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Eat. Breakfast & Lunch Joint by Chef Natalie Young

4 Dec
Adrienne and Chef Natalie Young

Me & Chef Natalie Young

The first time I heard of Eat. was about one month ago on a call with Cedric Crear when he mentioned having a great breakfast. Not understanding what he had said, I asked, “Where did you go?” and he replied “Eat.” I said, “Yes, you ate breakfast… where?” ‘Eat. I ate at Eat Downtown.”

Oooohhhh! Duh. I am usually on top of new things in Vegas, but I missed this one. The second time I heard of Chef Natalie’s new restaurant was on my Facebook feed when Gina Gavin posted “A hearty breakfast at EAT this morning. It was good! Thank you Chef Natalie for bringing a great breakfast & lunch joint to the hood.” I had to try this place.

AKA EYL

The women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Theta Theta Omega Las Vegas Chapter

The morning started with my mother at our sorority’s (Alpha Kappa Alpha) Emerging Young Leaders presentation at the 100 Academy of Excellence then across the street to the “Get Out the Vote” rally at the William U. Pearson Community Center with the intentions of voting early until we saw the long line (I didn’t vote until the final day of early voting at Albertsons grocery store which was unusual for me since I’ve always voted on day one of early voting. I even got a Civic Duty badge from Foursquare when I checked in.) 

Chef-Natalie-Young-by-the-kitchenAfter our sorority meeting I remembered my conversation with Cedric and headed downtown to 7th and Carson. Because it was a Saturday and the restaurant closes at 2 p.m. on weekends, we only had an hour of which I waste a good 15 minutes trying to find the place  neatly tucked away in an old apartment building. I kept driving past the entrance not realizing it was on the corner where the people were standing out front (duh.)

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I parked across the street and luckily found a meter with an hour left. My mom and I lucked out that day because it was not too busy with plenty of seating when we arrived. I have to say I loved the interior and since it was not packed yet, Chef Natalie was able to sit and chat for a good while about the interior.

Eat-interior-2She designed the space herself and cleverly used reclaimed wood from shipping palettes to add texture to the wall under the counter at the kitchen and the emergency exit. She chose a summery green for her banquettes to coincide with bright orange chairs  made from a recycled material as well and black and white art on the walls. All art is from local artists, the very spirit of Downtown. Eat interior 3 with arrow

Chef Natalie told us artist Krystal Ramirez spent an entire day hand painting the mural “I’ll See You In The Flowers”  on the wall which reminds her  of her mother. It complements the open duct ceiling painted black. It’s cozy and comfortable. A place where you get lost in conversation with friends.

Shrimp & Grits with Bacon and Two Fried Eggs

Shrimp & Grits with Bacon and Two Fried Eggs

When James and I dine we make it a point not to order the same dish so we can sample the others plate for variety. Not my mother. No matter how much I tried to talk her into not having the shrimp and grits with bacon and two fried eggs it fell on deaf ears. We had the same meal down to the glass of water and cup of coffee which was really good and not surprising, the Sumatra from Colorado River Roasters. It was creamy and light. I ate the entire bowl. My mother said, “Usually grits are heavy and loaded with cheese and butter and make you want to take a nap.”  To which I responded, “That’s the difference between a seasoned chef and cook.”

My sister Carri

My sister Carri

Fast forward to the end of November and Eat was exactly what we did again and this time brought along my sister Carri and my niece Jaslynne who graced us with her presence after attending a concert the night before…teenagers. Three weeks ago being seated was quick as was this time, but only because we arrived as tables were leaving. It was packed as expected since the food, service and atmosphere is exceptional.

Jassie

My adorable niece Jaslynne

Jaslynne had the chicken fried steak with two eggs scrambled, country gravy, smashed potatoes and toast, our mother had two eggs over medium with smoked bacon, chive potatoes and toast, while my sister and I enjoyed the DWBLT  (smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado) minus the  chipotle mayo (I’m allergic to mayo) on toasted sourdough with a pickle and homemade chips. I cut out the pickle and my sister added potato salad. Since I can’t have mayo I poured freshly made ranch dressing and Dijon on my sandwich giving it an extra kick of deliciousness.  My plan is try everything on the menu at least once before summer. I think I’m off to a great start.

