Chef Woo Can Restaurant Review/Bacco Italian Restaurant, Abingdon, MD
Yesterday, I met a friend that I haven't seen in person for 1 year due to the Covid-19 and we decided to have dinner and mentioned Bacco Italian restaurant right opposite the former JCPenny, a single standing building near Wegman's in Abingdon.
Due to precautionary measures we reserved a table outside under the awning.
To be honest I didn't know what to expect. As a New Yorker born and raised with the best Italian food, my expectations for Maryland, Harford County, Bel Air were not really high in terms of delicious Italian food.
It was a beautiful evening, temps were comfortable and met my friend. Obviously, the first thing that comes to mind is the place is very clean and it was really good to see my friend.
Waitress greeted us very professionally and that was definitely a great thing. It sets the mood of the evening. The menu was very interesting and the descriptive wording made me feel like I was in Italy.
I noticed Octopus on the appetizer side. Grilled Octopus? Wow, and a mixture of chick peas and olive side.
I said to myself if they can cook Octopus without it being rubbery, then they got my recommendation. Octopus must be so tender, not overdone or under done, must be perfect. I ordered it and cut my first piece, it cut perfectly and after I added fresh lemon juice, the taste of lemon and a little bit of the grill flavor was absolutely excellent! The chick pea and olive mixture that accompanied the Octopus was balance and only enhanced the Octopus.
The rolls were fresh and piping hot with a balsamic olive oil for dipping was tremendous. Nothing special but simple.
The Caesar salad was balanced, not overly with heavy cream dressing with freshly crispy croutons and shaved slices of parmesan cheese topping the salad.
The main course was Vitello Saltimbocca which was piping hot veal scaloppini, prosciutto, mozzarella, fresh sage , marsala wine sauce, roasted garlic mash potatoes and broccolini. was simply fabulous, the veal was so tender and the marsala sauce paired well with the sage, prosciutto.
I actually felt like I was in Italy. You can have excellent Italian food in Abingdon, MD.
Everyone of the patrons wore their masks when entering and leaving the establishment, social distancing was apparent but didn't ruin the restaurant atmosphere we all yearn to return to.
The beauty of this restaurant is a limited menu. If what I had last night is a reflection of other dishes that were well made, I coming back again.
On Chef Woo Can's 1-10 scale and 10 being excellent, I give Bacco's Italian restaurant a "100". It was that good. Good service, good food, what more can you ask for.
Please visit them, they need our support. They offer lunch too!
#baccoitalianrestaurantabingdon, #excellentitalianfood, #whygotoitaly, #deliciousitalianfoodinharfordcounty.
Chef Woo Can will review your favorite establishment
Spring is around the corner, optimism in the air, being outside, getting together s we eventually get vaccinated, restaurants, fast food and family style restaurants, pubs are slowly opening up, now is a perfect time to review any food establishment whether big or small, family run or corporate run, everyone needs free advertising, so let me know of a food establishment that you want me to review.
I will do it and leg every know what I feel about it. Obviously Covid-19 will be a concern of cleanliness.
I'll be very open since I know how the pandemic has effected my business.
Let me know. Also I need to get out of the house too.
I'll video review my time. Can't beat it, free advertising.
Let the owners know that you'd like Chef Woo Can to visit and try their specialties.
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Asian Cafe is Hiring for Management and/or Management trainee
Looking for a Job in the Food Service Arena. Did you know that Asian Take Out restaurants have seen business growing during this pandemic. Everyone turns to Chinese food, cheap, inexpensive and offer a variety of different dishes.
Today, most employers are looking for specialized talents and competing with prospective candidates is exhausting on your self esteem. But if you like dealing with people and your initiative help grow the business, you'll be rewarded for your efforts. You must grow and manage day to day operations.
Chef Woo Can is working closely with an Asian Food establishment that is looking for a manager having the following qualities.
1. Professional Manner
2. Manage a food service operation, familiar with Asian Chinese Food
3. Knows how to increase profitability and sales , innovative ideas and recommendations.
4. Methodical regarding daily operations
5. Management skills and employee relations
6. Excellent customer service
7. 5 years restaurant experience
8. Familiar with various health codes and safety
9. Must be able to promote the company branding
7. Small operation and reputation is important.
8. Loves Chinese and Asian dishes/ Sales promotion
9. Location is Fallston on Bel Air, Rd. Maryland (Harford County).
10 Great recognition opportunity.
Salary Between $45,000-50,000/per year plus potential incentives based on monthly growth.
Interviews and resumes are requested. Contact me at email@example.com if interested.
