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“Ceviche Street Restaurant–review   Leave a comment

Ceviche Street Restaurant collage

After a year of being introduced to Peruvian food by trying most of the menu at Cabo Blanco I have now eaten at three other Peruvian restaurants with Ceviche Street being the latest.

The last time I was at this building it was a restaurant specializing in American Southern food. The place has been redone and is very pleasing to the eye as is the way the food is presented. Whereas we were allowed to use our groupons at Cabo Blanco on their lunch menu as soon as I showed the groupon to our server here the lunch menu was swiftly taken away and replaced with their dinner menu. I can understand why but I would still have appreciated seeing what was offered at lunch and the prices.

I had the Lomo Saltado with what was said to be Filet Mignon but I question that as the meat was tough and tasted like a cheaper cut. The presentation was beautiful but for the price it was a small portion and though the tomatoes and onions were crisp I didn’t understand serving both rice and home fries. (I lost the receipt and their web page doesn’t give prices I believe it was $16.95 for the dish.)

Allen had the Pescado Frito ($13.95) also with a pleasing to the eye presentation and his response when I asked how it was said, “Nothing special. It’s fish and okay.”

We both had Chicha Morada ($2.95) to drink because the description interested me: Purple corn juice, cinnamon, lime juice, cloves and a star anise. Glad I had it but once was enough.

Allen had a piece of chocolate cake (don’t remember the price) that obviously wasn’t baked on the premises.

All together with tip, tax and after taking off the $9 savings the check came to $36+ change.

Ceviche Street was okay but I would still pick Cabo Blanco for Peruvian dishes for food just as good with larger portions and less expensive along with the bread and 2 sauces served while waiting for your food.

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Q-BAR Burgers & Blues–restaurant review   Leave a comment

Q-Bar Restaurant Collage

I’ve been eating at the Sage restaurant for years and the last couple of years I noticed, and read, that they had added a place next door called Q-Bar  Burger and Blues. Someone told me they did a lunch special of a burger, fries and soda for $10 and just like last week I saw a Groupon for it so I decided to give it a try–my mistake and I should have gone into the Sage instead.

The Q-Bar may be good for a burger and/or a place to hear blues bands but as a place to dine or enjoy lunch forget it. The set up is a very long and narrow place with the bar on the right and (I didn’t really count) about 6-7 high top tables with bar seats.

 

I wasn’t aware we could have ordered off the Sage menu–their kitchen serves both places–and looking over the small menu we were given I ordered the  Cajun Pasta ($16) which was okay and had a diet coke ($2.75) while Allen had the Norah ‘burger’–a salmon sandwich–which was just one of the 5-6 sandwiches plus the burger which cost $10 including fries and soda.

 

For dessert I had the chocolate banana pudding ($8) which came with a scoop of ice cream and was a big disappointment. Allen ordered apple pie a la mode ($9) but it turned out that they didn’t have the pie and instead offered the apple crepe which was no substitute for the pie.

The check, with tip and tax, minus the Groupon, came to $37.83

 

The food was okay, the ambiance a distinct negative while the best part was Kelly, the combination barmaidand server who did a great job with good patter and an ongoing smile.

Along with the rest of the negatives their being out of apple pie at 3 PM is unexplainable and a sore point for me, a restaurant being out of an item so easily obtainable. If their delivery didn’t come, if the kitchen didn’t make any, there is an excellent French bakery just a short ride away.

 

The bottom line? I tried the Q-bar and know to go to the Sage next time.

Beautiful Day to a Full Moon   Leave a comment

A Day in Fort Lauderdale  Part 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoi3q7dZVm0

 

A Day in Fort Lauderdale  Part 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIdQ9cGLs_c

An hour later almost sunset

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ql9yn9WoSoc

9 PM  A full moon—see last shot

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-yFveQeoMg

Posted November 5, 2017 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE, Uncategorized

October 2017 Part 1   Leave a comment




Part 2 tomorrow

Posted October 31, 2017 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, Uncategorized

Hurricane Irma 1 Calm before the storm   Leave a comment

Calm before the storm?

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

 

Sorry about all the noise in the background.

I am going to try and make a video every day around 5 PM from the walkway outside my door to show IF there are any changes over the next few days. We have 5 trees and 3 buildings surrounding my backyard.

First time I can recall all 3 movie houses are closed.

Right now ‘they’ are saying it will hit the Florida southwest as a category 5.

All flights from and to the Fort Lauderdale airport will cease at 7:45 PM

Curfew on the beach tomorrow.

I learned something new that I am going to try. I have cooked up and frozen a load of food. It is suggested that you put a glass of water in the freezer and when the water is frozen place a penny on top. From the time the electricity goes until the penny is on the bottom of the glass your food is okay—at that point chances are the food will be spoiled.

Hopefully the electricity won’t go out—if you hear from me tomorrow you know it hasn’t!!! LOL

Olive Garden Restaurant–review   Leave a comment

 Olive Garden 2 collage

I don’t go to the Olive Garden for an Italian meal as we have too many real Italian restaurants in Fort Lauderdale for the true experience. The Olive Garden is a wanna be Italian restaurant with real Italian names for their food items but that is as far as it goes. I have yet to taste a sauce there that isn’t just bland, tasteless.

I had a $35 gift card plus a $5 off coupon so off we went.

Upfront, Marlanea, our server was excellent. The breadsticks were warm while the salad was good but the Minestrone soup was loaded with vegetables and very little taste.

We both had the Shrimp ‘Scampi’, ($16.49 each) at least that was what they called it.  Yes, there are many variations of Scampi but the basic Italian restaurant will make it in an oil and garlic sauce while this was in some sort of cream sauce. They did put it over Angel Hair pasta.

I had a diet soda ($2.89)–is there some theme I am missing with all items priced to end in a 9? Allen paying heed to the latest report on diet sodas stuck to water.

We did share a piece of Black Tie Mousse cake ($7.79) which was very good.

Altogether our check came to $45.98 including tax plus we left a $10 tip so minus the $35 gift card and the $5 coupon it cost us about $8 each out of pocket.

It has been about 5-6 years since I had been to an Olive Garden and after this meal, I remembered why.

I’ll stick to Cafe Vico, Big Louie’s, MezzaLuna Bistro, etc., for an Italian meal!

Oh yes, a big plus in their favor was that I didn’t see a television anywhere! LOL

Living near the water   Leave a comment

In my backyard

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-G2Z09LbSyA

 

 

The Audacity  (sold shortly after I took this.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yABdcaEd6jE

 

The Point–this one is a little loud just before I learned how to shoot without the background noise!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltN2-CkhbBY

I took these in January 2015 when it was cold–only 77 degrees I think!

Posted June 29, 2017 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, HOME, LIFE, Uncategorized

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