Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Jerry/ Dune Deck Cafe/ West Palm Beach, Florida

Hello lovely readers. 

When I woke up today I felt an aching desire to go to the beach.  This isn't so surprising considering I am a born and raised (South) Floridian!  I knew I couldn't go to the beach so I put on some lotion called "beach" (really original) and hoped it would work its magic.  I believed the scent alone would transport me from my ice cold office to a hot, sandy shoreline.  My computer screen would transform into a juicy novel, and my hot coffee to a fruity, refreshing drink. Well, the lotion didn't do much other than make me smell nice, frozen and tinkering away at on a tedious project. 

Maybe I couldn't make it to the beach today but when left with few options I always turn to my imagination and memories.  It is in the spirit of my earnest desire to escape to the beach that I present this post.  When I am home in West Palm Beach and have very little to do, mom and I love to go to the Dune Deck Cafe to enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch

Mom, because she believes in the "complex theory of rubbing it in" sent me pictures and, of course, a cute waiter from her last visit to the Dune Deck Cafe (I was probably working ;-)). 

So, ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, it is my absolute pleasure to introduce you to Jerry, our shy, yet affable waiter!  Not only is Jerry a real cutie and a great waiter, he is also a kiteboarding instructor.  Don't feel bad if you've never heard of kiteboarding, I hadn't either.  But now that I know, kiteboarding sounds riveting! Take a look at this cute, instructor/waiter, Jerry:

I don't know about all of you, but I wouldn't shy away from a kiteboarding lesson from Jerry. 

Jerry is definitely a cutie, but there are many reasons to visit the Dune Deck Cafe.  The food is just fantastic and you will not leave hungry.  For breakfast, I usually have the eggs benedict (pictured below) and they are always delectable.  You can even have the evil hollandaise sauce on the side, if you're into that sort of thing.

If you are a pancake lover, fear not!  The Dune Deck Cafe has big, fluffly, yum-tastic pancakes (pictured below).  Oh the joys of breakfast!

If you happen to visit during lunchtime, I recommend the Greek salad.  Even if the Greek economy is sinking faster than the ancient city of Venice, this salad will make your tummy soar!  If you're a fish lover, get it with some fish on top--you won't be disappointed.

Perhaps the most compelling reason to go to the Dune Deck Cafe has nothing to do with waiters or food at all.  On top of the already thrilling prospect of waiters like Jerry and large portions of ridiculously yummy food, the Dune Deck Cafe is located right on the beach!  So after (or before) your meal you can stroll along this boardwalk:

Or you could simply admire the view:

Either way, you can't really go wrong at the Dune Deck Cafe.  Sometimes the wait is a little long, but it is worth it! And you couldn't ask for a more beautiful place to linger a little longer. 

So, tomorrow I might still have to drag myself into the frozen tundra of my office, but thoughts of the Dune Deck Cafe, Jerry, and the beautiful South Florida beachfront will surely keep me warm!

Love and yum,
Amy and Sharon

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Aaron/ Andres/ Marcello/ La Sirena/ West Palm Beach, FL

Dearest readers. I must confess that this posting might be the nearest and dearest to my heart yet. You see, in this post I will share with you one of the most phenomenal restaurants (and waiters) in the entire world. Please, don't think that I am exaggerating. In fact, truth be told I hesitate to post this one at all because if mom has anything to do with it (or me for that matter) one of these cute waiters will one day be in our family...married to me! That's right, I'm unveiling my very own cute waiter crush. Let the blushing begin.

First, allow me to tell you about the restaurant itself: Marcello's La Sirena. If you are looking for an exquisite Italian dining experience that bears absolutely no resemblance to the Olive Garden or Macaroni Grill (i.e. fake, I mean, "Amerian" Italian food) then look no further than Marcello's. You will not find anything quite like this place anywhere else--except maybe in Italy. The owner and chef, Marcello (photographed below), makes his own mozzarella and there is an amazing wine cellar (in the attic of all places) where he keeps the wine perfectly temperature controlled. You can even have special dinners for up to eight people if you make a reservation well in advance.

Here's a picture of the man himself, Marcello! A handsome fellow, indeed.

