November 10, 2017

Foodie Friday

I recently said to a friend that the only regret I have when it comes to food is that I don't have a bigger appetite. It was no joke, I weigh a whopping 116 pounds and eat like a bird.  On the other hand, it's probably a good thing because I love, love, love good food. If I had a big appetite I'd probably have a big weight problem to go with it. Besides, I can go out and get a great meal that I thoroughly enjoy, take home leftovers and get another meal or two out of it. I guess it works for the best all the way around.

Since my last Friday Five we've spent more time over in Fort Lauderdale. It's our favorite place for good food. I thought I'd share five great meals I had for this Friday Five.


Our first stop in Fort Lauderdale was at a new to us Mexican restaurant, Taqueria Dona Raquel. I felt like I was walking into a restaurant in Mexico. I knew this one would be added to our list of favorites before I even ordered. It was obviously true authentic Mexican. Speaking of authentic, I probably should have gone with a Margarita, but I adore my Pina Coladas, just couldn't resist.


Just as I knew it would be, the food was fantastic. The tamales (not shown) were out of this world kind of terrific. We can't wait to go back on our next trip over to Fort Lauderdale. Delicious!

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Next on the list was our favorite seafood shack, Tarks. I know I've already told you all about Tarks, but have to post this week's round of yummy goodness.


I had the fried scallops and Hubby had the steamed seafood combo and the wings. This place not only has the best seafood, but their chicken wings are incredible as well.


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Next was Miyako Japanese Buffet. I'm generally not a fan of buffets. The food usually isn't great, and not being a big eater it usually doesn't pay for me to go to any kind of all you can eat place. Plus, I'd generally rather have my yummy leftovers to bring home. 

My oldest son was with us, he's a big eater, so this was a good option. Plus it has been on my list of new places to try. 

This place was impressive. It's immaculate, has a very upscale look, but very reasonable prices, less than $12 per person for lunch. All the food was so fresh and delicious too.

I chose a nice freshly cooked meal at their Hibachi grill, the guys enjoyed plate after plate of fresh sushi along with everything else the place had to offer, which was a lot! The photo below is the impressive sushi bar, hundreds of different kinds to try.


I never got to dessert, but like everything else there, what an impressive amount of options. This is only one side of the dessert counter. They also had a chocolate fountain for the marshmallows and fresh fruits is desired.


We will definitely be back here, especially anytime we have either of the boys with us on our trips.

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Our next stop was Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza. This was a very nice upscale chain pizzeria, but also very pricey. The food was good for a chain restaurant, but I prefer the little authentic places with great food at great prices. 


We had a party of five and started with a giant family size Gorgonzola salad. It was so delicious. It was definitely my favorite thing that we had that night. Then it was on to the coal fired pizza which was very good. 


We also ordered their big meatball pot served family style. It came with a platter of fresh baked Focaccia bread and scoops of a delicious ricotta cheese mixture on the side.


Overall everything was very good. It isn't on our list of very favorites, but I'd definitely visit again.

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Last but definitely not least is 925 Nuevos Cubanos. This is a great little place and true authentic Cuban food.


It's a tiny little counter service only restaurant with all kinds of fun, colorful murals and outside decor. This is one place I could share tons of photos for. I'll have to do a single feature sometime to show you around. This is a family owned business with excellent food.


Service with a smile, and look at the size of those sandwiches. I actually weighed a leftover half the first time we were here, half came in at a little over a pound! 

(Note - Photo credit for last 2 photos 925 Nuevos Cubanos).


Mmmm, fresh pressed Cuban sandwiches. 


That wraps up my Foodie Friday featuring my five fab meals this week. I don't know about you, but now I'm hungry. I think I'll go grab a plate of leftovers. Have a great weekend, cheers! :)

Linking up to: Five on Friday and Willy Nilly Friday 5


34 comments:

  1. Oh, Yummy!
    Have a great week-end!

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    1. Thanks Lea, hope you have a great weekend too :)

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  2. ...well then, my appetite makes up for yours!

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    1. Tom, That's just how it is when my son is with us! :D

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  3. Looks like you had a SUPER tasty week! My appetite is just like yours. I hate the TO GO containers in the fridge until C.O.R.N. night!!

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    1. It was definitely a super tasty week! It's getting to where I might only cook once or twice a week these days. I'm enjoying that! Have a great weekend :)

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  4. I gained weight just reading your post! Ha! I love pina coladas and haven't had one in ages. Some of the best eating happens in the smallest spots. Fun post!

