Robin-Alexander Bistro

Robin Alexander Bistro which lies in the heart of downtown Lynchburg, VA, is from the moment you step foot into the door, one of the best dining experiences you will ever have.

Tonight was my mother’s fifty-second birthday, so we decided to take her out for a special dinner at the restaurant downtown named “Robin Alexander-an American Bistro”.

None of us (my father, mother, sister or I) had ever been to this restaurant but had heard spectacular things about it, so off of recommendations; we called ahead and made reservations for this evening at seven p.m.

We arrived promptly at the specified time and were immediately greeted by friendly hostesses who lead us immediately to our seats without delay.

It was crowded, the atmosphere:  joyful and harmonious.

Within a few minutes of being sat, we were greeted by a young server named Kaitlyn who had a bright smile and after the acquaintance and formalities she began recommending delicious drinks and entrees.

Eating out at a fancy restaurant is all about the experience, fresh drinks, fresh flavorful food, and scrumptious dessert, below are a few photos:

 

The drinks were fresh: check, the Ribeye I ordered was cooked to perfection with a juicy warm pink center and the flavor simply impeccable!

After dinner was dessert, it was a chocolate cake with Oreo espresso ice cream, and I have to say this was the best dessert I have ever had.

The entire dining room and bar was full of smiles, you could see that everyone was having a good time, even the wait staff and managers were enjoying themselves.

I called for the manager who introduced herself as Rebecca, and gave her my most sincere approval of the whole entire experience I had for the evening.

I went on to question her about what makes this restaurant so different from all the others, and her response was simple, “It is so worth it to see a restaurant packed full of people laughing and having a good time while enjoying delicious food. There is nothing more satisfying than that.”

We left with our bellies full, our hearts beaming with joy, to-go chocolate cake, and plenty of laughter to last us through the cold winter air all the way to our car.

Yes, without a doubt, the best meal I have had in my life. Please do yourself a favor and try!

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Life is as… Bad Karma

Life has always had a way of beating us when we’re down, it’s as if bad karma looms over our shoulders just waiting to get back at us for trying to do our best and trying to do good things in life.

Most of us try to be decent people in this life, to do good things for others just as Jesus did. Sometimes it truly pays off and we are rewarded for our efforts, and then other times all we have is self-gratification… and then… something bad happens.  What is an example of this “bad happening?” great question! Say for instance you just drove someone to work whose car broke down, then later that evening you get a flat tire. Is this punishment for trying to be a good person? That’s what it feels like most of the time, you try your best to help others out, most of the time without even expecting anything in return. For some reason though, you get slapped in the face when you do good things.

A fantastic explanation that I found online from www.chabad.org says “When you have an explanation, pain doesn’t seem so bad anymore. We can tolerate suffering when we know why it is happening. And so, if we could make sense of innocent people suffering, if we could rationalize tragedy, then we could live with it.. Our question would be answered, and we could move on.”

That is a great explanation from a humanistic standpoint on why bad things happen to good people, however from a Christian standpoint let’s look to the Bible for some answers. First Corinthians 13:12 says, “Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.” This offers an explanation to why bad things happen to good people, such as Romans 3:23 says that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. As long as sin exists in the world, so will bad things, tragedies and unfathomable suffering.

Not all things can be explained, sometimes bad things just happen whether you’re a good person and do good things or not. Your car that broke down, yeah that might have just been one of those events in life that flat out suck (just putting it bluntly). Life isn’t easy but it usually makes us stronger, we learn from our mistakes and from the bad events that transpire against us.

Life is as…a constant lesson. We are constantly being taught about life and how it works. Constantly being taught we can and can’t do certain things. For instance, you try your best to study for an upcoming test, but on test day your mind goes completely blank. Life pretty much just taught you the lesson of “better luck next time chump!” (Insert evil gremlin laugh here). No, it’s okay, thanks to your mistakes you are now able to read over the test, review and learn how that certain teacher grades so that you can study in a more effective way for the next test!

It may feel as though the world is out to get you and that you have all the bad luck, but you’re not alone. If you are miserable with not understanding why certain things happen, just take each even as it happens as a challenge. It’s a challenge of your character, can you stay calm under pressure? Can you handle horrible events? Tell that bad karma where it can go! Prove life wrong, that you can’t be dragged down, that you can bounce back from anything it throws at you. The end!

First Post!

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Well first off, I would like to congratulate you and thank you very much for finding my blog, just so you know you’re in the right place please allow me to explain what this blog will be about:

This is going to be a travel/food critiquing blog, based on personal experience and written experience from other bloggers. I would like this to be an interactive blog where readers can comment on my posts and describe what they liked about it, and also add their own input and experiences.

I tend to be an overly dramatic and romantic type of writer, so I can guarantee whatever I post on is going to be from the heart and something I am truly passionate it about.

I want to share the joy of food and the passions of traveling with my audience, and am hoping this can be a great experience for all of us!