Archive for ‘Local Cuisine’

April 5, 2012

N&K Variety Food Plus: Liberian Homemade style Food

Liberian Dinner: Veggie Brown Rice, Chicken, and Cornbread

Liberian Dinner: Veggie Brown Rice, Chicken, and Cornbread

N&K Variety Food Plus is Valentina approved! It’s a Liberian (West African) restaurant/convenience store. It just opened this week and it serves affordable breakfast, speciality meat sandwiches, and homemade-style dinner. The owners are very friendly and provide good service. The breakfast and lunch menu look American but the dinner has a Liberian tasty twist. They sell AVON too.

N&K Variety Food

1015 East Unaka Avenue

Johnson City, TN  37601
Monday – Friday
7 am – 8pm
March 19, 2012

Refreshing, delicious, tasty Turkish meal at Mediterranean Garden in Johnson City

I highly recommend this restaurant for Turkish meals, it is very fresh and healthier than other Mediterranean options! The service is fast and the owners are friendly! Here is the Facebook “places” page (below is the Contact Info). You haven’t had real coffee until you’ve had Turkish coffee, it’s an experience!

Here are some pictures:

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Stay tuned, I believe I heard they’ll have bellydancers soon!

Here is their information:

Mediterranean Garden

2203 McKinley Rd. Map.6e70ca7
Johnson City, TN 37604

(423) 328-7685

February 27, 2012

Move to Kingsport

Move to Kingsport – Valentina Escobar Gonzalez from Kingsport Chamber on Vimeo.

Valentina Escobar Gonzalez speaks about Kingsport, and explains why it is such a wonderful place to live.

October 6, 2011

Leaving the office to finish MBA Program

I’m about to finish my MBA program, so I’ll be out of the office (meaning no blogging until next week). I’m excited about continuing the new chapter of my life in TN but as an ambitious-employment seeker. I’ve been working on my MBA for my past 18-months in-campus with the exception of my last semester online because of my transition from FL to TN. In the meantime, you can visit my latest posts about my upcoming participation in the Komen for the Cure Tri-Cities 5K Walk or the upcoming Storytelling Festival this weekend. Don’t forget to come back next week, I will be posting about Hispanic Heritage month and the importance of not forgetting about this brand-loyal demographic which is the leading minority right now in the US.

(I posted a Mickey Mouse graduation cap because I love the Disney brand and the business lessons learned from Disney)

October 5, 2011

Adventures continue in Jonesborough

Horseshoe Chair and Table

Perfect Gift to Horse-owners:

Just in time for National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. I’ve been visiting the area and the store before everyone flocks down to visit the Festival this weekend, October 7-9, 2011. I discovered an exotic store in the most oldest town of TN. Its called Hands Around the World. I’ve been to South and Central America but this owner has a eclectic selection of jewelry, accessories, home decor that could lighten up any room. If you get hungry at the Festival, I highly recommend The Dining Room, I was raised in Miami and this restaurant is truly Cuban, delicious black beans, and cuban sandwiches. Every time, I have the food there, it smells so good, I end up eating the food before I remember to take a picture to post on my blog!

October 2, 2011

I’m Making an Impact in the fight against Breast Cancer

“I’m walking to support the Tri-Cities Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure because I want to help in the fight against breast cancer.

It is a race against time, with the lives of our mothers, sisters, daughters and friends hanging in the balance.  Each year 1.1 million women worldwide are diagnosed with breast cancer, and 410,000 die from the disease.  Imagine being able to stop the breast cancer disease and its tragic consequences.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure national website,, offers comprehensive information about breast cancer risk factors, early detection and screening, diagnosis and treatment. Developed in conjunction with the Harvard School of Public Health, the site offers a one-stop resource for all the latest information on the disease.”

(The information above was obtained from the website)



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September 24, 2011

Spectacular Mexican Restaurant, La Perla

I know a restaurant is good when I only see natives eating there. I landed the most authentic Mexican restaurant ever and in TN! Again, I’m new to the Tri-Cities area from FL. I was raised in Miami, born in Texas, so I’ve had my fair share of Mexican restaurants. But this restaurant, “La Perla” has been hands-down the most authentic, delicious, and affordable I’ve ever seen. I do have to warn you it isn’t fancy but it’s worth a visit and luckily for you, the menu is in English, if anything just point to your selection and order! If I was in charge of the marketing aspect, I would have a WordPress site to start and add a bunch of pictures, have specials on Facebook and Twitter, and include lots of videos.

Here are a few pictures:

The Salsa option after giving typical salsa and chips (not shown)

The Salsa option after giving typical salsa and chips (not shown)

The Whole Meal

The Whole Meal


Mocajetes - spicy cheesy shrimp, beef, chicken

Mocajetes - spicy cheesy shrimp, beef, chicken


Chicken Fajitas - huge platter

Chicken Fajitas - huge platter


The Sides - refried beans, rice, avocado, salad

The Sides - refried beans, rice, avocado, salad


Here is the address:

(423) 262-8200

2508 South Roan Street
Johnson City, TN 37601

September 18, 2011

Adventures in Asheville, Biltmore, and beyond

Great perks in relocating to TN from FL, I can visit other states such as NC, I really enjoyed eating at the Early Girl Eatery (Pumpkin-Ginger bread), visiting the Biltmore Estates, and Bert (at the Barn at Biltmore) view pics below:




September 14, 2011

Delicious Restaurants in Tri-Cities area in Tennessee

I’m new to Eastern TN from FL. I want to visit everything that this area has to offer and blog about it. Please let me know if you would like me to feature your business on my blog, I have an added interest in the horse, pet, and agriculture industry but I’m open to eating more delicious meals at local restaurants in the Tri-Cities area such as in Kingsport, Johnson City, and Jonesborough (and surrounding areas).

The Olde Towne Pancake House, here is their address and reviews (Click Here) I love the Pumpkin Spice Pancakes and I enjoyed seeing “I Love Lucy” themed decor all over the restaurant, they also showed old reruns too!

Olde Towne Pancake House

Olde Towne Pancake House








Scratch Pizza (wood-fired pizza)

Yummy "Scratch" Pizza

Yummy "Scratch" Pizza

Scratch Foodworks’ Pizza is best described as a delicious and unexpected surprise. They make the pizza based on a trust system where you decide if you want to be surprised with the toppings or “limited” trust where you cross out the options you don’t want included on your pizza. It was delicious! Click Here to see their menu

Scratch Pizza

Scratch Pizza

For those sweet-toothers here is your Ice-cream fix!

Mona Lisa's Gelato

Mona Lisa's Gelato

Mona Lisa’s Gelato has a delicious variety of exquisite flavors. Their signature gelato, the Mona Lisa, had me at “Caramel”. It includes caramel, cinnamon, and Amaretto. They also have other sweets and fancy soups/breads. Click Here to visit their amazing menu

Don’t forget to contact me, to blog about your business. Thankfully, these hilly mountains and inclines can help me enjoy more meals and feel less guilty about eating it.

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