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Kim Shook

The Ladies Who Lunch (Part 3)

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My traveling lady friend and I arrived in Aransas Pass from San Antonio late yesterday afternoon. Today we spent the morning visiting a couple of the bird sanctuaries in Port Aransas and went to San Juan's Restaurant for lunch to refuel for an afternoon of more birding and photography.

 

My lady friend had the Taquitos Mexicano with Frijoles.

 

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And I had a Crispy Beef Taco and a Refried Bean Tostata.

 

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On 3/4/2017 at 8:05 PM, robirdstx said:

San Juan's Restaurant

 

I really enjoyed perusing the menu (warning PDF) for this restaurant. A majority of the offerings are accompanied by full color food porn, and the prices are very reasonable. I would love to eat there.

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 Today after a trip to IKEA to replace a platter I had broken (should have stopped at that!), we returned to a restaurant we have been to many times before.  The last time we visited it was closed with no explanation. It appears to have re-opened under new management. There was a single staff member who was cook, server and cashier and, except for forgetting Kerry's ginger tea, did a yeoman's job.

 

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A complementary starter soup that had quite a bite to it but was very tasty.

 

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A newly introduced appetizer of crispy tofu with a sweet and sour dipping sauce. 

 

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 A Penang chicken curry for Kerry  with a spring roll.

 

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And a curry soup for me, also with an accompanying spring roll. 

 

 

 


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 Yes, I know. We already had lunch out once this week. But I don't think I've ever been quite so excited about a lunch I wanted to share with you as today. We made a return trip to Georgetown to pick up some miso but then had to get back into Oakville for another appointment at 11 AM. Once that was dealt with lunchtime had somehow rolled around. We were near Kerr Street in Oakville. We knew there were a number of places quite suitable for lunch but really wanted to see if there was anything new. We drove down Kerr Street all the way to the Lakeshore without seeing anything too interesting  but on the way back up we spotted Maro's.  Apparently we have driven past it many times without ever noticing it. Today we decided to give it a chance. We will be back.

 

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 Persian tea for Kerry.

 

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 Turkish coffee for me.

 

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Mahaba for Kerry:   Torpedo-shaped fried croquette stuffed with cooked minced beef, onion and pinenuts. Served with a Persian salad and authentic yoghurt sauce.   Kerry immediately recognized kibbeh and delighted our server.

 

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 Memories of Persia for me: sautéed onions and peppers with beef mixed with pomegranate molasses and rosewater on a bed of Middle Eastern style potatoes.   I see the menu says served with pita bread but no bread arrived but there was already for too much for me to finish anyway.   I took the leftovers home with me and they will make at least one and perhaps two more meals.  

Here  is their website for anyone who wants more information.  I would definitely call this a hidden gem in plain sight. Perhaps its previous incarnation as a place called Pitas and  Burritos  has something to do with our nearsightedness.

 

 

 

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Although Ive something decent for dinner  ...,

 

Its not going to even remotely approach the Lunches ive seen above

 

even W/O  various Calamari !~

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I see they have homemade baklava.  Might need to sample that next time for me :) 

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2 minutes ago, Shelby said:

I see they have homemade baklava.  Might need to sample that next time for me :) 

Did not even spot that until I had to look at the menu to tell you what it was we ate! I have to also say that we both might have sat in that restaurant all day long and never seen the same servingware it come out  of the kitchen.   The variety of shapes of bowls and plates was absolutely fascinating.  

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Four of us from our birding class had lunch today at Rudy and Paco's in Galveston.

 

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I had the Grilled Gulf Red Snapper with Carrots and Cilantro Rice.

 

The other ladies had the following:

 

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The Pasta Special - Farfalle with Grilled Chicken, Asparagus and Mushrooms with a Parmesan Cream Sauce.

 

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Slider Trio Special - one each Hamburger, Pulled Pork and Lobster Sliders with Potato and Sweet Potato Fries and Slaw.

 

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Paquito Taquitos - make your own Taquitos: Grilled Chicken with Mini Corn Tortillas, Guacamole, Tomatoes, Jalapeños, Lettuce, Cheese, Refried Black Beans and Maduros with Sour Cream


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Oh please don't make me choose.  Everyone of those just pushed my buttons.  On pain of death, I guess I would opt for the trio of sliders but damn, they all look so good.  You do food porn photography as well as you do bird photography!  

