Monday, March 4, 2013

Tampa: Culinary Conundrum, One In A Series

Todd Sturtz' New Book
(From Foodspotting.com)
We got a gent here who wrote a book all about the Tampa, Florida food scene. Yes, you read that correctly, Tampa AND food scene all in the same sentence. Now, mind you, I admire someone, anyone who has enough passion to actually write a book on any subject and especially when the challenge is great to make that book relevant based on the subject matter. He and Jeff Houck have taken on a Mt. Everest challenge.

  That being said, he posted it on Foodspotting.com as a spot and at Datz Deli, he must work there or something and when I commented on the post that writing a book about Tampa's food scene it was like writing about say, Kentucky Wildcats Football. Great league, just suspect whether the team in that league is great.





Jeff Houck, Tampa Food Writer
(From tbo.com)
I typically will not buy a book like this....more on the recipe side of the ledger if I buy a food book but hope his tome does well. His professionalism is a bit suspect however in that the comment I made was met with anger and a death wish for one and then defensiveness of "YOU are worthless, so my work is good" meme. Sad that he would allow himself to go overboard like that. Wonder what he would do if someone told him the book stunk. I have since apologized for any offense taken and asked where the book is available. And aw Leslie, no invite to mingle with the beautiful peeps in South Tampa at Datz? I drank a bottle of San Pellegrino over that snub and cried into my cheesecloth.

 So I decided to investigate and find out where Tampa REALLY stood in the world of great cuisine and foodie reverance. Since I was born on the Gulf Coast and grew up eating great seafood and in my life have lived in some great cities for eating I am more than qualified to make such judgments I feel, but to make sure I am digging in to see for sure. My favorite eating city is still by far, New Orleans and I have lived there along with Atlanta, NYC area, Chicago, Dallas, Destin and visited many other cities, islands and a few countries as well...Italy, Germany, Austria, Vietnam, Monaco, Canada, Mexico.

Columbia Restaurant, Ybor City
(From their website)
One thing I notice here in the Foodspotting universe is mostly subjectivity, which of course is going to be the main ingredient in any "review" but I see a lot of "connection" to the place as the reason for liking it or loving it. That is great to some extent but does not cure the ills of a place like Tampa, in my subjective opinion. One example I will use is The Columbia Restaurant, Ybor location, for this one. If you are from out of town and come in to eat here, I believe you are much more inclined to love or like it due to it's beautiful building, entertainment value, history and maybe one or two items on the menu. Now, if you are local and have been there a few times as I have, the veneer starts to fade and the real issues with the place come to light, rather quickly. Do I avoid it all together? No, I hit the bar for a couple of cocktails and an app or salad but not for an entire evening meal. Why? Last trip I was there for the full boat it was a business dinner for clients and out of town guests. The service was abysmal and the server actually told ME not to order paella, instead recommending a shrimp dish that was not even Red Lobster worthy and I am sure was warmed up in the microwave. And that night at least, the Sangria was literally red colored water. I do not know if we were chosen as the sucker table of the evening but that was the last straw for me.

This will be a series so stay tuned. Next up is an investigation into some of the top ranked lists around the world and USA on food and eating. Let's see where Tampa shines....or does not.




Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Alexa on Foodspotting

Not Alexa, one of the founders and current owners but Alexa.com, an Amazon company who tracks internet data and publishes it on websites around the globe. Let's take a look at some of the current information available for Foodspotting.com. Some of it may surprise you.

Chooky Work Spot
(From Foodspotting.com)
The first and most obvious thing I wanted to know is....WHO visits Foodspotting the most, WHAT is their make-up? Interestingly enough, based on other websites the audience for Foodspotting.com over indexes on females who are in the age range 25-34, have no children, are college educated and browse this site from work. So in actuality it appears that they may contributing to lost work productivity as the ladies tune in from their desks. Two site members I thought of immediately were Chooky, who may be over 35 and Leslie, a Tampa local prone to potty mouth and some delusions of grandeur but posting some good shots nonetheless. Foodspotting, can you say March Madness syndrome?

Chooky, an Aussie, posts all the time from work and has hundreds of "work" related shots like Vegemite on toast in her portfolio. Always look forward to another shot of a cup of coffee or a piece of toast.


They under index on all other age groups and also men based on internet averages. The rankings on a global basis and in the US were a bit surprising to me. While the numbers fluctuate on any given day or week I believe, they are ranked #25,545 worldwide and #13,953 in the USA. They also have almost 3500 sites that link to them. I do not really know how to assess whether these are good numbers or bad numbers but at anytime there seem to be around 220,000 site members at Foodspotting and again, do not know how active they are but assume the 80/20 rule or somewhere thereabouts.

