El Palomar de Los Gonzalez Restaurant features the best American and Mexican cuisine with outstanding picturesque views of the city and ocean. Open for dinner nightly at 6PM.
The full menu features a lengthy selection of local fresh fish, beef, salads and soups.
They love to prepare your requests tableside, when ordered, like Caesar Salad, and Bananas Foster. A half dozen creative shrimp and lobster dishes delight diners.
El Palomar de Los Gonzalez
Appleton Farms is one of the in-house brands for the Aldi grocery chain. I’ve written a lot of posts about Aldi products, which I generally find to be of good quality and terrific value. Their fully cooked bacon is no exception, a package of which sells generally for less than two bucks. I’ve become a convert to pre-cooked, you can usually find one brand or another on sale for less than the raw product, plus you know exactly what you are getting, meaning, you don’t open a package and find pieces that are mostly fat, mostly broken and the like. There is some really crappy bacon out there.
This was flavorful and the slices come staggered on wax paper, so they are easy to remove. You can serve nice intact whole slices, or chop/cut as desired.
The contract manufacturer that Aldi uses for this product, is Shelby County Cookers, out of Harlan, IA, about 70 miles west of Des Moines and 10 miles north of I-80.
Shelby because a subsidiary of Monogram Foods a couple years ago. Monogram has its own brands and makes some licensed product, too. They are big in the meat snack business.
Picture of the Shelby plant below. Yes, I’d buy this again.
Appleton Farms Fully Cooked Bacon Review
Green bean casserole is the ubiquitous Thanksgiving (and other holidays) side dish. Does anybody make it on days other than holidays? The original recipe was developed in 1955 (happy 60th birthday!) by Dorcas Reilly, who headed the “home economics” team at Campbell’s Soup Company. They wanted to create a fast and easy dish from two ingredients most people had at home – green beans, and Cream of Mushroom soup.
At some point, the crispy onions were added as an ingredient and topping. That product was originally created by Durkee Foods, which was acquired by French’s in 1995.
There have been “pretenders to the throne,” but most people, it seems, buy the original (on the left in the pic), the price be damned!
I decided I’d check out the competition, which were priced 30% less than the French’s.
The pic below has the generic on the left, French’s on the right.
For me, spending the extra money on French’s is worth it. They have more flavor and are crispier. The generics have kind of a weird flavor and less crunch.
“But Burger man, obviously the generic has bigger pieces, how about that?”
“Not so,” I replied, “as the photo represents the French’s after I have noshed on all the big pieces.” Whoops. Here’s the original recipe from Campbells. BTW? Don’t make this mistake: the late Mrs. Burgerdogboy and I hosted a Thanksgiving pot luck one year, and since we knew we’d have a whole spread, we told people to bring something “if they want” but it wasn’t necessary.
Seven versions of green bean hot dish showed up. Most of them I didn’t like. LOL
When I lived in China, particularly in Guangzhou, it was before the flood of western restaurants showed up. But there was one place we could go for a burger or ‘cue, and that was the Hard Rock, which was in a hotel owned by Singaporeans. And the Singaporeans, they love their western foods. (By the way, the Hard Rock didn’t last there, but now nearly every American fast food and fast casual restaurant chain is represented in the hundreds or thousands in China).
And so it goes that there are a lot of places in the world where the Hard Rock dutifully doles out food that westerners are used to, so as to not startle them with the local cuisine (like in Guangzhou, where we ate water beetles, snake, and you don’t wanna know…..).
In Puerto Vallarta, at the Hard Rock Hotel, you’ll find the Zen Oriental restaurant, dishing up Asian cuisine, including Izakaya (casual Japanese version of bar food), teppanyaki and sushi from the extensive a la carte menu.
Without further ado, here’s a selection of their dishes today.
Zen Oriental Restaurant
Had an occasion to need appetizers this week, but didn’t have time to make them. A local Chicago company, Supreme Lobster and Seafood, sells quality heat and eat appys to bail you out of just such a jam.
Picked up their bacon wrapped scallops and their lobster rangoon won tons. Both could be ready in less than 20 minutes in a conventional oven.
Sometimes with ‘bacon wrapped’ items, it seems like the bacon seldom gets to a satisfactory “done stage,” but such was not the case with the Supreme product. Although these weren’t ‘bay scallops,’ they also weren’t full size sea scallops; they may have been the latter cut into manageable portions. In any case, the bites had a great flavor.
As did the lobster rangoon won tons, a dollop of lobster ‘salad’ (with cream cheese) inside a crispy won ton, and yes, the pastries do puff up and get nice and crispy.
For these type of appetizers in the frozen food section of your grocery, expect to pay in the range of $1 per appetizer, which is competitive with any brand.
Should you need massive quantities, try a company like AppetizersUSA, which has a very diverse offering and different quantities to get shipped directly to you.
(The scallop products are manufactured for Supreme Lobster by Golden Phoenix Foods of St Louis, a company specializing in Asian appetizers and nibbles).
The plant, pictured below, is about a mile south of downtown off I-55.
Supreme Lobster & Seafood has a retail outlet in suburban Chicago, should you be in need of all manner of fresh and frozen seafood and fish. Store details.
Supreme Lobster Appetizers
Used to be if you wanted to take advantage of a “home meal delivery” service, the companies that were available in the genre were focused on weight loss; or you could try and put together your own plan with a company like Schwans.
But lately we been presented with a gaggle of choices from different companies, catering to all types of diets and tastes, as well as subscriptions that send portion control ingredients for you to cook at home, or fully prepared fresh “heat and eat” meals from companies like IONutrition. These guys are focused on fresh, organic, wholesome meals, and you can subscribe to a pure vegetable diet or one that includes animal protein.
