Shaka Noodle Shop

 

Maker:L,Date:2017-9-29,Ver:5,Lens:Kan03,Act:Kan02,E-Y

Before I start, I just want to say I REALLY wanted to like this place.  It is not awful, but it was not what I was expecting.

I met up with my friend Elizabeth after work.  We walked in and we were greeted by the lady behind the counter.  After a short debate, I ordered the Wu Tang Noodles and an order of spring rolls.

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I started with the spring rolls.  They were rather basic.  The peanut sauce and chili sauce that came with them had good flavor.  My biggest complaint was huge chunks of carrot in them.  I am used to thin strips of carrot in spring rolls, so this for me was a little off putting.

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Now on to the Wu Tang Noodles.  The sauce was flavorful and the pork and shrimp were cooked perfectly.  I felt if there had been different noodles in it, it would have been better for me.  The noodles were a bit chewy.  I feel like a thinner noodle would have worked better.  That is a personal choice.

I do appreciate that they have “nugget” ice.  It is the best ice. I would be willing to give it another try, and maybe do dumplings instead of the spring rolls.  Maybe I can change out the noodles too.

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Crossing the Blue Line

One rainy Sunday, I piled in the car with my bestie and his cousin.  We headed south of the river to the river market area.  Our destination…The Blue Line.  I had been told by more than one person that this is a must try, and I am glad I did.

We walked in and it took a moment to get our bearings.  We chose a table near the bar and in a few minutes, a server stopped by to get our drink orders.  A few minutes later, a second server came by with menus and asked to take our drink order.  We told her the first server already got it.  A short minute later, we had our drinks and we were ready to order.  We started with onion rings and shrooms to share.

When they were delivered, we dug in like people who had been on a deserted island for days.  My bestie is not normally a fan of fried mushrooms because normally they end up soggy.  He was in love with these portabello fried shrooms and so was I.  The breading was perfect.  The onion rings were good as well.  They were huge and didn’t fall apart completely when cut.

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I ordered the carnitas tacos as my entree.  They were very tasty.  The green sauce had a subtle sweetness to it and the pork was perfectly seasoned.  My only complaints were the pico could have used a little more jalapeno and the tortillas fell apart super easy.  Those are both personal preferences though.

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We finished off the meal by sharing the brownie sundae.  The brownie was scratch made and had a cakey consistency.  We ended up with a ton of ice cream and not a lot of brownie.  It was good, but not quite what I was expecting.

Our server was super sweet, and even though she was new, she knew a lot about the menu.  The bar is on the small side and I can imagine it can get super loud during hockey season.  I will say, the food would be good for any season.  I recommend this highly.  I will be going to sleep tonight dreaming of those shrooms.

Tim’s Pizza

I went on an adventure with the roomie to get a swimsuit for an upcoming float trip.  Since we were in the area, we decided to tick another place off the list.  This lead us to Tim’s Pizza in Independence.  We were greeted by a small arcade area with this blast from the past.  Maker:L,Date:2017-9-29,Ver:5,Lens:Kan03,Act:Kan02,E-Y

The menu is super simple.  We both chose to get the salad bar as a side salad and the luncheon pizza with one topping.

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Once we paid and found a table, we went to the salad bar.  It was not really a bar but more of a small cold table.  There was a large bowl with bagged salad in it.  There were a few additions for the salad as well as 4 vats of dressing.

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The salad was basic and the dressing lacked real flavor.  After a short wait, we got our pizzas.  Roomies is the top and I am the bottom.  She LOVES cheese.

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The pizza was just okay.  Neither of us were really impressed by it.  The crust was thick without being soggy.  It had a good bite to it.  The overall taste left something to be desired.  I know a lot of people love this place, but we both decided it was not our style.  Needless to say, we will not be back.

Special Mothers Day Extra

So today for mothers day, I wanted to do something a little different for my mom.  I follow The Roasterie on Facebook and saw they were having a food truck brunch for mothers day.  Mom has wanted to do the food truck thing for a while so in spite of the heat, we headed downtown towards the plane.  Under the plane was 5 food trucks and as soon as we exited the car we were blasted in the face with all the delicious smells.

We sought out a table first and we were blessed that a couple let us sit at their table in the shade.  They already had their food, so we asked what they had.  The gentleman had the coxinha from the Taste of Brazil food truck.  It was a giant ball filled with chicken and cream cheese, battered then deep fried.  The lady had the breakfast pizza and breaded fries from Slater’s.  Mom and dad decided to go with the coxinha, and I went with a combo of a coxinha and Risoles (ham and cheese battered and fried).

With our meals, there was a cilantro lime chimichuri sauce to dip them in.  The combonation was amazing.  The coxinha come two to an order and they are huge.  They were enough to get me full and only leave room for part of a waffle that I shared with mom.  More on that in a minute…

The chicken in the coxinha was perfectly cooked and the cream cheese complimented it without overpowering it.  The chimichuri sauce paired well with it and added just a little extra flavor.  The Risoles was tasty and not super cheesy.  Again, just a good mix of flavors.

For dessert, we all chose to go to The Waffler truck for waffles.  Mom and I shared a strawberry waffle.  The lady sitting with us got one as well, and the gentleman got a maple bacon waffle.  The waffle was perfectly cooked and was just the right amount of sweetness.  The gentleman told us his waffle was amazing, and based on that, I will be trying that one next time,

Good times were had by all and mom is already talking about doing it again.  I am 100% cool with that and am excited for it.  Now to plan it.

Zany for Zaina

On a warm Wednesday evening, my bestie and I met up downtown for some Mediterranean food.  I was skeptical when we walked in, but my socks were figuratively knocked off when I tasted the food.  To be fair, the restaurant was clean, the food was amazing, and the staff was friendly.  My skepticism came into play when we walked in and were the only customers in the restaurant.

The menu is right sized, with a lot of yummy sounding food on it.  I ordered the chicken gyro with the baba ghanoush and spanakopita as an appetizer.  The gyro was perfectly seasoned and when I added the remainder of my baba ghanoush to the sandwich.  The spanakopita was super tasty and even had a hint of mint.  My only real complaint is that I was not given enough pita for the amount of baba ghanoush I received.  Next time I will order an extra portion.

I would recommend this place and will be back.

Maker:L,Date:2017-9-29,Ver:5,Lens:Kan03,Act:Kan02,E-Y