Series of Dates

I’ve been out and about these past few months. During those travels, I met this amazing person and I wanted to get to know more of this individual. I wanted to woo this human being so, I’m seeing this person and we always went out. We had series of dates and now, he is someone dear to my heart.

We’ve been exploring most of the restaurants in Canton, Ohio. It’s been our gastronomic adventure together to try the dishes in every business establishment serving food and drinks.

These are the restaurants we’ve dined in:
1. Table Six Kitchen + Bar

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Table Six Kitchen + Bar

It is a gastropub where they serve traditional, made-from-scratch comfort food which are perfect for sharing. They also offer wide array of drinks from cocktails to spirits, beers and wines. Table Six Kitchen + Bar is an independent restaurant group with four locations and every location has its own unique personality and tradition good of taste.

I ordered fish + chips that is craft beer battered cod with fresh cut fries, house slaw, tarter and Sriracha ketchup for appetizer. For entrée, I chose Teriyaki Salmon which is a pan seared, Teriyaki glazed, Verlasso salmon with Asian sesame stir fry and a meal won’t be a meal without dessert. I got warm molten brownie which is a chocolate lover’s heaven with warm brownie, Amy’s chocolate icing and vanilla ice cream. The whole dining experience in Table Six Kitchen + Bar was 4/5. Foods were delicious, ambience was good and a little crowded but the space was a little bit small and congested.

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Fish + Chips

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Teriyaki Salmon

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Warm Molten Brownie

For menus and more information, check at www.table6canton.com/home or visit them at:
Table Six Kitchen + Bar
6113 Whipple Ave NW
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone No. 330-305-1666

2. Gervasi Vineyard Restaurant

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Gervasi Vineyard Restaurant

Gervasi Vineyard Restaurant is a premier winery and vineyard located in Canton, Ohio that provides guests with fine dining experience. It offers a memorable destination for wine lovers, diners, families, businesses, and tourists. The restaurant is designed for adults seeking an affordable, fresh and romantic dining experience, for families seeking outdoor beauty, fun and great food, and corporate team for business meetings. Gervasi Vineyard Restaurant has among the best wine varieties in Ohio which are produced by wine experts and hand selected seasonally by local farmers.

We went to Crush House since Gervasi Vineyard has more than one dining options. I started the ball rolling with an appetizer of pork wings which were marinated and glazed with red wine vinegar, blue cheese emulsion, scallions and crumbled blue cheese paired with a glass of zin zin, a zinfandel wine. I got shrimp and sausage linguini with sauteed zucchini and squash with vodka sauce paired with a glass of velluto, a pinot noir wine for my entrée while he ordered crush house steak which was the chef’s entrée feature of the day. To end the night, we both chose chocolate crème brulee with blackberry and raspberry and cream for dessert. Dining experience in Gervasi Vineyard Restaurant was 5/5. Everything was perfect.

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Pork Wings

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Shrimp and Sausage Linguini

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Crush House Steak

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Chocolate Crème Brulee

For more information, visit their site at www.gervasivineyard.com or visit them physically at:
Gervasi Vineyard Restaurant
1700 55th St NE
Canton, OH 44721
Phone No. 330-497-1000

3. Hog Heaven Open Blame BBQ

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Hog Heaven Open Flame BBQ

It is a fun laid back atmosphere restaurant that provides southern BBQ meals  and cold beers. Not only that the Hog Heaven also tries to help the community by fundraising and scholarship through motorcycle runs.

We both ordered full rack barbeque ribs which is a famous St. Louis style ribs, tender and tasty that falls right off the bone, basted with Hog Heaven southern style barbeque sauce. I chose the macaroni and cheese and baked beans as the 2 sides. My gastronomic experience is at 4/5. We’ve dined in the restaurant for 3 times and ordered the same ribs but the food was inconsistent.

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Full Rack BBQ Ribs with mac&cheese and baked beans

For additional information, check their site by clicking here or visit them at:
Hog Heaven
2730 Cleveland Avenue NW
Canton, OH 44709
Phone No. 330-458-0904

4. George’s Lounge

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George’s Lounge

George’s Lounge has been a favored establishment since 1959. It’s the best place to gather with friends and enjoy local grass-fed gourmet burgers, fresh-cut fries, and more. It has the best environment with open and live music with wide selections of drinks from cola products to hard liquors.

It appears that the special person’s hangout place is the George’s Lounge and knows everything in the menu. I got their Gorgeous George burger which has double burger with bacon, sautéed onion and mushroom, egg, kamikaze sauce on egg bun. The whole dining experience was at 4/5. The food may not be as great as other restaurants I’ve been to but the environment is magnificent and the service is amazing.

