Coney I-lander

I know that high school was a long time ago for me, but how could I not remember the size of the hot dogs from Coney I-lander. Today, the Cabrera Kids needed to grab a quick lunch so we were in Oliver’s ‘hood by TU and Coney I-lander seemed to be a good choice.

I ordered a regular coney and a cheese coney, it has been over a decade since I have had one…and I couldn’t remember which one I preferred. I think I preferred a regular coney; the cheese coney had way to much cheese. I also prefer to add some spice on my coney, it was a little bland without it. I was also disappointed by the size of my coneys; however they did fill me up. So if you in Tulsa, at least check out the Coney I-lander, it’s been around since 1926. It’s a household name in Tulsa.

Operation 52.9 – MoMo’s Italian Restaurant

BREAKING NEWS!!! – Our ninth restaurant in our quest was NOT horrible. We are both hoping that this pattern of non-horrible food continues, or else this is going to be a really LONG quest.

We arrived around 1pm on a Sunday, I was a little concerned that no one was in the place….but as we turned the corner, the dining room continued and there were several tables filled. Then again, it was 1pm and it was so HOT outside. I think people are hiding for the sun. At least I try to as much as possible.

As many Italian restaurants do, MoMo served bread, but it wasn’t served with just oil; they had pesto. My guess is that this pesto was made with basil and parsley giving it a refreshing and light feel. The pesto was my favorite. My entree came with a salad, but to my chagrin it was lacking in seasoning, mostly salt. But It had pureed black olives which gave the salad a more earthy flavor. I ordered a angel hair pasta with shrimp in a garlic white wine sauce. I figured that that kind of sauce would be lighter than a cream sauce. Pasta does make me lethargic to begin with. My pasta was decent but it wasn’t anything special or spectacular. DISCLAIMER: Sandy loved her Ravioli!!!!!

I’m affraid that my pallet is getting jaded by the tasty food that I have encountered and I’m subconsciously using it as a standard, even though they are not the same cuisine. What do you guys think? How can I get over this suspected jadedness against food.
Pesto

Pasta

Why I ♥ Oishii

On Valentine’s Day I gave Shane some coupons worth various things…and one of them was a night of Sushi and Saki. We both love sushi and I’m always trying to find new places but really nothing compares to Oishii. Maybe it’s because I have meet the owner and everyone who works there is really really nice. You kind of feel like a regular there, when you walk in.

After our disappointment at the Rusty Taco for lunch yesterday, I knew I would not leave unsatisfied at Oishii. The fish is so fresh…it’s ridculous! I will let the pictures speak for itself.

First we ordered Tuna Tataki….(everyone NEEDS to eat this. Please make sure you order it when you come to Oishii. If you are not a fan of spicy…then stay clear. It has a lot of kick but it’s all worth it.)

This is my new favorite roll: On the Border Roll: Salmon wrapped outside of a tempura roll topped with pico de gallo.

We also ordered some spicy tuna and the Oishii Roll.

We were both stuffed after the meal. It was so great. I LOVE Oishii. If you are in the neighborhood and want to have sushi…call me and I’ll be there in 10 min.

Memorial Day Weekend Picnic

To celebrate Memorial day and summer OP, Charlie, The Tanker, Sandy, Shane, and I decided to have a picnic. I used my handy, dandy tailgating grill (thanks Jen and Kent) to grill the sweet corn and brats. To replicate the greatness that is the gingerman, we used baguettes as our brats edible holder. The denseness of the baguette made it easier to eat the brats, with little to no spillage. The sautéed onions on top made enhanced the flavors of the brats. They were a great hit.

Since I don’t have proper AC at my house and this is sweaty Texas we all were wanting something refreshing for desert. I’m not sure who had the most brillant idea of snow cones. So to the thanks of Google Maps, we found TC shaved Ice. It’s a cute little shack that I pass on the way to work and I never notice it. It was so good. However, I had a brain malfunction. I saw the flavor Leche and thought it was Lychee because in Tagalog it is litsiyas. It looks nothing like it I know…but I really thought that is what it said. I read the word in my head and it sounded like it in my head. Any way, I had the Leche shaved ice. It was really tasty. I think next time I will get a small Tigerbood. A medium was way to big so I shared with WInston. He really liked it, and it was funny to see him crash after his sugar high.

My Leche Snowcone.

Operation 52.8 – Rusty Taco on Greenville.

I’ve heard things about how good the Rusty Taco actually is and by the evidence of cars and people visiting this eatery it seemed promising. Sandy, Shane, and I ventured forth into the world of Rusty Taco. On the way, I perused the menu. It seemed really promising. They covered the spectrum of proteins; including seafood, pork, beef, chicken, and vegetables. As usual, I could not decide what to get. However, I knew I was going to get the brisket tacos. Every time I eat brisket tacos I compare them to what I consider is the pinnacle, Avila’s brisket tacos.

When I finally decided, I chose to eat chips and guacamole, the brisket tacos, and the shrimp tacos. Unfortunately, the best item I ordered was the guacamole and the side of salsa verde that was provided. My shrimp tacos were decent, but nothing special and my brisket tacos were leaps and bounds behind Avila’s brisket tacos. First of all, the brisket itself did not have much flavor and my meat was cold! I’m hoping that’s the way they serve it, but it really doesn’t give it much flavor at all. I just do not understand why this place is so popular. Yes, you pay $2 for a taco, but they are tiny and lacking in filling. I had 2 tacos and I was still hungry (I had oatmeal for breakfast….that stuff is filling)

So I suppose if you in the neighborhood and the place isn’t busy, the Rusty taco “might be” the place for you. But be forewarned. In the words of Sandy “I am underwhelmed”. My sentiments exactly.

My shrimp tacos

My brisket tacos

However, this is the 3rd place in a row that has been a little disappointing. I’m hoping the next place bring us back to enjoying this quest….Operation 52 was not designed for disappointments.

Steamed Red Snapper a la Lola.

I love fish; may it be steamed, grilled, or fried. Today I attempted steam a fish. I used my Lola’s (grandmother’s) recipe. My Lola is a great cook, her recipes have trickled down to us over the years. I used my wok and a lid that didn’t really fit properly. But with my make shift cookery, it turned out really tasty.

Here’s the recipe:
3tbsp oyster sauce
2tbsp lemon juice
1tbsp butter
pinch sugar
1tbsp chopped garlic
1tbsp oil
heat ingredient in the saucepan. Baste the fish generously with the mixture. Wrap in the aluminun fish and steam.

I also stuffed the fish with ginger, green onions, and tomatoes. I thought it would give it a nice summery feel.

The fish turned out so moist and flaky. The mixture that I basted the fish with, collected and liquified at the bottom of the foil. The sauce that resulted was delectable. It is all about the sauce today. It was good on top of the fish and on the rice. I have almost a whole fish at home, whoever wants to come over and eat just let me know.

My plate of food

Operation 52.7 – Pinkberry

Ever since I saw the Pinkberry American Express commercial years ago, I was curious what it was all about. But mainly, it was because they were Asians and you really didn’t see Asians on TV back then. I have driven by the Pinkberry on Blackburn so many times, but haven’t stopped; mainly it’s due to parking. I hate parking over there. But I digress. Pinkberry was our second stop on Sunday afternoon.

To my dismay, they only had 6 flavors. Yogurtville has SO many more flavors. Yogurtville 1 Pinkberry 0. The toppings were decent…but then again Yogurtville has more. Yogurtville 2 Pinkberry 0. I choose the chocolate flavored yogurt topped with fresh fruit. I’m not saying it was gross….I’m just saying that if you look at the score board, yogurtville is the winner!