Sunday, March 1, 2015

Za Za

Outside of Miami and St. Pete, this has to be one of my favorite Cuban experiences. In fact, its been so long since I've eaten in Miami, I can't remember the name of the Diner we enjoyed so much down there. ZaZa is amazing though, the bread is fresh and the dishes are made with care. Its a busy place but its so geared toward providing good service that you really don't wait very long. I have been meaning to grab a bite there for some time, and I finally went in and had a Bistec sandwich with black beans on the side. Incredible! It looks so simple but taste so good, and the beans are perfection. I also tried the empanadas, and my wife and I agree that these are some of the best we've had, definitely the best since moving to Altamonte. This place is a ten on the scales, because the food is perfect, its filling, and the atmosphere is wonderful. I will be back often, especially since I owe Lily a daddy date, and they have some guava cheese pastries there that she would kill for. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


I'm not sure where they got the name for this place, and it did  not at all fit the image I had in my mind. There was no punk or even Biker theme going on, just a simple, clean establishment with the beautiful aromas of fresh meat and cheese. The gentleman behind the counter was passionate about his product, and willing to talk about it. He informed us that he did not have a Philly, but he did have a roast beef that he thought was better. Apparently he cooks the roast there and then shaves it up for the orders. Well then, challenge accepted, but I don't know why anyone would put a roast beef up against a Cheese Steak; they're not nearly the same thing. So I got a roast beef and the girls both got turkey. They loved their sandwiches and the potato salad was different, but simply amazing and fresh. So as I bite into my roast beef, I realize, this was cooked here and I would take this over a Philly. I recommend it toasted with both sweet and hot cherry peppers. Excellent, a nine on the Scales every day. I never understand how Subway and other chains survive when places like this exist, and I sure don't get it when places like this are driven out of business by the chains. There is no comparison, and I would much rather put my money here. 

Lawless subs is located on 436, west of I4, in Altamonte Springs, Fl. Here is their Face Book page: Lawless

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Eat Well Gyros

I needed a break from the normal subs, hamburgers and such, so I pulled in to this place for a Gyro. Eat Well Gyro's has a large menu, and very nice staff. The gentleman at the counter was very helpful and entertained all my questions with sincerity. So I placed my order for 2 Gyros and some humus, then grabbed a coconut water to drink while I waited. 

Love this stuff

The food was ready before I could finish my coconut juice, and my car smelled awesome all the way home. When I got to the house and opened the box I was pleasantly surprised out how stuffed the Gyros were. They shave the meat really thin and pile it on with some good tzatziki sauce. It was good food at a great price with very friendly people. I recommend the Gyros, but I also tried some mac and cheese that I will not recommend. 

Next time I think I will try some lamb or goat curry with a side of roti. 

Friday, June 13, 2014


I know you are thinking that it looks like something that has already been eaten, and that I am recycling, but that is not the case. It is a meal of challenge. "Dad, there is nothing in the house. We have nothing to eat, and we are starving." I take that as a challenge to explore the pantry and test the ability of my own palate. This a stretch meal. It consists of a can of oyster stew, a can of diced Italian tomatoes, and a can of clams. I cut it down with half a cup of white wine and mixed in garlic, butter and Calamata Olives. I did everything to taste with my daughter Lily as quality control. I found a pack of Linguini during our hunt and boiled the noodles till almost done. Before they were thoroughly cooked, I removed them and rinsed under cold water. We added the noodles to the sauce where they finished cooking and all three of the women in my house asked for this again the next week, pasta a la vomit sauce, not bad if I say so myself. 

The Shish Kabobs were a little different this time but amazing. We usually marinate the chicken in beer, but this time I had none so I took the chicken, peppers, and mushrooms and marinated them in white wine, chicken stock and balsamic vinegar. For spices I added cinnamon, Thyme, Rosemary, Tarragon, Greek seasoning and lots of minced Garlic. I prefer the boneless thigh over breast to do this. I cut them then sprinkle with a little meat tenderizer, and then give them a few love taps with the meat mallet. This all goes into a bowl over night and the skewers go into a separate tray filled with water to soak. I weight the skewers down with two table Knifes so they don't float in the water. 

My wife made a home made garlic Tzatziki sauce, substituting the yogurt with sour cream. This was awesome. We put it on Pita bread with Sriracha for a little kick, very nice. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Black Berry Cobbler

We didn't do the Black berry pie, but did find a really simple recipe for cobbler that we, and by we, I mean Lily made for the family several times. The Black Berries were still there when I went for my walk today, but fewer now. I did a little grazing as I went along, but did not collect anymore for baking.  The recipe Lily used was fast: 1 cup of self rising flour, 1 cup of sugar, a half a cup of milk, and a stick of butter. While you mix the flour and sugar, melt the stick of butter, and then add the milk. Stir the flour, sugar and milk together, then pour in the melted butter and mix. Grease the inside of your pan with a little butter and then pour the mixture into the pan. After this you add two cups of black berries to the top and let them settle in. Oh and this is really fast so you should have already been preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle a half a cup of sugar on top of the mixture, or you can use less, and then throw it in the oven for 1 hour.

This was served with cool whip but some home made Ice cream would be incredible.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Black Berry Time

They're here.
It's time for some Black Berry pie. I need to call my mom for a good cobbler recipe too this time. I live in Florida so we probably get black berries a little earlier than a lot of the country, but if you're in the south start checking.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Fuji Sushi

Fuji, on Lee Road near the corner of Lee and 1792 (Mills/ Orlando Ave.)

Lily is one of those awesome people that when asked where they want to go on their birthday, they say Sushi, but this time she wanted to visit one of my old haunts. It started out a little rocky, with the girls fighting up until the time we left Clermont to head to Winter Park. They both slept the whole way there which gave me a little time to decompress. It's amazing what a little sleep can do; they woke up different people, and I now feel the spirit of birthday once again. 

Once inside, we got the coolest waitress I've had in a long time and ordered a couple of rolls based on her recommendation. She stood strongly behind the Sea Breeze and the 2014. The Sea Breeze was a well built roll full of fish flavor and then deep fried to top it off. The 2014 was an upgraded version of a mexican shrimp tempura roll topped with raw tuna. We also got our standard issue Dynamite rolls with the scallop sauce, some Rollin's rolls, Mexican rolls, and a chicken Tempura dinner. Oh, and if that didn't hurt enough, once the waitress got wind of it being Lily's birthday, she brought out some deep fried cheese cake with chocolate sauce. Thanks for an awesome time and a definite 10 on the Scales anytime. There is also a Fuji Sushi on Alafaya Tr., but this location in Winter Park holds the most nostalgia for me. 

Fuji Sushi

Save some Dynamite roll for me

The middle sushi roll on this plate is the 2014

Drewmatik Tempura
Drew always finds some take on the Chicken strip