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I threw away (A) food!!!   Leave a comment


I was in The Dollar Tree last Thursday as usual and looking over their frozen food items I saw 2 new ones being Veggie meatballs and burgers. I have tried the so called phony veggie burgers which are FALSELY called hamburgers as they are not made out of any kind of meat and therefore are not burgers–but that’s a whole other rant!

Looking at the 2 boxes I decided to try them and got one of each. On Saturday, as a snack, I decided to cook up the  ‘meatballs’. There were 8 of them and though, as in much of these make believe meat substitutes, they had a high sodium count, I went for them. I put them on one of my red plates, sat at my dining room table and took a bite–for me a small bite!

I could not believe how bad, awful, sickening they tasted but–being fair–I took one more bite and, if possible, it even tasted worse!

Over 85 years I have survived baby food, my mother’s cooking (she couldn’t!), Marine Corps food, many bad restaurants and very varied foods but there has only been two foods I vowed to never have again and that was Oyster plant which was on the Weight Watchers list of ‘free’ foods so I had to taste it. Oyster plant and tofu—no matter what you cooked it in and/or how you cooked it–tasted like bad cardboard and I vowed never to have either again. (In my defense I tried over 20 different recipes with tofu and the tofu tasted like nothing else it was cooked in!)

I threw out the other 7 and 3/4 ‘veggie meatballs’ out and that hurt!! I was thinking of feeding them to one of the resident’s pets but couldn’t bring myself to do that let alone offer them to a neighbor to taste!!

I now have a box of 2 Veggie ‘burgers’ in my freezer. Will I try them? When? Can I put enough cheese or mustard and/or ketchup to cover whatever fowl taste they may have? Should I give them a chance? Should I give them to a resident I may not like too much? (If they are as bad as the ‘meatballs’ there isn’t anyone in the world I hate that much!!

)How can I throw out more food? I keep hearing millions and millions of mothers talking about the ‘starving kids in (pick a country)’ and the guilt is overwhelming but if I ever contemplate comfiting suicide I will go back to The Dollar Tree and buy a couple of boxes of ‘Veggie Meatballs’ as that is the ONLY reason I can think of for eating them ever again–and what if they don’t work??? NO! I WILL NEVER EAT THEM AGAIN!!!!

Mmmmm—but what about the ‘Veggie Burgers’? Dare I?

Posted May 23, 2021 by greatmartin in FOOD

Santa’s elves did an advance trip!   1 comment


The usual gift for kids for Hanukkah are chocolate coins wrapped in ‘gold’–see below for the story–but Santa’s elves (their names are Chuck & Terry) in Memphis did better than that by stopping here at Gateway in Fort Lauderdale and, via UPS, sent me a package of various chocolates, mainly dark chocolate which, as we all know, is healthy for you!

They are in various forms from a tree to bells not to forget a Santa lollipop! My favorite is the 3rd one in the picture –a dark chocolate pig!!

Oh yes, coming from Memphis how can there not be TWO Elvis bars–one milk chocolate and the other dark chocolate!The elves think I am going to blame them for any weight gain I have in December but I know all these chocolate treats are non-caloric!!

A bonus was the wrappings in the package which was “The Best of Memphis–2020” from the newspaper. Granted it has been 41 years since I lived in Memphis BUT I didn’t know a single place except for the Memphis Zoo!!

Now I can’t wait to see what Santa is bringing me–guess it pays to be a good boy!! Truthfully the epidemic has more to do with that than my not being able to misbehave!

http://hanukkahgelt.com/hanukkah_history.htm

Posted December 16, 2020 by greatmartin in FOOD, FRIENDS, GIFTS

Martin the Farmer!   1 comment

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I know it sounds silly but I feel like a kid playing in the fields of a large farm. Okay, so it is a one-bedroom apartment and all I have are potted plants but I have 7 potted pepper plants and I have 7 peppers from a bud to a grown pepper.I usually pick the peppers after a week but this time I want to see how large they will grow and/or if they will naturally fall off the stem. Will take another picture before I add them to salads, soups and meat dishes!!Want a pepper? Come on and stop by and pick your own! :O)

Posted August 6, 2020 by greatmartin in FOOD, FORT LAUDERDALE, GARDENS, HOME

Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!   1 comment

Simply Fresh collage
I came home Thursday AFTER going food shopping to find a big green box of fresh vegetables and fruits as a present from my health insurance company! Of course, I had bought a week of salad fixings when food shopping but being a big veggie and fruit eater I wasn’t concerned about any of it going bad. Now, this may surprise you as it did me later when I thought about it: I GAVE AWAY FOOD!!!
 
