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Burrito Del Sol

Hey, y’all!

If you are like me, you visit the Destin/Santa Rosa/Ft.Walton/Navarre area every summer; if that is the case, listen up – and listen up closely.

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I found out about Burrito Del Sol from my friend Chelsea when she lived in the area. That was in 2015 — and I’ve been back over 10 times.

To quote their website, “Burrito Del Sol is a Mexican Restaurant serving fresh Baja-Style Mexican food in Downtown Fort Walton Beach, FL and our newest location in Destin, FL. All dishes are prepared in one of four signature styles including baja, chipotle, bbq, and southwest. Our chicken and steak are slow roasted for up to 7 hours. Popular menu items include blackened shrimp tacos “baja style”, steak nachos “chipotle style”, and chicken burritos “southwest style”. We are 100% family owned and operated.”

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The decor of Burrito Del Sol is iconic, for they use a lot of Frida Kahlo artwork. Personally, I have only been to the Ft. Walton location (it’s closer to where I stay in Navarre), but I’m sure both locations will serve you well.

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My ultimate suggestion would be to order the Baja shrimp tacos on corn tortillas. Additionally, you should get a 4 oz (the largest) queso and guacamole. In my opinion, it could be the best queso that I’ve ever had; additionally, the guacamole is delicious – thick, chunky, and a little heavy on the onion, which I love.

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Be sure to check them out – and tell them that I sent ya!

As always, Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: I was not compensated for this post; all opinions are my own.

The Yes Brands Audible Experience: Live A Better Life With JCP Eats

Hey, y’all!

I was so honored to recently be interviewed on the The Yes Brands Audible Experience: Live A Better Life Podcast!

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Description: “JC Phelps has built an online brand through sharing his life, being vulnerable, and showing people ways to live life with more joy and fulfillment.”

 In this interview, I get real. I talk about my body, my weight, body positivity, my growth online, my career goals, my hometown, my family history, etc.

It was so much fun! A special thanks to Jason Mudd for having me!

Check it out here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-yes-brands-audible-experience-live-a-better-life/id969069436?mt=2&i=1000413429935

As always, Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is not a sponsored post; I was not compensated.

Memorial Day 2018: Jimmy Buffett + Lake Erie + Cleveland, Ohio

Hey, y’all!

I recently went up to Cleveland, Ohio to celebrate Memorial Day with my friends Shelby and Evie.

If you didn’t know, I was born a Parrothead. I would truly struggle to tell you how many Jimmy Buffett concerts I have attended. While I’ve been to many shows, his are, by far, my favorites. He plays the classics. The fan base — well, we are an interesting one. Always lively, always fun, always dressed to the nines for the occasion. One of the reasons that I love his concerts so much is that my father, the late JC Phelps, was a huge Parrothead. When I listen to his music, I feel a level of connectivity with him and my childhood.

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My friend Evie’s family is from the Cleveland area and they live right on Lake Erie, which was so beautiful. I walked the shoreline early one morning and found so much peace in doing so. It was my first time at a Great Lake!

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Another highlight of the experience was eating at Barrio in Lakewood, Ohio. The food – and drinks – were great. I also loved the decor. Prior to the Buffett concert, we shared a pitcher of blood orange margaritas; if you don’t have a margarita when you see Buffett, you’re doing it wrong in my book.

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While it was a quick trip, it was a fun one – and one that I will certainly remember.

Fins up, Parrotheads!

As always, Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, and Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

Best,

JC

FTC: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

Happy Birthday, Kentucky!

Y’all — I’m a day late to the party. As a ride-or-die, through-and-through Kentuckian, I should be ashamed of myself. However, being fashionably late is excusable on occasion, correct?

Yesterday was Kentucky’s 226th birthday. My dear Commonwealth, you’re not as old as Methuselah – but, you’re gettin’ on up there! But, like fine wine, you get better with age.

What is Kentucky to me?

