Food | Slapfish | Lehi, Utah

Now, how am I just finding out about Slapfish?! I was disappointed that the weather did not cooperate preventing me from getting awe inspiring mountain photos, but, food can make up for a lot ;)
I love seafood, so I had to give this place a try. The decor is that of the outside of a Marina where you catch and clean fish. A nice touch since this was something I did with my father.

I especially love lobster, so I chose the lobster taquitos and the lobster roll, the second place I’ve been to where they serve the lobster roll WARM! My favorite way to eat them.

If you find yourself in Lehi, make this your first stop ;)

Slapfish
3320 NORTH DIGITAL DRIVE
LEHI,  UT 84043

Hotel | Hilton Garden Inn | Lehi, Utah

I love the Hilton Brand, but for a while I didn’t know how to feel about Hilton Garden Inn. In the past, I found them to be inconsistent from property to property, but that changed in the past two years when I believe a redesign and identity was established. I now know I can count on the Hilton Garden Inn for great breakfast, clean, minimal design, and wide open space. They also have full bars that are much appreciated by Road Warriors. As this is my first time in Utah, I was so happy to find a Hilton Garden Inn in Lehi that was in the middle of everything. I had the best room, and service. Can’t wait to come back.

Hilton Garden Inn Lehi
3150 N Hotel Loop
Lehi, Utah 84043
801 341 6333

Utah

Utah!
My first time here; the 46th state I’ve visited. I was most excited to take photos of these the lovely mountains, but it was not to be as it was either raining, snowing, or overcast, so I am not proud of the batch of outdoor photos I took. I’ll have to come back soon

- an artist and his travels

Food | The Chimes | Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge is a place where I always get excited to visit because I know I will eat well. So, I was excited when people suggested The Chimes as a place to go. It was lunch time, and I love a place that offers a broad range of choices. In their About Us section, The Chimes says, ‘The Chimes Restaurant & Tap Room has been a Baton Rouge and LSU tradition serving fine patrons for over 25 years.’ With the LSU reference, I am sure this means it is a popular spot for the college crowd, so weekends must be crazy!

On this occasion, I had the Blackened Salmon with fries, pared with a Yuenling Lager. Delicious meal. I love fish any way you want to serve it, but blackened is always a nice touch. It was also filling, and me being a big guy, that’s always a great thing.

Next time you’re on Baton Rouge, make sure The Chimes is one of your stops. They have three locations:

The Chimes

3357 Highland Rd · Baton Rouge 

10870 Coursey Blvd - Baton Rouge

19130 W Front St - Covington 

Louisiana

- an artist and his travels

Food | Caribbean Joe’s Cafe | Baton Rouge

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Shout out to the great people at Caribbean Joes. They are an ‘Island inspired deli and coffee shop serving an array of breakfast and lunch items including specialty coffees.’ I knew what was going to try; the Jerk Chicken Sandwich with Cajun Fries. Delicious! 

Caribbean Joe’s Cafe
2900 Westfork Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70827

 - an artist and his travels 

Food | Poor Boy Lloyd's Seafood Restaurant | Baton Rouge

As soon as I drop off my things at the hotel, I always ask the hotel staff where the locals eat. As I approached Poor Boy Lloyd’s, it looked old, and it has been my experience that that is a good sign. As I entered, the decor reminded me of a dining room that had seen many family dinners over the course of several decades; meaning, cozy, haphazard, and charming. The ladies that greeted me were warm and seeing that I was new, walked me through the menu, specials, and the ordering process. I chose the Shrimp Po Boy and went to find a seat. As I searched, I noticed an old man sitting in front of a large front window in an area that can only be described as a miniature convenience store. A rack next to him had candy galore, and a register, which told me he only takes cash. If there is a Lloyd, I have a feeling this is him.

As for the food; I don’t know what the standard is for Po Boy’s, but this was a good sandwich, though I found the bread to be too firm and crispy, but I’ve always been partial to soft bread. But, the breaded and fried shrimp were falling out of the sandwich there were so many, and the cajun style fries were the perfect accompaniment.

After I ate, I was given a ticket and told to pay up front. Of course! ‘Lloyd!’ I was so pleased with my meal that even with FOX News blaring I maintained my happy mood. I paid in cash, ‘Lloyd’ gave me a mint, and wished me well.

Hubert Neal Jr

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Poor Boy Lloyd’s Seafood Restaurant
201 Florida Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
poorboylloyds.com

 

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center

So, let’s talk about a hotel. I love a classic hotel, and I love when a major brand takes over a classic and restores it to it’s original opulence. Whenever I am in Baton Rouge, I stay at the Hilton Downtown. This hotel is a classic, a blast from the past in the best way. When I walk in, I feel like I’ve entered someone’s finely manicured living room. You are surrounded by chairs, couches, and tables that evoke The Renaissance, with the most lovely chandelier above. The restaurant has a well rounded menu, and I for one have to brag about the 6oz Filet Mignon they serve; please try it if you eat red meat. But, let’s go up to the room. As I exit the elevator, there are lovely touches like classic rotary phones near the elevators. This time I had a room with a balcony that overlooks the river, if I can take my eyes off the stylish classic charm of my room. If you like old fashioned opulence, stay here; cheers.

Hubert Neal Jr

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
201 Lafayette Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
225 344 5866

 

 

Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant

My love for Ethiopian food goes back to 1995 when I was in college. We took the bus down to Brooklyn from upstate New York, which was a four hour ride. The first thing I had was Doro Wat, stewed chicken and hard boiled eggs on Injera; the redness of the stew from the spice Berbere, but I also dipped my food in Mitmita. Fast forward to present day, and I travel a lot. Every city I go to, I look for an Ethiopian/Eritrean restaurant and have a favorite in just about every city I go. This time I’m in Houston, Texas; it’s late, I’m tired, and LUCY, the Ethiopian restaurant I usually go to is far enough away that I don’t want to leave the hotel, so I open up the seamless app. I can’t believe it when I see Blue Nile Ethiopian restaurant as one of the delivery options. I ordered my favorite dish, Tibs Fit Fit, cubes of beef sautéed with onions, mixed with pieces of Injera, and then laid on top of Injera. I’m not religious, but this is heaven.

Shout out to Blue Nile

1. 3030 AUDLEY ST,HOUSTON, TEXAS 77098 - 2. 9400 RICHMOND AVE, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77063

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an artist and his travels | Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona