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Indian Harbor Restaurant–review   Leave a comment

I went into the restaurant for lunch knowing little of Indian food except curries and I left knowing even less. Reading a couple of reviews here, and on a local site, I thought ordering the buffet would give me a selection of different tastes. It did but I have no idea what I tasted.

 

There were three people working in the dining room. I am not sure what the ‘titles’ of the young man and woman were but I’ll guess the female was the server and the male was the busboy though the busboy did most of the serving.. After waiting for awhile we finally sat ourselves and I stopped what looked like the owner–turned out to be the manager–to ask him about the buffet. He said it was $13 (and, I thought, it included a soft drink) and that was the end of the discussion.

 

Nothing further was explained about the buffet and it wasn’t until later when I asked about dessert I found out that the first thing I had tasted was a round ball of something so sweet I couldn’t eat it which was the dessert on the buffet. There were about 8 different hot dishes and I recognized the rice and next to it was a combination of spinach and mushrooms. The rest of the dishes, though having Indian names and one saying vegan, are still a mystery to me. There was a chicken dish in a heavy sauce and I think a tofu dish. By the way the hot dishes weren’t hot.

 

I wish I had written the names of the dishes down so that when I got home I could look them up. Oh yes, I know we had chicken tandorri or at least I think we did, from a review I had read but it tasted more like dried out meat. I did take pictures of the dishes I ate and tried to match them to the pictures the restaurant has on their web site but I didn’t do too good a job.

 

The place had a nautical theme, nothing Indian looking about it. The restaurant looked clean and sleek with butcher sheets on top of white tablecloths and linen napkins. Service was good in the realm of removing used dishes and refilling the water glasses.

I had a diet cola ($2)  and Anthony had a Masala Chai, which he liked, so for the 2 lunch buffets ($13 each) , drinks and tax our lunch check came to $33. 92 plus a tip.

 

I guess I will have to go to another Indian restaurant to find out more about Indian food but I won’t be going back to the Indian Harbor.Indian Harbor Restaurant July 2017

Posted July 19, 2017 by greatmartin in DINING REVIEW, RESTAURANTS, Uncategorized

“Catfish Dewey’s–restaurant review   Leave a comment

I have been going to Catfish Dewey’s for over 15 years but it had been awhile since I was there last. Robert wanted some catfish so there wasn’t any decision except to go there. I’ve always loved their all you can steamed shrimp so that’s what I ordered. The price of $20.50 is a ‘little’ higher then it was 15 years ago but it is still good. The all you can eat fried catfish has also gone up in price now being $16.50. The shrimp, though of a good size, seemed a little smaller but not that much different.

Both orders came with Cole slaw and a basket of hush puppies. You get a choice of fries, baked potato or rice pilaf.

We were having a late lunch, about 3 PM, so the place was on the quiet side. Andrew, our server, did a great job with refills of everything plus our drinks before we had to ask for any item. When we left–hey it IS all you can eat–about 2 hours later the place was filling up.

Walking into Catfish Dewey’s is like walking into yesterday with everyone the same, friendly as all get out, everything the same whether the furnishings or the food yet the former is clean and looks new and the food is good.

I really enjoyed the familiar feel good atmosphere and, of course, the shrimp.Catfish Deweys July 2017

“The Little Hours”–a movie review   Leave a comment


Do you think nuns using the ‘f’ word is funny? Do you think virgin nuns trying to seduce a supposedly deaf mute young hunky guy is funny? Do you think an orgy of 3 nuns and a man is satire and funny? Do you think that showing women in full frontal nudity but only showing the chest of a man having all kinds of sex is okay? If so then “The Little Hours” is meant for you.

In the past week I saw the movie of the year so far, “The Big Sick”, and a very different sort of love story, “Maudie” taht held my interest from beginning to end, then today I saw the worst movie of the year so far called “The Little Hours” beating out “A Very Sordid Wedding” which held the title until now.

Look at the trailer and after seeing/hearing the first line you think this is your kind of movie go for it but, even though I will always put watching a film on a movie screen versus a televison screen, save yourself movie and watch it on youtube.

I am far from being a prude but I found “The Little Hours” to be distasteful!

Movie Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYycHr4RsJw

“Maudie”–a movie review   1 comment

Walking out of “Maudie” I felt the same way I did after seeing “Monster” when I said that IF Charlize Theron didn’t win an Oscar for her transformation, and acting, then I would never go to the movies again. Whew! She did. I am saying almost the same thing about Sally Hawkins playing the title role in this film. Her transformation into Maud, and her acting, draws you into the film to such a point that you forget she is Sally Hawkins, the actress.

