Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Week 4 provides us with some nice options.
The Giants are 3-0 and heading to KC. The Giants are very good again this year and KC is not. I like the Giants again this week but it is their third consecutive road game so we will hold off on making them the official pick this week.
I fully expect San Fran to bounce back at home this week against the Rams. Gore is out but Coffey has looked good and I was impressed with the play of QB Hill last week. Their defense is legit and should hold the Rams in check. I seriously considered using this one as my official pick as well.
Peyton and the Colts are 3-0 and head home to face Seattle. I liked Seattle's playoff potential at the start of the season but they are banged up and making the tough trip east for a 1pm kick off. Looks like Hasselback will be out again this week. Regardless, Peyton will take advantage of the depleted secondary and go to 4-0.
I like all three games but the official pick is Indy.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Week 3 looks like a difficult week especially since we used Baltimore in week 1. Mangenius and the Browns are awful and Baltimore should win easily. If you still have them it looks like the best play.
My aggressive play of the week is Houston at home against Jacksonville. Jacksonville's offense will not be able to put enough points on the board to win this one. Hard to rely on Houston though.
Tampa Bay is not good and first year Coach Morris will have his hand full with Eli and crew. Giants win this one but it's hard to take road team this early.
I expect Dallas to bounce back against Carolina on Monday night but I don't trust Romo enough and Barber may be out.
Minnesota faces San Fran in their home opener. I expect San Fran to be competitive all year but I think Minny's run defense is too strong and should contain Gore. San Fran's passing game is not strong enough. Petersen and Favre prevail.
The Eagles would be my pick this week if McNabb was playing. Kolb's starting so I will hold the Eagles for a later date.
Giants are tempting but the official pick is Minnesota.
I would follow Eos up with dinner at Scarpetta (Fbleu H). Scarpetta presented us with very difficult choices. Braised short ribs v creamy polenta? The famous spaghetti v scallops... I'm a short rib fan but the polenta with truffle mushrooms looked too good to pass up and it delivered. Just a great, tasty dish. I was all over the Scarpetta Spaghetti hype and convinced my table mates to order it. I really wanted to see if the hype was legit but figured someone had to try those scallops. They were very good but I wanted more polenta. I was able to sample a nice portion of the spaghetti and didn't find it to be anything out of this world. I ended the meal with a really nice panna cotta.
Both restaurants offered impressive spice menus and both delivered. Great settings and service. I would check them both out before Spice ends.
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Sunday, September 20, 2009
My recommendations based on initial review of menus.
CAFE MAXX (Pompano) is actually offering a four course meal and sounds like a real winner. Menu is available Sunday to Thursday. www.cafemaxx.com
(choice of one)
sesame-panko crust with red cabbage slaw and miso mustard
Beef Tenderloin Tartare
grilled Portobello mushrooms, caper, basil, crostini and herb aioli
Grilled Chicken and Spinach Quesadilla
blueberry chipotle BBQ, roasted corn & tomato watercress salsa
Classic Café Maxx Caesar Salad
garlic croutons, Reggianno parmesan, extra virgin olive oil
(choice of one)
Chopped Mediterranean Salad
mozzarella, red and yellow tomatoes, olives, red onion, cucumber,
feta & parmesan cheeses in balsamic vinaigrette
Braised Beef Bolognese
sausage, Verrazano tomatoes, basil, garlic and lasagnette pasta ribbons
Duck and Smoked Mozzarella Ravioli
sundried tomato and basil brown butter
Asian Seared Tuna
Udon noodle and vegetable slaw, ginger, wasabi and citrus ponzu
(choice of one)
Petite Three Peppercorn Filet Mignon
over au gratin with blue cheese butter,
seasonal vegetables and red wine sauce
Double Lamb Chops
goat cheese & sundried tomato crumb, rosemary natural sauce,
roasted potatoes and roasted vegetables
Sweet Onion Crusted Snapper
Madeira butter, scallion mash and gaufrette potatoes
Jumbo Shrimp Scampi
fettuccini pasta, fresh tomatoes, garlic, herbs and button mushrooms
Breast of Chicken Milanese
with three cheese risotto, garlic broccollini and tomato-basil coulis
(choice of one)
Vanilla Crème Brulee Spoons
with cookies and strawberry
with cinnamon ice cream and caramel sauce
with Anglaise and berry sauces
Trio of Ice Cream or Sorbet
in an almond lace cup
with mosaic of fruit sauces
3030 OCEAN'S menu changes daily.
Call (954) 765-3129 for the
Chefs Selection of the Day
Anjou Pear Salad
greens, spicy pecans, maytag blue cheese, balsamic vinaigrette
baby bok choy, savoy cabbage, mushrooms, corn, sweet soy broth
Chilled Coconut Lychee Soup
summer berry's, cantaloupe sorbet
LOLAS ON HARRISON'S (Hollywood) menu features some of their signature dishes. (Sun-Friday) Don't miss the beef short ribs.
