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Friday, January 22, 2021

Planning A Special Occassion After Lockdown? How To Make It Special

Whether it’s a wedding, a birthday or just one big party when lockdown is over we will always strive to make it memorable for our guests. But it’s easy to become distracted and forget a few essential things that can make it a fantastic event. We can be lost in the details. With that in mind, here is how you can make the next event you are planning memorable for both you and your guests.

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Fantastic venue

Choosing where you plan to host the event is crucial to how it will be. It has to tick all your boxes. You must ask yourself whether it’s big enough? Can it cater to your guests? Does it have a good location? Then it’s the factors of whether you will require accommodation. The questions can become endless, so it’s vital to do your research. The internet can be a great place to start to help you find party rooms to rent. You can read reviews people have left on websites allowing you a good insight. Have a list of questions ready to discuss with the point of contact at the venue. They should have all the answers you are looking for. It has been said that choosing a venue for your event can be the hardest part of organising it.

Fabulous Food

The next thing people will remember is the food. We all think about our stomachs at some point. If it’s a wedding then sampling the menu before your big day is essential. It can be difficult to pick a set menu for all of your guests. Trying to make everyone happy can be a real difficult task. It’s always advisable to stick with things the majority would like. Chicken and soup tend to be popular choices on a set menu. Another option would be to consider a buffet meaning you can cater for more of your guests taste. Your contact at your venue will be able to provide you with menus and samples so that you can make the right decision for you and your guests.


Most people would agree that the entertainment you choose to have at your party or event can have a big impact on the atmosphere. It doesn’t just mean hiring a singer or a band. Although that is a good place to start. It can mean things like a magician going round your guests tables. A kids activity table to keep those little ones occupied. It’s having someone to keep the flow of your event running without any dull moments. It could also mean finishing your event or party with a bang with a wonderful firework display.

Good Company

Finally, the last way you could make your event and party memorable is by thinking about the guest list. Invite the people you want there and not just the ones you feel have to have an invite. Keeping the guest list to people that you want to spend the day or evening will make for a much better atmosphere. If you have to have a seating plan then try and keep people who know and get on with one another together. Meaning everyone has a great time.

Good luck with planning your next memorable event.


Thursday, January 21, 2021

Four delicious cocktails and desserts named after famous European composers

Classical music is a key part of European history, with great composers such as Beethoven, Wagner, and Haydn all hailing from the continent. Naturally, this legacy is still readily visible in many European cities today, with a wealth of museums dedicated to these musical geniuses as well as buildings and streets named after them. What’s perhaps more surprising is that these composers have also left an impact on the gastronomic scene. So if you’re a fan of classical music, here are four sweet treats and cocktails that you should definitely try if you get the chance.

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Mozartkugel, or Mozart chocolate, is an Austrian speciality that was created in Salzburg—the town Mozart was born in—by confectioner Paul Fürst in 1890. These small, round confections consist of a pistachio marzipan center, surrounded by hazelnut nougat and coated in rich dark chocolate. They are sold wrapped in foil emblazoned with an image of Mozart himself, and make a very popular souvenir for tourists to Austria. Don’t worry, you don’t have to go all the way to Europe to try them, as some specialist chocolate shops in the US now make them too. They make the perfect indulgent treat for any classical music fan!


Gioachino Rossini was a famous Italian composer best known for his operas, which include The Barber of Seville and La Cenerentola. Such was his popularity that he had a cocktail named after him: the Rossini. A variation of the classic Bellini cocktail, it’s very simple to make as it has only two ingredients—Prosecco and puréed strawberries (although some people also choose to add lemon juice and sugar). Simply pour the strawberry mix into a champagne flute (with or without lemon and sugar!), then top the glass up with Prosecco. Ideal for a summer brunch or as an accompaniment to dessert.


The Bachtaler is a special type of cake that was created to commemorate the 250th anniversary of composer Johann Sebastian Bach’s death. It was invented by a confectioner called René Kandler from Leipzig in Germany; a city where Bach lived and worked for many years. The pastry consists of a chocolate casing filled with creamy ganache, which conceals a whole coffee bean encased in hazelnut pastry. The perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee, it’s available exclusively at Café Kandler in Leipzig—so this is one treat that you will have to make a journey to Europe for!


