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Crayfish anyone?

I saw frozen crawfish at IKEA the other day, but forgot to check if they were in the shell or not. I did notice that they were from China.

about 7 hours ago
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

December Holiday Party in Palm Beach County: need suggestions for locale

You could look into Chops Lobster Bar in Boca Raton. They offer steaks, seafood as well as other options. They have a lovely private room in otherwise upscale steakhouse space. After looking at their "Large party 1", they are asking $65pp, however, on their "regular menu" they offer a $49 3-course option, so I would think for a private event, you might be able to finagle your menu to suit your budget, especially if cocktails are not included. (They fix a good drink, btw). Ask for Monroe, the Maitr d'

http://www.buckheadrestaurants.com/ch...

Jul 20, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Route 9 (Coral Gables) - incredible food, relaxed atmosphere, and CHEAP

Thanks for the recommendation. I'll give it a try. I felt the same way about Sweetwater in Boynton. http://www.sweetwater33.com/

Jul 13, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

I've eaten here and it was good! (I'll go first) Sweetwater (Boynton)

Sometimes I'd just like to look at this board and see a running list of worthy places to go and a short description of why it was good.

Cool atmosphere, great cocktails, interesting menu. Maybe the best brussels sprouts I've ever eaten. $10 all you can drink punch (with a punch)
http://www.sweetwater33.com/

Jul 13, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Restaurant checking your belongings

I've never heard of any restaurant doing such a thing. I wonder if they have a sign on the door alerting customers to their procedure?

Jul 11, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Kapow! Noodle Bar in Boca's Mizner Park

I see you went a while ago to Kapow, I love ramen and finally got the chance to give it a try. We sat at the bar. It was hot, sticky and for an out of season Saturday night, hopping.
I wanted the roast pork ramen, but they were out of roast pork at 7pm, so i had the chicken ramen. it was ok. ramen, slightly overcooked, a little too much fish sauce and the chicken was somewhat dry and bland, but acceptable. We also had an order of shrimp tempura (very good) and tuna poke. We each had 2 beers. $75 incl tax & tip. Happy hour $4 app's sounds like a good deal.

You seem in the know....Any rec's for another ramen/dumpling place in PBC?

Jul 06, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Trattoria Romana in Boca

I've only had great experiences here, in season and out. I've never waited more than a few minutes for my table. My servers have always been more than attentive, without rushing us. The food was not rushed. Yes, it is expensive. Figure drink, app, main (most hover in the $32 range) and a espresso- pp. 80+. It is undoubtedly loud. It's a happening spot, young and old. If you go after 8:30, you will get a young crowd that drinks, laughs, eats and sometimes table hops. But the food is delicious. I've had pasta, fish, veal and seafood. All perfectly cooked.

I'm curious what Italian restaurant(s) you think are better. I'm always looking for new ideas. I'm down with a red-check style place, as well as a more upscale place like this. The food prices, EVERYWHERE are insane.

Jul 05, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Desperately Seeking Indian Food In PBC

I've dined at Sapphire. It's been so long that I've had Indian that I couldn't contain myself and wait until the soft opening was done.

It was delicious and everything was super fresh. We were told that they make everything fresh daily and it showed.

We started with the pappadam (3 to an order- NOT gratis as many Indian places sometimes have), which while fragrant, might have been a tad soggy from the weather, but the condiments were delicious. We especially enjoyed green one.

We then had a shrimp appetizer which was perfectly cooked. The sauce was not the bright green color as I would have imagined it would be, but was tasty and a bit spicy nonetheless. Our dishes ordered were Chicken Tikka Masala (moist chicken, nicely creamed sauce), Lamb Shashlik perfectly cooked with crisp vegetables and a delicious tiny side of herb condiment, Raita (especially delicious with flecks of pomegranate) basmati rice and spinach without the cheese. Of course, we had bread-- onion Kulcha. It was pillowy and sweet from the onion. I loved it. We had 3 KingFisher's and one Vodka.

AJ, the manager/owner sent over "drunken donuts" gratis. I've never tasted them before and was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed the cardamom infused syrup, albeit that it was super-sweet.

Next time I would try the lamb with the poppy seeds and/or the lamb shanks, both of which were recommended to me as "specialities of the house" several times. I just chose dishes that I always have as a benchmark first impression.

Portion sizes were reasonable. I was full and had leftovers to take home.

Service was excellent, but just know that I went on a Monday at 630, and there were only 2 tables occupied.

The restaurant features plenty of liquors for reasonable prices. They give you a 2 ounce pour. There is a mixologist there who in the past was associated with Sweetwaters in Boynton. He knows his stuff.

Dinner, tax and tip: $115.
I will return for seconds.
Pictures are from a previous meal my husband had while I was away on vacation.

Jun 25, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Slow Food Florida- Great ingredient resource

I guess in my stress over my move down south, I forgot about my favorite resource to source food for myself and clients.... Slow Food! Here is our south Florida chapter... http://localfoodsouthflorida.org/inde...
See you there!

