Favorite Eats in Fort Worth

We moved to the Fort Worth area in January 2019. We had no clue about the location or where to look. Since my husband and I love to explore and dine out locally, we decided to seek out social media using the hashtag #fortwortheats on Instagram.

Since then, we’ve discovered a bunch of hotspots that’s become our favorite go to. In this crazy COVID-19 times, I know many of these places may go out of business. Some of them are doing curb-side pick up to save their business. In honor of #supportlocalbusiness, I’m listing a few of my local favorite eats.

Gemelle: This place screams fun spot along with amazing Italian goodies. Lip smacking oh em gee good! My first time there, I was maybe 15 weeks pregnant and was craving a night out. Mind you, it was literally 100 degrees at the time. The place was packed and the only seating available was outside. I noticed the fans on the deck so I didn’t seem to mind. Although, pregnant and heat didn’t mesh well with me at the time. Now, where am I going with this? Oh yes, you have to get their Crispy Chicken Fettuccine ‘Alfredo’. It wasn’t heavy at all. Light on the sauce and thick crispy crust outside the chicken. I devoured it. SO GOOD. Recently, we did a date night take out from them and they did not disappoint. Cesar salad, pasta and pizza makes the world go round.

Cane Rosso: we were exploring this cute street called Magnolia Ave in downtown Fort Worth that reminded me of home. Local restaurants and cute hot spots of wine bars and breweries. Came Rossco stole my heart with their pizzas. Because every pizza you purchase, they donate to the Cane Rosso foundation. Dog lovers unite! And get their Billy Ray Valentine pizza!

Right now, you can donate a pie or ten to help feed the frontline.

Heim Barbecue : We drove by one day and saw the line out the door. We looked closely and there wasn’t room inside. Luckily, they opened a bigger place on the other side of town so we went to check it out. Their brisket is SO GOOD. Where I’m from, you can definitely tell the meat differences. Beef > pork bbq. Do go. Make sure you save room for their spicy Mac and cheese.

Melt Ice Creams: Also on Magnolia Ave. If anyone knows me, I can’t tolerate a ton of dairy and gluten. This place offers so many dairy free AND even offer gluten free waffle cone. Their almond cone is amazing. Get your scoop or three as soon as you get out of the house. Better yet, just order curb-side pick up for the entire family.

Waters Texas: This restaurant was really our first nice dinner out in Texas since we moved. Like other places, packed, make a reservation, sit at the bar and enjoy a cocktail or two before seating. And for dinner, enjoy this one. Savor every moment.

Gypsy Scoops: Our apartment neighbors had told us about this place and we never stopped going. It was that addicting. Summers in Texas are brutal. Their ice cream is next level brutally delicious. The ice cream is so unique. The lavender flavor has me wondering how to make it at home. Their Cookie Monster ice cream is my favorite. It’s bad enough they remember me and what I order.

Zoli’s NY Pizza: This place is one of the unique pizza place I’ve gone to. Outdoor things to do for the kids, outside the restaurant has a separate ice cream parlor. Do go if you want some lactose goodness. They offer so many varieties of pizza and have specials on certain days. Go follow them on IG to catch it. We did curb-side pick up with them and I don’t know why we never ordered their Cheesy Blaster breadsticks before. Once we have freedom, it’s on my checklist.

Hot Box Biscuit Club: We needed a place to “date” for breakfast while Warrior Annie was still in the NICU. Getting out to this place was just what the doctor ordered. So needed and unbelievably mouth watering goodness. I left the place with a full stomach and heart and a week later Annie was discharged.

I’ve linked all the restaurants in their names. Please go and support them. As of right now, they’re all doing curbside pickup. They’re super appreciative of their customers doing their part to help their business so we can all go back to our lives and enjoy food.

Highlights from New Orleans

My Monday night has turned boring. Definitely having Bachelor blues. I’m super happy for the new couple but more excited for the new Bachelorette! I can’t wait to hear my husband groan through it and laugh again. It’s quite enjoyable watching him suffer through a “chick flick”.

