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I HAD to buy it!!!   Leave a comment

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Do you know the name of the 4 little rabbits in “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter? Do you know how Peter Rabbit’s father died? Do you know the name of the gardener where Peter Rabbit got into trouble?
What does all this have to do with anything? All the ‘experts’ tell you the best time to buy electronics, linens, cars, even gas but they never tell you the best time to buy chocolates! Well, I am here to correct that mistake!
It is no secret to those who know the best time to buy chocolates and candies is the day/week after Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Christmas, etc., whenever they are ‘pushed’ to buy as a present and where you ask? All supermarkets, drugstores and, yes, even the Dollar Tree stores where they go from a dollar each to 2 for a dollar!
I went into Winn-Dixie Thursday to buy my winning lotto tickets (HA!) and my weekly groceries. The service desk for the former was right near the entrance to the aisles for the latter and I had to pass a table loaded with boxes of chocolate/candy. (The manager, for whatever reason ordered way too much for the holiday!) Now I really wasn’t going to buy anything when ‘it’ all of a sudden called my name and said, “Please, please, take me home!”
How could I say “No” to a rabbit holding a carrot?? Plus it was  ‘only’ $1.99–come on, a Hershey bar costs more than that these days! And it had the story of Peter Rabbit and that’s how I found out the answers to the questions in the first paragraph, besides I didn’t know rabbits love blueberries, did you?
As I write this it is only 9 days until the Monday after Mother’s Day and I can make all mothers proud of me for not letting gifts intended for them to go to waste–and you thought I wasn’t a thoughtful guy!!

Posted May 4, 2019 by greatmartin in FOOD, LIFE, Uncategorized

Croissant Time French Bakery   1 comment

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I have a ‘thing’–well a few things–when it comes to restaurants such as I like a scoop of vanilla ice cream after spicy foods or  if I find a restaurant I like I will continue going even if, for whatever reasons, something goes wrong ONCE, twice I won’t go back. I, also, will tell an owner or manager, in a place I am familiar with what went wrong and in many cases, they want to pick up the check or take the item off the menu but I won’t allow it if I ate the food or accidents–like a drink spilled on clothes–didn’t happen.
Just as an aside: if anyone went out of their way I will also tell the manager/owner that as they like to hear the good things along with the bad especially they usually get a lot more of the latter.
Okay, what’s this all about? After eating at Fat Boyz BBQ I wanted something sweet, preferably ice cream. By the way, the last 4 restaurants we ate in the area didn’t have ice cream(!) and between where we were and the Broward Performing Arts Center except for a DD and Baskin Robbins store there isn’t an ‘ice cream’ store unless you want to fight the hassle of going, parking and enjoying Kilwin’s before going to the theatre and even at the BPAC they serve all kinds of snacks in lobby but no ice cream! We decided to go to Croissant Time though it isn’t the easiest place to get to from the BBQ restaurant. 
Walking in the center part of the store you can be overwhelmed by the sights of French pastry in all sizes, colors and aromas but to the left is a small ice cream section. Allen headed to the pastries and I headed for the ice creams. It turned out there were 6 flavors of sorbet (makes sense in a French place) and 2 ice creams. The ice cream choice was easy for me as 1 was coffee and as much coffee every day I don’t like coffee ice cream. As it is I don’t even remember the flavor though looking at the picture I want to say that is butter pecan under the wild black currant sorbet. Allen had 2 pastries with his sorbet.
Two things made my order a disaster! The first was how hard the ice cream and sorbet was and I mean HARD!! I seriously thought the poor guy scooping it out would not only break the scoop but his wrist also. It was understandable that the scoops were very small but the butter pecan was like ice–not ice cream–and the sorbet was gritty.
I will definitely go back to Croissant Time but will stay in the center of the store!
Any easy to get to places in the downtown area for a good ice cream treat?