Rankings Around The World
(From Alexa.com)
More fun facts include the site download time of 1.61 seconds and says that 54% of all websites are faster loaders which seems to make sense based on the content rich environment for FS. The current highest rank is in the Phillipines where it is ranked #2907. Almost 30% of site traffic emanates from the USA followed by, wait for it.....India with 8.1%. On another note, Australia is at 2.5%, a number I thought would have been higher.

Currently, site visitors visit 4.4 pages and stay on the site about 3:31 minutes, a number I found to be low but I suppose based on my usage it is low.

There is also an interesting add on at the bottom of the page on Alexa.com called Wayback Machine and it allows you to see how the site has evolved over time. Pretty cool.

I was also surprised to find another site called tastespotting.com which was actually ranked much higher than Foodspotting overall. #17,960 globally, #4157 in the US and has over 7000 sites linking to it. The potential for growth is there for Foodspotting but they need to address site "user friendliness" as the old interface was preferred over the current one and also step up efforts in member response and even enforcement of their TOS, something sorely lacking at this time.

Stay tuned as we discuss the Tampa Cuisine scene in the next installment and show you a new book out there by a local Tampa Foodie, Todd Sturtz!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Foodspotting: Spot Or No Spot? You Make The Call...

Update: this is also posted on the FS site if you scroll to bottom of page and click Support and FAQ. Chime in with your ideas since we as members can make the site better and more of what we want to see.

Grobi Is Another FS Power user
(From Foodspotting.com)
In this week's article we will review the newest set of guidleines set up by FS and that i have been given permission to post here by Alexa.

FS continues to remove my spots about 100 at a time while no action taken on others clearly in the same vein or "worse" and flagged more than once. In fact, web images I have flagged and sent in links to their origins online have remained despite efforts to help police the site for clear inappropriate images.

Here is the latest communcation from FS:

 foodspotting.uservoice.com
  Admin response

 An idea you follow has been updated:
 70 votes
under review
Should Foodspotting have a Leaderboard or Points System? What are better alternatives for encouraging quality over quantity?
under review
 Just a quick update that we’ve implemented some fraud prevention mechanics to address the multiple accounts issue and are still working on exploring leaderboard alternatives per the post above. Would still love your feedback on the proposed solutions.

As far as Gulf Coast Guy’s valid question of, “What belongs on Foodspotting?” — I want to remind you all of Foodspotting’s goal:

Finding and sharing GREAT dishes.

While we realized that people inevitably would end up sharing occasional dishes from home or items from grocery stores or dishes that weren’t really great (and created accommodations for these behaviors — private venues and the default “Home” venue, tried vs loved, hiding, etc. — because it’s more sustainable than policing every photo), we’d also like to encourage our top users especially, since you’re role models for others, to please consider not just what is technically allowed or not allowed, but the principles here.

 Perhaps ask yourself a few questions before posting:

1. Was this a great dish?
2. If not, is there something interesting about it that makes it worth sharing?
3. Would other users consider this great or interesting?
4. Would a reasonable user flag it?
5. Would a reasonable person perceive me to be pursuing quality or quantity?

If not, why are you posting? Is it just about the leaderboard? Is it because everyone else is doing it? Is it worth it?

 I realize this doesn’t solve the problem but hopefully contributes a little food for thought to the conversation.


Alexa Andrzejewski Cofounder, Foodspotting
  

I applaud the efforts here of the FS team to communicate and hope putting it here helps get the word out to more people on the site. I would say MOST of the spots I see fall into number 3 and relates directly to the follow up at the bottom of the leader board . And in the next phase of the site we are being asked if the leaderboard goes or stays and in my opinion it GOES. It is the cause of most of the whining on the site and also leads to members trying to skirt the true goal of the site to inflate numbers. I am willingly admitting that I have been part of some of this behavior, although I try not to whine and just do my thing. As I have said before, it is a fun hobby for me and my life and self worth do not depend on this site. I do like the idea of some different areas for "recognition" with a change up often enough where a lot of members se their efforts in the spotlight, applauded and feel their contributions are noticed. It is human nature to want that at some level. I think one of the most frustrating things that I see or have seen IS others skirting the spirit of the site and nothing being done about it so........human nature is to emulate it. Now when you have 7400....oops, 7369 due to more removals....on the site you get more attention. And as J.Roncelli will tell you, we LOVE attention. ;o)
One Of J. Roncelli's Many Shill Fans
(From Foodspotting.com)
More to come folks on Foodspotting and it's evolution moving forward with the Open Table acquisition. Feel free to chime in here with your thoughts! The site folks are welcome to join in and clear up any confusion and address whining instead of allowing it on a member's page.

