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Max & Erma’s Happiness Hours Giveaway

I was provided gift cards to try the food, all opinions are my own.
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Eating out can be really expensive and when you have 5 kids like I do, well it is a rare treat indeed. Recently I found out about Max & Erma’s Happiness Hours where they have select shareable appetizers for just $5. The available appetizers include Colossal Meatball, Knock-Out Nachos, Chicken Fajita Quesadillas, Soft Pretzel Sticks, Garlic Parmesan Cheese Skewers and Hand-bread Onion Rings and Chicken Tenders. And if you want to add a drink then never fear those are on special too Max & Erma’s select beers and cocktails are $2-$3.50.


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max and erma quesadillas


My husband and I went out to test out the appetizers and we enjoyed every last bite of our Hand-breaded Onion Rings and Chicken Fajita Quesadillas. And for the kids so many kid friendly foods to love like the Soft Pretzel Sticks  Chicken Tenders and Garlic Parmesan Cheese Skewers.

So many great options and all at great prices plus the deals are Monday-Friday from 2-6pm the perfect time for dinner with the kids!

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Houlihan’s Now Serving Organic Greens at Columbus, Ohio Locations

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Columbus, Ohio is a test market which means often times restaurants or other companies try things out here before the offer then nationwide. Houlihan’s Restaurant is currently testing out using organic greens throughout the menu at local Columbus, Ohio locations, yay for us!


houihans organic house salad


My husband and I went out on date night to our local Houlihan’s to try out this new menu with organic greens. I started with a house salad and it was delicious. The house salad came with bacon, corn, cherry tomatoes and croutons on a bed of organic greens and I ate very last bite!


houlihans sea scallops with organic greens and lemon risotto


For my main course I chose the sea scallops and they were absolutely amazing, they too came with organic greens and some amazingly delicious lemon risotto and asparagus. This is my second time at Houlihan’s this year, each time trying new menu items, and they just keep getting better and better. Houlihan’s has now become a date night favorite for my husband and I. If you are not lucky enough to live in Columbus, Ohio hopefully Houlihan’s will adopt the organic greens at all the restaurants nationwide!

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Houlihan’s New Lighter Fare Menu is Delicous! #giveaway #Sponsored #SoEatingThis

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My husband and I do not go out on date’s often enough, we really need to make it more of a priority! This past week we had the pleasure of going on a date to Houlihan’s to try out the new lighter fare menu and it was soooooo good and we had a great time having adult conversation in a great restaurant!

The last time I was in a Houlihan’s was 10 years ago, that location has since closed and a few years ago a new location was built near my house that looks like a whole new Houlihan’s totally different from the one I remember.  From the moment we walked in the door until the moment we left our experience was fabulous. The food, the service and the ambiance all were perfect and we had a lovely date night with memorable food.


houlihans lighter menu


Houlihan’s has a new lighter fare menu and every option sounds mouth-wateringly delicious. It took us awhile to decide as it all sounded so good but we ended up both ordering from the lighter fare menu, he got the Miso Grilled Salmon with stir-fried quinoa and steamed edamame and I ordered the Rice-Noodle Salad with Ginger-Soy Prime Top Sirloin with chili-lime dressing. Both these meals were amazing!


houlihans asian rice noodle salad


I was surprised at all the flavor and the spicy kick that my salad had. All too often I feel like restaurants are afraid of bold flavors and the food turns out being forgettable, this Rice-Noodle Salad from Houlihan’s is not a meal I will forget and it is definitely one I will return to enjoy again!


houlihans salmon


My husband loved his salmon as well and said it was the best piece of salmon he has had at a restaurant in a long time, high praise from him! The stir-fried quinoa was delicious and surprised him since he had never had quinoa before. Before we enjoyed our meals we split the chicken lettuce wrap appetizer which was delicious too. I have had chicken lettuce wraps at several restaurants and even make them at home, but these are the best I have ever had. We were so stuffed from all the delicious food that we had no room for dessert, but next time I plan on enjoying the Key Lime Mousse (also from the lighter fare menu).


houlihans chicken lettuce wraps


houlihans appetizer chicken lettuce wraps


Houlihan’s was not only delicious and low in calories but it was budget friendly! Our 2 entrees plus an appetizer and 2 drinks was $52! The service was very fast, which we appreciated since the baby came along, and everything was delicious, we will definitely be back! Be sure to follow Houlihan’s on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, fair warning you will be hungry from all the delicious images!

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Piada: Delicious Italian Street Food and A New Farmer’s Market Salad

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If you live in Central Ohio than you have probably seen Piada, a  fabulous restaurant popping up all over town. And if you are smart you have eaten there already and know just how good it is. Last week my husband and I had the opportunity to be one of the first to try out the new Piada Farmer’s Market Salad and then of course we ate all kinds of other delicious food.