In the box was a recipe sheet, including all the ingredients, for the following:
1) Sweet Onion Broccoli Saute
2) Caesar Salad
3) Coleslaw Salad Kit
4) Vegetable Stir-Fry
5) Honey Dijon Salad
Plus 6) A 3-pound bag of freshly sliced Apples.
According to the recipe sheet each of the first 5 items, in my opinion, either served 4 stingy portions or 2 healthy portions or 1 “You are being a Pig, Martin” portion. (I won’t get into the ‘serving size of 4 ounces’ regarding the apples!)
 
It takes very little to make me happy and food always puts a smile on my face which I still have 4 days later!!

Posted June 28, 2020 by greatmartin in FOOD, Uncategorized

New foods in October!   Leave a comment

New foods 1 Oct 2019
I like trying new food items and each month I do just that! I haven’t had snails in years and usually it was in a French restaurant where the best part was dipping the bread into the garlic and butter sauce but I made these in a fresh homemade Marinara sauce using fresh garlic. The sauce was delicious but the snails added nothing to the taste.
 
I tried the Torani sugar/calorie free caramel sauce in coffee a few times but I’ll stick to Sweet ‘n Low or vanilla extract.
 
The cotton candy was a fun treat but one I wouldn’t have again while the Tostones was a sharp sort of potato chip.
 
I gave the Kumquats to a neighbor because though I like sweet foods being a pre-diabetic these are too sweet–well, nothing can be too sweet but they can be too high in sugar!
 
You taste any new foods?

Posted October 17, 2019 by greatmartin in FOOD

Cafe Vico Twice and “Les Miserables”   Leave a comment

Cafe Vico Oct 8 and 10 2019

Though all weeks are good some good weeks are better than others and last week was just that! Before seeing “Les Miserables” we had dinner at Cafe Vico, needless to say one of my favorite restaurants! We had a groupon for $40 worth of food, with Rion having Portobello Mushrooms and Peppers ($16.95) and a glass of Miller LIte ($6) while I had Shrimp Scampi ($29.95) and we both had a dish of ice cream ($4.95 each) The check came to $24.39 plus tip. I must admit I had some sticker shock at the new prices but at least I had that groupon!
 
Another sticker shock was when we got to the parking garage. Allen and I usually valet park and we have gotten use to the $25 charge plus tip but the last time we parked at the garage it was $6 and now it was $15—but at least no tip involved!
 
On Thursday, having another groupon, this one for $50, Allen and I went to Cafe Vico for lunch and the prices were a little more reasonable. For an appetizer we shared an order of 4 meatballs in a very tasty sauce ($10.95). Allen had a ‘special’ flounder dish done in a light sauce ($14.95) while I had the Veal Francese on linguini ($14.95) and, yes, 2 dishes of vanilla ice cream ($9.90) a diet cola and a cup of coffee bringing our check to $3.95 plus tip!
 
In pictures 5 and 7 you can see the working owner Marco.
 
I can only wish you a week of seeing a good musical and eating out—twice–at your favorite restaurant!
 
 
 

Posted October 16, 2019 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, FOOD, FORT LAUDERDALE, MUSICAL THEATRE

No movie?? Okay, then Cabo Blanco & Dairy Queen!!   1 comment

Cabo Blanco and Diary Queen Oct 11 2019
“Gemimi”–no thank you! “Lucy In The Sky”–I am not a fan of Natalie Portman and word of mouth hasn’t been too good. “The Addams Family”? PUHLEEZE! “Jexi”? Sounds like a TV rom/com, maybe Tuesday. Okay, I have found out that if I don’t go to a movie on Friday the world doesn’t come to an end. Allen wasn’t in any particular mood to see a movie so I suggested–sometimes I am brilliant!–that we go have lunch at Cabo Blanco for which I had a groupon for and we hadn’t been there in awhile.
 
 Cabo Blanco is one of my favorite restaurants and the best of the dozen or so Peruvian restaurants that have opened in the past decade. When we first went I tried all 29 lunch specials they had (no, not at one time!!) and there wasn’t a bad one in the group but there was definitely a standout dish: Camarones Saltados, about 12 sauteed shrimp with onions and tomatoes on a pasta in a dark sauce, which I think is soy based but not sure. I do know it is delicious and the price, $11.99, ridiculously low for such a meticulous made dish plus they serve a freshly made chicken soup and a side of various sauces. They use to serve bread with the latter which they no longer do so I don’t know what the sauces are for because the shrimp sauce is great as is! I have had this dish about 20 times and LOVE it!
 
Afterwards I was moaning that they don’t have plain vanilla ice cream which is something I like to have after a slightly spicy meal and Allen came up with a brilliant idea of going to Dairy Queen in Wilton Manors for dessert! He had a chocolate and I had a vanilla Blizzard! Now that’s what friends are for!
 
Trust me, the lunch and dessert was better than any movie I could have seen!

