Saturday, December 30, 2006

Ferndale, MI - After some advice from some of my blog viewers, we had to try out the Ethiopian restaurant Blue Nile in Ferndale. I like the atmosphere, very cool and it goes without saying, the food was TASTY! I think Altu's in Lansing is better, but it was still very good. This is a veggie selection, I couldn't tell you the real names, but I'll describe each one. If the dish were a clock (for identifying the position), at 9 o'clock, is yellow peas and potatoes (good, but a little bland), 10/11 o'clock spicy peas (excellent, one of the best items), 1 o'clock veggies (not bad at all), 2 o'clock lentils in horseradish (new for me and very good), 3 o'clock collard greens (also new to me and very good), 5 o'clock cabbage (pretty good), and in the center is salad with their special dressing (I love the dressing). It is all sitting on the special bread, which is very light and spongy. I liked their bread, but it didn't have a lot of flavor which I'm use to. All together, very good. Enjoy!

Friday, December 29, 2006

Lansing, MI - I'm back to my other favorite, Thai food. This is Pad Kao Pode from Asians Finest, which I never had before but would gladly get again. It is the standard Thai food flavor and nice and hot. This has cabbage, peapods, baby corn, and tofu. One thing about the dish is that it has tons of garlic, which moves the dish up in my book! I think there are some better Thai food dishes, but this still wasn't bad at all. Enjoy
Lansing, MI - The little mexican stand on Martin Luther King strikes again. I've never had Sopas before, so I was excited about trying something new. They are two a little thicker tortilla shells, definitely thicker than tostada shells, and then topped with beans or what ever meat you wish, lettuce, tomato, their special hot sauce that is out of this world by making ever single taste bud work for you, and then topped with fresh shredded cheese. I would get these again in a second. Enjoy.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Lansing, MI - Hey you lansing lunchers, if you're looking for a semi-decent mexican place for lunch, check out Jalapenos in downtown lansing. This is their burrito combo meal, which obviously comes with rice and beans. Definitely enough to fill you up and tasty as well. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Troy, MI - This is baked lentil kibbee from Grape Leaves. This was the first time I had baked kibbee like this before, but not what I expected. It was good, but the flavor was a little ubiquitous and the onions where a little over powering. Overall, not to bad. Enjoy.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Lansing, MI - My favorite mexican place in Lansing strikes again. This is a Pork La Torta. Man, it was good. It is a gilled pork sandwich that is pressed on the grill when cooked. It has lettuce, cheese, and some kinds of sauce that of course is delicious, but probably terrible for you. Enjoy!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Lansing, MI - Doesn't that look delicious? You're probably also asking what is it. Well it is Mole Queso Enchiladas from Pablo's Panderia. I heard about it in the local newspaper and had to try out their Mole (pronounced molay) sauce. I love enchiladas and these cheese enchiladas were very good. The shredded cheese on top gave it some extra cheesy flavor. Now the mole sauce, I was expecting to be similar to enchiladas sauce, but it wasn't. It was actually sweeter than I expected. Consequently, quite delightful. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Lansing, MI - Pablo's Pandaria opened in old town Lansing on Grand River and of course I had to try it out. This was the first La Torta I had. It was very good, but not great. It is basically a sub that has been gilled and flattened. It has cheese, pickles, lettuce, ham, and chorizo (spanish sausage) which really helps with the flavor. If you get an opportunity to try one, don't pass it up. Enjoy.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Lansing, MI - I'm telling you, I can't believe how good this little mexican food stand on Martin Luther King is. This is their enchiladas. I was worried if there was going to be enough when I ordered it, but as you can tell, I had no problem filling up because of how great it was. They use this crumbled cheese on top that I have no idea what it is, but man it's delicious. The Power of Cheese! I really liked the enchiladas sauce they used and what really made it excellent was the salsa they give you. Man, it's hot and out of this world. Eat up! Enjoy.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Lansing, MI - My favorite little Mexican food stand on Martin Luther King Blvd, started selling apple empanada (I'm sure I misspelled this, so if you know of the correct spelling, please let me know so I can change it). It's such a great desert, very sweet. It has apple filling, dough crust and covered in cinnamon sugar. However, it's a heavy desert, so make sure you save some room. If you don't, that find, you still won't be able to turn it down. Enjoy!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Lansing, MI - This by far is one of the best burritos I've ever had. This is from a mexican food stand on the corner of Marting Luther King and Mt. Hope. It was this little stand, but because of great popularity, it expanded to larger stand. They had some awesome food! These burritos have rice, meat (or no meat), lettuce, and some kind of sauce. Their hot sauce was out of this world. It was so good that I would be tempted to drive up to Lansing just to have some more of it. If you're there, stop and get something, I promise you won't regret it. Enjoy

