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VOO LA VOO Cafe–a bit of France in Fort Lauderdale   Leave a comment

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The ambiance–2 blocks from 2 major streets–takes you out of the city and puts you in a country atmosphere. It almost feels like you eating in a neighbor’s garden outside of Paris.

The food is excellent from the Ratatouille crepe ($11) with a crisp, crunchy crepe filled with eggplant, zucchini, red and green peppers in a tomato stew with basil and Swiss cheese and green salad on the side. I don’t remember ever having a crispy crepe but Philippe, from Paris, was with us and said that was the way his grandmother use to make them and that they were buckwheat crepes. He had, I believe, the Chicken Bechamel crepe (($12) while Allen had the smoked ham and cheese omelet ($8) and both finished every bite. We ended splitting a Poire Belle Helene sweet crepe ($10) made with chocolate syrup, pears, toasted almonds and vanilla ice cream which was delicious (though I didn’t taste or see the almonds).

This is not an easy street to find and when you do it sort of takes you aback as there are, possibly, 3 restaurants almost melding together, but I really couldn’t tell, on a very quiet street in the middle of the city.

I enjoyed this little bit of France in Wilton Manors but–and here is where I will get my head handed to me LOL–I will not go back. Why not?

It has to do with my preferences such as liking full service, not having to go to a counter, order my food and drinks, paying and then having to serve my own drinks and having no idea where straws are or getting a glass of ice for a soda or serving myself with thimble cups of warm water. I don’t like not getting receipts when paying cash.

Also I would suggest eating lunch after 2 PM because parking is a mess with numerous ‘no parking here’ signs during the lunch time and the ‘neighbors’, such as the yoga business obviously don’t cooperate with the restaurants as they had many empty spots and all had the ‘for yoga only’ signs. I can understand their reasoning but that deters people from coming to the area already having many private parking lots for people living there.

I don’t like eating outside but the alternative was sitting inside on tall, small tables. Luckily it wasn’t THAT hot today but I can’t see sitting outside from May to October.

I don’t mind, (and I often do eat,) eating in fast food restaurants, but I know what to expect and what to do whereas with this new ‘fad’ of part fast food and part full service, I very seldom return to part service restaurants.

Let me just end that I thoroughly enjoyed the Voo La Voo food and setting, will recommend it but will not return.

Doc B Fresh Kitchen–A Restaurant Review   Leave a comment

 

Before we even entered the restaurant the negatives started. They have a very small valet parking lot which we preferred not using and parked in the large Fresh Market lot. Before we even got into the restaurant the valet parkerasked us if we had parked in the Fresh Market parking lot, knowing we did, and telling us we could be towed. I said,smiling, “You would get us if that was starting to happen?” and he gave a definite “No!” Aside from valet parking there is very little choice though, I believe, they will have a garage in the building being built behind the restaurant which I am sure there will be a charge.

Next spent a minute of two trying to figure out how to get into the place! When you walk in get ready to be blasted by music and people in the tables near you shouting to be heard. Oh, yes, let’s not forget the TV screens.

For some reason my immediate reaction was that I had stepped into the Tilted Kilt which just recently closed except the staff here were fully dressed!

Up front let me say the best and only good thing about this restaurant were the working crew, not the 3 ‘managers’ , 2 men and 1 woman, in the hour or so we were there never went to any  tables to see how things were doing.

Our server Emma (who was training another server) was excellent from beginning to end and, which is so rare, seemed to like her job.

Is it a corporate rule that drinks that ‘sweat’ like water, diet Coke, Iced tea, etc., don’t have a coaster put under them so the table gets wet or did they just run out of them?

As far as the food goes there was nothing special about the $14 traditional burger and the fries certainly didn’t seem as if they were made in a ‘fresh kitchen’. The Number 6, a fried breaded chicken sandwich, came unadorned with lifeless fried sweet potatoes.

I can see no reason to come back here, especially since this area is becoming a ‘restaurant row’ with many choices.

To end on a positive note, thanks Emma for your service.Doc B collage March 23 2017 Image

RUBIO’S COASTAL GRILL–RESTAURANT REVIEW   Leave a comment

 Rubio’s, Chipolte, Fresca, Lime, etc.,  seem to be all of the same places. Yes, they are all clean, have some good service, use fresh items, are bright but none stand out from the other while their prices all seem to be a bit high. For a dollar or two more you can go to a full service restaurant, have your order taken, your drinks served, have cloth napkins and, in most cases, tablecloths.

