Congratulations, Lisa M.! You are the winner of the Mikesell’s Giveaway! Please send me a private message on Facebook, Twitter, or use my Contact feature on the blog to give me your mailing address and your snacks will be on their way! You can also send me an email at girlabouttowndayton [dot] gmail [dot] com.
I want to thank everyone for participating! This was a lot of fun!
I also want to thank Mikesell’s for the opportunity to share their yummy products with my readers!
Mikesell’s is well known in Dayton for having the absolute best potato chips, pretzels, and snacks and now they are teaming up with Girl About Town to deliver a whole case of yummy goodness to one of my lucky readers’ door! Details for how to enter are below.
Having lived in the southwestern quarter of Ohio my whole life, I have a serious appreciation for two things: Mikesell’s and Cincinnati style chili. Well now Mikesell’s has decided to double down on their southwestern Ohio roots by creating Cincinnati Style Chili Groovy Potato Chips. I am honestly not the person who deviates from my Original Mikesell’s so I wasn’t sure I would be trying these new flavored chips but my husband brought home a bag of them one day and I absolutely fell in love! They really taste like Cincinnati style chili! (For non locals, this is a thin chili with flavors of cinnamon and chocolate. Don’t make that face, it’s seriously amazing.)
Mikesell’s has also created a new flavor of puffcorn called Buffalo Puffcorn Delites. I love all things spicy and these are wonderful. Puffcorn is basically popcorn but without the hulls or kernals so it’s a more consistent texture throughout. (Plus you don’t get horrible bits lodged in your teeth!)
This fantastic Dayton company has been around for over 100 years and with amazing new products like these, they’ll be around for another 100 at least!
There are 2 ways to enter to win a case of Cincinnati Style Groovy Potato Chips and Buffalo Puffcorn Delites:
- Simply answer the following question in the comments section below: What are your favorite Mikesell’s chips? Regular? Kettle Cooked? Groovy?
- Check out my facebook page: Girl About Town as well as Mikesell’s facebook page and Twitter and tell me you’ve so in the comments below or tweet me @girlaboutdayton
Winner will be drawn at random on this blog in one week on Friday, March 7 (I’ll also announce on Twitter and facebook). Please respond in 48 hours or I’ll draw the next name!
My good friend, Nathan, recommended The Green Nature Cafe to me and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard of it. This restaurant is the only one of its kind in the area (that I know of) in that they serve all vegetarian and vegan food and mostly raw at that. This is one seriously healthy cafe!
They serve alkalized water, which is just water that has been treated to be more alkaline than the typical water we drink every day. There are some reported health benefits to this type of water, if you’d like to see what this is about, click here.
When you hear that you’re about to eat at a mostly raw food restaurant, the first thing you think of is bland, boring food but luckily everything I ate there was flavorful and amazing. I have to be honest, I wasn’t expecting to love it but I thought I would like going to Green Nature Cafe because it’s good for me. But when I say it tastes amazing, I really mean that. Even if you’re the type of person who doesn’t consider it pizza unless it’s Meat Lovers pizza, you will actually still probably love this food – it’s that yummy.
I had the Almond Hummus Flax Wrap (they only had almond hummus, and I can’t figure out why exactly – last time I checked people are still happy with the health benefits of chickpeas) and it was so delicious. I could go for one right now, actually…
My sister ordered the Baked Falafel Sandwich and it was fantastic as well. She also had a side of kale chips, which I highly recommend.
For dessert, we shared the Banana Split Whip and it was so pretty and also completely decadent. They use frozen whipped bananas in place of ice cream and you can’t really tell a difference.
So even though Green Nature Cafe is a bit of a hike being that it’s located in Clayton, it’s totally worth the drive. Also, it’s next to an Ester Price location, so you can make two stops if you want The hardest part was realizing we were in the right place because Green Nature Cafe is located in what looks like a brand new condo development. So don’t worry, your GPS isn’t crazy!
I can’t wait to go back to The Green Nature Cafe – If this is what raw food tastes like, I don’t want to cook ever again!The Green Nature Cafe 8941 Anneliese Way Clayton, Ohio 45315 (937) 771-1523
In this post, products were provided by the company or their PR firm for my review, however my thoughts and opinions are my own.
