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Spanish cooking chorizo in St. Pete area

johnschiap,

Spanish chorizo is typically smoked dried and ready to eat. This is what you are looking for. Portuguese chorizo is also typically smoked and dried and also ready to eat.

Fresh chorizo is usually Mexican and must be cooked before eating and not a replacement for Spanish paella. Commercial fresh chorizo is usually made from the lowest quality cuts of pork including the endtrails and organ meat. You can easily make your own fresh chorizo at home, just google a recipe.

Spanish paella never includes fresh chorizo, only the dried and cured kind. Portuguese chorizo would be a fine alternative to Spanish.

The best Spanish chorizos I've found so far are Goya brand, which is available everywhere, and one that the Fresh Market sells which is much longer and attached by a string. I believe Publix sells the Portuguese chorizo.

Apr 14, 2013
ElGimpo in Florida

Cuban/Chinese in Tampa

It's not Cuban, it's Puerto Rican I believe.

Jan 31, 2013
ElGimpo in Florida

What brand of poultry to you buy from Publix, Win-Dixie, or Sweet Bay?

lol, sure thing:

Highly Recommended

1. Mary's Free Range Air Chilled Chicken (also sold as Pitman's)
Distribution: Calfornia, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Arizona and Nevada

2.Bell & Evans Air Chilled Premium Fresh Chicken
Distribution: East of the Rockies

Recommended
3.Springer Mountain Farms Fresh Chicken
Distribution: National, with concentration east of Mississippi

4.Coleman Organic Whole Chicken (also sold as Rosie Organic Whole Chicken)
Distribution: National

5.Empire Kosher Broiler Chicken
Distribution: National

Recommended with Reservations

6.Perdue Fresh Whole Chicken
Distribution: National

7.Gold Kist Farms Young ’n Tender All Natural Chicken (also sold as Pilgrim’s)
Distribution: Florida to Arizona, in the South (half of chickens produced are sold as store brands across the U.S.)

8.Tyson Young Chicken
Distribution: National

btw, USDA free range certification only requires chicken have access to the outside %51 of their lives. No requirement they actually went outside. And no definition what size or makeup the outside is. A free range chicken you buy may never have been outside in it's life.

organic chicken only refers to the ingredients of the chicken, that's it.

free range chicken eggs means absolutely nothing. Just marketing.

Jan 23, 2013
ElGimpo in Florida

What brand of poultry to you buy from Publix, Win-Dixie, or Sweet Bay?

From America's Test Kitchen:

In LAST PLACE out of 8:

Recommended with Reservations

Tyson Chicken

'You know something’s fishy when your chicken has an ingredient list. Though most judged it “OK,” some found this broth-injected bird “spongy,” “wet,” and “bland beyond description.”


in 6th place out of 8:

Recommended with Reservations

Perdue Chicken

Your “basic,” “bland” chicken that some found “super-tender” but others deemed “dry,” with meat that “sticks to your teeth.” Perdue uses antibiotics “only when necessary” but boasts of being “USDA Process Verified.” In this case, it simply means the birds are vegetarian fed (which can mean a diet of bakery scraps).

http://www.naturalnews.com/024756.html
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24956860/...

Jan 20, 2013
ElGimpo in Florida

What brand of poultry to you buy from Publix, Win-Dixie, or Sweet Bay?

The Publix brand is in my opinion the highest quality chicken I've found so far, very good. The SweetBay brand always looked kind of 'sickly' to me but tasted ok I guess.

Down here the Perdue and Tyson brands of chicken are injected with up to 15% salt water. Besides increasing the weight (paying for a pound of water for every 7 lbs of chicken), it gives the chicken a slight rubbery texture and weird flavor.

I believe wal-mart sells the tyson chicken wings and tenders.

Jan 16, 2013
ElGimpo in Florida

Best Hamburger and fresh cut french fries

I've had quite a few burgers in Sarasota over the years and so far the best burger I've had is at this little spot right before Venice called Curry Creek Cafe. Second best is The Crab and Fin on St Armands, yeah, the fish place.