 I went to Limes once which was enough and it looks like this place that has taken over that location and remodeled will be the same experience as there was nothing that said to me “You must come back here!”

Rubio’s claims to be the originator of the fish taco so I decided to order “The Coastal Trio” consisting of their ‘three signature tacos.’ They consisted of a fish (what kind I don’t know) taco, a Shrimp taco and a Wild Mahi Mahi taco for $9.49. My reaction was the plate would make a nice appetizer but that was it. On the menu, under seafood tacos, I saw they were served with ‘no fried pinto beans and chips but the trio had neither. The taco shell was small and each could be eaten in 2 bites. Along with taking over 10 minutes to get them in a ‘fast casual’ restaurant. With the soda ($1.99) and tax the total came to $12.17

 In the future I think I will stick to Tequila Sunrise, Carlos and Pepe’s or Tipico and go full service.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkBZ4hldQTQ&feature=youtu.be

THE TILTED KILT–A RESTAURANT REVIEW   Leave a comment

Where to start? If you like VERY loud noise/music blasting out of the speakers you might like it. If you want to see more television sets (including 5-6 in the men’s room) all on without sound in one restaurant (wonder if they hold a world’s record?) you might like it.

If you like food that tastes as if it was taken out of a frozen box, or sauces taken out of a gallon jar, defrosted, put in a microwave and served to you might like the Tilted Kilt.

We had the Sampler platter ($13) which was made up of typical bar appetizers except for the pretzel served with 3 sauces. Allen had the Chicken Tenders with French fries and cole slaw ($11) and either he was sick or not hungry or they weren’t good as he didn’t eat the  slaw or fries. He had a diet coke ($2.99) and I had water.

For dessert we each had the Tilted Guilt Chocolate cookie ($6 each) plus .50 for chocolate sauce and .50 for caramel sauce which means the 2 cookies with ice cream cost $14. By the way the chocolate chip cookie was very, in fact too, soft.

The check came to $54.99 plus $3.30 tax plus a $10 tip coming to $68.29 but we had a groupon for which I paid $35 and was worth $64 causing a misunderstanding and a discussion with a manager who didn’t care to listen and had the attitude the customer is always wrong!

We were there from about 5:15 to 6:45 and were the only people eating dinner while there were about 6 or 7 customers drinking it was pretty deserted and this is a very huge place, deceptive from the outside.

The only positive thing I can say about the Tilted Kilt is that our server Chantelle did a good job.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZkG4_heVdQ

Posted January 19, 2017 by greatmartin in DINING REVIEW, FOOD, Uncategorized

THAI MOON BY THE SEA–A FT. LAUDERDALE RESTAURANT REVIEW   Leave a comment

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You get off to a bad start when you have ‘by the sea’ in the title of your restaurant and you are lucky if you will even smell the salt air let alone see a sea!!!

Okay we went for lunch around 3 PM and the place was empty. They had a sign wait to be seated and it took some time for someone to acknowledge us. There was a little to do about the menu since we had a groupon that said nothing about ‘only dinner’ which we discovered was changed after we bought ourgroupon. The manager came out and said he would give us the lunch menu like he was doing us a favor.

In any case, red being my favorite color and the predominant color of the decor is red, it made up for the menu ‘fuss’.

Our waitress Ailene G was pleasant and did her best to make the whole meal but sadly she couldn’t make up for the food.

We started with a dumpling appetizer $7.00 which really was very bland. Anthony had iced tea–without ice ($2) and I had a diet coke ($2) He ordered the Pepper Steak ($10.95) and I had the Fried Rice combo ($12.95) Anthony said he liked the Pepper Steak while I found the Fried Rice combo dry and tasteless. The combo consisted of 1 shrimp, 1 piece of meat and 2-3 small chicken strips served with onions, tomatoes and two slices of cucumber.

