Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is open! #FreshThyme

The new Fresh Thyme Farmers Market opened up this week in Oakley - in the former Circuit City between Target & PetSmart off the I-71 Ridge exit. 

 What a transformation! I didn't even recognize the place! It's got a very warm, inviting feeling. They have fresh items outside as well as a few picnic tables if you want to dig right into your goodies!

 As soon as you walk in the door - it's flowers - flowers - FLOWERS! So many beautiful flowers - they take the best pics! So beautiful. The white ones are near to my heart as I had them in my wedding!

 After that is a fresh section that really takes the cake - fresh bread, made-to-order sandwiches, baked goods, a huge Boars Head deli and so much more. They have a great craft beer selection, a juicing area in the back and - my personal favorite - vats of sauces (bottom right). They had olive oil, honey and even Balsamic Vinegar!! I love this idea! The prices weren't bad either - $1.49 for that little bread! Nice!

I love the unique selection as well - Hartzler's Milk (from Wooster, OH), Tofurkey, tamales, wild boar and one of my favorite beers! They have a fairly small frozen section but I did find some unique brands that you CANNOT find anywhere else. 

 They even had a tractor outside so I had to get a quick pick with my Gwynnie Bee dress!

 All in all - I liked it! I'm not that concerned with organic but I have to admit the produce looked fantastic and I think the prices were comparable to Kroger! I'll definitely be back - and you should check it out too!

Wednesday's are a great day to shop there - you get the savings from ads from both weeks - they call it Double Ad Day! Here's a link to the Oakley ad for this week: Aug 27-Sept 3. Large watermelons are $1.57 each - um - you might have to meet me there!!!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Restaurant Review: Mad Tree Brewing & Bones' Burgers

My hubby and I like to visit the local breweries - one we hadn't been to was Mad Tree in Pleasant Ridge! They're the ones with the fun colorful cans you see in the store! 

They have a brewery & tap room off I-71 in Pleasant Ridge. It's got a small patio and a large open area inside. Unlike the downtown tap rooms - there is AMPLE parking!!!!

Inside there are tvs, tables and a lot of space. Most of these tap rooms don't spend money on ambiance. You're there to hang with friends and drink some beers. Ambiance Schmambiance!

They have about a dozen beers on tap - some of their own and some from other brewers. You can also get growlers filled too.

Tap rooms cannot serve food (legal hooha) so they often times will have a food truck nearby - in this case Bones' Burgers was hanging out in the parking lot.

They're big on grass-fed beef - which coincidentally I found out from my Certified Angus Beef Friends isn't always great for TASTE. My Angus friends said that all beef is grass-fed - until "the end" and then a lot of places switch to corn (grain fed) because the corn feed adds the flavor!!! So if you're eating grass-fed beef and missing flavor - that might be why. 

That said - grass-fed beef was in the cards for me that day (it's all they have). I tried the Alpine Burger ($8.50) which was topped with grilled onions & mushrooms with melted swiss cheese. The staff at Bones' was really friendly and joked with me. Unfortunately I didn't love the burger - the meat didn't have much flavor - it was an ample size though - and I thought $8.50 for a burger was pricey (no fries).

Why Should You Go? If you haven't been to Mad Tree - you should grab some friends & go. As far as Bones' - it was fine - but not my first choice for a food truck.

Bones' Burgers on Urbanspoon

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