Johnny Rockets–oh yeah (Eastchester, NY)

So we were coming back from doing a food delivery and we wanted Japanese food–udon noodles to be exact. I was already smelling the curry bowl. Yummy. We did not find it right away (not at all actually) and then we saw a fish market and thought, maybe. It seemed however, like we would empty our pockets in there–so we decided to pull into the next parking lot-strip mall area and consult a map. When we pulled up we saw Johnny Rockets and we were sold. No conference call nor memos needed– We parked and went inside.

food was as fatty as we wanted and as tasty as we wanted
my chipotle, black bean burger was excellent (one of the best veggie burgers I ever had)
my sweet potato fries were scrumptious and definitely sweet

my other half had the route 66 burger–it just looked like a kitchen belched, it was all over the place, but it was half delicious according to him.

the following made this Johnny Rockets a good find
1) good service
2) open past 9
3) they let customers come in very close to closing
4) attentive server
5) fast service-really fast
6)a good mass produced meal
7)the milk shake/smoothie was wild, there were even pieces of bananas
8)my burger had lots of bite-the milk needing kind

I must say burger joints are not cheap, but you get what you pay for–i paid about 30 bucks, tip included.

On another note:
I have an observation.
-i feel that the sweet potato fries were dipped in a little bit of sugar because they had a really crunchy caramelized outside , that is my way to explain the good tasting fries

I have to admit, we were so overcome by our food that I was only able to get a picture of the milk shake.

milk shake with fruit piece inside

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Bones-wth

Oh how I hate bones. The truth is, I cannot have a quick meal when there are bones. Case in point. A while back I bought some turkey legs chopped up like oxtail. I guess I was really wanting oxtail. SO I cooked the turkey in this great sauce and great potatoes to accompany it. I was all set to chow down and every bite had a bone. These were not huge bones that you could suck/bite the meat off. NO, these were the iddy biddy bones that are a pain in the buttocks. SO what will I never do again, buy turkey legs like this. I am a cold cut and turkey breast kind of gal-for life

But you have to see why I was so torn. Check this out.

turkey
YUMMY.
roasted pumpkin and potato wedges

Share which meat/fish you “enjoy” deboning.

Until my next meat adventure, so long from boneless nation.

It is TRAVEL TIME again

Here is a snipping from the Economist–a seemingly heady, geeky, over run with words magazine. I must admit–one of my favorite reads. It actually provides information on things we do not think about in our daily lives.

For all of you travelling this year, I am sure you are gearing up.
1) your pre-made sandwiches
2) your overflowing seemingly endless snack bag (like a black hole)
3) your magazines from months ago that you just did not have time to read
4) your play list and even your laptop, iPad, kindle, and cell phone for games
5) of course your tiny bag with 1oz liquids (it is hilarious when I travel and I see this–such an intimate part of you and it is on display)
6)lest we not forget, travel with all your bags on the plane so that you can avoid the pile up at the baggage claim or customs

So here is the GBTA’s list of ten
[The GBTA Foundation is the education and research foundation of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world’s premier business travel and corporate meetings organization.]

The Troublesome Ten

GBTA researchers found that the fees that cause the most problems for companies and travel managers are those that are least predictable, can’t be paid in advance, and are difficult to track individually. According to these criteria, the study reveals the ten most troublesome ancillary fees:

1. Airline fees for soft drinks
2. Airline fees for headset use
3. Airline fees for movies and videos
4. Airline fees for food
5. Car rental fees for toll passage
6. Hotel related fees for internet use
7. Hotel related fees for parking
8. Car rental fees for late returns
9. Car rental fees for drop-off of a one-way rental
10. Car rental fees for fuel charge.

“Last summer, our research found that only twenty-one percent (21%) of travel managers are tracking ancillary fees while those fees account for over eight percent (8%) of total travel spend,” continued Bates. “Our research shows that ancillary fees have a significant impact on travel budgets and policies. With better insight into how these fees work, travel managers can make more informed choices.”

CONTACT:
Rebecca Carriero, 212-446-1897, rcarriero@sloanepr.com

Just thought I would share. Remember the days of easy travel. You leave work early on a Friday, run to the airport, catch any plane, and spend 2 full days anywhere.

Travel Safe, travel happy

CAPE MAY #4-FREDAS AND UNCLE BILL’S PANCAKE HOUSE

Freda’s
Here are the stats:
Small, @30 seats, like going to the BLUENOTE Jazz Club in New York City.
There were two waitresses/servers, both dressed like they worked in an upscale restaurant: ties, black pants and white collared shirts.
Home like/farm like wall paper, tables with glass on top, decent music–a selection I actually have at home
Plants on top of the divider

Service
-the waitress asked where we wanted to sit and we chose away from the traffic path, but definitely in the mix of the place
-the waitress was attentive
-on the table, bread brushed with brown sugar, bread on the cutting board with unsalted whipped butter, clean utensils (not like the inn)

Menu was small but interesting
I had the sauteed seafood over fettuccine. (scallops, shrimp, mussels, Swiss cheese) My other half had Salmon stuffed with crab and lobster. On the side was rice with haricot verts (skinny green beans).

My comment on my meal: it smelled amazing but the cheese could have had a little tiny kick. Other than that it was super filling and okay. We tried to finish as we were leaving the following day and could not take the food with us really. The stuffed salmon was okay. I guess it would be like stuffing chicken with turkey and bacon. I am just saying.


I would return if I went back. I would also recommend this place if you want a quiet dinner (for the most part) and a small amount of people in your face. I would give a 6, solid. I did however like the music so maybe a 6.2.

For breakfast the following day we ate at Uncle Bill’s Pancake House. The girls working there all looked like highschoolers or at least they dress like they were. They all had shorts and t-shirts and pony-tails, a symbol of “youth”. We sat almost right away, right in the front, with a 180 degrees view of the street to observe the “action” or lack there of. It was diner-ish with lots of choices and fairly decent prices. The day before we had a mandatory $15 meal, each-mass produced food in full effect. Here we did less than $10 per person and it was goooood. The portion was also sufficient–we finished it all.

The hostesses/servers were attentive but busy. I had the small pecan waffle with bananas on top, and a heap of creamy butter. My other half had potatoes, bacon, eggs and whole wheat toast. He had the pineapple juice and I had the cranberry juice.

I love fruit juice in the morning. It is refreshing.
It started to drizzle at the end and we were glad they had an awning.

I loves pancakes so as long is it is halfway decent, I am okay. This place had a good thing going and I would go back for sure. There is nothing like sitting outside, in a nice calm place, where you can people watch and still enjoy your meal. There was not a ton of cars either so the pollution index was low. I give it a 7. It is just what you need sometimes.

So Cape May is okay. You can’t party hearty but if you just want to get away, this is the place.

Till then.