor Grill is serving up some interesting and delicious foods. This was my first time going and I would certainly go back. They started us out with, not breadsticks, pretzel sticks! And not the hard Snyders kind, soft warm ones with an amazing mustard seed butter. To share, we got the lobster mac and cheese, which did not disappoint. It was packed with lobster, was creamy, and the pasta was cooked perfectly. Then, as if I could eat anymore, the RHG burger made its way. This isn’t any burger though. This burger was made out of chuck, short rib, and (wait for it) brisket. We all know how I feel about brisket and let me tell you if I could I would put brisket in every burger, it was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. So juicy, well seasoned (perhaps a tad more salt would have helped) and cooked beautifully, this burger was just amazing. And did I mention it comes with truffle fries? Well, it does and those too were amazing, the truffle was not overpowering as some chefs tend to do. Overall, I would say this place is a keeper for my future vacationS on the Cape. Just watch where you sit, the ACs can be a bit strong and you may end up sitting in a cold spot.

*fyi not pictured or mentioned is the PEI Mussells, I’m not a mussell fan so I cannot speak about those, but the sauce they came in was amazing. I practically drank the remaining sauce off my moms plate.   
   

Ice Cream Cafe

Ice cream is a staple for summer vacation and there are three main shoppes in Orleans: Emack and Bolio’s (chain, don’t do it), Sundae School (serving what tastes like Breyer’s brand, good but not great), and Ice Cream Cafe (bingo). ICC is also along Cottage St, next to the bakery. The ice cream is homemade, the soft serve is amazing, they take the time needed for a great milkshake, the sandwiches are made with cookies from the bakery next door, and they serve it with love. They also have options, which is becoming more of a thing nowadays, gluten free options, non dairy, etc. They have so many flavors to choose from it gives you a good excuse to go back the next night. Not only do you taste how homemade the ice cream is, but the cones too! Personal favorites include their cookie dough, peanut butter cup, chocolate fudge brownie, dark chocolate chip, cocoa mint chip, and coffee Oreo. And that’s narrowing it down.   

I hope you enjoyed this Cape Cod food trail, hopefully it helps narrow down the places you oughtta go if and when you end up in Cape Cod!

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