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Friday, December 30, 2011

Countdown?

So, should I do a countdown top meals of 2011?  Or should I just show you some food we've eaten.  2011 has been a random weird blur, so how about some random food shots?


Black beans from Laura's.  Good stuff, good for your heart.  The more you eat em, the more fiber you get.

So, here is a heart of palm "salad."  Hm... I guess I should have known better?  I was asked what dressing I wanted.  I said, what do you have?  He said everything.  I said, what dressing goes best with it.  He said, they all go good with it.  So, he told me the greek was good with it.  I didn't want greek, but I just wanted some plain viniagrette.  It didn't matter what vinaigrette because it was not a very exciting, um... "salad."


Here's the cuban sandwich.  It took a long ass time, but it was delicious!



The green yellow farmers market.  So, it's not so much farmers as much as it might be flea, but we like it.






Here's the FP posing with the farmers market cow.


Look at all the olive buckets!  I thought I took a picture of the olive oil room, but I didn't.  There are all these cool stainless steel vats with different infused olive oils.  There are empty glass bottles, and you can pick which oils you want.  Not the best olive oil, but the presentation is a great sales tactic.





 Here's a guy playing sax at the farmers market, with a burger hanging from above.




Here's a....a... hot dog slathering himself with mustard and ketchup.  Kind of weird and perverted if you ask me.  Although anything can be convoluted into something pervy.


Here's some pizza from the pizza joint on the downtown Hollywood strip.  I can't remember the name of the place, but the storefront sign above just says "Pizza".  Good, old fashioned greasy pizza.  It was pretty good.  The place is a teeny disorganized joint.



I don't know why it's out of order, but I'm just going to go with it.  Here's some cajun creole food from the farmers market.  Gumbo and etouffee.  Both were very good.


Peruvian ceviche at the farmers market.  This was pretty good.  It was made with a real meaty fish.


Here's the salsa bar at the Surf Road Taco shop.  So it's Cali - Baja "style".  The salsas were good.


I got carnitas and shrimp tacos with rice and black beans with cotija cheese on it.  It reminded me of some San Diego eateries.  It was bland.


Here's the FP's monster burrito.  Look at all that sour cream.  The FP does not like sour cream.




So, here's the spring rolls at our first vietnamese restaurant in the area.  Little Saigon.  Of course, on the reviews, there were some people who complained it was dirty, especially the bathroom, and the service was slow.  So, we had some high hopes.  The spring rolls, were, okay.  They were kind of bland.

The FP's pho.  It was not bad.  He got only one sliver of tendon, but it was really really thin and tender.
 Here's his garnishes.  Cilantro instead of basil.


I got the bun bo(?)  vermicelli with lemongrass beef.  This beef was delicious and tender!  Sometimes it's a little chewy.  This was the shit.  And the carmelized onions, oh man!


Well, if I don't blog again before 2012, see you on the other side!  Happy New Year!



Laura's Cuban Restaurant
2723 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, Fl 33020


Green Yellow Farmers Market
1940 30th Rd.
Hollywood, FL 33020


Surf Road Taco
101 Northeast 3rd St.
Hallandale, Fl 33009


Little Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant
16752 N Miami Ave
North Miami Beach, FL 33162

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Whole Lotta Smoke

So, there are a lot of BBQ joints around here.  A whole lot.  That's a whole lotta smoke.  One place that we found was all because of the smoke.  They put the smoker out on the corner of the parking lot close to the street, so you can't miss it.  Maybe if it weren't for the smoker, one who is not obsessed with BBQ would easily miss the restaurant.  Not so with the smoker in place.

So, we had driven by this place a couple of times, so one day we decided to stop and eat there.  The FP pulled into the parking lot across from the smoker.  Before he pulled into a space, I started to say that maybe we should park on the other side of the building so the car won't completely reek of smoke.  As soon as I started to say that, the FP said, I knew you would say that.  So, we parked on the other side by the huge wood pile.


Got Wood?  hehehe  wood.



