Friday, May 27, 2011

The Whale's Rib in Deerfield Beach, FL

The Whales Rib
We headed to Deerfield Beach one evening to find some seafood near the ocean. Once there, the decision of what restaurant to eat at was made mostly by which restaurant offered free parking. Turned out The Whale's Rib was one of the few restaurants in this part of town that didn't have meters charging $0.25/ five minutes. I suppose that's a good thing, because apparently The Whale's Rib has some Food Network credibility.
The Whales Rib Featured on the Food Network
I was able to find this through the magic of YouTube:

The only thing I tried mentioned on TV was the Whale Fries. These were homemade potato chips, served with a couple of cups of Whale Sauce. Can't go wrong with homemade potato chips...
The Whales Rib Chips
My meal came with a side salad, consisting of romaine lettuce, tomato, onions, cucumbers, croutons, and balsamic dressing.
The Whales Rib Salad
For my main course, I had the California Shrimp & Scallops. The menu described this as being artichokes, pepper, and onions over spinach pasta. When the plate arrived, I was initially impressed. The colorful plate of pasta had lots of huge shrimp and scallops and three good sized garlic rolls. I could have done without the mushrooms that were also added to the pasta, mentioned nowhere on the menu. I'm really not a big fan of cooked mushrooms. Overall, the pasta was also a bit boring tasting and could have definitely used a bit more flavor in the sauce. I ended up adding some salt to give it more flavor.
The Whales Rib California Shrimp and Scallops
Seemed like everyone else at my table enjoyed their food. I think I should have stuck with a classic fish dinner. I'd go back to The Whale's Rib again, but I wouldn't order a pasta dish next time around...

The Whale's Rib on Urbanspoon

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Middle Eastern Aromas in Melbourne, FL

I picked up take-out a couple of times from a Lebanese restaurant in Melbourne called Middle Eastern Aromas. It's located in a somewhat dilapidated looking strip-mall and is half restaurant, half Middle Eastern market. I've picked up cans of stuffed grape leaves from the market on each of my visits!

I tried their falafel pita sandwich, filled with falafel, lettuce, tomato, parsley, pickled cucumber, and tahini. The falafel had plenty of flavor and the pickles were interesting. In other Lebanese restaurants, pickled turnips seem to be more common on sandwiches.
On another visit, I had the Chicken Shawarma Pita. This sandwich contained chicken, french fries, lettuce, tomato, pickled cucumber, and garlic sauce. The fries didn't seem to fit in with the rest of the pita in my opinion, although that garlic sauce was wonderful. I must have stunk for days afterward, but it's really good stuff.
Middle Eastern Aromas on Urbanspoon

Monday, May 23, 2011

Mochi Frozen Yogurt in Orlando, FL

Mochi Frozen Yogurt
I've been to Mochi Frozen Yogurt in Downtown Orlando a couple of times now. It's pretty much you standard self-serve frozen yogurt place, although the selection of yogurt flavors always leaves something to be desired in my opinion. Only two out of six flavors sounded good to me on my last visit. Regardless, Mochi is still a convenient place to get some dessert while downtown...
Downtown FroYo
Pineapple & Plain

Mochi Frozen Yogurt on Urbanspoon

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Big Jims Bar-B-Q Food Truck in Melbourne, FL

I tried a food truck in Melbourne called Big Jims Bar-B-Q. Big Jims seems to be set up in a semi-permanent location along 192 in an empty lot occupied with the main trailer, a couple of smokers, and some picnic tables. I decided to get the pulled pork sandwich combo, served with two sides.
I tried the collard greens and cornbread for my two sides. I liked the collards, but the cornbread was very dry and could have used some butter for some extra flavor.
The sandwich was good, with loads of pork drenched in a vinegary barbecue sauce. Only complaint was that the sauce soaked down to the lower bun and made the bread very soggy. Regardless, the sandwich tasted good and was a whole lot of food for $7...

Big Jims Bar-B-Q LLC (Food Truck) on Urbanspoon

Monday, May 16, 2011

Hull's Seafood Kitchen in Ormond Beach, FL

After a day at the beach, I tried a restaurant/seafood market in Ormond Beach called Hull's Seafood Kitchen. Hull's took up an entire strip mall, half of which was the seafood market that sold all sorts of interesting edible sea creatures, including some live stuff. The other half of the building was the restaurant. Some of the fishy smells from next door did drift into the restaurant, but I suppose that was just a reminder of the reality of seafood.
Hull's Seafood Kitchen
I ordered a crab cake sandwich, served with cole slaw and a pickle. The sandwich was good, consisting of the meaty crab cake, lettuce, tomato, onion, and remoulade sauce. Very tasty...
Crab Cake
Crab Cake Sandwich
Hull's also had seafood dinners that sounded really good, but they were kind of pricy. Dinners were out of my budget on this visit, so I stuck with my sandwich. Perhaps next time...
Hull's Seafood Kitchen Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Travelling Gourmet Food Truck in Orlando, FL

