Friday, January 30, 2015

Fresh To Order offers fine dining with a casual experience

It's refreshing to find restaurants that are "going fresh" these days to serve healthy, tasty alternatives coupled with a great dining experience. A few of our members had the opportunity to visit a new restaurant in the Charlotte, North Carolina market, located at Carolina Place Mall. Sometimes we run across healthy dishes served at many restaurants, but can lack palette-pleasing taste. You can't imagine how much to our delight that the dishes we ate from the menu, at Fresh To Order (F2O) exceeded our expectations.

Wheat Berry Rice & Garlic Jack Grit Cake
We were also pleasantly surprised by the affordable prices this restaurant offers. Besides the amazing flavors that tantalized our taste buds, the presentation was a huge addition to a good, dining memory. Their presentation of each dish, from the appetizers to the entrees depicted that of a 5-Star restaurant. Ravi Desai, Principal of JNR Restaurant Group, LLC sat down with us to share some of his personal favorites from the menu. There were several he recommended, but on this visit we were only able to try a few. We have to leave something for future visits! Ravi, we will definitely have to try that mushroom soup you recommended next time. General Manager Nova Fancher shared some of her personal favorites with us, although she noted that we could not go wrong with pairing anything we wanted to on the menu. 

Coconut Curry Chicken with Wheat Berry Rice & Mixed greens
Here are a few items that were great hits to our evening's meal: Wheat Berry Rice, Garlic Jack Grit Cake, Calamari, Coconut Curry Chicken and Blue Cheese Fig Salad with Crushed-Almond Crusted Tuna. The one beverage that took our breath away was the Sweet Raspberry Mint Iced Tea. Fresh To Order also offers hot tea; just a heads up for our tea lovers as we come to the close of celebrating National Hot Tea Month. We would be remiss if we did not mention that we were blown away by the F2O "House Salad." Now, typically a house salad in many restaurants consists of iceberg lettuce, cucumbers and a couple slices of tomato. The house salad that came with our entrees consisted of mixed greens, carrots, golden raisins, cucumbers, tomatoes and shredded Cheddar Jack cheese. Talk about a house salad on steroids!

House Salad
Since this is a new year and on many resolution lists, people want to eat healthier. You must indulge in Fresh To Order's "Fine Dining with a Casual Experience" at a location near you. Parents, you will be quite impressed and pleasantly surprised with the kids menu too. Here, you don't have to compromise an amazing dining experience where delicious fresh, healthy food is served with affordable prices that won't wreck your wallet to feed an entire family. Our hats off to an amazing staff that gave stellar customer service and left us wanting to return for more.

Be sure to check out Fresh To Order (Fine-Food-Fast) for more information and menu selections at They also offer catering services. Don't forget to follow F2O on Facebook and Twitter.

Patricia Neely-Dorsey receives honor from the State of Mississippi

Patricia Neely-Dorsey, Tea and Poetry Book Club, Mississippi Poet

The Tea & Poetry Book Club is honored to recognize one of our members, for her stellar achievement throughout her home state of Mississippi. Patricia Neely-Dorsey, author of Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia: A Life In Poems and My Magnolia Memories and Musings In Poems received an Official Resolution from the State of Mississippi, which was adopted by the House of Representatives on January 19, 2015.

This resolution commends and congratulates Patricia for her many achievements as a writer. Copies of this resolution will be furnished to her, as well as to the members of the Capitol Press Corps. What an amazing honor this is and we are so proud of Patricia Neely-Dorsey for her accomplishments. She is truly a Goodwill Ambassador for Mississippi.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Share your Pinterest Tea-Themed Board for National Hot Tea Month

Pinterest, Tea Boards, National Hot Tea Month
We have about 14 more days to continue our National Hot Tea Month Celebration. We ran across some incredible pins on Pinterest and wanted you to share yours with us. The Tea & Poetry Book Club invites you to share your tea-themed Pinterest Board to continue celebrating National Hot Tea Month.

Above is a snapshot of the board for one of our members. If you would like for us to feature your tea-themed Pinterest board, please email a snapshot of it to as soon as possible. In the subject line, put "Pinterest Hot Tea Month Photo" and be sure to include the link to your board! We can't wait to share yours with the world!

In addition, we will also share your featured pin on this forum, Twitter, Facebook and Google+. We need 14 to feature before January 31st, so send yours in today! Happy Pinning!!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

It's Poetry At Work Day!

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Did you know that this is the 3rd Anniversary of Poetry At Work Day? Yep, today is the day we find and create poetry in our workplace. This can be a fun break in your day, to help you get rejuvenated for the rest of your day! While you may not think there is nothing interesting going on around your job to write about, think again. You will be amazed by the multitude of things that occur daily in your workplace, worthy of writing a poem about. Is there something that a coworker or superior says, or a habit they have, which you could write something about, without mentioning their names of course? You can't even fathom the amount of topics you can write a poem about, simply from observing the goings-on at work.

Have fun with this. You could start something quite amazing that no one has ever done on your job! Be sure to check out for more information. Happy Poetry At Work Day ya'll!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Passers-by, a poem by Carl Sandburg

Today the Tea & Poetry Book Club is featuring the poem Passers-by, written by Carl Sandburg. Sandburg was born in Galesburg, Illinois, on January 6, 1878. His parents, August and Clara Johnson, had emigrated to America from the north of Sweden.

He was an American poet, writer, and editor who won three Pulitzer Prizes, two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. He died on July 22, 1967 in Flat Rock, North Carolina.

Enjoy, while you're sipping on your favorite flavor of hot tea!

by Carl Sandburg

Out of your many faces
Flash memories to me
Now at the day end
Away from the sidewalks
Where your shoe soles traveled
And your voices rose and blent
To form the city’s afternoon roar
Hindering an old silence.

I remember lean ones among you,
Throats in the clutch of a hope,
Lips written over with strivings,
Mouths that kiss only for love,
Records of great wishes slept with,
Held long
And prayed and toiled for:

Written on
Your mouths
And your throats
I read them
When you passed by.

*This poem is found in public domain.