Monthly Archives: March 2010

Big Shucks Oyster Bar

The weather is getting warmer, and that means it time to enjoy good food and friends in the lovely Texas sun. Last Sunday, Sandy and I dined at Big Shucks on Mockingbird. It was a little too windy to eat outside, but we did enjoy the ambiance of the place. Here’s the problem…Sandy and I both love food. We tend to order to much….it’s a disease I tell ya! We decided to choose the summer plater for two. There was a tone of food: crab legs, shrimp, sausage, potatoes, and corn.

This is not a whinny plater. You have to be ready to get dirty and eat with your hands. Wearing clothes that you don’t mind getting stained is optimal. Luckily I didn’t spill any food on myself…YAY! I am my father’s daughter..which means I tend to be a messy eater. If your not into seafood, this might not be the place for you. But if you are there are plenty of items to choose from.

Please visit them at http://www.bigshucks.com/

Tuna Melt a la Odette.

Today I had a ginormous lunch, so I wasn’t so hungry at dinner time. Winston and I took a walk around the neighborhood and nothing really sounded appetizing. What to do?!?!?! I searched the inner most depths of my refrigerator and found tuna. So I decided to make a tuna melt. For one thing, I decided to make mine a little fancy and add avocados and tomatoes. I also melted colby jack cheese and pepper jack cheese on each slice to bread. Oh it was tasty. I really enjoyed the mixture of hot melted cheese and cool tuna salad. It was a prefect balance. I think it was the avocados that added the extra something.

Some things just don’t go together.

In commemoration of St. Patty’s day, Shane and I made Guy Fieri’s Guinness Milkshakes. Apparently there are 2 camps, those who love Guy and those who hate Guy. I personally love his show, dinners, drive-in’s, and dives. One summer I’m going to make a list of all the places I want to visit and have a food road trip.

Back to the milkshake, it is very simple to make. All you need is chocolate ice cream, Guinness, and a blender. I’m not a big fan of Guinness and I was hoping that the sweetness of the ice cream would cut through the bitterness of the Guinness. The Guinness was more powerful than I had anticipated. If you constantly stir the milkshake, the bitterness of the Guinness is not as in your face.

However, before the milkshake, Shane and I decided to go to In the Raw, for a traditional St. Patty’s day dinner of sushi. So I’m thinking that raw fish, ice cream, and Guinness do NOT got well with each other. I guess I do not have a stomach of steel anymore. SAD DAY 😦

Doesn’t it look tasty? It is if you enjoy Guinness!

Oh Suze!

Last Wednesday my friend Mel and I had a lovely eating adventure at Suze. It was not my first time eating there, but the food is astonishingly delicious that you can’t help but come back. Unfortunately, my camera has been M.I.A. lately, so I don’t have any good pictures of food. On Wednesday, I ordered the curried pork chop with a cherry glaze with vegetables and couscous.
I have to say that pork melted in your mouth like creamy milk chocolate on a hot summer day. I was expecting a more in your face curry flavor. However, I was pleasantly surprised when it was a lovely subtle taste that hits the back of your throat in such a delightful way. I think the cherry glaze balanced out the hint of spice of that pork and enhanced its natural flavors. The vegetables tasted more like a ratatouille rather than in a curry sauce.

On to dessert. I don’t think you could go wrong with a dessert called Chocolate Gob. I don’t think there is a way to describe it, to depict it’s overwhelming marvelousness. It was creamy chocolate mouse/fudge type consistency coupled with ice creme and crunchy, crispy, carmel tuille. If you construct this dessert with all components, you just can’t help but do a happy food dance.

If you have some extra money to spare, I hope you guys will try Suze. It a quaint causal place with fancy dining. There are regulars that know all the wait staff and the chef. The chef was seen visiting tables several times. Since we were not regulars, we just got the “How’s everything?” and a smile. Either way, its a great place to eat and have a conversation with friends.

http://www.suzerestaurant.net/index.html

Please excuse the wine

On Saturday night, my friend Krystal and I went to Vino 100. It’s a great wine bar on McKinney. All their wines are $25 or less a bottle. I am no expert on wine, but I do know what I like. At Vino 100, they change out wines constantly and we couldn’t remember what we had last time, it was either from Chile or Argentina. But either way it was not there.

The first wine we had was great. But the second one not so much! I appreciate the accent of a woodsy flavor, but the wine we had smelled like a wet, damp, wooded area that had stagnate water sitting there for a while. Oh it was disgusting. I know that taste is connected to smell, so each time you took a sip, it was a lemon like citrus taste trying to mask that woodsy smell.

If you like this wine, we will have to agree to disagree.

The Park again!

Who doesn’t love the park? Everyone does. But The Park that I’m talking about is on Henderson. On Friday night, I went to the Park with some friends. It was my first time and I was a little sad that I didn’t have my camera. I knew that the food was going to be fantastic. There were so many things on the menu that looked delicious.

For starters we ordered the grilled Spring Harvest Onions & Romesco, which according the menu is a celebratory dish of tender sweet onions & roast pepper-almond dipping sauce. Oh and was it. I love the balance of the sweet and savory. It made me wonder why more people don’t grill green onions. I really couldn’t decide what my entrée would be and of course, I made a last minute decision. For those who haven’t noticed when I go out to eat, I play innie minnie minie moe with me selections. I eventually chose the Fried Ancho Mac ‘n Cheese Primavera Gratin. FIrst of all, I love mac and cheese. Whoever doesn’t has to be insane. But I guess if you are lactose intolerant then I can forgive you. Secondly was was made with smoked gouda. I love smoked gouda. It melts so well. The mac and cheese had a delightful balance of creamy cheese and the crunchy topping. For desert we had the most warm and gooey chocolate chip cookies. I was so full from dinner, but I couldn’t stop thinking about all the other foods selections that I would have possibly had that night.

So, I was resolved to go eat at the Park again on Sunday afternoon. After church, Sandy and I walked into the Park and sat by the warm fireplace. It was a great contrast to the gloomy and rainy day we had escaped. I couldn’t decide to order something from the brunch or lunch menu. I decided to order the Breakfast Flatbread. The flatbread was hugh it had huevos rancheros, potatoes, bacon & chipotle tomatoes. Of course I ordered it without the bacon. It was rather tasty.

I love food, and it is a rarity that I would visit the same eatery within a couple of days. That being said, the Park is a great place to eat. I may be frequenting that place in hopes to work myself down the menu. If anyone is in the Henderson area and wants to try out the Park; let me know I will be there in 5 minutes.

Happy Eating!

Butter makes it better.

Yummm….Butter!! It always makes things taste better. Tonight for dinner I had ravioli and made a velvety sauce a la Mel Mel’s recipe calls for 3; that’s right, 3, ingredients! They are whole tomatoes, butter and onions. I decided to add garlic, oregano, and ground red pepper. I like my sauces to have a little kick, hence the red pepper. The star of this dish is definitely the butter. It made the sauce creamy and oh so smooth. I made a whole pot full. I’m so excited to use it for left overs.

This dish is so easy! Anyone can do it. It can be done in 2o minutes tops, and that’s even if you are a super slow onion chopper and get distracted by other things that are going on. I hope everyone tries out this tasty sauce recipe, because nothing satisfies like a home cooked meal. Also, don’t forget to thank Mel for sharing. She is superfantastic!