Thursday, August 31, 2017

Plated Meal Kit Giveaway



Plated has provided me with another box worth $72 to give away. Plated will send the winner one shipment that includes three recipes and the ingredients needed to make three meals for two people for a total of six servings. Above photo shows an example of one recipe. Enter via Rafflecopter:


The winner must be over 18 years old, have never subscribed to Plated, provide me with their name and email address to give to Plated, provide Plated their credit card number in case they want to continue with the service past the first box and live in the US (not in Hawaii & Alaska). Winner will be sent an email from Plated and simply need to click on the link to redeem their free Plated box online. To cancel future shipments: visit their website and go to my account settings, scroll down to the bottom and chose "cancel subscription" or to skip future shipments select weekly menus and chose "skip week". They ship to most of the US except Hawaii, Alaska and a few cities in TX including San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Laredo & Midland. Box is shipped via FedEx and arrives at your doorstep on your choice of Wednesdays or Saturdays. Vegetarian meals are also offered.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

QVC's Luminara TSV Review - Set of Three Blown Glass Ornaments with Flameless Candles


QVC's Luminara TSV for July 2017 - Nighttime Look



Daytime Look


This is a review of QVC's Luminara Today's Special Value (TSV) that aired on July 16th, 2017. I've been wanting to order some Luminara flameless candles for a couple of years now, but I felt the prices were just too ridiculous. This value comes in at $15.78 per ornament after shipping and tax which is a pretty good deal. You can still order them, they are only $2.36 more for the set! Lately, the TSVs haven't been that much of a discount, so if you miss out on one check out the price difference after it airs. You may want to order them after they air, if you regret not having purchased them or you wanted to wait and read reviews to see if they are worth purchasing. Though you may miss out on a color choice, currently the red is no longer available. I had advance knowledge of this TSV, but I didn't preorder since I was unsure if it was good purchase for me. Once it aired they sold me on them and they had already sold out of the red set which was my number one choice. So I ordered the "Pearl", it also comes in Icy Blue and Champagne. I had a hard time deciding between the Champagne and Pearl. The pearl is more versatile for me if I want to use them in different rooms, but frankly I think the Champagne is prettier. When they arrived I was a bit disappointed that some of the pearls in the wreath that circle the candle were a bit dented. Close up it's not perfect, but from the normal distance one would stand it doesn't appear dented. So my extremely critical self decided it was ok, but felt disappointed. When Hubby arrived home in darkness and they were on he thought they were a real flame and only after getting a closer look was he surprised they weren't real. They look real to those that don't know they are flameless in advance. The white plastic, flame shaped piece moves from side to side and then front from to back. This movement can be a bit monotonous. I'm not sure if I prefer flicker candles to this Luminara version yet. The jury is still out. At first I thought wow, this is really great then it seemed like they should vary the pattern of movement after viewing them over several nights. I also heard that the reason the battery life is shorter for Luminara is due to this movement. Check out the movement of these candles on my Instagram video to judge for yourself, click here. What do you think? Since they have such a short battery life, I chose to place them on the off position and use the remote to turn them on when I'm in the living room and watching tv. They are on the mantel on the shelf under our tv. Normally, I would chose the timer setting, but at only 60 hours per battery, I don't want to spend a fortune on batteries and these are the flat batteries the size of a quarter that are harder to find in stores. Anyone have suggestions on where to buy these batteries for the best price? Each candle comes with three batteries. Also, each candle comes with a remote which is crazy for this price point! It's nice to have multiple remotes, if you have them in multiple rooms. Our living room is larger than the average, so I have to get off the sofa and step a couple steps forward to get the remotes to work on candles sitting on the mantle across the room. I've heard some complain the distance is too short. They would make such wonderful gifts, but I don't recommend the gift boxes they come with. They aren't impressive and the gift recipient still has to put it all together after pulling it out of the box which doesn't give a good impression. I recommend taking it out of the box, tying the bow on it, put the wreath and candle inside the glass ornament and then gift wrap it. It will be so unimpressive otherwise. Their so called gift boxes belong in the trash. The reviews on this one are currently 4 1/2 stars out of five. Initially I would have given it a four stars, but now I'm leaning a bit towards a three since I just can't stand the battery type and battery life. I'm actually thinking of finding a regular flameless candle tea light which has a longer battery life to replace it. If you are only using them during the holiday season I wouldn't let battery life deter you. If you're like me and want to use them year round then battery life may be a deal breaker. What do you think?

