Think Chocolate

This is my sixith post. Ohhh Scary! Ladies and Gentleman,  after seeing the Exorcism of Emily Rose I hate that number. I have been told by a religion major that we misread the bible and we have nothing to worry about. But the number six and waking up a 3 am still scare me.

So why would I bring up something so biblical? Because indulgence (a nice word for gluttony) is a sin. But like some people chocolate is an addiction. Forgive us Lord.

Think Chocolate is in Charlotte, North Carolina near the Ballyantyne Hotel.  It was one of the only times that I was craving something sweet and the concierge said that I would love this shop. After about a ten minute drive we arrive to this little shop. At first I thought I was in heaven. The place was really nice, it smelled of freshly made chocolate and you could also smell freshly made espresso which is always a plus.

Now I always wanted to try spicy chocolate. However, one of my major weaknesses is caramel and white chocolate. Those two flavors are awesome separate but together they are amazing. Then there was green tea chocolate, red velvet, cake bites and variety of toffees. What was I supposed to choose? I wanted to buy the whole store. However, the store is set-up like a boutique and due to my budget, that was not possible.

The lady noticing my distress picked out  a mixture of chocolates, cake bites and toffees for me. Luckily, she picked the Habanero chocolate, which was very good. She also gave me a free cup of espresso since we were heading back to Nashville. Talk about Southern Hospitality.

I told myself I would wait to share these with my brother. After one bite of that Habanero chocolate it wasn’t going to happen. The only downside to this business is that it is not located in Nashville. Definitely 5 out of 5 hearts. Here is their website.

http://www.thinkchocolate.net/

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Thai Phooket

I am a person that judges a book by its cover. Seriously, if I don’t like the title or a cover of a book in the library I put it right back on the shelf. I do the exact same thing to restaurants.When I first arrived to Thai Phooket, I swore I would not eat in this restaurant. After some coaxing, I got out the car and was finally persuaded to eat by surrounding customers. I am happy to say that Thai Phooket is one of the exceptions to my own rules.

I had the Red Curry and I made it very spicy. It was amazing and it didn’t break my wallet. It was a great experience. I felt pretty glad that I actually got past outer looks. So not only was my belly satisfied so was my soul.

I will tell you the service needs a little improvement. It is legitimately a hole-in-the-wall. The food came out pretty quick. However, I’m just saying if I am eating spicy food I shouldn’t have to flag someone to get some water. Getting the check was kind of slow to.

Nevertheless, it is the best Thai restaurant and my feeling were not hurt. So you have very good food that’s very cheap. I give it a 3 out of 5 hearts. Here is their  restaurant website for more information and history.

http://www.thaiphooket.com/#!the-place

Etsy.com

One of my followers recommended this site to me. Luckily I have used it before for Birthday gifts.  This website is a collection of small businesses. There are a lot of unique items. Therefore, if you are a fan of small businesses and online shopping, this website is for you. Ms. Truax said this about the website.

“Etsy.com is an amazing online shopping website dedicated to helping small businesses, mainly handmaid jewelry and clothing. I have bought a few products and found all of them to be of excellent quality”

This may also be a chance to branch out your own small business. Whether your a seller or a buyer this site will have almost everything you need to find.

Belle Meade Premium Cigars

Those of you that love and appreciate premium quality of tobacco should go to Belle Meade Premium Cigar Shop.

The person who actually owns it is a Vietnamese Refugee who actually worked next door at the Belle Meade Cafeteria. She worked really hard and eventually got her own cigar shop. Her family also helps her when she is with her children or she is doing other business.

If you are looking for a present going there would be a perfect stop. For men of course there is tobacco. Also, if a man wants to enjoy himself there is a smoking room in the back. However, if your a man and your searching for present and your pressed for time, she has lighters just for women. Top quality lighters with nice designs.

Here is their site. I give this business 4 out 5 hearts.

http://www.bellemeadecigars.com/content/belle-meade-premium-cigars

 

Kebab Gyros Brentwood

I personally love food. The problem with restaurants is that the food is usually bland or it’s missing an ingredient. So when I find a restaurant that the seasonings are just perfect, full of flavor, and different I just have to talk about it. The best Gyro place that I have tasted is Kebab Gyro in Brentwood on Old Hickory Blvd. It’s right next to a great Bakery (which I will talk about that later) and behind Cinco de Mayo.

It is family owned. The man that was helping me knew it was my first time there and was extra nice to me. He ordered what I think I would like for me, he was 100% right. When your there ask for cucumber sauce over your rice. He made me try that and it was amazing.

I also loved it because the whole family is Christian. If your short some change, they will help you out, but please don’t take advantage of them. Nice Persian family period.

Go. You will enjoy your experience!

Alpha Nails (Green Hills)

If your looking for the best place to get your nails done go to Alpha Nails. It’s family owned, good conversation and they do a lot of services. There place is very economical, it’s not overpriced at all. There are three main people who do your nails. If you continue going they will always give you a priority. Everyone to them is more than a customer. That is what creates the great atmosphere.