J Ryan's (next to the mall) used to have a great burger but haven't had one there in years. Actually, I might just go there this weekend and try one again.

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Curry Creek Cafe
920 Tamiami Trl S, Nokomis, FL 34275

Aug 11, 2011
ElGimpo in Florida

Amigos Mexican Restaurant

It's on the first line of the post? 14837 North Florida Avenue Tampa.

Anyhoo, been back a few times since, and it's been just ok for me. The chorizo and carnitas are very good, but everything else I have had has been just average so far. The pastor was a let down too. Worth a try if you live close by but no need to drive out of the way for them quite yet.

Dec 13, 2010
ElGimpo in Florida

Amigos Mexican Restaurant

You're welcome, I'm going to have to go back tonight or tomorrow and make sure it wasn't a dud. Seems to happen to me all the time.

Nov 29, 2010
ElGimpo in Florida

Amigos Mexican Restaurant

New spot on 14837 North Florida Avenue close to Bearss in a strip mall (Action plaza). Typical little hole in the wall kinda place. Good sign when a Mexican restaurant is full of Mexicans eating there.

On sit down I got some freshly made nachos and homemade salsa, nachos still warm, very good. Big menu, even a vegetarian section. I was intrigued by the deep fried whole mojarra but I found the taco selections and went with 4: chorizo, lengua, steak and carnitas. $7.50. Out of al pastor. Took some time to make, but I was entertained by Spanish tv blaring right above my cabeza. The plate arrived and I was pleasantly surprised with 4 nice fat tacos with homemade tortillas and a side of pickled sliced carrots. Red salsa, green salsa and limes on the side.

Best Mexican chorizo I have had yet, just excellent. Best carnitas too, just the way I like em, nice and crunchy and moist on the inside, the only place I have found these made this way outside my kitchen. The toungue was bland and diced in little squares, skip these. The steak was shredded and a bit crispy, not great but way way better than most places I've been to. I was worried the single tortillas wouldn't hold up but they did. The salsas served were very good. Before I started eating, it didn't really bother me that they were out of the pastor but now I was pouting about it.

The waitress told me they make their own crunchy style tacos in-house so I'll be trying those next time. I left happy and giddy that this place is only 4 minutes from my hacienda.

Mexican food is kinda new to me so I would love to hear what ya'll think about it if you happen to eat there.

Nov 28, 2010
ElGimpo in Florida

In search of the giant burger near Tampa

Tank's tap room in Carrollwood has an 8 pounder. Food network did a show on it a while back:

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2010/mar/...

Nov 03, 2010
ElGimpo in Florida

Food Terminology that makes you CRAZY!!

haha, yes, forgot about that one, just awful...

Oct 26, 2010
ElGimpo in Not About Food

Food Terminology that makes you CRAZY!!

Drives me nuts:

"pop it in the oven" How do you 'POP' anything in the oven? aaarghhh

"let the juices re-distribute" Juices aren't just hanging around in a corner somewhere waiting to redistribute.. they THICKEN as they cool!! aaaaaaaargh!!!!

"these bad boys" double aaaaargh!!!!!!!!!

Oct 26, 2010
ElGimpo in Not About Food

Why are baguettes in the US so bad?

I lived in Puerto Rico and we had some of the most amazing baguettes there. I also lived in the south of France for a couple of years where my Aunt would leave early every single morning to get the bread for the family. Amazing bread.

Making a proper baguette takes days and a lot of work. In France the fresh bread sells out in a few hours. Here it goes stale because it's just not part of the daily culture so it's just not worth the trouble. However, I am sure someone somewhere is making them.

My Mother is off the boat from France and our search for a good baguette continues after 25 years here.

Oct 18, 2010
ElGimpo in General Topics

The hunt for a particular spatula!

Oct 10, 2010
ElGimpo in Florida

Confessions Of A Tampa Foodie

Just went to a place called Gengiz Khan on s McDill last night with a friend who swore by it and I was blown away. Had the gyro platter over rice and came with homemade pita to make your own gyros. Best gyro ever had, looked like the meat was thinly sliced leg of lamb seared and crispy and moist, just great.