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    1. Thanks Snap! I can tell from your post that you love good food too. Have a great weekend :)

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  5. Wow, please give me that all, I'm so hungry (since I must hold my boring gluten free diet)! Imagine, it must be an happy life in Florida.
    Greetings from the far and cold Germany

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    1. Mascha, I'm so sorry about you having to be on the gluten free diet. Hope things with your health are figured out soon and hope you can have delicious food again. Definitely beautiful here in Florida. Stay warm!

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  6. Great-looking food! Wow...a culinary tour of Ft. Lauderdale. I wish I had your appetite problem though...I always eat way too much!

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    1. Thank you, I wish we had a switch to turn our appetites to what's best for the moment lol. Have a great weekend :)

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  7. So much delicious food! I don't quite weigh 116 pounds (way more) but I do find the older I get the less I eat and end up taking more than half my meals home with me too. Great leftovers indeed!

    betty

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    1. Betty, I lost so much weight after leaving the school system, all we did was eat junk food all day there. my appetite has definitely decreased with age, but still love delicious food. I hope you have a great weekend :)

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  8. I am so hungry right now and literally salivating at those pictures!!!!! YUMMMMM!

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    1. It definitely made me hungry too lol. Sorry about the seafood shots, I know you can't have that. Hope you have a great weekend, stay warm! :)

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  9. Your post made me hungry! All that food look delicious (except maybe the sushi, LOL). Loving food and having an appetite not like a bird isn't a great combo, speaking from experience. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Hi Jean, I don't eat sushi either but my husband and my 3 grown kids love it. Believe me, they had plenty of other options. Hope you have a fantastic weekend too :)

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  10. Yeppers, now I'm thinkin' about food.
    I'd like to frequent a place where i feel like family.

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    1. Maggid, I love the little mom and pop places like that, places like that always have the best food too! Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend :)

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  11. Good thing I just got through eating lunch. This post was yummy looking for sure. So many great food items. I think the Tacos & the Seafood/Wings would be favorites of mine. Oh and that Dessert bar.

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    1. Hi Ida, Thanks, I pretty much agree with you. It's all so good but the Mexican and seafood are at the top of my list! Hope you have a great weekend! :)

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  12. These sandwiches are enormous ! I could eat one for 3 days ! Good food is such a thing, mostly what people call good is too fat, sweet and unhealthy, lol

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    1. So true Gattina. I can't stand junk food, fast food, etc and that's what most people consider good food - I'm all for real food! It did literally take me 3 days to finish one of those Cuban sandwiches, they are gigantic!

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  13. Yes, I am seriously hungry now and all that food is on the other side of the planet ::drools on keyboard::

    You've got some great photos here (and food isn't easy to photograph). Thanks so much for sharing your culinary adventures - I really need to take the kids out for food more :D

    I think I will stumble off and raid the fridge now - though there are no Cuban sandwiches in there, never had Cuban before.

    Best wishes,
    Liz

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    1. Hi Liz, Thank you so much. By the way, You crack me up! You absolutely must try a good Cuban sandwich. so yummy. Hope you found something good on your fridge raid :D

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  14. This post is right up my alley - trying new and different restaurants is a hobby for me and my husband, and we enjoy the leftovers as well! Authentic Mexican can be hard to find - congrats on locating one. The mural outside the Cuban restaurant is so attractive - I would go in just to learn more about it. And yes, I am starving now - what can I pull out of the fridge? Have a tasty week!

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    1. We love trying new restaurants too, and you're right, authentic Mexican is super hard to find. We were very excited to find this place. Just wait until I do a feature post on the Cuban post, the little mural on this post is nothing compared to the rest of it! Thanks so much for stopping by again. Have a great week :)

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  15. Wow! Some good looking food here. In spite of the oil boom we just haven't got any good restaurants. Plenty of motels. I don't need those, I need food, good looking food, good tasting food.

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    1. Hi Paula, I know exactly what you mean. Where we live on the SW side of Florida there are no good places to eat. I call it the flavorless town. Luckily we spend a lot of time in Fort Lauderdale now where there's plenty of great places to eat :)

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  16. Mouth watering yummy dishes!

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend :)

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  17. Such different kinds of food! You are adventerous when it comes to food:)

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  18. I don't have a huge appetite either (though I weigh more than 116 pounds!) and always put half my restaurant meal in a takeaway box before I start eating and get another meal or two out of it the next day. My husband says I'm a cheap date!

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