Bagel of the Month Club – Review 2014

 

 

You have heard of fruit of the month clubs and coffee of the month clubs, but did you know about New York Bagel of the Month Club?

“It’s the water,” is what you hear many a New Yorker say when they are asked why New York bagels are so much tastier than bagels made elsewhere (most New Yorkers say the same thing about a slice of genuine New York pizza — and we wholeheartedly agree.)

We recently discovered Bagel of the Month Club online because our North Texas area is bereft of a truly good bagel — trust me.  In our case, it’s nice to be able to order something as a delicious breakfast item when having overnight guests (who love the special touch, by the way.)

   Bagel of the Month Club prices can be a bit steep for the casual consumer, but one of their delivery packages would be an ideal choice for New York companies wishing to woo business plus an exciting selection for folks outside the U.S. who are curious about genuine N.Y. bagels. 

Additionally, a soldier stationed away from home or American citizens staying abroad would similarly find a genuine New York bagel a slice of heaven.

Let’s face it – - when it comes to living outside of the Big Apple, a good bagel is hard to find.

How do you like your bagel? Toasted or not? Sliced or whole? Cream cheese or lox? Grab that tub of cream cheese and let’s get to schmearing. View offerings from BOMC at http://www.bagelofthemonthclub.com/new-york-bagels/

Love this concept, Bagel of the Month Club!

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Wolfgang Puck’s 560 – Review 2014

 

   Atop the iconic Reunion Tower in downtown Dallas, glowing with thousands of lights in the evening sky over the Dallas skyline, sits a restaurant named for the height of the tower that houses Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant, Five Sixty.  Positioned within a large, orb-shaped edifice with a rotating room that provides diners with a 360 degree view of the Dallas skyline, Wolfgang Pucks’ Five Sixty restaurant looms romantically over the city as a destination for gourmets and food plebeians alike.

The Asian-inspired restaurant at 300 Reunion Blvd. opened to great local fanfare and has remained a consistent hot spot since inception.  The modern interior provides visual impact while the ambience is elegant and soothing.

While braised beef ribs and some chicken-centric items are on its menu, 560′s offerings are heavy on the seafood including sushi, sashimi, and for example, crispy Maine lobster & shrimp spring rolls with “honey ten-spice sauce”.  Other unique offerings with Wolfgang Puck-flair include pork-belly pot stickers with dried cherries, black vinegar, and chili oil in addition to the popular, “Salt and pepper calamari”.

Two bars within Wolfgang Puck’s 560 provide a more casual dining experience and diners can save a few dollars Mondays-Thursdays from 5-7 for happy hour prices on the Izakaya menu.

We like the Chef’s 7-Course Tasting ($135 per person/$200 with wine).  With prices like this, we reserve our visits for special occasions.  If you do go, dress up a little bit (men are required to wear collars) in order to meet the dress code.  Additionally, we suggest you leave small children at home to insure the pleasure of other guests as they pony up the big bucks to enjoy dining out in a beautiful setting with beautiful food.

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Wo Hop Chinese Restaurant Review – Chinatown Two Bridges NYC – 2014 Review

WO-HOP Chinese Restaurant – Chinatown Two Bridges, NYC, NY

Go downstairs at 17 Mott Street to experience good Chinese food served with a side of adventure.  Locals may be the savvy diners here as many order their food to-go because Wo-Hop is teeny-tiny in size (the bathrooms alone are a challenge to maneuver) but the food is large on flavor.

Giant egg rolls are a Wo Hop specialty, fabulously crisp outside and steaming with deliciousness inside.  Lo-mein noodles are a must-have as are the egg drop and sweet and sour soup.  If there is a line to enter Wo-Hop (and there likely will be), do what you can to wait for a table to experience true Chinatown fare and lightning-fast service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grimaldi’s – Allen, Texas Review 2014

 

 

  We love pizza – whether it is a slice of genuine New York pie or from an ordinary pizza chain.  However, every now and then you have to enjoy pizza that reminds you how extraordinary pizza can be.  Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria serves up that pizza.  Our nearest location is located at 836 Market Street in Allen, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.  Grimaldi’s dishes out exquisite pizzas with a thin and chewy crust that only a coal brick oven pizza can, well, deliver.