As an avid fan of shopping at Preen Apothecary (the fabulous beauty boutique in Oakwood), I’m always thrilled to try new items from the brands they chose to feature. One brand I had been curious about for some time is BijaBody, a fantastic bath and body line focused on a holistic approach to beauty. The products I can’t get enough of are the Daily Body Serum, Bedside Manner, and Herbal Beauty Tea.
Daily Body Serum
Before I continue, I really need to take a moment to encourage everyone to visit Preen Apothecary and give either the serum, lotion, or body scrub a try because the smell is intoxicatingly comforting. It’s like spending a cloudy day at home in your chunkiest sweater and leggings just drinking tea and reading a book without a care in the world. I have no idea how on earth BijaBody captured this complex feeling into a scent, but they did. It smells like love, comfort, home – all the best things. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about the serum by itself. First of all, I’m not normally a fan of body serums – I use lotion every single day of my life and I have no reason to upset that balance. However, on some of the driest, coldest days this winter, it has been wonderful to use this serum right out of the shower and then once it’s soaked in add a layer of fragrance free lotion. The serum acts quickly to lock in moisture and gives my thick fragrance free lotion a yummy scent. It’s moisturizing enough on its own to be used without lotion on warmer, more humid days (I can’t wait to use this serum and only this serum all summer long). I will be stocking up on this amazing product all year!
Bedside Manner – Anti-Aging Lip + Hand Treatment
Have I mentioned this winter has been terrible for my skin? Too many days spent walking around in below zero wind just destroys your hands and lips and this product really helps restore the moisture balance. Bedside Manner is meant to be used before bed and in the morning before you start your day – and this product doesn’t have a scent. I used this on my lips every night and really noticed a difference – they don’t get chapped throughout the day and seem fuller, which makes me so happy! One thing that was really annoying me this winter was that I had developed really dry patches of skin on my knuckles and wrists, which happens every winter when the weather gets below zero. I would apply lotion constantly but it only helped for maybe an hour before I’d have to reapply. A couple nights using Bedside Manner cleared it up and I haven’t had a problem since! When I say that this is a miracle product, I seriously mean it (because I have no idea how it works so well). And if none of this has convinced you of the merits of Bedside Manner, consider that my husband and I have to fight over the last drops of this stuff because it has become both of our favorite product of all time. And he is not exactly the get-really-excited-about-a-beauty-product type. One thing to note: A little goes a long way with this treatment. You only need a very small amount to cover both your lips and hands so this little bottle will last and last.
Herbal Beauty Tea
BijaBody believes in health and beauty being synonymous and therefore rather than just offering external beauty products, they go the extra step of creating these amazing beauty tea blends of beneficial herbs and spices to help create a more beautiful you from the inside out. The Herbal Beauty Tea is caffeine free, organic, and made with fair trade ingredients. Turmeric is one of the ingredients in their beauty teas and I’m so glad because it’s currently the most talked about anti-inflammatory spice available!
I love that BijaBody creates a total beauty experience – and when you use a few products on a chilly Sunday, it feels like the best at-home spa day ever!
To purchase BijaBody products, visitPreen Apothecary 2508 Far Hills Ave, Dayton, OH 45419 (937) 293-1818
Or visit BijaBody’s website: www.bijabody.com
I was pretty sure I would love Meadowlark because I have heard nothing but glowing praise about this restaurant for as long as I can remember. I didn’t really know anything in particular about the restaurant, other than it is affiliated with Wheat Penny Oven & Bar (and I already know that I love Wheat Penny!).
Meadowlark has a fantastic menu! I especially loved that they included vegetarian options throughout. I decided on the Meadow Burger, which is made of a nut and vegetable blend. It was fantastic and could be made vegan just by changing out the condiments.
I loved the look and feel of Meadowlark – especially the fun art on the floor-to-ceiling chalk board at the bar.
Speaking of the bar, I wasn’t in the mood for a drink so I loved that they offer a sparkling lemonade made fresh to order.