So there you have it, another QVC TSV review for you. I hope you found it helpful. I'm sorry I wan't able to review it prior to it airing, but lately that's the way so many of the TSVs that tempt me have been, very little lead time to order prior to airing. What do you think of the slight price difference after the TSV airs? I like it in case I want to order more, but ordering it while it's a TSV makes me feel like I didn't get such a great deal. Psychological I'm sure, but still. 

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

QVC's Mr. Christmas Set of Four Mini Nostalgic Tree Ornaments Review



Nighttime Look


Daytime Look


How I Display Them


This is a review of a set of four mini nostalgic tree ornaments from QVC made by Mr. Christmas. The order number is H211624 and they were offered for $34.78 when I ordered them, the price has increased to $38.28 plus shipping since the lower price was for their Christmas in July celebration. My price per tree after tax and shipping comes to only $10.77, bargain! They aired in July, but I didn't notice them until I searched online and they had sold out and gone on waitlist. I ordered on July 31st and I lucked out going on wait list since the white set shipped on August 12th. I'm also on wait list for the green set. I originally wanted the green set, but I thought I'd improve my odds of getting at least one set if I ordered both colors. I'm actually very impressed with the white set and not unhappy that I didn't get the green set instead. They have more of a decorative look without screaming Christmas and I suspect that the lights reflect better against the white rather than the green. I placed two double A batteries in each tree right away and I turned them to the on position. I'm in love with them! Once it started getting dark, I removed the batteries and put them back in and then set the switch to timer instead of on. They have come on at 8 pm every night since then and they stay on until midnight for a total of four hours. I find them so comforting and beautiful. I will reset the timer when sunset starts earlier in the fall. I have them on our mantle in our living room. I have two on one side and two on the other side with a recent Luminara candle TSV in the middle of each set of two trees. Our mantle has two shelves, so the light from the trees reflect on the shelf above them. They reflect more light, if they are on a shelf rather than a coffee table. They have LED lights, so they do not get warm or hot. They have a red ribbon attached to the star to hang them, but they have a nice flat bottom to sit them on any shelf or table. The ribbon is removable, but I just haven't bothered to remove it. I highly recommend ordering them, the waitlist wasn't very long and Christmas is still 123 away, so you have time. They would also make wonderful gifts individually and the set comes with four adorable little Christmas gift bags to do just that. I can't part with them though, they remind me of my childhood. Back in the 70's women would go to a crafting class and make these by hand. My neighbor's mother made one in green, so these trees remind me of that time in my life. These are a remake of those such Christmas decorations. I'm not waiting until Christmas to enjoy them. They have a lovely glow of colored lights just perfect for the living room while we watch tv in the evening. They would also be perfect on your bedside tables, coffee table or even your dining table. I love them so much, I'm not cancelling my other wait list order since I would use the second set in the bedroom on the end tables or on our dining room table. They would make a cute night light in a child's bedroom. Just set the timer for their bedtime instead of sunset. 

QVC also offers a large version of these trees, but it's a plug in which limits where you can place it. It's item number H211560 and it's also on waitlist. It's 17" tall and it costs $49.96. It would look awesome sitting next to two of the mini trees which are 5 1/4" tall in either white or green. Perhaps they will restock these again prior to Christmas. I know they offered similar trees as a TSV a while ago, but the reviews weren't very good. These seem to be an improved version based on the reviews I've read. One year host David had an entire show devoted to nostalgic Christmas decor. I wish he would do that again. Did you buy anything during QVC's Christmas in July shows? Who else is starting decorating for Christmas early this year? Last couple of years we were relocated and I was homesick, so I wasn't really into decorating, so now that we are back I'm totally into decorating. Do you decorate more when you are happy?

