Resturants, Reviews

Date with Shannon at Aroma’s Cafe

I like my titles to be clear and concise and tell you exactly what the post is about…that isn’t so hard is it?  I could have easily named this post…cold coffee rage...I guess that would be mysterious.

Shannon and I seem to have the most opposite schedules in the world.  Everytime I come back to VA she is just leaving…everytime she is leaving…I am just coming back.  Our schedules normally correlate for about 2-3 days so it’s always exciting when we get to hang out.

We stopped at my local wawa before because I'm an addict
We stopped at my local wawa before because I’m an addict

A couple of weeks ago we decided to hit a café called Aromas located in Newport News, VA.  (Also one in Williamsburg). That being said, it was about a 30 minute drive because google maps and siri likes to take us on the scenic route.  Not a big deal though because we always have plenty to catch up on.

So arriving at Aroma’s we noticed the restaurant was very centered around the coffee.  The café was cute and had a lot of pinterest signs with humorous coffee quotes.  Not only do I almost always try restaurant coffee to begin with, but if that is one of their main claims to fame then I have to try that as well.  Being a plain jane, I like to get normal coffee.  I don’t get their fancy mocha X,Y and Z with a hint of this and a swirl of that.

So after debating what to order I got their specialty house salad with added chicken and a cup (20 ounces of coffee) equating to about 15 dollars.  A little expensive for me but that is fine.


So first the salad.  It was presented extremely well.  It had all my favorite things:  pita, feta cheese and some actual vegetables for good measure. However, I payed an extra 3 dollars for chicken and there wasn’t much chicken added…The salad itself was good though.


If I had read the menu better I would have noticed that the dressing was some sort of honey mustard flavored.  I don’t exactly care for mustard but it wasn’t bad and I obviously still ate it.

My final verdict: The salad was good but could have used more chicken and been bigger overall for 15 dollars. I had a second lunch a few hours later which was fine. 

Moving on to the coffee.  I don’t normally rail into coffee because I’m not too particular as long as it’s warm and I can add cream.  However, this was a coffee shop and  when I went to go fill up my cup from one of the five pots, four were empty and the other was cold.  So that’s that.   I didn’t finish my coffee and that is saying something for me.

But this photo looks nice
But this photo looks nice


My final verdict: Would I go back?  It’s about a 30 minute drive from my house and honestly if I hadn’t had such great company I might have written a harsher review.  I wouldn’t drive the 30 minutes again back and if I was in the area and hungry at the time I would honestly probably try somewhere new.  It’s not bad by any means, but it isn’t a favorite in the LOLZ book.

*I don’t get payed, sponsored or compensated for my review services and all thoughts and rambles are my own.  

Questions for you:

Best restaurant coffee ever?

How do you judge a restaurant?  Food portion or taste?  Atmosphere?  Your Company? My restaurant reviews (well that is obvious). 


Blogging Inspirations

There are a lot of people and bloggers, both where I live in Upstate and VA and around the world I look up too.  A good portion of them I have met in real life…a good portion I have not.  Regardless, I like to read their blogs and try and model a lot of what they do.  Part of the reason I started blogging in the first place was to connect with those that ran, swam, and had similar lifestyles as me…both athletically and not.  The other part that I didn’t really realize some 3 years ago when I started blogging was the amount of people who didn’t have similar lifestyles as myself and that I would end up looking up too.

That being said, I decided to share (with really telling anyone…so surprise!) some of the bloggers I really just look up too.

Laura S.


It’s hard for me to imagine that I’ve literally been talking to Laura for close to two years now.  My where is time going? She supported me through my first running injury (stress fracture), through personal life problems and just anything and everything in between.  Although she doesn’t blog entirely too much she has a very strong social media presence.   She has always been willing to give me advice when I need it, helped me out in tougher (unblogged times) and she is honestly just plain awesome.

Laura A.


I’m so glad that Laura and I connected.  First, she is an incredible runner. (Obviously no secret considering I enjoy driving out to run with her and I never used to run anywhere but outside my front door).  She is such an inspiration to me and has run anywhere from a 5k to a full marathon.  (She is training for a marathon in a few weeks, wish her luck!).  I always enjoy hanging out with her whether running or not, and absolutely love that I can talk to her about anything.

Caitlin (Rose Runner)

Yes, I stole this photo off your blog...I couldn't fly out this week to the west coast to take a photo myself...
Yes, I stole this photo off your blog…I couldn’t fly out this week to the west coast to take a photo myself…

Every time Caitlin posts, I’m literally glued to my screen reading it.  Although we have never met in real life, (please take me to California), I find her extremely inspirational.  She doesn’t post crap, she doesn’t need a coach and she continues to have great runs.  She has the same sort of passion for running, food, blogging and life in general that I do.


Seriously, I was like oh my lanta...a photo with Kris?!
Seriously, I was like oh my lanta…a photo with Kris?!

Kris is an extraordinary runner from VA Beach (ie: my area back home).  Not only that but she is a genuine and inspirational woman.  She has given me advice in numerous occasions (outside of running) and her running and races inspire me every time.  She is actually running Boston in a few days (and I can only hope she PR’s…but I know she will, she has PRed every marathon).



I could write a lot about how inspirational Shannon is.  Shannon has overcome a lot of hard struggles in her life that led her to where she is today.  A dietetics major (which I can’t imagine reading BS on blogs that claim to know about nutrition and learning the real talk in school) and having the actual credentials.  Anyways-she is truly inspirational and really has helped me through a lot. Just to give you an idea of what level we are on, it’s before 6 am…I’m writing this post and we are currently texting.  True story.

Finally, don’t forget to vote and tell all your friends to vote for the #coffeeaday contest.

Questions for you:  Who do you look up too?