Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Fondue Flavors

 A few days ago, my friend Kristina joined me for a my favorite treat - fondue!  We dined at Fedora, a swanky sort of downtown restaurant.  I'm not a big fan of all black decor, but the general atmosphere is pretty nice.  Our waitress was friendly and helpful.

There were several fondues that sounded appetizing, but after much indecisiveness, we narrowed it down to two. Kristina chose the Cheddar and Ale Fondue.  It comes with soft pretzels and sausage (which we switched out for grilled chicken).  I selected the Sicilian Fondue, which is accompanied by pepperoni cubes and pita bread.  All the fondues also include carrots and broccoli.

Both fondues were so delicious that I honestly can't decide which one I liked better.  The only thing that could have made it better would have been more bread.  We actually ended up ordering an extra plate of pretzels - yum!  It was nice that we were able to switch out items we didn't want for others.  In fact, I'll probably forego the broccoli next time and get more bread.  Can you tell I'm a bread fan? :)

Overall, it was a good experience.  Four out of five stars (****)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Feeling Blu

Today, my friend Cassy joined me for lunch at a new-ish downtown spot.  Blu Sesame has a trendy decor - what I call "modern Asian" style.  The waiter was friendly and helpful.

Both of us chose the most popular menu item, Panko-Crusted Chicken.  It was perfectly tender, with just enough crispiness on the outside.  Teriyaki sauce and wasabi aioli were skillfully drizzled over the top of the chicken.  We were given the option of several accompaniments:  steamed vegetables, lo mein noodles, steamed rice, or fried rice.  Cassy enjoyed the veggies.  I had a hard time deciding between the fried rice and lo mein, but opted for the noodles.  Yummy choice!   By the way, the food looked so good that we forgot to take a picture before we started eating. :)

Overall, I think Blu Sesame deserves a five out of five rating.  (*****) It was a Blu day! :) http://www.blusesame.com/

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

And so it begins...

My first endeavor at blogging begins with Red Lobster.  Upon entering the establishment, I detected the pungent odor of fish.  Okay, I know - it's a seafood restaurant.  Still, I was not looking forward to smelling fish the whole time.  Fortunately, the dining area held a neutral scent.  

While I am not typically a seafood fan (by that, I mean I steer clear of "surf"), my grandma asked me to join her.  Plus, I like to try new things now and then.  I perused the menu.  I decided to try the Maple-Glazed Chicken.  I know, I know...it's not seafood.  That said, the glaze was quite tasty.  Additionally, the meal included a garden salad, wild rice pilaf, and potatoes.  The salad was fair, the rice was good, and the potatoes were okay. 

Oh, and I tried the cheese biscuits.  Of all the comments I've heard about Red Lobster, the biscuits were by far the most mentioned.  I did enjoy the flavor, although they were a little saltier than I like.  

Overall, it was a decent experience.  Three out of five stars (***).