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

QVC's TSVs for September 2017


Preorder Numbers for Today's Special Values


3rd - Lock & Lock Eighteen Piece Storage Set, K46329, $27.98 or 3 payments of $9.32, comes in 10 colors

4th - Peace Love World Affirmation Comfy Knit Top with Hi-Lo Hem, A299255, $34.96 or 4 payments of $8.74, comes in 5 colors

5th - Mally Inspired Beauty Seven Piece Color Collection, A295946, $49.96 or 4 payments of $12.49, comes in 5 shades

7th - Diamonique Platinum Clad Sterling Silver 100 Facet Tennis Bracelet, J351241, $64.24 or 4 payments of $17.21, comes in 3 sizes

8th - Pop Sonic Facial Cleansing Device, A298303, $49.96 or 3 payments of $16.65, comes in 6 colors

9th - Clarks Leather & Suede Lace Up Ankle Boots, A299256, $89.80 or 5 payments $17.96, comes in 5 colors

10th - Amazon Echo Speaker, E231174, $74.95 or 5 payments of $14.99, comes in 2 colors

11th - Spanx Faux Leather Leggings, A299257, $69.00 or 4 payments of $17.25, comes in 3 colors 

12th - NFL Soft Shell Bonded Jacket with Fleece Lining, A295830, $79.98 or 3 payments of $26.66, choice of 32 teams

15th - WEN Fall Four Piece Cleanse & Treat, A303078, $66.96 or 4 payments of $16.74, comes in 3 scents (Tuscan Pear, Fall Ginger Pumpkin & Vanilla White Pumpkin)

16th - Barefoot Dreams Cozy Chic Lite Montecito Cardi, A299258, $79.98 or 4 payments of $19.99, comes in 5 colors

17th - Copper Chef Induction Cooktop with 11" Casserole Pan, K46491, $92.48 or 5 payments of $18.49, comes in 2 colors

18th - Alegria Dream Fit Leather & Neoprene Slip Ons, A299259, $92.70 or 5 payments of $18.54, comes in 5 colors

19th - Tarte Good for You Glamour Six Piece Collection, A294454, $59.94 or 3 payments of $19.98, comes in 6 shades

20th - Northern Nights 500 TC Down Blanket with Dobby Design, Twin H213091 $94.00 or Full H213092 $108.00 or Queen H213093, $127.00 or King H213094 $136.00, available in 5 payments and 7 colors

21st - Air Innovations Ultrasonic Top Fill Humidifier with Aroma Tray, V35231, $74.96 or 5 payments of $14.99, comes in 8 colors

22nd - Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker Skin Care Trio, A299200 or A/D A301738, $75.00 or 2 payments of $37.50

23rd - Shark DuoClean Powered Lift Away Speed Upright Vacuum, V34828, $239.94 or 6 payments of $39.99, comes in 5 colors

24th - KitchenAid Countertop Convection Oven with Pizza Pan, K463455, $99.96 or 5 payments of $19.99, comes in 4 colors, said it was advance order to ship in September, but I ordered on 8/16 and it shipped 8/19 from CA, arrives 8/25. Check out my review.

25th - LOGO by Lori Goldstein Printed Knit Top with Printed Hem, A299262, $49.98 or 5 payments of $9.99, comes in 3 patterns and black

26th - Harry Slatkin HomeWorx Warmer with Two Sleeves, H213095, $27.28 or 2 payments of $13.64, Harvest or Holiday, advance order with delivery around October 2nd

27th - Vintage Wine Estates Harvest Collection, M55569 $39 or $99, 3 or 12 Bottles, A/D available, option of 4 payments and 4 flavors

29th - FLY London Suede Ruched Ankle Boots with Tie Detail, A303798, $139.80 or 5 payments of $27.96, comes in 6 colors

