Sunday, February 28, 2016

Ming's Bistro Orlando

Went on a road trip last week with the family to Orlando. We went to several places including a very good Singh's Roti Shop. I didn't like how those photo's came out so next time I go I'll take some more for another post.

Ming's is located in Orlando's Mills 50 District along Coloniel also known as "Little Vietnam". There are alot of Vietnamese businesses in the area, Ming's however is Chinese and serves Chinese classics and Hong Kong style Dim Sum. My mom says that they are Vietnamese Chinese, I haven't confirmed this myself. lol

On this trip we specifically went for their Dim Sum. Dim Sum is a Cantonese cuisine that involves serving many small dishes which is usually brought out precooked on carts for customers to select. Specific dishes can be ordered from a menu. While there are far too many dishes to name they tend to include things like pork buns, shrimp dumplings, taro root, stuffed eggplant and many more. It's especially good for a large group as you can order a bunch of dishes and share with everyone. I would recommend it for anyone who likes Chinese food but wants to try something new.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Publix Deli

So I ran out of body wash today........ok it was like three days ago but yeah I finally got around to taking a walk to the Publix grocery store near me. Publix originates in Florida with the first store being founded in Winter Haven. They have a lot of the typical items you would find at any store but what really sets them apart is their food. That and they've always got this really modern feel unlike lets say Winn Dixie, although I will say I've heard very good things about the new ones. Anyway Publix Deli is really good so I decided to pick up something for lunch.

I ended up choosing the Boar's Head Italian sub. You also have the choice of picking Publix brand instead. The Italian features three meats: Hot Cappy, Tavern Ham and Genoa Salami. The Hot Cappy is a type of Italian ham and I'm fairly certain it is a version of Cappicola, just going by the name of course lol.

For my bread I went with plain white. Wheat and Multigrain are also options.

Normally it comes with provolone, but I usually go with American Yellow or Asiago if I'm feeling fancy. It's a bit like subway where you can pick your ingredients. On this one I chose Spinach, Tomatoes, carrots, Kalamata olives (added those myself), onions, oregano, oil and vinegar. Also picked up Cheddar Broccoli soup which is one of my favorites.

Really tasty sub. I think Publix would be number 2 on my favorite sub places in Jacksonville. It probably would be higher or tied with my favorite with better bread and more ingredient choices.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Matt's Italian

Me and my cousin couldn't decide what to eat. So on a whim we decided on getting Italian Food. Matt's Italian was pretty close by so we decided to check it out. My cuz got the Submarine and got the Cannelloni with a Lobster Bisque. A Cannelloni is basically cylindrical pasta stuffed with lamb, beef and spinach. Topped with cheese and tomato sauce it really looks like a burrito. lol

Falafel &Gyro King

Just happened to be driving along Atlantic Blvd looking for something to eat. I Saw La Nopalera and decided and decided to stop even if it wasn't one of my favorite Mexican joints. As I pulled in I noticed a little strip mall behind the restaurant with a place called Falafel & Gyro King. I just had to check it out. I ordered the Meat Shwarma sandwich, the bread is called samoon and is eaten in Iraq. Also got some ground beef Samosas. I both were really good. There is also a middle eastern bakery/market next door. I'll have to check it out next time.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Sheik

Camel Rider (also known as the Desert Rider at other places) with fries and a Cherry Lime-Aid. a good ol' fashion Duval County classic from The Sheik. Some people prefer the Stack N Sack but that is never agreeable with my tummy.

Here is a great article if you want to learn more about the origins of the Camel Rider in Jacksonville and it's middle eastern origins. It's not a fancy foodie food but it is one of my local favorites and it really is a part of history. I think alot of times especially with how mismanaged the city has been for a very long time we aren't aware of some of the cool stuff around town and alot of the history.

Norman Reedus as Gambit instead of Channing Tatum?

I just thought of something......Norman Reedus from The Walking Dead should play Gambit from X-Men instead of Channing Tatum. I mean who looks more believable as a petty thief from the swamps of Louisiana? Don't get me wrong I like Mr. Tatum but he is just not believable as Gambit. For real just google Norman Reedus and Gambit and just be in awe. I would post pictures but I don't like to post pictures that I didn't take myself.

Thoughts on Deadpool

So I ended up seeing Deadpool. Twice actually. lol Great movie.Very Funny. Unlike Zoolander 2 which was terrible and hurt my soul.

I don't want to give anything away but Jacksonville was mentioned like 3 joking...for probably terrible reasons...but I still thought it was extremely awesome. Other than Jacksonville jokes the movie is hilarious, Ryan Reynolds stars in the title role of Deadpool and nails it. If you are unfamilar with the character, Deadpool he from Marvel comics, has a similar healing ability to the more well-known character from X-men: Wolverine. Except he's really funny and really violent. I mean Wolverine is violent but in a PG-13 sort of violence. Deadpool is more rated R with blood and stuff. And his brand of humor is pretty crude. However the movie never comes off as cynical or mean spirited. The guy is pretty much invincible and can do whatever he wants.

Very nice Russian big metal guy Colossus and goth teen Negasonic Teenage Witch, both from the X-Men tag along to help mister Deadpool save his girlfriend and try to get him to join the X-men. Both characters provide a nice Foil to the antics of Deadpool.

None feeling British badguy Ajax isn't a very memorable villian but he doesn't need to be. This really isn't about him.

Anywho, great movie. Go see it. I don't think I've laugh as much in a movie theater since Borat. It's just as raunchy and probably more you probably do not want to see it with your kids......and don't see Zoolander 2...not as bad as Anchorman 2....but bad. Deadpool.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Ariana Kebab and Grill Jacksonville

Went to see Dead Pool and afterwards had some really great Afghan food at Ariana Kebab and Grill. This is the Qabili Palau with lamb and is considered the national dish of Afghanistan. It is amazing, the rice is amazingly seasoned, the carrots literally melt in your mouth. The raisins go surprisingly well and the tangy green sauce just tops it off. But speaking of Dead Pool I'll write my thoughts on it a little later. But yeah check it out.....the movie too :)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Lunch at Karam's Mediterranean Grill

Shwarma Meat Plate

View of our food
Street View

Had lunch with my cousin at Karam's Mediterranean Grill the other day. Good Stuff, I had the Shwarma Meat Plate with Falafel, Hummus and Pita. The Shwarma is very well seasoned and the hummus was well made. Also loved that it came with jalapenos and a red pepper. Definitely one of my top 5 places for middle eastern food in Jacksonville. I'll probably make a list later on. If you want to check it out the address is: 4241 University Blvd S, Jacksonville, FL 32216