Stay tuned..........

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Foodspotting: What IS a Foodspot?


The latest robust discussion on the the Foodspotting site now is centered around what actually constitutes a "qualifying" spot on the site. Is it JUST restaurant dishes only? Does the cocktail or beer you have with it come under the guidelines? How about the bread basket? Water service? Menu? Napkin....lol.?




Web Images Seem To Be Acceptable

Can homemade dishes, meals and other items be a valued part of the universe of spots? How about a slice of bread at work with Vegemite smeared on it? 50 of them? Grocery store food items whether they prepared in deli, bakery or eat in cafes, fresh meat, produce and seafood or items on the shelf?

Farmers markets? Roadside food stands? Food carts? Lifted web images? Google images? As you can see, the list can be much longer and it seems many of the Foodspotting members have a very different view of this and for multiple reasons. Some make sense, some are based on a member who has some deep seated control issues, some make no sense and of course there are others in between. You may be scratching your head on web images and google images but they are out there and actually some of them on the page of one of the most vocal members, who has since "taken his ball and gone home" while posting lifted web images from a blog to his profile. Talk about your control freak. And another question here is raised as you find out about the husband/wife teams. This will be saved for another article on the blog so stay tuned.


Two of the current vocal site members who are complaining could have their own spots put under the microscope as well. Is a beer photo a proper FS post? If so, why? It ain't food.  Are 20 something shots of the same Asian side dish at the same place appropriate? Just asking. How many skinny flat whites and long blacks need to be duped not by one but by two people with the same shots basically? Just asking. To me it is fine but when you enter into subjective land you can see anyone can complain about anything that does not necessarily jive with their interpretation. And when others see those spots go up and remain then it is assumed that they can also spot the same.

Is It A Reuben?
(No longer on FS site)


Same shot: Or Is It A CB and Pastrami?
(No longer on FS Site)




Quite a conundrum for Foodspotting to deal with eh? Now, to be fair, as part of my 7400 spots there are a mix of all of the above and I would posit, even more. Food is food to me and to be spotted as part of my hobby on the site. As you can imagine, being one of the top spotters creates the opportunity for others to question, complain, whine, cajole and some to get downright nasty about what THEY see as the proper Foodspotting content. And in reality, all of my spots have been an emulation of what i have or had seen on the site so......mea culpa. One other thing I will add is that I have a sense of humor too and every now and then will "spot" a satirical post just to have some fun or poke some. BTW, the suggestion has been made to potentially tab the different types of food spots.

The site has at any time over 200,000 members but have not seen lately any numbers on who and how many are the most active but would think the 80/20 rule probably applies here, or something like that ratio.

Example Of Those I Follow
(From Foodspotting.com)
I currently follow over 600 and am followed by over 650 members. This is a feature to allow you to keep tabs on and see those who you choose to and not others on the site. Great feature and should be used instead of complaining about the content they upload.

In recent weeks, Alexa has reached out to have some conversations about the site, some of the members and some admonitions for me as a top spotter, all of which have been ingested and taken to heart as someone who wants the site to do well and be here for the long run. One of the frustations is that due to being a top spotter you get more notice and those who might not be as prolific seem to slide for the same "infractions" you might be guilty of in the eyes of the site owners. Flags sent in for those seem to go unheeded, unread and cause some head scratching. Lately, two of those are......water at restaurants and packaged goods. I have ceased to spot those for the most part...unless the water is branded or in some way unique and the packaged item unique, new or something worthy of making it seen. Yet, untold numbers of these are posted regularly and nothing done to address them.

Dans Food Pix On Foodspotting
(From Foodspotting.com)
As far as members and their styles go, this is one reason I LOVE the site...many different personalities, many different countries with foods diverse and sometimes downright weird, funny, thoughtful, professional and beautiful people and pages. As far as some who I follow....love the hominess of a Robert J. Paul, an everyday Joe having some fun with the hobby, Tom Doran, an accomplished professional who travels a lot and posts pretty much ONLY gorgeous restaurant food around the globe and has high quality images, Dan's Food Pix, who has a high number of images and I emulated somewhat in my approach with a mix of everything on his pages. He also has his own site for the images as well. In future posts I will highlight some of these folks and many others as well since they ARE Foodspotting. Without them all, the site does not exist.

