FILLING STATION RESTAURANT & BAR REVIEW   Leave a comment

 

I love cheeseburgers and when I heard a well known restaurant and bar, known for their burgers, was moving up from Miami to Fort Lauderdale I couldn’t wait to try it out and that Monday we went racing there to only find they are closed on Mondays! Okay, I don’t give up easily.

Thursday I had a doctor’s appointment near by and we decided to give it a try again. Yes it was open. It is a lot larger inside than you would think and though there was plenty of parking right in front I was surprised to see about  6-7 parties inside.

When you sit down at a table and look around at the whimsical wall hangings I knew I should have taken the omen when I read a sign saying “A hamburger by any other name costs twice as much.”

Along with 9 or so televisions hanging around the place–3 side by side on the wall behind the small bar–the extended menu has many items to choose from. There were two servers (Owners? Managers?) who worked the floor as a team and everything seemed to be running smoothly.

There were about 15 burgers to choose from, each named, and we both decided on the “Caddy” ($10.99) consisting of the burger on a bun with tomato, red onion and pickles with a 99 cents charge for the cheddar cheese I wanted. It also comes with seasoned potato tots and  it is all served in a square ‘metal’ dish lined with red and white checkered paper.

I had ordered the burger medium rare and it came that way which didn’t help the problem of it being very greasy and being served on a 3rd rate bun that couldn’t handle the grease which soaked through the bottom half making it impossible to pick up and eat so I had a cheeseburger with just the top part of the bun and my fingers on the bottom which was the burger itself. Instead of a slice of onion there were 2 half rings of onion with chopped lettuce. All in all a messy affair and the tatter tots didn’t help.

The check came to $31.65 including tax plus we left a $6 tip

Along with whimsical surroundings, the many funny sayings and signs on the walls, (Let’s forget the distracting TVs everywhere) plus good service and easy, free parking doesn’t make up for a greasy, not particularly good tasting burger so I’ll continue my search for a better cheeseburger

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVys-CluREo

Posted February 10, 2016 by greatmartin in FOOD, RESTAURANT REVIEWS, RESTAURANTS, Uncategorized

CAT NAPS   Leave a comment

 

I love this cat!! I don’t care whether it is DLST or EST (I checked to see what time he took his nap after we moved the clock back–yep it was 4 :30!!!) raining or hot and humid, whatever, he takes his nap around 4:30 every day!! If I didn’t know better I would think he was a senior citizen resident of Gateway–the old folks here take their nap around 4:30 PM!!

 

The pictures in the four slideshows were taken in November, December and January–you don’t need a watch!! Check by the window and if he is asleep in the window you know it is nap time!!!! I had posted one previously but I made a mistake posting it and no one could see it as I put it with these and that one isn’t all about the cat but just more sides of him!

 

Like people cats get into a routine and don’t you dare get in the way! If you have ever tried to get a senior to do something at nap time there will be hell to pay–same with a cat!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8u3B5kMHq3U

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWN248LRRYek&feature=youtu.b

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5titQzRbpk&feature=youtu.be

Posted February 8, 2016 by greatmartin in animals, cats, Uncategorized

22 DAYS TO GO BUT WHO IS COUNTING?!   Leave a comment

ME & MARCOCollage

CAFÉ VICO FAMILY STYLE DINNER FOR THE                                                20TH LEAP YEAR BIRTHDAY OF MARTIN D. GOODKIN

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2016

HOT APPETIZER: FRIED CALAMARI & HOT MEALBALLS

WITH MARINARA SAUCE

 COLD APPETIZER PLATTER: TOMATOES, MOZZARELLA AND PARMESAN CHEESE, OLIVES, IMPORTED SALAMI, POOSCIUTTO AND MARINATED MIXED VEGETABLES

MAIN COURSE (SERVED FAMILY STYLE)

HOMEMADE LASAGNA ALLA BOLOGNESE

PENNE POMODORO

    CHICKEN BREAST SAUTEED IN A LEMON AND WHITE WINE SAUCE

VEAL SCALOPPINI IN A MARSALA WINE SAUCE AND                                                          MUSHROOMS

FILET OF SNAPPER SAUTEED WITH CAPERS, ONIONS, BLACK OLIVES AND TOMATOES IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

DESSERT

:DESSERT TRAY (MIXED ITALIAN DESSERTS)

A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY CAKE MADE BY

SWEETER DAYS BAKE SHOP

TEA, COFFEE, SODA, WINE INCLUDED

Please feel free to use the camera on the table to take pictures.

 

I will develop them and send you copies of those you want.

(MENU IS FORMATTED DIFFERENTLY AND IS IN RED AND GREEN–THE COLORS OF THE ITALIAN FLAG!)

Posted February 6, 2016 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

“HAIL, CAESAR!” MOVIE REVIEW NO/NEVER SPOILERS   Leave a comment

“Hail, Caesar!” is a goldmine for film buffs and anyone familiar with the ‘old’ Hollywood, a time when studios ruled and took care of their stars and kept them out of jail. It was a time when a baby born out of wedlock would be adopted by her movie star real mother. Was the story true about a director being fired because the actor had tricked with him before becoming a big time ‘masculine’ star? Who is the singing cowboy, (played by Alden Ehrenreich), the studio wants to turn into a drawing room star based on?

