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Jump N’ Java Cafe – Breakfast in Fort Mill

Hmm, can I get some more toast?

RJ and I were up earlier than usual on Saturday due to meeting a guy to buy a road bike for me pretty early across town. Since we were up anyway and RJ has a gift card for a bike store in Fort Mill we decided to head that way and see if we could find somewhere to get some breakfast grub. Strangely enough, a place right next to the bike store had a sign for breakfast so we turned in and hoped for the best.

We stumbled upon a real gem at Jump N’ Java cafe. From the outside, it looks like a tiny coffee shop, but when I walked inside I realized that the cafe was connected to the catering business – so they were literally one big place! When we walked in, we weren’t sure what to do, so we just sat down. Someone from behind the counter asked if it was our first time and a “local” jokingly asked her how she could tell (We found out that you have to go to the back bar and order/pay for your food and then they bring it to your table). So if you go – save yourself the embarrassment and just go right to the back and grab a menu to order!

They had a little bit of everything. From bagels to bagel sandwiches, muffins to delicious french toast, build your own omlets…bacon, sausage, name it. The help was friendly and suggested the french toast to me since it was our first time. She mentioned a secret recipe that guests were always trying to figure out the ingredients that made it so delicious. That’s all she needed to say – I went with the french toast and it came with a side of meat. Of course, I picked bacon and yes, it was delicious.

Drizzled with a little syrup, this one was delicious!

I liked that their meals were priced with a side and a drink. I got this yummy breakfast for $6.25. They had about 5 different coffees to pick from, and you could get free refills which was also a big plus for me!



RJ went with the Spanish Omlet – it included Sausage, salsa, onion, green peppers, Cheddar & jack cheese, sour cream. I think he was trying to have Mexican food without going to a Mexican restaurant personally. 🙂 The omlet wasn’t too fluffy, which I personally like.  He said it wasn’t anything fancy, but he enjoyed it. He ordered a side of grits and I’m pretty sure he cleaned his plate. Other than the huge amount of sourdough toast they gave him!


Making RJ happy since 1980


Rj was pretty excited that you could choose your drink selection from anything they had in the back and when he saw they had Dr. Brown’s Cream Soda he quickly changed his Diet Pepsi order to the Cream Soda. He felt the need to take a picture of it for you all so you’d know the BEST cream soda in the world.


Overall, we were really pleased with breakfast. We happened to have a City Pass coupon, so we only spent about $9 on breakfast for the two of us. They also serve lunch.  Everything seems homemade here – really fresh ingredients and some fun loving wait staff who aren’t afraid to kid around with you and make you feel like a long-time customer.

Fun place to try if you ever find yourself in Fort Mill for breakfast or lunch! They don’t have a website that I could find – but here’s a link to their menu and address:


Classic Revisited: Gourmet Hot Dogs

Remember when you were little and hot dogs were so delicious? If you are like me, that was the result of ignorant taste buds! Now I have a hard time eating a generic hot dog because I think of all the terrible things (read: ingredients) in them. Somehow, that childhood magic got lost.

But a few years ago, I started rethinking the hot dog situation (I don’t know why, too much free time I guess). Why couldn’t I just forget all those terrible things and enjoy one again? I ran across organic chicken hot dogs and after some research I decided to give hot dogs another chance.

The result has been a few years of childhood relived via my dinner plate – except now I’m grown up enough to want grilled or sauteed green peppers, mushrooms, and onions on top of it. Oh, and sauerkraut. Bring on the veggies.  And of course now, I’m a complete potato bun freak – anytime you put me in charge of bringing buns – just expect potato buns. Potato hot dog buns. Potato rolls. They are awesome, and for once in my life – they are actually pretty darn healthy for you compared to other options! How about that. This hot dog journey has been a total revelation for me.  You can take something you loved when you were little – and make it healthier and maybe even a little gourmet. (more…)

1900 Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar


Acapulco Fish Tacos

So – for Lent, RJ & I are saying good bye to Mexican food and Fried food. Let’s have a moment of silence for those 2 things.


Okay. I’m still slightly traumatized by our decision because I love Mexican food – but i can do anything for 40 days (right?)! In order to properly say goodbye, we decided to enjoy one last Mexican meal out at 1900 Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar on Park Road here in Charlotte for Fat Tuesday.

Afterall, this restaurant was where RJ & I had our first official date, so it holds a special place in our hearts. *aww*

Alright, i know – you are thinking hurry up and get to the review! Here we go…

This restaurant has a good feeling to it – you walk in and you feel comfortable and it doesn’t seem overly posh, or too much like a hole in the wall. The service is always good, everyone’s friendly and the chips and salsa are delicious which i find to be very telling of a Mexican restaurant. If the chips and salsa aren’t good – typically the actual meal won’t be either. (more…)

A little fajita in my life…

Sizzling & delicious!

So for anyone who knows me, I heart Mexican food. Fajitas, burritos, taco salad with crispy shell…oh my! The unfortunate thing about mexican food is that when you eat Mexican OUT, it’s usually pretty terrible for you even when you try hard to pick something healthier. Because, let’s be serious, who can pass up on chips and salsa?

I bought RJ this series of books from Eat This Not That for his birthday. And no, it wasn’t really me trying to encourage him to eat healthier – he just thought they had fun interesting facts and asked for them. I am not a mean wife! 🙂

So anyway – these books have some great recipe trades so you can make a healthier version of your favorite “eat out” meals at some typical restaurants. One of my fav things to get at a Mexican restaurant is the chicken fajitas.  The book had a recipe swap for the Chili’s chicken fajitas so I was immediately on board (even though I don’t really eat at Chili’s that often I felt good about my choice!).

All wrapped up and ready to go!

Homemade Guacamole - YUM!

I made some tasty homemade guacamole (never made it before) and it was delicious. To the right you’ll see our healthy fajita ready to be eaten!




So here’s the recipe for all those out there who just can’t live without mexican food in their lives:  (more…)

Fear not follwers

I know we have been slacking in the posting department, but fear not. We have been tracking our food, and taking pics of all of the wonderful food that we have prepared and eaten. We just got caught up with all the holiday hoopla, as i am sure some of you have. So stay tuned, as soon we will be posting our wonderful healthy food options for you and your family.

Week In Review – Oct 18-22

Wow – where does the time go? Another week, another delicious four meals to report on. This week, we’re going to include the 4 recipes we cooked below with the links so you can quickly jump to them if you are interested. Then in separate posts each with the recipe name – I’ll put our review, pics, tips, and any changes we made so you can reference that if you want – or not!

Here’s the 4 we picked for last week:

Slow-Cooker Black Bean-Mushroom Chili (A+)

Meatloaf (this calls for ground beef but we used ground turkey breast instead!) (see review for tips for a sauce that will bring the score on this recipe up) dReJ rating: B (A with sauce)

Slow Cooker Braised Pork with Salsa (this recipe says to serve it over quinoa or rice and we decided to make a Salsa Cornbread instead) dReJ rating: A

Loaded Potato Soup (we served this with a french baguette for yummy dipping) dReJ rating: B-

Check out our individual recipe reviews for additional info.  Enjoy!

-Dre & RJ


About to get this started..

Thanks for stopping by our blog! We’ll be updating this site this weekend with all the details from our week of drejgourmet eating adventures! This will include recipes, pics and reviews for four healthy, cheap & delicious meals that you can create in your own kitchen!

In the meantime – check out our other pages about our approach and where this all started!

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