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Bookkeeper, tax preparer, cat lady, blogger, organizer, mystery writer.

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I've finally decided that I am a writer - all the other things I do just pay the bills. Someone eloquent once said that if you do what you love, the money will follow. Well, let's just see about that.

RIP Aggie

RIP Aggie
Aggie was my fifteen-year-old cairn terrier - or maybe I should say I was her 55-year-old person! She was my faithful companion, spoiled rotten and I am still trying to figure out what to do without her.

Peter the Cat...

Peter the Cat...
This is Peter the gingersnap tabby! He's seven years old and has just been promoted to Peter the Very, Very Good. He is working his way up to Peter the Great...

Bee - the Cat Who Came From Somewhere Else...

Bee - the Cat Who Came From Somewhere Else...
Bee is Peter's buddy. He's eight years old and has made himself right at home. I guess cats really do come in pairs or sets of three!

And Jasper makes three!

And Jasper makes three!
Jasper is our new guy - the Cat From Another Place. He's four years old and we think he likes it here - so far, so good!

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Friday, October 28, 2011

A lunchtime adventure...

with Tom & Al on the spur of the moment today - we visited Jose's Real Cuban Food, one of our local restaurants that was featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins & Dives.
We arrived at about 12:45 and the restaurant was busy with the lunch crowd.  After being greeted with a sample of the pulled pork (Lechon Asado), which is the house specialty, and menus to peruse - we waited about about ten minutes for a table.  The place is small - and with its cramped seating - even with stools at the counter, it certainly meets the criteria of a dive.  But in a good way.
Tom ordered the Ropa Vieja - shredded beef brisket in tomato sauce, black beans & rice and a side of plantanitos.  Al & I opted for the traditional Cuban sandwich; his with black beans & rice, mine with plantanitos.  The half-Cuban was pretty big - what most restaurants would consider a whole sandwich.  Al gave the beans & rice his nod of approval and the plantanitos were good - but I did find myself wishing they were tostones instead.  The Cubans were perfectly pressed and filled with shredded pork, ham, pickles and cheese.  Tom gave his meal and "eh" and while the plantanitos & rice were good, he was not as thrilled with his entree.  The meat had apparently not been trimmed at all, either before cooking or after and the effect was less than appetizing.  He got his caffeine fix for the day with a cup of cafe con leche - no complaints about that!  When we left, Tom & Al both said that they preferred the Cuban food at a little place in Cape Coral; I am a long-time fan of the Columbia in Ybor City - not just for their amazing salad, but they also make a mean Cuban sandwich.  All in all, lunch was good - but not amazing, as one might expect it to be for having been featured on a network food show.  If you have a hankering for paella and $165, you can take seven of your friends out for a nice meal - provided you give at least three hours notice.  Aggie was extremely happy with the leftover half of a very large half a sandwich and two plantanitos I brought home and she gives the pork two paws up.

1 comment:

  1. Great post!!! I am not all that familiar with Cuban cooking. When LD and I visited Floriday in the spring of last year we DID go to the Columbia in Ybor City! It was AMAZING!! That was the trip we took to visit LD's niece. Afterwards we saw the musical 'Little House in the Prairie.' It was a good time. SO wish we had known each other then!! We would have had a great time visiting with you in PERSON! You are a lot of fun!

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