Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Chinese Food from China Wok III

I returned to China Wok III in Sanford, FL and ate Vegetable Lo-Mein and Wonton Soup. The lo-mein was filled with broccoli, snow peas, scallions, carrots, onions, and more. Everything was tasty leaving me with no complaints about my dining experience.
Wonton Soup and Vegetable Lo-Mein
The restaurant had signs all over telling their customers to vote them as one of theTop 100 Chinese Restaurants. I would have voted for them since they asked, but that website wasn't very user friendly. Besides from the '404 File not Found' errors that I kept on getting, I couldn't find any place to vote for the restaurant. Sorry China Wok III.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Panforte

A panforte was ordered from Amazon to have for dessert on Christmas. The panforte was a type of very dense cake filled with dried fruit and nuts, topped with powdered sugar. It actually was more like a candy rather than a cake, but it was a very unique dessert.
Panforte on Christmas
Panforte on Christmas
Panforte on Christmas

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Fish Tacos from Market Street Cafe in Celebration, FL

Market Street Cafe
Market Street Cafe
I ate Fish Tacos from the Market Street Cafe in Celebration, FL. Celebration was the planned community created by Disney and the Market Street Cafe is one of the original restaurants in the city. The restaurant has the whole classic diner look going on (as seen by the picture below), and they seem to try to have the appropriate food. I really don't know how appropriate tacos are for diner food, but they were still good.

Market Street Cafe
My fish tacos were good. They consisted of fried cod, lettuce, and salsa wrapped in tortillas, and were served with an avocado tarter sauce and fries. My only complaint was that the French fries were kind of soggy, and didn't exactly seem freshly cooked. Otherwise, my Market Street Cafe Fish Tacos were tasty.
Fish Tacos

It also snowed in Celebration while I was there. They had soap machines that blew out bubbles that simulated snow on the lampposts downtown. Every hour, everyone would get completely covered with oily soap. It was fun...
Soap Snow
Snow Bell

Here's a video of the fake snow in Downtown Celebration followed by a house with Christmas lights synchronized to music from Epcot's Illuminations.

As for something else food related in Celebration, I took a picture of this large ginger bread house in a store window.
Ginger Bread House

Of course, that little ginger bread house is nothing compared to some of Disney's larger ginger bread creations:

Market Street Cafe on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Casa Del-Dio Pizza

Casa Del-Dio in Fern Park, FL used to always win Best Pizza in Orlando in the local papers. I ate at the restaurant back then, and the pizza was good. Then for some reason, I thought Casa Del-Dio went out of business. I tried going to the restaurant a few times, and they were always closed. I recently drove by, and they were open again, so I gave them a try. We had a large cheese pizza and some garlic bread.

The garlic bread was garlic-less. They put garlic butter/powder on the bread instead of actual garlic. That's never a good thing.
Garlic Bread

The pizza tasted okay, but it was overloaded with cheese. The cheese was way too much and out of proportion compared to the rest of the pizza. The overload of cheese kind of ruined what seemed to be a pretty good pizza otherwise. I never like it when there is more cheese than the pizza can handle, and it all overflows onto the plate while there is still plenty of cheese on the slice.
Cheesy Pizza
It seems other people enjoy this overload of cheese because Casa Del-Dio was quite busy with people eating pizzas...
Casa Del Dio on Urbanspoon

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Altamonte Mall Hovan Falafel

Hovan Falafel from Altamonte Mall
I ate a falafel pita from the Hovan in the Altamonte Mall Food Court. It was filled with falafel, hummus, lettuce, and tomato and was served with a side of stuffed grape leaves. The falafel pita tasted good enough, but I've had much better. For example, as far as fast food Middle Eastern food goes, I liked my falafel from Mrs. Fields Cookies at UCF a whole lot better than this one from Hovan. One of the major issues that I had with Hovan wasn't necessary about the taste, but rather how the pita was wrapped. The pita was wrapped in aluminum foil, and then was cut in half. This left little shards of aluminum in the sandwich that I had to constantly pick out.

The grape leaves left a lot to be desired though. They tasted very bland and the rice mixture inside was very mushy.
Hovan Gourmet on Urbanspoon

Friday, December 19, 2008

Patio Grill Pasta with Vegetables

Pasta with Vegetables
I ate Pasta with Vegetables at Patio Grill in Longwood, FL. The dish consisted of angel hair pasta, topped with carrots, zucchini, onions, yellow squash, mushrooms, and some cheese. It also came with a piece of garlic bread. When I ordered, the menu didn't list the vegetables that came on the pasta, and I really would have preferred for the mushrooms to be left out (mushrooms aren't even vegetables, they're fungus).

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Sicilian Pizza from Dalli's in Lake Mary

I had a strange craving for Sicilian Pizza. I normally don't like Sicilian pizza all that much, and it seems I'm almost always disappointed with Sicilians whenever I get them. It had been years since I ate a Sicilian pizza, and I don't think I've ever eaten one in Florida (as I was looking through my pizza menus of local restaurants, it seemed most places don't even make Sicilian). To prove to myself that I still don't like Sicilian pizza, I ordered a pie from Dalli's pizza in Lake Mary, FL.

