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The fabled food review…

I am finally writing the food review I have been promising. I know, it’s been months.

We’ll start at the beginning…

Cactus Grill – Gourmet Cuisine – Meridian, Texas

I recommend the Pecan-Encrusted Pork Tenderloin. The meat is very succulent, yet has a nice crust to the outside. It is sliced thinly and served over a butter and vegetable pilaf. Very tasty. I had also had their Tilapia in a white wine sauce. Also very good, but I would suggest the pork before anything else on the menu. It is so good and quite unique so I don’t have any problem ordering it over and over again. The staff was wonderful and the restaurant itself is very nice. The decor isn’t over the top, and has a Southwestern feel in a contemporary and simple way.

Mortar and Pestle – Manly, AUS

Mortar and Pestle – Thai – Manly, Australia

This was the first time I had ever had truly great Thai food. I ordered a special not on the menu called Kow Pad Prik Pow. It’s a dish of stir-fried rice with carrots, green onions, basil, egg and prawns (shrimp) in roasted chili paste. It was so good I ate the whole bowl by myself. The photo above shows the inside of the restaurant, almost immediately after it had opened. It soon filled up and seemed to be a very popular spot.

Toscanini’s – CafĂ© on the Pier – Perth, Australia

This was a place close to our apartment that we visited quite a few times. First we had a Barra Burger, which was a fish “hamburger” and was really tasty. Barramundi is a fish caught on the northern shores of Australia and is a nice, white fish with a nice firm texture. It’s also known as Asian Seabass. The burger was good and we went back for breakfast a few times as well. Australia seems to be notorious for serving really great potato wedges at breakfast. We had these wedges often at the various places we ate and were so pleased with the crispy outside and fluffy inside. Coffee was also good at Toscanini’s. If you are in the mood for a very strong shot of coffee, order a short black. I think it could jump start a car it’s so strong. The pastries here were also acceptable.

 


Sol Food – San Rafael, California

Sol Food – Puerto Rican – San Rafael, California

This is my absolute favorite restaurant in the world! I honestly think I would drive all the way to the Bay Area to eat here. The Pollo Al Horno is amazing. It is boneless, skinless chicken marinated in oregano and garlic and then baked. The flavor was amazing. They also served it with really great rice, pink or black beans, and an organic salad that had a wonderful dressing. On top of all that, you get a fried plantain as well. I suggest ordering a fried garlic plantain as well as a sweet plantain. They charge $8.50 for the plate with one piece of chicken, $10.25 for two, and $12.50 for three. A friend and I split a plate with two pieces. I also had an iced coffee that was divine. It wasn’t sweet, but it was mellow and finished very nicely. The beans had obviously not been roasted to death and the ratio of cream to coffee was perfect. It only got better when they brought it out in a mason jar. Great atmosphere and superb food.

 

Look for more food reviews coming up!!!

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bean love

Today I had to go out and find a few special things at the Whole Foods market. I needed some coconut flour and some hazelnuts, as well as some creme fraiche (which took me forever to find). I also decided that I wanted some gladiolas from Trader Joe’s if they had them. I stopped by Wal-Mart first, and got one of the other sundry items I needed and tried to find the soap I was looking for. They didn’t have it. So I zipped over to TJ’s and picked out a bunch of gladiolas for only $5.99! They were supposed to be two colors, but the bunch I picked had at least five. Score! Then I went to the Whole Foods and found all of the things I was looking for except the soap. I have been needing some more hand soap, and I liked the one I had from Mrs. Meyers Clean Day. It was the verbena scent. Yum yum. So since WF didn’t have the soap either, I just decided a bar of soap in an interesting scent would be a nice treat since I am trying not to buy chachki crap anymore. Or bad-for-you-food. So I found a bar of soap scented like Western Juniper. Oh man. I love the smell of Juniper and even used some in the campfire last week. Then I came home with my finds and ate lunch and talked to my girlfriend Sophie. She’s such a sweetheart. I can’t wait to be back in Texas so she and I can hang out more together.

I was glad to have had a successful day shopping since lately I haven’t felt super productive. But, progress is being made and I am finally seeing more of the fruits of working hard to complete the task at hand. I guess maybe I should mention that the task is going through everything that I own and getting rid of anything I don’t want or need anymore. It has been quite the daunting task, I must say. Goodnight for now, more to come later.

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