an artist and his travels

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

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 | Brightwater Salon 02

The leadership of Brightwater: A center for the study of food and I came up with this concept of merging Food and Art, which turned into Brightwater Salon. At the first one last June, I was the first Artist paired with a Chef for a unique and lively evening of creation. Brightwater Salon is now an annual event and I was happy to be in attendance for Brightwater Salon 02 (the second edition). Here are some candids from the event.

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an artist and his travels | MELD

MELD

I love food. I call it edible Art. And I love finding new restaurants, cafe's, and bars. A new addition to Bentonville, Arkansas, and just steps away from the Walmart Home Office is Meld. For the 9 - 5iver and business traveler, it is an ideal place to grab lunch, as the service is quick, and Julie, the manager is attentive to your needs.

Meld offers fresh made salads, pizzas, tacos, burgers, and along with grab and go items. They also feature local roasted coffee. 

So far, my favorite is 'The Catch'; a lightly blackened fish, provolone, lettuce, tomato folded sandwich. But I can also brag about the chicken and fish tacos, brocolli/cheddar soup, and their lovely cole slaw. 

Give MELD a visit
1120 S. Walton Blvd
Suite #152
Bentonville, Arkansas 72712

 

Hubert Neal Jr | an artist and his travels

 

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an artist and his travels | the visual poets society

the visual poets society

by Hubert Neal Jr

Photographer: Jenn Terrell

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an artist and his travels | Bentonville Living Magazine

Thank you to Bentonville Living magazine and Jenn Terrell Photography for the feature!

Hubert Neal Jr

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