The quality of the ingredients are noticeably superior to those of most pizza-serving restaurants.  A personal size, 12” pizza or calzone is plenty for two if you also order one of their large, crisp salads (we like the Mediterranean salad).    An attractive, Italian-themed interior beckons with starched, white tablecloths.

Patio seating in the green space outside is worth considering to watch ducks float by in the creek of the outdoor shopping resort where Grimaldi’s is located.  Summer concerts on the green make for a leisurely place to eat and sip wine while the kids can play on the grassy area outside the patio.  Wine list is pleasing and the service top-notch.

 

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Urban Crust Plano – Review 2014

 

 

     Urban Crust bills itself as a wood-fired pizza haven but we have yet to make our way to that area of their menu because we are consistently wooed by the unique and tempting salads.

Located at 1006 E. 15th Street in the Dallas suburb of Plano, Texas, Urban Crust provides a modern-mixed-with funky atmosphere that is perfect for lunch or a dinner date.  On a recent visit, our party enjoyed Urban Crust’s Tricolore Salad which contained arugula, shaved grana padano, pine nuts, grape tomatoes, fresh lemon, chicken, and extra virgin olive oil in addition to the Urban Chop Salad with greens, olives, pecans, feta, cranberries, sirloin, and oregano vinaigrette. The salads were unearthly fresh and top-notch as was the understated, professional wait staff.

Wine selections are abundant and reasonable in price.  Monday thru Wednesdays, a free Italian food munchie spread is in the bar area at Urban Crust from 4-7 p.m. and Thursdays is ladies night with martini specials.

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Mesomaya Dallas – Review 2014

 

 

Without a doubt, one of the top five Mexican restaurants in Dallas is Mesomaya.  There is more than one location but we recently visited Mesomaya located at 1611 McKinney Avenue in the heart of Dallas.  Mesomaya offers authentic Mexican food that is not to be confused with “Tex-Mex”– their menu is inspired by Oaxaca and Puebla influences.

The secret to Mesomaya’s success is three-fold.  First, the semi-casual dining spot is ideally located, drawing customers from nearby American Airlines Center, which is in walking distance, before and after NBA and NHL games or when a big-ticket concert is in town.  Secondly, the freshness of the food is evident.  Taco shells are crisp, flour tortillas are butter-soft, and produce crunches with vitality.

Finally, the service is top-notch.  As for our recommendation when it comes to choosing a menu item, we swooned over the carne asada, a marinated flank or skirt steak, which is grilled to smoky perfection.  Be sure to sample a hand-shaken margarita on the rocks, which is the preferred method for enjoying the lime-kissed libation

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Hebrew National Hot Dogs – Frankly The Best

 

We have conducted several hot dog taste tests over the years and time after time, the winner is Hebrew National Hot Dogs.  These all-beef frankfurters offer a satisfying chew and mild, smoky flavor.   There is no watery, rubber-like texture to Kosher Hebrew National hot dogs because they use no fillers, by-products, artificial flavor or color.  The results are a meaty, flavorful dog.  Maybe it’s just us, but when we eat a hot dog this tasty, a craving to attend a baseball game is sure to occur!

There are several versions of Hebrew National hot dogs, including extra long, quarter pound and jumbo; however, we’ll stick with the 97% fat-free  fat Hebrew National hot dog (less calories and great taste — what’s not to love?)

 

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Low Carb Bagels – What a Find!

 

 

     For those on low carb diets, rejoice in a dream-find: bagels made by Western Bagel, (general offices in Van Nuys, California).  Their line of “Perfect 10″ bagels are high in protein bagels with tasty and satisfying flavor.  The “healthy grain” variety has 19 grams carb and a giant 10 grams of fiber; which equals 9 net carbs per bagel.  Pretty good, hm?

