Sunday, September 1, 2019

Potato Salad

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I am a big fan of creamy potato salad and this weekend I made some. Potato salad goes great with chicken wings, chicken thighs, pork chops, ribs, steak, burgers, hot dogs, etc... It is the perfect accompaniment to round out your BBQ and enjoy this last weekend before cooler weather starts to kick in.

Potato salad

Creamy potato salad

Yummy potato salad
Allen made two kinds of chicken wings to go with this potato salad and those reviews will be up real soon. To really let the flavors develop, you need to chill this potato salad overnight or for at least 5-6 hours. This potato salad is very creamy, eggy, tangy, and perfect to share with your family and guests. This year, I added celery seed and sprinkled fresh dill over the potato salad, and this is by far the best potato salad I ever made. See recipe and directions below.

Eggs

Shallot cut in 4 and ready to dice

Diced shallot

Ingredients
1 5-pound bag of Russet Potatoes

2 cups Mayonnaise (adjust according to your preference)

6 Eggs

1 medium Shallot, finely diced

1/2 cup Relish

1/4 cup Dijon Mustard

3 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar

1 tablespoon Coarse Salt + 1 teaspoon

1 teaspoon Celery Seed

A small bunch of Fresh dill, taken off stem

Ingredients
Diced potatoes

Ready to mix in shallot and eggs

Mixed in

Directions
Wash the potatoes in warm water.

Place potatoes in a large pot with water on medium heat and season with 1 tablespoon of coarse salt.

Cover and cook until potatoes are tender but not too soft; about 20-30 minutes.

After 20 minutes, test some of the potatoes with a fork and adjust extra time as needed.

Place eggs in a saucepan filled with water. Boil eggs for 15 minutes, turn off the heat and let them sit in the water for 10 minutes.

Remove from heat and place in a bowl with cold water for 5 minutes.

Peel the eggs and slice each one into 4 quarters and with a fork or potato masher break them up; set aside.

When the potatoes have cooked drain them into a colander, and cool to room temperature for about 15 minutes.

1 of the 2 cups of Mayo and 1/4 cup Dijon mustard

Mayo and Dijon mixed in

Adding in relish and then the vinegar, celery seed, and fresh dill (see pic above)
Peel each potato and dice into pieces and place in a large bowl.

Add shallot and eggs to bowl and mix together with a wooden spoon or spatula.

Add the mayonnaise, and Dijon mustard and mix together.

Add the relish, apple cider vinegar, and 1 teaspoon of salt and combine.

Taste and adjust salt if necessary.

Sprinkle fresh dill over the potato salad.

Cover and chill in fridge for several hours or overnight.

Enjoy!

-Sophia/Two Frys

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Thrifty Ice Cream

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Allen and his family used to go to Thrifty Drug Stores where they sold Thrifty Ice Cream in California. Owned by Rite Aid, Thrifty Ice Cream has been around since 1940. There are currently 8 signature flavors available at Rite Aid. In the past few weeks, I purchased the Rocky Road and Mint 'N Chip and we loved them both. I love the vintage design on the ice cream packaging. Thrifty is known for its cylinder shape scoop serving which is displayed on the carton.

Rocky Road

Rocky Road

The Rocky Road exceeded our expectations with its lush creamy chocolate ice cream, marshmallows and California almonds. It was dreamy.

Yummy Rocky Road

Rocky Road

Love the design

Cylinder ice cream scoops - so cute! 

Rocky Road description
The Mint 'N Chip was phenomenal. Allen and I loved it and each bite had a refreshing mint flavor and lots of chocolate chips. So decadent.

Min 'N Chip


Mint 'N Chip

We look forward to trying the other flavors. I hope Thrifty Ice Cream is here to stay.

For further information, visit:
https://www.riteaid.com/thrifty

-Sophia/Two Frys

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Buca di Beppo

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Allen took me to the Buca di Beppo in Atlantic City for my birthday this week. We had a wonderful Italian dinner that was one we will always remember. Buca di Beppo serves family style so a small portion is for up to 3 people according to the menu but it can easily feed 4. We could not believe how much pasta was brought to our table. I almost fell out of my seat. The good thing was we took the rest to go. We have been coming to Buca di Beppo for the last 4 years and have never been disappointed. We usually go to Buca for the breakfast buffet, and in the past we also had a great lunch during Atlantic City Restaurant Week.

Warm Italian bread with whipped butter

Fried mozzarella with marinara sauce

Caesar salad
I was looking forward to my birthday meal and read the menu online before coming. I was excited they had cake on the dessert menu. No birthday celebration would be complete without cake and being a baker, I would not let this day pass without it. The first thing that is brought to the table is their warm Italian bread with whipped butter. I have to control myself or I would eat all the bread. The whipped butter is a must and divine.