The best segment is a ‘homage’ to Gene Kelly, and films like “One The Town” and “Anchors Away”, with Channing Tatum dancing up athletic tapping and acrobatic, flawless movements with homoerotic overtones to a song entitled “No Dames”. The funniest segment is a scene with Frances McDormand editing this segment. 

The story line of, possibly, the blacklisted ‘Communist” writers kidnapping the star of the movie “Hail, Caesar!” (“Ben Hur” anyone?) played by George Clooney (Charleton Heston?) doiesn’t really go anywhere but he seems to be having fun playing it for goofiness.

There are a few scenes that just don’t work like Eddie Mannix, the ‘fixer’, played by Josh Brolin in a somber, fedora clad, going to confession and confessing he smoked 2 to 3 cigarettes and slapping a contract player. There is also a scene that falls flat where Mannix is trying to get approval for the film from 4 religious readers. None of this is Brolin’s fault but of the screenwriting.

Scarlott Johansson as DeeAnna Moran, really Esther Williams at least in the roles she played, replicates the swimming routine choreographed by Busby Berkeley in the original “Million Dollar Mermaid” and though not given enough to do looks great doing in it.

Veronica Osorio (Carmen Miranda?) shines in a small role while Ralph Fiennes (Vincent Minelli?) and Tilda Swinton (Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper?) are given little to do but do what they can with what they are given.

Directed and written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen the movie is not up to par in either position. Though offering a few laughs “Hail, Caesar!” is more enjoyed for the guessing game that holds interest for those who know movies and/or remember the scandals of yestyerday.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3JM6DQOiKI


Posted February 5, 2016 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, FILM REVIEWS, Uncategorized

COPACABANA–BRAZILIAN RESTAURANT–REVIEW   Leave a comment

 

The last time I was here was over a year ago and I gave it a fairly good review. Being a few doors down from where I was getting new glasses, and Allen having a friend from out of town, we decided to give it a try. They are fixing the walks in front of the stores so be careful when walking

They have an ever changing day to day buffet and I hope the other days have a better, fresher hot meals section. Maybe it was the time we went in which was just after 2:30 PM and we were the only party in the place. The waitress was pleasant and checked back often, took away the dirty plates as soon as we were finished with them and made sure we had our drinks before we sat down with our first plates.

I didn’t have any of the fresh salad offered and went right for the hot food which was a big mistake on my part. The fried chicken had a very hard crust and the chicken inside was dried out. The spaghetti and meatballs was just passable so I finished by sticking with the black beans and rice.

The buffet was $9.99 a person with their cans of diet coke were $3 so plus tax our bill came to $41.77 and we left a $9 tip.

Since last year there is a new owner, the price has gone up and the food value has gone down. Will be curious if it is still there when I go for glasses next year!

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEaKiB5S8sA

Posted February 3, 2016 by greatmartin in REASTAURANTS, REVIEWS, Uncategorized

OFF TO SEE MICHAEL JACKSON, MARVIN GAYE, DIANA ROSS, ETC.   Leave a comment

 

Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson with the Jackson 5, The Supremes were just a few of the acts that changed the course of American and World music.

“Motown—The Musical” is the story of Berry Gordy’s journey and how he had us all move to the same beat. From the 1950s on most people, when hearing the performers of Motown sing a song, will be taken back to another time in their lives.

In 1983 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium recording stars are gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Motown Records. In a flashback, in Detroit, Michigan the young Berry Gordy watches the neighbors dancing. In 1957, the adult Berry forms his own record label and so “Motown—The Musical” starts.

“Motown—The Musical” opens tonight at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, Florida, to continue its successful tour across America before returning to Broadway in July of this year.

I’ll be there. Look for my review at broadwayshowbiz.com

SLIDESHOW

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMkMWY6V1h0

Posted February 2, 2016 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MUSICAL THEATRE, Uncategorized

MY JANUARY 2016 REVIEW IN PICTURES   Leave a comment

“LIVING WELL IS THE BEST REVENGE!”

Just when I think I couldn’t have a better month than I had last month the next month comes along and it is not only better but goes by faster—too fast!

I did a lot of the ‘usual’ things in January like go to the movies every Friday, eat out, though this time it was in all the old familiar restaurants, saw two musicals and reviewed them on broadwayshowbiz.com In addition to that I am deep into getting THE birthday dinner of the year for my 20th Leap Year birthday set up: sending out invitations, planning the birthday cake, talking to Marco at the Café Vico about the dinner menu, getting center pieces, not mention especially made M & Ms (which arrived early and I have to fight not opening the box/bag and not eating them all!) along with other items. That I’ll be in hock for the rest of the year is another story.

Then there are my Thursday adventures in The Dollar Tree store where I am always discovering new things including the chicken burner covers and placemats which makes me think of one person but I am not naming names or Maine or rivergirl. Oh yes, Dollar Tree got in their Spring flower and vegetable seeds so you know I will be talking a lot about that not to forget their Fairy Catcher kit!! The Morning Glory plant is from the seeds I got there last year.

Last but not least I thought the last shot in the slideshow was something you needed to have/see!

 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJvRdIYTM5I

Posted February 1, 2016 by greatmartin in LIFE, Uncategorized

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