The second cocktail on the list is named in honor of another Italian composer famous for his operas: Giacomo Puccini. He was responsible for some of the most beloved operas in the world, including La Boheme, Madame Butterfly, and Tosca. It’s another simple recipe to make yourself, consisting of fresh tangerine or mandarin juice poured into a champagne flute and then topped up with sparkling Prosecco for a touch of fizz. Try it as an interesting alternative to a mimosa with brunch, or as a quick and easy option when you have friends round in the summer.


The Simple Equation: Understanding What Is Best for Your Health Needs

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Everybody has a general understanding of what is needed to attain good health in a general sense. But the fact of the matter is that, when it comes to individual needs, everybody is different. While you may very well think that you have a poor immune system, and that is the way you are, the reality may very well be that you just need a vitamin D supplement! And it's these things that sometimes cause confusion. Because there's so much health information out there, we have got to filter through the things that are relevant for us. So, how can we understand what is best for our individual health needs? It’s about asking yourself these three questions.

Are You Able To Communicate Effectively?

Communication is so important, but without it, we end up feeling isolated, frustrated, and depressed. And when it comes to being able to communicate ourselves, it's not as easy as fixing one aspect, but it is about getting an appreciation of numerous impactions on our ability to communicate. This means getting the basics done first, such as a hearing test, and finding out if the best hearing protection will suit your needs, but it's also about the social aspect as well. Do you feel that you can communicate, or do you have the ability to do so? More is being discussed about the importance of being sociable, and as a result of the pandemic, it has been thrust into the spotlight even more. And being able to communicate yourself effectively, especially as you get older, will have a direct correlation with your happiness. If you are happier, you are healthier.

Do You Know How To Rest Properly?

Another unbelievably simple thing, but if you do not rest properly, you will see it impact many areas of your life. It will impact your immune system, but it will gradually erode your physical and mental capabilities. When it comes to understanding your health needs, you've got to be able to rest properly. This does not necessarily getting in the recommended number of hours, but now, with the focus being on sleep cycles, you can benefit in breaking down your rest periods into cycles of 90 minutes. If you function on 7 hours sleep, it's very likely that you will only need 5 sleep cycles of 90 minutes each. There is a really interesting podcast about sleeping here, that you can check out.

Are You Fueling Yourself Correctly?

Another simple thing for amazing health, but if you start to look at yourself as if you are a car, and look at the type of fuel you are putting in your body, does it make your engine go? By looking at the things you consume on a regular basis, in relation to your energy exertion, are you actually fueling yourself properly? Because if you're not giving yourself what you need, you will feel worse.

When it comes to understanding what your health needs are, it's these three components that need dialing in. Health doesn't necessarily have to be a complex solution to an overloaded equation, but it can be something very simple.



