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Tropicaleo Weekend Shenanigans

The first weekend of August was here and gone, I hope it treated you well! The heat doesn’t seem to want to let up here anytime soon, so I stayed in most of the weekend. I do have lots of food porn for you today so get ready!

Let’s start it out with lunch Friday at Tazikis. I love Tazikis!!! This is the first time I have ordered the Friday special and I can promise you it won’t be the last. We also had some hummus because when in Rome a Greek restaurant, that is what you do!



Saturday morning we got the house cleaned and I vacuumed and cleaned the inside of my car, then we were off to Tropicaleo for our tasting!!! I was so excited for this event because I love trying new restaurants and this is  a completely new concept here in Birmingham.

Currently, Topicaleo’s building is being finished so they are having a daily Popup at Crestwood Tavern in Avondale. Their permanent location will be in the Family Dollar strip mall located next to Cahaba Brewery for those of you who are local.

This place, where do I even begin??? It is a fast casual type atmosphere where you will order your food at the register and someone brings it out to you. However, the quality of the food is much more sit down restaurant. They source as much as they can organically and locally. Their local collaborations include Urban Food Project (Rev Birmingham), Continental Bakery, D’Agostino Sausage Empire, Wholesome Soda and Wabi Tea. In order to stay gluten free and vegan, there is no flour in their kitchen to contaminate. They very much cater to everyone’s diets!! Even Chris, who is on Ketos very low carb, they made a special plate just for him and the presentation was spectacular!

Their food is Puerto Rican and Caribbean, and you definitely get the island feel with the use of plantains in many dishes. When they move to their permanent location, they will have a liquor license and their drinks sound amazing!!! Can’t wait to try them out!

Let’s get to the food shall we?

They brought out some bread and all of their sauces that they make in house so we can taste. I could have simply feasted on this alone it was SO GOOD!


I ordered the Orange Lime Soda from local Wholesome Soda and it was delicious and refreshing! I cant wait to try the rest of the flavors.


For my main meal, I had the El Cubano. Hands down the BEST cuban sandwich I have ever had. The bread was utter perfection and the combination of the meats, cheese, mustard, pickles and their special mayoketchup? Just yes!


“A” ordered their special of the day which was a sweet plantain filled with eggplant. You guys!!! OMG! I hope this is on special next time I go because she let me try a bite and I about died at how amazing it truly was!


Here is the dish they prepared especially for Chris! It is their La Tripleta sandwich plated with top round steak, broiled pork, chicken, cheese, tomato, lettuce and De La Casea Sauce.


“J” ordered the Mogongo Relleno with Local Artisan Chorizo. The chorizo is served over mashed plantains which to my surprise had sort of a corn bread taste/texture. Very savory!


And to end things, we had a Nutella cheesecake!!! They have a guava one that sounded amazing as well, but we had sampled the guava sauce with our bread and wanted to try everything we could. Delicious!!!


The owners are a husband and wife team and they were so sweet. They spent a lot of time telling us about their restaurant and their plans for their permanent location. They described to us all the ingredients they used in their foods and the different tastes and feels they were trying to accomplish. Well done, I would say! They even brought out their chef to introduce to us. I was very impressed with them and I plan to visit many times to support this amazing business!


This is their menu for the daily pop up. They will have even more delicious options once they are operating in their own space!


After we ate and parted ways, I stopped by Bargain Hunt to check out their baby section. Of course. It will probably be my new addiction for the next few months to see what kind of deals I can score!


I got everything in that picture for $13. Pretty good, I say!! I cant wait to craft something with those chalkie markers!! And how cute is my little girl going to look in her hooded duckie towel straight after a bath???

Saturday night we went to Chris’s parents house for awhile and his dad made us ribs. And Sunday was a day of grocery shopping, meal prepping, and watching Weeds and One Tree Hill. I made my Curried Cranberry Couscous salad for lunches! Yum!!!


And of course, what is a weekend without some Mac?

Mac snuggles



I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!!! I am linking up with Biana.