Okay enough of that. Can we talk about being a victim? Raise your hand if you’ve personally been victimized by Bourbon Street.

There’s nothing like that stench on every corner, green grenade drinks and voodoo daiquiri that reminds you of your grape cough syrup as a kid. Except with Everclear 190. Nonetheless, what a fun place. Definitely did not do any flashing of any kind to get my beads. Please don’t be stupid and flashing is not cool. Nobody wants to see something illegal.

With it being a St. Patrick’s day weekend, it was definitely a busy one. Packed. Long lines at your favorite restaurants and museums. Plenty of people watching and good times on their unstable wraparound porches.

Here are my favorites to enjoy.

  • Cafe Du Monde – If you love fried donuts smothered in 5 feet of powdered sugar. But their coffee is TERRIBLE. Just get your favorite cafe’ somewhere else and wait in an hour long line with it.
  • National WWII Museum – Non-history buffs not allowed.
  • Parkway Bakery and Tavern – It’s been talked about with friends and it’s a local favorite so we knew we had to go. It was our first stop as soon as we checked in. Their Po’ Boys sandwiches are HEAVEN! Definitely not healthy at all. You know those fried oysters and all the fixings on the samwhich….hashtag drool. It was simply so good and I’m so glad we went on an empty stomach because their size smalls were HUGE! See what I did there?
  • Cochon – This is a place I regret. By regret, I mean drinking green grenades and voodoo daiquiris that seem super easy to have that you end up losing your appetite by dinner reservation. Ahem. Let’s not go there again. It’s SO GOOD. I promise you coming from someone who could only stomach a salad.
  • Big Pie Pizza – If your stomach needs to soak up the alcohol and make you feel better about being drunk, their pizza is da bomb! And big.
  • Jackson Square – Cute park. On a nice day, grab your beignets and say a little prayer as you take a bite into it and hope the wind doesn’t blow powder on your face. Let alone inhale that shit.
  • Oceana Grill – This place had a line out the door every time we walked by. Luckily, we were VIP and skipped the line for dinner. Just kidding. We ate there for rehearsal dinner. Do get their Cajun Jambalaya Pasta with rabbit and alligator sausage.
  • Congo Square/Louis Armstrong Park – We went for a 3 mile morning jog and came upon this cute gem. The awning lights up at night if you don’t care for fitness.

Heed of warning and I’m just going to leave it right here. New Orleans will make you a sloppy bridesmaid.

Congratulations to the new Mr. And Mrs. Seraile!

Best of 2018

What a year it’s been. 2019 is finally here.

I was recently in NY for a ski trip with my family celebrating the new year festivities.

One night, we all sat together enjoying dinner, sharing laughs, stories, reminiscing on our past. I took a step back listening and observing how much we’ve all grown.

I decided to share my 5 top favorites of 2018.

1-The trip to Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. It was an amazing trip. One we could not get enough of. It almost led to a move to New Zealand! JK. I mean, we did try.

But wait, here’s more!

Sorry, can’t help it!

2-The Super Bowl LII. New England Patriots vs Philadelphia Eagles = Justin vs Amanda. It was definitely a divided house. An unbelievable win. Talk about a quiet week after that. Go Eagles!

3-My first weightlifting meet. I did something that scares me. I am forever humbled.

4-Our big adventure with Texas. It was quite a rollercoaster of the unknown and I could not be more proud of my husband taking on a new opportunity. This will be extremely emotional to leave behind but exciting new adventures awaits in the new year!

5-I launched my blog with the idea to share my story and be an advocate. Not just for the deaf and hard of hearing community but to show others hearing or not, there’s potential within you all. It’s grown to lifestyle, food and adventures. I sure hope to influence and inspire many more!

There are 365 pages to fill. You are your own author of these pages. May the new year shine light, lots of love, and peace. Remember, jump in with open heart and know there are far better things ahead than you can imagine. Take last year’s losses and turn it into this year’s growth. Keep smiling like you mean it and be kind.

Make this year count.