Speaking of handsome fellows, let's move onto the cute waiters. I know my audience! Before we get to my crush, I want to introduce you to this fine gentleman, Aaron.

Just try to tell me that Aaron isn't just the sweetest wine peddler you've ever seen! I doubt there are any objections to his cuteness. What you couldn't know unless you met him is his sweetness. Aaron is adorable and he's an incredibly competent waiter to boot. He knows all about wine, and that makes him all right with me. Mom has a particular affinity toward Aaron. It might be because he is usually responsible for scenes like this one:

That's Aaron's hand pouring some effervescent prosecco, an Italian greeting wine. (Here's a tip: NEVER buy expensive champagne again. Go for some prosecco and you and your guests--and your wallet--will be quite pleased!)

Aaron is, indeed fantastic. I, however, have my eye on another waiter, Andres. Sigh. What can I say about Andres? Not much! I'm speechless. Andres, if you are reading this, just remember that I am single! Take a look ladies and gentlemen, and see what you think of my future husband-- I mean this cute waiter...

Now if the throng of good looking men isn't enough to entice you into visiting Marcello's then perhaps the food will bring you in. It is true that some of my favorite men work there, but the real draw is the fine Italian cuisine that Marcello cooks up each night. This is a dining experience you will not forget. To start, you might try the Bruschetta Sirena with fresh tomatoes, basil, oregano and extra virgin olive oil atop a crusty grilled bread. I've had a lot of bruschetta in my lifetime, but none so simply delicious as this one.

If you are a fish lover then you should try the Salmon Livornese. I don't know how to describe this one other than to call it (and this is a technical term) yummy-licious. This fish literally melts in your mouth. Honestly, when I make salmon at home it always turns up a little--dry. Not this one! Check out the menu for a better (and more technically accurate) description. For now, take a look at this divine fish dish.

Do you love pasta? Do you like porcini mushrooms? Have you ever even had a white truffle or truffle oil? Well, sometimes, on special occasions, you can have all three in one course. As you look at this next photo, close your eyes and imagine how indulgent it would be to dine on this feast.

For those of you more interested in heavier fare--meat--you are in luck as well! This filet melts in your mouth. Now that's a sensational savory!

Along with cute waiters and fantastic food, Marcello's also boasts an incredible wine list. Here are a couple of real gems that we imbibed on one particularly extravagant evening.

If you haven't already gathered this, Marcello's is a special place and it comes at a special price. (Oh--and did I mention that it is closed during the summer? Don't worry, they re-open in early September) But I guarantee that a dining experience at Marcello's is worth every penny! So if you're looking for a bit of luxury, and a lot of fun, go to Marcello's the next time you're in West Palm Beach. But don't try to steal Andres--he's mine. :-)

Love and yum,
Amy and Sharon

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Dennis/ Rhythm Cafe / West Palm Beach, FL

Another favorite in the Palm Beach County area is a local joint located in a renovated and converted 1950s drugstore that was called Ranch's. It is now the home of Rhythm Cafe, a quirky and fun restaurant in the heart of the antiques district of West Palm Beach, Florida. You wouldn't know just by driving by the treasures that this campy restaurant holds. For instance, if you check out their website, you can see some of the prom pictures that adorn the walls donated by customers who used to frequent Ranch's Drugstore while sitting at the original counter.

Among the novel decor of this fun-loving restaurant is one of our favorite waiters ever, Dennis. Okay, maybe he isn't the waiter, he might be the host--let's not get bound by labels. Check him out, how could we resist?

The food at Rhythm is, as you might imagine, out of this world! We go to Rhythm Cafe regularly (when mom calls they know her voice--I'm not kidding), but the night we've featured is from dad's 60th birthday (look, I'm ratting everyone out)! The kind folks at Rhythm Cafe accommodated our 24 person group without a hitch and provided delightful service and food (and wine--duh).

The following dish is the hog snapper (they only feature fresh and local fishes, so this was on the menu that night) prepared with an artichoke sauce. Let's all say it together--YUM! An often overlooked item on a dinner plate, carrots, should not be strewn aside at Rhythm Cafe because they are, as mom says "to die for!" Why don't you go and find out for yourself?

