My Experience At Magnolia Table

My Experience At Magnolia Table

Reasons you should check out Chip and Joanna's newest spot.
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Today, I finally experienced the much-anticipated new hot spot in Waco: Magnolia Table. I’m a huge Fixer Upper fan, and my expectations for this restaurant were through the roof, but I can honestly say that Chip and Joanna’s newest project didn’t disappoint. Despite the fact that Magnolia Table is only available right now for its soft opening, the brunch spot is still packed with visitors — I arrived at 7:15 to be safe!

Here’s some of the best aspects of my Magnolia Table experience!

1. The Food

My friend and I started off our time at Magnolia Table with lavender lattes.

We ordered a "Kind Breakfast" (eggs with greens, toast, and avocado) and a "French Toast Breakfast" (french toast with strawberry butter, eggs, sausage, and tater tots).

It seems like an obvious thing to say, but the food at Magnolia Table was genuinely incredible. My friend and I ordered the “Kind Breakfast” (eggs with salad and avocado) and the “French Toast Breakfast” (French toast served with strawberry butter, eggs, sausage, and tater tots), along with two lavender lattes. The food reminded me of a home-cooked meal, and most of the produce comes from Chip and Jo’s own garden. The spot also serves other breakfast and lunch options and has coffee and pastries to go!

2. The Decor

This black-and-white tile mural is located on the floor, and makes for a great photo-op.

There's a variety of seating options at Magnolia Table- along with tables and booths, faster seating is available for those willing to sit in bar stools or at the community table.

Based on all of the houses that Chip and Jo renovate on Fixer Upper and the look of Magnolia and the bakery, it was safe to say that Magnolia Table would be done up in a similar fashion.The restaurant floor is covered in black and white alternated titles, and the spot is full of decorative murals with phrases like “Waco Texas” and “Breakfast Served Daily.” There’s also an outside courtyard for waiting covered in vines and a smaller to-go coffee station.

3. The Service and Location

Magnolia Table serves all-day breakfast, along with sandwiches and soups for lunch and a variety of desserts.

The restaurant is full of creative signs similar to those used to decorate clients' houses in Fixer Upper!

The service was top notch, with multiple workers checking in on us with friendly conversation. They even give you free caramel candies with the check! The location is also prime as a Baylor student, being only around a 5-10 minute drive from campus.

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So if you’re considering trying out Magnolia Table, I would highly recommend! It’s Chip and Jo at its finest, and it will serve as a great asset to the Waco community. Just make sure to get there early!

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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5 Perks Of A Vacated Midwest College Town During The Summer

Grand Forks wasn't built around a lake, but it can still be a great place to be.

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No longer being a kid during the summer royally sucks. I cannot effectively express my distaste for having so many responsibilities and being forced to be an adult, but I sure can try.

I miss the days of completely blowing off work for a week and heading to the lake to just sit back and relax. I'm grown up now, I no longer make attempts to blow off work and I follow my morals. However, the problem with this is, that it's tough to go to the lake when It's almost three hours away, and I have work the next day.

So what are the perks of being an adult in a vacated college town?

1. Drinking at the bars becomes way more spacious and tolerable

Do you like elbow room when you enjoy a cold adult beverage after a long week or a long day? Do you like not having to wait in a line to get a drink from a crowded bar? Do you like to be able to hear the person you're at the bar with? Then summer is the perfect time in Grand Forks for you.

It's significantly easier to ignore one incredibly drunk person singing karaoke for one song every few hours than listening to a line of overly hammered college students singing the same six songs every three hours.

2. The races are pretty cool, if you're into that

Specifically, in my college town of Grand Forks North Dakota, we have races on Friday and Saturday nights, and they're a huge hit.

I, for one, have not been the world's biggest fan of people racing cars around in a circle. There's a lot that goes into that, and I fully understand and respect the people with the gonads to do that sort of thing, but River Cities Speedway is always poppin' every single weekend when it's dry out. You can hear it all around town, and you hear about it on the radio and on the news. It looks like everyone that goes absolutely aches to go all throughout the work week.

It's the highlight of a lot of people's lives, and that's a good atmosphere to be in.

3. Want a pizza from somewhere? It'll get there significantly faster now

If you're like me and hate leaving your house when you feel like being completely lazy and decide to order pizza, you thoroughly hate when it takes too long and you find other things to munch on waiting for the pizza to come, only to end up being full after signing the receipt. Granted, it's not the worst thing to ever happen when a pizza takes longer than a half hour, but it's breathtaking when you get it 20 minutes after you placed the order.

4. Everyone loves a good gathering around a fire pit

Bring the booze, the tailgates, the friends, and the laughs and memories will flow like the ancient rivers of Babylon. The weekends are wonderful times to be stranded in small midwest towns that typically are filled with college kids. Being at home with your best friends and sitting around a perfectly stoked fire is one of the most blissful and relaxing things to do after a 60 hour work week.

5. Grilling every night never gets old

I could destroy cheese burgers, steaks, chicken, hot dogs, and anything else that is typically cooked on the grill. There are so many recipes on how to cook amazing delicacies on the grill, that you could have something different every single night from when the snow melts, to when the leaves begin to float graciously to the deteriorating grass.

If you're a vegetarian or a vegan, you can always figure something out — like grilled corn on the cob or other different ways to grill vegetables. Also, thank you for leaving more deliciousness for the rest of us this summer season.

I'm not sure if it's just me, but does everything taste much better after it's been grilled? Science? Can we get someone on this to make it a proven fact and to discover why that's a thing?

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