May 17, 2014
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Duck King in Boca Raton

CF, I agree. This place is strange. The decor, the menu, the way the dishes come out.
We went there last night, and ordered from the American menu. After reading this thread, I felt armed and ready to tackle the menu. Other than the shrimp w/ lobster sauce and the Chow Fun (I called it Ho Fun, but was corrected by the waiter), the dishes were tasty but not what we had expected. I tried to order the spicy chicken that everyone raved about, but they said they had no idea what we were talking about.
When we asked where our appetizer of dumplings were- our mains had come out already, sporadically- the waitress told us that typically, Chinese meals come out as the dishes are prepared in the back- and that as an American, we are unfamiliar with this custom. They have only limited woks and that's why dishes sometimes take a long time. I get that- but maybe they should write that message on their menu and give the patron a heads up.
Beers were super cheap (3.5 for most). Tea was lukewarm. Conclusion: Fair. 1 beer, 1 soup, 1 dumpling, 1 shrimp w/lobster sauce, chow fun, chix with chili sauce (not good) and a General Tso chix was $88 plus tip. Maybe that's reasonable, but we didn't feel satisfied in the end. Will probably not return, not because the food or the service was not good, but rather because it was a difficult overall experience.

Restaurant was 75% full, mostly Chinese customers w/ kids loving their food.

I'm going out on a limb to say, rather proudly no less that I love American-style Chinese food (chips on the table, ribs, eggrolls, etc.) and would welcome a recommendation for that.

May 12, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Trader Joe's?!?

I drive what you would probably consider a flashy car... but wasting is wasting. I could feed an army 5 star food with what they throw away. I love Florida, have met great people and have eaten some delicious food, that I would gladly pay for if it was worth it.

May 06, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Trader Joe's?!?

I am in the food business, and write about groceries and grocery stores, so I am hyper aware of what things cost throughout a supermarket. Publix is a good 10-15% higher priced than what I am accustomed to up North. That being said, it kind of is what it is, and you get numb to it (even though it truly annoys me). Another thing that aggravates me is that they openly throw away bruised produce, or anything that is PERFECT to buy and use that day. Up North, there is always a place or a rack in the back of the produce dept. that sells "use today" items... which was a real bargain, and in my opinion, a win-win for the store as well as the consumer. I've asked, and they don't even donate the stuff. What a waste!

Apr 30, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Madisons New York Bar & Grill in Boca

Next time try the artichoke. It was fantastic. I've had a couple killer cocktails there too.

Apr 30, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Boca rec needed for something different

If you go to Tucci's first, on your bill you will receive a coupon for 13% off 13 American Grill. They make great drinks. I've eaten at both 12 AG and Rebel House. My bill at Rebel House is always a good deal more.... maybe I eat more there? Fork and Knife is delicious- not as good atmosphere as the above mentioned. More of a diner atmosphere.

Apr 26, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Boca area Steakhouses: Chops/Cut432/Abe & Louie's/New York Prime?

I was actually fine with it, but it might not good for people who can't take noise.

Apr 23, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Boca area Steakhouses: Chops/Cut432/Abe & Louie's/New York Prime?

We went to both Cut 432 and NY Prime, both VERY loud, so ask for "quieter" tables, they each have area's that are better acoustically. Cut 432 was delicious. They serve biscuits as bread. They were flaky and warm. Had shrimp cocktail, it was awesome. Worth the $7/shrimp. Lamb chops ordered came 6 to the rack and came with a fab. potato/cheese gratin. Cream spinach, asparagus, tater tots- were all very good. Friends shared steak for 2. It was perfectly beefy. Very enjoyable. Cocktails were perfect.
NY Prime- Cocktails were large but filled with too much ice. Reasonably priced, but I guess that was good since 2 Gin and tonics didn't even give me a hint of a buzz (unusual). Steak ordered was ribeye on the bone, served med. rare (hot). Well charred, perfectly cooked. Delicious. Husbands filet was fantastic. Bacon app was fantastic, especially the steak sauce that came with it. The shrimp cocktail was very good, but didn't hold a candle to Cut 432. Apples and oranges. I didn't like the breading on the onion rings, but rest of party did. If I didn't feel so full from dinner the night before, I'd have gotten the onion straws and the baked shrimp. The table next to us had those dishes and I was hankering to try some. Creamed spinach was equally as good as Cut 432. Hash browns were well done, buttery and really good. Cheese cake was from the Carnegie Deli in NY and was dense and addicting, better than the same dessert at Cut 432. People were dancing in the bar area. If you are not seated in the room off the bar, I'm not so sure how you will be able to hear your party-- it is THAT noisy. BUT.... it was delicious and I would definitely recommend going. I've been to Abe & Louie's and it is good too- but to me, a step down from NY Prime, albeit, still worthy. I've eaten prime rib there, and the other restaurants mentioned here do not serve that dish. It's definitely a quieter (but still lively) experience.

