December 30, 2010 § Leave a comment
Around this time of year I usually gain a lot of weight. Ok, all year I gain weight, but especially this time of year. I love a good coffee shop anytime, but especially on a cold winter day. Don’t you? What about a coffee shop that’s clean, offers free wi-fi, and any coffee flavor or hot chocolate for 99 cents? What about freshly made cookies for 49 cents?
The Golden Bakery is owned and operated by a cute Armenian couple. The wife bakes cookies and pastries daily to ensure freshness. Yum, yum, yum. The atmosphere is clean, but random. I would have to say the most surprising thing about the place is the flat screens in every corner. Hmmmm… not really sure why they’re there, but I’m not hating it.
Chance ordered a frap and I stuck with the bakery goodies. The cookies melted in my mouth. So delish.
If you’re not in the mood for a crowded Starbucks or a super trendy coffee joint, then head over to The Golden Bakery on the Southwest corner of Bullard and Palm.
December 2, 2010 § 2 Comments
If you went to Clovis West, you are married to Fresno Bagel. Like you HAVE to buy your bagels there. It’s some sort of cult thing. I went to Hoover (Go Pates!). Which means my local bagel house has and always will be Uncle Harry’s.
My go to bagel? Well when I had a high school metabolism is was Pesto with Provolone toasted with butter. Now, it’s an Everything with non-fat cream cheese. Still delicious, but a little less guilt inducing.
Even though Starbucks is carrying mediocre bagels now, don’t let it make you forget of the deliciousness of a great local bagel just around the corner.
I mean who doesn’t love love?!
November 30, 2010 § 1 Comment
Nearly two and half weeks into our engagement I have absolutely no final decisions made… except, I know what I’m wearing! I’ve found my dress! Not only did I find a dress I love and that looks beautiful, but I found one for $100! You read that right, $100 dollars! How cool is that? Ok, so here is my say yes to the dress story.
I started my journey at Madeline’s in Clovis. The owner, Sherri has been in the wedding business since I was in Kindergarten and she still loves what she does. It was amazing to me to watch Sherri just enjoying the entire process with me and my family. She was really invested and her staff actually seem like they like what they do. The dresses were beautiful, but I was quite overwhelmed considering that I had just gotten engaged the day before.
My advice for brides who are on the hunt for a dress or future brides… Take your time. Look at how a dress looks on you in pictures after you’ve left the boutique and aren’t riding the high of feeling like a bride. Think practically about your day. Can you enjoy yourself in the dress you’ve picked all day? Then go hunting for a deal! It’s a lie that you have to spend thousands to find a dress that looks great and that you’ll love. In this economy there are so many great deals out there for brides on a budget. I mean just in the last two weeks there were black friday sales at Mia Bella and Madeline’s as well as Veteran’s Day weekend sales. Start following boutiques you like on facebook and see what specials come up… but I digress. Back to my dress hunt story.
As I said, my fam and I went to Mia Bella’s Black Friday sale this weekend. They had one of those sample sale’s going on. You know the ones people advertise about dresses for $100 but then you get there and you realize even your grandma wouldn’t have been caught dead in that dress. This was not one of those sales. There were some gorgeous dresses there for totally reasonable prices and quite unbelievably I fell in love with the illusive $100 dress. For obvious security reasons I can’t show you my choice just yet, but I can tell you about my deep deep love for Debbie and Derek.
Debbie and Derek are the owners of Mia Bella and I simply adore them. Debbie (who I’m pretty sure I have a girl crush on because she is all together fabulous) treated me as though I was spending thousands in her store in stead of 100 bones. She was so invested in us and kind and immediately got my style and the vision that I had for my dress. Her son, Derek is so professional and warm and together they make a dynamic team. Seriously, if you’re a bride in Fresno you have no reason to leave town to look for a dress. Mia Bella and Madeline’s both treated me like gold. These ladies are the real deal. Who know’s you might even find that illusive $100 dress for yourself.
November 22, 2010 § Leave a comment
On rainy days like this one, all I want to do is be a hermit and veg. Who’s with me?! I absolutely love lazy rainy days. They are perfect ones to enjoy some delicious take out and whatever is instant streaming. I think Fresno happens to have a wonderful selection of pizza joints. My Mother, Celeste is a conesuer of pizza. Growing up she would drive miles to Luigi’s. Anyone remember that place? To this day I have no idea where it was because I had the worst sense of direction as a child (it has slightly improved). My Father, John can still recite by memory the number of the Me N Eds down the street from him as a child. I think you’re starting to get that we sort of like pizza in our family.
I can’t say that I have a favorite because there are so many amazing spots here in town. Dominion pizza is definitely high on the list. The staff is super friendly and they are always wiling to work a deal with you to save a few bucks. I love their not-too-thin, not-to-think, strong-enough-to-hold-up-when-dipped-in-ranch but not cardboard crust. They have locations all over town, but I usually frequent the Willow and Nees location. I used to work near there and often shot over with my coworkers for their lunch special. You can get a personal pizza and a drink for 6 bucks, seriously a great deal.