They comped me some samples, and first off I went for the Butternut Portobello French Lentils with Salmon, which is ready to go after only two minutes in the microwave.
The ingredients are so straightforward it’s a breath of fresh air: Salmon, lentils, onion, carrots, mushroom, sweet potato, squash, eggplant
almond, tumeric, cumin, parsley, garlic, sea salt, filtered water. What, seriously? None of those ingredients you can’t pronounce or have no idea what they are? Wow. Outstanding, folks.
Another significant difference with IoNutrition is they don’t have freezers chock-a-block full of frozen meals; they prepare your order right when you place it, and ship it out in a gently refrigerated box.
Watching calories, carbs or fats? You’ll dig this nutritional information. 15 ounce serving = 537 calories, fat 2, carbs 55, fiber 16, protein 46. Meals are gluten and dairy free,organically sources elements. Eat them at home or amp up your daily office lunch.
The big question? How was it? Fantastic. Seriously. As good or better than anything I could fix at home, and possibly the best salmon I’ve had in years. Additionally, the creative blending of spices and flavors in the sides is a real nice change.
If I haven’t given you enough reasons to try them out, know that IONutrition is a ’caused-based’ business and supports several charity partners.
Ionutrition Meal Home Delivery Review
My mother loved Kringles. What are they? A Scandinavian confectionary pastry, multiple layers of thin, flaky baked dough, in a horseshoe shape, with layers separated by a wide variety of your choice of fillings/toppings like berry, almond, chocolate and the like. More on the origin. My mother, or parents, really, took delight in having certain things brought in that were either rare in our city, or banned outright. For years, margarine was illegal in Minnesota, a supposed challenge to the dairy industry, so someone would run to Michigan and get a car load. Our maple syrup came in massive quantities of one gallon cans, annually, direct from a producer in the Northeast.
And once a year, a Greek fisherman from Florida would come by and sell natural sponges.
And such was the case with “Kringles,” as everyone in the Upper Midwest believe the best ones come from O&H, a bakery in Racine, WI. They make large variety of flavors year round, supplemented by seasonal favorites. My mother thought these were “Christmas-y” and someone a number of them were transported to our house in time for the holiday season from a bakery 400 miles away. My mother preferred almond ones, my father, berry flavor.
Stopped by O&H’s newest outlet the other day, they are dealing with quite a crowd this time of year, and have plenty of goods, freshly baked, and read to go. It’s a full service bakery, they also have nearly every kind of sweet roll, cookie, and loaf bread you can imagine, and all excellent.
If you’re inclined, order your own Kringles directly from them, online. They even have a “Kringle of the Month” club. You’ll also find the Kringles available at many Upper Midwest groceries.
I’ve been on a mission to have weekend breakfasts at rural locations in Illinois, and today we hit the Pub 72 Bar & Grill in Gilberts, IL. The “72” is after the number of the highway, and if memory serves me, is a rather new name. Not sure if the change also represented a change in ownership.
The place has a menu with “something for everything” whether you’re in the mood for plate dinners, sandwiches, appetizers, pizza, or adult beverage drink specials.
They serve a VERY economical breakfast (beginning at $2.99) on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 AM.
This is one of those joints were seemingly every employee took a course in what being in the hospitality business truly means. You’re almost always greeted by the owner when you walk in, a guy who doesn’t think so much of himself that it would be beneath him to walk around, refill coffees, inquire to customers satisfaction, and be observant enough to notice patrons that need attention. Superb. Rare qualities in most smaller places these days.
Serving help was equally affable, smiles all around, diligent order taking, great follow-up. By 9:30, the place was pretty busy with Sunday morning diners.
I had ham steak and eggs, great piece of ham with a nice grill char on it, just the way I like it. And a slice of Texas toast. As is the fashion at small diners in Illinois, a bowl of butter pats grazes each table. Eggs cooked precisely as ordered.
Hash browns are above average too.
I’ll be back. You should check them out if you live in the area, or are tooling down I-90 some day.
Pub 72 Review
Started in Illinois in the 1940s, Dairy Queen (now owned by Warren Buffet) is based in a Minneapolis suburb and has over 6500 stores in 27 countries. Over the past few years, they have been adding hot food items to their ice cream only stores.
I set out to have a Warren Buffet burger today, but the store I hit only offered fried food items, so I went with the 4 chicken finger basket, an order of cheese curds, and a bottle of water. The basket also includes “Texas Toast.” It was $8.79 for the lunch, pretty steep, IMHO.
The chicken fingers were hot and crispy, all white meat, but a little diminutive. The curds were fantastic, and I had just seen a documentary about how and where DQ curds are made, so I knew they would be good. They are real “curds” where as some places are really selling you deep fried cheese SAUCE. Big difference. You have your choice of dipping sauces with the chicken, and one of them is country gravy! YAY!
The “Texas Toast” should have been called “Delaware Toast” it is pretty scrawny as Texas Toasts go.
I like chicken fingers, and I’ve tried them a lot of places. I did a chicken finger smackdown tour of the south, and came away from that liking Zaxby’s the best.
DQ Chicken Fingers Review
Starting as a humble eatery on North Clark in Chicago, the Francesca group has grown to over thirty restaurants in several concepts, with locations in Chicagoland, Wisconsin, North Carolina and California . Reporter Luscious Linda dropped in their LaGrange, IL location, and enjoyed the Blueberry Cheesecake with Marscapone.