upscale dining

OVER YONDER RESTAURANT, Valle Crucis, NC 8/13/2017
by kimartist
4"x6" Pentalic sketchbook
Black Papermate ballpoint pen (cuz sometimes that’s all ya got)

Trying my “1-line-contour-drawing” type style in an effort to prevent myself from getting too futzy with detail & (hopefully) get a more interesting result. I like what happened here, so I may have to stick with it. In a “traditional” contour drawing, you keep your pen/pencil on the paper as you trace the outlines of your subject. I’m not 100% strict about this, as I’m trying to perfect a style, not a technique. Plus, my pen fell off the page a few times, as I tend to take my drawing literally right to the edges of the paper. What is NOT a traditional part of contour drawing, is when I went back & filled in the chair seat, the fireplace opening & her lovely black sweater with ink scribbles. Like I said: style over technique. I just want a drawing that feels satisfying to me & I felt that this drawing needed some solid black areas to help the eye find the subject matter.


Soul Food is a term used for an ethnic cuisine, food traditionally prepared and eaten by African Americans of the Southern United States.

Many of the various dishes and ingredients included in “soul food” are also regional meals and comprise a part of other Southern US cooking, as well. The style of cooking originated during American slavery. African slaves were given only the “leftover” and “undesirable” cuts of meat from their masters (while the white slave owners got the meatiest cuts of ham, roasts, etc.).

They also had only vegetables grown for themselves. After slavery, many, being poor, could afford only off-cuts of meat, along with offal. Farming, hunting and fishing provided fresh vegetables, fish and wild game, such as possum, rabbit, squirrel and sometimes waterfowl. Africans living in America at the time (and since) more than made do with the food choices they had to work with. Dishes or ingredients commonly found in soul food include: Biscuits (a shortbread similar to scones, commonly served with butter, jam, jelly, sorghum or cane syrup, or gravy; used to wipe up, or “sop,” liquids from a dish). Black-eyed peas (cooked separately or with rice, as hoppin’ john). Catfish (dredged in seasoned cornbread and fried). Chicken (often fried with cornmeal breading or seasoned flour) Collard greens (usually cooked with ham hocks, often combined with other greens). Grits, often served with fish. Neckbones (beef neck bones seasoned and slow cooked). Okra: (African vegetable eaten fried in cornmeal or stewed, often with tomatoes, corn, onions and hot peppers). Turnip greens (usually cooked with ham hocks, often combined with other greens).

Though soul food originated in the South, soul food restaurants — from fried chicken and fish “shacks” to upscale dining establishments-are in every African-American community in the nation, especially in cities with large black populations, such as Chicago, New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

Slave Women Processing Pork on Wessyngton Plantation Source:

Soul Food History:

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  • leaf mom: do you like spending time outdoors?
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  • pasta priest: do you prefer home cooked meals or more upscale dining?
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  • soap hipster: do you consider yourself a neat freak? do you clean your house more than necessary?
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  • stormy mermaid: does the sound of rain and thunder relax you?
  • tacky witch: are you stylish?
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Sherlolly Fluff ~ Sunday Afternoon

Sherlock burst into Molly’s flat with a loud bang. She didn’t even bother to look up from the book she was reading on the floor, already desensitized by his loud antics.

It was all right and quiet until he started pacing. Well, it wasn’t really pacing; more like marching across one end of the living room, shooting daggers at her, only to repeat the process towards other end of the room. Just when she thought he was going to burn a path on her rug, Sherlock finally gave in.

“Well, who is it?”


“Your boyfriend or some other.” He looked at her pointedly.


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Eat Out, Try New Foods and Run Your Own Restaurant with The Sims 4 Dine Out Game Pack, Coming June 7th!

Whether you take your Sims out to a relaxing dinner either solo or with loved ones, be sure to try the new experimental foods. And if your Sim isn’t too adventurous, no need to worry, their favorite dishes will also be available to order.

Additionally, Sims can now try their hand at owning and running their own restaurant, as well as customizing the venue to be a cool hole in the wall or upscale dining experience. Either way, with the new Host, Waiter, and Chef stations, taking care of your customers will be a breeze.

Rocksugar Pan Asian Kitchen
A friend of mine took me to a fancy Asian restaurant here in LA. The restaurant is located in Westfield center in Beverly area. The restaurant has a grand entrance, it looked like an entrance of a temple in Thailand I visited when I was a child. As I entered the huge hallway i noticed it was surrounded by lounge sofas with water fall decorations, very much like Im entering a spa. Towards the en of the hallway is the reception desk, we were a bit early for our reservation so we asked if we could just order some cocktails at the bar while waiting however the hostess did not assist us so we awkwardly squeezed ourselves in between two people having dinner at the bar to ordered some drinks at the bartender. The concoction of the cocktails are pretty interesting I tried the lychee martini with lemongrass.

