So it's been quite some time since I last blogged and to be honest I've missed it.
As most of you know the iPhone 5 came out last week. I was first in line at my local Verizon store. I also preordered one as well, it was delivered by noon on launch day. I made my preorder on the 14th at 3am. Then decided to let the Misses have that one and I would go and wait just so I could've the first in our area with the phone (bragging rights). So I arrive at the store around 4:20am and started the line.
It wasn't 20mins later I was joined by number 2 and every 15 to 20 mins after someone else pulled in the lot. Around 5:45 or so #2 opened his car door and started the chain reaction of everyone getting out of their cars. So I hopped out of my SUV and popped the hatch to get my pop up lawn chair( a lesson I learn the hard way, about a few a years ago when I waited for a ps3), then I headed for the door. I planted myself right under the "Line starts here sign".
The first few of us BS'd off and on till the doors opened. Mainly about the reason we were all there. The Verizon employees came bearing gifts or so we thought. When we heard the boxes of doughnuts and coffee weren't for us it kinda bummed me out. Oh we'll I was going to be first in the area with an iPhone 5.
So they come out at 7:30 and get all our account info and start the process Needless to say at 5 till 8 I had already texted 2 people and got a call from a friend who was waiting at another store. So I was already using my new phone 5 minutes before the apple release time.
It's been over a week now and I don't see myself using any other device besides apple. There is an app for everything, it's how I'm blogging now.
So enough ramblings for now. My next ramble will be about a restaurant or food in some way shape or form.
Thanks for reading!
Friday, November 4, 2011
So while on another one of our day dates/
errand running the Misses and I were on our way back from the farmers market. With her being pregnant she has been craving Chinese food ever since she became unsatisfied from the local Chinese take out spot around the corner. So I proclaimed to settle that craving once and for all (little did I know I would start a somewhat of a snowball effect) but it is one of my pet peeves to let a craving just go. So I have been wanting to go to Yummy house ever since I was browsing urbanspoon for a spot to get lunch at, but all my co-workers said it was too far to drive for lunch. I don't mind driving somewhere and having to eat lunch at my desk as long as the food is worth it. Plus I read nothing but great reviews and heard that they usually had a line waiting for a place to sit. So it sounded like a for sure thing, but as much as I tried no one would trek out the for lunch with me. So who better to take than my better half, she never complains. We pull up to the older strip mall and wonder if this could really be the right place? We walked in regardless of what the outside looked like, when we came through the door the thought crossed my mind again. Really with the plastic table clothes, poster board hand written signs and a few other turn and run signs I still decided to try eat. I mean my favorite restaurant in Tampa is a bus. So our waiter came and asks for drinks and hands us a menu. As we look them over there are so many great options but only a few things that I could eat since starting this new way of life/cleaner eating. So the misses gets some egg rolls, orange chicken and I got the sizzling grouper pot.
Let me go ahead and say that we went there again and we ordered; schezwan chicken, and 8 treasure sizzling pot.
If the return trip tells you anything the food was delicious, not overly fried, or packed with sodium like most Chinese places in Tampa. The grouper pot was amazing, the grouper was perfectly cooked and the sauce tasted great. The combination of fish, tofu, garlic and mushrooms came to a perfect medley of taste. She loved her orange chicken, said it was just a little to "orangie" for her to reorder it. Her egg rolls were more like spring rolls that we get at our favorite Thai spot, but were good none the less.
2202 W Waters Ave
Tampa, FL 33604
Tampa, FL 33604
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Since I started the new job and the misses started at home training for her new gig, we really haven't had any us time besides the few moments we relax on the couch together before bed. So on the day where we were both off we took advantage of it, I decided to stay out of the house doing this that and the other for as long as possible. We were doing this and that, we were talking about looking for someplace new to eat, this is every time we want to eat out occurrence so nothing new there. I had planned to take her to Pinkberry the night before, but the time at the gym kind of ran over and by the time we were showered and ready to go they had closed. So while out I decided we would get Pinkberry for sure but that doesn't fill you up.
Mid way through our entire day date the misses and I started to get hungry so we started looking for a small (by small I mean non-chain) place to get some good food, We drove by Da Kine and I'm a fan of food trucks, since the idea of food from a truck is sub par, most food truck vendors go above and beyond when it comes to quality food. So I had the Misses urbanspoon it based on the reviews and the fact we were starving and without any other hopefuls in sight we stopped by (and thank god we did).
We get out of the car and you could smell the wonderful aroma of all things great. It's a small food trailer where everything is cooked out of, they have all types of options on the menu, dinner plates, mix and match, samplers, and more. A few different drinks that you can't normally find, so we walked up scanned the menu, placed our order and watch as they cook our food, then take and hand chop the chicken and fill the styrofoam containers completely full.