Another Beauty Shot From Tom Doran
(From Foodspotting.com)
I invite others to comment here and although the comments are moderated, meaning I have to review them, I welcome all points if view and discussion, just keep it proifessional and topical. Also looking for ideas for other subjects down the pike. I know I will be sharing some of the ways the site works, some bugs I have seen and more in the future. One tip for you.......before you begin to complain about other users, check your own inventory and see if it might contain some of the "offending" spots or invite scrutiny( you know the old log and cinder parable) AND see if the one you complain about is one of your followers and staunch supporters. I'm jus' sayin'.

Keep on eating and keep on snapping!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Foodspotting: One In A Series

I have been participating in a new hobby for about two years or so now I guess. It is a foodie site called Foodspotting and is a place for posting food and related pictures called spots.

They have just announced that they will join Open Table, an outfit I have used for years now to reserve tables at restaurants. Seems OT bought them for $10 million so Alexa and team must be pretty pleased.

The transition will happen over the next little while it seems and it will be interesting to see how things play out going forward. They seem to have been all consumed with this merger or buyout and had little time to pay much attention to the FS site itself although there have been a few instances of back and forth communication with them and top users such as myself.

As with any open site like this, the array of characters runs the gamut and as always, you have those who are envious of others, have serious control issues or think the site should be run ONLY as they see fit. Then of course you have some delightful folks as well, a whole lot of them. And then you have the ones somewhere in between.

I currently have more spots I believe than anyone on the site and they also track rep points for different things for each spot you upload to your account on the site. I just went over 7300 last night on a visit to Kobe Steakhouse in Orlando. Some others are close. There are certainly some very high quality accounts on the site as well as people take in camera's to their dining places. In fact some of the top "ranked" in terms of rep points do not have even close to the number of images but they have blogs and other areas of outreach that allow them bigger followings and therefore rep points.

In the coming weeks and days I will highlight some of the fun on FS, some of the colorful people and some of the inside stories behind the scenes from a Foodspotting Top Spotter. Check back in FS nmembers and you may see yourself in lights here on my humble little blog. And you may even like what you see......and some may not.

Monday, January 21, 2013

My Stay Along 30A

I was able to get away for a few days recently and stay out farther along 30A in the Rosemary Beach, Seacrest Beach area and what a relaxing time it was for me.

Daily walks, networking and a few dozen good raw oysters were some of the highlights of my getaway.

The Scene On The Main 30A Just East Of Alys Beach
The scenery and personality of the area differs depending on which little slice of it you are visiting at the time. Rosemary Beach is like a little European Village on the coast, Alys Beach is still sparse but appears to be headed in the image of a Greek or Italian Isle with white being the main color. Farther down or is it up? 30A you have the one who started it all, Seaside and it's Truman Show beach town feel. On both sides of it you have some other little burgs aptly named something like Watercolor, Seagrove, Santa Rosa Beach, Grayton Beach and so and so on.


Village Of Seacrest Beach Where I Stayed

Not much was happening in Seacrest Beach and much to my dismay the Mexican restaurant I had wanted to try was closed and the other high end place, Bentley's seemed to be open and completely dead to the public. I walked in one night to grab a beer before heading out and stood for a few minutes in the place with no one appearing from the back so I left, never to return this trip. Maybe in season. They have a Sports Bar of sorts off to the side called Maddogs which is where I was going.



The Beach Altered In My Photo Editor
There was a Sundries place I happened into on day one to introduce myself, find out what they had and see what their hours were and I hit them a few times on the trip for beer, milk, coffee and some various and sundry items. Thank goodness they were open.

Seacrest Beach is pretty expansive home wise and has a nice huge pool somewhere near the center of the little town. I did not use it much as it was cooler but did come sit by the pool and relax a few times on the visit.





Seacrest Beach Pool
I was almost alone for the most part, especially on the weekend I was there. I think I walked over 35 miles on my trip and got to see much of the area and will follow up on some more posts here on the blog. Seacrest was a great home port so to speak as it aollwed me to go back and forth to other spots easily.

I have made a mental note to try them out again as soon as possible.

Life's Beach Baby! Soak it in!
                                                                                                                                                              

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Candy Corn: An Exposé For An Enthusiast

As promised, here is a Candy Corn compendium for one little enthusiast. In this biting journalistic piece we will explore together, the little pieces of fall fun and see what makes them a longtime tradition in the realm of candy.

Yummy Candy Corn
According to the TLC website here is the candy corn story......

