Showing posts from April, 2012

Can I get a little Moooo up in here?!?!

5250 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 352-6464

Chain or Not Chain: Chain, cha, chain chain.
Reservations Needed: Nope...but you never know if or when it will be busy!
Dress Code: Clothing is your friend
Price: $$

     Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum. That is all...thanks for reading. Ok, I guess I will elaborate. This isn't the first time I have been to Fuddruckers, and it will not be the last. Yet, going this time as a expert *cough cough, as if* food blogger, I found myself taking some extra time to notice the little things.   

     When you first walk in you notice it is very bright, fun loving atmosphere - with just enough Americana on the walls to avoid the "being rammed down your throat" feeling. We head up to place our order and the employee was very friendly and knowledgeable. She asked if we wanted to try one of their "exotic" burgers (which are Elk, Buffalo or Wild Boar ) but we decide to go w…

High Expectations For Brock House

Brock House
918 Brock St N
Whitby, Ontario

Reservations: No
Dress Code: None, but I wouldn't go in pajamas
Price: $$$
Chain or Independent: Independent

This particular establishment used to be a Keg, then Krebs and now Brock House. Due to its predecessors, the d├ęcor is kept simple and classy, the service excellent.

Now to the important part, the food! To start, we chose bruschetta. Served on warm ciabatta bread(are you bribing me?), covered in diced roma tomatoes and feta. What really makes this starter special is that it's drizzled in a balsamic reduction. Mmmmmm.

My step-dad always orders pizza. We could be having dinner with the Queen and he would still order pizza. I guess you could call him a pizza connoisseur. I asked him how it was, he gave me a nod and a shrug. Take that how you will, he is a man of few words. My mom and I chose pasta. Her Primavera arrived piled with veggies and the smell had made me wish I had ordered that too. I went with th…

Buffet-tastic?!?!? We'll See...

KoyWan Hibachi Buffet 945 West State Road 436 Suite 1179, Altamonte Spring, FL 32714 Phone: 407-628-8866

Chain?: Not to my knowledge. Reservations: Maybe with your tummy so it knows to be empty! Dress Code: Birthday suits prohibited Price: $

Lunch at a Classy Pub?? - CLOSED

Off the Hook Dockside Pub
1600 Champlain Ave
Whitby, Ontario

Reservations: No
Dress Code: No
Chain or Independent: Indy
Price: $$-$$$

I first noticed this new restaurant when driving to my old job. Everyday, I watched it come together and once the sign was up, I knew I had to go. A new seafood restaurant, you say? I’m in! From the outside it looks like your typical pub, but looks are deceiving. When we walked in, we were shocked. No fish nets? No funny pictures of sea creatures? No boats? No fishing rods? Hmmm, something told me this was not your typical cheeseball seafood place. The floor was dark hardwood, as were all of the tables and bar seating. The booths and lounge area were all black leather. There was a large fishing tank, large TVs, an oyster bar and a beautiful fire place.

Well, everything looks fine and dandy, let’s check out the menu. Lobster, crab, oysters, scallops and shrimp graced every page of the menu. We were there for lunch, but I already knew I had to return …

Confessions of a Seasonal Shopoholic

I like my food to taste good.. who doesn't? I have taste buds and I know how to use them... or at least I think I do. Yet sometimes that old proverb - you eat with your eyes first - comes up and bites me right in the ass. Picture, if you will, I am walking through the grocery store, slowly filling my cart with my yummy weekly essentials and there they are... beautiful, large, red strawberries. They look so delicious.. I can't resist and quickly snatch up a box. Later when I get out the berries, just thinking about how wonderful those strawberries are going to be and I can't wait. I wash one off and take a bite. Joy quickly turns into dismay as it is mostly flavorless and very lackluster. My dreams of strawberry fields turns into a nightmare as I remember - it’s the middle of winter.
What does that have to do with it? EVERYTHING!! The simple truth is that we are not meant to have access to everything year round. Preposterous many say, but really, think about it. A…

First Taste of My New Town

Sakaye Sushi, Japanese and Korean Restaurant
355 Hespeler Road
Cambridge, Ontario

Chain or Independent? Indy Reservations? No Dress Code: Wear clothing. Price Range: $$ - $$$

I love sushi...a lot. And I mean A LOT. All You Can Eat(AYCE) used to happen at least once a week, but since I moved, I hadn't got a chance to check out the sushi scene here.
Upon entering Sakaye, I was immediately pleased. Sleek, clean and with all of the stereotypical stylings of a Japanese restaurant, lucky cat included. There was ample seating for small and large groups and each table was fitted with a call button! I wish every restaurant had this! My visit was on a Monday and it wasn't busy at all. The service was impeccable, fast and delicious. When it's AYCE, you always expect your drink to be full and it was. Green tea...Mmmmmm. There were a few items I wanted to try, but even on the dinner AYCE, they were only available a la carte. She said it was because they were more expensive, but I wa…

I Feel Like Chicken Tonight...

Hillstones 215 South Orlando Avenue Winter Park, Florida 32789 (407) 740-4005
Reservations: Not needed, but recommended Dress Code: Semi Casual - don't look skanky, people are trying to eat.
Chain or Independent: Chain Price: $$$$
Recently I enjoyed a wonderful date night with my hubby at Hillstones. I have heard many wonderful things about it - food and ambiance wise. On our way there, I was looking around and wondering if we were even in the right area. A few streets before the restaurant can have you second guessing yourself. But all of a sudden there you are - sitting right on Lake Killarney - this modern, yet rustic beautiful restaurant that welcomes you in with the beautiful foliage, spectacular views and the scent of deliciousness in the air. The next thing I noticed was the complimentary valet parking. How awesome! We were there around 4pm, so it really wasn't busy so we parked ourselves. But, I have been told that later in the evening and on weeke…