Traveling Gourmet
Travelling Gourmet is one of the newest food trucks to start serving in Orlando. They sell organic & local foods, all out of their trailer. They were at the Orlando Food Truck Bazaar #2 and I decided to give them a try.
Orlando Food Truck Bazaar #2 - 4-1-11 - Traveling Gourmet3
I had the Pork Lettuce Wraps, served with a side of plantain chips. The pork came locally from Palmetto Creek Farms and the greens came from Heart of Christmas Farms. The lettuce wraps were topped with corn, black beans, and feta, resulting in a very tasty flavor combination.
Orlando Food Truck Bazaar #2 - 4-1-11 - Traveling Gourmet Pork Lettuce Wraps1
Orlando Food Truck Bazaar #2 - 4-1-11 - Traveling Gourmet Pork Lettuce Wraps2
I'm not sure if Travelling Gourmet is serving anywhere on a normal basis around town or if they just come out to events like the Food Truck Bazaar. Either way, I'd give them another try if I spot them around town.

Travelling Gourmet Food Truck on Urbanspoon

Monday, May 9, 2011

Brooklyn Boys Pizzeria in Boca Raton, FL

I went searching for a late night dinner upon arriving in Boca Raton on a recent evening. My initial idea of getting take-out Turkish food didn't go over well with the picky eater that I was bringing food back for, so Turkish food suddenly turned into pizza. I found myself at a restaurant called Brooklyn Boys Pizzeria and picked up a few slices to bring back. I love how most South Florida pizzerias serve good NY style pizza by the slice. It seems like just about every pizzeria you go into down there always has slices ready to go, and the slices always seem to have a really good turnover too.
Brooklyn Boys served some good pizza. Nice thin crust, good amount of cheese and sauce, and very tasty. The crust could have been a little crispier, but otherwise I have no complaints!

Brooklyn Boys Pizza & Pasta on Urbanspoon

Friday, May 6, 2011

Orlando Food Truck Bazaar #2

Orlando Food Truck Bazaar #2 - 4-1-11 - a
The second Orlando Food Truck Bazaar happened at the Fashion Square Mall on May 1, 2011. With a bigger space and more food trucks, the event was much less hectic and much more organized than the first one. I spent most of the evening at the food bloggers table where Eat Local Orlando, Droolius, DaFoodie, and I promoted our blogs and had I Love Food Trucks T-shirts for sale...
Orlando Food Truck Bazaar #2 - 4-1-11 - c
Many of the already popular Orlando food trucks were at the Bazaar, including:
Orlando Food Truck Bazaar #2 - 4-1-11 - Yum Yum
Orlando Food Truck Bazaar #2 - 4-1-11 - Treehouse Truck
Orlando Food Truck Bazaar #2 - 4-1-11 - f
Orlando Food Truck Bazaar #2 - 4-1-11 - Crooked Spoon
Orlando Food Truck Bazaar #2 - 4-1-11 - e
Orlando Food Truck Bazaar #2 - 4-1-11 - Big Wheel
Orlando Food Truck Bazaar #2 - 4-1-11 - Red Eye
Orlando Food Truck Bazaar #2 - 4-1-11 - Winter Park Fish
There were also a few trucks that were either new to Orlando, imported from Miami, or I just wasn't aware of them...
Orlando Food Truck Bazaar #2 - 4-1-11 - wing commander
Orlando Food Truck Bazaar #2 - 4-1-11 - Firehouse1
Orlando Food Truck Bazaar #2 - 4-1-11 - Melissa's Chicken Waffles2
With so many trucks at the Food Truck Bazaar, I unfortunately wasn't able to try everything. I limited myself to three different trucks, including Island BBQ, Traveling Gourmet, and Sunset Ice. Check back in the next few weeks for blog posts on the food from these individual trucks.
Orlando Food Truck Bazaar #2 - 4-1-11 - Island BBQ1
Orlando Food Truck Bazaar #2 - 4-1-11 - Traveling Gourmet2
Orlando Food Truck Bazaar #2 - 4-1-11 - Sunset Ice

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Circa Thai Food in Tallahassee, FL

Circa Thai Food
While up in our state's capital city, I stopped for lunch at a restaurant called Circa Thai Food & Sushi. They had some good lunch specials going on and I ordered the Green Curry Chicken. It came with a choice of soup or salad, and I went with the miso soup.
Circa Thai Food miso soup
The curry chicken came on a large fish shaped plate, with a side of pad thai noodles and rice. Unlike so much of the Thai food I've had lately in Central Florida, this curry chicken was good and spicy. The portion was huge and the price was good too. No complaints about my lunch.
Circa Thai Food Green Curry
One of the highlights of the restaurant, although I did not partake, was their sushi buffet. A conveyor belt ran through the center of the restaurant, filled with various rolls and sauces. $12 allowed you free reign to take whatever moved on by. I was really thinking of getting the all-you-can-eat sushi, but Thai food sounded better to me on this particular day.
Circa Thai Food Sushi Conveyor
Circa Thai Food Sushi Conveyor
We need a restaurant with a sushi set-up like this in Orlando!

Circa Sushi on Urbanspoon


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