So which ones are you going to order? Since our old toaster oven died recently, I went to order the KitchenAid Countertop Oven, but it says it won't be delivered until the end of September. How disappointing! I'll let you know if they ship it earlier. Other stores sell it and I could probably find a coupon to get a similar price to the TSV, but it wouldn't be in the cinnamon color which matches the rest of my Kitchen Aid appliances. So I guess I'll just have to wait, bummer. I'm getting pretty tired of using a dinky toaster and a hot oven in the south is getting old. Since that TSV is an advance order and it didn't say that until I was checking out, I checked the Harry Slatkin one and it's also not shipping until it airs. So take note when you check out what the ship date is prior to ordering! I checked the Barefoot Dreams TSV and it will ship now though I don't want it so soon since it's so hot here. Oh well. If you order it, please tell us how the sizing compares to the last TSV which mind you was much less expensive at $58 which was also offered at Nordstr√∂m during their anniversary sale for $60. I bought a second one from Nordstrom to wear in the house since it's so super cozy. With four dogs with long hair, I need one kept fur free to wear outside the house. Thanks to the ladies who recommended I purchase one, I was really on the fence with that one since QVC was making us pay for return shipping. Looks like customer complaints about that have made them change their policy. They are now saying that they will pay for return shipping, if you are exchanging it for a different size. Anyone try that yet? Is it true, did it work automatically or did you have to call to get a refund on your shipping? Are they charging shipping for the exchange to be sent to you? I know several of you have been waiting for a Mally and/or Tarte TSV, so you have something to look forward to next month! Shall be interesting to see what they have to offer. Now that the holidays are just around the corner the TSVs should be more tempting to us all. Honora and the Football Shop are usually TSVs that customers purchase as gifts. I'm holding off buying any Slatkin due to the prices, but please review your purchases in the comment area below when they arrive. Anxious to hear your reviews on how they compare to the ones he sold at Bath & Body Works and how they compare to the non Slatkin Bath & Body Works candles! I was surprised to see another TSV so soon since he said he wouldn't be back until next year. He was also begging us to order the last TSV, so that QVC would ask him to return. Oh Harry, so typical of you. Did you see his bright red suit when the last TSV aired? Wow, that was bright. He also returned a few days later and brought some additional items, so be sure to check them out, if you missed them. Stay away from anything resin, it's not fire resistant, I unfortunately found that out one day. Luckily, I was able to put it out quickly, but it made a mess. Stick to  ceramic products to hold your candles. I recommend Diamonique, I get compliments on the few that I have purchased often. The Princess Diana replica ring is the one I get the most compliments on. Everyone thinks it's real, not faux sapphire. It's of great quality and it stands up to wear and tear well.

Other interesting TSVs are:

1st - Isaac Mizrahi
2nd - Perricone MD
5th - Mally, updated above
6th - Denim & Co
8th - Pop Sonic, updated above
12th - Football Team Shop, updated above
13th - Cooks Essentials
14th - Royal Palace Rugs
19th - Tarte, updated above
23rd - Shark, updated above
27th - Gourmet Holiday
28th - Honora
30th - Dyson

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Totopos Street Food & Tequila Restaurant Review - Cary, NC


1388 Kildaire Farm Road
Cary, NC  27511
(919) 678-3449


Exterior View


Interior View from Booth


Chips & Salsa


Shrimp Tacos & Chicken Soup - $13.95


Grilled Chicken Fajitas and Black Bean Soup - $11.95


This is a review for a Mexican restaurant located in Cary, North Carolina called Totopos. It's across the street from Trader Joe's and it's in the building that use to be a Chill's restaurant. When we visited their sanitation grade was 96 which is very good yet we both had stomach issues after eating here. They are open from 11 am until 2 pm then reopen at 5 pm and close at 9:30 pm Monday to Thursday. Friday and Saturday night they stay open half an hour later. Sunday they are open from 11 am to 8:30 pm. We arrived on a Saturday around 12:30 pm. I was shocked to see so few cars in the parking lot and regret not returning  to the car. I thought because of so many good reviews it would be a good experience, but it wasn't at any point during the visit. We were greeted by a hostess who fumbled to get all the menus together and walked us to our seat. We were offered a tiny booth for two and since there were so few customers and tons of seats open I found that strange and I asked for a regular sized booth. The only time I want to sit in that tiny of a space is when the restaurant is full and it's the only seat left. She wasn't friendly, so it was another sign we should have left. We were given a brunch menu, a drink menu and a lunch menu and she dumped them all on the table in a very disorganized and careless manner. 

