Easter's Lilly

Saturday, November 25, 2023

 The Family Table

Farmersville, Texas

Everyone is Welcome at Their Table

We walked into The Family Table, and a welcoming hostess with a bright smile greeted us. Everyone there was cheerful and friendly. I was happy to be there just because of the atmosphere. 

The restaurant has a unique concept. There are many large tables, as well as a few private ones. If you see some friends enjoying their meals, there is an opportunity to join the party. It is also a great way to make new friends and socialize. In our case, we sat at the end of the table, and another couple sat at the other end. That also worked. The atmosphere was still great. 

Jarod was our server. He was so personable and expressive. He was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. He even brewed a fresh pot of coffee for us. Everything on the menu is homemade. I ordered a Croque Madame with an egg on top. It came with a salad. The salad had homemade ranch dressing and homemade croutons. It was simply delicious. When the meal came out, I thought, "I can never eat all of this..." but I did. It was amazing. Even though the drive was a bit much for us, we will certainly be back. I have nothing negative to say about this place. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone and everyone who loves homemade food. Did I mention that even the coffee was outstanding? The restaurant is right outside Farmersville High School. So, make some time to take some time at The Family Table. You'll be glad you did. 



Rosini Vineyards

Rockwall, Texas

Everyone likes a good vineyard. I heard about a place called Rosini Vineyards in Rockwall, Texas. I heard they had live music, and I thought it would make a great date night. I made reservations, and they saved a table for us by the music. We couldn't wait to go.

When we pulled up, the property was eye-catching. Beautiful grounds, the building was pleasing, and the parking was effortless.

What I liked: The live music was actually a man playing his guitar. I was hoping for a band, but in their defense, I didn't ask. The music was traditional country music, which I personally enjoy. 

What I didn't like: When we got there, we sat at the table for quite a while before we realized we had to go to the bar to order. There is a sign over the bar, but we didn't notice it right away. We finally ordered a wine sampling. We get one glass at a time, so we had to consistently get up, and walk to the bar. They did not rinse the glass if it was the same color. I didn't like that either. I realize that I am a bit of a snob when it comes to wine and food, but not rinsing the glasses is just lazy. We ordered the chicken tortilla soup. It was good at first, but there was way too much chicken in it. I know that sounds ridiculous, but it was shredded and there was very little broth. It gave us both heartburn. I didn't finish mine. I would have loved some recommendations. We noticed a smores set later on, but we were not told about it before we ordered. 

I didn't care for the wine. I am a dry wine person, and the wine was a dark yellow. I didn't remember it being so yellow the first time I tried it, but it must have been mixed with whatever the previous wine was.

I do not recommend this place. We are planning on looking for a different winery to try next time. It looked like a Cheers, where everybody knows your name, just with wine.  

Saturday, October 21, 2023

Hair... It's your crown


  • Do. Not. Go. To. This. Place! It is in Quinlan, Texas. I requested Kendall. She has a reputation for doing a great job with color. My son's wedding was a week away, and Kendall was highly recommended. I honestly don't know what happened. Kendall did my hair for 15 minutes and disappeared. She had another client who was apparently more important than I was. The owner came and took over. Keep in mind that I spoke with Kendall about my expectations, not the owner. She had no idea what I wanted. I told Kendall I needed to leave there as a blond, but I left there as a dark brunette with the back of my hair almost black. I expressed my concerns twice during the whole event, but the owner insisted that she knew what she was doing. She trained Kendall, after all. Her hands were super shaky, and at one point she told me she wasn't sure she could finish my hair because of her hands. When she was done, three hours later, my hair was brown. Brown. Then she threatened to call the police if I didn't pay her ... wait for it ... $150. I refused. I did pay $75, although I have no idea why. I am going to have to pay someone, probably $200 to fix this mess. She told me that she was planning on doing my hair from the beginning because Kendall was booked. I had an appointment. I spoke with Kendall two weeks prior, and it was clear that a substitution was not an option. The owner was rude, and unreasonable, and she stole my money. She did offer to put highlights in my hair, but there was no way. She did such a terrible job, and was so rude, why would I trust her? Anyway, she asked me not to review her, but I asked her if she could make me blond, so turnabout is fair play. If she didn't charge me, this review would never have been written. She said she was sure I was going to give her a ... we'll say bad review, so she wanted her money. If there was a lower star than one star, she would get it.

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