“Maudie” is a love story between two people who not only are different from everyone else but completely different from each other. I wasn’t aware the screenplay, by Sherry White, was based on a true story until the end and it made me wonder how true it really is. About 30-35 minutes into the film I gasped and really didn’t believe what I had just seen but that was only part of the story. There are sweet, funny, sad and cruel moments along the way. Neither Maud nor Everett, played by Ethan Hawke, had an early easy life and when we meet them they are still struggling in the world they inhabit.

The film is 1 hour and 55 minutes, with Newfoundland and Labrador filling in for Nova Scotia, is, necessarily, slow moving but still could have been cut by about 10 minutes.

The film basically concentrates of the story of Maud and Everett with minor characters such as Gabrielle Rose as Maud’s aunt and Zachery Bennett as her brother along with Kari Matchett as a vacationing New Yorker and Billy MacLellan as possibly the only friend Everett might have. Though Hawke does a fairly good job he does not quite reach Hawkins’ level.

“Maudie” in many ways is not an easy film to sit through but should be seen for Hawkins performance, and possibly, learn about an artist you didn’t know about. I hope I am wrong but I don’t think this movie will ‘sell’ to the public.

Movie trailer

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

Bring it on!   Leave a comment

I LOVE the summer!!

I don’t care if it is in the 90s and so is the humidity. I don’t care if my glasses fog up when I walk out the door and the sweat starts making the shirt cling to the body.

Why should I care when:

A friend gives me a carrot cake—even if he did sneak a slice! 

carrot cake

Allen goes on vacation and I get his car which I have until Wednesday. 

Allens car summer vacation I have it

And then there is the quiet and beauty of summer so what is there not to like about July in Fort Lauderdale?

Summer trees in Victoria Park July 9, 2017

Summertime with Ella

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2bigf337aU

And then there is always the

beach

Posted July 10, 2017 by greatmartin in LIFE, Uncategorized

“the Big Sick”–best movie of the year so far BUT…   Leave a comment

“The Big Sick” is an excellent movie with only 3 negatives, two really minor and another, in my opinion, major but I got over it!

The movie is being sold as a romantic comedy, which two thirds of it is, but a major third is the drama and all are in equal parts. With Kumail Nanjiani, who I am familiar with from the HBO show “Silicon Valley”, starring and Judd Apatow producing I expected a lot of laughs and they are delivered in grins, smiles, laughs, out loud guffaws along with nods of the head that derive from real moments in life that all can identify. The drama also gets the spotlight and in some scenes you will be crying and laughing at the same time while in others the tears will flow. Yes the romance is there and it is as romantic as in any film you have seen.

The two really minor negatives, surprisingly, are the stand up routines by the real in life stand up comics Aidy Bryant, Kurt Braunohler and Bo Burnham and the interactions between them and Kumail but none really take up that much time.

Not getting into the screenplay itself, written by Nanjiani and his real wife Emily V. Gordon and based on their true romance, the acting is some of the finest from the whole cast including what would be considered minor roles such as the nurse played by Myra Lucretia Taylor and Kuhoo Verma as a potential bride.  Anupan Kher and Zenobia as his parents could teach today’s parents in how to make your child feel guilty, especially the mother.

A big discovery for me was Zoe Kazan who I don’t recall seeing before. She makes Emily a real person whether it be in her kookiness, ‘only having sex once the first time with somebody’, who is going to be a therapist and in some scenes could really use therapy. She makes a lasting impression any time she is on screen but also has you thinking of her when she is not in a scene.

Ray Romano has never caught my attention as I was usually more interested in his co-stars, whether on television or movies, but here as a father, referring to his daughter, says “Being a parent is a nightmare. Loving somebody this much sucks” he is funny and heartbreaking sometimes in the same sentence.

I could talk for days about Holly Hunter’s performance in “Big Sick”. She appears on screen about 30-40 minutes into the film and steals every scene from everyone in the film for the rest of the film. No way do you want to get her teed off in a comic club because no matter how tall or big you are you aren’t going to win! Don’t you dare hurt her daughter because you will get her wrath, sneers and coldness but show her daughter love and with one gesture you know you will never be able to do anything wrong again. I certainly hope she is remembered at award time.

Yes Kumail Nanjiani is playing himself, even being called Kumail, but you get to know more than the comedian. You get to know the man, the actor, the writer, the comedian, the man who can woo women with doe eyes, a smile and caring. I hope he gets to do more roles where he is involved as a person who happens to also be a comedian or not.

The “The Big Sick” is a must see movie and be prepared to laugh, cry and, yes, experience the drama of the title.

 Movie Trailer

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

Where did you ever get the idea I like to eat out?   Leave a comment

Book Café & “Newsies”  Restaurant

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

 

 

Daily Melt Restaurant

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9la6ibC94to

 

 

Dinner by the Sea

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHISA8Ma3fQ

Posted July 6, 2017 by greatmartin in RESTAURANTS, Uncategorized

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