I picked up the half cheese/half meatball pizza and took it home. I ate the cheese slices, and it wasn't too bad. I would take a traditional slice of pizza from Dalli's over a Sicilian slice, but it was still acceptable. I think my problem with Sicilian pizzas is that there is too much of everything. There is way too much of the chewy crust, and because of all of the crust, there's more sauce and cheese than you get on a normal pizza. It all seems like a bit of overkill in my opinion, and I'd much rather have a traditional thin slice of pizza where there isn't huge amounts of all of the pizza components.
Dalli's Sicilian Pizza
Dalli's Sicilian Slice
Sicilian pizza was better than I remembered, but I think I'll stick with traditional pizza until I get another Sicilian craving, whenever that will be. One last observation I had was that while normal pizza tastes good cold out of the refrigerator the next day, Sicilian pizza tastes horrible like this. I couldn't eat the leftovers cold and had to heat it up.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Bayridge Sushi Shrimp Tempura Bento Box

Last time I ate at Bayridge Sushi in Longwood, FL, I ate their Salmon Lunch Bento Box. I returned to the restaurant, and this time I ordered a Shrimp Tempura Lunch Bento Box. Miso soup and salad came out first, both of which were good. The box soon followed and consisted of shrimp and vegetables fried in tempura batter, California Roll, dumplings, rice, pineapple chunks, and a maraschino cherry. The tempura itself tasted okay, but I don't eat deep fried food that often, so fried taste got to be a bit much by the time I finished the shrimp and vegetables. Deep fried broccoli is a bit strange to me though. It kind of defeats the purpose by taking something healthy and sending it to the other side of the healthy spectrum.
Soup and Salad
Bayridge Sushi Shrimp Tempura Bento Box

Friday, December 12, 2008

Mrs. Field's Falafel

Falafel Pita from Mrs. Fields Cookies
There is a Mrs. Fields & Pretzel Time store connected to one another in the UCF Student Union. I was going to get some sushi, but then noticed that along with the cookies and pretzels, this store also sold Middle Eastern food. It was a very strange combination, and I doubt it's approved by corporate, but it was definitely a combination that I liked. Not too many places in the Orlando area have a good falafel sandwich, and this one was pretty good. I had the falafel pita with a side Greek Salad and stuffed Grape Leaves.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sweet Tomatoes. Again...

Once again, I ate at the Sweet Tomatoes in Altamonte Springs, FL. Here's my plate of salad...
Sweet Tomatoes Salad
And here is some tortellini soup that tasted pretty good.
Sweet Tomatoes Tortellini Soup
I really don't like these salad bar type places too much...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Publix Spicy Roll

Publix Spicy Roll
I ate a Spicy Roll from the Sushi department at Publix in Lake Mary, FL. The roll was pretty similiar to the Tsunami Roll, but was filled with krab instead of shrimp salad. I think this sauce was spicier than the sauce on the Tsunami roll as well.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Dalli's Eggplant Sub

I ate an Eggplant Parmigiana sub from Dalli's Pizza in Lake Mary, FL. I've eaten these before, and since I got it again, you know it must be good.
Eggplant Sub

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Dunkin Donuts Egg & Cheese Crossiant

On a visit to the Dunkin Donuts in Longwood, FL, someone bought me an Egg & Cheese Croissant. I'm not a big egg person, and I would have preferred another type of cheese than the American Cheese that was on the sandwich. I ate it anyway, but I would have preferred a bagel.
Dunkin Donuts  Breakfast

Caffe' Positano NY Pizza

Caffe' Positano
I ate at the new Caffe' Positano in the Super Target shopping center in Sanford, FL. The restaurant is a few stores down from the Yokohama Japanese Restaurant in the space formerly occupied by Vivona's. Vivona's was a good Italian restaurant for a while, but when they opened this location, the Vivona's started going downhill. It seemed the quality and portions of the food went way down and the price increased. Towards the end, the Vivona's employees acted like the customers were an annoyance, and the service was horrible. The last time I went to this Vivona's location, the whole place smelled like rotting meat, and then a few weeks later, both of the Vivona's were closed. There is still one Vivona's left on Park Ave. in Sanford with different owners.

After Vivona's closed, Caffe' Positano opened in their place a few months later. I ate there a week or two after they originally opened, and the restaurant is pretty much unchanged from when Vivona's was there. Unlike the Caffe' Positano in Apopka, this one seems to be geared more towards take out. I ate in the restaurant anyway, and ordered a pizza and garlic knots.

The garlic knots came out first, and had plenty of garlic on them. They weren't served with a side of tomato sauce like most Italian restaurants give with their knots, but I never use the sauce anyway.
Caffe' Positano Garlic Knot
The pizza came out soon enough. We ordered an eighteen inch pizza topped with half meatball. The first thing that I noticed was the the meatballs were cubed instead of sliced. I had the cheese half of the pizza so I won't comment on the taste of the meatballs, but cubed meatballs remind me a bit of how meatballs are served at places like Pizza Hut and Papa Johns. As for the cheese half of the pizza, it was a pretty good pie, with the exception of two complaints. The first being that the crust was a bit too crispy. It moved past the perfect pizza crust consistency and was too near the consistency of a cracker. My second complaint was that it sort of tasted like their oven needed to be cleaned. The pizza had a burnt charcoal-like taste that pizzas sometimes get if they are cooked on an oven that's due for a cleaning. Otherwise, it was a pretty good pizza. I would put this pizza a step above the pizza that Vivona's served while they were in their prime.
Caffe' Positano NY Pizza
Caffe' Positano NY Pizza
The next day I had some of the leftover pizza, and the moisture in the refrigerator softened the crispy crust a bit. It turned the pizza that was too crispy into a pizza with the perfect crust consistency. It's amazing how sometimes pizza improves the next day out of the refrigerator.
Caffe' Positano Day Old Pizza


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