Apr 21, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Brisket- 1st & 2nd cut- marbled. Where to get?

The Brisket from Glicks was fantastic... no joke. Seriously great. I actually saw a whole cryovak brisket at Josephs, but had already purchased mine.

Apr 15, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Brisket- 1st & 2nd cut- marbled. Where to get?

Purchased 1st and 2nd cut at Glicks. I went in there thinking the place would be not the best. Very impressed. Clean, easy to navigate and every (kosher) cut imaginable. Every person working there was sooo nice and helpful. I'll let you know how the meat tasted next week. Just so you know, I spent $250 meat and other things. I guess their stuff was appealing to me....

Apr 10, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

taverna kyma or estia?

Which seafood, greek place do you think is better? Taverna Kyma or Estia? Thx.

Apr 10, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Brisket- 1st & 2nd cut- marbled. Where to get?

Yikes all over the grocery store! Grocery bills are up 15% or more from last year. I've found that item for item here, things are almost $1 more+. Seriously. That adds up at the checkout line, big time! Back to the brisket- I'm going to try Glicks. Not that I need it to be kosher, but Kosher butchers have a handle on the deckle... :) I'll report back

Apr 10, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Brisket- 1st & 2nd cut- marbled. Where to get?

I've purchased meat at Costco, and even though people swear by it, I thought the meat was not great. Not horrible, just not great. Thank you for the rec of Western Beef. We had one in NY that I've been to. I'll give it a whirl. As far as full fat yogurt- try Whole Foods or other similar markets. They sell it. If you can't get the Greek style, just buy regular full fat and allow the yogurt to drain overnight through cheesecloth, a sieve or even a coffee filter set over a bowl. You will achieve thick, creamy yogurt (plus the added benefit of probiotics).

Apr 09, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Brisket- 1st & 2nd cut- marbled. Where to get?

So, this board had been extremely helpful, and now I need another rec. I'd like to purchase a 1st and 2nd cut brisket- on the fattier side. I've spoken to butchers at Fresh Market, Publix, Whole Foods. No Go! Do I have no choice but to go to Meating Place (overpriced) or Costco (not the biggest fan)? Are those my only options? Thanks, neighbors.

Apr 09, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Food Franchises That Don't Suck

Every Chipotle I've ever been to (at least 5 separate ones) allow me to ask for extra meat.

Apr 08, 2014
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Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

Mi Casita was delicious. True. 7-11 parking lot is very unappealing, but the restaurant itself was clean and fine, once inside. The owner/help were all extremely nice and helpful. We went at 130 on a Tues. afternoon. While there, at least 10 other people came in either to eat or take out, so the food moves and is fresh. $22 with tip for 3 regular soft drinks, 2 taco's (one Posado- seasoned pork with onion and one seasoned chicken; both with everything on them) and a lunch special ($6.99) with a chix chimichanga which included rice and beans. Loved everything. Definitely will go back. Plus they are open til 12:30 a.m.

Apr 08, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

Is Mi Casa the one next to 7-11? Is the name Mi Casita?

Apr 06, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

Ahhhh. I've been outed. :)

Apr 02, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Food Franchises That Don't Suck

Yes. 100% positive. I didn't see it on the menu, but I asked for it since I saw a promo on youtube for it. It came with 3 as a separate dish (not included in their sides), something like $2.40. Not greasy, but was devoid of any flavor, not even salt. Waste of calories- the whole meal. Sauces were tasty, but I don't need to buy food just for the sauces.

Mar 30, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Chains

Food Franchises That Don't Suck

i was there yesterday. yes they do: http://pollotropical.com/menu-group/p...

Mar 30, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Chains

Need for-real Top spots in Boca Raton/Delray-

Gotta say, The Boys was very good. If you smile through the whole process, you can find some pretty good stuff there. Working in the grocery world, I would have to say they would probably make a boatload more money if they either expanded or organized better.

I've now been to Fresh Market over 10 times, and it's pretty good. Maybe I've gotten accustomed to the high prices, but I've been able to navigate the store and get some delicious things, such as the sweet italian sausage. My local Publix isn't the best, but I get stuff there anyway. I purchased ground chuck for hamburgers and they were delicious. Being someone who's happy place is the grocery store, I would say they have some room for improvement. It's not a fun/pleasant environment to shop at, yet, I still go and will continue to do so.
Pop's wasn't great for me, just ok (they did a hack job on tuna) and I think it's called Old Dixie Fish in Delray was also just ok, even though 2 friends said it was out of bounds fantastic. The shrimp and clams I purchased were both tasty. I thought it was seriously weird that the fish was all sliced and pre-wrapped in plastic and the store had ZERO fish aroma (I'm used to fish on ice cut to order)
Thanks again for all the rec's. I'll continue to try and report back.

Mar 29, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Below-the-Radar Local and Small Regional Chains That Are Worth Knowing About

Good condiments, tasteless food.

Mar 29, 2014
LETTUCEINLOVE in Chains