I absolutely loved my solo lunch at Meadowlark! I can’t wait to try it for dinner some time.The Meadowlark Restaurant 5531 Far Hills Ave Dayton, OH 45429 (937) 434-4750
One evening, my husband and I decided on Hickory Bar-B-Q, a well-known restaurant on Brown Street in the UD area. I had never been there but always heard great things about this long-standing restaurant.
I really enjoyed the experience of trying a restaurant that has a long history in Dayton (over 50 years). Although there wasn’t much for someone who doesn’t eat meat, the food was tasty and traditional.
If you’re looking for a restaurant with a lot of history and charm, definitely check out Hickory!Hickory Bar-B-Q 1082 Brown St Dayton, OH 45409 (937) 228-5252
The following is an official press release (I’ve watched his YouTube videos and he’s super talented!):
“Youtube Boogie-Woogie Piano Sensation with more than 2.5 million youtube views to perform at CENTERVILLE LIBRARY’s MONDAY MUSIC FEST this Monday, February 24th 2014 @ 6:30 p.m.”
Attorney turned Boogie, Blues, & Ragtime musician, Matthew Ball aka The Boogie Woogie Kid will heat up the piano keys with a FREE family friendly performance at The Centerville Public Library this Thursday, Monday, February 24th 2014 @ 6:30 p.m., as part of their annual MONDAY MUSIC FEST!
Today with over 2.5 million youtube views of his past performance and at home video footage, Ball has truly become a phenomenon, with descriptions of his performances like “Awesome!” “Crushing!” Fantastic!”
He also boasts a pedagogical link to Frederic Chopin himself!, having studied classically at Oakland University in Rochester MI with Dr. Flavio Varani. Professor Varani traced his pedigree of study through the Paris Conservatory back to Frederic Chopin by way of Magda Tagliaferro, Alfred Cortot, and Emile Descombs, who was a late pupil of the composer Chopin.
Suffice to say you won’t want to miss this special toe-tappin’ program of family piano fun featuring classics like Swanee River, Over the Rainbow, The Entertainer, Bumble Boogie and so many more! Here are the details:
Monday, February 24th 2014 @ 6:30 p.m.
Centerville Public Library
111 W. Spring Valley Road
Centerville, OH 45458
Matthew Ball left a career as an attorney in 2001 after he attended a local boogie-woogie festival, to become a blues and boogie-woogie man. Now, after a decade in the field, with an array of accomplishments, he has distinguished himself as ‘one of the best’ practitioners of the genre today. Described as ‘a nationally emerging boogie-woogie master,’ Matthew is becoming one of today’s leading performing authorities on this treasured American tradition.
Watch Matthew heat up the keys in these youtube clips:
Bumble Bee Boogie - http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Swanee River Boogie - http://www.youtube.com/watch?
If you still aren’t quite sure what you’ll be getting that special someone for Valentine’s day this year, consider a Sweet Nothings Toffee of the Month membership. You can purchase a membership online without leaving the house!
The memberships are set at 3, 6, 9, and 12 month intervals and I can’t imagine a better gift to open each month!
Sweet Nothings offers their delicious treats online as well as Dorothy Lane Market locations.
One ridiculously cold day I had a choice to make – walk to De’Lish Cafe or take advantage of the very convenient (if sorta pricey) parking lot right next to it. I decided to make the drive but my sister and my friend, Nathan, chose to walk instead. I think this proves that I’m smarter than both of them (sorry guys, love!!).
My sister had been to De’Lish Cafe before but Nathan and I had not and therefore were in for a treat. The food was very good and I especially appreciated that they offer vegetarian dishes on their lunch menu.
I absolutely love the decor! This place looks amazing and I would love to visit during happy hour sometime.De’Lish Cafe 139 N Main St Dayton, OH 45402 (937) 461-2233
Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.
I found this quote when Sage and Sparkle posted it on her Instagram. This is going to be my mantra at work starting this week because now I’m no longer considered in training – yes, it’s getting real but I’m excited for the challenge.
Speaking of Instagram, have you followed my account yet? I’m @girlaboutdayton
Welcome!I love Dayton, I've lived here for all of my 26 years and don't plan on settling anywhere else. I started this blog as a way to showcase the best of Dayton (as seen through my perspective) and also to share some of the things that occupy space in my mind, namely beauty, home decor, quotes, and various aspects of my life.