Not Sponsored: Last year, I went to a restaurant called Carmo in the Art District of New Orleans. I was so impressed with Carmo, that I wanted to try more restaurants in that area for 2021. Click here for a listing of restaurants in the Art Warehouse District of New Orleans. The restaurant NOLA Caye caught my eye. They received really good reviews online. So, my boyfriend and I decided to go their for lunch. NOLA Caye serves Caribbean Inspired Cuisine. It's across the street from WDSU on Baronne Street. I loved the decor (both inside and outside). I love brick. I loved the mix of brick, brown, black and yellow on the outside. The fairy lights, wrought iron tables, huge potted plants and umbrellas really complimented the building's facade. Very clean. Very minimal. The inside decor was just as beautiful! The first thing that caught my eye was a picture of a beautiful peacock. There was also an assortment of potted plants inside. They were so cute, because each pot displayed a Mardi Gras mask. Not sure if they do this year round, but I thought it was so different and festive. Mardi Gras is February 21, 2021 but it has been cancelled due to covid. Despite Mardi Gras being cancelled, people in New Orleans are decorating their homes etc with Mardi Gras decor to keep the spirit alive. My Mardi Gras wreath survived last year, so I'm displaying it again this year. The inside of NOLA Caye is CLEAN and has a wonderful Caribbean Tropical Vibe. Its uplifting. Our waitress and host was very nice. Now the food! We had Ahi Tuna Ceviche and Oysters Ceviche for appetizers. I've had Oysters Rockefeller, Oysters Bienville, Charbroiled Oysters, but never Oysters Ceviche. I never knew there was such a thing. They were so good! Squeezed a little lemon. Used the dipping sauce. Delicious! Very light! My boyfriend loves ceviche! Its new to me. He loved the ceviche at Carmo. We both really enjoyed the Oysters Ceviche. He said the Ahi Tuna Ceviche was ok. I ordered a pina colada. It was refreshing. I'm so use to really sweet pina colada daiquiris, but this was more authentic to pineapple and not as sweet. Entrees!!! I ordered the Three Tacos & One Side. I chose shrimp, oysters and steak. My side was the plantains. I thought all three were delicious. If you get the steak, eat it first. Its best to eat it when its freshly prepared. My boyfriend ordered a Cuban Sandwich. We were both kind of surprised when it arrived, because it was three squares. If you Google Cuban Sandwich, you always see these massive sandwiches. I tasted one of his squares and agreed, it was ok. For dessert we ordered Tres Leches Cake. Its a cake soaked in three kinds of milk (evaporated, condensed and heavy cream). It's topped with whip cream and various fruit (ours had bananas, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries atop). I've never had Tres Leches Cake, but its my boyfriends favorite cake. He said its usually more moist. I enjoyed it (I found it to be dense/thick but still delicious) and loved the fruit topping. Overall, I enjoyed myself. I do want to go back to NOLA Caye. Maybe this Winter and try their pork chops and ribs. When I do, I'll do a part two :). Across the street was a beautiful mural. New Orleans has a number of murals. I took a picture of this one (last picture below). It was a collaborative effort between Ti-Rock Moore and Brandan Odums.

The word ‘CAYE’ eludes to a small island giving the restaurant’s name a literal translation of “New Orleans Island” or “Isle of New Orleans.


How To Stay Organized Once You’ve Confirmed That You’re Moving Home

If you’ve recently confirmed that you’re moving home then congratulations! Moving to a house is a daunting but satisfying experience, especially if you’re upgrading your home to something new or if it’s the very first home you’ve purchased.

However, when it comes to moving home, there are far too many factors and complications involved to make it a one-person job. In fact, you’re probably going to have to rely on your friends and family members at some point to give you a hand. You might even consider hiring a mover to assist with everything.

So here are a couple of tips to help you stay organized when you’re moving home so that it doesn’t become a nightmare.

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Decide on the date that you’re going to move

If possible, decide on the date that you’re going to hand over the keys and say goodbye to your existing home. This is something that can be extremely simple if your landlord or the property buyer is easy to work with, but can also be a complete pain if they’re uncooperative or hard to reach.

However, if you don’t settle on a date then it’s going to complicate things later in the future. As such, this should generally be the very first step you take.

Get in touch with movers as soon as you can

While you can certainly move home with friends and family members helping, we’d actually suggest that you just rely on a professional. Hiring local movers isn’t as expensive as you might think and they usually arrive with a huge truck or van that will help you move all of your stuff.

They’ll also provide you with advice and assistance to make the move a lot smoother especially if they’re a reputable company.

Of course, if you have plenty of connections and your friends and family members are willing to, you could do it yourself. However, having a professional guide you will make things a lot easier.

Start cutting down on clutter

You should also start decluttering your home in preparation for your move. Get rid of anything that you don’t need, start packing things away in boxes and keep all of your stuff organized with labels. This will make things a lot easier when it comes to moving day because you’ll know exactly where your stuff is and what boxes they’re in.

You can even make a bit of money by selling off anything that you don’t need. If you’ve built up a lot of clutter in the past then this is a great way to make the move pay for itself if you’re hiring a professional.

Have a plan for fragile or delicate items

Fragile items can be difficult to move because the truck or van will be constantly in motion and vibrating. You want to pay attention to your mover when it comes to fragile items so that you know how to pack them and keep the risk of them being damaged as low as possible. If you’re concerned about damage, then some movers offer insurance to give you peace of mind.

