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Dutch condiments

T&T carries some products from Indonesia but does not carry any Conimex products. They do have a 1 litre bottle Ketjap Manis for $5.77 but not the Conimex brand. Kitfo's suggestion for the "Holland Store" is bang on.

Beachside Grill?

I have to disagree somewhat with the previous comment about portion sizes at the Beachside. I consistently order the egg white frittata (I don’t care for egg yolks) with ham & cheddar and have not been disappointed with the portion size. With the egg white substitution it runs about $9. For the record I’m 6’ 1’’ and about 210 lbs and have quite a healthy appetite. After getting through the frittata, whole wheat toast & home fries, I am personally quite full……and satisfied. Have I had a better frittata? Yes, but the Beachside makes a decent frittata.

I would agree that Sunset Grill is very consistent and most items on the menu are very good but the popularity of The Beacher to me has always been a mystery as I’m not sure what folks see in that restaurant…..unless very bland food in a pretentious atmosphere floats your boat.

Restaurant Makeover

.We tried Casa Mendoza as it's down the street from our condo. It took us well over 5 minutes for someone to seat us despite the fact that the restaurant was half full. Don't ask for a wine list as the older waitress will give you a lecture on the restaurants extensive wine selection. (A very crabby waitress). They didn't have any of the wines I mentioned and they were very common Chardonnay's. We ordered the "Mendoza mixed grill for two. Filet mignon, lamb chops, spicy chorizo sausage, pork tenderloin, chicken breast, roasted potatoes & grilled vegetables. The grilled veggies were waaaay too soft and for most of the part inedible. The potatoes were overcooked and dry. We ordered the filet med-rare and it came med-well...........the lamb chops were average...........the chicken breast was dry............the pork tenderloin was average......the chorizo sausage was quite good but $80 is a hefty price to pay for spicy chorizo sausage. The ambience was average at best. (It's on the darker side unless you're seated by a window). The service was poorest I've experienced in any restaurant that costs over $100 for two. Didn't venture to try out anything on the dessert menu. The portion sizes were healthy but I would personally prefer to have less food but made MUCH better. I will be avoiding Casa Mendoza in the future.

Patio for group of 20, preferrably near the water

Casa Mendoza does have a very nice patio with an excellent lake view but the food and service can be described as substandard at best. Aviod the Sunday brunch at Casa Mendoza at all costs.