Posted April 30, 2019 by greatmartin in FOOD, FORT LAUDERDALE, RESTAURANTS, Uncategorized

Fat Boyz BBQ–Fort Lauderdale–Restaurant Review   1 comment

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It has been a bad week for movies and restaurants! As creatures of habit, we usually go to Quarterdeck before attending a show at BPAC but they are closed while making a transfer to their newly built location so we decided to go to the newest of 4-5 restaurants that have been in this location before.

It doesn’t look much different than the last two BBQ places there and as they did at the end of their run Fat Boyz BBQ is also a fast-casual restaurant which when you are paying $15.50 plus tax seems to say that they should be full service but that’s not my main quarrel with this place.
I ordered the 5 dry rib bbq which came with 2 sides. The ribs are served on paper on a tray with the 2 sides in small plastic cups and you help yourself to plastic knives and forks and get your own soft drinks.

On the plus side is the order taker, Tatty according to the receipt, who was pleasant, told us to take our time and after paying handed us a number stand to take to the table. (That’s the first trip the customer has to take to the table, then you go for the drinks, then you go for plastic ware, etc.) Oh, by the way, there are menus around but most customers will get a crick in their neck looking up at the written menu on the board above the bar.

The ribs were good and there are 3 sauces on the table. The two sides I ordered were Cole Slaw and mac ‘n cheese. The slaw tasted as it came out of a gallon premixed bottle and, the nicest way I can put it is the mac ‘n cheese was the worst I ever tasted! It was like a ball of glue so I didn’t say anything as at least it was only a small scoop!

I wonder what will be the next food place in this location?

Another one of my favorite things!   1 comment

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When I was able to afford it I ate out a minimum of 14 meals. As much as I use to love to cook, and did, I love eating out more. Unfortunately, restaurant prices have gone up way more than my income has so I usually am confined to 2 meals a week dining out, except when I have a show to go to and then it is an extra, usually at the Quarterdeck in Fort Lauderdale for their great Jambalaya and Denny’s in Miami because of time and I-95! There are very few foods I won’t eat so I can be as happy in a 5-star restaurant as I can in a fast food place though I admit I prefer a full-service place after 38 years as a waiter.
Of the 5 places above my favorite is the Peruvian Cabo Blanco that has an excellent Shrimp with onions and peppers over noodles made in a soya sauce for $11.95 at lunch and they are not stingy with the shrimp! Plus they serve some homemade soup as part of the meal. Groupon and/or localflavor usually have a 2-4-1 coupon. By the way, they have about 30 specials for lunch of which I have tried 20 and  have not had a bad yet.
For Mexican food I will either go to Tequila Sunrise or Tipico, both having very good Fajitas at reasonable prices, and this past week we went to the former where I had their lunch special of Seafood Medley with Mahi, shrimp, scallops calamari on rice which was more than tasty.
Though a chain I do enjoy Outback for their steak, ribs and bread. Then there is IHOP which I have been going to for decades for their cheese omelet with a short stack of pancakes if not one of their ‘breakfast’ combinations or sometimes a cheeseburger.
I, also, enjoy trying new places and not knowing the owners of the Quarterdeck were branching out and started the Good Spirits I did get a 2-4-1 coupon so we tried it. I would rather go to Quarterdeck!
Due to the fact that restaurants are too expensive, I usually look for coupons for those I go to and new ones. Of the 5 above I had coupons for 3 of them and regarding the Quarterdeck though I didn’t have a coupon I do have one of their reward cards and we will get a free dinner after buying a certain amount, which we would have done anyway (but don’t tell them!)
Will be going to see “Anastasia” on Tuesday and where we would normally go to the Quarterdeck we won’t this time as they are building a new restaurant and their old one will be closed. All I can hope is that their prices don’t jump up because of the new location and what it costs them to build it!
Might try a new bbq place that is opening this weekend though if a place is jinxed it might be that location where they have had 5 restaurants that failed and that plaza has had a few more failures but, being an optimist, this one will prove to be an exception!

