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The Underground Culinary Tour by Damien Mogavero book review

Friday, March 31, 2017

We live south of the newest “IT” city, Nashville Tennessee. Our local news station has a series on the boom in growth Nashville is having and one of the most interesting area of growth to me is the plethora of new places to eat. From fine dining to food trucks; Nashville is making a name for itself as a foodie city

Demos Restaurant downtown Nashville

Demos in downtown Nashville has been one of our favorite places to dine for years now. To us, Demos is doing everything right-from the friendly, helpful staff, to the excellent food that never disappoints. If you are visiting Nashville, check out Demos and try their blackened chicken

While my family and I have our go to places, we also love exploring new places to eat and new types of food; we enjoy the whole experience, most of the time. As the price of a lunch or dinner out for a family of four has steadily increased in our area, the lack of true hospitality and service seems to be diminishing, that’s what led me to reviewing today’s book:

The Underground Culinary Tour: How the New Metrics of Today's Top Restaurants Are Transforming How America eats with a foreword by Danny Meyer

The underground culinary tour book by Damien Mogavero

Book Synopsis:

“Dining will never be the same again, thanks to data expert and food lover Damian Mogavero.  

“Mogavero offers foodies and industry insiders an entertaining, behind-the-scenes narrative about how the restaurant business—an industry historically ran by gut and intuition—is being transformed by data. 

“The book takes readers from Montauk, to the exotic Creole cooking of New Orleans, from the impeccable choreography of the Brazilian restaurant Fogo de Chao
 to kitchens of such celebrity chefs and restaurateurs as Danny Meyer, Daniel Boulud, Guy Fieri, Giada and Tom Colicchio. 

What Mogavero describes as "New Guard" restaurants—those making decisions based on insights gained by the systematic collection and analysis of daily homegrown data—have been quietly revolutionizing how they run their businesses, compared to the old guard that relies on gut instinct, and a hit or miss approach that can misread the desires and expectations of today's demanding foodie generation.

My Thoughts:

As a blogger, I have to look at stats, data and trends within my industry often if I want to remain relevant. Creative people like myself usually don’t like hard numbers and spreadsheets, I certainly don’t! I’ve long considered cooking as a creative outlet as well, so I found the idea of meshing the creative with the technical intriguing

This book takes you inside the restaurant business, not just the glossy, magazine ready side-but the very heart of a restaurant.  I enjoyed the personal stories and how Mr. Mogavero demystifies several key areas of being in the restaurant industry.  

Mogavero states “we are in the midst of a grand foodie revolution. A burgeoning foodie economy in which the New Guard restaurateurs are eagerly embracing both data and trends. “   

This New Guard, which is radically different in their approach than their predecessors are doing things more nimbly and efficiently by embracing data and adapting to the new trends of today’s demanding consumers.

For instance, how many of us are guilty of snapping a photo of our food to share on social media before we eat?  As Mogavero points out- that’s great fun for us, the patrons, but what if the food wasn’t quite ready for that close up and share? The restaurant may very well suffer from this type of sharing, or become innovators and embrace the new way we eat and share our foodie finds.

The Take Away:

I found this book highly insightful and a true learning experience. This is an enjoyable read- especially getting to see parts of the New York City restaurant scene unfold in an authentic way

If you have ever dreamed of opening a restaurant, or a food truck, this is a must read. Even if you're just a passionate foodie, I think you would enjoy seeing things from the other side of the table. You will have a better understanding of what all it takes to run a profitable restaurant. You can learn more about the author, Damien Mogavero and read more praise of this book here

Have you ever considered opening a restaurant? If yes, what type of cuisine would you serve?

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book via Blogging for books. No further compensation was given. All opinions expressed are my own. 


The Gospel of Mark DVD Giveaway

Friday, March 17, 2017

Spring is knocking on the door here, not only in the beautiful Tennessee landscape I adore, but in my heart as well. To me, spring is always a time of renewal, reflection and rebirth. As a Christian family, it is an important time in our lives with Lent and soon, Easter. I'm glad I was given the opportunity to share a Christian based movie with you today.

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for The Lumo Project. I received information to facilitate my review and will receive a copy of movie to thank me for my participation.

I am really excited to have an opportunity to watch The Gospel of Mark, but as luck would have it, my package hasn't arrived yet. Since the movie became available March 14th, I'm choosing to host my giveaway first and come back and share my review later. 

