The Bee’s Knees, indeed!

So the CSRA (Central Savannah River Area) is on a ROLL. If you saw my last post I visited a beautiful little café called  Manuel’s Bread Café and that place was absolutely amazing. On the same day, in the afternoon, my family and I decided to pay The Bee’s Knees a visit. Whenever I go out to eat I always check Yelp, it’s a handy app/website where you can find exactly what you want. This place has 4 out of 5 stars and 225 reviews, for Augusta that is a lot of reviews. I was hesitant because it’s a Tapas bar and my family likes to eat a lot so I wasn’t sure if a small plates place was appropriate but we gave it a shot anyway.

THIS PLACE IS GREAT! ***Tony the Tiger voice***

I’m not exaggerating at all. It’s in Downtown Augusta which I believe is a beautiful area, it needs some work but nonetheless is gorgeous.

Anyway our waitress was incredible. I used to be a waitress so I kind of have high expectations from my waitresses but I always give them the benefit of the doubt, I mean they are people too. This is the waitress that I want for every restaurant I go to. She was upbeat, personable and friendly. She was informative about the specials and even had cute notes about everything that was going on. I wish I got her name but I know that she knows that she’s an incredible waitress.

They also try to only use local meats and seafoods and they have organic products. I love places like these! Even if I didn’t like the food I knew that I would appreciate this place.

Anyway, let me tell you about the food!

Since it’s a tapas place we ordered a bunch of the plates.

And to drink I ordered a white wine sangria, literally the best sangria I’ve ever had, it was made with coconut rum and these are dangerous. You can taste the alcohol but it’s so sweet and smooth that if you’re not paying attention you will be drunk in no time.

Smoked Gouda Nachos with seafood = Absolutely incredible, it was with a crab and shrimp and was gone in a second.

Hand cut fries= great! With the fries you can chose 2 sauces out of about maybe 10 or 12. We tried creamy parmesan and spicy aioli with one order and the other order we got dill feta and  jalapeno. All the sauces were so good.

Spinach and black bean quesadilla= this one was just average but I think it was because I’m not the biggest fan of spinach.

My brother got chicken and waffles, I only tried the waffles and LET ME TELL YOU. So soft and sweet, seriously I need this recipe and a waffle maker.

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To finish we ordered raspberry crème brulee and it was the perfect end to this meal.

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This is a MUST go place if you’re ever in the CSRA. I don’t really have any negative criticism for this place, I really enjoyed it and I loved our fun waitress.

I hope you guys have a great Tuesday!

Love,

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Black bean & sweet potato burgers

I am on a roll this week with black beans! Yesterday my family decided to make steak with rice and black beans for dinner and unfortunately I do not eat steak so I had to make something else. I decided “What a perfect time to make a black bean burger!”. The burger was amazing, it came out a lot better than I thought it would. It was so easy to make so I figured “Hey I’ll eat it today for lunch also”. Since I didn’t take any pictures of it yesterday I thought today I could do that too.

I’ve had black bean burgers from other places and for the most part they were just okay. (Except the black bean burger at Pride & Joy in Wynwood, South Florida they have amazing black bean burgers!) The beauty of cooking at home is that you can tweak anything to your liking and that’s exactly what I did.

Ingredients :

  • Sweet potato, I used frozen fries but you can use fresh sweet potato

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  • 1 can of black beans (15 oz) rinsed and drained
  • Onion ( I used less than 1/4 of an onion)

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  • 1/2 of a green bell pepper

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  • 1 cup of bread crumbs

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  • 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro

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  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of dry basil
  • 2 teaspoons of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon of thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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To start off I had some frozen sweet potato fries in the freezer and I wanted those in my burger, what better mix than black beans and sweet potatoes?! So I got a pan and coated it with coconut oil and popped a few sweet potatoes fries in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.

While my fries are heating up I placed all my remaining ingredients into a bowl and mashed it up, you want most of the beans mashed but it doesn’t have to be 100%. When I was done with that my fries were ready. So I took them out of the oven and cut about half of them into little pieces and mashed them into the bowl with all the other ingredients.

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You must remember to drain your beans so they are not liquid-y!

If your mixture is sticky just add more bread crumbs.

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On a plate I placed some more bread crumbs and got about a spoonful of my mixture and folded it into the crumbs to form a ball. When the ball is no longer wet or sticky you flatten it into a patty. Continue this until all the mixture is in patty form. My mixture made 7 patties. It really depends on how you want your patties, mine were not that thick but if that’s what you like then go ahead!

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Each burger is probably going to take about 3 minutes on each side, this also depends on if you want your burgers with a crunchy exterior (the breadcrumbs help with the crunch factor)

While these burgers were cooking I decided I wanted something a little different. I figured I’d make a sauce for them. This sauce was extremely easy but extremely flavorful.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of vegan mayo
  • 1/2 juice of a lime and lime zest
  • 2 teaspoons of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of dry basil and dry thyme

Mix it all together and there is your sauce!

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When everything was done I made myself a plate.

I took the burger and drizzled my sauce on top. Crumbled some Mexican Queso Fresco on top of that (I LOVE this cheese) and placed a slice of tomato on top of that. Then I placed a few of my left over fries on the plate and I decided I needed a salad also. I had some spring mix so I got that with diced pears, about a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and oil, and salt and pepper.

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I was pleased with this lunch, the pears were a really nice touch too because they were perfectly soft and sweet. This meal was filling without leaving me with a gross feeling. And that’s how food should be! Food is supposed to give you energy not leave you lethargic!

I hope you guys try this out and if you have any suggestions or feedback I’d love to hear it!

Happy Wednesday

-Nicole ❤