Piada Farmers Market Salad

The idea behind Piada is better food fast and all the way you want. All of the food is custom made and they are know for the fabulous Piada, but you can also get pasta bowls and salads. The new Farmer’s Market salad is unique because it comes custom made one way full of delicious fresh ingredients. The Piada Farmer’s Market Salad includes: field greens, strawberries, roasted chicken, feta, avocados, grilled sweet corn and spiced pecans tossed in a lemon-basil dressing. While you can customize this salad it is true perfection exactly as they make it. The ingredients are so fresh and delicious and the strawberries and pecans add a touch of sweetness, this is salad is so good!


piada steak


Piada also treated us to some other food and I am so glad we let them decide as I tried flavor combinations I never would have and they were amazing. We tried a Piada filled with: pasta, steak, creamy parmesan dressing, mixed greens, bruschetta tomatoes, red onions and parmesan cheese. I had never tried the Piada before as the idea of pasta in  a wrap seemed a bit odd to me, but it is truly brilliant so you must try it.


Piada pasta bowl


They also brought us a Piada Pasta Bowl to try which is what I always get. This particular pasta bowl contained: crispy chicken, pomodoro sauce, basil pesto sauce, spinach, red onion, black olives, bruschetta tomatoes, and mozzarella. I had never thought to mix two of the sauces together before but oh my the basil pesto mixed with pomodoro is so good!


Piada sticks


Piada cannoli chips


As a delicious side they brought us Piada Sticks both the artichoke and the pepperoni. I have tried the Artichoke Piada Stick before and I love it, the flaky Piada wrapping is so good. We also go to try the Cannoli Chips served with chocolate chip cream dipping sauce. We loved the Cannoli Chips so much we ended up getting some to go to bring home to the kids, I highly recommend this sweet treat!


Piada italian soda


We had the pleasure of chatting with the head chef who creates all of the food and his passion for Piada was so evident. Piada is rapidly expanding with locations opening in Indiana and Michigan and possibly Texas. They will soon be rolling out gelato too and I can not wait to try it. Piada is the perfect place for me to take my family as the food is quick, fresh and reasonable and the atmosphere is perfect. My husband and I love to go here on date night but next time we will bring the kids, it’s only fair since they will love Piada too. If you don’t have time to dine in Piada also offers take out available at the pick-up window so call ahead or order online then drive up and grab your delicious food, so much better than traditional fast food. To find out if there is a Piada near you visit

Thank you to Piada for a delicious night of food!

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Moe’s Southwest Grill Offers Catering Too!

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Moe’s Southwest Grill recently opened it’s first location here in Columbus, Ohio and I am thrilled to be a member of the Moe’s Blogger Advisory Council, as a member I got the chance to experience Moe’s Southwest Grill catering first hand for my birthday!


moes southwest grill catering

When Moe’s Southwest Grill catering arrived at my house with the fajita bar I was really excited as this was my first time trying Moe’s food. The fajita bar looked and smelled amazing and came with all of this delicious food, just look at it! We had a fajita bar for 20 people and it included:

  • tortillas
  • beef
  • chicken
  • rice
  • black beans
  • onions and peppers
  • white queso cheese sauce
  • sour cream
  • guacamole
  • black olives
  • cheese
  • lettuce
  • jalapenos
  • pico de gallo
  • chips
  • salsa
  • cookies
  • sweet tea and unsweetened tea
  • ice
  • paper products


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moe's catering


Moe's southwest grill cookies


Moe's tea

The food was delicious and it was plenty of food, we had lots of leftovers, which I loved. The great catering person from Moe’s Southwest Grill showed up 30 minutes before my guests, set everything up and was gone before anyone arrived. The catering dishes kept the food warm and the queso sauce delicious and melty! Everyone raved about how delicious the food was and I agree, I am looking forward to my first in restaurant experience with Moe’s Southwest Grill. The great thing about the fajita bar is it is so universal if you like spicy add jalapenos, if you like mild skip them and if you are gluten free make a plate of what you can eat, there is plenty. Since it was my birthday we had a wide variety of family members from age 90 with Celiac’s to my 18 month old and everyone ate Moe’s Southwest Grill, it was the perfect crowd pleasing dinner.


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The more I learn about Moe’s Southwest Grill the more I love them. Did you know the meat is hormone free? They use all natural ingredients and they make the guacamole and pico do gallo fresh daily, that is why it is all so delicious!


moes fajita

Be sure to visit your local Moe’s Southwest Grill and if you have an event coming up check out the catering options, the taco bar is perfect for a kid’s birthday party!



Thanks to Moe’s for providing the catering for my birthday party as part of my Moe’s Ambassador program, all opinions are my own.


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