Kentucky is a heritage. It’s Phelps Acres Farm, the land my family homesteaded in 1798 – the very land that I grew up on. It’s people – God fearin’, hard workin’, genuinely good folk. It’s strong bourbon, bluegrass, the tulip poplar. It’s cardinals (not wildcats, ya know), the sun shinin’ bright. It’s the sweetest of tea, the farmhouse meals that rival a Michelin star restaurant. It’s the hills, the mountains, the lakes, the rivers, the creeks.

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It’s my Commonwealth — the only place that I ever want to call home.

As always, Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

Cafe Du Monde, New Orleans, Louisiana

Hey, y’all!

Today we’re talking serious deliciousness (even more than usual). I recently visited New Orleans, Louisiana; naturally, this required a visit to Cafe Du Monde!

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To quote their website, “The Original Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand was established in 1862 in the New Orleans French Market. The Cafe is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It closes only on Christmas Day and on the day an occasional Hurricane passes too close to New Orleans.”

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Their beignets are French-style doughnuts; in effect, they are square-shaped hunks of heaven, liberally covered in powdered sugar.

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If you are in New Orleans, you MUST visit! While there are many locations, I suggest visiting the French Market shop:

800 Decatur Street New Orleans, LA 70116, (504)-525-4544.

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As always, Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

Just Say Cheesecakes

It all started with an obsession with the pumpkin cheesecake at Olive Garden. She loved it – and wanted to recreate it. In my eyes, what transpired is much more special.

Hey, y’all! I am SO excited to be partnering with my dear friend Devin today. She is an amazing educator and small business owner. Just Say Cheesecakes is a passion project turned successful side hustle – and all of our appetites are more satiated because of it.

Devin made some cheesecakes for a wedding and had some extra slices; with the encouragement of a friend, she listed the extras on Facebook for purchase. They were quickly gone – and a business was born.

You can order cheesecake in over 30 flavors – and each and every part is made from scratch. She does entire cheesecakes, slices, and minis; thus, there is truly an option for any and all of your needs. Though I’ve sampled many flavors, my absolute favorite is the Nutter Butter (pictured below). It is a peanut butter lover’s dream realized. Trust me on that.

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Just Say Cheesecakes is located in Russell County, Kentucky. To order, visit their Facebook, Instagram, or contact Devin at (270)-585-9918. Tell her that I sent ya!

(PS: This past Saturday marked the one year anniversary of the business and I was lucky enough to have a slice from the celebration. A huge, loud, and boisterous “Congrats!” on this landmark, JSC!)

As always, Happy Eating!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

Best,

JC

FTC: I was not compensated for this post. I, at times, am fortunate enough to receive accommodations in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

Where To Grab A Slice In New York City

Hey, y’all!

If you read my last post, you would know that I just came back from New York City. The most important part of a trip to the city, in my opinion, is pizza. I love Chicago style pizza, I love original pizza, and I love New York pizza. No, I don’t love NY pizza. I LOVE NY Pizza. It’s my favorite.

Naomi Davis (of Love Taza, a blog that I have religiously followed for nearly a decade) put out a guide that I took straight to heart.

Her recommendations include: Patsy’s (61 W. 74th Street), Little Italy on 43rd (1 E. 43rd Street), Joes (211 8th Avenue), Rubirosa (235 Mulberry Street), and Juliana’s (19 Old Fulton Street, Brooklyn). Read more in her post here.

Those recommendations will serve you well – but, I want to add one more… and it’s an important one: Patzeria Pizza, which is my favorite. It can be found at 231 W. 46th Street.

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This is a small, often crowded pizzeria just off of Times Square (which happens to be one of my least favorite parts of the city). However, the journey into that area of the city is well worth it for their slices.

The interior is no-frills, casual, yet inviting. There is an eat-in bar with four stools; there is also a small outdoor counter on the street, which looks into the kitchen. This is my favorite spot to eat at — and one of my favorite places in all of the city.

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It doesn’t get much more New York than that ^^

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The slices are typical NY style, offering classics and special slices. My favorite is the lasagna pizza, which is so good that you’ll want to write home to your MeeMaw. I also love the white pizza. At $3-$5 dollars a slice, it is not the beloved dollar slice around the city; however, the premium is worth it.

As always, Happy Eating!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JCP

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