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  • Reply Biana @ Blovedboston August 8, 2016 at 9:22 am

    You weren’t kidding about all the delicious food in this post – I just ate breakfast and now I’m hungry all over again!! Seriously hoping this heat we’re having goes away soon LOL!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Erika August 8, 2016 at 10:22 am

    The food sounds so delicious! Now I am starving and want something festive and yummy and not the turkey sandwich I will probably eat for lunch!

  • Reply Rebecca Jo August 8, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Are those Chalkie markers permanent or can you erase them?

  • Reply kathy @ more coffee, less talky August 8, 2016 at 10:31 am

    THAT FOOD!!! looks so yum. i swear, i still look at baby clothes because they’re just so darn cute!!!

  • Reply August 8, 2016 at 10:49 am

    I’m living for all of this food. I say this as I eat my dang boring salad.

  • Reply laura August 8, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Ohhhhhhhh all the Mac pics!! And I can’t wait to try this place out with you!! I like that they made something especially for Chris — how freakin nice! And I love that snoopy onesie for little miss. 🙂

  • Reply Audrey August 8, 2016 at 11:40 am

    All that food looks delicious! I wish we had cultural restaurant around my city. There’s very little variety here.
    Those chalky Sharpies look awesome! What a great find!

  • Reply kristen August 8, 2016 at 11:57 am

    i don’t know what Bargain Hunt is but i want to go there. love the snoopy onesie!
    and seriously with all the food i am so hungry and now my leftover pasta looks like shite. LOL

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders August 8, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    And now I’m starving! All of the food you ate over the weekend looks so delicious, and I love that you got to chat with the owners of the restaurant too! And you are 100% right, you can’t not get hummus when you’re in a Greek restaurant! It’s just being un-Greek! I hope that your Monday is off to a great start!

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph August 8, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    I love hooded towels!

  • Reply Cara August 8, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Give me all the food!! And that free hugs onesie is so precious! 🙂

  • Reply Bri @ North Star Girl Lone Star World August 8, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    I love those little ducky hoodie towels. They are the cutest!

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista August 8, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Holy deliciousness, all that food looks amazing! And now I’m totally craving a Cuban sammich too! That Snoopy onsie is too cute, Peanuts for the win <3

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer August 8, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    At first glance I thought you said “I have some porn for you” and I felt like things were taking a turn around here… Haha! That sandwich looks amazing! And the cheesecake?! What a cool concept!

  • Reply Jenna August 8, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    I can’t for the life of me get into Tazikis, and I can’t figure out why. I love my Greek food, but I think in my mind nothing really compares to those little places like Gyros over on Chalkville Mountain Rd.

  • Reply mandie August 8, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    I love food porn. Ha, ha!

    & that onesie – Free Hugs – adorable! 🙂

  • Reply Dorrie @ Rt 1 US 1 August 8, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    I would like all of the food please! Sounds like a productive weekend!

  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine August 8, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    I want all those sauces and a bite of EVERYTHING!!!! Onesie love… oh baby girl gonna be sooooo sweet in this and EVERYTHING she wears!!!

  • Reply Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis August 8, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    The food at Topicaleo looks delicious especially the Cuban sandwich and I love all the sauces that Puerto Rican restaurants have. They have some great comfort food dishes as well. The “free hugs” onesie is going to look so cute on your baby girl.

  • Reply texerinsydney August 8, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Yes indeedy that food looks delicious! And, Mac…he’s just too sweet for words.

  • Reply Amy August 8, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Listen, I’m trying to diet over here and this is NOT helpful! LOL! OMG – that all looks amazing. I so love food with ethnic flair – oh the yummy flavors!!!!

  • Reply Rach @ This Italian Family August 9, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    I’ve never had a Cuban sandwich before, but it sure does sound good! Also, all the baby stuff is super adorable. A friend of mine has that same duck towel for her kid and it’s precious! 🙂

  • Reply carly August 11, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I’ve wanted to try a cuban sandwich ever since watching chef! It looks delicious and I love homemade sodas– soo good! That couscous salad sounds delicious- I love the idea of the sweetness of the cranberries.

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