Lunch Break Food Critic's Blog

07/17/2012

New American Classic: Chicken Burger and Sweet Potato Fries

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04/25/2012

Duk-ing it out!

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Going to Duke’s in Malibu was a elegant experience.  We went in the evening, so the atmosphere was even more special. The waiter seated us in a booth with a window overlooking the ocean rocks ans waves which distracted us from the menus.  After prying ourselves from enjoying the view, we noticed the atmosphere was private with above whispered volumes.  The menu offered quite a few choices, but I finally decided to ordered this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although the plate looks appealing, the food was simply alright.  Nothing to brag about, the flavors weren’t quite harmonizing with each other.  The sauce of the chicken meat over powered the breaded meal and salad.  The fries were good though.

03/22/2012

BLT: Healthy Homemade Version

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Today I felt like making a BLT, so I went to my kitchen and 20 minutes later, emerged with this plate:

It’s turkey bacon with lettuce & tomato and sweet potato fries sprinkled with cinnamon 🙂 Mmm Mmm!

01/27/2012

Who orders Cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory?

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Entering this busy establishment in Redondo Beach, we had a wait time of about 15 minutes.  Everything looked clean and confined as several waiters and host bustled by.  We opted to be seated outdoors with less traffic.  The view was beautiful, overlooking the bay and the patrons were quieter than inside.  The waitress we had was very friendly and accommodating to my specific requests.

I ordered a Crispy Chicken sandwich with Sweet potato fries.  The plate looked proportionately designed, with the crunchy chicken blending well with the bbq and ranch sauce I added on the side.  The Sweet potato fries were also perfect, not overcooked ( brittle ) nor undercooked ( soggy ) and sprinkled with seasonings of garlic cloves.  A very delicious plate.

11/28/2011

Mediterranean Splash

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This is my version of a Mediterranean Dish:

Pick your favorite veggies (mine are kale, string beans, onions, tomatoes -I know, its a fruit-, raisons, and nuts)

Chop up and put in warm pan on stove top

Add olive oil and stir

Continue to stir and warm for about 15 minutes

Add cooked sweet potato fries and…

Voila, a tasty treat!

This should help you get back on track to healthy after the holidays 🙂

08/30/2011

Avocado Tacos

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Being healthy opens the door for much creativity as one thinks of tasty ways to fill the palette.

I made these delicious crunchy tacos with:

lean turkey meat

tomatos

lettuce

avocados

tiziki dressing from traders or ceaser dressingm again from traders

taco shells

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08/01/2011

Professional Ninja Blender

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05/25/2011

Alternative High Alkaline Dessert

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In my new quest to keep my alkaline levels high ( range is measured in the blood from 1-14 and 7.35-7.45 is normal.  each food has its own numerical value on the scale with under 7 being label as acidic and above that as alkalinic ), I am discovering new ways to taste great mixtures of food, while keeping a higher balance of alkaline foods.  Fruits and Vegetable naturally are alkaline, while breads, pasta, dairy, animal protein, and grains are more acidic.

As a result, I made this dessert that doesn’t compromise flavor, taste, and health.  Its low cooked peaches and apples, with raw bananas slices topped with cinnamin and walnuts….just delectable!

05/03/2011

The Aquarium

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Guess where the least place I’d expect to find sweet potato fries?  Well the title gives it away, but the day I went to the Long Beach Pacific Aquarium, they had a special with delicious sweet potato fries.  I also ordered a trukey wrap with potato salad (potato binge day) and it truned out to be pretty good.  They also had a multi-berry filled pie for dessert that looked very rich and tasty, but unfortunately, I had no room nor time to eat it!

The Upper level food court is where this treat was found.  The food choices are on display as a plate model, so you can choose your meal.  Expect to stand in long lines on days where featured exhibits are ongoing.  Once you finally get to the fornt, you want to order many things since you know you’d have to return to the lines if you are hungrier.  I opted to go withour dessert to see if I could eat the huge plate of lunch I bought.

Seating is an open space nearby with choices of indoor or outdoor with traces of kids, families, and special groups of people everywhere.  A little messy, the food court has a few commercial food options as well.  It may not be a hotel, but the food richness and quantity more than made up for it.

Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802

562-590-3100

www.aquariumofpacific.org

03/30/2011

Open, say who? says me…Sesame!

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I LOVE Mediteranean Food!!!

Okay, Okay.  I know I say that with just about every thing I post, but what can I say….I’m a true FOODIE.  So many cuisines and spots to try & only one lifetime 🙂

Not only have I found Mediterrean foods healthy, cooked well, and just so tasty, but its unique flavoring and grilled vegetables, I haven’t sampled anywhere else as good as within the Lebanese cuisine.  When we ate here I wanted to thank the Chef, Ali, personally, but we discovered he was gone at around 7pm.  He makes all the sauses and prepares the daily portions fresh and leaves around 4pm to his staff to cook.  I ordered chicken, grilled tomatos and onions, garlic sauce, and wheat pita.  I choose to drink Jallob and water with lemon – no ice, as it helps with your vocal cords longevity.

The atmosphere here was warm, cozy, and familiar.  There were plenty of groups and sets of couples meeting on the night we went.  The restaurant has 2 separate locations, that were within a few paces of one another so our wait time on a Saturday was not long.  At first we sat next to the door which made it very cold with the constant traffic, but with a smile and small request, our waiter changed our  seats with little hassle.  I’d definitely return to this restaurant once  a week if possible!

Open Sesame

5215 East 2nd Street
Long Beach CA 90803

(562) 621-1698

http://www.opensesamegrill.com/index.html

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