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reviewed Plate 38. October 30, 2011
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Plate 38
      I think it’s difficult to review a place that doesn’t WOW you or make you filled with rage. It’s the eateries that hit the mark of just above mediocre, that …
reviewed Salito's Crab House. October 25, 2011
Salito's Crab House
A friend of mine from Phoenix recently confessed that she had never been to nor seen the Golden Gate Bridge while we were discussing plans for her first day in the City. Well, that gave me a great idea. …
reviewed Guu SakaBar. October 23, 2011
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Guu saka bar
      Ask around for the best Japanese restaurant in all of Toronto and many Toronto residents will point you at Guu saka bar – either from personal experience or word of …
reviewed Leifheit 23200 Signature Salad Spinner. September 28, 2011
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Leifheit 23200 Signature Salad Spinner
 There is a lot to like about the somewhat pricey Leifheit 23200 Signature Salad Spinner. Sturdy design, attractive appearance, effective drying mechanism, a container that doubles as serving bowl, …
reviewed Eat Real Fest. September 26, 2011
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Eat Real Fest
I'm not typically a festival or street fair-goin' gal, but when there's this quality of food involved -- I'm more than willing to brave the crowd and wait in line to get my nom on!   …
reviewed Oenotri. September 19, 2011
posted in Dining Out
After settling in at the Old World Inn, Nando and I decided to head out to the "adventurous palette" dining establishment that our innkeeper had suggested, those were her exact words. We took …
reviewed New York Pizza & Pasta. September 13, 2011
posted in Gourmand
New York Pizza & Pasta
New York Pizza & Pasta is a chain of Italian restaurants, but this review is specific to the location on Neches Street in downtown Beaumont, TX.  I've been there on two occasions and both …
reviewed Willy Ray's BBQ. September 13, 2011
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Willie Ray's BBQ
I guess I just don't know good barbecue, because according to Texas Monthly Magazine, Esquire, and even The New York Times, Willy Ray's BBQ offers some of the best barbecue in the state of …
reviewed Kary's Roux. September 12, 2011
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Kary's Roux
As we march into mid-September and cold fronts start to swing in from the north, southern Louisianians get out their big pots, cook rice, chop up chicken and sausage, and get ready for what we call "Gumbo …
reviewed Ball's Cajun Seasoning. September 12, 2011
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Ball's Cajun Seasoning
Many people outside of Louisiana have probably heard of products from companies like Zatarain's and Tony Chachere's, but I don't know how many people are familiar with Ball's Cajun Seasoning.  …
reviewed Sweet Baby Ray's Honey Barbecue Sauce. September 11, 2011
Sweet Baby Ray's Honey Barecue Sauce
I don't know about you but it seems that is is becoming more and more expensive for my wife and I to eat out these days.  Here in Rhode Island you are looking at around $13.00 or $14.00 for a …
reviewed Inn of the Seventh Ray. September 09, 2011
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Inn of the Seventh Ray
      It’s been a few years since my mom and I made the summer trek to Topanga Canyon. We usually eat at Froggy’s, but my love has waned with their quality and menu. …
reviewed MacFarlane's Celtic Pub. September 07, 2011
posted in Awesomeness
MacFarlane's Celtic Pub
I love beer.  It's a known fact that I cannot deny.  Lake Charles, LA has always lacked in that area.  Sure, I can pick up a Bud or a Coors Light anywhere in town, and …
reviewed Gastroanomalies: Questionable Culinar.... September 07, 2011
Gastroanomalies: Questionable Culinary Creations from the Golden Age of American Cookery
This critical appraisal of sickening photographs culled from fogyish kitchen publications is a thematic sequel to Lileks' earlier The Gallery of Regrettable Food, though its selections are, incredibly, …
reviewed Casa Manana. September 07, 2011
posted in Awesomeness
Casa Manana
Casa Manana has been around the Lake Charles area since the 1970's.  Everyone I know who has grown up in or around the lake area has at least one really good memory of eating here.  It's …
reviewed Pappy's SmokeHouse. September 06, 2011
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Pappy's SmokeHouse
Featured on Travel Channel's Man Vs Food. Pappy's Smokehouse is one of the hot spots for BBQ food to visit when going to St. Louis, MO.      Great BBQ Ribs must always have …
reviewed Pincho Factory. September 02, 2011
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Pincho Factory
Pincho Factory is located in the South Miami area on SW 40th St (Bird Rd) and a few blocks from Bird Bowl (between 97th and 102nd ave).       The restaurant is pretty small, …
reviewed Dduk. August 26, 2011
posted in The Rice Table
Dduk is a popular Korean snack. They're particuarly popular during the Korean Thanksgiving, Chuseok and the Lunar New Year. Dduk is a rice cake made out of a rice flour and can sometimes be sweetened.  …
reviewed Samgyeopsal. August 25, 2011
posted in The Rice Table
Veterans of Korean cuisine probably won't be surprised when I say that Samgyeopsal (삼겹살), a Korean pork, is one of the most popular meats among Koreans and foreigners alike. The word literally means …
reviewed Samgyetang. August 25, 2011
posted in The Rice Table
Samgyetang is quite possibly one of Korea's most interesting soups. While the flavor is very reminiscent of chicken soup (no wonder, there's chicken in it), the fact that it contains a WHOLE chicken …
reviewed Bulgogi. August 25, 2011
posted in The Rice Table
     Bulgogi is probably one of the best foods made in Korea.  It's probably one of their most well known too.  It's beef that is marinated for hours in soy sauce, sesame …
reviewed Gobo Sushi. August 21, 2011
posted in Dining Out
Gobo Sushi
It was a dark and stormy night…well, okay, it was a dark, humid and stormy late afternoon/early evening in June. Toronto. I just had my first all-day adventure on the TTC (that’s the Toronto …
reviewed The Magic Bullet Food Processor. August 21, 2011
Magic Bullet
I can think of 100 ways why you should not purchase this new blender called the “Magic Bullet”, but only one reason that you should purchase it, and that is luxury. This blender will make …
reviewed 'Lette Macarons. August 05, 2011
posted in Dining Out
'Lette Macarons
      I’ll be honest and confess that I always thought macarons were too expensive to get very excited about, but after tasting a really superb macaron I came around and decided …
reviewed Roxolana. August 05, 2011
posted in Dining Out
   On a warm day in Pasadena my mom, two aunts and I stopped in at Roxolana before going on the semi-annual tour of Castle Green. Roxolana has been around for a couple of months now and, to …
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