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Lansing, MI - Beans and rice, always a perfect side dish for a mexican dish. This is from Taco Loco and it was ok. I was actually a little surprised on how bland it was. I'm definitely not complaining since it was much better than just some fast food, but it could have been better. Enjoy (maybe not at this place).

Monday, November 20, 2006

Lansing, MI - Wouldn't you love a restaurant where you can walk in and just ask for any dish you want, doesn't even have to be on a menu? If you like Korean food, check out Rivi's Deli. This is Kimchi Stew, sorry I don't know the Korean name for the dish. The owner suggested I try this one day, which is not on the menu. It has cabbage, onions, and beef all stewed together. It was a great "home cooked" meal! It was awesome, try it out some time. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

East Lansing - So, this isn't the most pleasant looking picture, but it was quite good. This is vegetarian cabbage rolls from a middle eastern restaurant called Woody's Oasis. From the looks of it, it probably doesn't look very appetizing, but I was surprised. It's filled with rice, potatoes, and spices. Near the end, I may have started to get cabbaged out, but it was a great new dish and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Lansing, MI - If you have an opportunity where you meet the restaurant's owner and they'll cook what ever you want, well, it's a dream. In Lansing, there is small deli called Rivi's Deli. If you call ahead, she will cook any Korean dish you want. Today's feature is called Den Jon. I told her to recommend a dish and she said, how about this one? I love ordering food when I have no idea what I'm going to get. It has potatoes, onions, zucchini, green peppers, and beef, in a beef broth. The broth could almost be mistaken for a sweeter sauce, but it's not. It's very unique and fantastic! Enjoy.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Lansing, MI - This is Rivi's Deli again. How awesome is a restaurant when you can go in and order anything you want and the owner cooks it for you. The lady that owns Rivi's Deli, sandwich and deli place, but also special Korean dishes if you ask, will make what ever you like, even if you don't know a name, she'll just make a dish. This is Bulgogi Sushi. Well, there's no fish, but the bulgogi is served up in a sushi roll style. It has rice, egg, cucumber, carrots, and bulgogi meat. It was very good. Especially for those people who are not into seafood, this would be perfect. Enjoy.
Lansing, MI - This is one of the best canolis I've ever had. This is from my favorite bakery in Lansing called Roma's Bakery. Delicious. Their canolis have cream in the middle, chocolate chips on each side, and the outside is covered in powdered sugar. The cream inside has a slight citrus flavor, which really helps to contrast the flavors and please the pallet.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Detroit, MI - Have I mentioned I like food. The morning of this breakfast, I was planning on going to the Lions game. So of course I eat breakfast at home, met up with some friends about an hour later, and they said we were going out for breakfast before the game. We went to a place called Atlas Bistro in downtown Detroit. Needless to say, even though I just had breakfast about 1 1/2 hours ago, I eat again. I had their french toast. MMMMMMM! It was great. If I would have taken a picture afterwards, you would have seen an empty plate. With all this eating, I didn't eat anything at the game! :) Enjoy.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Lansing, MI - Pizza Pizza! I mean real pizza! This is a deep dish like no other. This is from Deluca's, one of the best pizza places in Lansing. This is a deep dish with pineapple and garlic cloves. I don't mean crushed garlic or garlic salt. It's full garlic cloves! I think this pizza is better than the Pizza Popolous in the Detroit area. After two, if you're lucky, three pieces, you're done. Try it out and Enjoy!