Also had some falafel and again, best I ever had. Instead of the typical dry, grainy texture, this was soft and stuck to your teeth in a good kind of way, very tasty. Highly recommended.

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Gengiz Khan Restaurant
6102 S MacDill Ave Ste C, Tampa, FL 33611

Sep 30, 2010
ElGimpo in Florida

Gourmet grocery

If you are landing in Tampa, might as well go by Whole Foods which is right next to the airport (5-10 min drive) on the corner of I-275 and Dale Mabry. Great selection of imported cheeses and stuff, huge store.

For great patè, Fresh Market has a superb goose liver patè, so does Morton's. I'm sure Whole Foods does also.

Sep 14, 2010
ElGimpo in Florida

Best of Sarasota's hidden gems

Two restaurants I think of as 'gems' that are never mentioned much are Curry Creek Cafe and Roessler's Restaurant, both in south Sarasota. I've been to Curry Creek Cafe twice now for lunch and have been quite impressed. Talk about a small hole in the wall in the middle of nowhere... A mix of Indonesian, Italian and American food. For lunch try the soft shell crab sandwich or the crabcake sandwich along with the seafood stew. I keep hearing their curry is to die for. They are running a special of extra 10% accrual off the bill every time you go up to 40% off on your 4th visit.

Been to Roessler's many times, very fine dining and $$$, but worth it for special occasions. The baked onion soup is a masterpiece, and the boneless duck new orleans is just amazing. The place gets packed so reservations are needed.

http://www.currycreekcafe.com/
http://roesslersrestaurant.com/index.asp

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Roessler's Restaurant
2033 Vamo Way, Sarasota, FL 34238

Curry Creek Cafe
920 Tamiami Trl S, Nokomis, FL 34275

Aug 30, 2010
ElGimpo in Florida

Tonight! Need Tampa restaurant rec for big group!

Hi,

For Asian, there are 2 great Chinese restaurants off of Armenia Ave. One is the Yummy House and the other is China Yuan. They both can get very packed so call and make sure there is room. You can do a search on this web site to find out more about them, lots of info. Both are the type where half the people eating there are Chinese, not your typical Americanized Chinese food if you know what I mean.

I prefer China Yuan myself simply because I can find a parking spot and a table most of the time, but they both are the best in the city.

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China Yuan
8502 N Armenia Ave Ste 1A, Tampa, FL 33604

Yummy House
2202 W Waters Ave Ste 1A, Tampa, FL 33604

May 30, 2010
ElGimpo in Florida

Good eats around St. Armands, Sarasota?

I would also recommend the Dry Dock Waterfront Grill for lunch. The upstairs view is simply unforgettable and the food is good and very affordable. I would recommend the fish and chips for you and the fried whole-bellied ipswitch clam sandwich for he. Both around $14 each and excellent eats.

Another lunch spot you might enjoy is the Old Salty Dog just around the corner from the 'circle'. It was featured in an episode of Man vs Food last year and you are directly on or over the water watchin the boats go by. I've never been there but looks like a fun place. Very casual.

For dinner make a reservation at the Columbia and before or after eating walk around the circle looking at all the quaint shops. Although not my favorite place, it's beautiful and quite a unique restaurant. Very affordable.

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The Old Salty Dog
1601 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236

May 16, 2010
ElGimpo in Florida

Best Chinese Buffet in Tampa

I you must eat Chinese buffet, then Crazy Buffet is my rec. Because of their monthly $10 off coupons the place has a LOT of business, thereby keeping the food constantly fresh. Nice looking place too.

May 11, 2010
ElGimpo in Florida

Need Recipe Please!!

Here. Over 1000 quiche recipes sorted by highest rating. A bunch are crustless. Most are for 9 inch pie so multiply ingredients by 2 1/2 for a hotel pan:

http://www.recipezaar.com/recipes.php...