#TheGospelofMark DVD giveaway #RWM

About The Gospel of Mark:

Following last year’s The Gospel of John comes the second installment in the renowned Gospel film series, The Gospel of Mark. Just in time for Easter, the second book of The New Testament comes to life for the first time with a truly unique, word-for-word adaptation that uses the Gospel narrative as its script. Shot on location in Morocco with consultation from expert theologians and biblical scholars and produced by the Lumo Project, the film was given the Dove Faith Friendly Seal for 12+. The Gospel of Mark DVD is packed with behind-the-scenes bonus features like:

  • Deconstructing a Scene 
  • Building Jerusalem 
  • Composing the Gospels 
  • Filming the Gospels 
  • Narrating the Gospels

Official Synopsis: 

According to The Gospel of Mark, Jesus is a heroic man of action, an exorcist, healer, and miracle worker — the Son of God who keeps his identity secret. This critically acclaimed, epic production — five years in the making — is based on the latest theological, historical, and archaeological research, and offers an unforgettable, highly authentic telling of the Jesus story — ending with the empty tomb, a promise to meet again in Galilee, and Jesus’s instructions to spread the good news of the resurrection. 

Sneak Peak:

I invite you to learn more about the Lumo Project by visiting their website and by following them on Twitter and Facebook

Win It:

The Gospel of Mark DVD Giveaway

One lucky reader will receive a DVD of The Gospel of Mark courtesy of Review Wire Media for Lumo Project. No purchase necessary to enter.


No purchase is necessary to enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Must live in the United States and be 18+ or older to enter. Must use a valid email address to enter. Sorry, we can't ship to P.O. Boxes. One winner per household only.  My WAHM Plan is not responsible for prize fulfillment, sponsor is. Winners will be notified by email used on entry form and have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. 

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Good luck!

Who will you watch this movie with if you win?


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Wordless Wednesday: Spring blooming trees

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Bradford Pear bouquet #spring #blooming #trees

Pretty in Pink blooming Hawthorne tree #spring #gardening

Apple tree blossom #spring #blooming #trees

Are any trees blooming in your yard or neighborhood yet?


Got clutter? Tidy Living organizers can help

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Have you ever taken a step back and looked at your home the way a stranger might view it for the first time? What do you see? Do you see a warm, clean and organized home- you know, the type of home we all strive for? Or, do you see a home that needs a bit of help with clutter control? 

Got clutter? Organizers can help! #springcleaning

I’m all for cleaning, but lately; I’ve found myself in dire need of more organizers to help me corral my clutter! That’s why I was excited to work with our sponsor, Tidy Living today. They have all sorts of organizers that can help us get and stay organized this spring.  While I will receive compensation for introducing Tidy Living to my readers and hosting a giveaway, I only share information I feel will benefit you. All opinions and love of organizers are my own. 

About Tidy Living:

floating shelves home decor from Tidy Living

If you have drop zones and hot spots of clutter in your home too, you are going to love all the helpful organizing solutions Tidy Living can provide. They are your one stop shop for affordable home organization! Tidy Living is located in Ontario California and has been in business for almost a decade now. They have one simple mission in mind- to make our lives better and easier by delivering innovative designs that help us make our home efficiently organized, all at affordable prices. They offer everything you need for smart storage like:

  • Wall shelves
  • Hanging and under bed shoe organizers
  • Garment racks
  • Storage bins
  • Containers
  • Cubby organizers
  • Stackable wire baskets
  • Laundry bags
  • Hampers
  • Drying racks

Today I'm sharing two of my hot spots of clutter, the laundry room and my foyer closet, but as you can see from the list above; Tidy Living has organizing solutions for every room and space in your home!

1. Laundry Room Fixes:

laundry room storage solutions #springorganizing

For me, everyday is laundry day! You would think with a family of four, I’d stay on top of this chore. Try as I may, my laundry room isn’t as neat and organized as I’d like it to be making me dread going in there.  Tidy Living offers a variety of laundry room solutions. Everything from laundry bags and hampers to foldable drying racks, which I’ll be purchasing soon!

2. Corral runaway shoes:

Shoe pile up in the foyer #clutter #organization #help

See that pile of shoes? That’s what my foyer is going to look like off and on during the warmer seasons when my teen girls and their friends hang out. I need to find a better way to store and organize our shoes because what we have been doing is no longer working!  
The foyer closet simple can’t hold all of our shoes being worn in one season, so the girls have been taking their shoes to their bedrooms. That leads to messes, so I’m looking at the under bed shoe organizers for them and Tidy Living offers one I really like. It holds up to 16 pairs of shoes, which should be plenty of room for each girls out of season shoes. They also have this handy blanket organizer I could use in my bedroom.

under bed storage solutions #spring #cleaning

For the foyer, I’m looking at the stackable shoe racks.  Tidy Living offers several affordable options like the 3 shelf stackable one shown in the photo below. I invite you to learn more about all their organizing solutions by visiting their website and following them on Twitter and Pinterest.   

stackable shoe rack for easy #clutter control #organizers

Win It: 
Thanks to today’s sponsor, Tidy Living, one lucky reader will win these floating Oak shelf set, retail value of $40.00. I could use these shelves in my den and home office to help organize my papers and books.  You can learn more about their dimensions here to make sure thet will fit in your space properly.  