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I'm with IowaDee.  I'll have the sliders, please.

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Ok, I'm fine with the taquitos :)  And a margarita.  Or two.

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Lunch with another lady friend today. Our local mall has recently expanded, so we had to check it out! Lunch at Rouxpour.

 

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The Zydeco Chicken for my friend.

 

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And the Spinach Salad with Grilled Shrimp for me.

 

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 Today Kerry Beal and I had business out in Vaughn Township.  When I googled for somewhere to have lunch I became very excited.  Restaurant suliko popped up. It is one of two Georgian restaurants in the Toronto region. Georgian cuisine has been on my radar for ages.  This restaurant had made it into the list of places I would like to try.  

 

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 Tea for Kerry which was served with warm milk.

 

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 A Rickards red for me.

 

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 A plate of pickles and dipping sauces.   The sauces seemed to be a plum sauce, a chutney like sauce and a tomato sauce as well there was a very hot pepper sauce. image.jpeg.e17bbe946f9d32190b0cf57381e91f35.jpeg

 

Cheborek- A half-moon shaped, crispy fried pie made with extra thin dough and filled with juicy ground meat (lamb).

 

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Crepes "Suliko"- crepes stuffed with ground beef.  This is the plum sauce very reminiscent of what you might get in a Chinese restaurant.

 

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Draniki- potato pancakes with sour cream.

 

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Fried calf liver. (Much came home with me!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I'll take a few of those Cheborek with the hot pepper sauce and pickles and the beer (might actually have to look up a recipe and save it for when football season rolls back around). I'd probably dabble in the crepes and potato cakes too. My share of the liver would have went home with you.

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4 minutes ago, Tri2Cook said:

I'll take a few of those Cheborek with the hot pepper sauce and pickles and the beer (might actually have to look up a recipe and save it for when football season rolls back around). I'd probably dabble in the crepes and potato cakes too. My share of the liver would have went home with you.

 I have to tell you that the pickles were very disappointing. Just cabbage that remained remarkably chewy and not particularly pickly. The liver was excellent! 

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Of the many lunches you have shared with us, this ranks high on my "want to eat it" list.  Everything looks so good.   And may I have your liver Tri2Cook?    Hee, hee, that sounds a bit wicked doesn't it?

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1 minute ago, Anna N said:

 I have to tell you that the pickles were very disappointing. Just cabbage that remained remarkably chewy and not particularly pickly.


That is disappointing. A good pickle sounds perfect with the rest of the menu.
 

1 minute ago, IowaDee said:

And may I have your liver Tri2Cook?    Hee, hee, that sounds a bit wicked doesn't it?


You may... but I'm not peeling the fava beans.

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22 minutes ago, IowaDee said:

Of the many lunches you have shared with us, this ranks high on my "want to eat it" list.  Everything looks so good.   And may I have your liver Tri2Cook?    Hee, hee, that sounds a bit wicked doesn't it?

 We aim to please and frequently hope to find a cuisine that is a bit unusual not only for us but for all our loyal fans.:)

 

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Ohhh this all looks very good.  I love liver.  I'll take it all.

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One of my lady friends and I went down to Galveston this morning, took the ferry to the Bolivar Peninsula and drove to High Island to see the nesting birds at Houston Audubon's Smith Oaks Rookery. On our way back, we stopped for lunch at the Stingaree Restaurant.

 

I had my usual Charbroiled Gulf Shrimp with Fries...

 

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...and my lady friend had a combo of Fried Catfish and Boiled Shrimp.

 

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19 hours ago, Anna N said:

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To completely misquote the line from "Jerry McGuire"..."You had me at ' A Rickards red for me'." :D

Was it served warm? There doesn't seem to be any condensation on the glass indicating that it was served cold.

I vicariously enjoy all of your lunch beers throughout your postings!

 

Everything looked delicious...from the Cheborek, the crepes on through to the potato pancakes. 

Though I agree with the others...no liver for me, thank you. ;)

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