Now, what birthday, (or meal), would be complete without a sweet treat to finish it off? Well the desserts at Rhythm Cafe are so good that you might think you're living in a dream world. Dennis, the "waiter" featured above, actually makes the chocolate cake himself and...expanded its size for our sweet-toothed party! I promise you've never had a cake quite like this. Feast your eyes on this, dear readers.

Rhythm Cafe has so much to offer that we could probably write an entire blog just about it. The waiters all make something on the menu (for instance, Blaine occasionally makes the sweet and spicy jalapeno brownies--only if you're good). All the desserts are made in-house, including the ice cream. This place is pretty much a foodies heaven. They are also very LGBTQ friendly, which we think is just swell.

It's small, so if you go in season be sure to make a reservation because it WILL be packed--probably with my family members.

Love and yum,
Amy and Sharon

John/ Centanni/ Royal Palm Beach, FL

This restaurant is one of my parents and my favorite places to eat. When we walk in the door we are greeted by name, and with ample amounts of sumptuous, fresh-baked Italian bread with olive oil and garlic. Yum. Another great feature of Centanni's is the waitstaff. I must say that if you're looking for a place with really, really, really cute and friendly waiters you should visit Centanni's. This waiter is John. Though his name is ordinary, this fellow is not. John is adorable and a fantastic waiter who couldn't wait to be featured on the blog. We hope you like him as much as we do!

Ladies and gentlemen, I don't think that you can deny the cutie-cuteness of John. But don't visit Centanni's just for the waiters, come for the food as well! While we all have our regular, standby meals, Centanni's has a marvelous menu filled with delectable Italian dishes. The dish featured below was a special of the night--lamb (it doesn't get much more special than lamb, folks).

The lamb chops were grilled to perfection and served on a bed of fresh, seasonal vegetables. What you don't see is the sinful side order of pasta, which comes with most meals. You definitely won't go hungry at Centanni's because if that wasn't enough to sate your appetite, the meal comes with a soup or salad ( I suggest the pasta fagioli--I have dreams about this soup and awake in...drool).

Because Centanni's has no website, we've provided the contact information below. Be sure to visit Centanni's if you are ever in the West Palm Beach, Florida area.

Phone: 561.792.7677

Address: 10107 Southern Blvd
Royal Palm Beach, Florida 33411

Love and yum,

Austin/Brianna/P.F. Chang's/ Denver, CO

Recently, I took a trip to Denver, Colorado to attend the American Education Research Association's annual conference. While there I learned a lot about what's hot in the research community, but also got a chance to try some of the local cuisine. Now, this restaurant is not local, by any means. Indeed, PF Chang's is a standard of many cities across the country. However, some unique characteristics made this PF Chang's worth citing.

For instance, the place was swarmed with cute waiters! Honestly, if you're looking for cute waiters, this is the place to go! We saw so many that we had to choose two just to be fair. Though in truth, we could have taken pictures of any of the waitstaff because they were just. that. cute! Take a look at our two picks:
This first one is Austin. He caught our attention because of his rugged, Colorado man appeal. Austin really looks like he belongs in a place like Denver, which is all at once rustic and modern. Besides, who can resist a tall blondie? :-)

But if Austin isn't your type, fear not! Brianna was our actual waitress and was...dare I say...HOT! I know, this blog is for cute waiters, but when someone is hot that deserves attention. What do you think of Brianna? (We think she's hot, in case you didn't get that)

Come on! Admit it! She's a hottie.

So you're probably wondering why we decided that a chain like PF Chang's deserved to make it on the blog. The cute waiters are one thing, but the food is another! My traveling companion has coeliac disease, which makes it difficult to eat out. But! PF Chang's has an entire gluten free menu for her ( and other gluten free peoples) to choose from. For their consideration and love of all things gluten free, we just had to include PF Chang's in the old blog.

If you are in need of a cute waiter fix, or have dietary restrictions that limit your gluten intake, consider PF Chang's as your restaurant of choice. You'll be glad you did!

Love and yum,

PS- Special thanks to Jess Clawson (my traveling companion) for taking the photos!

Karen/Pelican Cafe/ Lake Park, FL

Darling blog readers! I've been a little busy with school and work and all those things that take up my time. But even in the midst of final paper writing and traveling, I've managed to collect a few cute waiters for your entertainment. After a long (at least long in internetspeak) hiatus, we are so proud to bring you another installment of cute waiters!

