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It just seems wrong to bring your lunch to work on Friday, so I ordered some take out Chinese food from China Taste in Oldsmar. 

I go to China Taste mainly for the crab rangoons.  I order them at every Chinese restaurant, and China Taste has the best ones.  They’re crunchy with a lot of filling.  Mmmm….  To go along with my rangoons, I ordered honey chicken today with white rice.  The chicken is tender and the sauce isn’t too sweet.   Lots of food, even have some leftovers for later.  Their lunch specials are a great deal, $4.95 for the entree, fried rice and a drink.  Add in the $3.95 for the rangoons and I’ve got a yummy lunch for under $10.

China Taste
13887 W. Hillsborough Ave
Tampa, Fl
(It’s in the Publix/Lowe’s shopping center right on the Oldsmar/Tampa line)
813-818-0881

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  • Didn’t feel like cooking dinner tonight, so we headed out to Poblanos Mexican Grill on McMullen Booth.  We eat at Poblanos pretty often.  It’s quick, relatively cheap, and tasty. 

    Loren got the burritos tipicos, burritos made from beef tips, topped with queso dip.  I decided to try something different tonight, the grilled shrimp chimichangas.   The shrimp chimi was tasty, but needed to be deep fried a little longer.  It wasn’t crispy at all, more like a shrimp burrito.  They smothered the whole thing in queso which is ok by me.  The cheesier, the better.  Plenty of food for $24.50.

    Poblanos Mexican Grill
    245 McMullen Booth Road
    Clearwater, FL
    727-796-7080

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  • Something New


    We braved the cold a second night in a row in search of food.  A new restaurant, Kuzina Mediterranean Grill & Bar, opened up recently where Winners used to be, so we headed out to Oldsmar to check it out.

    Interior

    The interior was cozy.  The naked trees were an interesting design.  They brought bread and hummus to the table to start with.  Loren liked the hummus, said it was very garlicy.  I liked the bread, though it would have been better if it had been warmed.

    Because we just can’t say no to appetizers, we ordered the calamari.  It was very good and the sundried tomato sauce that came with it was excellent.

    Calamari

    For dinner, I ordered the Wild Mushroom Rissoto and Loren got the Salmon Farfale.  I was disappointed in the rissoto.  All I could taste was parmesean cheese.  It was completely overwhelming.  The cheese even began to solidify on my spoon, it was so thick.  Loren enjoyed his salmon pasta dish and I took his leftovers to eat tomorrow.  I’d probably order his dish again, but I’ll pass on the rissoto.

    Since I didn’t eat all my dinner (yeah, I’m using that as an excuse), we ordered dessert.  Let’s face it, I’m not passing up a chocolate dessert.  It was listed on the menu as “Molten Chocklate Lava Cake”.  I’m not real sure what “chocklate” is, but I figured I’d take a chance anyway. 

    Because they make the dessert to order, it took about 15 minutes to get to the table.  They should probably let you know that ahead of time so you can order it early.  Though it was an ooey, gooey chocolate dessert, it really didn’t have the deep dark chocolate flavor that I crave.  The cake was really bland and the interior “lava” didn’t have a strong chocolate taste either.  There was a darker chocolate sauce on the outside that was good.  It could have used some whipped cream or ice cream on the side to make it sweeter.  Don’t get me wrong, we ate the entire thing, but I probably won’t order it again.

    The service at the restaurant seemed very inexperienced.  Granted they just opened, but our drinks went unfilled at times and when we sat down, our table was set for four and even though there were only two of us, the waitress never took the other settings away. 

    We probably will go back again and try some other dishes.  Appetizer, two dinners, dessert, and an iced tea ran us $46.     

    Kuzina Mediterranean Grill & Bar
    3980 Tampa Road
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-749-7550

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    The temperature rarely gets into the 30’s in Florida, but we’re in the middle of a cold spell right now.  I wasn’t sure I even wanted to leave the house, but the thought of comfy Cuban food was enough to get me to dig out my winter coat and head out to Cuban Breezes in Oldsmar.

    We started with a couple of appetizers, a chicken empanada and a cup of chorizo soup. 

    We eat at Cuban Breezes a lot, but this is the first time I tried their Fricase de Pollo.  It’s shredded chicken and diced potatoes in a tomato based sauce over rice.  It was yummy.  Shad got his usual Lechon, marinated shredded pork, and some beans and rice.

    Appetizers, two dinners and a Pepsi ran us $25.

    Cuban Breezes
    13980 W. Hillsborough Ave.
    Tampa, FL
    813-814-9939

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  • It was Friday night out with friends and we went to the The Living Room in Dunedin.  This was the first time I’ve been there.  It’s in Dunedin, right on the corner when you turn to go downtown.  Unfortunately, there’s a bunch of construction at that intersection and their parking area is really small, so some of us had to park in the hospital parking lot across the street.

    Since we didn’t have reservations, we ended up out on the patio, which under normal circumstances would have been fine, but it was one of the coldest nights we’ve had in Florida in a long time.  They have heaters and heavy vinyl drop curtains on the patio, but there was still a draft.  My feet and butt didn’t thaw out until well after I got home.

    I’m the only one in our group who doesn’t drink so while their cocktails kept them warm, I needed to find something else.  I wanted hot chocolate, but had to settle for tea.  It was an orange sanguine tea and helped warm me up.

    Four of us ordered the same thing, the Wild Mushroom Grilled Flatbread Pizza.  Flatbread grilled and topped with sundried tomato, wild mushrooms, artichokes, and Gorgonzola cheese.  It was really good and plenty for one person.  I also ordered the chocolate mousse for dessert.

    Dessert…  I love sweets, and if that sweet includes chocolate, then I am so there.  It’s a wonder that I don’t weigh 500 lbs given my weakness for pasta and chocolate.  But, let’s just say, I don’t usually pass up an opportunity to check out the dessert menu.

    As for the chocolate mousse, it was very thick and rich.  I should have taken a photo of it (I really will start doing that) because the presentation was pretty.  It was tear shaped with raspberry sauce, whipped cream, and graham cracker crumbs on the plate. 

    My bill was $15, and the mousse actually cost more than the flatbread. 

    The Living Room on Main
     680 Main Street
    Dunedin, FL
    727-736-5202

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