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Kona Grill

1Huntsville has a new, ultra cool place to enjoy an upscale cocktail, a pint of local craft beer, and a truly amazing array of culinary delights.  It’s hard to say what the restaurants food genre is other than an eclectic spectrum of deliciousness.  Usually when I got to a restaurant opening I do a little research on the place, but I was pressed for time so as we were driving to the Kona Grill I looked the restaurant up on my phone (don’t worry, my husband was driving).1y2b9304The menu had  lots of different types of food: Japanese, Italian, good old American and even some New England fare.  Mmm Clam Chowder. (It gives me flashbacks to my childhood).

“How can this be good?” I asked by husband while looking at my phone. “There are too many different styles of food.”

Thirty minutes later I would be eating my words, while sipping on a heavenly strawberry basil cocktail and eating a numerous styles of food that were consistently good.1y2b9311The interior is sleek, yet comfortable.  The restaurant is divided into different atmospheres, but all of them were equally enjoyable.  It is a great place to grab a meal before a Saturday out on the town or settle in on a weeknight for numerous dishes, drinks and causal conversation. We opted to sit on the patio in the unseasonably warm weather with blogging superstar SweetTMakesThree and our hubbies.  1y2b9323The staff was lovely, well-informed and so helpful. They brought us lots of different dishes to sample and offered to get anything we needed from their skilled chefs and bar staff. 1y2b9333I started with the flatbread pizza. It was delicious, which is going to sound very redundant soon, but seriously everything tasted amazing.untitled-12After a while I noticed people sipping on fruity cocktails, and being a person that doesn’t want to miss out, I went and located a few for the table.untitled-15Mmm. Just looking at the pictures again makes me want another.  They were fresh and fruit the with right amount of kick.

I LOVE food presentation, so I was all about the ice sculpture in the sushi room.untitled-13All of the sushi is made fresh in-house. It went so fast that I was barely able to get a photo before it was gone, but I snagged a couple of pieces.  Once again delicious. 1y2b93341y2b9343We then enjoyed well-cooked burgers (American-style) and pork dumplings (Chinese-style). My absolute favorite was the tuna sashimi (Japanese-style) and we finished up with passion fruit creme brûlée (French-style).  It was like visiting Epcot Center without all the crying children and overpriced Mickey merchandise. untitled-14I highly recommend visiting Kona Grill! The husband and I have already made plans to be back. Make sure you visit it at Bridge Street Town Centre in Huntsville. 1y2b9421



The Scene: Berry Basil Muddle

Berry Basil Muddle

Recently I worked on a story for Event Magazine about local cocktails.  Some stories are more fun then others and this was a pretty fun one.  I got to travel around Huntsville, photographing and sampling (for educational purposes, of course) local cocktails.  Berry Basil Muddle

One of my favorite places was The Scene Bar and Lounge, located in the Bridgestreet Town Center in Huntsville Alabama.  I’ve been there a number of times prior to doing the article, and I especially love their cucumber mojito.  My mouth waters just thinking about it.

The Scene is located in an upscale movie theatre called Monaco.  Monaco is pretty awesome.  It’s the standard stadium seating, big movie theatre but with really comfy Lazy Boy type seats.  There is also a wine vending machine, which is just cool.  But the best part is there is an over 21 section, which eliminates all those pesky (loud) high school kids.  It’s heavenly.   the scene and their drinks

It’s nice to grab a drink and appetizer before or after (or before and after) the movie.  The Scene has the best sushi!  (Yum)

During the shoot I got to sample the amazing Berry Basil Muddle.  It was pink, fresh and fruity.  And came with a fun garnish, which I am a real sucker for.  I would go crazy in Hawaii, especially if I could drink out of a coconut.

The Scene was kind enough to share their recipe with me, so you too can enjoy this drink perfect for the hot months of summer.

Berry Basil Muddle RecipeGo to The Scene, but if you can’t make your own.

Drinks at the Scene