Our featured cutie-pie is Karen from the Pelican Cafe in Lake Park, Florida. For those Palm Beach County natives, you might remember the location as Cafe du Parc, which closed in 2006. Well, the new owners have breathed new life into this old establishment and have provided the area with a much-needed place for...yumminess! Karen, is just one aspect of the fabulous restaurant, and the seaside decor is classy, yet fun. But, as always, you don't have to take our word for it; see for yourself!

Yes folks, the Pelican Cafe is a sweet place with sweet waitresses like Karen. We went for breakfast and were treated to a wonderful time. To make the deal even more sacchariferous, the lovely waitresses bring you fresh-made doughnuts once you've ordered your breakfast! Take a look at these sugary, cinnamony treats!

The doughnuts above are the ones that we ravenously consumed at our table. But when you walk in the door, no one can miss this tempting display:

Are you drooling yet?

Mom got these blueberry pancakes with crispy bacon, (she ordered it crispy--she likes it that way). As described by mom, these pancakes were "perfect!" Even though I'm not a pancake fan, I have to agree that these particular pancakes looked delightful. I say looked because not a bite was left for me to try! Go mom!

Dad (yes, dad's in on the action this time), had the three egg omelet with mushrooms and sausage. Again, I didn't get to try this omelet, which he described as "the best he's ever had!" because there was simply none left. You'll have to go and check it out for yourself!

Speaking leaving nothing behind, did I mention the huevos rancheros that I ordered? Unfortunately, I couldn't take a picture because even though my blogging skills are finely attuned to my audience's needs, my stomach did not cooperate. I am a big fan of huevos rancheros, and these are second to none! You can order them with or without chorizo (what do you think I did, dear readers--ahem!), and they are covered in two kinds of cheeses. Can you say HEAVEN? I certainly can. To spice up the plate, one of the many cute bus-boys came along and offered a vast array of hot sauces (too bad this isn't a cute bus-boy blog)! I was impressed with the selection to say the least.

If you are ever in the Palm Beach County area, we would highly recommend giving the
Pelican Cafe a try. We doubt you'll be disappointed, and although we've only tried breakfast, the Pelican Cafe serves up lunch and dinner as well. I can't imagine that this restaurant could be anything less than fantastic!

Love and yum!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Otis/ The Top/ Gainesville, FL

Our next waiter comes from one of my favorite restaurant/bars in Gainesville: The Top. This place boasts eclectic decor, an array of vegetarian and meaty dishes, a great bar, and, of course, cute waiters!

My last visit to The Top was on a Tuesday night after the mayoral election in Gainesville and the entire Democratic Party was there to, well, party! (We're in a runoff by the way) I was there with a lovely group of ladies from my doctoral program and we had a blast. Our cute waiter Otis helped out with that for sure. Otis is the kind of cutie who has that rugged, bearded, awesome look. I personally want to go camping with him and jam out with a guitar next to a blazing fire. What would you do with Otis?

As I mentioned, the ladies and I went to The Top on a Tuesday, which is a special day. Each Tuesday, The Top serves up its usual yummy-licious fare, alongside the specials: TACOS! These are no regular tacos, however. Mine were made with sushi-grade tuna and the ones featured below were fried grouper tacos. Not your typical taco.

This is a great place to go for a drink after work, dinner, late night fun, or even Sunday brunch. If you are in Gainesville you would be remiss if you didn't take a moment to stop by this local favorite.

Love and yum,

Sergio/California Pizza Kitchen/ Wellington, Fl

Hello dear bloggers! As you already know I am quite inundated with schoolwork right now. However, that doesn't mean that I can't write a blog or two about some cute waiters. In fact, I think that blogging is the perfect remedy for the PhD blues that I am currently experiencing. So it is in the spirit of de-stressing that I bring you this next cutie.

I must confess that I was not there when this particular cutie pie came about. My darling mother and aunt Jenny (shout out!!!) scoped out this guy and apparently, he was REALLY into the idea of being on the blog. He thinks this makes him a celebrity. All I can say is that I love the enthusiasm! So, Sergio, here's your post. Even though I wasn't there to see this boy in person, I must agree that he is adorable. The fact that he's from Columbia only aids his cuteness status. But don't trust me (or my mom). Take a look for yourself!

