Pre-Xmas grilling

We got some beef loin strips from BJ’s for the adults and picked up the baby chickens for the kids. These are probably called Cornish hens..?

For the steak we used a simple sea salt and black pepper coating. We used a chicken run on the little birds. We split the birds via the breast for easier grilling.

The steaks were around $30 for 4 slabs. The 2 chickens were about $7.

Nothing special but here are the pics:

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ANI Takeout in Belmont, MA

My wife found this place on Yelp. Turns out this place has near perfect reviews and is super close by. We gave it a shot this evening…I was craving some kabobs anyways.

The food was pretty good. We both ordered beef kabob dinners, except I substituted the salad for their French fries. The rice was good, as was the beef. The beef is grilled and cooked perfectly. The rice was fluffy, light and slightly buttery. I don’t eat hummus but my wife said it was good. The French fries were killer good. It is crispy like how Burger King used to do it.

This appears to be a small family owned business. The older man took my order and had no problems giving me fries instead of salad. The younger man was the main guy responsible for assembling all of their wraps and packing the delivery orders. He is very friendly and I noticed he switched off to new rubber gloves very frequently to avoid contamination. There’s no question that these guys handle this business very cleanly. I also heard great communication between the three folks running the establishment. These guys mean business and it is obvious they take pride in this establishment. By the way, don’t let the restaurant name fool you. They now have a new dining area. Parking on Belmont street shouldn’t be too difficult either.

I’ll share some pictures of our dinner below. One negative is that one order got noticeably more beef kabob than the other. Not sure how that happened. These two dinner plates costs us $28.

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Update: The restaurant saw my review and reached out to me on this. They have surpassed my expectations in making it right. Again, great people working here, serving delicious food. My second trip here and I got chicken kebabs. They were so good! It was not dry but rather moist and flavorful. It’s a must try!

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Muqueca Brazilian restaurant

The food turned out a lot better than I thought it would. They specialize in stew that appears to come out in a hot pot…except the pot is not hot.

There are too many varieties to list but the notables are dry meat mix and the seafood mix. The prices on the menu seem reasonable enough but beware. What felt like a $200 meal came out to $440!! It’s not just me being cheap either, everyone else in the party was shocked. It was nice to try once but I can’t see us coming back here as a large group again.

The food was tasty. Everything came with beans and then more beans on the side. I wonder if they gave us these involuntarily to stuff the bill, cause damn did we have a crap load of beans on the table. There was also fried plantain with greens and what appears to be a slices orange. I don’t remember us ordering it but they said it came with our orders (maybe this is why the bill was absurdly high).

For service, the staff were friendly, when they tended to you. We started with drinks but one friend of mine had to ask for a coke 4 times and it didn’t come till we were into our main meal. They claimed the fountain drink thing had to be replaced…but we waited a very long time and had to ask multiple times as it felt they forgot about it.

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I may have been too harsh on the place. These pictures are pretty much everything we got. The food is not bad. Everyone raves about the desserts, actually. The dollar to value is just severely lacking. At least that’s the consensus by everyone when we finished the meal.

Izzy’s Puerto Rican food in Cambridge

The menu looks great. The prices are cheap. I really wanted to like this place. I ordered the stewed goat over yellow rice. The rice had a strange flavor I can’t describe. The goat has a very gamey taste. It’s quite strong actually. The order was like $10 and comes with bread and beans and fried plantains. The bread was sadly my favorite part of the meal.

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Below are some other items our party ordered. Stewed beef, fish appetizer, chicken and cheese roll:

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Private Suite at Fenway Park

I was invited to a private suite for a Red Sox game today. I can’t say I’m a big fan of the Red Sox, but I had never been to Fenway Park before. Also, the allure of the private suite and all that it comes with made it that much more special.

Since this is a food blog, I’ll focus on the food and not how the Red Sox did.

First, we were served grilled Italian sausages with onions and red/green peppers, hot dogs, and buffalo wings. Then we ordered a crap load of other stuff: Caesar salad, cheese pizza, steak tips, nachos with chili, chicken quesadillas, clam chowder, chips and dip and more.

Everything was spot on except for the pizza. This was thin and dry. The menu claims that its Papa Gino’s pizza. Well that explains it!

The chicken quesadillas were excellent, as were the steak tips. The fully stocked fridge with all the beer and soda (and water) you can drink was also a welcomed addition. Throw in a few friends and overall, a great experience!

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Bacon cheeseburgers to wrap up summer

Summer just ended and we had one last hurrah with some bacon cheeseburgers (not like I don’t grill through the year anyways). I just want to provide this tip: apply a layer of cheese on top of the bacon. This will help the package hold together very well. It will also form a good sticky platform for the next layer of goodies, such as lettuce and tomatoes. Don’t forget the jalapeños and auntie Mae’s Sweet BBQ sauce (from Costco).

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