Friday, November 03, 2006

Lansing, MI - Look good? It tastes better than it looks! This was so tasty. Too bad it's such a small cream puff. This is a chocolate cream puff from Roma's Bakery. They have one of the best selections of deserts in Lansing. When you go there to check it out, make sure the chocolate cream puff is on your menu! Enjoy!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Lansing, MI - I'm always a sucker for eggs benedict, so when I went to the Golden Harvest in Lansing and saw they had a Veggie Eggs Benedict, I had to try it. The eggs, spinach, and english muffin was very good, but just the basic. It's the hollandaise sauce that changes this dish. It has a stronger citrus flavor, so it was a little unusual, but very good. However, there was just a bit too much of the sauce. Cut down on the sauce and it's a great dish. There's one problem with this restaurant, it allows smoking and the place is tiny. It was a huge turn off for the place. There were several dishes I would have loved to try, but with the next table smoking and you trying to enjoy your breakfast just doesn't mix. Enjoy the food!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Lansing, MI - Have you had a chance to check out Media Noche? This is another sandwich from Tropical Cafe called the Miami. I don't think it was as good as the Media Noche, but it was still very very good. Pork, lettuce and swiss, MMMMM. It's good. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Birmingham, MI - Well, this is the Italian feast for the evening at Bucca Di Peppos. The meal started with artichoke dip that comes with chips they make there. It's mouth watering. Then we got Ravioli AL Pomodoro. It's cheese ravioli with fresh homemade marinara sauce. By the way, I loved the marinara. Lastly, we had chocolate canolis. Lets see, there wasn't a part of dinner that I didn't like. The canolis really help finish off the evening. Everything is served family style, so you get some huge portions. This meal is a vegetarians delight! Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy, I know you will.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Birmingham, MI - So, is this breakfast or desert? Does it matter? This is suppose to be breakfast, but man, it's two in one. It's called the German Boy from the Original Pancake House. It was one big pancake (I'm sure with lots of butter, because of how wonderful it tasted) and covered in powdered sugar. To make sure you have enough, they even bring out a side of MORE powdered sugar. It also comes with some lemon wedges to squeeze on it of you like. It gives it even more flavor, help to calm down the sweetness and add a small citrus flavor. The point of the story, no matter the time of the day, it's a great meal! Enjoy.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Lansing, MI - Do you like Cuban food? This sandwich is called a Media Noche (midnight sandwich) and it is from Tropical Cafe. It's a tiny tiny little restaurant that is really hard to find, but they make everything from scratch there. The sandwich is awesome, you'll want to eat two of them, but you'll be full after the first. It's typically a pork sandwich with I believe swiss cheese and pickles. Then it is grilled and flattened. It's fantastic! If you can, get one with a side of black beans and rice and you'll be all set! Enjoy.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Lansing, MI - This was a great find in Lansing. The restaurant is called Mediterranean. The dish is called Cevapi, which is a Balkan dish. This was a great dish! If you've had any yugo sausage, this was great. The spices are very different and unique to its own. It comes with onions, fresh pita and a dipping sauce. GET it if you have a chance. It's out of this world. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Lansing, MI - I'm always looking for a small, quaint, little breakfast place where you can get specialty breakfasts. I found one in Lansing called the Korner Kitchen. This is their veggie skillet. It doesn't look it, but there's enough food! It has two eggs your style, cheddar cheese, hashbrowns, tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, onions, green pepper, and comes with toast. It's probably not the healthiest breakfast, but it's a good one! Enjoy!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Lansing, MI - When fall approaches, some cities have one of my favorite festivals, chili cook offs. This year, Lansing did a chili cook off along the river trail with over 40 restaurants offering their chili. Here are four samples from the festival. I had some mild ones and I even had one that was so hot, I couldn't finish it and I love spicy food. So, you can imagine how hot it was. The top two were very good and they were presented well, some fritos or corn ships. One of my favorites was from Mitchells Fish Market that was a seafood chili with wasabi sauce on top. That is the second to last picture. It was very good and the wasabi sauce complimented it very well. The last picture was a vegetarian chili that was delicious. They had about ten to fifteen vegetarian restaurants, so if you're a vegetarian, don't avoid the festival. So, if you get a chance to go to a cook off, take your appetite and don't burn your taste buds too much. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

