A lot of restaurants are all bark and no bite. They are full of too much hype and not enough flavor. From food trucks to hole in the walls to 5 star establishments, I'm here to answer the question on everyone's mind, "Is it really that good!" I am not an Iron Chef let alone a line cook. I'm just an ordinary girl who loves to eat extraordinary food.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Four Kegs is a sports bar and casual dining restaurant in Las Vegas, NV about 15 minutes away from the strip. I heard about this place through The Food Network. featured, Four Kegs’ Stromboli on his show, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives' "Classics" episode.
Stromboli is defined as “a type of turnover filled with various cheeses and Italian meats.” The stromboli is very similar to a calzone. The difference being the shape of the dough. A stromboli looks more like a roll and a calzone is crescent shaped like a big empanada.
There were 6 different types of stromboli offered but I ordered The Original. Inside was ham, sausage, pepperoni, salami, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. There were slits cut across the top of the Stromboli to help it bake evenly but these perforations also makes it easy to cut into and not ruin the form of the entire stromboli. This is perfect for someone who doesn’t like the end pieces, where the filling to dough ratio is the least; or for someone who doesn’t want to eat it like a burrito but would rather eat it in smaller portions.
I went for the middle piece. When I cut into it I saw the various meats inside and I wondered if I was going to be able to taste each component of the stromboli. After I took my first bite I was able to taste each specific type of meat used. With all the different types of meat it comes with one would also think that they wouldn’t be able to enjoy the crust, but you can. The crust had a buttery flavor but did not taste or feel oily. It was crispy on the outside but when you bite into it the dough it is soft in the inside. The sauce also had the right amount of sweetness to it to compliment the saltiness of the meats. The stromboli had the right amount of cheese and surprisingly the mozzarella wasn’t chewy. It had a soft texture and smooth consistency to it, similar to melted . My tummy was satisfied after 3 pieces. Anymore than that and I would’ve popped the button off my jeans.
Overall, I liked it. The only thing I would do next time would be to ask for a little more sauce. This isn’t a place I would go to every single time I’m in , but it is definitely a go to place if you are craving a well-made stromboli. On a side note, for those who are super sensitive to cigarette smoke, this might be something you’d want to order to go and eat in the car, because the second you walk in you can really smell it.
Posted by Margarita Vitasa at 11:34 PM
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
We were finally able catch them on a. This truck along with a few others were at the Lake Forest bowling alley. This was the first on my list, what we drove 50 miles for! The cold weather must’ve repelled people from going because there wasn’t much of a line. Not more than 3 people were ahead of us. We ordered 3 types of sandwiches.
The first, Chocolate Heaven, chocolate brownie cookies with vanilla bean ice cream. Second, the Mumbo Jumbo, chocolate brownie cookies with peanut butter cup ice cream. Last but not least, the Moo-lan Rouge, with fudge macadamia ice cream. We didn’t have to wait long for our order. I took a bite out of the Chocolate Heaven first. Eh, I thought it was ok. The cookie didn’t taste like a brownie, it had a weird after taste and didn’t know what it was. It sort of tasted like there was a hint Chinese Five Spice. It just tasted funky. Then I took a bite out of the Mumbo Jumbo. The ice cream was good, you can really taste the peanut butter, but knew I wasn’t going to like it if it was the same cookie used in the Chocolate Heaven. The moment of truth… On to my Moo-lan Rouge. I couldn’t wait to eat it! I took a bite of it. Blah!!! The cookie was a little too crisp. It tasted similar to a rather than what red velvet tastes like. The ice cream had little chunks of macadamias inside, so with the crunch from the cookie and the crunch from the nuts in the ice cream, it didn’t have texture and smoothness of your typical . I kept eating it as if my thoughts about it would change, but it didn’t. No taste of red velvet, no taste of fudge. It possibly would’ve been closer to a classic red velvet if they used a cheesecake ice-cream???
So what went wrong? Were the cookies overcooked by sitting under the heat lamp? Why weren’t the cookies warm if it had been sitting underneath the heat lamp? The idea of a mobile cookie sandwich truck is a wonderful idea. I really, REALLY wanted to like what we ordered, especially the Moo-lan-Rouge. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t delicious. This isn’t a truck I would stray away from or never go back to. There are too many choices that I still haven’t and want to try. I just wouldn’t drive all the way out there again for it. If it’s in the area, I would like to give it another try.
The Dogzilla Dog is an all Angus beef hot dog topped with caramelized onions, sliced avocado, and crispy bacon. It was placed in between 3 split Hawaiian bread rolls that had a jayo (Japanese mayo, perhaps?)spread and drizzled with teriyaki sauce and sprinkled with furikake. Furikake is a Japanese condiment normally sprinkled on rice and generally a mixture of seaweed, sesame seeds, ground/dried fish salt and pepper.
A hot dog is a hot dog. What can be done to a hot dog to make it taste that great?? Try this one and you will taste how good a plain old dog can become! The lady on the corner of Santee and Los Angeles selling the with guacamole has definitely been over-throned by this truck. It was an awesome dog!!! The dogs who run this truck Martin Tse, Son Thai (who referred himself as the hired help), and Bac Dang aren’t so bad either! They were super nice and friendly and were even kind enough to strike a pose with me. I would definitely go back for the Dogzilla and to try their Furikake Dog. Dogzilla, you really are that good!
Posted by Margarita Vitasa at 7:26 PM
Sunday, January 2, 2011
These beignets are like fluffy pillows of yummy goodness that I’d gladly want to lay my head in all day. Seriously though, they are just simply delicious. There is no need for any dipping sauce or fruit filling. They are just good eats in its most simplest form. The beignets at Jazz Express Kitchen are a definite must try. My family and I use to look forward to the Churros when we went to Disneyland but now we'll make it a habit to stop by the Jazz Kitchen Express for a half dozen order of beignets before entering the Magical Kingdom. I must agree with my brother on this one and thank him for this great find.
Posted by Margarita Vitasa at 10:51 AM