Friday, June 19, 2015

Restaurant Review....Carolina 1663

Last week was Restaurant Week.  An opportunity to try different restaurants and foods at an affordable price.  I couldn't wait to check out the restaurants that were participating this year.  Cindy and I decided to try 
Carolina 1663 in Chapel Hill NC.
Here is a quote from their website...
"Carolina 1663, a top-rated restaurant near Franklin St. Chapel Hill, offers sophisticated Southern food made exclusively with local produce, fresh seafood and locally raised meat and poultry. In order to provide our diners with the freshest ingredients available, our menu changes seasonally.This means will your meal taste great and that you're likely to find great new treats whenever you dine with us. From our Creole-influenced shrimp and grits with kielbasa and bacon to our house-made sweet potato cheesecake, Carolina 1663 specializes in serving an authentic and healthy Southern culinary experience with a contemporary flair that makes dining in Chapel Hill an experience you won't want to miss. Located within the Sheraton Chapel Hill, Carolina 1663 is a Southern delight and a leading Chapel Hill restaurant."
We arrived early and went to the bar for a glass of wine. Lively setting.  Lots of people.  It felt like a place where regulars gathered for an afterwork drink.  
After enjoying our drink we went to our table and studied the menu...
....and of course ordered another glass of wine:-)
The Starters
Cindy ordered the Fried Pickles
she said "fried pickles were tasty with just the right spices"
I have to agree with her assessment.  And I will add tangy:-)

I had the Strawberry and Arugula Salad.
"The bacon pecan brittle was delicious"

If you look around the dinning room you will see signs. These signs display dates and events that occurred on those dates....
I had the Shrimp and Grits.
"Shrimp were tender, grits smooth and the sauce yummy with just a hint of heat."
Cindy decided to try the 6oz Filet
"Steak was very tender"

Cindy had the Sweet Tea Pie
She said  "I didn't really taste like tea, but very good.  More like sugar custard pie"
When I tasted it I too struggled to find the sweet tea flavor.  Whatever it is called it was very good.  You know me and custard, I love it:-)
I decided to try the Sweet Potato Cheesecake.
It was not served the traditional way.  It worked though.  The ice cream was a nice touch.

We did notice this nice outdoor area.  This would be a lovely place to enjoy a nice meal on a cool summer evening.  (It will not be this week thought.  It has been 100 degrees here in NC, oppressive heat)
Another nice restaurant experience.  If you find yourself in Chapel Hill I suggest you give them a try.
Get out and try a new restaurant.
Happy eating!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Restaurant Review..."Gregoria's Cuban Steakhouse"

This week is Restaurant Week.  An opportunity to try different restaurants and foods at an affordable price.  I couldn't wait to check out the restaurants that were participating this year.  Erica and I decided to try Gregorias's Cuban Steakhouse in Durham.  Here is a quote from their website....
"At Gregoria’s Steakhouse, we bring you the diverse flavors of Cuban food using traditional recipes made with the freshest ingredients. Whether you’re enjoying a Rum PiƱa and appetizers after work or celebrating with friends and family, our colorful and lively atmosphere will make you feel right at home."
We order our drinks and studied the menu...
 Yummy drinks!
 Erica ordered the Cuban Sandwich Sticks.
 A savory sandwich on a stick.
 I ordered the Colombian Empanadas with Sweet Corn Parmesan Sauce
We both loved this dish.  It was creamy and delicious.
Both of the starters of the evening were something I would order again.

Now for the Entree.
I had the Roast Pork with Sweet Plantains.
It was savory with a hint of sweetness.
Erica ordered the Chicken Imperial.
The Chicken was moist and tasty. 
We choose two desserts to try.
The Homemade Flan and the Tres Leches.
Both were delightful.
My favorite was the Flan, probably because I love custard:-) 

What a nice time we had at Gregoria's Cuban Steakhouse.  Food was scrumptious and the people friendly.  I look forward to going back.  You don't have to wait till the next Restaurant week to give them a try.  I think they are open today:-)
Get out and try a new restaurant.
Happy eating.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

National Donut Day with Caleb, June 5 2015

It was just this past Friday, National Donut Day 2015.  Isn't everyday donut day?  I guess not.  So where did this excuse to consume donuts originate?  Here is what they said about this special day on National Day Calendar
     In 1917, the original “Salvation Army Doughnut” was first served by the ladies of the Salvation Army.  It was during WWI that the Salvation Army “lassies” were sent to the front lines of Europe.  
     Home cooked foods, provided by these brave volunteers, were a morale boost to the troops.The doughnuts were often cooked in oil inside the metal helmets of American soldiers.  American infantrymen were then commonly called “doughboys”.  A more common spelling is Donut.

On this day, many doughnut stores in the United States offer free doughnuts to their customers.
A quote from the Wikipedia website.....'National Doughnut Day', or National Donut Day, celebrated in the United States of America, is on the first Friday of June each year, succeeding the Doughnut Day event created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the men and women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War 1. 

I had heard that several donut shops were giving away free donuts.  I picked up Caleb and off we went to Dunkin Donuts to Celebrate the big event.  As luck would have it there was one just up the street from his daycare.

Caleb had a sprinkle donut and I had an old fashioned donut.  I did get a blueberry donut hole which was delicious.

There is a Donut Shop I would love to visit, Monuts Donuts.  There is no law that says I have to wait for next June 5th:-)

I would like to try the apple Cider and the Maple Bacon.  Sounds amazing!
Happy Donut Day!
Enjoy Your World:-)