Unfortunately, I can't really comment on the food as much as the waiter because...well...evidently aunt Jenny didn't quite understand that you have to take a picture of the food BEFORE you eat it. She will learn! But I can say that California Pizza Kitchen is consistently one of mom's and my favorite place to go for lunch. We prefer local restaurants to chains, but the food and atmosphere at CPK is upbeat and we just like it. The salads are unique and perfectly prepared, the hummus and pita is warm and delicious and the soups are yummy too. You can even get two soups in one cup if you want. I think that's pretty special. Oh. And I guess some people like the pizzas too. We just usually don't have them in favor of appetizer assortments. ;-)

Love and yum,
Amy and Sharon

Thursday, March 18, 2010

An Apology. A Confession. A Promise.

Hello readers. I would like to apologize for the delay in adding cute waiters to the blog. To be sure, many have been found, yet I have not reported on them or the treats they brought mom and I.

I feel I must confess to you readers who might not know that I (Amy) am not only a blogger but a student in a rigorous doctoral program. The current delay on the hotties comes not from lack of desire to report but my own inability to reserve time for my postings.

It is with this in mind that I wish to present a promise. I promise that I have been diligently seeking out cute waiters. What's more, I've gotten others involved and mom and my Aunt Jenny have also been scoping out the cuties. I have about five reviews to write and I will do so soon.

I can't wait to introduce you to Otis, Sergio, Andres (this one is a GOOD one), Roberto, and a few others.

Love and yum,
Amy and Sharon

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Daisy and Sarah/ Paramount / Gainesville, FL

Hi all! Well, our trip to Austin is officially over. Sad, but true. However, the cute waiter scoping and deliciousness of our food exploits will continue! This restaurant is one of my favorites in Gainesville because the food is unique and delectable. The first time I ever went to Paramount Grill was years ago for brunch. I remember thinking that all the menu items sounded a little strange to me, but when they arrived on the table they were all beautifully presented and they definitely made my mouth very happy. This is also true of dinner. Look at this understated and clean beet salad that mom had.

What's so interesting about the flavors in this particular salad, as well as the vegan tomato, chick pea, asparagus soup was that, upon taking the first bite, they seemed a little...well, bland. But after eating more (and more and more and more) you realize that these appetizers are much more than they appear to be. The tastes are subtle, to be sure, but phenomenal.

What made it even better was that the waitresses, like our food, were just as gentle in their manner but wonderful. Sarah (on the left) was a little shy at first but she warmed up to the idea of being featured on the blog by the end of the night. Daisy (on the right) didn't actually serve us anything but she is just so darn cute that we had to include her as well. These two had complete control over the restaurant the entire night and did so with ease and elegance. We really liked these ladies! Wouldn't you?

To make things even better, mom and I really did a good job of ordering. She had the pork dish served with a buttery polenta that really just melted in your mouth--it was so rich! I had the seared tuna with a white bean cake under it. I honestly ate every last bite! Mom wanted to try some and I was hesitant, to say the least. But could you blame me? The meal itself is featured below!

We again could not resist ourselves before launching into our desserts. I fear there will never be a photo of dessert on this blog because we just can't help ourselves! This time it was truly worth it because we ordered two scrumptious treats! We had the pine nut, maple tart, a la mode and the chocolate truffle cheesecake. Can you understand our lack of restraint now?

Did I mention we drank a fabulous wine? We did. It was called Z'ivo, a pinot noir from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. These are some of my favorite wines in the entire world. If you have never tried a pinot from Oregon, you are missing out my friends! Just look at the satisfied look on my own dear face.

This meal was definitely delicious and Sarah and Daisy made the experience all the more enjoyable. Go to Paramount Grill for a special occasion or just because you are hungry. Either way, you will be supremely satisfied!