The check came to $36.99 while minus the groupon it was $5 and change and we left a $10 tip. Having been given the dinner menu first I thought the prices were very high and they were almost double the lunch prices. If the food is made the same way as the lunch meals were it is a losing proposition. It is a new restaurant in the area where there are Italian restaurants, the PomperdaleDeli across the street, steak houses, seafood restaurants, a German restaurant, etc. With the groupon it cost us $31 for lunch

Thai Moon By The Sea needs something special–actually good food at reasonable prices–if they want to make it here.

Meanwhile, right now, Cabo Blanco is the best restaurant deal for lunch!

 

MY FRIDGE & FREEZER–WHAT’S A ‘LEFTOVER’?   Leave a comment

Laura wrote a post about matching her plastic lids with their bowls and mentioned leftovers which made me ask “What’s a leftover?” which in turn made me go over, open my refrigerator and see if I had anything that could be considered a leftover which is defined in the Random House dictionary ‘something remaining unused from a meal’.

Opening the refrigerator facing me was a gallon of water which I sip on all day and a gallon of mixed powdered milk from which I make a Weight Watchers milkshake every evening. There are 3 jars of salsa that I will use as flavoring for fish, meat and chicken, occasionally having salsa and chips.

There are 2 jars of instant decaffeinated coffee—many years ago I was told that if you put your coffee in the fridge for storage the flavor will last longer. There is a package of hearts of Romaine which I use one every night in a salad for dinner. In front of that is a plastic bag of peeled onions that I use a chopped slice of for the salad.

On the bottom shelf is a back-up of a gallon of orange juice of which I have an 8 ounce glass every morning—well when I wake up. Next to that is an 8 ounce portion of chicken which is for my dinner—more about that in a moment. Okay let’s not talk about that tin of chocolate—it is my Thursday treat and, no, none is leftover as the whole tin is eaten that day. In the back is a package of bread because that is where you keep bread in South Florida.

In the bin on the left side are onions waiting to be peeled and on the left side are apples of which I eat one a day, sliced and shredded nonfat cheese which I will use for a sandwich and on various dishes of protein.

On the inside of the fridge door on the bottom is the opened gallon of orange juice I am currently using, a liter of no caffeine, no calorie, no sodium diet cola I drink in the evening (oh yes, and no taste!) and a jar I keep excess grease from cooking in instead of throwing down the sink or toilet. Above that are various condiments including hot sauces, Katsu sauce—are you ready?—Fat Bastard Critical Mass Port and Chocolate steak sauce, Dijon mustard, light mayonnaise, no salt ketchup, light ranch dressing, minced garlic, grated parmesan cheese, grated topping cheese and a jar of Ciboulette. There are also 4 rice cakes as I have 2 with peanut butter for lunch in the afternoon.

In the freezer, on the top shelf, is a loaf of backup bread, a pound of ground sirloin, a pound of ground pork, a container of 24 small meatballs to be divided into 4 meals, a 12 pound uncooked turkey, 7 ‘emergency’ frozen dinners and packages of filet of flounder and tilapia for weekend dinners.

On the bottom shelf are two trays of ice cubes, cold patches for bruises (yes, I get a lot of those—getting old doesn’t help!) and next to that is a plastic box of chicken strips that I cook 12 pounds of in a crockpot, in different condiments, sauces and spices, the beginning of the month to use in 6 ounce amounts for dinners during the month. (See about the portion ready to be used on the bottom shelf of the fridge.)

I think that covers everything and I really don’t think any item could be considered a ‘leftover’ unless you think I have to eat the whole loaf of bread when I open the package!

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

Posted January 9, 2017 by greatmartin in FOOD, Uncategorized

CHILL N NITROGEN ICE CREAM SHOP–A REVIEW   Leave a comment

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The novelty of how the ice cream is made in your presence is worth a one time trip but the final product wasn’t worth the price and I have a feeling when they are busy there is a long time to get your order.

You have a choice of 18 flavors of ice cream–or you can have it made with yogurt–and then if you want you have a choice of 29 mix-ins. I am not sure of the size amounts but a small cup is $4.55 and a large is $4.95 while each mix in is an additional $.60. I had a large vanilla ice cream with chocolate chips and it came to about $5.85 for about a 6 ounce cup. (No cones.)

It was good but didn’t have the ‘bite’ of the other homemade ice cream store and the novelty of how they make the ice cream is over before you even get your order.

Posted December 7, 2016 by greatmartin in FOOD, FORT LAUDERDALE, Uncategorized

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