Cheesecake Factory Crispy Brussels Sprouts!

 

The real star of today’s post is the addition of crispy brussels sprouts to The Cheesecake Factory menu. I received an email a few weeks ago that they were adding some new menu items and the mention of crispy Brussels sprouts was all I needed to hear. I couldn’t wait to try them!

The Cheesecake Factory crispy brussels sprouts involve maple syrup, and bacon. I didn’t bother to ask for the brussels sprouts to be cooked without the bacon (although they offered) because it’s easy enough to eat around the pieces. As a meatless eater, I don’t really care if the food is cooked with bacon and if I accidentally eat a small piece, it’s really okay.

Anyway, the crispy brussels sprouts! So super delicious. Perfectly crispy and terrifically flavored. I can’t wait to order them again.

crispy brussels sprouts

As usual, I had my salad.

Cheesecake Factory salad

And shared Linda’s Fudge cake.

linda's fudge cake

With a full stomach, I did some shopping around the mall before picking up prescription eye drops for my son (who was home with a sudden eye infection of some sort).

I’m in the market for a few new things from Lululemon for fall/winter but totally not in the mood to spend the money just yet.

Lululemon selfie

My Lucky Rainbow sneakers are no longer available but from the same brand, how cute are these?!

I giggled when I saw this front tie shirt on display. Maybe they got the idea from me. ūüôā

Lululemon

I also stopped into Henri Bendel and grabbed a luggage tag. I bought the Centennial Striped one but I can’t find the exact link online. They also sell the “bag tag” with passport cover as a set.

I’m on a mission to get everything I may possibly need before the close. I didn’t include the luggage tags in my Bendel¬†Must-Haves Before They Close post from last week but the tag is still a must-have if you need a luggage tag! Everything is 20% off right now too!

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Do you like crispy brussels sprouts? Have you tried them yet at The Cheesecake Factory?

Do you need new fall/winter running clothes? Where are you getting them from?

 

 

Bareburger (Restaurant Review)

I was all set to write-up my thoughts on dining at Bareburger a few weeks ago but something inside me said go one more time before offering a proper review.

Had I written this review after my first dining experience at Bareburger, I would have been all like, YOU MUST GO! IT’S SO GOOD!, but then I went again a few days ago and had a¬†not so great¬†experience.

Let’s start at the beginning.

Bareburger recently opened in my area (for local readers, Bareburger opened in Plainview, right in between the two Plainview shopping centers).

If you check out their website, you will see that Bareburger has locations around the world with a concentration in New York and other East Coast areas although I do see locations in Ohio and California listed on the map too.

Bareburger prides themselves on their organic, free range, pesticide-free, non-GMO menu with a sensitivity to food allergies. They label their menu really well so those looking out for Vegan, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free and Shellfish are aware of what they are ordering.

Appetizers:

One side of the big Bareburger menu displays salads, shares, and sandwiches.

bareburger menu

We ordered the crispy brussels sprouts as our appetizer during our first visit which were out of this world.

I have ordered crispy brussels sprouts in various restaurants in the past but I am pretty sure that these were my favorite.

bareburger crispy brussels sprouts

In an effort to try something different during my next visit to Bareburger, we ordered the pickles and slaws as our appetizer.

It was a pricey appetizer for what it was and I can’t say we loved it. It was just okay and not something we would order again, even as pickle lovers. The coleslaws were cool¬†and¬†different in concept,¬†a kimchi slaw and a brussels slaw, but nothing overly special in taste.

I would have preferred the crispy brussels sprouts and I was unimpressed when the pickles and slaws arrived for almost $12 in price.

Bareburger

Burgers:

I reviewed the Bareburger menu before going to ensure that I would have something to eat since I don’t eat meat.

They have three veggie burger options which you can have on top of a salad or build as a burger. They also have falafel.

At my first visit, I ordered the black bean burger. You are able to customize your burger or choose from their signature combinations. I went with the customize option.

Bareburger menu

I chose the collard green wrap option instead of a bun along with sprouts, tomatoes, sweet pickles, sautéed mushrooms and guacamole on the side.

I really liked the black bean burger and the way they serve it on a skewer is cute.

black bean burger

I made sure to try another veggie burger option during my second visit so I went with the farmers quinoa burger.

I did not love it at all but I am not sure as to why. It’s hard for me to find a “veggie burger” that’s bad but there was something annoying to¬†me about the taste of this quinoa burger.

In fact, had I not been hungry, I may not have finished it. I ordered the farmers quinoa burger with tomatoes, sautéed onions and mushrooms and sprouts.

They forgot the sautéed onions so when I mentioned this to the waitress, she told me she would bring them to me on the side but never did.

Bareburger

Both times that I went, we ordered the onion rings and sweet potato fries side option.