To contact them, check the website here or travel to:
George’s Lounge
229 Cleveland Ave NW
Canton, OH 44702
Phone No. 330-452-0029

5. Boathouse BBQ

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Boathouse BBQ of Marietta

It is one of my favorite restaurants in Marietta. When the special person visited me, we went to boathouse BBQ  and ordered grilled pork BBQ ribs. It was the best and I always chose that. It so happened that he loved it too. Dining experience is 3/5. Food is amazing but inconsistent, service is a little slow but ambience is great.

Visit them at Boathouse BBQ of Marietta at 218 Virginia St, Marietta, OH 45750 with phone no. 740-373-3006.

6. The Winking Lizard Tavern and Restaurant

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The Winking Lizard Tavern and Restaurant

We had dinner at this restaurant and we both ordered grilled pork BBQ ribs with mac&cheese and steak fries for my side dishes. Dining experience is at 3/5. I’ve been tasting and ordering BBQ ribs in every restaurants I’ve been to and the Winking Lizard Tavern and Restaurant’s BBQ ribs somehow fails it.

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Pork BBQ ribs with mac&cheese and steak fries

Check them at www.winkinglizard.com or visit them at this address:
The Winking Lizard Tavern and Restaurant
5710 Fulton Drive NW
Canton, OH 44718
Phone No. 330-497-1133

7. Scrambler Marie’s Restaurant

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Scrambler Marie’s Restaurant

We also had breakfast in Scrambler Marie’s Breakfast Bistro. I picked the American breakfast since I have weakness for sunnyside up eggs. It was one of the best breakfast meals I had. Dining experience meter is at 5/5. It was perfect.

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American Breakfast with Sausage, sunnyside up eggs, white toast, strawberry yogurt

For menus, check their website at scramblersrestaurants.com or visit them at:
Scrambler Marie’s Restaurant at Canton-Belden Village Mall
4345 Belden Village Mall
Canton, OH 44718
Phone No. 330-493-4800

I’ll also add the list of restaurants I have dined in. I’ve been to food tasting and I’ve been reviewing them for the last year. Here are the list:

8. Ruby Tuesday

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Ruby Tuesday

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Pork BBQ Ribs with mac&cheese and baked potato with sour cream and butter

9. Applebee’s

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Applebee’s Grill and Bar cr: Applebee’s

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Shrimp and Parmesan Sirloin Steak medium well with mac&cheese and french fries

10. Lori’s Family Restaurant

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Lori’s Family Restaurant cr: Tripadvisor

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American Breakfast with sausage patties, hash puppies, white toast, sunnyside up eggs

11. Outback Steakhouse

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Outback Steakhouse cr: Outback

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Alice Spring’s Chicken with mac&cheese

12. Tlaquepaque Mexican Restaurant

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Tlaquepaque Mexican Restaurant

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Mar Y Tierra with cajun rice, shrimps and steak

If you love food like me and my boo, better start exploring the nearest restaurants and see which serves the best meal and dishes. What better to do that with your special someone dear to your heart and have a series of dates. I had my fair share done, now, it’s your turn. Bon appetit! 😉

Dining Experience in Washington, D.C.

New to the place? If your answer is ‘Yes’ and you are a frequent traveler who wants to have a memorable experience. It is a deadly sin not to try the food the place offers. So when I was in The District, I made sure to have a dining experience in Washington, DC.

At first, I tried the cuisine which I missed a lot. That is of course, the Filipino food since I find Filipino cuisine comfort. I was craving for Pinoy foods for quite some time since we don’t have any Filipino restaurants in Southeastern Ohio. My friend who lives in Washington, DC for years told me to try this restaurant few minutes taxi trip from Embassy row. Then, we got to this restaurant. The place was warm and welcoming. My friend and I went upstairs to check and we got a table for 2. The name of the restaurant is Purple Patch, check their site here. When I was about to sit down, I saw this lady sitting and eating her food just at the other side of our table and when I saw her face, I found her face familiar. My friend told me she is one of the owners of the restaurant and her mother is a Filipino. When I checked the walls of the restaurant, I found that she has been featured on a local paper and I figured it out that she was also featured in one of the major newspapers back in the Philippines that somehow I have read. So, I got starstruck.

Purple Patch 3155 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20010 (202) 299-0022

Purple Patch
3155 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20010
(202) 299-0022

Purple Patch offers appetizers and small dishes, sides, entrees, drinks, and even brunch with a touch of mixed Filipino American dishes. Then, the waiter handed to us the dinner menus. For me, it took me about 10 seconds to decide what to order upon opening the menu. I chose for my appetizer, the Lechon Kawali for US$8 which is a crispy fried braised pork with Mang Tomas sauce and for my main dish, I picked out pork sinigang since that night was a lil bit chilly so I needed a soup to counteract what I felt. Pork Sinigang cost US$14 which is a traditional Filipino soup comprised of braised pork, lemon broth, potato, long beans & spinach served with jasmine rice. My friend, on the other hand, had selected Mama Alices’ Lumpia which is fried beef and pork spring rolls with banana ketchup dipping sauce for appetizer (US$7) and Pancit Bihon which is thin rice noodles, carrot, celery, sugar snap peas, cabbage & long beans choice of shrimp, pork, chicken, bok choy and shiitake mushrooms for entree (US$17).

