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Ramiro's Walt Disney World food report - Part 2 [Jun. 22nd, 2009|02:37 am]
Slept in again then got ready to meet my old pal Simon for lunch. Drove into downtown Orlando and met SImon at the Plaza buillding where he works. We walked over a few blocks to a cajun place called Crooked Bayou. http://crookedbayou.com. Simon is the dude that built their website and designed their menus so we got kind of a hookup. Damian ordered the grilled chicken sandwich, Mel had a cup of gumbo and a seafood basket and I tried a cup of their jambalaya and the Ragin Cajun sandwich (grilled chicken and andouille sausage). Everything tasted really good and was legit as far as cajun food goes. Funny thing is that although my food didn't taste overly spicy, i noticed halfway through that I was sweating buckets. I didn't take any food photos, we were too busy talking that it never occurred to me. I'll get some next time.

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Ramiro's Walt Disney World food report - Part 1 [Jun. 18th, 2009|10:02 pm]
I didn't make very many restaurant reservations this trip mostly because alot of the places were already booked when we wanted to go. I also wanted to do some cooking since there is a full kitchen in the 1BR DVC units and i wanted to try some places off-site too

As soon as I left work on the 6th, we hit the road and started the long drive to Orlando. I had asked Melissa to pack sandwiches, snacks & drinks for the drive. I figured it was better to do that than to stop along the way for fast food that was gonna make me feel gross or sleepy (saved some time too). We drove all night and pulled up to Saratoga Springs around 11am (about 15 hours later) . We checked in and since our room wasn’t ready we headed over to Downtown Disney for lunch at T-Rex Cafe.

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Sweet suprises! [Jun. 3rd, 2009|03:01 pm]
[Current Location |freezing cold desk.]

I was nearly falling asleep at my desk when Michael looked over, shook my chair back and forth and said, "I need an afternoon treat! Come get an afternoon treat with me!" like a 5 year old child. I got my bum out of my chair and we headed out into the Square. He suggested the new cupcake store called Sweet. Such a cute, simple store. So simple that it really makes the cupcakes in the cases pop, and stand out. Tooooo many choices though. I didn't really want anything, but I had to try the miniature red velvet cupcake (note that I have never even had a taste of a regular red velvet cake before in my life). I wanted to get Lynette something since she's had a rough week. I got her the dark chocolate miniature. And Michael got ummm... lemon raspberry. Guess it's stuffed with homemade raspberry preserves and all. I had already given Lynette her cupcake before I took the picture... but here it is:

holy cupcakes

The red velvet was absolutely delicious! Cream cheese frosting is the best :)
I'll be stopping by Sweet again soon.

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Southwest Buffalo Pizza!! [May. 13th, 2009|10:58 am]
and by Buffalo, I mean BISON, not New York!

We haven't posted anything lately so I thought I'd toss in my latest signature pizza creation.

I bought a bunch of ground buffalo the other day and planned to make some burgers. In a discussion with Erin she mentioned black beans & corn which is a great combination in itself. That was stuck in my head while I was poking around the kitchen deciding what to make for dinner.

Long story short...
I browned the buffalo and mixed in some tomato sauce, black beans corn and other stuffs. I spread it all on some crusts and was left with the dilemna of which cheese would be best for the job. I made one with shredded Monterrey Jack and the other with sliced Muenster which I think worked much better. The flavor stood up really well to the buffalo.

I need to tweek the recipe a bit and maybe readjust the seasoning but overall I think I have a winner.

Now just point me in the direction of some pizza contests!

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Random kindness. [Jan. 26th, 2009|12:37 pm]
[Current Location |my desk.]
[mood |gratefulgrateful]
[music |this is halloween - manson version :)]

Last week was ridiculously stressful for me at work. By the time Friday rolled around, the stressed had finally picked and I nearly lost my mind at 1:00 (Emily can vouche for this!). Towards the end of the day things had finally calmed down and my mood started to perk up. That's when Michael surprised me with a tiny box of mini-chocolates from Burdick's. He'd witnessed the random outburts and craziness that I dealt with throughout the week, so he did this to cheer me up =) Burdick is this amazing cafe about a block down from my work. They are known for there ridiculously intense hot chocolate. I've had a bunch of awesome pastries from there, but never actually tried any of their chocolates. Here's what he got me (note that he actually remembered that I'm a dark chocolate fiend. I was impressed):

Jaffa - Dark chocolate ganache whipped with freshly squeezed orange juice -

Rosehip Tea - Chocolate and rosehip tea ganache topped with candied rose petals (I was surprised that I actually liked this one. I'm so not a tea person) -

Dark Chocolate Mouse - Dark chocolate ganache with freshly squeezed orange juice covered with dark chocolate. Similar to the Jaffa but encased in dark chocolate. And super cute! -

And last but not least... my favorite one....