Eating out!   Leave a comment

Eating out Sept 2019 Part 1

It is no secret that I love to eat out but, unfortunately, my budget constantly says “NO!” I sort of have it under control in keeping it to Thursdays and Fridays while during ‘theatre season’ Tuesday is added to the list.
 
On Thursdays, after shopping at the $ Tree and before going to Winn-Dixie, plus the Tuesday nights when we go the theatre in Broward, we sort of eat at a ‘better’ restaurant such as the Outback, Big Louie’s and La Bonne Crepe, while theatre nights it is either the Quarterdeck or Cafe Vico.
 
Fridays, after the movies, and Tuesdays when we go to the theatre in Miami it is Denny’s at the latter and Subways or Arby’s after the former.
 
From a dessert crepe made of strawberries, bananas, vanilla ice cream topped with chocolate syrup to a turkey foot-long on herb-garlic cheese and adding cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and onions plus mustard, plus a pizza at Big Louie’s to steak and all the shrimp you can eat at Outback and a Rueban at  Arby’s I do have a varied menu of meals.
 
Oh, yes, I gave up carbonated sodas about 7 months ago so now I have lemonade at fast food places and late dinners while real coffee at lunch meals at full service restaurants.
 
The other 4-5 days I am a pretty good boy when I eat at home–well, most times!! I do make my dinners in advance on Saturdays with a basic fish or chicken dish with 2 veggies, a salad, 2 cups of yogurt and an apple. (No, we won’t talk about the carrots cakes, etc.)

Posted September 26, 2019 by greatmartin in DINING REVIEW, FOOD, RESTAURANTS

Trying new foods and that second steak!   1 comment

new food and second steak September 2019 2

 Two weeks ago I wrote about discovering Rancher’s Home steaks and how great the one I had was. At less than $5 a pound it was a great deal in more than just taste! I had grilled it in my George Foreman grill and it melted in my mouth, s-o-o-o-o-o-o-o good. I knew I would have to try it again.
 
Last week I bought one home and tried the ultimate taste–putting it in the microwave oven. I have a ‘grilling pan’ to use in the microwave and decided to make the steak that way. I chopped up some garlic and put it on both sides of the steak, put it into the microwave, cooked it 2 minutes on each side and when it was finished it didn’t look like a grilled steak but I wasn’t expecting it to. I will say it tasted even better than the first one. I knew this was going to be my once a week treat.
 
I couldn’t wait to get one this week and when I went to the beef section in Winn-Dixie I got my rude awakening! The previous two weeks the steak had been on sale and now they were $9+ a pound!! Oh well, maybe 1 every 2 months!!
 
By the way the ‘side dish’ on the plate by the steak is a mixture of red beans, rice and spices, a basic Jambalaya staple.
 
Every month I try new items that I get at the Pantry and as tempted as I was to spread some of the duck rillettes but it is definitely a no-no on my do not eat list. They also have 2-3 new marinades every month and though I am very limited on using marinades I always sneak a tablespoon or two into the crock pot when I am cooking chicken. Using one tablespoon of YO MAMA Honey Balsamic marinade over 8 chicken breasts really doesn’t go very far regarding taste but every now and then I will get a bite with a ‘bang’ that makes the other plain bites edible!
 
In all the years of tasting new foods the only one I can remember saying that I would never have again was oyster plant–and I haven’t!

Posted September 23, 2019 by greatmartin in FOOD, HOME

Life can be great–with food!   1 comment

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One stop we make every Thursday when Allen takes me on my errands is Winn-Dixie, usually after lunch (and I still buy too much! There goes that theory!) I very seldom eat steak at home as I know restaurants get the best cuts but passing the meat section I saw they had steaks on sale and I said–to myself–“Self go for it, ” so Self did. It didn’t have the Winn-Dixie name which is rare as their slogan is “The Beef People”. 
 
1) The steak’s label said Rancher’s Home bone in Ribeye Steak. Bar none it is the best steak I have ever had, just melting in my mouth with each bite. Though I am known as a fast eater I never had a steak last as long and to top it off that bone was delicious! No I didn’t eat it but there wasn’t a drop of meat left on it.
 
2) I am beginning to worry about Jacque–some of you met her at my birthday dinner in 2016. First of all she gave me a ‘snacking size’ of M&Ms–the whole bag!! Heck, I wouldn’t even share them let alone give them away!
 
3) The Ionian Princess is the new boat docked here–HUGE!
 
4) One of the many reasons I love living here are the things I see outside my window such as this home which looks like it belongs in Monte Carlo and then there is 5) The Point which is a never ending sight of beauty!
 
6) And then there is Lenny the lizard who keeps the flies, among other bugs, away from yours truly.
 
Mmmm–I hope Winn-Dixie has more of Rancher’s Home steaks!

Posted September 11, 2019 by greatmartin in FOOD, FORT LAUDERDALE, Uncategorized

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