The Stand Bistro Review

The Stand Bistro Review

Green Bean, Red Onion, and Tomato Salad

Summer is quickly fading away. So well it’s still semi-nice outside, I have been trying to hit the town as much as possible. Recently, Mom, Dad, and I met up with our friends Linda and Dick at The Stand Bistro in Birmingham, Michigan. They are some of our favorite friends, and we always have a good time laughing and talking the night away.

I always bring Linda and Dick a baked good when we meet up. This time was no different; they got some rice Krispies Treat Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches and Cherry Banana Bread. I know – they are some lucky people! They also brought us some cannoli from Holy Cannoli! It was such a nice treat and Linda even made sure they didn’t have chocolate in them.

The Stand Bistro Review

Halibut Entree

Amid all this food we exchanged, it’s easy to forget we were there to eat dinner. We started the evening with a duck slider and lobster BLT that we cut up so we could each try it. The duck slider was unanimously declared chewy, while the lobster BLT received mixed reviews. Mom and Linda both really enjoyed it and said they’d order it for lunch one day. Dick was on the fence, and Dad and I found the tarragon mayonnaise to have a strong flavor. However, the house made bacon on the sandwich stood out from all the other food we ate. Though we each only had a small piece, it was immediately evident that the flavor and quality were outstanding. Dick also had the chopped salad and enjoyed it.

The wait for entrees was a bit long, and when they finally came, the reviews were once again mixed. Dick’s shrimp pasta was good, as was Linda’s halibut entrée. Dad liked his Wagyu sirloin, but not the green beans it came with. Mom’s bone in filet was very overcooked, though she still enjoyed the flavor. I really liked the flavor of the green bean, red onion, and tomato salad I ordered, though it was a shame that the chef didn’t utilize local heirloom tomatoes at the peak of their season.

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Corn and Almond Side Dish

The macaroni and cheese was good though not great. Though we all have very different tastes, we all agreed the sautéed corn and almond side was outstanding. Dad ordered it and I figured I wouldn’t be a fan, but I was wrong. Mom and I ordered the duck fat fries. The first set that came had good flavor but was very soggy. The waiter tried to blame this on the fact that we ordered them without salt. Ummmmm . . . yeah, salt doesn’t make fries crispy, cooking them long enough does. The waiter agreed to bring a second set, which tasted much better. Some of the best fries we’ve had in awhile.

The Stand Bistro Review

Macaroni and Cheese

The dessert menu was rather a disappointment. Mom really wanted to try something, so she ordered the French apple tart. Again, apples weren’t in season at all when we dined at The Stand. It would have been so refreshing to see something with peaches or plums on the menu. Again, the waiter tried to tell us the seasonal fruit ripened early this year, when in actuality, in Michigan, everything has been very late. The tart wasn’t very tasty and went uneaten.

The Stand Bistro Review

Wagyu Sirloin

A beautiful restaurant, The Stand has the potential to be a long standing Birmingham restaurant, but it is not meeting that potential. A few changes and some fine tuning of the menu and wait staff would go a long way in creating an amazing dining experience.

Regardless of the fact that we experienced yet another disappointing dining experience, it was great to see Linda and Dick and enjoy a lovely night in metro Detroit.

The Stand Bistro Review

Linda, Dick, Mom, and Me

Way Better Snacking Tips

Way Better Snacking Tips

Did you know that many people eat most of their food in the form of snacks rather than meals? Seriously, did you? I did not. In fact, I was shocked by this information provided to me by Christina Meyer-Jax MS, RD. Christina is a food and nutrition specialist who works with several companies including Way Better Snacks. I had a conversation with her about snacking and Way Better, and so enjoyed speaking with her. I learned a lot.

You probably already know of my love for Way Better. Not only are their chips super tasty, but they are also super healthy. I mean, I don’t let myself eat a whole bag in one sitting, even though sometimes I’d like to, but a serving of their chips packs a nutritional punch.

Way Better Snacking Tips

One thing that makes Way Better Snacks stand out from the others out there is their use of sprouted grains. Christina and I chatted a lot about sprouted grains, something I was rather unfamiliar with other than knowing they are good for me. Sprouting grains locks in the nutrients and makes them more available to our bodies, so a higher percentage of the vitamins and minerals gets absorbed. Antioxidant absorption is also maximized. Christina actually said she wishes all grains were sprouted and that they are the best grain choice available to us.

Way Better chips are also full of real foods. There’s no crazy ingredients, fillers, preservatives, or artificial colors or flavors. Plus, most of their snacks are gluten free, some are organic, and all are non-GMO. They are really snacks you can feel good about. As Christina said, it’s “snacking with benefits.” Now that is something we can all appreciate.

Way Better Snacking Tips

You might look at the list of ingredients on the chips and want to pass them up for regular old chips. But don’t! Yeah, they have quinoa, flax seeds, chia seeds, broccoli seeds, and daikon radish seeds, but promise me you’ll give them a chance first. With one bite you’ll be like “broccoli seeds are delicious!” It’s so important to give new foods a chance. Trying and loving Way Better chips just might open your taste buds to trying other new foods too!

While I love all the Way Better Snacks, the No Salt Naked Blues, Simply Beyond Black Bean, and the new Simply Spicy Sriracha are my favorites. I also really, really want to try the new Simply Tangy Mustard and Onion. Hey, Way Better, wanna send me a sample??? :) I love eating them right out of the bag or pairing them with simple homemade guacamole. Christina recommends adding them to a veggie tray, serving them with hummus, making nachos, or crushing them and substituting them for breadcrumbs. Sounds good to me.

I hope I have convinced you to try Way Better Snacks. You’ll never go back to boring old chips again!

Way Better Snacking Tips

Disclaimer: I was provided with samples from Way Better, but all opinions, as always, are mine!

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