Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Dinner -- 1/24/09

1515 Restaurant
1515 Market Street
Denver, CO 80202



Vendor Treat

6:30 - 9:15 PM

Ramona: Salad Lyonnaise, Buffalo Strip Loin with Farmer’s Cheese Gnocchi, Chantrelles, Brussels Sprouts, Apples, Bordelaise sauce, “Free Form” Chocolate Crème Brûlée

Jim: Salad Lyonnaise, Buffalo Strip Loin with Farmer’s Cheese Gnocchi, Chantrelles, Apples, Bordelaise sauce, Pineapple Upside-Down Corn Cake with Ginger Gastrique, Lime Zest, Brown butter ice cream

Shared: Estancia Cabernet (2205) Paso Robles (California)

This meal was one of the highlights of our trip to Denver this weekend. Our hosts were among our best friends in the library world, and we certainly had a wonderful evening. The food was superb. The buffalo was tender and the sauce was excellent. Jim opted out of the Brussel sprouts, despite urging from one of the guests that it "will be fine." Jim also substiuted the brown butter ice cream for the coconut sorbet on the menu.

Our server, Matt, had a professional and spirited manner, and he took good care of our table, making sure dishes were quickly cleared and courses served a good, slow pace. He certainly helped make this a memorable evening.

The wine was also perfect for the meat and two bottles warmed us for the short ride on the 16th Street pedestrian mall shuttle back to our hotel.

The next time you visit Denver, make sure you visit 1515 Restaurant.


Dinner -- 1/23/09

Denver Pavilions
500 16th Street
16th St. Mall Promenade
Denver, CO, 80202



6:45 - 9:30 PM

Vendor Treat

Family style for a party of ten:

Appetizers: Stuffed Mushrooms, Barb's Spinach & Artichoke al Forno

Entrees: Chicken Parmesan, Gnocchi in Tomato Vodka Sauce, Lobster Ravioli, Mom's Lasagna

Desserts: Tiramisu, Homemade Profiteroles with vanilla bean ice cream, hot fudge sauce, and whipped cream

Ramona & Jim: Caesar salad & House Cabernet

This excellent meal was only exceeded by the delightful company from all over the US, who gathered in Denver for the 2009 Midwinter Convention. We were the thrilled guests of good friends, and we had a wonderful time. The food was perfect and plentiful. The wine was smooth and excellent for a house cabernet. We left with a warm glow that repelled the bitter cold of a Colorado winter evening.

-Jim and Ramona

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Dinner -- 1/17/09

El Siete Mares
1915 Dutton Ave.
Waco, TX 76706



5:00 - 6:20 PM


Ramona & Jim: Pescado Empapelado (A fillet of fish marinated with their original spices, lime juice, olive oil and sauvignon blanc, with bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions. Wrapped and steamed and served with rice and vegetables), iced tea with lime slices

Jim: Tostada de Jaiba (flat, crispy tortilla with crab, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, & lime juice)

Shared: tres leches cake

Despite our pledge to write only about new restaurants we visit, we decided to write this one up because we both tried a dish we hadn't had there before and it was so delicious we couldn't resist adding it to our blog. Last year, on a visit to friends in Corpus Christi, Jim had this dish and thoroughly enjoyed it.

We were able to choose the fish from the list of "fish-of-the-day," and we chose mahi-mahi. The sweet meat of this species was perfect for the light, white wine sauce and and the fresh, hot steamed veggies, including broccoli, squash, red, orange, and green bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms.

Does this sound perfect? It was! We are on a "lowered fat diet" right now -- we try to keep our fat grams below 20 a day, and we had done so well on Saturday, we thought we could splurge on a shared piece of El Siete's wonderful tres leches cake. We were under 20 grams of fat -- with a few to spare. This is the way to diet! Saving up and ending a wonderful meal with a delicious dessert.

It seems that El Siete Mares gets better every time we visit. One of our new year's resolutions is to visit more often.