(choice of one)
hand cut Chilean salmon, sesame-lemon vinaigrette,
cassava crackers, red topiko caviar, black sesame seeds, jalapeno chili oil
"Falling off the Bone" Beef Shortrib
roasted aromatic vegetables, orange-horseradish gremolata,
natural pan juices, topped with ricotta salata
crisp romaine hearts, parmesan twists, shaved reggianito,
white anchovy, "classic" lemony Caesar dressing
(choice of one)
Pan Roasted Turkey Tenderloin
caramelized brussels sprouts, creamy polenta,
pomegranate-sundried cherry gravy
Skillet Seared Salmon
organic wheatberry salad with roasted pistachio nuts,
black currants, drizzled with a cucumber-mint vinaigrette
and topped with fried shallots
Coca Cola BBQ Beef Ribs
slow roasted center cut beef ribs basted with Coca Cola BBQ sauce,
buttermilk onion rings, creamed yellow corn
(choice of one)
Warm "Rogue Chocolate Stout" Cake
chocolate stout frosting & chocolate sauce
"Classic" Carrot Cake
cream cheese frosting
JOHNNY V'S (Las Olas) joins the fun this year. (Sun-Thu)
(choice of one)
Warm Wild Mushroom, Spinach and Frisee Salad
goat cheese, fresh grapes, toasted pumpkin seeds
and herb grape vinaigrette
Smokey Salmon Cake
dill cream cheese sauce, crispy bagel
Sherrie Lobster Bisque
shrimp flavored croutons
Baby Green Salad
jicama, tomato, avocado, red onion,
pickled corn relish, chipotle lime vinaigrette, tortilla garnish
(choice of one)
Sautéed Swordfish Medallions
pasnip~potato puree, succotash, lemon chili vinaigrette
Seared Duck Breast
dirty brown rice with duck sausage, choice of one sauce:
honey almond, fresh orange or bing cherry, spaghetti squash
Grilled New York Strip
veal marrow butter, truffle spinach twice baked potato
cauliflower florets with 4 year aged cheddar
Grilled Free Range Chicken Breast
topped with manchego cheese and
Jamon Serrano, green pea risotto, saffron chicken broth
(choice of one)
Caramelized Banana and Butterscotch Crème Brulee
sugar cinnamon plantains
Assortment of Sorbets, Almond Tuile
Dark Chocolate Terrine
port poached pears, pistachio whipped cream
Brownie Duo, White Chocolate and Fudge Brownies
Nutella and strawberry ice creams and chocolate sauce
You can sample "Top Chef" Carlos Fernandez's food at HI-LIFE CAFE (Ft. Lauderdale)
pecan & corn crusted bay scallops baked in a casserole
jumbo shrimp in a spicy Spanish preparation
topped with melted Black Wheel Parmesan cheese
crusted in cashew & coconut, sautéed and served
over a mélange of fingerling potatoes, grape tomatoes,
cilantro, scallions & ginger with a mildly spiced red curry sauce
Braised Short Ribs
boneless short ribs braised for 12 hours
in a red zinfandel reduction, served over mashed potatoes
with honey/lavender baby carrots
spicy Bolognese made with ground Filet & NY Strip steak
over angel hair pasta with Parmesan cheese
Orange & Coconut Chess Pie
Real Key West Key Lime Pie
"Naked" (Flourless) Chocolate CakeChina Grill's menu is not posted but they always offer a very generous menu.
I have not been to Bova Prime but they have a ribeye on their menu.
Saturday, Sept. 26th 2-4pm
Amy Marcoux of Shipyard Brewery and Fresh Beer will guide a tasting of the coming season’s Fall seasonal and “Octoberfest” beers
Shipyard Brewery Pumpkinhead
Shipyard Brewery 4 X
Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock
Monk in the Trunk “Organic Amber”
Left Hand Octoberfest
Oscar Blues Mama’s Little Yellow Pilsener
Mystery Bonus Beers
$15 per person
(Includes your favorite 12 oz. brew)
Call to reserve a seat and make sure the CANE game is on...
2035 Harrison Street
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Week two offers some interesting choices.
Houston will attempt to bounce back from the J-E-T-S loss against Tennessee. Good luck with that. I expect Tenn. to shut them down and Collins to move the offense enough to win by double d's.