Every Halloween, bags of triangle-shaped, yellow, orange and white candies fill trick-or-treat bags all over the country. And there are many bags to fill: According to the National Confectioners Association, candy companies will produce nearly 35 million pounds of the corny candy this year. That's about 9 billion individual kernels of corn.
Candy corn is a sweet replicate of dried corn kernels. It's considered a "mellow cream," a name for a type of candy made from corn syrup and sugar that has a marshmallow-like flavor. Although candy corn tastes rich, it's actually fat-free.



There is even a National Candy Corn and of course it is the day before Halloween or October 30th each year. Candy corn celebrates it's 132nd birthday this year so it is pretty old.

Other candy corn items are: soda, cookies, mixed candy and more......



Candy Corn Funny Poem

In 1880 Something Was Born
It was a yummy treat called Candy Corn

Pretty in color and tasty too
Candy Corn is best on holidays with BOO!

But you can eat it anytime
When you are hungry for something other than slime

Candy corn soda and now Oreo Cookies
Take Mom to the store and a take a lookie

Buy a big bag and snack on it now
It is low in calories so you don't look like a cow

You can even dress up to look like one too
Although be careful someone might eat you

Candy corn is fun and part of the scene
Taste some more now and see what I mean







AVEN DREAMS OF A BIG PILE OF CANDY CORN!


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

********************Aven's Funny Poem*****************

Tommy Counts To 50




Tommy was learning how to count
His number expertise beginning to mount

One day he was playing with his best friend Ben
And Ben challenged Tommy to count up to ten

Tommy just smiled held his hands up and spoke loud
And his fingers went up and Ben he was proud

When he made it to ten his friend smacked his back
And told Tommy "great job" and they went for a snack

A knock on the door and Tommy saw Linda
His other good friend who was a big spenda

She liked to brag about all of her dough
She got from her parents for the lawn she did mow

She had a new ball, it was a basketball, brown
She said it cost $30 at the store in downtown

Tommy spoke up and said that he knew
How to count to thirty, even thirty-two

Linda said cool, let Ben and I hear it
Tommy he gulped, his throat he did clear it

He counted real fast until he reached seventeen
He stopped for a breath and to eat a red jelly bean

Then he began again, counting past twenty
Using jelly beans for each number, you see he had plenty

He reached twenty nine and all three just smiled
He reached number thirty and they all went hog wild

Then they went outside and played with the ball
And bounced it against the garage wall

Then Toby showed up and said the ball was nifty
Looked over at Tommy and said let's bounce fifty

Tommy he turned and nodded ok
And began to count bounces along the way

The bouncing began and reached 21
All the kids looked to be having such fun

The more the ball bounded the more Tommy got loud
Till he reached 48 and saluted the crowd

They all knew that was fifty was just around the bend
And Tommy drew a breath to get his second wind

He blurted out fifty and fell in a heap
Tonight he might count sheep in his sleep

So Tommy his counting it all being done
Sat down at the table to eat his honey bun








Wednesday, September 5, 2012

An Avie Favie (G'Daddy too)

Today, I am going to show Aven how he can, with his mommy's or Ton Ton's help, make his very own favorite breakfast item, the Egg In A Basket. This dish goes way back to my own childhood where my mom would make these for me and the other kids in the house as a special treat and to this day it remains a simple AND yummy dish for a quick breaksfast. Eggs are high in protein and not nearly the bad guy that had been reported in the past.

Now Aven, in Portland it is going to get chillier than Tampa, so a good breakfast each day will help you stay warm and full while allowing you to do well in school since your tummy will not be growling.

Start With The Basket
So here we go Avie......

First get a good soft piece of bread and a glass or cookie cutter to press down and make the hole for the egg and the basket lid.

Then warm up the stove with a frying pan and melt about a teaspoon of butter in it. Once melted place the basket in the pan and the lid also to soak up butter and brown.


Egg Added Into Basket After Butter Melts
Crack an egg and pour into the basket for cooking. While that is going on add a little butter on the top side of the bread so when you turn it over it will sizzle and soak into the bread too.

Once it is brown on one side flip it over....very carefully, so you do not break the yummy yolk. Watch it closely so you do not overcook it and get the yolk too hard since half the fun is dipping the lid in the yolk when eating.

Now, it should be ready for you to eat. Ask Mommy for a nice tall glass of oragne juice to go with it and sit down and say your blessing first.







Then dig in and enjoy little fella. Soon you will be able to make these all by yourself and make one for mommy and Ton Ton too!!!

