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TURKEY WEEK   1 comment


Due to the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement on Tuesday, November 16, my energy level has been way down and recovery is slow–doesn’t help that I when I mentioned to my doctor that I had recovered a lot faster in 2008 when I had the whole aorta valve replaced he said, “Remember Martin you are 13 years older”!!–so I had to cancel a dinner invitation I got and accepted.

I knew I would have to stay home a lot and figured the first week would be easy enough with it being Thanksgiving.

Six years ago I cooked the turkey in my crock-pot and was really impressed in how tender it was so I have been doing it that way every year. The only variations I have done is what kind of stuffing I made but this year I decided to do something completely different with this year no stuffing. I cut the 14 pound turkey in half and cooked it in two parts. Over the first half I emptied a package of Knorr chicken flavored rice and pasta and cooked it for two and a half hours and the next day I cooked the second half with a package of teriyaki chicken stir fry sauce also for two and a half hours.

Over the past 4 days I have tried both and was really surprised how tasty they were. I add a sweet potato and various vegetables to each serving plus a salad then finish the meal off a cup, or two, of Luigi’s ‘real’ Italian ice.I can survive this for another 3 days—if the turkey lasts that long!

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Posted November 28, 2021 by greatmartin in FOOD, HOLIDAYS

This, that and other things   1 comment


It may say 75 degrees on the thermometer but with the bright sun out and the cloudless sky it feels like a typical South Florida beach day!

Got the November dogs out which reminds me that I have to get a 2022 calendar out as it is just around the corner.

2) All the ‘baby’ holiday cactus plants are blooming

3) Went to Jalisco’s restaurant on Thursday and I had their Cuban platter: chicken, pork, beef, rice, black beans, onions and plantains–plus they serve a cup of chicken soup along with their chips and salsa as you wait–even I leave filled up

!5) Right across the street from the restaurant are just 6 of the new buildings that are going up all over Fort Lauderdale–the city claims they now have 80, 000 new apartments–who they are going to rent them to plus who could afford them (!) is another story!!!  https://www.zumper.com/rent-research/fort-lauderdale-fl  but then homes are scarce and most people can’t afford the down payment!!

4) Many people have told me not to bother with an air fryer and I should have listened to them! There is basically nothing wrong with them, (the fryer–not my friends!) except learning how to get the ‘fried’ taste plus if you have a indoor grill, a microwave oven and a crock-pot, as I have, the fryer just takes up space. Granted the 2 quart fryer I got takes up very little space and is convenient for 1 person but it is still a waste of money and time as most items will cook faster in the microwave or on the grill.Macy’s has it on “Black Friday” sale for $24.99 which is really a good price if you have time and patience—I have time but not patience when waiting to eat!

Posted November 7, 2021 by greatmartin in FOOD, FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE

Food!   Leave a comment


I hope ‘they’ are wrong but I just read that Marchi’s, my favorite restaurant in the whole world, which is in New York City, has closed after 91 years in business!!

In any case while the last post was about restaurants this one is more about food! When I want a certain food or I have guests from out of town that request something special there are restaurants I recommend.  In the last post I said, “There are a few restaurants I go to for specific items such as the Quarterdeck for Jambalaya, the IHOP for a cheese omelet with a short stack, the Outback or Gilbert’s for cheeseburgers, not to forget Subways for a turkey hero and, yes, the Cheesecake Factory for cheesecake, especially their Godiva’s chocolate cheesecake.

The list goes on from there such as Catfish Dewey’s for all you can eat Fried catfish every day, in addition shrimp on Monday and Tuesday and, believe it or not on Wednesday the best beef ribs! For higher scale fish dinners the 15th Street Fisheries on the water where they have all kinds of fresh fish plus the best bread or the Sea Watch on the beach.

As far as Italian restaurants we have many but, in my opinion, the best are: for upper scale home made Italian food tops is Cafe Vico while for your neighborhood restaurant and the best pizza it is Big Louie’s. For Mexican food there is Tequila Sunrise for fajitas, Jalisco for their Macho Combo and The Tipico Cafe for stir fry. The Chima Brazilian steakhouse with their every item buffet is going strong

A restaurant I love, and tried all of their 20+ lunch specials, is the Peruvian Cabo Blanco with a shrimp and noodle dish that melts in your mouth. Honestly I haven’t been there since COVID-19 closed most places as their second store is a bit away and the first one we went to was shut a couple of years ago but I am ready.

There are two excellent delis one being called the NY Deli and the other Pomperdale’s but—and don’t laugh—when I want a corned beef sandwich I will go to Arby’s!!

