Friday, December 12, 2014

It's Beginning To Look Alot Like Christmas!

Hi Dolls,

When I first laid my eyes on this sweater I immediately fell in love!  I'm not sure if it was the sparkles, the fact that it has a huge gold heart on it, or maybe even both, but I know I just had to have it! (Confessions of a shopaholic)
 I paired it with a bleached denim shirt and some jeans for a Christmas luncheon I attended earlier this week. 
We went to Biscottis located in the awesome, historical Five Points district in Jacksonville.  
The area was decorated so nicely for the holidays so after lunch one of my friends and I decided to take a stroll around the area to snap a few pictures!  Take a look!

Don't ya just love poinsettias!
 I thought this bike was adorable!
This local toy store really put me in the mood for some Christmas shopping! The entire area really.  There are so many unique boutiques where I could find some one of a kind gifts for my loved ones!
I'm sure this area is really beautiful at night when the lights are on!  I may need to make a trip just to see the lights!
Jeans and Blouse:  Ross
Sweater:  H&M
Heels:   Marc Fischer
  It was an absolutely gorgeous winter-like day in Jax Florida!  Not too hot and of course, not too cold!  Just the right amount of chill for me to wear my new favorite sweater.
As always, thank you for stopping by!  
Have a wonderful weekend!
I'll be back soon!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Papi Chulos

Hey Lovelies,

I had the pleasure of attending a blogger event at Tinsel Town's latest taco spot, Papi Chulo's!  I love these types of events because I get to try an array of menu items and this night did not disappoint!
Of course you can't get the night started off right without a good cocktail so my friend, Nate ordered a watermelon martini and I had the "RICK JAMES _____"! 
 (I always want to finish his with that famous yet inappropriate innuendo but as always, I'll keep it classy!)  The Rick James was pretty good!  It was like a peach flavored frozen margarita.  Very good!
Per usual, I knew we were in for a treat of several courses so instead of gorging on every item as if it were my last meal, I decided I would take little nibbles so that I could enjoy everything that was getting ready to come my way....(YEAH RIGHT!)
For starters we had the Guacamole and Ceviche Flights.  They included a sampling of all three types of their Ceviche: Papi's Ceviche, Mango & Mahi Ceviche, and my fav, Shrimp & Avacado Ceviche.  
However, the hit of this course was the Guacamole Flight which included their Fresh Guacamole (original), Carribean Gaucamole, and everyone's fav, the New England Guacamole which was filled with lump crab meat and roasted corn!  My BF came with me and ate up all of the servings of New England Guac'!  It was amazing!
Next up was a real treat, the Mexican Street Corn!
You get a whole ear of grilled corn, dipped in a garlicky lime Mexican mayo and sprinkled with cotija cheese and chili powder.  I didn't think I'd like it but I LOVED IT!
Chicken Flautas were next!
One thing I can say about Papi chulos is that they season their food to perfection!  Every thing was very flavorful!  These chicken flautas were delicious!  The shredded chicken was flavored with guajillo and the flautas were made with flour tortillas!  YUMMM!!!

Now Papi Chulos is known for their tacos so naturally, we got to try some of their specialty tacos!
Taco 1:  Taco Loco
This taco came with shredded guajillo chicken, napa cabbage slaw, pickled red onions (YUM), roasted serrano peppers, cilantro, and cotija cheese! I don't know what it is about Guajillo, but I think I'm in love! 
Taco 2:  Steak Fajita Taco:
This taco was made with marinated skirt steak, thickly sliced and sauteed red onion and peppers, with queso sauce!  I mean come on, of course it was good!  Fajita indeed!
Taco 3:  Duck Dynasty Taco:
This taco was made with roasted duck, napa cabbage slaw, pickled red onion, cotija cheese, and a pineapple slaw.  I'm not the biggest duck fan because it's a bit too fatty for my liking but this taco wasn't bad at all!  It had great flavor!
Taco 4:  Bang Shrimp Taco:
This was my favorite taco!!!  It was made with fried shrimp, napa cabbage slaw, sweet chili crema, black sesame seeds, and chopped scallions!  I could've eaten like 5 more and been good!!!
Taco 5:  Bob Marley Taco:
This taco was pretty fancy!  It was made with jerk chicken, mango salsa, black beans cooked in pork fat, napa cabbage slaw, and a nice sliver of fried plantain on top!  It wasn't bad but it had a lot, maybe too much, going on for me!
By this time all of our bellies were telling us to stop filling them but who can resist the Tres Leches Cake we were given for dessert!!!  It was incredibly moist and you could taste that home made flavor!  It was iced with whipped cream and lime zest!  It was great!
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Overall, I was very pleased with Papi Chulos.  They have a large menu with a plethora of choices and I was most impressed with how nicely seasoned everything was.  With that being said, you probably won't go wrong with anything you order.  I am definitely going to be visiting again for more chicken flautas, bang shrimp tacos, and Rick James of course!  This would be the perfect spot to stop in before or after a movie at Tinseltown!!!
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sunda's Best: Thanksgiving

Hey Dolls,

I pray that all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones!  I certainly did!  I'm thankful for life, health, strength, family, favor and love. The list is endless, actually!  I am also very thankful for all of you who visit my little corner of the blogosphere!  You just don't know how much you're appreciated.  I love this time of year because I get to spend time with family which is honestly one of my all time favorite things in this world.  Here is my Sunday's Best OOTD!  I got this adorable dress from Versona Accessories!  If you haven't entered in my giveaway, please do so here.  You still have a little time left to do so!  In the meantime, please enjoy!
What are you most thankful for during this time of year?

