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Update – Bring Your Lunch To Work – No Fast Food Today!!

Update – Bring Your Lunch To Work – No Fast Food Today!!.

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Tampa Bay’s Friday Freakin Weekend Edition – 11/1 – 11/3/13

Tampa Bay’s Friday Freakin Weekend Edition – 11/1 – 11/3/13.

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Starlite Diner – 401 N Atlantic Ave Daytona Beach, FL – (386) 255-9555

Starlite Diner – 401 N Atlantic Ave Daytona Beach, FL – (386) 255-9555.

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The Pizza Chronicles – Tampa

The Pizza Chronicles – Tampa.

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The Next Iron Chef – Super Chefs- And The Winner Is…..

Geoffrey Zakarian and the Chairman
CONGRATULATIONS, IRON CHEF ZAKARIAN!   Foodie picked the final three weeks ago and my favorite actually won! Gonna go play lotto now.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.  As always, I wish you and yours, Happy Holiday Eating!!


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Cheddar’s Casual Cafe – 11135 Causeway Blvd Brandon, FL 33511 – Review

   I don’t think it matters what time you go to this place, it is always crowded.  We got there around 3:00pm this past Saturday and were told it would be about a 25 minute wait, but were seated in about ten minutes. Our waiter was helpful and friendly  but the kitchen must have been getting slammed because it took more than 15 minutes to get our  appetizers and drinks.  The atmosphere at Cheddar’s is casual, the entrees are in the 10.00 – 15.00 range, and Margaritas were tasty and under 4.00. So how was the food?

The food was good, not amazing, but well worth the money.  We had loaded potato skins for our app and I enjoyed them. They were filled with cheese,  seasoned well, and the skin was nice and crispy.  If you are not a cheese lover, like my date, you may want to avoid this one.  Although my date simply scraped off about half the cheese and ate and enjoyed the rest. For our entree we both had a rib combo.  Mine came with fried shrimp, hers with chicken tenders.  I didn’t care for the shrimp, they were too small, and there was way too much breading. We both enjoyed the ribs, and she loved her chicken tenders.  A must have, which you have to request,  but it is included in the meal, is the croissants.  They were flakey and buttery and hot  and drizzled with honey.  Yummy!

Would I go back to Cheddar’s?  Absolutely.  That was not my first time there and it won’t be my last. I don’t know what it is  about that place that keeps it packed but whatever it is they are doing, they should keep it up, because its working.  Well, on to the next. As always, I wish you Happy Eating!

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The Next Iron Chef – Super Chefs – Foodie Picks 3

 Although I am so not into sports,  I do get the idea of putting together a fantasy team. If you  could do that with chefs, this would be it.   I watched the last three seasons,  and I can’t say this show was ever one of my favorites, until now.  This is a WTF , nail biting, roller coaster ride of a competition,  that ends way to soon.  I thought chef Alex Guarnaschelli was going to stroke out  during the first episode, she got so flustered.  Who could have guessed that she doesn’t exactly have nerves of steel?

One  challenge was to make an Iron Chef worthy dish, from crazy concessions stand offerings. It was amazing, gummy bears and red hots, really?  I would love to meet the crackheads that come up with this stuff.  Only a super chef can survive this and the cream is slowing rising to the top.  Clearly in order to win this thing you need to have more than culinary skills.  Last night the audience of a comedy club got to pick out the ingredients.   What savory dish goes well with marshmallow?  One of my picks to win was in the bottom but he did survive to cook another day.

Last episode had a the chefs come up with dishes with ingredients suggested by a comedy club audience. Thankfully they weeded out some of the wilder things like cheese puffs, but octopus and marshmallows sure did stump me. The bottom two, Zakarian and Beu MacMillian faced off for a chance to stay. I like them both, in fact, I like all of the chefs on the show,  but I’m really feeling  Zakarian right now.

Any way my top 3 are Marcus Samuelson, if he doesn’t over think things, Elizabeth Falkner, if she just keeps doing what she’s doing, and Geoffry Zakarian, who I think may just win this thing.  Who do you think will be the Next Iron Chef?