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I was driving home thinking about what I was going to write for this post and how excited I was. I always feel like I’m excited to write about places I go or people I see. I didn’t want to be redundant in your reading but I am really excited to share this post with you guys! My sharing in excitement is always a different level of excitement for each place I go.

The Salty Fig has been one of my favorite food trucks for quite some time now. I anticipated their restaurant opening impatiently, ha!

The Salty Fig is operated by two brothers who are the nicest guys! They’ve been in preparation for this place since last year (probably even before that) They’ve been canning and infusing since last year, I know that part for sure! I mean they worked really hard on the food truck before the soft opening this past week. I wanted to be there on their opening night so I took a group of 8 with me! Everyone I went with ordered something different and before I went I made sure the people I was taking were ok with me eating off of their plates. : ) Everything I tried was awesome and fresh! Staple items from the table were the Shrimp and Grits (Grits are so creamy!) and the Tempura Brownies. Oh man.. I don’t even want to talk about them because I embarrassingly enjoyed them too much. They are the brownies you order to go and eat by yourself.

Ok I’ve already said too many words! PICTURE TIME!DSC_0249The Salty Fig is located at 901 King Street in Riverside. I’m liking all these additions to King Street. Place to be!DSC_0263DSC_0262DSC_0261Canned by the guys who own the place!DSC_0267I rather enjoy this wall.DSC_0258So I took pictures of everyone’s food their opening night but with an iphone and I wasn’t satisfied so I went back for lunch. (Such a hassle I know, had to eat another whole meal there.. what a shame) But it worked out perfectly because my favorite on the food truck was on their lunch menu. The Melt but I add their chicken because I like chicken and theirs is so tasty. Also, look at that salad. Just a plain old salad but somehow they make it the best. I think the secret is fresh produce. All of their items are either local or organic. DSC_0257What a beaut.

If you’ve read any of my previous food reviews you know how much I love knowledge of product. Our waiters and waitresses were all super nice and were able to tell my table things about the menu and more. Good job on properly training your employees and successfully passing off your vision and passions for the place.

I’ll be back!

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I’ve had a couple of days off from both jobs, how that happened is beside me? Jared normally has Thursdays off so we decided to go out to eat. We invited some of most genuine kind friends with us. Between the four of us we narrowed it down on where we were going to go. I was excited when the final choice had been chosen, Olio. I hadn’t been there before but heard it was delicious. My expectations were met for sure.  photo (42)Olio is located downtown on 301 East Bay Streetphoto (45)Hard wood floors and chalk menu boards, they must have known my two favorite interior details.

Olio is one of the many restruants in Jacksonville who make everything homemade, fresh, daily with as much organic and local ingredients they can use. On their website they say, “Quality of food, and respect of ingredients is our passion here.”  You can see it and taste it.

Since we were having a great time with our friends I didn’t get to take too many other pictures or talk to any one who worked there. I did however take the important pictures, which of course is of our food!photo (44)I ordered the Blackened Fish Tacos. You can just tell by the picture how flavorful it was. Oh man oh man. I don’t even think I need to try anything else on their menu to know this is my favorite, ha! photo (43)Jared chose the Lamb Gyro. He said it was tasty, I however do not like lamb so I did not agree. But by the picture it looks so delicious!

Everything tasted so fresh! They get crazy busy just so you know, I mean I would expect them to with the way those tacos tasted.

Find out more about Olio here.

Want to view their menu before heading out, do that here.

I’d love to see your pictures from Olio!

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I am always pleased to write food reviews of places that were so delicious. Along with delicious food, it makes me happy to write about kind service. Tapa That embodies uh-mazing food along with wonderful knowledgeable service!

(Jared recently got an Iphone so I thought I’d use that to take pictures on. They’re not the best but they’ll do for this post.)

I had been wanting to try this place out for quite some time now but I always get nervous about tapa places. I’m scared they’ll overcharge me and I’ll leave hungry. Tapa That is not that way at all. If you like good food and like sharing, go here!

They don’t have a walk in fridge so that means everything is local, fresh, and delicious. When they run out of a produce item for a tapa they start making a new tapa.

The biggest thing to note is this place is making your food to order. This means it’s going to take a little while to get your food. Take a group and some great conversation!

photo (40)Their menu is constantly changing. Everything available is local, organic, and fresh.photo (39)This is Pumpkin Cider. I love ciders! I have dreamed of pumpkin cider in the past but didn’t think it existed  IT DOES! I am so excited to go back soon to get this seasonal drink again.photo (38)This was my choice and my favorite. Spinach and Crab Stuffed Mushrooms. photo (37)Jared’s choice, his favorite. Cubano Cakes. photo (36)Banana Beignets. I researched these guys on Yelp before we went and saw that these were a staple item and that I needed to try them. They were so delicious. (I think I’ve said delicious like 10 times during this post. I’m ok with that)

Our whole entire meal excluding tip was $25. That’s pretty darn good considering the quality of food they’re giving. We left full and happy.