These heels are soooooo comfortable!  I love them!

Bracelets:  Forever 21
Necklace:  Ross
Heels:  Marc Fisher
As always thank you so much for stopping by! 
 Have a wonderful week!
Be back soon!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ceviche Jax

Hey Lovelies,

I recently attended a tasting at a Peruvian restaurant near the beaches called Ceviche Jax.  To be honest, I don't think I would've ever found this place on my own had it not been for the invite.  It is definitely a diamond in the rough.  Long story short, I'm glad I was invited!  
Their ceviche is the best I've tried in town!
The restaurant isn't very big which makes it a perfect choice for an intimate meet up.  I love the simplistic yet contemporary decor.   All blue bottles and black and white table cloths are so chic together!  I could see me trying something similar at home....hmmm

As I mentioned earlier, I went for a tasting and that is exactly what it was a "tasting"!  We got a very small sampling of some of their dishes.  Though the portions were miniscule,  they were all so delicious, I can hardly wait to go back for more!
So here is what we had...
Fried Peruvian Corn:  Well...this is exactly what it says, fried corn.  Interesting but my least favorite for the evening.  I felt as though I was munching on popcorn kernels. 
From Left to Right
Papa a la Huancaina:  Peruvian salad of boiled potatoes covered in a yellow creamy sauce and fresh cheese and Peruvian spices. I liked this.
Leche de Tigre:   In the shot glass is the by-product of the ceviche preparation.  It consisted of concentrated lime juice, pieces of fish and shrimp, and Peruvian spices. It was tangy, savory, and very good!
Causa De Atun:  This was a very interesting dish!  It consisted of a yellow potato cake stuffed with tuna salad and seasoned with yellow Peruvian pepper & lemon. The pink sauce was a chef's secret.  Not bad.
El Macho:  This was my favorite of the evening. A perfectly seasoned filet of Sea Bass topped with a creamy Peruvian sauce, fresh calamari,  and succulent shrimp.  It was served with white rice. I could've had a barrel of this and been a happy camper!
Arroz Chaufa de Pollo:  This was a delicious fusion dish  and something I plan to recreate at home.  It was Chinese inspired fried rice made with onions, egg, tortilla, sausage, green onion, soy sauce, and house sauce. 
Lomo Saltado:  This was my second favorite of the evening.  Another fusion dish of Peruvian and Chinese-Cantonese flavors.  It was moist and tender pieces of skirt steak topped with red onion and soy sauce.  It reminded me of a steak and pomme frites dish since it was served with fries.  Delicious nevertheless.

Last but not least was the Chef's dessert of the day.  
It was a coffee flavored custard sprinkled with cinnamon and served in a chilled glass.  It was a nice end to a great sampling. 

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I really enjoyed my first experience at Ceviche Jax.  The food was amazing and the company I was with (Nom Nom club) was amazing, as always!  Dining in a great atmosphere always adds to the experience as well!  I love that Ceviche Jax is clearly passionate about preparing authentic Peruvian cuisine.  The unique flavors were ever present.    If you're ever in the mood to try something different and are near the beach, I recommend Ceviche Jax.  
You won't be disappointed.  
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Versona Accessories $25 Gift Card Giveaway!!! (Closed)

Hey Dolls,

I've got some great news...Jacksonville just opened a new and fabulous accessory store,  
Versona Accessories!   The St. Johns Towncenter is getting better and better by the day and this just adds to its unrelenting awesomeness.
A big thanks goes out to all of you who participated in the giveaway! I used to pick a winner and that person is Minister of Style! Congratulations doll! I'll be emailing you for your address to send your gift card! 
I first heard of Versona from another blogger buddy who lives in North Carolina where I believe Versona originated.  Other than that, I'd never heard of them before.  This is why I was super excited when I was contacted by them to attend their Grand opening in Jacksonville last week!
Can you see the excitement on my face?
It was like an accessory lovers oasis! There are so many styles of jewelry that can take you from day to night with prices that are insanely reasonable!
 There was jewelry from wall to wall, coordinated by color. Talk about feng shui!
They had gloves & scarves, belts, cool sunnies, and a watch for everyday of the week!
  Besides all the fabulous accessories, there were CLOTHES and SHOES and even HOME DECOR!!!! SCORE!!! 
 I can see Versona easily becoming my one stop shop for a look for any occasion whether it be date night or a friends wedding. 
 Everyone was so nice and helpful!   Not only was I greeted with a smile but after spending a little time perusing the store I felt like I'd been friends with every employee in the store for years! It made for an awesome shopping experience!
 Here is the lovely store manager Iris and regional manager, Rob. 
I was compensated for this review, however, all opinions are my own.
I was a happy camper by the time I left.  Versona gifted me with a $25 gift card but as you can see, I went a little overboard.  That says a lot because my intentions were to only use the $25 but my new goodies spoke to me saying "Trice...Trice, take us home with you!"  I had to oblige lol!

Here is the even greater part, I was given another $25 for one of you!!!  Click here to see if there is a Versona near you and if so please enter the giveaway!  All you have to do is be a follower of High Heels & Good Meals on any social media (IG, FB, Twitter, Bloglovin, or GFC) and leave a comment letting me know what you would buy with your $25 gift card to Versona along with your email address!

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 2!  As always thank you so much for stopping by! 
 I truly appreciate you all!
Have a great week!