Posts tagged ‘eating out’

August 24, 2011

Chicago in a nutshell

by Nicole Lee

It’s been almost a month since most of these photos were taken and most of them have kind of been lost in the memory. I’m not sure what the restaurants were called, where in Chicago they were actually located or the timeline involved as to when we did anything. Anyhow, this is one of the follow up posts to the David and Lisa engagement photos trip. I’m just going to post them, enjoy for what they are, but seriously don’t ask me where/when they came from. :)



July 8, 2011

Fourth of July 2011 – Part 3 – CJs Crab Shack for dinner

by Nicole Lee

After our mediocre Cuban we decided it was time for some seafood. CJ’s Crab Shack came up on Yelp! and was close to where we were wandering on Ocean Drive. So we settled in for what we hoped would be a delicious meal. For starters we grabbed a margarita for me and a mojito for Scott. They were $10 each, which is steep, but we knew where we were and had already been paying about that much since we arrived. To start we also ordered two appetizers: clams and drunken shrimp. There appeared to be some sort of mix up because we never received the clams, but we got two orders of the shrimp- fortunately they tasted delicious. Buttery, fatty and garlicy. Could I ask for anything more?

For entrees we followed it up with blackened mahi with a side of hush puppies and corn on the cob (for me!) and fish and chips (for him, but we share). I didn’t get a good photo of mine unfortunately (we’d been doing a hell of a lot of drinking over the weekend). It tasted good. The winning dish though was the fish and chips. Scott made the right choice and we devoured everything on the table.

To finish off we had some key lime pie. It was good, but to me when you start adding sauces and soaking the crust in…well…something (I couldn’t tell what, but it was was too sugary). I like my desserts tart and unadorned for the most part. But thankfully they didn’t dye it green or do anything equally as cheesey.

Overall the food was a definite 4-star. We sat outside and I didn’t look inside, but the sidewalk seating was great. People watching was fun and the weather was beautiful. Service? Meh. Like I said with the appetizers, she missed the one, brought two of the other one. She never asked if we wanted a second drink, was somewhat inattentive and distant, but we didn’t really care. The real kicker though? We got the bill. Now, I know. Two drinks, two apps, two entrees and one dessert. It adds up fast. But let me show you exactly how it added up. Make sure you’re sitting down when you click this link, okay? Ready, set, GO!

…THAT’S CRAZY! Am I right? I mean day-um. Either way, the food was pretty damn good. I don’t think I’d go back, but for where we were, what we got and the memories? Yeah, I guess it was worth it.

July 7, 2011

Fourth of July 2011 – Part 2 – Sazon for dinner

by Nicole Lee

One of the biggest things that drew me to the Miami area was the promise of delicious Cuban food. Something about “the closest you can get to Cuba while remaining continental”? So if that’s what I was going for- Sazon was delicious food.

That said, If you’re looking for a great dining experience and going to Sazon is in your plan the single most important question you can ask yourself is this: Do you speak Spanish? If the answer is yes then you’re good to go. If the answer is no you’ll be in the somewhat unfortunate position that I found myself in. See, thing is I understand a good bit of Spanish, so I know what you’re (being the “Spanish speaker” in this case) saying. I’m just not able to speak back (though I would love to change this). So when we didn’t get our menus for fifteen minutes, but the Spanish speakers beside us did immediately, and when I ordered drinks and they both cost too much and took too long, but the Spanish speakers beside us got theirs immediately, I was a little put off. I guess it must be a cultural thing, right?

The arroz con pollo say it would take twenty minutes, but I don’t think it did. There was a hearty crowd, and the food was really tastly. But when push comes to shove? I missed the Taco Bus. Or Sukothai, or any of my other Tampa hang outs. And fact was they got $60 of my hard earned money. In that case does my language matter? Apparently yes and apparently too damn much.

July 2, 2011

Review – Tampa, FL – Daily Eats

by Nicole Lee

Last Sunday Scott turned to me and said, “Entertain me, monkey!” No, no, that’s a joke, but we did have a little trouble deciding what we wanted to do. Most of our lives together revolve around food. What to eat, where to eat, how long it will take to get to the places we do eat, etc. So I grabbed my Yelp! bookmarks list and started naming breakfast/brunch restaurants I had thought about trying over the two years I’ve been collecting. We skimmed over a few in Clearwater and St. Pete, but there was a gay pride festival going on which we feared would end up keeping us waiting for hours and hours.

Instead we settled on Daily Eats in Tampa. I knew I had never been and Scott thought he hadn’t (turns out when we pulled in he realized he had, but oh well). Reviews looked good and it wasn’t a huge distance.

The place was packed! We chose to sit outside on the island bar facing the street. We started with grapefruit mimosas (decliiiious!!) and each had one of the special breakfast bowls. I with “The Boot”: Scrambled eggs with pepperocini, kalamata olives, green peppers, diced tomatoes, and feta cheese on a bed of fresh spinach (pictured first); and Scott with “The Tijuana”: Eggs scrambled with vegetable chili, shredded pepperjack and guacamole, served over homefries (pictured second). I have to say I think I preferred his. I added jalapenos to mine, but they were pickled and just didn’t have the kick I was looking for. Also, the feta doesn’t melt and there was no “sauce”, whereas his had the chili, guacamole and cheese. Either way, they were both delicious and we definitely polished them off! I’d go back again and would like to see what the lunch and dinner menus have to offer. It was a great day.


June 20, 2011

Lovely Lunch Date with Mom and Dad

by Nicole Lee

Saturday my parents decided to pick me up for the afternoon to hang out, do lunch and just spend some time together. With Mom’s birthday being June 5th, mine June 17th and Father’s Day June 19th it just made sense to spend some time enjoying each other’s company. We went out to St. Pete and I am including the photos from the lunch we had, but I am not really reviewing the restaurant. That said- Fresco’s Waterfront was delicious. So we enjoyed a couple of cocktails, talked about home, work, life and other odds/ends, checked out some local shops and even dropped by Gulfport Beach. It was greatly relaxing and a ton of fun.