Mar 16, 2010
ElGimpo in Home Cooking

Need Recipe Please!!

I would suggest posting your question at http://www.cheftalk.com/forum/ where a large number of professional chefs and caterers hang out and answers to your dilema are typical. Try the caterers forum or the recipes forum for starters.

Mar 16, 2010
ElGimpo in Home Cooking

Molto Bene: Authentic DOP Pizza in Tampa...and more: Pizzaiolo Bavaro!

hehe yes, the pizza police. Thanx for the rec, didn't know about it. Can't wait to try it out.

Mar 02, 2010
ElGimpo in Florida

Molto Bene: Authentic DOP Pizza in Tampa...and more: Pizzaiolo Bavaro!

Denominazione d'Origine Protetta or Controllata which means certain products in Italy by law must be made according to set rules and in a set location or region like parmiggianno reggiano.

DOP pizza is 'regarded' as Neopolitan pizza made according to the same strict rules they use in Naples.

The Italians got fed up with people bastardizing their pizzas and claiming them authentic so the they developed a true certification (VPN) with strict rules as to what a true Neopolitan pizza is. There are only 40 or so pizzerias in the US that have been certified VPN pizza.
http://verapizzanapoletana.org/vpn_fr...

Mar 02, 2010
ElGimpo in Florida

Great Colombian Food (Tampa)

Went to Antojito's on Saturday, we ordered the empanadas, the toungue, the fried fish and the sancocho which was quickly switched to the churrasco after I saw one go by. Everything was fantastic, my steak was sooo good. Nice and crispy on the outside and tender on the in. I love red beans and they make em very good. The fish was good and the toungue was good. My father's parents are Colombian so he was yuckin it up with one of the waitresses most of the time, we had a great time.

I have to confess however that this place is an exact copy of La Pequeña Columbia on Armenia, everything we had looked and tasted deliciously identical. The menu has the same dishes but albeit a much larger menu and the bakery is the same. I never asked, but I will bet they are related somehow.

Feb 26, 2010
ElGimpo in Florida

The scoop on Cuban food in Tampa/Sarasota- La Terasita

Lala's is now Lenny's Latin Cafe, and it's much better now in my opinion, although I've only had the palomilla and breaded steak so far.

Feb 26, 2010
ElGimpo in Florida

The scoop on Cuban food in Tampa/Sarasota- La Terasita

I've tried almost every dish at La Teresita and the only things I will eat there are the picadillo, bistec empanizado and the vaca frita. Everything else there is way below standard.

There's this little place I am currently scouting out in Temple Terrace called Lenny's Latin Cafe. So far I've had the breaded steak, palomilla and the palomilla sandwich which have all been above average. All cooked to order. Great yellow rice. Friendly owner.

I ate lunch at La Tropicana De Havana 2 weeks ago with my parents and they loved it. They had the roast pork and the ropa vieja. I tasted them and were quite good. I ordered the masa frita and got pan browned roast pork instead, not happy. Tasted good, but not what I ordered. My main complaint is they need to serve cuban toast with the meal instead of the pre-frozen french bread they do now. Besides that, not bad, not great. I hope they last, Sarasota is in dire need of more latin fare.

Feb 25, 2010
ElGimpo in Florida

Great Colombian Food (Tampa)

Can't wait to try this place, thanx for the rec. I love Columbian grub.

My current fav is La Pequena Columbia on Armenia, hard to get a table cause it gets real packed at lunchtime, but good stuff.

Feb 11, 2010
ElGimpo in Florida

Mi Pueblo (Tampa)

If you go to La Casona, be sure to try the beef empanadas, they are superb. They also make the best mofongo. The chicken asopao is to die for. Also recommended are the fried pork chunks. Stay away from the sirloin at all costs.

Feb 11, 2010
ElGimpo in Florida

Fine dining 60 minutes from Venice?

I have always had a soft spot for Roessler's. Great duck. Not too far from Venice. Always impeccable.

http://roesslersrestaurant.com/

Jan 26, 2010
ElGimpo in Florida