-Jim and Ramona

Friday, January 9, 2009

Lunch -- 1/7/09

Teriyaki Park
220 S. 2nd Street
Waco, TX 76701



Ramona & Jim shared: Spring rolls, Miso soup, California rolls, eel rolls, hot green tea

We have seen this place quite a few times, but never seemed to make it here for dinner. An impromptu lunch was the perfect opportunity to try it out.

The kitchen spills over into the dining area, but the food is good. The eel rolls especially were fresh and the rice was soft. The California rolls had just a hint of spice. The Miso soup was also tasty with seaweed and cubes of tofu floating in it.

This will give some competition to Bangkok Royale (a few doors away), but not too much. It is one of the few Waco restaurants serving sushi. Others include Shogun, China Palace, and Best Asian Buffet. If any of our readers know of others, let us know. We love sushi and frequently purchase it at HEB for a nice light lunch.

-Jim and Ramona

Lunch -- 1/6/09

(at Sironia)
1509 Austin Ave.
Waco, TX 76701


12:30 - 1:30 PM


Ramona: Amelia's Trio (tuna salad, fruit, pasta)

Jim: Turkey sandwich with tomato, lettuce, mustard on white toast, fruit, hot tea (spiced chai).

We have eaten here several times for lunch, but never together. At one time, Amelia's was open for dinner, but that ended a few months ago. Both of us have had a fine lunch with colleagues from work.

The food is really good, and we were tempted with the butter milk pie, but we stuck to our New Year's resolution to try and stick to a low fat diet as long as we can.

Jim suggested Amelia's as a site for an upcoming meeting later this month.


Saturday, January 3, 2009

Happy New Year!!!

To all our faithful readers.

Thank you all for the many comments and suggestions we have received over the first year of our journey.

As we begin this new year, we have been thinking of ways to improve our blog, while keeping it interesting to the general public.

Ramona and I have come to the conclusion that we have pretty well covered all the restaurants in Waco, so we will discontinue reviewing every restaurant where we dine.

However, we will continue to review new places as they appear, mourn old favorites as they fade away, and we will continue our "second chance" reviews. Look for Green Room Grill soon.

Of course, when we travel, we will always write up new places.

In addition to dining out, we also enjoy cooking at home, so we will be sharing some interesting meals we have prepared here. We have an interesting collection of cookbooks, so we occasionally make some exotic meals for family and friends.

Thanks for reading, and please let us know how you feel about our new plan.

-Jim & Ramona

PS: We have also established a shortened URL to access the site: www.tinyurl.com/5zp3am

Dinner -- 12/29/08

Uncle Dan's Bar B Que
1001 Lake Air Dr.
Waco, TX 76710



6:30 - 8:00 PM

$$ (just a tad over $25.00)

Ramona: Brisket plate with potato salad, barbecue beans, pecan cobbler, iced tea

Jim: Two-meat plate (turkey, turkey) mashed potatoes, barbecue beans, deviled egg, cheesecake, iced tea

We had a committee meeting at 6:30, so we decided to eat our dinner there. The barbecue is excellent, and so are all the sides. This really is the best barbecue restaurant in Waco, hands down.


Dinner -- 12/27/08

1925 Speight Ave.
Waco, TX 76706



5:30 6:40 PM


Ramona: Frozen strawberry margarita (no salt), Caesar salad, 1/2 order chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes

Jim: Caesar salad, chicken-fried chicken, fries, iced tea

George's was a frequent hangout during my grad school days at Baylor. It was close to Campus, inexpensive, and had great food. The only drawback was the smoke. When the ordinance was passed in Waco, the smokers were driven into the enclosed bar area, and things got much better.

My favorite dish was calf's liver and onions, and we headed there with that dish in mind. When it came time to order, Ramona reminded me that we had recently had L&O at home. She really likes the way I cook it, so we have the dish at least once a month. So, I abandoned my plan and went with an old favorite.

At first, a server (not the same one that took our order) brought me chicken-fried steak. They did switch it out. The portion was good-sized, but not as juicy as what I had at Cotton Patch. I also did not like the white gravy. It tasted funny to me, although Ramona liked hers.

Ramona's CFS was HUGE -- even though she got a 1/2 portion. I tasted it, and it was pretty good.