Every person who came to our table was so helpful and knowledgeable  If you’ve read my posts in the past you know that employee knowledge and customer service are the most important to me. They had both and it was so genuine.

I can’t wait to go back and try more!

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Recently Black Sheep opened up on the corner of Oak and Margaret street. Their main focus is fresh local ingredients.They’re a restaurant who encourages the term, “Farm to Table.” Jared and I got to visit this past week for a very late lunch. Since it was in the middle of the week and not prime lunch time, we were basically the only people in there. It was very yummy and we can’t wait to go back!When we got our menu Jared and I decided that we’d split what we got. At this time is when he decided our main dish. Can you guess? ha.The burger.. Jared’s manly choiceI had read and heard that their mac and cheese was to die for. So I decided our side dish. I love the way they plate all of their dishes. Mac and Cheese was very tasty and held up to my expectations.Just making sure we were going to waste anything ; )One of the coolest things about the Black Sheep, in my opinion is, right outside they’ve built these herb gardens. If you didn’t know or pay attention you’d think it was just a flower bed to be a part of their outside decor. How cool is that though? I just hope the people who walk by respect their property. I do think that this is such a cool thing!

I can’t wait to go back and get more! We had such a good time and I’ll be recommending this place to anybody who eats!

If you want to know more about Black Sheep. Click here.

What did you guys get from here?

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This past Saturday I got to meet Morgan from Somewhere in the City. I felt super official as this was my first blog to blog sit down. She is wonderful and I can’t wait to get to know her more and work together on some things!

One of the reasons we were meeting up was because of a new bakery that just opened up!I was just waiting for these guys to open up! They are the first of their kind in Jacksonville. They are a totally vegan bakery. As well as most of their items are gluten free. They are so unique and are perfectly placed on King Street in Riverside, couldn’t think of a better place for you guys.

To read and see a little more, go to Somewhere in the City’s post about it. You can find that here.

Want to know more about Sweet Theory? Click here.

If you guys go here, you have to tell me! I need to go back at least 10 more times just so I know everything tastes alright ; )

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I have been wanting to try this place ever since I saw them being posted up on social media. They are really new, as in just opened this month. Maple Street Biscuit Company is in San Marco Square and is a fine addition. Their hours are perfect and their prices are reasonable for what you’re receiving.

Your answer is what they call out when your food is finished. Ah clean chalk boards, my favorite.Self-serve coffee and tea. You’re welcome.All local honey, coffee, and syrup. I love the display.I haven’t heard of RedLeaf before, so the next time I go in there I’ll be asking.They were having some down time but I know from looking at their Facebook, they’ve been busy.To the important part of this post. This sandwich is called, “The Loaded Goat” I have heard this being one of their bigger sellers and I do love goat cheese. So fried chicken breast and fried goat cheese, all on their home made biscuits. Jared and I decided that we would split a side. As soon as we walked in I heard one of the owners say that mac-n-cheese just came out. Uh, sold. Jared’s sandwich. haha I don’t even know how he ate it. The other owner suggested this to Jared. It’s called, “The Garden Bird” Fried chicken, over easy egg, collard greens, and a kick of hot sauce.

Both are sandwiches were $6 and the mac-n-cheese was $4 That’s pretty decently priced. I hope that in the future they’ll have an upgrade option of adding a side.

They were extremely tasty and filling. I can’t wait to go back and try a couple of different ones. Welcome to the neighborhood, I know you’ll do wonderful here guys! Get more information here.

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Asheville was so pretty! I wish to go back and spend a little bit more time there. Jared and I went downtown to walk around on the nice cool morning. Asheville is quite pretty to drive in.This is our Couchsurfing host Kaki. Me and her are standing in front of the Double Decker bus which was converted into a coffee shop.Asheville has posted all around to love local. Well I must have been in the right place because I love local!The bottom half of the bus has been converted into where you order drinks and food.The top of the bus is seating area. The tables are covered in chalk to draw on. We were lucky enough to sit there long enough we were the only ones there. When you have a really awesome fishtail braid pictures can be posted of yourself.More importantly, what’d we get? I ordered the pumpkin pie latte and Jared ordered the creme brulee latte. I preferred the creme brulee and since Jared prefers me, he let me have his instead : )

Let me know if you guys have been here before and what you got!

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