Western Bagel also produces  a line of “Alternative Bagels” in a variety of flavors (we like roasted onion ) and has other lines of healthy bread products like English muffins and pita bread.  Thank goodness for this delightful find – especially for our type-2 diabetic friends who typically must skip bagels due to their high-carb content.

Order low-carb bagels on the Western Bagel website ($20 minimum purchase) or search for an authorized seller in your area.  In our city, a store that caters to sugar-free food (called “Sugarless Delite“) sells Western Bagel products.

Get out that cream cheese and let’s eat bagels again!

 

 

 

 

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Beef Steak & Noodles from Boston Market: We Vote No

 

 

 

 Beef Steak & Noodles nutrition data at Calorie Count Frozen meal: Boston Market Beef Steak & Noodles

If ever a frozen meal deserved a thumbs down, this is it.  What was so bad about it, you ask?  What it the sauce? No, it was okay. The noodles? They were fine.  How about the beef? BINGO!

We plan to avoid this frozen offering for eternity.  The meat was cut in precise, rectangular shapes and was a pale grayish brown in color.  Mushrooms supposedly included in this meal were so scant that they appeared non-existent.  A small case of heartburn set in immediately upon consuming.

Perhaps we should have known better than to stray from our Boston Market favorites, such as their in-house squash casserole – can you say “Yum”?

Boston Market is among the reigning kings of comfort food.  What else would you call a menu that carries, among other items, roasted chicken, macaroni and cheese, and cornbread?  B. Market needs to improve Beef Steak & Noodles or do everyone a favor and cut this item from their frozen food menu.

For a video review of Boston Market Beef Steak & Noodles, please watch Freezerburns’ Greg HERE.  Interestingly, Freezerburns’ Greg took umbrage with the wavy noodles, while we despised the quality of the beef.  

View nutritional information for Boston Market Beef Steak & Noodles Frozen Food Find the Best.  It ain’t pretty.

 

 

 

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Thai Green Curry Chicken With Mushrooms & Green Beans on a Bed of Wilted Cabbage Recipe

 

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Thai Green Curry Chicken with Mushrooms and Green Beans and Wilted Cabbage Recipe
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Our recipe for Thai green curry chicken with mushrooms and green beans on a bed of wilted cabbage has a delightful, fresh taste that includes just a hint of zest, a bit of crunch, and a lovely presentation sure to impress.

Directions follow for preparing our Thai Green Curry Chicken with Mushrooms & Green Beans on a Bed of Wilted Cabbage Recipe:

 

 

  1. Pour 2 TB olive oil in a large, non-stick skillet and warm oil to medium-high heat.
  2. Add 1 tenderized chicken breast and cook on each side for 1 minute.
  3. Remove chicken to a separate dish and add: 1 c. fresh, sliced mushrooms and 1 c. fresh green beans cut into 2″ pieces into the skillet.
  4. Sautee vegetables (covered) over medium heat for 3 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, cut chicken breast into 2-3″ strips.
  6. Remove partially cooked veggies into a separate bowl.
  7. Return chicken slices to the warm skillet.
  8. Add 2 heaping TB Thai Kitchen Green Curry Paste and stir chicken and paste well in the skillet.
  9. Return mushrooms and green beans to the skillet with the chicken.
  10. Stir fry on medium-high (covered) for 1 minute.
  11. Remove cover and continue cooking for 1 more minute.
  12. Remove entire chicken/veggie mixture into a bowl and cover.
  13. Add 3c. prepared, shredded cabbage (or use coleslaw mix without dressing) to the warm skillet.
  14. Pour in 2 TB chicken broth (or water). Stir well and cover cabbage mix for 30 seconds.
  15. Place cabbage mix on a large serving plate and top with chicken/vegetable mix.
  16. Serve immediately.  Garnish with chopped green onions and a sprinkle of sesame seeds, if desired.

 

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