East Lansing, MI - This is a huge bowl of soup. HUGE! It is a Vietnamese dish called Pho from a restaurant called Asian House. I think they have the best Vietnamese in East Lansing. It is authentic, delicious, and the portions are huge. So, Pho is a soup; beef broth, large noodles, cucumbers, green onions, and thinly sliced beef. Bean sprouts and mint leaves come on the side for you to add to your liking. It also has two types of sauces that come on the side for you to add, which are hoisen sauce and a hot sauce. Add the hoisen and hot sauce to your preference. The hoisen sauce is a sweet one, so it is very very good. After you combine it all, the soup is superb! Enjoy!!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

East Lansing, MI - Do you like Korean? This is bulgogi from Korea House, which comes with rice, dumplings, and some sides. It's very traditional for Korean food to have small sides that you would eat with your food. In this picture, you can see pickled turnips and bean sprouts. The meat is sauteed thin slices of beef. When you walk away, you'll be very full and you'll be happy to tried this because it's so good! Enjoy!

Monday, October 09, 2006

East Lansing, MI - So, when you go to East Lansing and you want to get some excellent Korean or Japanese food, try Korea House. In the last two or so years, they expanded to include sushi, which has been very tasty. This is Salmon, Eal, and California Rolls. It's fresh, fast, and so so good. Enjoy.

Detroit, MI - If you live in the Detroit area, there's no escaping one thing in the news; The Detroit Tigers in the second series of the playoffs! Well, when you go to the ballpark, the Ballpark Frank is a staple. This frank here is Comerica Park during their regular winning season. Don't worry, this Friday I'll get another one during their post season success. Oh, ballpark franks, MMMM! I'll bet they taste even better during post season. :) Enjoy!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Birmingham, MI - This is what's called, a desert you'll never forget. It is Chocolate Mousse Semifreddo from the 220 Restaurant. I had already started eating mine, so I had to take a picture of Pooja's, my friend. It's a huge portion of Chocolate Mousse, caramel topping, and raspberry sauce. This was better than the last desert, but it was very rich and sweet. Compared to the last desert, the cream puff, it was much sweeter, so it worked out well going back and forth with this desert and the other. By itself, it may be too much and you might not finish it. Who am I kidding, just eat the whole thing. The Mousse looked so good that when it arrived, you immediately started salivating. Eating it, was orgasmic! ENJOY!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Birmingham, MI - This may have been the desert of all deserts. It's a pistachio cream puff from the 220 Restaurant in Birmingham MI. Can I give you one piece of advice, GET IT! This was delicious. Have I mentioned how delicious this was! :) It was a cream puff with pistachio ice cream, hot chocolate syrup, powdered sugar, and a few pistachios as an additional topping. Surprising, it wasn't an overly sweet desert. The pistachio helped to calm the sweetness to make it a full experience. ENJOY!

Monday, October 02, 2006

Birmingham, MI - After moving to Birmingham, I had to seek out new Thai restaurants. Well, there is a very good place called Bankok Bistro that helped satisfy my yerning for Thai food. This is Pad Thai and it was delicious. Just like the others, it's a noodle dish, in this case with tofu (but you can get meat if you wish), in a peanut sauce. They have a whole menu for me to try! :) Enjoy!

Saturday, September 30, 2006

East Lansing, MI - If you were at student at Michigan State University, you would have gone to Lou and Harrys. It's a Greek staple in every students diet. Well, before I moved out of East Lansing, I had to make sure I had one last Gyro from Lou and Harrys. Now, if you're planning on going up to East Lansing, MI and want a fast and delicious lunch. Check it out. Their Gyros just make you stop and enjoy it because it is so flavorful and delicious. They usually put the meat, onions, tomatoes, and lettuce on it. I get the onions grilled, mmmmm. Anyhow, enjoy.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