The hostess sat us on one of the tables by the wall which is very private and intimate but the space of the dinning area is quite congested, the credenza was literally infront of our table. My friend and I decided to try their tasting menu and we ordered the Green Mango and Papaya Salad

Julienne cuts of Tomato, Carrots, Crushed Peanuts and Crispy Shallots

Potstickers Chicken Shitake Mushrooms and green onions is perfect with Citrus Soy Sauce, Crispy Chicken Samosas with Cilantro Yogurt and oh my goodness Sweet Hot Shrimp which is basically Tempura shrimp, Eggplant, Tamarind with Chili-Palm sugar sauce

Nyonya Sambal Eggplant Sweet Soy and Chilies

Indonesian Grilled Cilantro ShrimpCorn, Sweet Potato, Peas, Coconut Milk and Chilies

Shaking Beef Beef Filet, Red Onions, Garlic and Watercress

and paired it with Rice with Coconut Lemongrass Pandan Leaves and Cashews And for the dessert

We ordered this unbelievably amazing Caramelized Banana Custard Cake Milk Chocolate Ice Cream, Malted Cream Anglaise and Praline Nut Brittle and Warm Coconut Doughnuts Passion Fruit Sauce. I would say the caramelize banana custard cake is one of the best desserts I’ve ever tried! I swear I seriously heard the Angela singing while I was smothering this goodness. The doughnut was surprisingly good, because it’s in small pieces plus the passion fruit sauce gives flavor to the doughnut. FYI, not a doughnut fan.

I haven’t had my full meal at The Place Downstairs yet, because I want to take someone special and go all-out, and frankly I’m out of fun money this month because Derby. BUT my friend Lynn and I did go to have a drink, and it was the most beautiful restaurant, bar none, with the most romantic atmosphere in Louisville. The Old Fashioned was delicious, and the menu looks beautiful and perfect. Go. Spend money. 

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The Sims 4 Dine Out: Official Trailer

EA Announces The Sims 4 Dine Out Game Pack (Coming June 7th)

Electronic Arts and The Sims team have announced The Sims 4 Dine Out Game Pack coming our way June 7th, 2016! This game pack allows players to enjoy some quality time and a bite to eat with friends and family, as well as own and run their own restaurants.

Are your Sims tired of cooking and want to enjoy a nice evening out to dinner with their friends and family? Well soon their wish will be granted with the release of The Sims 4 Dine Out Game Pack, coming out June 7!

Whether you take your Sims out to a relaxing dinner either solo or with loved ones, be sure to try the new experimental foods. And if your Sim isn’t too adventurous, no need to worry, their favorite dishes will also be available to order.

Additionally, Sims can now try their hand at owning and running their own restaurant, as well as customizing the venue to be a cool hole in the wall or upscale dining experience. Either way, with the new Host, Waiter, and Chef stations, taking care of your customers will be a breeze.

I work in a restaurant that just opened a month ago. We sell $30-$50 entrees. Not to mention full bar, soups ($9 a bowl), and salads (can only order separate not as a side). Upscale casual dining. You never know how many tables you’re going to have in a night. Sometimes 1. Sometimes you close having only had 1 or 2 tables. If you can swing 4 or 5 tables you’ll usually average $100 in tips or a little less but it’s nothing you can truly count on. I also work weekends at a homeless shelter. $11 an hour so I average $300 every two weeks there. The restaurant recently “couldn’t” pay us our tips which we get every two weeks making me very worried considering I’m already not making enough. I don’t care what your situation is you ALWAYS PAY YOUR EMPLOYEES FIRST. Owner tried to gain empathy by saying, “I have $14 million in assets but I’m $7 million in debt. I’m asset rich but cash poor right now.” I currently work every single day of the week and won’t be eating tonight. I’d be very surprised if he goes a single day without eating or a single month lapsing on a bill. I called to find out if I could pick up my wages tonight so I could put it in the account before the banks closed and the restaurant phone is DISCONNECTED. I’m scared I might come in for work and it be closed down! I know what you’re thinking. I should find another job but every time I switch jobs it takes anywhere from 2-3 weeks to get paid. I can’t afford to work here and I can’t not afford to work here. I’m scared I’m hungry and all my bills are falling behind. I don’t know what to do. It feels like I’ll be stuck in this cycle of debt for the rest of my life and I don’t even have any student loans or credit card debt. I’m so lost right now.

Mall of America closes on financing for expansion

The Mall of America confirmed Monday that it has closed on the financing for its upcoming Phase 1C expansion project, paving the way for groundbreaking to occur later this month.

The $250 million expansion — located on the north side of the existing mall — will include 342-room JW Marriott luxury hotel, the MOA Crossing office building, 150,000 square feet of upscale retail, a new dining area and an underground parking ramp.

Mall of America officials have been targeting a fall 2015 opening.

via Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal