Posts tagged ‘local review’

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.

 

June 14, 2011

Review – New Tampa, FL – SukoThai

by Nicole Lee

I think I’ve made it pretty clear at this point in the game that I love trying new things- even if I hate them and wish I’d been dead instead. So when Scott and I stumbled across a Japanese-Thai restaurant tucked into a completely dark parking lot across the street from the New Tampa movie theater I was all for it. That was last December and we have DEFINITELY been back. Just this past weekend we went with Scott’s dad and girlfriend to share the love.

Not only is their menu fabulously large, but the cooks are Thai. The first time we went in we asked for our food Thai hot as we always do. We insisted it’s what we wanted, we knew what we were doing and they couldn’t scare us off. Did it happen? For the first time since I’ve been Stateside YES. It was Thai hot and tasted like heaven. The cooks came out to watch us and started snickering before we started in. They were a little surprised we could take the heat, but it was clear they were impressed and appreciative. Each time they’ve held up their end of the bargain, producing great flavors, hot food, and attentive service.

We haven’t tried the sushi or Japanese menu, but if it’s half as good as the Thai they’re on the game and I advise everyone to drop what you’re doing right this moment and go here STAT. Just kidding. But really. I would recommend you put this on your “list of things to try” and let me know what you think. Trust me, I think you’ll be more than pleased. :)

Thai spring rolls

tom yum gai       tom kha gai

 ต้มยำ (tom yum)                                                                   ต้มข่าไก่ (tom kha)

กระเพราไก่ (Thai basil chicken)

ผัดซีอิ๊ว (pad see ew)

 แกงมัสมั่น (masaman curry)

May 28, 2011

Review – Brandon, FL – New Hot Wok

by Nicole Lee

Nestled in a nearly abandoned shopping center on Kingsway Road, New Hot Wok could possibly be the best Chinese/Thai take out in town! We used to hit a couple of different joints but this one has stolen the show. It’s no more expensive or greater distance to make pick it up (as they do not deliver) but they do absolutely everything right.

My suggestions are: flip the menu over and order from the Thai side. The curries are heavenly, the spring rolls (not summer) are spectacular and the fried rice is to die for.

The owners are the cutest and sweetest people I’ve ever met. They give us Thai tea while we wait for our food to be delivered, the mango/cucumber salad pictured below is also tossed in on the house. They recognize us when we walk through the door and offer a kind good bye when we exit with way more food that is necessary.

I would recommend this hole in the wall to anyone in town and am sure to make a visit myself at least once a week!

May 5, 2011

Review – Brandon, FL – Sumatra Bistro & Cafe

by Nicole Lee

A quick note from Nicole Lee: Wednesday Cook Night was put on hold this week in lieu of picking up Thor tickets for tonight’s midnight release and for watching the Tampa Bay Lightning STOMP THE HELL out of the Washington Caps. Next week we will resume our regularly scheduled programming, so stay tuned. :)

For breakfast on Sunday morning Scott, his father and I went to Sumatra Bistro & Cafe. I had been for lunch once before, so I had a little bit of an idea of what to look forward to, but I’d never had their morning food. Was it worth it? Absolutely. There was a little hiccup with service at the beginning of the meal, but they made up for it. Our server was friendly and accommodating to be sure. The menu boasts local and organic ingredients including items like a grilled eggplant sandwich with fresh mozzarella and a bitter greens salad with house dressing (see photo below) all the way to organic buckwheat waffles and pancakes. Decor is cozy, location is both easy to find and comfortable parking, indoor and outdoor (pet friendly) seating. Overall I give it a four out of five and will certainly be in there again.

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