Small Business Solution & Growth
Ok, the Pandemic has destroyed small business that occupy brick and mortar stores, food trucks. Depending on the state involved restriction might be lenient or stringent.
The fact is when ever there is an enclosure without the right ventilation system, despite wearing a facemask or practicing social distancing the potential for catching the virus is high.
The overall majority of us is scared to eat inside a restaurant enclosure. Right now, carry out and delivery is the safest way right now. Yes, there are those that have no fear and unwilling to change their lifestyle based on this terrible virus. The overall affect of these establishments being cut down to 25% or 50% capacity is not enough to sustain their business. Many have shut down. There has to be a better way.
Let's see what are the biggest expense for small business.
In Asia and the Far East they have set up market places consisting of an open enclosure, protected from the elements with electricity and water and depending on the total square footage, they can determine the number of vendor spaces whether back to back with other vendors (kiosk) that include a central kitchen facility to allow every vendor to make their fresh goods to sell that day. Ansul systems and fire extinguishers, in the main kitchen area. A Farmers market year round. This would provide small business with a kiosk at a huge savings and allow their reputation to build up based on their delicious food.
I was scrolling on the internet and Philadelphia has the Reading Terminal Market which could be used for sole standing buildings .
We in Bel Air, MD has like many other small towns malls that have gone by the waist side, and easily converted to a food vendors, kiosk marketplace.
Towns with normally could offer a Farmers market style structure.
The bottom line is small business can explode with 100% occupancy in well ventilated systems 360 degrees.
People are more likely to support small business vendors and more than happy to do their share to support small business.
Politicians want to throw money around but really its how to address the immediate issues in a safe and methodical manner.
Then a satellite is being tested, if successful then it can expand, jobs being provided, small business can expand, more people working.
Vendors has to be providing unique dishes and not the big multi national conglomerates.
Investments can be made to upgrade their vendor spot, small refrigeration units, freezers, gas stoves protected.
Business times need to fluctuate . Weekends establishments should be open late for the partying crowd .
Money to buy never stops, its how long do merchants want to work.
Business has to change and they have to think differently.
The success marketed correctly will increase foodie tourism for the stte generating much needed revenues that was otherwise was spent paying out unemployment benefits.
It's a wine win for everyone. Great Wolf Lodge is scheduled to be opened in Perryville, MD right near Hollywood Casino
By Chef Woo Can at www.chefwoocan.com
#smallbusinessgrowth, #jobgrowth, #smallbusinessidea, #businesssolution
Chef Woo Can will be "LIVE ON FACEBOOK" on Saturday 2/13/2021 at 2 pm. @amazingchefwoocan.
I'll be showing you the secrets of making aromatic jasmine rice along with my Famous Hibachi Bacon Fried Rice.
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CHINESE NEW YEAR /YEAR OF THE OX 2021
Friday February 12, 2021 will start the Chinese New Year..
Oxen are the hard workers in the background, intelligent and reliable, but never demanding praise. Oxen are honest and earnest. They are low key and never look for praise or to be the center of attention. This often hides their talent, but they’ll gain recognition through their hard work. They believe that everyone should do what’s asked for them and stay within their bounds. Though they are kind, it’s difficult for them to understand persuasion using pathos. Rarely losing your temper, they think logically and make great leaders.
Men born in the Ox year are reliable and trustworthy. They put their entire heart into everything they do. They feel great responsibility towards their family as well. However, due to their confidence (almost arrogance), they don’t allow anyone to go against their rules. They hold your children to high expectations, even though it might be unrealistic.
Women born in the Ox year are calm and gentle. They will never surrender to fate and rarely think of choosing an alternative. This no doubt leads to a life of struggles. But no matter what, they will walk down the road they choose until the end. Despite this stubbornness, they think and react quickly.
Most compatible with Ox: Rat, Snake, RoosterRat’s fixed Earthly Branch is water, while Ox is earth. They have complementing personalities and hold the same goals in life.
Snake and Rooster fit Ox nicely as well. Not only will Snakes give warmth and romance, they offer help and support in work too. Honest and loyal, they can also be attracted to the Rooster’s soft and loving heart.
Least compatible with Ox: Goat, Horse, DogThe Earthly Branches of Goat and Ox clash strongly. They can tolerate each other’s differences, but there will always be tension.
Horses have a free and wild spirit, and may not have a serious attitude toward life. This is the opposite of an Ox’s personality. With Dogs, it’s hard to find common ground.
