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

Monday, June 24, 2019

Harry's Oyster Bar

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For Allen's birthday lunch, we dined at Harry's Oyster Bar & Seafood in Bally's, Atlantic City where we stayed for 4 days, 3 nights. I am never disappointed with my food when I come here. We also had a great server Timothy who was very attentive and friendly so that is a plus in our book.

Allen's New England Clam Chowder

Chowder with oyster crackers and Cholula hot sauce

New England Clam Chowder close-up
Allen ordered New England clam chowder and loved it. He added oyster crackers and hot sauce and it was so yummy and rich. The serving size is just right and there are a lot of clams in the chowder and it tastes great.

Crab cake sandwich, French fries, coleslaw, and spicy remoulade

Crab cake is crispy on the outside and so tender inside

Yummy French fries with spicy remoulade for dipping

Coleslaw
We both ordered the crab cake sandwich with French fries, coleslaw, and spicy remoulade sauce. We loved the crab cake which was packed with crab, was crispy on the outside and tender inside, and the seasoning was perfect. The spicy remoulade sauce was so good and we dipped our fries with it. Even the coleslaw was yummy. We planned to order dessert but were so full and passed on it.

Allen with Cholula Hot Sauce
Allen and his chowder

Allen and his crab cake sandwich, fries, coleslaw
We recommend eating at Harry's Oyster Bar & Seafood if you visit Bally's, Atlantic City. There are many menu options and the food is great.

For more information, visit:
https://www.harrysoysterbar.com/

-Allen and Sophia/Two Frys

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Flor De Mayo

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I have eaten at Flor De Mayo (Amsterdam Avenue location) with my family for many years. It was my Mom's 89th birthday and we came to Flor De Mayo to celebrate and have a great meal together. I know it means a lot to my Mom to be with us all together. We had great food and spent some time together.

Broiled fish with lemon and garlic

My yellow Spanish rice

My black beans
Flor De Mayo features Chino-Latino Cuisine at its finest. I love the food here and the portions are satisfying. I ordered the broiled fish fillet with lemon and garlic, yellow Spanish rice, and black beans. The fish was so tender and flavorful. The lemon and garlic was just the right amount and did not overpower the fish. The Spanish rice was so good and the black beans had nice seasoning. We also ordered tostones for everyone with garlic sauce and I enjoyed quite a few.

Tostones with garlic sauce

Allen's prok chop and yellow Spanish rice
Allen got a big pork chop that came with shredded lettuce and tomato, and yellow Spanish rice. The pork shop was so juicy, cooked to perfection, and the spices were vibrant. He also had tostones and used hot sauce on his food of course. In Allen's book, no meal would be complete unless it has hot sauce.

Mom with her birthday flan
It was nice to be here with my Mom. She turns 89 tomorrow and I am so thankful she is still with us.  I wanted to make sure we got to spend some time together with the family. Here is Mom with her flan. She said it was yummy and ate it all.

For more information, visit:
http://www.flordemayo.com/

-Sophia and Allen/Two Frys

Monday, May 27, 2019

Mangu with Men Pa'w Umami

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We have reviewed several Men Pa'w Sauces over the years on many foods and are big fans of the product line. Carline Phanor recently released the stellar Men Pa'w Umami Mild Gourmet Sauce. I put it over mangu that Sophia made us and it was superb! Umami is mild but it is packed with flavor and will compliment all your dishes. The rich taste lingered nicely on my tongue and I kept adding more of it to my mangu. Umami adds a refreshing and bold kick and is versatile for rice dishes, beans, seafood, eggs, chicken, pork, steak, veggie dishes and more.


Men Pa'w Umami with mangu
Umami is a vinegar based sauce and features roasted red peppers, fire roasted red jalapeno, chocolate habanero and a variety of spices. Men Pa'w are known for their Caribbean flavors and Umami is no exception. Some of the spice ingredients are garlic, cayenne pepper, paprika, onion, curry powder, black pepper, celery, chili powder, and parsley. See mangu recipe below. We made ours with Dominican salami but you can also make mangu with fried Spanish white cheese, and also fried or scrambled eggs.

Umami

Mangu Ingredients
3-4 Green Plantains

Apple Cider Vinegar

1/2 cup, 1 stick Butter, softened

1 Shallot, diced

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Coarse Salt

Mangu with Dominican Salami

Mangu with Dominican Salami

Directions
Peel and slice plantains.

In a small skillet, add 1 table spoon of olive oil, shallots and season with salt. Sautee over medium heat and then set aside.

In a large pot filled with water, add the peeled and sliced plantains and cook over medium heat.


Plantains ready to mash
Adding butter and continuing to mash
Add coarse salt.

Cook for 20-25 minutes.

Reserve 1 cup of the starchy water.

Drain plantains and return to pot.

Add cooked shallots and stir together with a spatula

Starchy water reserved before draining plantains
With a masher start to smash plantains.

Add butter and continue mashing.

Add about 2 tablespoons of the starchy water and continue mashing until you reach the consistency you like. I prefer mine a little on the chunky side.


Adding starchy water
Adding apple cider vinegar
Add cooked shallots and combine with a spatula.

Add 1-2 tablespoons (or less) of Apple Cider Vinegar and stir together with a spatula.

Add 1 tablespoon at a time of the starchy water if needed.

Enjoy!

-Allen and Sophia/Two Frys