Hey Rejection…Take THAT!!!

A while ago, I posted some tips on how to deal with rejection. That post was spawned out of my recent rejection from an audition. READ THE FULL POST HERE.

One of the final tips I gave for rejection was to keep trying. My dad, a retired musician (and I say “retired” lightly b/c he’s hardly retired–the man never stops!! LOL), has auditioned for quite a few things. Some he’s booked on the first try and the ones that he didn’t book, he keeps trying for. He keeps going and going.

Well, I kept trying and boo yow!

boo yow

I am now a part of:

MMC

MMC

Don’t be discouraged by a “no”. Just keep trying. Never give up. Get that “yes”.

Pizza Face Compilation (Part 2)

And the dishing continues…

Key:

TASTE  RECOMMEND

5. Taste of Italy, 208 4th Ave North, Nashville, TN

Visited: March 2014

Taste of Italy

I’ve ordered food from Taste of Italy on numerous occasions, but (for no reason in particular) I had never ordered their pizza. I was pleased with their other dishes (sub sandwiches and calzones); they were so generous with their portions that I always had food left over for the next day—and was actually still interested in eating it the next day. With this is mind, I figured why not try the pizza? I ordered the BBQ Chicken pizza, which came with (BBQ sauce and chicken, of course) red onions and bacon. The sauce wasn’t as sweet as I would’ve liked—it was more tangy than sweet, and the pizza was a tad bit soggy, but once you get past all of that, you can find some flavors that you’ll be satisfied with. It was good, but not good enough that I would order it again. However, I might try their other pizza combinations.

Verdict:

Price: $$

Taste: OKAY

Recommendation: YELLOW

6. Filippi’s Pizza Grotto, 1747 India Street, San Diego, CA

Visited: April 2014

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Want a little pizza with your cheese? Well, this is the place that spares no mozzarella! Upon entering the Filippi’s in San Diego’s Little Italy, you are hit in the face with the smell of a produce section at your local market. Shimmy your way past the long line of people to the back of the store, where the smell changes to what I imagine Italy smells like. The pizza is thick and doughy and if you didn’t catch it before, there’s cheese, cheese, cheese galore. I’ve never been to Italy before, but this is probably what pizza tastes like there. (Guess I’ll have to make a trip to confirm this 🙂  )  This is the real deal! My Americanized taste buds were thrown for a loop when indulging in Filippi’s. It was not what I was expecting–but in a good way. Filippi’s must be doing something right because they have 14 locations in Cali!

Verdict:

Price: $$

Taste: YUMMY

Recommendation: GREEN

7. Five 50, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV (inside Aria Resort & Casino)

Visited: December 2013

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photo credit: Aria Resort & Casino

This place gets its name for the temperature at which the pizza is cooked. You can dine in, but we opted for the slice bar. They have some pretty unique pairings if you dine in, but the slice bar is just as good. The slices are huge and crispy, and good for soaking up the amount of liquor that is sure to accompany any Vegas vacation. The service could’ve been better–I felt rushed, and we were the only people in line.

Verdict:

Price: $$ (pretty standard in Vegas)

Taste: YUMMY

Recommendation: GREEN

8. “Secret Pizza” 3708 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV (inside The Cosmopolitan)

Visited: December 2013

I call this place “Secret Pizza” because I don’t actually know the name of the place, plus it’s tucked away so much that you wouldn’t know it was there, unless you knew it was there. Even the hotel’s website doesn’t list it anywhere. Well, the secret is out! The inconspicuous location doesn’t hinder the business, because once you’ve tasted it, you would gladly venture to hunt it down again just to get another slice (and another, and another…). I’m not gonna lie; I was inebriated when I had this pizza and all I remember about it was that it was REALLY good. LOL And everyone that I was with agreed (but then again, they were all drunk too).