Chicken marsala

My dinner plate
For starters, we got the fried mozzarella with their signature homemade marinara sauce. When you bite into the mozzarella you get a crispy crunch followed by an ooey-gooey, yummy and warm mozzarella. The marinara sauce was perfect for dipping the mozzarella into.

Spaghetti with meat sauce

Spaghetti with meat sauce

Spaghetti with meat sauce
Next came the Caesar salad - romaine hearts tossed in their Caesar dressing with roasted garlic croutons and Parmesan cheese. The salad is tangy and refreshing. For the main course, we got chicken marsala - baby Portobello mushrooms cooked in a lovely wine reduction sauce and spaghetti with meat sauce. Whoa!!! That is a lot of pasta for 2. I was in bliss. The chicken marsala was so flavorful and the chicken was tender and seasoned perfectly. The mushrooms were cooked just right, and the wine reduction sauce was sublime.

Me and double dark chocolate cake

Me happy to have birthday cake
I loved the spaghetti with meat sauce and it reminds me of the recipe I make at home. The meat was hearty with a balanced seasoning, and the sauce was so good. The spaghetti was cooked to a perfect al dente which is a must for me. We could not even eat half of it and had leftovers. I suggest if you are 2-4 people order the small portion as it is a ton of food.

Double dark chocolate cake

My piece of cake!
For my birthday cake dessert, I ordered the double dark chocolate cake which is the portion of 1/4 of an entire cake (4 pieces). I was in awe. This was such a thing of beauty and it tasted heavenly. This cake is a chocolate lovers dream. You get a moist dark chocolate cake with a velvety smooth crumb with layers of rich chocolate frosting, topped with a decadent chocolate sauce. Oh my! This was the perfect way to celebrate my birthday with hubby.

Leftovers
We enjoyed our food and dessert and cannot recommend Buca di Beppo enough. Our server Jim Z. was great, attentive and friendly. If you visit Atlantic City be sure to come here for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Me on the Atlantic City boardwalk

Allen on the Atlantic City boardwalk
For further information, go to:
https://www.caesars.com/ballys-ac/restaurants/buca-di-beppo#.XT3cHPZFxes

https://www.bucadibeppo.com/

-Sophia/Two Frys

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Walt's Original Primo Pizza

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On our last day at Bally's, Atlantic City, we got pizza for lunch and not just any ordinary pizza folks. Walt's Original Primo Pizza reminds me of the authentic NY pizza we get at home. 2 slices were a great choice for lunch with a medium size drink for $7. This pizza tastes great and the sauce has great flavor and lots of cheese, and a delish crust. It is so cheesy good! The crust ends are so crispy which we love.

Allen and his pizza
Walt's is located at Bally's, Atlantic City and is great for a quick bite. We recommend you try it when you are at Bally's and are craving pizza.

-Allen/Two Frys

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Noodle Village

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For our 20th Anniversary, we dined at Noodle Village in Bally's, Atlantic City where our hotel was. We ate here during Atlantic City Restaurant Week in March and returned for more of the authentic Asian cuisine this restaurant offers. We were served green tea to start.

Allen - Hello Sriracha

Sophia - enjoying green tea
For the appetizer, we ordered steamed pork bun and got 2. The pork bun was delightful and pillowy soft on the outside and inside. With each fluffy bite you get flavorful pork entwined with sauce that tasted great.

Steamed Pork Bun

Pork inside
For dinner, I ordered Korean beef strip and it came with kimchi and rice. The Korean beef was fabulous, tender, and cooked perfectly, and I enjoyed every bite with the rice. I ate all of it and loved the spices. The kimchi had a nice spicy kick and was refreshing.


Korean beef strip, kimchi, rice

Close-up of beef
Allen's dinner consisted of pork chops in a tangy-sweet sauce with rice. The pork chops were chopped in nice sized pieces and were crispy and tender inside. The pork was cooked perfectly and the sauce complimented the pork. The sauce was plentiful so we both used it on our rice. We loved the taste as it was balanced with the right amount of tang and sweetness.

Pork, rice

Pork in a tangy-sweet sauce
 We shared more green tea together after dinner.

Green tea
Our meal was satisfying and the server Sherry was really nice. She even congratulated us when Allen told her it was our 20th Anniversary. We fully recommend Noodle Village. The menu offerings are plentiful and they have specials each day as well.

Noodle Village

Noodle Village

For more information, visit:
https://www.caesars.com/ballys-ac/restaurants/noodle-village

-Allen and Sophia/Two Frys