Many real estate websites utilize an outside vendor or articles written by others to populate their blogs. This is understandable since life as a realtor is often times very busy and writing blogs is by no means a top priority. This blog however is different. I actually enjoy writing, exploring my neighborhood for hidden gems, and sharing my insight with others to help support local businesses I find to be exceptional. All the content you will find here will be created by me in order to provide you with an honest and sincere review of my local favorites and to also provide you with some tidbits of information related to real estate. I will try to update the blog weekly but please bare with me if I miss a week here or there. Enjoy!
Every special occasion can benefit from the use of fresh flowers. Whether you're preparing for an intimate dinner party, a quinceanera, a cotillion, a special birthday, or THE big day, I would highly recommend you look into one of Bloominaire.
Backed by natural talent, years of experience, hard work, and formal education, Melissa (Bloominaire Owner) produces stunning and elegant arrangements for every event she supports and more amazingly, is able to do so at a highly competitive price. Professional and warm at the same time, Melissa is always a pleasure to work with. The way she carries herself during appointments, she almost makes you feel like your planning a party with your friends but ultimately executes a like well seasoned pro.
When initially writing this blog, I almost referred to Bloominaire as one of the Bay Area's best kept secrets but I don't think that title is really appropriate given the fact that they were just awarded the honor of the 2017 Couples' Choice Award by WeddingWire.com. And just so you know - I'm not just a fan, I'm a past client. The pictures provided here were not taken from Bloominaire's website; they were taken from my own personal photo album (hard drive) of my wedding.
It's not unusual for a tap room to have somewhat of an industrial/steampunk look for decor. Many I've visited across the country often come with a view of the actual vats used for brewing. However, I do think the you will be hard pressed to find a watering hole that can beat the ambiance found at the Mare Island Brewing Co. tap room, conveniently located next to the Vallejo Ferry terminal and decorated by local artisans to really keep the feel rooted in Vallejo. When the weather permits, I prefer the outdoor patio for the the views of the Mare Island straight, remnants of the naval ship yard, passerby's and picturesque sun sets.
Although I've yet to explore the food menu, dropping by once in a while just for a break and a brew, the menu options do look appealing and appear to be well liked by the yelp community. Pictured above was a pint of the Coal Shed Stout as I prefer darker beers when as the weather gets cooler. On warmer days, I'm more inclined to go with a Farragut's Farmhouse Ale. Either way - you can't lose.
Joy of Eating Cafe is one of my go to spots for breakfast when I'm looking for something to fill my belly and my soul and when counting calories has no place in my decision making process. Although this place is famous for it's home made buttery toast, I feel quite strongly that their potatoes are easily the star of the show. Cooked perfectly to a golden brown crisp and topped with green onion, this side dish is more Batman than Robin! Between the kind staff, generous portions and the of course, the quality of the food, it's no wonder this hole-in-the-wall breakfast joint has stood the test of time as a Vallejo staple.