Green Bay is home against the Bengals. I like Green Bay at home and expect them to win this game. However, I do not have a good read on the Bengals team yet. I think they can be dangerous and an upset special. Green Bay wins but I'm not comfortable using them this week.
Minnesota looks like a great pick on paper this week BUT they are on the road facing a division rival. Big no no's. It's an aggressive play that should come in but I will stick to my rules. Avoid road teams and division rivalries.
Washington heads home to face the Rams. What more do you need? I know Washington is mediocre and trust Coach Spags will have the defense ready but Washington's defense will stuff them and the Rams will have a difficult time scoring even with SJax. Washington wins.
In a nutshell, this is a really tough week. I like all four plays but they all have some legitimate concerns. I'm rolling the dice with Washington at home over the Rams.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
I will post my picks as long as I survive since you should be following my picks and we will win or go down together.
If you haven't entered a Suicide Pool* aka Last Man Standing, Elimination, Survivor, all you have to do is pick one winner each week (point spreads are irrelevant). Win and you move on but you can only select the same team one time. Sounds easy-NOT.
Week 1 and 2 are always difficult weeks. This year there are a few strong plays.
The New Orleans Saints are at home against the Detroit Lions and are the largest favorite this week. The Saints should win this one but Detroit is starting a new QB and the Saints RB (Thomas) is banged up. Strong play but I'm staying away.
The Baltimore Ravens are a 10.5 point favorite at home against Kansas City. KC has a new head coach and a weak team. Baltimore lost their defensive coordinator to the J-E-T-S but that won't matter. Baltimore D is too much for KC. Baltimore rolls.
Seattle is home against the Rams. I like Seattle this year especially at home. I don't expect St. Louis to be very good this year but their defense should improve under new coach Spags and they have S Jax. This game received strong consideration since we may not have a better opportunity to use Seattle the rest of the way.
Dallas travels to Tampa Bay and I don't think the Bucs are going to be very good plus they have a new HC, coaching his first NFL game (Raheem M). Dallas should win this one easily BUT I never take a road team so pass.
New England faces Buffalo at home on Monday night. They can't lose this game, right?? It's a division rival though plus NE will have some strong plays during the year so I'm holding them.
I'm going with Baltimore. KC was bad last year and I see no signs of improvement despite obtaining Cassel. Baltimore is a playoff caliber team with too much on D to lose this game at home.
*-for entertainment purposes only of course.
I'm a huge fantasy sports dork so if you have any lineup questions shoot me an email.
Friday, September 11, 2009
All wines served will be available for purchase at Hollywood Vine.
“Taste bud stimulators”
King crab causa, avocado, cilantro
Goat butter biscuit, passionfruit, asparagus
West coast oyster, green apple consomme, cardamom crisp
Charred Japanese Eggplant kimchee
Foie Torchon, Gooseberry Jam
Chilled gold pear soup, lemongrass-yogurt orbs, bamboo, honeysuckle, ginger flower
2008 Maude Pinot Gris
Brioche Crusted Halibut
Heirloom chicken rillete, florida peach gel, shaved hazelnut, black garlic froth
2007 Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay
Alaskan King Salmon
Honeybell brown butter, grilled nectarine
Pea tendril-allium salad
2007 Neudorf Nelson Chardonnay
Cheeks & Fries with Slaw
5 spice wagyu, sweet potato, brussel sprout
2007 Neudorf “Moutere” Pinot Noir
Oak Chocolate Cremoso
Pie crumbs, blackberry gel, violet-thyme gelato, plum paper
2008 Maude Pinot Noir
79.00 per person
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
On a side note, I will be there for three nights and I'm leaning toward Rick Bayless' Frontera Grill for night one and Graham Elliot for my last night BUT Kahan's Blackbird is gaining steam on them. Any thoughts/recommendations?
Monday, September 7, 2009
I was at Publix over the weekend and made a pit stop at the wine section. The 2007 Perrin Reserve Cote du Rhone jumped out at me and I recalled reading a positive review in Arthur Damond's Wine Discoveries recently. I can't take credit for the find but I can certainly pass on an inexpensive winner... I don't recall the actual price but assume it was under $10.00 because Damond's report only features wines under $8.00. It's Publix so it may have been $10.99 or so. Nevertheless, I would recommend grabbing some because it was really good and one of the best inexpensive reds I've tried. It's a typical southern Rhone blend, 60% grenache, 20% syrah, 10% mourvedre and 10% cinsault. If you are looking for a house red, look no further. Save some for meeeee
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
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