DWBLT - smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato  avocado and chipotle mayo

DWBLT:  Smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato avocado and chipotle mayo

Chicken Fried Steak with two eggs scrambled, country gravy, smashed potatoes and toast

Chicken Fried Steak with two eggs scrambled, country gravy, smashed potatoes and toast

two eggs over medium with smoked bacon, chive potatoes and toast

Two eggs over medium with smoked bacon, chive potatoes and toast

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Address: 707 Carson Street (at 7th)
Number: 702-534-1515
Hours: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Thank you for reading.

Adrienne xo

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I Was Just Re-Tweeted by Musician Tim McMorris

10 Sep

Everyone knows the current Sam Adams “For the Love of Beer” commercial with the great song lyrics

“Make me laugh and show me how

Just how good this life can be

And in our moments filled with joy is where I live

Where I am free

Lay in our arms, I’ll hold you tight

Just like you like, continually

And I am overwhelmed by you.”


From the first time I heard the song and saw the commercial I knew I had to find the name of the artist and support his music because of how those lyrics made me feel. Once I found him on YouTube I had to follow his channel and tweet about it.

Musician Tim McMorrisSo I posted @timmcmorris youtube.com/user/timmcmorr… #joy #happiness #love” and to my delight, this morning he replied @AdrienneNHester Thanks for spreading the word Adrienne :)”

 The real thank you is to him for beautiful music. Take a listen to the entire song and the actual video and I know you will agree.

Thank you for reading.

Adrienne xo

Dear Abbott Nutrition & RJ Reynolds,

2 Mar

Similac Infant Formula

On February 16, I received a package from UPS containing a Nourishing Newborns Feeding Kit with two samples of infant formula: Similac Sensitive for “Fussiness & Gas, Due to Lactose Sensitivity. Complete Nutrition for Sensitive Tummies” and Similac Advance “Complete Nutrition For Your Baby’s 1st Year. Closer Than Ever to Breast Milk.”

Newborns don't come with instructions

Who doesn’t love the surprise of a free gift, especially expensive baby formula? The sensitive retails for $22.75 at Walmart and $13.99 for the advance at Target. Well, I can tell you I didn’t care too much for this package for two reasons. One) I am not pregnant. Two) My relationship status on Facebook went from “in a relationship” to “it’s complicated” four days before the package arrived.

Self-pity aside, I have no idea how I ended up on your mailing list and kindly ask you to remove my contact information. I’m not sure how you develop your list, however I suggest a good scrub before the next mail campaign. And while you’re at it, tell RJ Reynolds to do the same thing. I don’t smoke and getting coupons for Camel cigarettes in the same mail delivery as baby formula is wrong on so many levels. As someone in marketing, I suggest coordinating your calendars for mailings.

Sincerely,

Adrienne

Pinterest is My New Obsession

10 Feb

I love Pinterest. It’s the most fun I’ve had online in a long time. It’s so simple to share all my likes and dislikes in a story of pictures. I’d heard about the new social site taking the world by storm one pin at a time, but never checked it out. My new fixation started last week when my childhood friend Robbie Streitenberger sent me an invite to join via Facebook.

I looked around the site and had not a clue what to do next. I was so confused. I couldn’t find any directions, and it’s in Beta. All I kept thinking “I thought this was supposed to be easy? At least, that’s what everyone been saying.”

Luckily for me a couple of days later, Eleanor Prior of Your Virtual Girl Fridaysent an email about her webinar ‘The Virtual Pinboard or Should I Say Vortex That Is Pinterest My New Love!’  and I quickly signed up. She walked me and a ton of other folks through a step-by-step process of how to fall in love with Pinterest. And the rest is history, so I thought… now if I can just figure out how to remove images from the wrong board without deleting them all together.

My Pinterest page

Thankfully, I have a bunch of friends (Lisa J, Rocky, Nikky, Lisa S) all well versed in everything Pinterest. Click on their names and follow them on Pinterest too!

 

Happy pinning and thank you for reading.

Adrienne xo

 

 

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