So we started organizing the menus and figuring out what menu to look at, tossing the alcohol and brunch menu to the side. It took a whopping seven minutes for the waitress to show up. A very long time considering there were so few customers. Just look at my interior view photo above, nothing but empty tables! This was during the prime time lunch hour on a Saturday! She took our drink order prior to bringing us chips & salsa. She asked us if we wanted them. Huh? I've never been asked that in a Mexican restaurant before, so I had to ask if they cost extra and she said no. Very strange! She brought out the chips and one tiny cup of salsa with our drinks. I felt really strange sharing such a small bowl with Hubby only to have her deliver another bowl later when we were running low. So why didn't she just deliver two bowls in the beginning like other restaurants? I thought maybe her boss was on her back about giving out too much salsa, but she landed up delivering two anyway. I guess she doesn't think about tips and making customers happy. The chips were greasy and the salsa wasn't very tasty. So after we decided what to order the waitress tells us we can't order from that part of the lunch menu called Lunch Trios, due to brunch being served. What?! Seriously, no way, really?! This has to be a joke! It just so happened Hubby chose something from that part of the menu, so then he had to decide again what to order and we weren't finding much on the menu to begin with. So that was yet another sign we should have just left and went somewhere else. It was a rainy day and we just wanted to eat, make a run to Costco and return home quickly. Regrettably, we ordered anyway. The waitress mentioned that Hubby could substitute the sides for soup since Hubby was going to order the soup from the "Lunch Trio" that he was told he couldn't order. Yeah, it doesn't make any sense. The items he was going to order from the "Lunch Trio" were available on other parts of the menu, so saying he couldn't order from that part of the menu made no sense whatsoever. Not to mention we should have been told we couldn't order from that part of the menu at the time we sat down prior to deciding what to order. Hubby ordered the Iron Skillet Fajitas with grilled chicken. I ordered the Shrimp Tacos and we both skipped the rice and beans for soup. Our food arrived about ten minutes later. Both of our soups arrived barely warm. I took a couple of spoonfuls and then decided it was too risky to eat anymore since it wasn't kept at hot enough of a temperature to be safe. I'm really glad I didn't eat anymore because shortly thereafter I had a stomach ache. The shrimp tacos were warm when they arrived, but they had way too much cheese on them and the pico de gallo was missing. I love cheese, but this was too much. The waitress had asked when I ordered it if I liked spicy food, I thought that was odd. I didn't find it particularly spicy, so now her question seems even stranger. Hubby's chicken and vegetables were served on a mini skillet yet it wasn't sizzling when it was brought to the table like it should be. Notice how tiny the skillet is in comparison to the spoon in the above photo. His portion was quite small for $11.95! The chicken wasn't sliced into small enough slices and the vegetables were overcooked. His soup was also served at room temperature and it tasted like just beans and sour cream mixed together, very amateur recipe for soup! I thought it was strange his meal didn't come with sour cream and salad for his fajitas. Shortly after we left, Hubby also felt sick to his stomach. The waitress was dressed in jeans and sneakers with a headband on. She looked like she was ready to vacuum her house certainly not tend to customers and make a good impression. I would never turn up for work looking like that. To top it off she was unfriendly, unwelcoming, inattentive and gave the impression that she'd rather be anywhere than at work. She walked passed our table three times and didn't once ask if we wanted drink refills, additional napkins, if the food was ok, nothing. She forgot to wear her smile to work also. There was no sign of any management keeping an eye on things. The music was way too loud, so we ate quickly so we could leave. Normally, we enjoy a leisurely lunch on weekends. I also didn't care for the decor. The lamp above us was moving because it was so lightweight and the air conditioning was blowing so hard. It was also moving the ugly, cheap paper decorations hanging from the ceiling. 

I recommend you stay away from this restaurant and we will not be returning. What's your favorite Mexican restaurant in the Triangle? Our new favorite is San Marcos in Raleigh. Our long time favorite restaurants in Cary are Sushi Thai and Bosphorus. What's your favorite restaurant in Cary?

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Play by Sephora Subscription Box Review - August 2017


The Innovators


This is a review of a cosmetic subscription box from Sephora called Play. It's only $10 a month including shipping and handling. $34.78 is the retail value of this month's box. In my August box were the following samples:
  1. Beauty Blender - Micro Mini Blender, $9 retail value
  2. Kat Von D - Saint & Sinner Perfume, .05 fl. oz. each, $1.91 each
  3. Too Faced - Mascara Melt Off Cleansing Oil, .01 fl. oz., $0.74
  4. Clinique - High Impact Mascara & Primer, .08 oz., $2.57 & $4.50
  5. Caviar - Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist, 1.4 fl. oz., $8.75
  6. Glam Glow - Volcasmic Matte Glow Moisturizer, 5 ml, $5.40
I have a full sized beauty blender, but I rarely use it because it's so time consuming. It does apply foundation very well though. I'd probably be more likely to use the mini for just concealer since that wouldn't take much more time. I also think they need to be cleaned more often than brushes, but that's just my opinion. They can be used wet, but I never got the hang of using it that way. Have you? If so, any tips for me? I'm not a fan of Kat Von D's perfumes. I purchased one a long time ago for $10 on Black Friday and I didn't like it. Sinner is a spicy perfume with key notes of patchouli, wood and cinnamon. Saint is a floral perfume with key notes of vanilla, musk and jasmine. I wish they had sent a sample of one of her wonderful lipsticks instead. I'm very curious about the Too Faced Melt Off Cleansing Oil. I look forward to giving that a try since mascara is such a pain to remove. I'm guessing based on it's size I'll only get one use out of it though, so that's a bummer. I have received a mascara primer before, but I just don't take the time to use it regularly. It doesn't seem worth the extra application time to me. I'm always happy to receive a mascara sample since out of all the cosmetics I use, mascara is what I go through the fastest. It has such a short life after you open it and since I have sensitive eyes, I don't try to use it it too long. I also need volumizing for my fine straight hair, so I look forward to trying the Caviar Volume Mist. Last time I tried one of their samples I wasn't crazy about it though. I absolutely love the Glam Glow brand, so I'm excited about trying their moisturizer. If you enjoy their line of products also, be sure to get on their email list because they have sales and coupons. I bought a $32 full sized cleanser for only $19 during one such sale and it had free shipping. Bargain!