No purchase is necessary to enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Must live in the United States and be 18+ or older to enter. Must use a valid email address to enter. Sorry, we can't ship to P.O. Boxes. One winner per household only.  My WAHM Plan is not responsible for prize fulfillment, sponsor is. Winners will be notified by email used on entry form and have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. 

Good luck!

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What is clutter zone will you be working on first this spring? 


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Hamswan F60 Waterproof HD Action Camera Giveaway

Monday, March 6, 2017

The days are slowly getting longer and warmer. It won't be long until we're enjoying sunny days poolside, or playing in the sprinklers. Can you imagine all the fun your kids (and you!) could have with a waterproof camera? I'm happy to be teaming up with a great group of bloggers to bring you this giveaway today. 

Hamswan F60 Waterproof HD Action Camera Giveaway

Welcome to the Hamswan F60 Waterproof HD Action Camera Giveaway!

Sponsored by: Hamswan 

Hosted by: Southern Mom Loves 

Co-Hosted by: Ann Again and Again Reviews & MyStyleSpot

Learn about the Hamswan F60 Waterproof HD Camera Here:

Hi! Holly from Southern Mom Loves recently got the chance to try out the Hamswan F60 HD Action Camera; A wifi-enabled video and still camera with a huge range of accessories, like a waterproof case and a wide range of mounts. She put it through its paces and she wants to give one of our readers the chance to win one for themselves! Check out her review here, then enter below and good luck!

One winner will receive a Hamswan F60 Waterproof HD Action Camera!

Hamswan F60 Waterproof HD action camera #giveaway

I love that this camera is wifi-enabled. Perfect for when you or your kids capture a great moment and want to share a photo or video to their favorite social channels.

Giveaway begins on 3/6/17 at 1:00 am CST and ends on 4/6/17 at 11:59 pm CST. Must be 18 years or older, open to entrants in the US, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Japan (void where prohibited.) Once winners are confirmed, they will be added to the Winner's List here.

Good Luck!

Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per IP address. All entries will be verified. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will be contacted by email; Please add to your whitelist. Southern Mom Loves/Save-A-Lot will be responsible for prize delivery to the winner. This giveaway is in no way administered, sponsored, endorsed by, or associated with Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, or any other social media platform.

Contact Holly at if you have any additional questions or comments, or would like Southern Mom Loves to organize your next giveaway.

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3 Free gardening apps to try this spring

Friday, March 3, 2017

I am counting down the days until spring officially arrives later this month. I know I’m not alone in this count- down to March 20th.  My friends and I are watching for and taking note of all the markers that spring is on its way.  Here in the south, there is a riot of beautiful Daffodils in yards everywhere, the Tulip trees are blooming and the Bradford Pear trees are budding.  Since we gardeners are in a bit of a holding pattern for now, I thought I’d share 3 free (and fun!) gardening apps I’m going to try out this spring to help us pass the time until we can really get out there and garden!

3 free gardening apps to try this spring

1. My first app choice will help all of us who have ever walked through a park or lovely garden setting and thought what is that flower? Aptly named- What’s that flower, this app will help you identify flowers by color, habitat, and even number of petals. Cool right? 

What's that flower app

What’s that flower app will narrow down your options to a couple dozen, and then you just scroll through that list until you find the right flower.  Once your flower is found, you can read about it and see if it will work in your garden space/home. Android users can download app here This app isn’t available on IOS yet, so I suggest trying Garden Answers app. It looks like it has similar features. Download here.

DIY Gardening Tiips App

2. My second app just may add a serious amount of phone time to my schedule because it covers so many topics I find interesting. The DIY Gardening Tips app helps you find great gardening and DIY tips that you can easily use.  Plus it has tons of useful information for vegetable gardens, something I want to explore more this year. There’s tips on flowers and herbs and even garden design!  This app is available for Android here and IOS here

BeeSmart app

3. My third choice is Bee Smart App.  In a time when our bee populations are dwindling at an alarming rate, I know all gardeners share my concern and passion to help aide the bee by planting flowers and shrubs they like. What attracted me (pun intended) to this app was their mission statement: The BeeSmart™ Pollinator Gardener is your comprehensive guide to selecting plants for pollinators specific to your area. Never get caught wondering what plants to buy again! I like the sound of that and it looks so easy to use. Just plug in your zip code and hit enter! If you want to get bees, hummingbirds and butterflies in your garden this spring, download Bee Smart here for Android and here for IOS. 

I hope you'll give at least one of 3 free gardening apps a try this spring. If you do, please come back here and let me know your thoughts in comments and be sure to share a gardening app you like in comments too!

 Which app do you think you are mostly likely to try and why? 



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