Here's Vanna White, I mean the FP in his lovely green SD t shirt showing us the facade of the establishment so gracefully.  Notice the matching green hoodie.  I wish he had also whipped out his iphone with the green cover, that would have been a swell picture.  He likes green.

Anyway, it's really hard to write with him looking over my shoulder.  Hopefully, I won't lose my train of thought.  I apologize if I do.

So, there was a sign saying this is a family owned establishment and all that jazz.  That's nice.  I can't imagine running a restaurant with my entire family.  Sounds like a nightmare - no offense to those of you who wouldn't bother me.  Anyway, it's easier to yell at non related employees than at relatives...

So, I had the brisket sandwich.

I was debating between that and the pork, but there was probably some dumb reasoning for picking the brisket.  It was good, but it was pulled brisket, not nice thin slices dredged in sauce.  The greens were so fucking delicious.  Collards.  Cooked long enough that the stems were tender, but not cooked down to a mush.  Now there's some good southern cookin, boy!  The baked beans were good... they tasted like baked beans.  The BBQ sauce was delicious.  It was tangy vinegary and smoky and not ultra sweet.  Good shit, good shit bro.



 
The FP got the ribs, of course.  Look at that plate!  Nothing like nice fatty pork ribs slathered in lots of good housemade barbeque sauce!  And these ribs were cooked so beautifully.  They weren't what some people call overcooked (I like it when the meat is falling off the bone)  but they weren't undercooked either (when you feel like you are a wild animal gnawing on the leavings of a fresh kill, trying to get every last scrap of meat from that bone).  They were goldilocks approved, just right.

The cornbread sucked.  Sorry.  It was hard and heavy and dense and undersalted and not the least bit sweet.  Weird.  Usually, bad cornbread will be too sweet.

Anyway, that was some good shit.  The only problem was, we smelled like smoke for 24 hours.  I wonder what it would have been like if we had parked near the smoker?

BBQ Jack's
500 E Oakland Park Blvd
Oakland Park, FL 33334


Oh, and Merry Christmas y'all from down south!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

In the Whole History Of This Blog I Have Always Been Behind...

No excuses.  You don't want to hear it.  Just bring on the food.  These pics seem so long ago that I will have to research the names of places if I can find them!


Miami Subs.  We used to love this place in college.  I think the menu was more... subby back then.  It is after all called... "Miami Subs".  Now it's Miami Subs, Pizza & Grill (some are Plus).   It also has Arthur Treachers Fish & Chips, Kenny Rogers Roasters and Breyers Ice Cream.  How's that for irrelevant antiquated food franchises all packed in one.

 So there are 4 subs on the menu.  Italian, Meatball, Turkey and Tuna salad.  That's it.  And there's the gyro plate, which I ate a lot of when I lived in good ole Tallahassee.  The FP got it on this occasion.


The gyro meat was dried out.  That always sucks.  I ate most of his seasoned fries.  I have always gorged on these fries, and I did that night too!



Here is my lovely italian sub.  I'm not a big mayo fan, but whoever made it, that sub artist, put just enough on it.  The italian dressing is one of the reasons I like this sandwich.  And it also had tomato, lettuce, jalapenos and banana peppers.  I know it's just a sandwich at a weird chain restaurant, but I really gobbled this sucker up!  Unfortunately, ever since, I have been chasing the sub... no one else has made it nearly as good since - too much mayo, not enough italian dressing, and no hot peppers!


So, here is my dilemma.  Never mind.  I found my receipt.  Limon Y Sabor.  Peruvian.  We took our first drive around Miami that day.  It was weird, because the FP had a corneal ulcer (yum), basically a scratch, so I drove.  I am so horrible at driving around unfamiliar territory.  But I did, and we didn't die. I drove all the way down Miami Beach.  It's so weird.  The areas where it's skyscraper condos on either side is very claustrophobic to me.  I hate being surrounded by skyscrapers.  But the other areas are beautiful.  I don't mind if there are tall condos on one side of the street, but not both.

Anyway, we got hungry, so we stopped at the first place that looked good.  Peruvian always looks good.