Their onion rings are terrific. The only problem with the sweet potato fries is that my son had actually asked for regular French fries during our second visit but they brought him the sweet potato fries instead.

bareburger onion rings

Bareburger also serves shakes from a small shakes menu but we didn’t try those. From what I understand, the burgers and other sandwich options are really good. My friend liked what she had (which is the¬†chicken sandwich in the above photo)¬†and I think my son liked the burger he ordered¬†(but he was also busy complaining that everything was “healthy” so we can’t exactly go by him).

Would I go back to Bareburger?

I don’t know. I probably would for the crispy brussels sprouts but my last visit really turned me off. The service was horrendous which didn’t help the fact that I didn’t like what I ordered.

I think that terrible service tends to stand out and keep me away from dining at certain restaurants. The waitress was so super nice the first time we went but last week, the service was simply terrible. Maybe this waitress was having a bad day, maybe she was new but even so, the rest of the staff seemed dazed and out of it. We waited way too long for water, for our food, for the onions that never arrived, and for our check.

Do I think it’s worth you trying Bareburger in your area? I do. Aside from the service, I do think there is a ton of variety on the menu and it’s nice to know that the quality of the food and attention to allergies is on target for what we desire.

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Have you been to Bareburger? What do you normally order?

Does bad service keep you from going back to certain restaurants?

what does your favorite candy say about you (TOL)

thinking out loud

Let’s just get this out-of-the-way: I am annoyed at the Yankees for releasing Alex Rodriguez.

A-Rod.

I am heartbroken.

A-Rod has been my favorite player for years and this forcing him out, which they think is being done politely, is not polite at all. I am annoyed by the politics and details surrounding this situation enough to say that a part of me wants to consider liking the Mets instead.

I didn’t just say that.

My son comes home from camp this weekend!

My biggest question of course is what does he want to eat when he gets off the bus. It will be lunch time when he arrives so does he want to go to Chopt? Does he want to go to Bareburger with me since Bareburger is now one of my favorite places?

We will need to discuss their menu in full detail soon but for now I will let you see the crispy brussels sprouts from last night’s dinner.

crispy brussels sprouts

Surely¬†my¬†son¬†doesn’t want me to cook him anything when he gets home. In fact, before he left for camp he mocked me real good by requesting that¬†I make him chicken before he left just in case he hated the food at camp because then¬†it would be fresh in his mind that he is missing nothing food-wise at home.

Isn’t he the sweetest?

Last week I complained about Instagram, this week it’s Bloglovin.

The only thing saving me from flipping about Bloglovin’s new layout is that it let me revert back to the old way of scrolling through my feed. I don’t like change, okay?

Speaking of Bloglovin, if I am not currently following you on there, please leave me a link to your feed. Sometimes I cannot find the blogs I want to follow AND sometimes the links to Bloglovin provided in the sidebars of blogs are not correct. Please help me follow you!

Do you want to hear about recent Bar Mitzvah planning happenings?

Neither do I, trust me. The details for this Bar Mitzvah are drowning me although yesterday was fun because I went for my makeup trial before meeting with the DJ/Entertainment. You know I love makeup. Click here for my most recent beauty favorites post.

Dior makeup trial

The only thing really worth saying this week in regards to Bar Mitzvah planning is that the cost of living in New York extends far beyond actually living.

The cost of sitting in New York is very expensive.

Did you know that renting the exact same chiavari chair here in New York will cost $5 more than it does in Florida? You can be sure that with each rental company that I call, I ask them very seriously if we sit differently in New York to warrant such a price difference.

They don’t laugh.

So please, if you are attending my son’s Bar Mitzvah, when¬†the dancers try to motivate you out of your seat to¬†join them on the dance floor,¬†feel free to stay seated. Let them know you are trying to make the chair worth it’s price. Thanks.

What does your favorite candy say about you?

Did you see this link about what your go-to favorite candy says about your personality?

So I would probably pick the m&m’s from the favorite candy¬†list and I guess the part about being a kid at heart makes sense but really I need a chocolate candy that says something like:

Your candy choice says that you hate most¬†people and despise wearing pants. You are quite intelligent, have a low tolerance for society, can’t handle seeing toothpaste in a sink but are¬†really nice, outgoing and funny although your humor¬†stems from your honesty but hey, honesty is amusing¬†sometimes.¬†You¬†like to run outdoors but don’t actually like the outdoors. You prefer hotels over camping, hate to walk barefoot, love to watch sports but do not like to play them. Lisa Frank stickers and Barbie Dolls for life.

Yeah, that sounds like me.

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Don’t forget to check out what everyone else is thinking about today!

If you read the link, what does your favorite candy say about you? Is it right?

Makeup junkies: What are your favorite products lately?

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