Love and yum,
Amy and Sharon

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sean/ Mizu / Austin, TX

For our last Austin dinner, we decided to do something a little different and tried out Mizu, a trendy sushi bar and steakhouse that overlooks a beautiful vista. We sat on the heated patio and enjoyed the view, the food, and the drinks all night long. Though our dinner neighbors left something to be desired, with their obnoxiously loud and obscene conversation (according to Mom). But despite the terrible patrons, we enjoyed Mizu's great service and good food.

Mom doesn't like sushi, so she ordered the 6 oz. Filet Mignon. I, on the other hand, adore sushi and ordered two rolls--a spicy tuna roll and a specialty roll. The sushi is pictured below. You all know what a steak looks like--right? Unless you are vegetarians. In which case, um...we're sorry.

But we wouldn't recommend going to Mizu just for the food. Not by a long shot. Our waiter Sean was an authentic Texan treat! His Texan accent and southern charm won us over and his excellent skills as a waiter didn't hurt either. He even chilled our wine to perfection upon request. This guy is a gem and we just loved him. Take a look at Sean!

Sean, the view, and the food were all good. But we have to be honest. The best part of our entire experience at Mizu was definitely the dessert and French pressed coffee. Unfortunately, there are no real pictures of the desserts because we simply devoured them too darn fast! The closest we got is this picture of me (Amy) about to devour a bite of the ginger creme brulee. We also had some chocolate mousse dusted with peanut butter. These desserts were out of this world and we just loved them! I think you can tell by the excited look on my face!

We would definitely recommend trying Mizu if you ever find yourself in the lake region of Austin. For us, it was the perfect way to finish our deliciously cute trip.

Love and yum,
Amy and Sharon

Jamie/ Hey Cupcake/ Austin, TX

Okay, we know that we promise cute waiters. But we really couldn't resist this next person because as we drove down the road back to our hotel, we noticed a shiny trailer with a HUGE spinning CUPCAKE!!! on the top of it. Could you resist this?

No, we couldn't either! Then, once we arrived at the trailer we realized that we'd gotten even more than we could have imagined. It is true that Hey Cupcake! has delicious cupcakes like the Michael Jackson (a chocolate cupcake with cream cheese frosting) and Red Velvet (which is exactly what it sounds like); you can even add a Whipper Snapper (which means that they inject whipped cream into the middle of your already decadent treat). But this little trailer has so much more than just pastry!

Quite possibly the best part of our visit to Hey Cupcake! was the lovely counter girl! Jamie is not just a cupcake lady, she's also a classic pinup model and the lead singer of a punk rock band from New York. No, we're not kidding. This chick is real and sells cupcakes on the side of the road when she is not rocking out on stage. She has a great attitude and a pretty smile. So, we think that Jamie is the perfect person to become our first lady Cute Waiter. We hope you agree! Check her out.

So, if you ever find yourself driving down the road and a shiny trailer with a spinning cupcake comes into your line of vision, do yourself a favor. Stop. Order a cupcake. Pray you meet Jamie, our first ever lady Cute Waiter!

Love and yum,
Amy and Sharon

Clay/ Oasis / Austin, TX

Well, we're out in lake country and the weather finally decided to cooperate. Yay for the sun! We heard about this really neat place Oasis from a couple we met while downtown in Austin drinking way too much wine (no, not at Hudson's :-)). Oasis is a HUGE restaurant that overlooks Lake Travis and the view is incredible. Especially when you insert a cutie like Clay into the scene. Okay, Clay isn't a Greek god or an All-American hottie, but he does look like he'd write you poetry after taking you to his open mic night and singing a song he wrote just for you. What do you think?

Well we really liked Clay and the guacamole he brought us, featured below:

The chips, salsa and guac were pretty good, but, really don't go to Oasis for the food, go for the view and the fun. Their motto is: Live well, laugh often, and love much. We think that's a good way to live your life and would recommend going to Oasis for a funtastic time. We hear that there are even more cute waiters at Oasis too. But most of them work at night and spend their days nursing hangovers. Oh well. We liked Clay just fine!

Love and yum,
Amy and Sharon

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Brett/ Hudson's on the Bend/ Austin, TX

Along the way in Austin, we got tired of city living and decided to head to the lake and hill country for a change of scenery. While the atmosphere in lake region is calmer than downtown Austin, the restaurants are just as sensational. We visited Hudson's on the Bend because we read about it as part of restaurant week in Austin. This is an event that many big cities hold to showcase the fine dining in the area at reasonable prices. We chose Hudson's because it boasted interesting meats and "way too much wine." It's like they were calling to us personally!