Lucky things for Oxen
Because of their low-key personality, a stable job is the best for Oxen. Their strong sense of responsibility also makes them the perfect candidate for professional and stressful jobs. These include doctors, lawyers, businessmen and teachers. With their technical skills and effort, they can receive society’s recognition and reach their own standards.
No matter what career they choose, it must something they are really interested in. Though they may be okay with any job that fits their skills, they should take the time to find something they love. Only in a stable environment that matches their passions, are they able to find their true calling.
Health and LifestyleLike the wild oxen that run freely in the fields, people of the Ox year are healthy and fit. Hospital visits are rare, but this sometimes leads to overconfidence. Neglect during youth will result in problems in the later years.
As workaholics, Oxen will sometimes go days with minimal food and rest, then binge on both. Irregular diets will lead to indigestion and problems with the digestive system. Irregular exercise is what causes you to fall ill with “random” ailments.
Once they reach the middle ages, there is high risk of heart disease. Strokes are another risk. In addition, they commonly suffer from joint pain.
Most of these issues stem from irregular exercise. For a healthy life, they need to remember to take breaks from work, stretch and relax.
RelationshipOxen may find it difficult to further improve the relationship with your partner this year. Hiccups in your relationship may affect your mental state, and certain events may seem out of your control.
Your partner might stray or harbor selfish ambitions during this time. Be patient. These hardships will pass in time. Though your road may be rocky, love and kindness will always bring you back together.
Unfortunately, the single Ox will not have much luck in love this year. Between their traditionally passive personalities and this year’s bad luck, this year will be a disappointing one for romance.
Consider taking this year to focus on learning more about yourself. Figure out what you want in love and what you can bring to a relationship. Love will come eventually, but this year may not be the right time.
HealthBe careful with your health this year. In Ben Ming Nian, the Ox’s fortunes will become precarious. You will be more prone to catching minor infections this year, so make it a point to schedule routine checkups.
Tai Sui will throw many curve balls at you this year, and these may cause you stress and anxiety. Ailments can lead to more serious problems if left untreated, so rest whenever you find the time to do so. Try to exercise more often, and stay away from risky activities whenever possible.
LifestyleChinese astrology predicts that this year will start on a relative low note for the Ox. Ben Ming Nian’s conflict with Tai Sui will bring significant instability to your fortunes, and you can easily encounter something unexpected if you act rashly.
This should not prevent you from working on personal development and living your best life, however. If you ever get into trouble, do your best to adapt to the situation. With some hard work and determination, you’ll find your way out again.
Stay calm, and be patient with yourself—the wheel of fortune will turn in your favor soon enough.
SENIOR DISCOUNTS? FREE COFFEE? We're better than that.
I get it. Lots of money is flying around Washington used as a monetary persuasion for special interest groups to appease constituents and multinationals. And yes, right now we need to address the Pandemic which has affected everyone in some way or another. We got bills and to pay. Kudos to those companies that have given some grace time to pay and whether exeutive orders in place to help the common man, it is appreciated.
Unfortunately, our senior citizens are having the most difficult time. Living in nursing homes on government assistance where Covid-has decimated them. What can they really do?
Let's see, they worked their entire life building and contributing to America. They are the ones who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country during war, the Great Depression.
This story should affect everyone who's reading this because our parents, grand parents and great grand parents contributed to our country to what it is today.
Realistically, we owe our Senior citizens a break. Many of our Seniors didn't have the opportunity to sve a nest egg so they relied on government assistance. Yes, they realize that they couldn't rely on government assistance solely. But sometimes, they just had to live to get by.
So, today how is private industry helping them? I see Senior citizens at retail fst food when there are specials taking their time eating a high calorie not necessarily healthy but filling.
I flip through the paper to see what Seniors are entitled to. Yep, a cup of FREE COFFEE, FREE COFFEE!. They gave so much and all they get is a cup of FREE COFFEE. Here's my take, eliminate the menus that are sectioned off for Seniors. I find that kind of degrading, once you divide a population whether based on age is sort of ostracized from society. We should treat them as regular customers and if they have dietary concerns, then do the same as if a regular customer has a special request and give the Senior meal a FREE MEAL!
With the millions of dollars that the fast food industry is making prior to Covid-19, I don't think they will go broke.
They deserve to be treated special and I would believe that mostly everyone agrees.
by Chef Woo Can at www.chefwoocan.com
#seniorsdeserveabrek, #offerasenior, #careforasenior, #treatasenior
BEEF BULGOGI MANDU/KOREAN BEEF DUMPLINGS
In 2021 I want you to make 1 resolution to at least try new foods that I present. It will be the year of challenge for your taste buds and I can guarantee that you'll be glad you did.