While packing fragile items like glass is fairly simple and well-documented, it’s important to have a plan for larger items that you want to keep in one piece during a move. This can include antique furniture, a large piano, or even something like a television if you don’t have the box or packaging materials it originally came in.

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Compile a list of numbers for services that you’ll need to cancel or move

Put together a list of numbers that you’ll need to call in order to cancel or move services. This can include your internet connection, utilities, and even your bank if you still receive paper statements. You might occasionally miss something so it’s always a good idea to write these down in a notebook to keep track of them.

Put together a calendar for moving

One of the best ways to stay organized during a move is to have a moving calendar. This basically involves listing all of the things that you need to do on specific days and the large objectives that you need to accomplish. For example, the first day of your moving journey could involve packing away your study and entertainment stuff. The second day could involve packing away clothes, and the third day might involve phoning various services to cancel utilities.

This is a great way to keep track of all the things you need to do for your move and will help you stay as organized as possible.

Decide if you’ll need to take some time off work

If you need to take some time off work for your move then it’s best to let your employer know as soon as possible. It can be difficult to decide exactly how much time you’ll need to move and settle into your new place, but we suggest adding an extra day if possible so that you have time to relax and get acclimated to your new place after unpacking.

We suggest using your moving calendar to help you decide exactly how much time it’s going to take for you to move so you can get an accurate estimate of how many days you need to take off.

Let your friends and family members know about the move (if you want to)

Lastly, let your friends and family members know that you've moved if you want them to know. We understand that some people like to move in secret and only let their friends and family members know at the last minute, so it’s completely up to you when you decide to break the news.

However, your friends and family members might want to come for a housewarming party, so it’s always a nice idea to contact them in advance so they can schedule some time off for the big day. You can also let your friends and family members know about your move if you’re looking to ask them for help.


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Where Does the Battery Come From and How are They Made?

It’s hard to imagine a life without batteries, it has become such a great deal of our daily lives that most would be lost without them. Whether they power your cell phone, laptop, smartwatch, or vehicle, more and more individuals become constant consumers of your everyday battery. The question stands: where do batteries come from, and where are they going?

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History of batteries

The term battery was first used by Benjamin Franklin, who produced a mere set of capacitors he had wired in a series, according to It enabled him to produce a much higher amount of voltage. This was not close to what we now know as batteries today. In the eighteen hundreds, a man by the name of Allesandro Volta stacked copper and zinc discs divided by cloth that had been placed in saltwater. It was then referred to as the Voltaic Pile and was one of the first moderately dependable constant sources of electricity. Allesandro Volta Was born in the town of Como, Italy on 18 February 1745. As a scholar, Allessandro Volta showed much interest in electricity and science. At this stage, no one knew much about electricity and ambitions weren’t high. At this time, someone else by the name of William Cruickshank designed a newer improved version of the Voltaic Pile. It was designed to be on its side in a box with slots for the cells. It was a much more stable and consistent approach and was known as the Troth Battery.

Modern day batteries

We no longer think of batteries in this way, even though they laid the foundation on which modern-day batteries were built. We now only think of lithium-ion batteries or small sealed lead-acid batteries that power our cell phones, vehicles, and many other electronics we regularly use.

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Battery Production

The production of today's batteries is somewhat of a large industry. Think about it - this industry supplies power to pretty much most of our daily lives. There are many difficult yet perfected steps in the battery-making process, many of which no one without the knowledge  and experience can accomplish. The battery production process starts off with about 5 kg soft steel compressed into a metal sheet approximately two kilometers long, they’re then compressed using a significant four hundred tons of pressure.

The foil strip is then separated into smaller sizes that are easier to handle as many batteries are still made by people and not only by machines. After this, the metal sheet is coated with a slurry made up of Cathode/Anode active material, crushed into a fine powder, and then mixed with methyl-2 Pyrrolidinone. The mixing process can take up to a few hours, and without the proper seals, it can get very messy. These seals are what's keeping everything together and are also serving a much larger purpose, get the facts here to know all about it. The slurry is then applied to the compressed metal sheets, after which it goes into an oven to set the coating. The set metals are then cut into smaller pieces similar in size; they are fixed together and within a shell. It is then further assembled and prepared for electrifying work.