While there, mom and I both had the chipotle lobster bisque (a wonderful surprise in the heart of Texas) along with a crisp glass of Italian Prosecco (that's sparkling wine for those of you not in the know). Not only was it delicious but the presentation was spectacular!

But, of course, our favorite part of the evening had nothing to do with edibles at all. Upon arrival at Hudson's we were greeted with one of the cutie-piest waiters we've ever seen! Not only is he an All-American sweetheart, but he seemed to be a true sweetie too. (One of the waitresses confirmed this fact.) But don't trust us, you be the judge! Here's Brett:

Brett was pretty excited to be a part of this blog. So if you're out there Brett: We totally love you!!!

We not only recommend going to Hudson's but we might go again, the food and ambiance was just that good! (And, according to the waitress, there's a LOT of cute, sweet waiters who work there.) Along with our dinner, we shared a half bottle of a California Pinot Noir. We loved the half bottle option because one of us had to drive home that night! The wine was smooth with a little spice and was the perfect complement to our meal. For dinner, mom had the hot and crunchy Ruby trout, a house favorite. I had the three course tasting menu and chose the Pecan crusted snapper. It was a toss up to decide who had the best entree. Luckily, we both had the Chambord chocolate mousse for dessert; we just about died, went to heaven and completely forgot to figure out which fish tasted better! If you are a coffee lover, the French press coffee cannot be beat. We drank every sip and wondered how we could drain more out of the empty canister.

All-in-all, Hudson's served up a delightful feast for our palettes, our eyes and all of our senses. Thank you to the wonderful waitstaff, especially Brett, for making our dinner just a little more fabulous!

Love and yum,
Amy and Sharon

Ryan/Lambert's/Austin, TX

Our first waiter works at Lambert's Downtown Barbeque. Not only is a real cutie but he brought us delicious treats like these deviled eggs! They were out of this world!

We were so giddy with excitement over the eggs (and his cuteness) that we forgot to ask his name. But, stalkers that we are, we consulted the receipt and came upon the name Ryan. We hope that his name really is Ryan. What we know for sure is that he is a real cutie! Kind of a mixture of Greek god and Italian lover. What do you think?

We would definitely recommend eating at Lambert's for the food, fun, and, obviously, Ryan. Mom had the brisket, I had the pork ribs and we were both satisfied (even if our clothes still smell of meat days later). For you vegetarians out there, fear not! For a side, we had some mac and cheese that was TO DIE FOR! So creamy and delicious, with more than one type of cheese. The collard greens with BACON wasn't bad either. Our one and only complaint about the place is that our wine (a Cabernet Sauvignon from California) was served a tad too warm. Otherwise, this restaurant is a must do in Austin.


Love and yum,
Amy and Sharon

How this all started...

Traveling is all about doing things that you wouldn't normally do in your everyday, humdrum life. At least, that's how my crazy mom and I see it! So it makes perfect sense that we would have this idea whilst on vacation in a new and exciting city.

You see, if there is one thing that mom and I enjoy more than anything it is eating. More to the point, we love finding new places to eat. But, more often than not, what influences our opinion of the restaurant in question has little to do with the food itself. Rather, upon leaving a restaurant we comment on things like the ambiance, the feel of the restaurant, and, most importantly, the waitstaff. It went something like this...

It all began one night in a restaurant in the trendy Warehouse District in Austin, Texas. After sharing a scrumptious meal together and offering the remaining contents of our bottle of wine to two delightful ladies from New York, my mother asked our waiter if she could take a picture of him. He was, you see, one of the cutest waiters we'd ever seen. Under the guise of a "cute waiter contest" he happily agreed!

We got to thinking: Maybe we should take pictures of ALL the cute waiters we find in our travels and everyday life. Maybe we should share our cute waiter stories and pictures with the rest of the world! And so, here we are, writing a blog and sharing our stories of yummy food and yummy waiters! We hope that you'll enjoy them as much as we do!

Love and yum,
Amy and Sharon