Posted April 21, 2019 by greatmartin in FOOD, RESTAURANTS, Uncategorized

Step 5–The Pressure!   2 comments

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Step 1   Gift arrives in big box
Step 2   Take out big, shiny package from box
Step 3    Take food out of package
              a) 32 ounces of Carnegie Deli pastrami
              b) 32 ounce of Carnegie Deli’s famous sour pickles
              c)  9 ounce jar of NY Carnegie Deli Dusseldorf Mustard
              d)  loaf of NY rye bread
Step 4   Put it away quickly

I have to fast for the next 20 hours due to going for quarterly blood work on Thursday and Friday at sundown Passover begins which mean I can’t/won’t eat any after Sundown as a pastrami sandwich on Matzah is NOT a pastrami sandwich having to wait until Saturday, April 27 sundown for that.
Either I eat between sunset on this Thursday and sunset on this Friday or spend 8 days hearing the pastrami, pickles, mustard and rye bread calling/torturing me   ARGH!!!
Then, adding injury to insult, the following Thursday when I go back to my doctor I will get weighed!!
Mmmmm—I wonder if that friend who sent me this gift is really a ‘friend’!? (Oh, I know she is. LOL)

Posted April 17, 2019 by greatmartin in FOOD, HOLIDAYS, HOME, Uncategorized

Talking about ONE of my favorite subjects!   Leave a comment

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Yes, I do have other favorites but this one usually, not all the time, involves the others! If I am not buying it, eating it, cooking it, talking about it or taking pictures about it I am reading about it!
Did you notice in the above picture the top upper right? Cactus in a jar! At first, I thought it might be French-style green beans but then I read the label. Have you ever had them?
I bought that Seafood Medley because 1) it interested me and 2) it was on sale for $7.99 and consists of mussels (from Canada), calamari (from India), shrimp (from India) and scallops(from China). It is packed in and distributed from California. Mmmm–when did they stop having these items in the Pacific Ocean off the California coast? I am thinking of making it in a Scampi sauce on pasta.
Also in the picture is one of my 5 top restaurants in Fort Lauderdale–Cabo Blanco is a Peruvian place with excellent food that I have been going to for a few years. I started off by trying their various lunch specials and really liked their Tallarin Saltado Con Camarones which is shrimp with noodles, tomatoes, onions in a soy sauce, oil, vinegar with ginger. It’s a huge dish with 10-12 medium-size shrimp that is really tasty and it is only $11.95 I usually have a 2-4-1 coupon which means it basically costs $6 plus tax and tip which is a hard price to beat! I now have it whenever I go there and that is when I go to the Regal theatre to see a movie on Friday.
Also in the picture, though it doesn’t look that big is a humongous net weight 2-pound 14-ounce jar of fire roasted red peppers that can be used every which way including as a snack.
Okay, time to have dinner as I watch the new non-musical version of “Les Miserables” on PBS.
I won’t say who but they know who is responsible for me having a weight gain this week because of this!
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Posted April 14, 2019 by greatmartin in FOOD, Uncategorized

Peppers and carrots–a healthy snack!?!?!   Leave a comment

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For years I have kept a plant pot on the window sill in my kitchen and anything I cut something that had seeds I would throw some of the seeds in the pot. I have, over the years, had some results from tomato, cucumber, pepper seeds. I say some because I usually get blossoms but not vegetables. In fact I have given plants to people who have gardens in hopes they would have better results.
Imagine my smiles when, the other morning, I saw a fully formed pepper on one of the plants! Naturally I had to cook it with my dinner last night–next one I’ll cut up and put in my salad–if there is a next one!!
Now regarding carrorts–we know they are healthy for you and are so walnuts and you need vitamin D and calcium from the cream cheese so all in all carrot cake supplies you with all the necessary nutrition—besides at that price–$2.99 how could I not buy all that health?!?!?

Posted April 7, 2019 by greatmartin in FOOD, Uncategorized

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