We rarely think about batteries, except when we realize we don’t have any. They are a unique, important part of our lives and are underappreciated by many. The value of this tiny piece of ingenuity powering your smart device is most probably the only way you're reading this article. So there you have it, explained in the simplest terms possible, the life of the battery.


Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Kreyol Essence 100% Pure Haitian Black Castor Oil Review

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Not Sponsored: I've heard so many funny stories about castor oil from my mom and others. Their parents use to give them castor oil to fend off and get rid of colds. It was also used to "eliminate" pretty much "everything" inside of you. LOL But anyway, when I saw Kreysol Essence's Haitian Castor Oil (here) in Chocolate I was curious. I mean, CHOCOLATE makes everything better right!?! Well, its 100% natural Haitian Black Castor Oil and its used to promote "thick, shiny long, healthy-looking hair". It has omega fatty acids (3,6,9), vitamin E and ricinoleic acid. This oil can also be used on the skin (to hydrate dry skin). So you have sustainable development, natural ingredients, paraben free, and not tested on animals. First, lets talk scent. It has a delightful chocolate, roasted coffee scent. You should shake the bottle of its contents before using it. It has a functional dropper. This oil has a syrup consistency. Its pretty heavy. For the hair, use the dropper to place the oil on the scalp (not hair). Oil EXPANDS!!! So Don't place it near your face. Place it further back. I used this entire bottle. I had scalp damage several years ago. My hair is still trying to grow and recover. I wear my hair back. I say that, because this was easy for me to use because I slick my hair back. With it being such a heavy oil, it might be hard for you to style your hair during the day while using this (unless you have super coarse, or long curly hair). If you have thin hair, you may have to put it in a bun. This oil made my hair very soft and even though its THICK, it washes out very cleanly. Its highly moisturizing. Its just what you have to go through while using it which was a little deterring. I can see using it at night, but during the day might possibly be challenging. It also made my skin soft, but its a little heavier than I think I need. Two products that are helping my hair that are much lighter and easier to use is Bumble & Bumble Invisible Oil and The Body Shop Banana Conditioner. Both keep my hair soft and conditioned. Kreyol Essence Haitian Black Castor Oil is a good product, its just you have to go through a lot. 

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  Kreyol Essence 100% Pure Haitian Black Castor Oil is Sweet


How To Choose Shirts And Blouses To Fit Your Body Type

Shirts and blouses are a wardrobe staple that most women own. They’re perfect for workwear but they can look great when styled as part of a casual outfit too. However, some people find that they can’t quite get the right look when wearing a blouse or a shirt. In most cases, it’s because they are not considering their body shape when buying shirts and blouses. Everybody is unique, so it requires a bit of experimentation to find the right fit for you, but if you think about your overall body shape and buy items that compliment it, you’ll find it much easier. Here’s how to choose the right blouse or shirt for your body type.

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Rectangular-Shaped Figure

The majority of women have some form of rectangular-shaped figure. If your shoulders are roughly the same width as your hips and you don’t go in at the waist that much, you fit into this category. If you have this body shape, you have a bit more freedom to play around with bold colors and patterns that brighten up your outfit. Wearing bold tops that contrast with the bottom half of your outfit creates a more defined waist and accentuates your natural shape.

Apple-Shaped Figure

If you carry most of your weight around your stomach, you are closest to an apple-shaped figure. When you are choosing tops, always steer clear of anything that is too tight-fitting because it won’t be flattering. Instead, look for shirts and blouses that naturally fall away from the body a little and tighten around the hips. In most cases, tops that have a v-neck and buttons work best for people with an apple-shaped figure.

Hourglass Figure

Women that have a well-defined waist and a bust and hips that are roughly the same size have an hourglass figure. Wearing a loose blouse or shirt won’t look bad necessarily, but it does also hide your natural figure, which is a shame. Instead, look for close-fitting blouses that show off your curves.