Lechon Kawali

Lechon Kawali


Pork Sinigang

Pork Sinigang


Mama Alice's Lumpia

Mama Alice’s Lumpia


Pancit Bihon

Pancit Bihon

Now, let’s review the food. Both appetizers were perfect and I can taste a touch of home. While for the main dishes, I was a little bit disappointed with the pork sinigang because way back when my family used to cook it, it should taste sour but it didn’t. It might be due to the use of lemon instead of tamarind. For pancit bihon, it was fine, nothing special to it. Overall dining experience in Purple Patch is a 4/5.

The next day, thunderstorm hit The District and I was stuck in 17th Street. My friend came and was soaked. Since we can’t get out of the rain, so, we ended up eating in Noodles & Company.

Noodles and Company 1667 K St NW (202) 296-3111

Noodles and Company
1667 K St NW
(202) 296-3111

My friend said he used to eat there but it has been long time that he hasn’t dined in Noodles and Company. The place and set-up appeared like a fastfood. There is no one waiting for tables and diners just go directly to the cashier to pay their orders. Location though is very accessible. It is in downtown DC and near to shopping centres, bus stations, and tourist attractions. Check their site here. Noodles and Company offers noodles&pasta, soups, salads, sandwiches, drinks, desserts and extras. I ordered Pork BBQ sandwich which is a toasted ciabatta roll loaded with slow-braised pork, colorful coleslaw and barbecue drizzle but instead of coleslaw, I changed it for a chicken noodle soup.

Pork BBQ sandwich with Chicken Noodle Soup

Pork BBQ sandwich with Chicken Noodle Soup

The sandwich was perfect. It was delicious and juicy and oozed with flavor. While the soup was good for a kind of weather outside that night. We stayed in the restaurant enjoying our meal until the storm stopped. Overall dining experience in Noodles and Company is 4/5.

After we finished our dinner, my friend told me that there is this one place that he enjoyed eating desserts. It was in a posh neighborhood in Washington, DC. The ice cream shop is in Georgetown where most notable and famous icons such as Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Graham Bell, John F. Kennedy, and Elizabeth Taylor used to live. The ice cream station is also a well-known dessert shop. That is the Thomas Sweet. Even the current president of the United States, Pres. Barrack Obama, eats here.

Thomas Sweet 3214 P St NW, Washington, DC 20007 (202) 337-0616

Thomas Sweet
3214 P St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-0616

If you want to check what flavors of ice cream they have, you can check their site here. When we got there, the shop was half full, so we got the chance to grab a seat and table to enjoy our ice cream. I got cookies and cream. Few minutes when we got settled, the queue for customers stretched until outside. We got lucky we came early.

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Thomas Sweet


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Cakes


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Cookies and Cream

The cookies and cream flavor was OK. The same taste as what I used to get from cookies and cream from other ice cream shops. I haven’t tried other flavors yet but they looked mmmdelicious. Location is perfect for travelers or customers doing some shopping, dining in restaurants or having fun in bars in Georgetown. The price was reasonable for such location. Overall dining experience in Thomas Sweet was 5/5.

On my third day in The District, I woke up late around 1000H. I was craving for noodles, the Asian style. Since I stayed in Hostelling International DC which is near Chinatown. I have decided to have an Asian cuisine noodles and ramen was on the top of my taste bud. I walked from where I stayed to Chinatown and I found a popular ramen restaurant. Daikaya is a famous and one of the top 8 ramen restaurants in the DC area. So, I was a bit excited.

Daikaya 705 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (202) 589-1600

Daikaya (cr: bkarmstrong.blogspot.com)
705 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202)  589-1600

When I got into the location, the place was jam-packed. But  I was welcomed with a waitress and got me a seat where I can see the staff on how they prepare the food. Then, the waitress handed me the menu and I chose the shio ramen. Daikaya offers four types of ramen: shio, shoyu, miso, and vegetarian shio. Check their site here.

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Daikaya

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Shio Ramen

Shio Ramen

As I got my order, the shio ramen looked perfectly mouth-watering that I just want to dip in my soup spoon. When I tasted it, it was so good even though I found something missing from it but I still find it perfect. I enjoyed my lunch and got to communicate with other customers. The restaurant was better with regard to customer service, food quality and almost everything.The waitresses were friendly and accommodating. When I finished eating, I saw the queue just outside the door of the restaurant. It only means that a lot of people love the food they serve. Overall dining experience in Daikaya was 5/5.

As a summary, I know that I haven’t done justice for my dining experience in Washington, DC since there are still a lot of good and amazing restaurants. When I come back, I’ll make sure I’ll get to taste other restos yet for now, I’ll leave it to 4 restaurants. See you soon Washington, DC.