Fig - Milk & dark chocolate interior with a "balanced" flavor of fig and port wine. I was so shocked that in such a small piece of chocolate I could actually taste the wine. It was perfect with the fig! -

All in all it was a very nice way to end a very chaotic week.

erin electronaut
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personal baking day [Dec. 17th, 2008|04:24 pm]
[mood |calmcalm]

today i took the day off.....why? bcos i have 1 personal day left that if i don't use this year i'll lose, and since i always wish to have a random week day off i chose today! i have been running around from 8-330ish..so it wasn't relaxing but it was all very fun! on to the food related aspect of my day...i baked holiday goodies for everyone in my office. luckily it's very small and i only had to make 4 packages...and keep the rest for myself (and bob)!!! i'm always afraid it won't be enough...but i got the approval of erin and my mom, so i guess that's all i really need. it's like when you have a party and there's more than enough food but you always worry in the back of your mind. oh well, it's too late now since i don't have any more ingredients left!!! the best part was having christmas music on in the background...it was actually fun, festive and relaxing despite being on my feet for 3 hours straight!Collapse )
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sunday dinner [Dec. 15th, 2008|06:50 pm]
[mood |hungryhungry]

one of the things i love about sundays is having wonderful comfort food. it makes the day so much more happier.....and gives me something to look forward to up until it's nearly time for bed. yesterday was no exception. bob treated me to a wonderful dinner of handmade gnocchi, bolognese sauce, sauteed spinach.....and later on homemade coconut cream pie. it was pure perfection and the perfect ending to a glorious weekend!

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the casbah cafe [Dec. 15th, 2008|06:34 pm]
[mood |hungryhungry]

a few weeks ago my sister molly was visiting and we journeyed over to one of our very favorite restaurants and hookah bar (though we do not participate in the hookah - this probably makes us lame, but the food is just amazing and we really don't care!) we always get a feast at the casbah.......and we always polish off everything. i never feel too full or heavy after this type of cuisine....which makes it even better!Collapse )
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Ode to Emily Styles [Dec. 7th, 2008|07:26 pm]
[mood |gratefulgrateful]

Emily visited at the beginning of October for Columbus Day weekend. We had planned a birthday dinner for her at La Casa de Pedro in Watertown. Emily, Molly, Allison and I met at my condo then made our way to the restaurant. I had been here before and absolutely loved it. I knew it was a place that Emily would love for both the food and the atmosphere, so we agreed it would be the perfect place to enjoy a birthday dinner for her.

I know it's not food related, but her is a lovely picture of the birthday girl and her sister, Molly:

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Hugo's [Dec. 3rd, 2008|02:11 pm]
So this post is a few weeks late...

For Melissa’s birthday I had planned on taking her out for a classy dinner but we had a heavy and late lunch that day which kinda spoiled things.
Plan B!!! Sunday Brunch at Hugo’s!!! I love this place, especially when the staff remembers me. It seems the service is extra swell. www.hugosrestaurant.net/

I’ve mentioned this place in the past since I’m a big fan. It’s basically traditional Mexican dishes made with exceptional quality and served in an upscale seting. Definitely not a casual tex mex place and there’s no chips & salsa automatically tossed on your table. Sunday Brunch is a buffet which makes me happy because I get to try a bunch of different things.

anyhoo, here’s the grub...

My first plate consisted of a few lamb ribs that were savory and tender, a mini quesadilla and some mini sopes with stewed rabbit, a little bit of shrimp and octopus ceviche with some guacamole and chips. The bowl is the best mexican meatball soup that I’ve ever had and I don’t remember what that other pile of stuff was.

This plate has a stuffed chile ancho and some tamales. The one in the banana leaf was stuffed with a tomatoey chicken and was absolutely delicious. The others were bean, chicken molé and grasshopper (i think you can see a head poking out.) I’m a big fan of weird food so i was excited to try the grasshoper. It wasn’t bad. I think the flavor of the masa covers the grasshopper taste but the crunch was definitely there.

I don’t have a pic of the rice and beans but they are the best that I’ve had in this city. They even had a tasty corn pudding. There were several other stews and dishes that I wanted to try but I decided to leave what little room I had left for the dessert table.

It was impossible to try everything so here is what I did have…
small squares of lemon cheesecake and espresso cake, a piece of pecan torte, a small churro, a couple of alfajores, a scoop of arroz con leche and a big moist chunk of tres leches which was ridiculously good. And of course I had to have a bit of the Mexican hot chocolate.

ooh, I just saw the menu for New Years Eve

that gives me an idea :oP

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