Sunday, November 13, 2016

Foodie Tips | Wine and Dine with Groupon Goods

I've used Groupon Goods for many years and I wanted to share with you a few of the ways that I use Groupon Goods from a Foodie perspective. Hop over to Groupon and find out what Foodie saving you can find.

Search and find restaurants in your area!
Here on True Foodie At Heart, you know we love dining out. I love finding a new restaurant to dine at whether it's locally here in Metro Detroit or while traveling.  One of the great things about Groupon is not only do they sell products, but they sell services, classes, events and coupons for dining out.The site is so smart that it can even sort the restaurants based on your location while searching.  The Groupon search tool uses your browser location to find the deals closest to you...it even knew that I was in LasVegas recently and those search results still appeared several days after I returned home.

Beyond dining out, if you enjoy cooking at home, which I enjoy doing several nights a week, you can search for things like "kitchen knives", "cooking classes", and more. All things that are perfect for any Foodie.  You can even find wine deals! You know I was so impressed once I found out I could get inexpensive and yummy wine. Go out on a fun date night and experience some wine tastings or try a new spot or paint and drink! There are so many option available Foodie related.



These types of items make great Hostess gifts for the upcoming holiday season or they could help you fill out your personal wine collection.

Want to see new deals posted regularly? Follow Groupon Goods on Facebook and Twitter.

FTC Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Brunch at Cafe Muse in Royal Oak, MI


I love this place. I've been here several times, but have yet to write a review. Today's the day. This past weekend I went for brunch and the food was great per usual. It's a small, cute place right in downtown Royal Oak. Parking can be a bit of a task, so I recommend using a parking structure and walk over.

There was a bit of a wait, but I expected no less. They are always busy as they are a pretty popular spot in the area. We were party of 2 at 1pm and there was a wait of about half hour. Not a big deal, but if you are worried about time, make a reservation. They close at 3pm on Sundays, it seemed like the crowd was winding down around 2pm or so.

Promptly after taking seat we ordered drinks and I tried the pumpkin spice latte. Very good. All I've got to say is watch out Starbucks. These small places know how to make a latte!

They have a small but substantial menu from savory to sweet options. I decided to go with the savory route and have steak and eggs. I must admit I was surprised my the small amount of thinly cut beef tips, but it was more than enough. The eggs were plentiful, I couldn't even finish them.  I was satisfied.  I paired it with the ever popular seafood cheese grits. Now those were just amazing. I would get those every time I go to brunch at Cafe Muse.

Last summer I went to a wine and dinner pairing at Cafe Muse and that was just awesome.  If you're in the area, this is a place you need to take time to visit. Both dinner and brunch are great options.



Friday, September 23, 2016

Take out at Nippon Sushi in Bloomfield Township, MI.



Take out at Nippon Sushi in Bloomfield Township, MI.
I love sushi. Not just any sushi, but unique and fresh sushi. This past Tuesday night I decided to take a impromptu stop at Nippon Sushi on my way home.
Eating here is always a good experience. Factor in the contemporary decor, the friendly staff, and the talented sushi chefs, make this place a gem of a local find.
While the per roll price is on the expensive side, it’s worth every penny. They sushi was fresh and delicious. They have lots of unique roll options which means there is something for sushi preference.
I enjoy dining in at the restaurant and I’m equally happy to indulge in fresh sushi at home on any busy night. Quick tip, be sure to order ahead. If you don’t, you’ll be waiting a while.
Bon appetit!

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A delicious meal at LaMarsa in Waterford Township, Michigan. I...



A delicious meal at LaMarsa in Waterford Township, Michigan.
I dined here for a book club meeting with 10 ladies. The staff was amazing with the group and we all has a blast. They didn’t rush us and we spent a lovely two hours socializing.
I enjoyed marinated lamb over hummus, with rice and tabouli. Along with a fresh squeezed frozen lemonade. No alcohol here, but you won’t miss it with all the awesome food. Seriously amazing. Everyone enjoyed their meals and we all left happy and full.
If you’re ever in the northern Oakland County area, be sure to drop in and visit LaMarsa!

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TFAH Returns | Experience Passion for Food!



True Foodie At Heart returns! After a little over two years away from this blog, I've decided to bring TFAH back to life, but in a new and exciting way. While I was posting some foodie related things on A Lavish Life, it never really settled in there. I feel that food lovers reside in their own space. Much like book lovers do. While A Lavish Life is what I consider my "catch all" blog, where I combined all of my favorite things into one space... posting foodie things on that blog never really rung true for me. 

Most of my post will now be in the form of micro blogging. More about the amazing food photos, less about the words.  I used to post my recipes and such, but I've decided to focus more on my foodie adventures instead of cooking. Don't get me wrong, I may review a few recipes or meal programs like Blue Apron or Home chef once in a while, but you'll mostly find restaurant reviews along with glorious food shots.

Whether it's discovering a new local restaurant in the Metro Detroit area or during my travels around the world, get ready to experience passion for food!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Goodbye True Foodie at Heart...Sort of.

It's been a really long time since I've posted here, and for that I apologize. I neglected this blog while focusing on my book blog, Shelf Addiction.  For anyone still subscribed to TFAH, I'm not really gone, I moved over to my lifestyle blog, A Lavish Life. Why? Three reasons. First, I'm ready to jump back in with not only food, but home related and other types of posts. Second, I decided that a reboot was in order. Third, but not least, I've streamlined my home blog and my food blog so that I have less blogs to manage individually.Which in turn I believe will help me become more consistent with posting.

What happens to the food related posts?  I've merged all my past posts from this blog into A Lavish Life. All my recipe testing and reviewing will continue on over there in addition to lots of other fun stuff. I hope you'll check it out and join me!

If you've stumbled across this blog, head on over to A Lavish Life and take a look the recipe and product review tabs for even more Foodie posts!

It's been a blast posting on TFAH, but it's time to start a new chapter. See you on the flip side!

~Tamara

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Grilled Asparagus and Feta Salad

I made this salad for a food and wine pairing event for one of my book clubs.  If you want to see more about the event, head over to my personal blog, and check it out!

My dish was eaten along with a Parmesan Crusted Tilapia, and it was a perfect pairing with white wine Vouvray 2011 LaForcine Demi Sec.  This salad is mild flavored and fresh tasting salad. I needed to add a lot more salt and pepper than what the recipe called for. Next time, I would throw in a few sliced baby tomatoes. The tomatoes would have brightened up the dish and added an additional needed acidic note. Next time, I also would use a block of feta and break it up myself instead of the pre-crumbled feta.  Clearly it's not very pretty!  Using a blog of feta would have allowed me to break the cheese up into larger chunks.




If you try this, let me know what you think!

Source: Roasted Asparagus & Feta Salad
Rating: 4 forks


Here are the rest of the wines we sampled along with the courses!
Cheers!