What’s my order you ask? Pepperoni and olive dripping in ranch with jalapenos on top. Delish. Stop by this great family run spot or order in while curled up on your couch and enjoy.
Don’t you love my excellent use of iphone app to hide the lack of makeup I’m wearing in this picture. You totally bought it right?
PS Can you pick a favorite pizza spot? It’s so hard.
November 18, 2010 § 1 Comment
Now that I have a ring, where are we going to do this wedding?!
With my deep seeded love for all things wedding and all things Fresno I’m thinking some place unique and some place that is quintessentially Fresno. We’re working with a limited budget, so I also have to be aware of cost and getting the deal possible.
I’ve been in love with unique weddings for a very long time. I am an obsessive wedding blog stalker, here are some of my favorites, just to name a few: green wedding shoes, grey likes weddings (featuring a local wedding!), & wedding chicks.
What I love about many of the weddings featured on these sites are the personal details and the intimate feel of the weddings. They seem very representative of the couples. I think that’s what modern brides are looking for. Not the sheet cake church reception halls of yester-year or even the country clubs, but something that sets their day apart from the rest.
In my search for creative wedding locations in Fresno I came across something truly unique. Enter Cortney Kizirian with Central Valley Historic Estates. Imagine if your parents had a mansion and you got married in their backyard. Pretty awesome right. These estates are simply BEAUTIFUL. Did I mention the shots of the estates were taken by hubby of I Heart Fresno, Chance James?!
Here’s one of my favorites on her list of gorgeous estates. A brand new location as in no one else has had their wedding there yet!! Check out these pics of her latest estate in Woodward Lakes. Photo by Chance James.
I’m obsessed! I mean the double staircase, the marble floors, the ivy… just kill me now! I love this because these places feel like a destination wedding, but don’t have the added inconvenience and cost of travel.
Cortney is absolutely fabulous in every way. No matter what kind of bride you are and what style you have, you’re going to want to check her out. Tell that sweet thing that we said hi.
November 12, 2010 § Leave a comment
I love this place. I’ve been going there ever since I was a little girl because my mom would ALWAYS shop at Sierra Nut House for Christmas gifts. Did you know it’s been open since 1969?! Local owned, and locally grown. Love that. Read more info on their website HERE.
But I have to say, my favorite thing about this place is their charming atmosphere. It’s like Pottery Barn but with food instead of furniture. Oh! And instead of ugly plastic baskets to hold your goodies while you shop, they offer wooden baskets– so stylish! They also have cute little gifts like tea sets and decorative napkins. AND fresh sandwiches, fresh coffee, fresh soup and “tea of the day.”
I took lots of pictures.
And here they are.
3034 East Sierra Avenue
Fresno, CA 93710
7901 North Blackstone Avenue
November 9, 2010 § 1 Comment
Remember when I was super disappointed about New Star being closed when I showed up for dinner? They have decided to close Sunday-Wednesday because business has been slow. This breaks my heart, especially since this is one of the few veggie/vegan restaurants in Fresno. I wonder why Fresno doesn’t like to support specialty restaurants? What are your thoughts?
This past Saturday I was craving New Star’s Tofu Spring Rolls. Yuumm yum, yum, so my hubby and I darted over to dine. And just so you know, my husband isn’t even close to being vegetarian, but he loves this place. That’s how awesome their faux meat is. We ordered my favorite Tofu Spring Rolls (sorry forgot to snag a picture) and the Mongolian Beef plate with rice. Everything was delicious, and New Star is quickly becoming one of my favorite Fresno restaurants.
I was thinking about New Star and how they are desperate for business, which is sad because their food is AMAZING–(seriously I’ve never had a bad thing there) but I couldn’t help but think of a few tips for them as far as location, décor, etc.
First of all, for some reason the location of this restaurant (Champlain & Perrin) isn’t working for them. I don’t know if people around this area just aren’t interested in faux meat or if they aren’t very adventurous with their palate, but every time I visit this restaurant it’s always dead-zo. I can’t help but think that their style and type of food would work better over in Tower District, maybe even Downtown in the Galleria?? Or even…dare I say it…Riverpark. Instead it’s tucked in the corner where no one sees it (and I really don’t think people are trying to see it either).
Secondly, the décor. Ummm…I don’t get it. The large fancy curtains with the super fancy white linens and table settings don’t fit the vibe of the food. I almost feel like I’m underdressed every time I walk in there, but why?? It’s not the food that’s making me feel that way–it’s the fact that New Star is trying to tell me it’s fancy when let’s be honest-it’s not. Their menu books are WAY too high class for this place. I understand wanting to look professional, but the mess of linens and fabrics and wall art do NOT work. Their branding isn’t consistent with their signage or interior.
And last but not least, please New Star, I BEG you, please find a way to stay open, even if it’s just changing/opening those curtains so people can see your beautiful, delicious food… maybe that’ll make ‘em stop in. I don’t want to live in a city without your addicting tofu spring rolls.
What do you think, guys? Do you agree with me or disagree? I’d love to know!
New Star Location
1134 E Champlain Dr # 108
Fresno, CA – (559) 434-6363