So I got the tamales de cerdo.  This was a really good tamale.  It was very soft.  Not as pillowy as El Salvadoreno, but still, nice and creamy.  Mexican tamales seem to be so much firmer, and need lots of sauce.  This was really good with the little vinegary vegetables.  Soooo good.


The FP wanted a house salad.  That's what he got.  Salad.


I got the yucca frita a la huincaina.  So, it's this weird cold cold cheese sauce.  Weird.  Cold cheese.  I'm still not sure what I think of it!


Ceviche de pescado.  Really good, a mix of juices and spices.  I love the fresh lightly cured ceviche like this.  Nice peruvian corn on the cobb!  There was something with peruvian corn, that I thought about getting, and I had wished I did.
The place was big and empty, but I didn't see any reason for it to be empty!




So, there are a wealth of restaurants right in our neighborhood.  So many.  But even we don't have the time to try them all, and we certainly don't have the money to - especially now.  But, it's difficult to really cook in this apartment, so we have been spending more than we should on eating out.  There is this Cuban restaurant that is about a mile from the apartment, called A Touch of Cuba.  It should be called a Full On Grab of Cuba.  I mean, it's this little cafe, and it seems sooooo Cuban.  This guy who appeared to be the owner was sitting chatting with some cuban police officers.  The server seemed weeded, even though there was not really anyone there.  The sandwich board for the specials was still on top of the counter taking up all the space.  We ordered, and it took forever.  Some other people started coming in, and she was swamped!  Finally our food came.


We both got cuban sandwiches.  So, they tasted good, but they weren't really pressed.  They were good, but more like a french baguette sandwich.







We also got an order of congri.  It was really good.  The FP said it was the best he's ever had.  It was nicely seasoned, and the beans were cooked in with the rice at some point, rather than just mixed together at the end.  Yum.







So, another cuban restaurant.  This one is a local chain that is everywhere.  The menu cover informed me that the family came from Cuba and decided to open a restaurant, with no experience.  So, the patriarch learned to cook, the matriarch ran the front and the kids helped.  Years later it's a multi outlet chain!   It's called Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine.   So, they gave us garlicky garlic bread to start.  I was hungry, so I ate it.




I got the churrasco.  Skirt steak with a really wonderful chimichurri sauce.  And nice sweet plantains, rice and great black beans.  I think the FP said they were the best black beans he had ever had!




Here's his green hoodie with his ropa vieja and rice, beans and plantains.  It was so tender and had soaked up a lot of sauce.  Although the sauce was a little on the thin side, the shredded beef was excellent.




It's refreshing to go to a chain restaurant that actually has delicious food!   So there you have it.  Some of the contents that have taken a wild flume ride through our digestive systems here in South Florida!




Miami Subs
there's one in every square mile around here


Limon Y Sabor
3045 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33137
786-431-5739


Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine
there's one every 10 square miles around here

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Thanksgiving Dinner - LMAO

Yes, I am only now posting what we ate for Thanksgiving!  So, we didn't make plans ahead of time.  We weren't going to cook at home because this apartment is a piece of shit falling apart place.  So, we were thinking we wanted to go eat some stone crab claws.  There are some places here that have all you can eat for the market price of 2lbs.  So we were contemplating some of these places.  We went to Whole Foods and used their wifi and looked up places.  No place answered, so we figured it was too early.  So, we waited until after 12 to call back.  One place - no answer.  Second place - no answer.  Third place - no answer.  That was it for the seafood places that were supposed to be good.

So, then I started calling steakhouses.  Houston's - no answer.  I waited a while and called back.  No answer.  I broke down and called Morton's - no answer.  I called Ruth's Chris.  Open - but not one reservation available.  So, I researched some more.  I found a steakhouse in Fort Lauderdale that had a special menu and they were serving the regular menu as well.  It was called Rare.  The biggest complaint from reviewers was that the steaks were undercooked.  Not a problem for us, then.  So I called.  Someone answered.  They indeed had openings - any time.  So, I booked it.