We got our drinks and I should have got 2, the coconut water with pineapple was the best I have ever had, and I can't find the brand they sell anywhere else in town. The service was great, very quick to get the order ready. Now the seating is small like only one picnic bench under a tent, but what do you expect from a food trailer? So we opted to get it to go and headed down to cypress point park, found a nice spot under a tree for some shade. Then proceeded to open up the containers, the smell again was amazing as we look at 3 types of chicken Sweet Shoyu, Sweet'n'Hot, and Teriyaki.
Tampa, FL 33629 or visit their website at http://www.dakinehc.com/
Tampa, FL 33629 or visit their website at http://www.dakinehc.com/
Thursday, September 1, 2011
A few weeks back a red lobster commercial flashed across the tv screen and well the seafood lover I am it put me in the mood. If you have been following along you already know the misses is pregnant so that got her craving ball a rolling. It was replayed for what seemed to be like every 5th commercial for what seemed to be weeks, so I decided to have the Lady and our 2 sons pick their favorite item from the red lobster menu and I would reproduce it at home. I'm always up to a challenge, and I know I can make better food than some chain restaurant cook.....no disrespect.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
The next morning she wasn’t feeling any better, so she forgot to pack me some breakfast and I figured I’d just go out and grab a quick lunch. (Yes she does pack my lunch and breakfast on top of a bunch of other amazing things she does for me before i go to work) what can i say she is AWESOME!!!
Well after trying to find something for breakfast and realizing that our café was closed on the work campus i had to resort to the wheel of death (vending machine) I settled for a ham and swiss on rye which wasn’t the worst thing I have eaten but was on my top 10 list now, might have even bumped .25 hot dogs from the 7-11.
Give it 24 hours and I will know where this so called ham and swiss sets on the list. (side note; blog idea top 10 worst food ever eaten open discussion style) well I ate it and it got me thru to afternoon break when I ate some of my normal things; grapes and a banana. Side note while eating my banana I really wish my 3rd story office window would open....I love throwing banana peels at or out of things but especially out of a moving car, I always imaging/wish a car behind me is going to hit it and spin out and lose all their coins and yoshi or donkey kong will come from behind and steal them away....
Back to the main blog; see how easy it is for me to ramble....
After asking everyone to go and get something to eat with me I figured I would just go eat alone, until I found the spot I wanted to eat at, and I knew the first coworker I asked would definitely cave in and forget about his lunch that he brought to go and get some sushi.
I have heard a few good things about Origami sushi from coworkers and read a few good reviews so I decided to head out that way on my lunch hour (3:30pm). After running a little late on something I was doing for a customer at work, I sprint out to the parking garage and head over to the sushi place. It’s located in a little strip mall with a few other stores. The parking lot was small but rather empty. We walk in and its was extremely nice, like something you would expect down on bay street of somewhere off westshore. As our hostess showed us our seat, I notice the huge sushi bar, now I love watching my sushi being prepared an even like to talk to the sushi chefs (itamae). It’s about the experience but this go round it was about eating and heading back to work ASAP since I was strapped for time. So we decide to grab a booth.
They have a great looking menu, I mean everything has a picture beside it which makes the menus huge they come out in a 3 ring binder. I got their lunch special 3 rolls for 11.95 that comes with ginger salad and your choice of soup. I went with miso, and it was great along with the salad. I can say this place has great food, and the sushi is fresh I ordered an eel avocado roll, a tuna cucumber roll, and a spicy salmon roll.
After enjoying the soup and salad the rolls arrive and they look amazing, they fill a quite large plate. So I dig in, the eel was fresh and taste amazing. The wasbi and ginger mixed with soy sauce complimented the rolls perfectly. The tuna was tasty and had the perfect texture, the spicy salmon wasn’t as spicy as I had hoped for but the crunch that they add to the roll made up for what was lacking. The person I went with enjoyed their rolls just as much as I did.
Since this blog has been written I have been back three times or more, getting different rolls each time, I have tried their eel cucumber and a wakame roll. Which I have to say if you have never tried wakame, next time you are at your favorite sushi spot ask for it. It’s a sea vegetable, or edible seaweed. It has a subtly sweet flavor and helps burn fatty tissue. The wife has had their spicy chicken roll, since she is pregnant and can’t have any raw fish she settles for cooked rolls. Every time I have been the service was amazing as well as the food.
I can say that I will be back time and time again to Origami Sushi, it will be on my favorite place to go for lunch while at work list pretty much at the top. So if you are looking for a place to hit during lunch, someplace for date night, or just a fan of good fresh sushi be sure to check out; Origami Sushi at:
6507 west waters ave │ tampa fl 33634