I'm quite pleased with this month's box even though it has one of the lower retail values that I have received so far. It's not always about the value, but whether or not they are products I want to sample and brands I enjoy.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

San Marcos Mexican Restaurant Review - Raleigh, NC

5300 Homewood Banks Drive
Raleigh, NC  27612
(919) 803-4393


Exterior View


Interior View


Chips & Salsa


Medium Frozen Margarita - $7.00


Texana Fajita Quesadilla Ranchera - $13.50


 Grilled Chicken Quesadilla Ranchera - $12.50


This is a restaurant review of a fairly new Mexican restaurant located in Raleigh, North Carolina called San Marcos. It's been open almost a year. It's behind Crabtree Valley Mall on Homewood Banks Drive. You can't see it from the mall, so it's kind of hidden. They have two other locations in North Carolina. They are open everyday from 11 am until 10 pm except on Friday and Saturday when they stay open an hour later. Their sanitation score is currently 95 which is very good. We arrived last Saturday around 2:40 pm. They have a large, beautiful reception area. We were greeted right away by the manager and taken to a booth. 

Within two minutes we were brought chips and salsa. The chips were fresh, but not warm and they were very crisp and tasty. The salsa was chunky and quite spicy, it's our favorite in the Triangle. If they sold it in jars, I'd buy it all the time! I ordered a Pomegranate Martini, but I was told the bartender had not arrived yet, so I ordered a Frozen House Margarita instead. It tasted like pineapple, so I found it quite odd. I wouldn't order it again. We had a difficult time figuring out what to order since the dinner menu is many pages long and we were also given the lunch menu. By the time we ordered it was 3 pm, so we were told we couldn't order off the lunch menu. Then we had to take more time to figure out what to order off the dinner menu. That was aggravating especially since the dinner menu's print is so small and I didn't bring my reading glasses since I don't normally need them for menus. I think they should have allowed us to order from the lunch menu since they gave them to us and it was right at 3 pm when we ordered. I had looked for their menus online prior to going, but there weren't any. I'm posting menu photos over on Zomato so you can take a look before you visit. About ten minutes after we ordered our entrees were delivered. Hubby ordered the Fajita Texana and we were surprised our entrees didn't come with rice and beans. We thought that was strange especially at the prices of $12.50 and $13.50! The shrimp was cooked properly, the chicken was tender and the steak was tasty. Plus, the vegetables weren't overcooked and it had a lovely spicy flavor. The guacamole was tasty, but we wished we had at least three times the amount they gave us. My quesadilla looked like a fajita, so I was disappointed it wasn't traditional and cut into triangles. The chicken was very tasty and tender and there was a good amount of cheese on top and it was a healthy portion. We enjoyed our food and the atmosphere was fantastic. The waiters are nicely dressed in black pants and black, long sleeved dress shirts with red bow ties. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly and it appeared the other waiters were the same. The friendly manager asked if we were happy with our meals and brought us to go containers for our leftover chips and salsa. It was a very nice experience and we plan to return soon. The receptionist told us to have a nice day on our way out which I always appreciate.

I recommend you give this new restaurant a try. It's one of the few restaurants in the area that doesn't take a siesta. Since we often eat after the lunch rush and before the dinner rush, we really appreciate that. What's your favorite Mexican restaurant in the Triangle?

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