West Bloomfield, MI - You can't go wrong at a place called The falafel House. It's a place in West Bloomfield and I was very surprised to find this on the menu. This is Sujuk in a sandwich. Sujuk is a Lebanese sausage cooked with lots of different spices. It's delicious. You can also see some hummus in the background. That too was delicious. I think they need to put a little bit more olive oil on the hummus, but I'm cool with it. If you go to a middle eastern grocery store, you can usually find Sujuk there too. I recommend getting it. Enjoy.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Brimingham, MI - Now that I'm back in the Detroit area, the deli's are everywhere. This is from the Bagel Factory in Birmingham MI. It's a nice classic jewish breakfast, bagels lox and cream cheese. These are Nova lox, which are very very good, but the best lox in my opinion is Belly Lox. It is very flavorful, but salty. So, be prepared to drink a lot of water when eating it......and throughout the day. I'm not kidding. So, this lox sandwich is actually on a multigran bagel. I felt if I was going all out for breakfast, I should be healthy too. My favorite would be on an everything bagel, but I have to make sacrifices to get the lox and cream cheese. For those of you who do not know what lox are, it's smoked salmon. It sounds weird, fish in the morning, but it's perfect. Some sandwiches come with capers, tomatoes, and onions. I don't like to get all that because it blands out the taste of the lox. Start with out it, then get the rest of the stuff next time. Enjoy!

Monday, September 25, 2006

Kawklin, MI - I love beef jerky. There's no way getting around it. So, when ever I have an opportunity to try out some jerky, you better believe I do. There are lots of places throughout MI that has tremendous homemade jerky, especially as you travel up north. The key to getting excellent jerky is getting the freshly made kind. Do not even try the prepackaged, over-produced, stuff from Meijer or Kroger. So, this was hot and spicy jerky from Kawkalin MI. This was pretty good, but it was a tad-bit too greasy for me. As I find some more, I'll keep posting them. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

East Lansing, MI - I went back for middle eastern, this time, for Lamb kebob. This is from Sultans in East Lansing, MI. They have one of the best lamb kebob dinners in town. The meat was so filled with flavor, that you'll purposely not finish it so you can take it home and have some later. It's that good. The meal came with Arabic style rice, which I think is the best rice. Enjoy!

Friday, September 22, 2006

Bloomfield Hills, MI - Do you like pizza? Oh, this was so good! This was from Pizza Poppalus in Bloomfield Hills. This is the first pizza that was so cheesy, that it actually extended down from my mouth down my throut. It is very thick and cheesy! We also got fresh crushed garlic on the top! MMMM! Just to for-warn you, two pieces will be enough! Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Grand Rapids, MI - This is another Thai dish, surprised? Of course, as you can tell, I love Thai food. Well this is called Tom Yom Goon from Grand Rapids MI. It's a beef broth soup with lots of tasty veggies and tofu. It has great mushrooms and some other greens. Try it if you get a chance. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Grand Rapids, MI - You may not be able to tell from this picture, but this was a great Thai dish. It's Mango Tofu from a Thai restaurant in Grand Rapids, MI. I wish I could remember the name of the place because if I can find it again, I'll have a few more dishes. This was a great dish. The mangos in the dish were so good. If you love mangos, definitely try it. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

East Lansing, MI - This is a favorite Vietnamese dish of mine. It's Bun Veggie and Tofu from Asian House in East Lansing MI. The Bun is pronounced Bune. If you've ever had any types of Bun dishes, it has these great thin noodles on the bottom with fresh veggies and then you get this sweet sauce that you pour over it. It makes the whole dish delicious. Watch out vegetarians, the sauce I believe has some type of fish sauce in it. You can also get all kinds of Bun dishes with beef, pork, and egg rolls. Enjoy!

Monday, September 11, 2006

East Lansing, MI - So far, this is one of my favorite Thai food dishes. This is Nahm Man Hoi from Taste of Thai in East Lansing MI. Usually this is served with beef, but this time, I got it with tofu. For you vegetarians, watch out though, it has an oyster sauce. It's a brown sauce, not very sweet, but just a hint of it. At the end of this dish, you'll love it so much, you'll want to lick the plate. Eat up!