So, 2 hours later, we were seated in a very empty restaurant.  Most everyone was sitting outside.  It was so windy though, so we sat inside.  There was one other table inside.  It was a modernish type of place, with a very big bar area.  Not our normal style for steak, but, the name of the place was "Rare."  How could we go wrong with steak?

So, on looking at the menu, it was fairly simple.  It was totally Ruth's Chris influenced.  So, that was a good sign.  Although, it had kind of boring sides, just like Ruth's Chris.  I got the feeling the restaurant was trying to appeal to the young trendy crowd with an old school type steakhouse menu.  Interesting concept.  I wonder if it works on regular nights.

So, we just ordered and shared stuff, of course.  First up was beef carpaccio.  Very very thin slices.  It was very chilled though, so you had to really scrape the meat to get it off the plate in some spots.  Which, you want to get a nice, whole thin sliver of meat, if possible.  Aioli, capers, parmesan, arugula. I haven't had beef carpaccio in so long.  This was so good!


We did get to get crab claws after all!  To our surprise, they were jumbo, the largest stone crab claw I had ever had.  So, they came with lemon wedges and... mayo.  Mayonnaise.  So, you know, we tried it with both.  It was so fucking good!  No sarcasm.  Really good shit!  So luxurious.  Now, I know why all the fuss about these suckers!



House salad.  For $5.  This was split for us, even though we didn't ask.  Romaine, ripe tomato, blue cheese and crispy bacon.  When I think house salad, I think spring mix, unripe tomato, big cucumber chunks and some boring dressing.  This was one of the best house salads I had ever had.  Really.  Well, definitely in the top 20 of "house" salads.





So, we were each going to get a steak, like a New York strip or something.  But when you look on the menu, you see that only the Large steaks are prime.  So, the FP in his infinite wisdom, suggested we just get a large steak and split it.  So of course, we got the bone in Rib Steak!  We ordered it medium rare, so of course it came out rare.  Which is exactly what the FP was calculating for.  So, they really char the outside crispy as hell, and then the inside was pretty rare.  It was so good.  Crispy earthy on the outside, carnal fatty melty in your mouth on the inside.  So, so good.  We finished most of it, but there was a little chunk to take home for later!




So, it was a great Thanksgiving dinner!  So, we went home and had a few drinks.  Then later on, we needed to go somewhere to watch FOOTBALL!  The FP had been scouting out this place down the street called The Upper Deck.  He said it might be a little fancy, but it was close and we knew it was open.  We pulled into the parking lot, and in the front there were mercedes and Hummers and Audis and Jags.  But then we pulled in the back and there were a lot of regular cars.  Probably just valet or VIP parking to show off like they do at hotels and casinos.

So we walked in.  Not fancy at all.  I mean, it was fine.  Big bar, a ton of TVs and beer.  So we had a Yuengling on draft.  It was horrible.  Dirty lines.  For whatever reason, the FP just drank it and got something else.  I couldn't drink mine.  I don't know why I didn't complain.  Well, the bartender did not want to seem to be there, and I didn't want to rock the boat.  I didn't really feel like having any more alcohol anyway, so it was good to sit there with a full drink, so I wouldn't be asked several times if I needed another.  I was just happy to have unhampered wifi access for 3+ hours!  And the FP was happy to be out of the awful apartment watching football.

Everyone in there just seemed to be enjoying being out on Thanksgiving.  Except the one hipster douchbag in the douchehat.  These two guys were just talking quietly at the corner of the bar, then all of a sudden douchehat yells across the bar to the bartender, "Can I get a drink?  I need a drink!!!!"  Really disturbing.  At least it looked like his friend was embarrassed.  But he got his drink, and then they resumed their quiet conversation.  It was weird, like he had Turrets or something.

So, of course, after a while, we were both thinking of having a little som'n som'n - even though we had had a large meal, but that was several hours before.  So, of course, the FP had wings.  They sure looked like they needed more sauce, but he was just happy to have wings.  He was thankful for his buffalo wings and blue cheese sauce.