Here is a funny poem about Eggs In A Basket:

I love to eat Eggs In A Basket
How do I get one, I just ask it

Fry it up in the pan
It's a pretty simple plan

I will eat it all up
And drink juice from my cup

When I'm done and all full
I tell you, it's no bull

I will start to wish
Again for this dish

Maybe for dinner
Yeah, that's a winner

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Tube Is Underway


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The G'Daddy and Aven project is well underway and will be finished soon. The banktube connecting Mill St. in Portland to Walnut Grove in Tampa will intersect in Silver Dollar City, where the state of the art clubhouse is also being built. The tube net is aptly named Aventube and the meeting point clubhouse is being called G'Daddyville for the time being.


Part Of The Tube Network

Once finished the 3004 mile tube will allow for quick transport of the two partners to their meeting point and back. The tube is a one of a kind invention and it's plans are top secret and will not be revealed to anyone, not even family and close friends. The expected trip time from Portland will be a bit longer than the one from Tampa but will be only an estimated eight minutes while the trip from Tampa is expected to last approximately 4 minutes and 44 seconds. The early arrival of G'Daddy will allow him time to make a Sno-Cone for Aven before he arrives. Special suits and helmets have also been designed and made for each of the Tube Twosome.

The clubhouse will have all the modern amenities and will be an oasis hidden in a secret location in Silver Dollar City. All the inventors would share is that it will be near a Target, an ice cream shop, a donut shop and a Waffle House. More details will be shared later on as the two plan an exclusive interview with Southern Living Magazine later on to share more about their amazing plans.



Model Of Travel Pod For Tube Network
In the future there are plans to expand the usage of the tube and it's network to other family members but this is at least 2 years away as Aven and G'Daddy want to make sure the kinks are all worked out before they open it to others.

Also, interim stops will be added as time goes on so Aven and his G'Daddy can meet in other fun places along the 3004 mile path. This part of the porject will begin in Mid 2013.






Current Stopping Point For The Aventube Network

Silver Dollar City also has some interesting sites and things to do for the duo once they are there and as time goes on and plans are made they will be able to venture out from their secret hideout to enjoy some of the fun in this great location.

They will be seeking advice from others as to stops they should add as time goes on.

Stay tuned for more updates on the Aventube here on Banktube to Silver Dollar City's Blog.


Donut Shop

Friday, May 6, 2011

Have your cake and eat it too...later on even from The Boll Weevil

Stopped in a little place in Augusta, Georgia today for a quick bite. Augusta is much more famous for the world's best golf tournament but down on the river in downtown is a cute little cafe and sweetery, as they call it, for lunch and some cake. Lot's of cake.

Decisions, decisions
So, as we waited for out table the little fella and I perused the cake cabinets up front and I told him to decide which one he wanted for his "snack". Mind you, this one is 3 years old and the snack was just a bit more than that.

So we finally got our table and he was ready for the choice he has firmly and resolutely in mind from about the first five seconds of peering into the cases.

Would it be a choice from case number one? Or would it be one from case number two?

Case #2
There was lemon, there was cheesecake, there was all manner of chocolate versions, by death and by life. Tropical, Strawberry, Caramel, Chocolate Chip....and on and on.

The waiter came and the immediate order was Strawberry. Not too surprising knowing that this little one can make a meal out of only fresh strawberries and blueberries. Not a bad choice either I thought as I am partial to this variety as well. (No I did not influence the decision in any way other than to say he could order cake.)



A serving of Strawberry Cake
 I in turn ordered what turned out to be a tasty Portobello Mushroom salad with feta and a unique vinegarette dressing with an unsweet tea to drink. The little fella enjoyed swigging my tea until his cake arrived and it DID arrive.

He seemed to be very very pleased and in his left handed manner (Thank you God) he started in on it in earnest right away. He did a pretty darn good job on it I must say as the serving was really at least two to two and one half servings anywhere else. I had a couple of bites while I waited on my salad too but not too much.

We boxed up half of it and brought it back for later consumption by someone in our party or maybe two of them. The cake was nice and dense and the icing was not the normal sweet goo but really had some body and was pretty heavy which was great going with the cake itself.


Portobello Salad
Oh, my salad was great too. Ate every bite and would order it again. Will visit The Boll Weevil again soon and grab some of the great wine selection they had in the place as well. Seems like a wonderful spot for a date night or glass of vino before dinner as well.

Now I am back at work and the little one is watching his toons in the other room on the tube, soon to be asleep dreaming of another slice of that cake I presume.