Pear-Shaped Figure

Anybody that has shoulders that are narrower than their hips usually falls into the pear-shaped or triangle shaped category. Finding blouses and shirts can be very difficult if you have this body shape and you need to be selective, but there are options that will look great on you. Ideally, you want to accentuate the shoulders and draw attention away from the hips and waist. Bold colors and patterns are a great way to do this and generally look amazing on women with a pear-shaped figure.

Failing to understand your body type is one of the biggest fashion mistakes you can make. Your body shape has a big impact on how clothes sit when you are wearing them, and this is more apparent with light items, like blouses and shirts. But if you can work out what type of body shape you have and follow these simple guidelines, you will be able to pick out the perfect shirts and blouses.


Monday, January 18, 2021

L'Occitane Delicious Lip Scrub Review: Raspberry Crush

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Not Sponsored: I love soft, moisturized and exfoliated lips. I've tried a number of lip scrubs through the years and my favorite brand is still Sara Happ (she is definitely the lip expert and practically perfect in every way ... Mary Poppins Quote). So I decided to try L'Occitane's Delicious Lip Scrub in Raspberry Crush (here and here). Fruits and vitamins (on the front of the package)!?! I'm all for it. Love both! As soon as you open the jar, it smells like raspberries! It smells so good. It looks like raspberry jam, with seeds and all. I kind of went into Willy Wonka mode. Remember the lickable wallpaper? The raspberries taste like raspberries. The snozzberries ... Ok, I'll stop. HaHaHa But honestly everything is so REAL about this lip scrub. It looks real. It tastes real. Its good for 6 months after opening. It's infused with Vitamins C & E, cold pressed pomegranate oil, organic carrot oil, and Corsican pomelo oil. You rub it onto dry lips (the acid from the fruits provide the exfoliation). Rinse off with water. Only a small amount is needed. I found this to be an excellent moisturizing lip scrub (but its light on exfoliation ... even with the seeds, acids etc.). Its a great lip scrub if you consistently take care of your lips. If your lips are cracked or really dry and need to be exfoliated, you'll need something that exfoliates a lot more (like Sara Happ ... may I recommend her pink grapefruit lip scrub here, here and here, peach lip scrub here, here and here and brown sugar lip scrub here, here and here). This lip scrub comes in a variety of adult flavors, such as meli-melon (here), marmalade kiss (here), raspberry crush (links above) and fabulous fig. This lip scrub is a really nice treat for the lips. I just wish it had a little more exfoliating power and it would be perfect.

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  L'Occitane Delicious Lip Scrub is Sweet


Drago's Seafood Restaurant: Metairie

Not Sponsored: Hey Everybody! My boyfriend took me to Drago's Seafood Restaurant in Metairie. They have locations in Metairie (Louisiana), at The Hilton Riverside (New Orleans, Louisiana - but it's temporarily closed due to Covid-19), Baton Rouge (Louisiana), Lafayette (Louisiana) and Jackson (Mississippi). Drago's is known for their charbroiled oysters. I've always heard their oysters were the best, but I've never tried them. My boyfriend spoke highly of the Hilton location, but since they are closed we visited the Metairie location. He ordered a dozen of their charbroiled oysters (they were brought out sizzling) and you guys they were absolutely delicious. I reviewed some restaurants last year and they had charbroiled oysters, but they don't compare to these. I see why everyone raves about Drago's charbroiled oysters. They are that good. But on that note, EVERYTHING was good. We shared their crabmeat au gratin dip. I had a cosmopolitan (vodka sneaks up on you ... hahaha). My entree was the seafood pasta which is a combination of shrimp, crabmeat and linguini pasta. My boyfriend's entree was the grilled shrimp pasta which has angel hair pasta and alfredo. We tried each others entree and both were truly delicious. For dessert, we shared Drago's hot brownie sundae. Its homemade vanilla ice cream, along side a chocolatey ooey gooey yummy delicious brownie, topped with whipped cream and chocolate syrup. Three people can eat off of this easily! HaHaHa But we did that brownie in. I have no complaints about Dragos. Their staff and servers were timely, professional, funny and helpful. I see why people go back again and again. I know I will. My boyfriend and I were comatose after eating. It was a good full. There's nothing like good food. I encourage you to go to one of their locations. Your tummy will be happy :)

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