A little while later, I developed a sweet tooth.  So I got a key lime pie.  Which was presented more like a cheesecake.  Part of pie that I love about pie is the crust.  In this presentation, the crust is minimal.  It was really tart and key limey.  A little too tart, but with the whipped cream it tasted good.  Of course, I ran out of whipped cream, but I didn't ask for more.
Later on, the bartender admitted how she didn't want to be there, but she had traded working Thanksgiving to be with her son on Christmas instead.  Understandable.  I gave her a good enough tip.  But I wondered if she was using the son excuse to get better tips.  I shouldn't think that way, but I do.


  Rare Las Olas
401 East Las Olas Blvd
Ft Lauderdale, FL
PHONE: 954.527.3365


The Upper Deck 
906 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd.
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
954-454-8878 | 954-454-6896

Monday, December 5, 2011

More Fancy Tomato

Yeah, I know.  Call the BPS (Blog Protective Services).  Neglect.  Downright abuse of a blog.  Well, let's ketchup, shall we?


Maam's Jamaican Restaurant

Oxtail plate.  This was the medium size.  It was like 4 pounds!  Good stuff.  Good rice and beans, good slaw and very nice oxtail.



Jerk chicken.  OMG, the skin had soaked up all the jerk spices.  This was so good.  So, effing good!


Meat pattie.  It was good as well.  Nothing wrong with it, not too much Christmas spice as some of them can have!  They also had fried chicken that looked really good.  I almost wanted to get that, but I'm glad I tried the jerk - that's one of the staples at a Jamaican restaurant, after all!


Whisky Tango

Okay, we went to this place the first week we were here because we wanted to go somewhere and use the wifi and have a beer and eat dinner.  So, I was going to get the mini corn dogs, but then something ridiculous caught my eye.  A spaghetti sandwich.  So, the description said it was the chef's childhood favorite.  So, I wanted to try it.

It sucked.  So, the bread was like a thick chewy boule like thing.  Which was too much.  I would have liked a softer thinner roll, but I'm sure they get soggy too fast, so this hearty bread is more practical.  Fine.  Then put more sauce.  It was like the spaghetti was lightly tossed with a little sauce.  Barely any.  And I think there was some mozzarella in it too.  And there was a chicken filet too.  Parmesan on top.  I think if there was a side of marinara to dip in, it would have been much better.  Sure, I could have asked for some, but being kinda slow, I didn't think of it until I was almost finished eating.  It would have almost remedied the main problem though.



The FP got a salad and a ribeye.  The salad was a salad.  The ribeye and green beans (adolescent haricot verts)  were good.  He barely ate the cold mashed potatoes.





Georgia Pig

We were in this kinda... rednecky area doing house drivebys.  Not like shooting, looking at houses for sale, silly.  We used the iphone map to see what restaurants were around for lunch.  We found Georgia Pig.  It was really busy.  And they only took cash.  So we hopped back in the car and went to an atm and then went back.  It was a little less busy.  

 Pulled pork sandwich.  It was so so fucking tender and flavorful and really good.  The slaw was a little mayonnaisey, a little sweet, a little vinegary.  Not horrible, but not great.  I ate some for the roughage.  Fries were pretty good, but the pulled pork was so good!



The FP's ribs.  The ribs were kinda on the undercooked side.  I mean, even if you like it where you have to gnaw it off the bone a little, you would say these were undercooked.  The BBQ sauce wasn't bad.  It was made in house, thinner, sweet with a little vinegar, just a little kick.


Potato salad.  Basically potatoes and the same dressing as the coleslaw.  It tasted better on the potato salad.




Great signs though!  And the T shirts were great too!



So, there's a couple places... I will catch up eventually.

Maam's Jamaican Restaurant


1518 Ives Dairy Rd
MiamiFL 33179
(305) 249-8718








Whisky Tango

1903 Hollywood Boulevard  
Hollywood, FL 33020-4508


(954) 925-2555



Georgia Pig

1285 S State Rd 7 
DavieFL  
33317

No phone number listed, but this place is so busy, they probably wouldn't answer if you tried to call!