I recently discovered, after passing it by for 22 years, a gem called Ferdo’s known for kebobs and haven’t had a bad kebob yet!

It has been years since I have found a restaurant serving good Prime Ribs on the bone since 2 I used to go to have closed, the last turned into a seafood restaurant!  Their are over 30 barbecue rib restaurants in the Fort Lauderdale area but not any that I can’t do without though I keep on looking. We do have old fashioned diners such as Lester’s and Peter Pan along with chains such as Denny’s, Morton’s, Ruth Chris’s, Shake Shack, of all kinds.

We have restaurants from every country in Broward county and I haven’t gotten into German, French, Chinese—just to name a few countries represented here–but if you have a special type of food you like such as sushi we have it here. I believe the last figure I saw was that there are 2,000 restaurants in this area so I have a few more to try to eventually book for my 22nd Leap Year birthday party on Thursday, February 29, 2024!!

Posted October 10, 2021 by greatmartin in FOOD, FORT LAUDERDALE

Restaurants   1 comment


It is no secret that I LOVE food plus eating out and if I could I would eat out 3 meals a day 365 (366 Leap Year) days a year.  I am not a snob when I eat out and can just as easily eat at a fast food place as I can eat at a 5 star restaurant. I have favorite restaurants in each category but COVID-16 knocked out quite a few though new ones are coming along every day.

An irony involved with me and restaurants is that I don’t have a good record of restaurants staying opened after I have celebrated my Leap Year there!!  In 2020 when I turned 21 I invited my guests for dinner at the Nabu American Fusion buffet and though no one got sick because of the virus it still was one of the first to close for good! Sweet Tomatoes, The ZanZbar on Los Olas, the Marrott Marina hotel restaurant and The Ark all shut their doors while only Cafe Vico has improved by opening another restaurant! I am now starting my hunt for my Leap Year party restaurant on February 29, 2024, so I am making sure not to mention any of those places when I inquire about booking my party at a new place.

I, accidentally, found a gem of a restaurant that for 2 decades I have passed by without taking notice of until they got an eye-catching marque and since then I have been eating at the Fredo’s Lebanese restaurant known for their kebobs, slowly working down the lunch menu with the 15 specials. Also, the Jalisco Mexican restaurant, right across from Winn-Dixie where I have been shopping the last 21 years caught my eye and I have found a few new dishes there so added it to the Tequila Sunrise and Tipico restaurants when I want south of the border food.

There are a few restaurants I go to for specific items such as the Quarterdeck is my go to for Jambalaya and the IHOP for a cheese omelet with a short stack, the Outback for cheeseburgers not to forget Subways for a turkey hero and, yes, The Cheesecake Factory for cheesecake.

I’m jumping ahead of myself as I am going to talk about restaurants for particular items in another post! Not to forget restaurants I make sure out of town guests go to for pizza or seafood or pasta—now if I only can find a restaurant that serves prime rib on the bone since the one I loved has gone out of business, the second one to do that, where I didn’t have to get a bank loan for dinner.

That is something else I have noticed as a result of the epidemic–restaurant prices have gone sky high! Whereas before a lunch in a full service with linen tablecloths cost about $10-12 now it is about $20 plus tax and tip!!

Dogs, weather and food!   1 comment


Time for my new dogs of the month and they are so easy to take care of plus being house broken! :O)

The weather has been a typical summer in Fort Lauderdale except a little warmer than usual–a few days of ‘feel like’ over 100 degrees. The rain has followed a pattern of either rain during the night or early morning or early evening. If it is during the night it is usually long and heavy rain whereas early morning or evening it might be heavy but very seldom lasts more than 30 minutes. Of the past 7 only on one day did it rain for 6 hours with a few heavy downpours causing flooding. Luckily for us it usually rains more south of us, mainly in Miami or out west of Fort Lauderdale.  I know when I wake up in the morning around 10-11 AM everything is dry!

Slowly, but surely, we are getting back into our routine of eating out Thursday and Friday with Thursday being a little higher priced, full service restaurant like Big Louie’s or Tequila Sunrise and Friday more sort of fast food like Arby’s, Subways or in-between both like IHOP for an omelet or burger.

I do like going out to the movies every Friday but with the way the virus is multiplying again here movie theatres and touring Broadway theatres could go dark again.Looks like the only thing I can depend on are the dogs!!!

Posted August 4, 2021 by greatmartin in animals, FOOD, WEATHER

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

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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

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