Verdict:

Price: $

Taste: YUMMY

Recommendation: GREEN

Pizza Face Compilation (Part 1)

I love pizza. I could probably eat it everyday–I won’t…but I could. I initially had my pizza reviews on a separate page, but I thought I’d just compile it all here.  Here’s the key I use to rate the pizza:

TASTE

RECOMMEND

So, without further ado, Let’s dish:

1. Papa John’s Cheeseburger Pizza

Papa Johns PJ Double Cheeseburger

I’ve had this pizza twice. The first time, after seeing a commercial for it, I ordered immediately and devoured the entire pizza upon its arrival (and just in case you’re wondering, I ordered a small personal size). I thought it was absolutely amazing. Fast forward to the second occurrence…I thought it was awful. I ate it because, well, I paid for it and I was hungry, but it was not appetizing at all. And then I thought back to the first time I had tried the pizza, and I realized I may have in fact been menstruating, thus justifying the urgency with which I ordered the pizza after viewing a suggestive commercial and the subsequent gorge. Third time’s a charm, perhaps? I don’t think I want to find out. But feel free to try it for yourself, if you so desire.

Verdict:

Price: $$ (b/c of delivery fees)

Taste: GAG

Recommendation: RED

2. Soulshine Pizza Factory, 1907 Division Street, Nashville, TN

Visited: March 2014

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When I polled my fellow Nashvillians, Soulshine proved to be the most recommended pizza place, so I figured that meant it was worth a try, right?

Once I settled into my metal chair on the covered patio of the second floor, just a few feet from a stage (that would later become filled with musicians belting out tunes such as “Walk the Dog” and “Ms. Mary Mack”), I ordered the Santa Fe, which consisted of “Marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, grilled chicken, black beans, jalapeños, sautéed bell peppers, sautéed onions, cheddar cheese, topped with Southwestern spices”. Although my fellow diners were turned off by the smell of it, I must say that it tasted great. There was a very nice blend of flavors with just the right amount of kick from the jalapeños. They were very generous with the toppings, and even though I ordered a small (8-inch), it was very filling. The crust was somewhat thick with a slight crunch, yet unimpressive—the pizza here is all about what goes on it; I could leave the crust behind.

I tasted some of my friends’ dishes, all of which were equally tasty. My boyfriend ordered the 12-inch CCR (Chicken club with ranch-Mozzarella cheese, grilled chicken, ham, breakfast bacon, chopped tomatoes, topped with cheddar), which arrived with a thinner (still unimpressive) crust. But once again, the pizza itself didn’t disappoint. As with the Santa Fe, the CCR was also flavorful with plenty of toppings.

We had a large party and our service was disappointing, and there were some bill discrepancies days after dining, but I would definitely go again for the food alone (just not with a large party).

(P.S. I know we’re talking pizza here, but the bread pudding will give you the biggest food-gasm ever!)

Verdict:

Price: $$

Taste: YUMMY

Recommendation: GREEN

3. Manny’s House of Pizza, 15 Arcade Alley, Nashville, TN

Visited: April, May, June, July 2014… (if you can’t tell, I visit this place A LOT! Ever since I found it, I’ve been going AT LEAST once a month!)

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Manny's

(Manny’s) House of Pizza is nestled inside of “The Arcade” in downtown Nashville, and often has patrons waiting in a line that trails outside of its door. The slices are huge, with a large helping of toppings and are garnished with a couple strings of mozzarella & a dash of oregano, and they are popped into the oven as soon as you place your order. The result is a deliciously-gooey New York style slice of “pie” with a perfectly crispy (not TOO crispy) crust, and dripping with just the right amount of grease 🙂 . I was satiated after two slices. With the satisfying taste and a price point of $2.35 per slice, there’s no wonder the line is always out the door!

Verdict:

Price: $

Taste: YUMMY

Recommendation: GREEN

4. Michaelangelo’s, 493 Old Hickory Blvd, Brentwood, TN

visited: April 2014

Michaelangelo's

We all strive to make our first impression a great one. Michaelangelo’s definitely made a great first impression for me. My large pizza with extra cheese, pepperoni, spinach and garlic arrived when promised, and the delivery driver came equipped with a mobile card reader (so I didn’t have to provide my card number over the phone). I was already impressed by the service, but when I took my first bite into that pizza, I was thoroughly impressed. I’m hesitant to call something the best when I haven’t had all there is to try, however, Michaelangelo’s was the best pizza I’ve had thus far. Very cheesy, flavorful yet light sauce, fluffy-buttery crust, great balance of toppings (not too much, not too little).

Verdict:

Price: $$

Taste: YUMMY

Recommendation: GREEN