Andolini’s Pizzeria {Tulsa, OK}

Last month my aunt who lives in Southern Oklahoma came up to see the girls so we decided to have a girls day. We debated where to go shopping… Fayetteville, Tulsa, Springfield… Decisions decisions. Eventually we decided upon Tulsa. I’ve spent a lot of time shopping in Tulsa, my aunt actually lived there while in Med school. The one down side to Tulsa is when it comes to food. No, there are a lot of restaurants in Tulsa, but we tend to stick to the same ol same ol restaurants. I was kind of in the mood for something new. Aunt Connie had recently been in Tulsa for a convention and learned about a few new places down around Utica Square. Since we were going to Utica Square first, it was perfect. Eventually we decided upon Andolini’s Pizzeria. Let’s just say, this was an AWESOME choice.

We arrived around 11:25 or so, basically when we got to Tulsa. It was a good thing we went immediately because not long after we were there, a huge waiting list developed. The waitress was amazing. Normally they bring kids crayons and paper, but oh no… this was pizza playdough. It was cold so I’m fairly certain it was dough from the refrigerator. I think my 14 year old had more fun playing with it than my 2 1/2 year old.

Aunt Connie swore by this salad. This was the Andolini’s Signature Salad. It was a mixture of Field Greens, Candied Walnuts, Almonds, Strawberries, Parmesan, topped with a Mango Vinaigrette. Mom and Aunt Connie were the only ones who got one, but I must say, it was pretty!

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Fish City Grill {Rogers, Arkansas}

Happy President’s Day. Hopefully you were lucky enough to have the day off but if not, there are still lots of great sales going on for President’s Day at least, right? I’m not a huge shopper, I just hear the commercials on TV. Okay, anyway, moving on….

Over the weekend I went to Rogers, Arkansas with my mom. She wanted to go shopping… maybe to take advantages of those President’s Day Sales…. But first we eat! When we got down there, we decided to go ahead and eat first. There is a restaurant called Fish City Grill that used to be right inside the Pinnacle Hill’s Mall area, but they move to just behind the mall complex. So we used google to find the exact location and off we buzzed to Fish City Grill restaurant.

This time around I got the Blackened Chicken Sandwich with a side of Cheesy Grits. This sandwich had just the right amount of heat and taste to it. Yum! The grits were even better.

Now, the real reason to come here is for the Bread Pudding and I don’t like bread pudding, but we didn’t get any dessert this time. My little one was throwing a complete major melt down type fit and I think they just wanted us to leave… maybe not because all the wait staff were excellent with her and helping me try to calm her down. They even gave her a fun Mardi Gras type necklace.

So let’s just say, this is my 3rd or 4th time eating here and it’s totally worth it! And I don’t even like fish. LOL….

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What to do in Paducah, Kentucky Every Other Thursday during the Summer

After we ate dinner at the Italian Grill on Broadway, we decided to wander down the street and see what this part of Paducah had to offer. Our final destination was the Ohio River (about 8 blocks or less).

The history of Paducah caught my attention.

I personally love architecture. There’s something about buildings, especially old buildings. I can’t help but imagine the history that they contain, how the people built them, especially old ones, etc.

I’d like to know why it says 1883 and 1999 on the two peeks of this building. See, more history that I just don’t know but would so love to know!

Once you got down to the waterfront, there were these huge murals that spanned quite some distance. 3-5 blocks maybe. There were plaques on the ground that described each mural and told the history of Paducah from the West to the East. I know this because I watched the sun set :).

There was a concert going on down on the riverfront. We were told that all summer long, every other Thursday night they have free concerts to bring people out. There were also vendors set up.

And then there’s the Ohio River.

But the sunset was gorgeous. Sadly I missed it because we were eating dinner but the colors of the sky were gorgeous. I was so mad at myself because I left my “big girl camera” at the hotel (I also complained a lot about that) so all I had were iPhone photos of the sky coloring.

This was toward the end of the mural wall, down by the huge locomotive that was set up on display. By the time we got to the train, it was dark, I’d have liked to have gone back while it was light. So much history and really cool information about Paducah, KY. Things I never knew or even thought to ask.

So if you live in or around Paducah or are on a trip passing through, or looking for a great trip, be sure to check out this town. Looks like a great place full of history. There were even museums around. One was a quilt one and one focused on underwater, etc.

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