Monday, June 20, 2011

Greenhouse groumet

This place is tough to find for a number of reasons. 1) there is no visable sign from the street 2) parking lot is behind the place so you'll probably have to do at least 1 u-turn 3) the front entrance was closed 4) after you find it, you have to walk through a store and up a staircase. Good luck! Here's a hint: It's right behind the costume shop.



You get a complimentry basket of carrots and hummus(tastes like an almond/yam blend). We had got the soup sampler:
Roasted butternut squash and pear has a ton of curry flavor. Can't really taste pear but yummy nonetheless.

Cream of Tomato has roasted flavor; sweet and herby. Nice soup.

Sweet and sour cabbage just like the name. I liked this one alot but I love sour soups.



We also got the spaghetti and "meatballs". This dish was 100% raw and more like a salad than spaghetti. The pasta was actually strands of yellow squash. Very nice if you're looking for a salad. This is a huge portion; we had to take the stirfry to go.



The stirfry was very good. The orange cuts across beautifully. The "pork" is a veggie version which is good but doesn't really taste like pork. Great lunch and didn't get really sleepy!

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Dameerak

I came here with my parents (who decided to stop by for a surprise visit...ugh) to celebrate my dad getting his full professorship(!).
The place had decent reviews but really could use some updates. They had curtains to separate the tables so you get some privacy.
We ordered soft shell crabs, which they then told us no longer served. Blah. Sucks. Screw that then. So for our main meal we got the special combo BBQ for two; which was cooked at the table and a kimchee soup.






As always, we got the starter dishes; all veg, best one was the potatos. Per my dad, "this doesn't taste too awful". That's actually the highest compliment he can give, so not bad. They were good but nothing amazing; I've had better at other Korean spots in the 954.







The biggest disappointment was the BBQ. We got the combo for 2 and it was small and way over priced at $36. My dad doesn't eat that much and I had a headache so I was out for the count but we still finished all of it. Definitely not enough for a normal set of 2 adults or me on a normal day.





It came with shrimp, chicken, beef and mushrooms. The chicken was bland but had nice grilled flavor (I would hope!). My shrimp was a little under cooked when the waitress served it (they cook it for you). The beef was good. Really good. Too bad you only get like one mouthful.







Kimchee soup is one of my fave soups and they did a great job. Spicy, sour, cabbagy. Yum. If you go order off the menu. They recently changed management so maybe that's the disparity. There's better Korean spots in my opinion... Which I will blog about soon.






Also weird, you get a dentist cup of apple juice at the end. Why?

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Location:Oakland park

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Truck off

I'm an accountant by nature so I'm pretty logical.

I tried 5 things at The Lime Truck and 2 things at Hodge Podge. By far my favorite dish was the Tartare, but I don't know if it's even fair to compare that since I think it's almost impossible to serve that for $15 and still make a profit. If it's a competition and that profit doesn't matter then hands down Hodge Podge purely for that dish.
I wasn't impressed by the tator tots and I think the Lime Truck is much more realistic on day to day basis. I think the only way to really figure it out is to go back tomorrow and try more. Ted says "this was a truly memorable experience, I'm going to tell my kids about this night"

Hodge Podge


Well.. this the continuation of The Lime Truck Dinner blog. So we finished eating the Lime Truck Food and the trucks were on the move again. Hodge Podge was suppose to be headed to La Moon (ugh, don't get me started; I like the food but had a few iffy experiences) down the street...with a full police escort. Pretty amusing to watch this go on, especially considering the area. So we left a few minutes after them, passed them driving down the street and came to a full stop because we weren't going to lose sight of this truck. So we pulled into the street by that really ghetto McDonalds on 29th and 8th and Hodge Podge is actually parked on Calle Ocho facing the wrong way on a one way. Just to set up the scene here, this is a pretty tore up block. As we were crossing the street, we were overcome by the most rank garbage water smell ever; I mean it was disgusting. We ran across the street frogger style because we couldn't handle the smell any more. Why am I writing this? Because I had one of the best dishes ever while sitting on a sidewalk there. Oh the irony.

The Lime Truck (Dinner)


Later on the same day, I went back to the food truck with Ted Z.; this is when I actually planned to go. We got lucky and both were in front of Versailles on Calle Ocho!! When we go there, we hit up Hodge Podge since it was closer, but it was flooded with a gaggle of girls. We tried to go over to Lime and wait for the girls to clear out but then realized they just ate at Versailles and were just hanging out. So we went back over to order except... The cops showed up, flashing lights and all. and not just one cop but like 4 cop cars. If you live in Miami and you drove along 8th and saw that many cars parked...first thought would be that there was a shooting at Versailles, not an illegally parked giant truck with a pig printed on the side. So back over to The Lime truck while Hodge Podge figures things out.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Lime Food Truck

The Food Network's Great Food Truck Race is filming the finale in Miami this weekend!! The finalists that are in town are The Lime Truck(Irvine) and Hodge Podge(Cleveland). I have to admit that I haven't not really been following what is going on until Thursday; so this is my account of the food and what I experienced, without much previous knowledge of either truck. I think I have to split this into a few different blogs, including a transcribed convo between me and Ted. This is the first time I'm including prices in there, but you will see why in the Hodge Podge blog.

I went to The Lime Truck this morning. When I say went to, I mean I jumped out of bed, brushed my teeth and ran out the door because I saw they were about 2 miles away(I was planning to go later anyways). As happy as I was that they were in North Miami, its probably not the most popular place. They were at Haulover as well I believe, but unless there is a big Kite or dragonboat event or something, that place isn't too kicking usually. So I showed up in a huge rush (I didn't want to miss it!) and the truck was closed- I was pretty worried. They showed up(with a load of camera peeps) at noon and got serving! Yea!



I got the blue crab and scallop cerviche($10) and the bar snacks($6) which were garbanzo beans with mint, lime, and olive oil (it comes with feta too, but I was with the vegan so no go on cheese); also got the mango limeade for a drink.


The cerviche was served with homemade tortilla chips that were a little on the greasy side. The cerviche had huge chunks of scallops mixed with blue crab meat in a vinaigrette that could have used a little more kick/flavor,but then I'm used to the Peruvian style, like at Mi Peru. There was actually a Peruvian lady selling salsas, guacs, and cerviches next to them, but after tasting her salsa and quac she probably wouldn't fare well against the truck. Overall the cerviche was pretty damn good. Although, I don't think I can have cerviche for breakfast on a regular basis.



The garbanzo beans were very nice and creative. The mint was an interesting touch. I really like seeing healthy options on food trucks!!

See next post!

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