Most of us order Chinese Take out and sometimes we end up ordering the same thing, so if you venture and order dumplings, most of the time what is offered are either pan fried or boiled dumplings with a soy dipping sauce and the meat used is usually ground pork. Some places offer ground beef.
Believe it or not the only difference with these dumplings may be thicker or light wrappers or how they are folded or is dough actually made fresh and they do it by hand. Today, with labor cost so high, most are bought frozen and on rare occasions does an establishment make them by hand.
Korea recently has entered the prepackaged food market. Costco is slowly adding alot of Korean products and one of them is Korean Beef Dumplings Mandu. They are packed frozen and the dumplings are a nice size. Add a dash of oil in a non tick pan and on low to medium heat, just turn over each side when golden brown. (No water needed or cover). They come out pan fried, and its truly ground beef, believe it or not. Of course the dipping sauce is made my adding soy sauce, sugar, white vinegar and water. Cut 1 stalk of scallion thinly and add a dash of oil or sesame oil. Mix and taste to your liking. It's delicious.
There was another brand called Ling Ling but their dumplings were chicken and vegetable and the quality has gone down dramatically.
So far, the Korean Beef Bulgogi Mandu is living up to their quality reputation. I have also purchased Korean Wonton made with chicken and cilantro. Can't wait to make them. Stay tuned.
On Chef Woo Can Scale of 1-5, these dumplings are off the chart, 10+. Try a bag, you'll be glad you did! Promise!!!
Chef Woo Can at www.chefwoocan.com
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CHEF WOO CAN'S COMMITTMENT IN 2021
As we get ready to Celebrate New Year's with our families making some appetizers, creating a new delicious dinner menu or just order take out, just keep those that cannot celebrate this year in our hearts.
It's been a tough year and everyone has had to readjust their life to some degree whether we like it or not. Small business has been hurt, large corporations have been affected by maximizing profits by cutting back on quality ingredients.
Chef Woo Can is committed to let you know if the produvts out there are giving the bet quality and value for the money.
Because of my passion for cooking, I always try to offer to myself and my daughter an assortment of new dishes both prepackaged as well as fresh ingredients. She doesn't know hw lucky she is between you and me!
I will evaluate food products and give you my honest opinion of what I think. Those that know me won't be surprised when I call an establishment our for poor service, or poor food or any multinational food chain. When food is poor and I'll know it, I will let you my viewers know.
I want you in 2021 to eat as healthy as possible. You may disagree with my reviews but TRUST my judgement. We can agree to disagree which is a rare commodity these days but when it comes to food, I have no reason to mislead anyone. On that note I recently went to Costco, I love them. I was looking for appetizers for tonight. I didn't feel like going all out with a homemade dinner so on this special occasion I'm choosing prepackaged items.
My view has always been, "Everything in Moderation" is ok.
KIrkland brand of Costco makes this tempura shrimp, the 30 shrimp is individually placed separately, the coating is no different from you might get in a Japanese restaurant, comes with packets of dipping sauce, just bake and I have to say, its perfect, crispy and you actually get a shrimp inside. Kirkland brand does a great job and the price is very reasonable.
On a Chef Woo Can Scale of 1-5, these tempura shrimp is 10+. Highly recommend them.
Chef Woo Can at www.chefwoocan.com
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PROGRESSO'S NEW ENGLAND CLAM CHOWDER
There are days when I would like a break from cooking especially after the dinner hour just relaxing watching a good movie. Nothing beats a nice bowl warm bowl of soup. Ramen noodles are great but sometimes you just want to change it up a little. My daughter was a little under the weather and I bought a whole bunch o Progresso canned soup. Campbell's soup hasn't changed in decades so I already am familiar with their flavors. I choose an assortment of Progresso's flavors, Chicken and dumpling, chicken noodle, chickfarina, and New England clam chowder.
Now, I love New England clam chowder but I think Progresso missed the mark. It's suppose to be New England clam chowder not creamy potato soup with no flavor. There is a ton of potatoes in the clam chowder. and a creamy soup with no taste! I know times are bad for the food industry and profits are taking a beating but if Progresso wants to make their mark with the American consumer I would suggest that focus on flvor and ingredients. How's this for suggestion, more clams than potatoes, the creamy soup should have some butter and maybe a little clam broth to make it taste somewhat like clam chowder. Some pepper, maybe some thyme or even a bay leaf. but definitely some salt.
Needless to say I choose Progresso in the past over Campbell's because they offered so much more than Campbell's but after this New England Clam Chowder I guess I'll be making my own soup. I'm so disappointed.
On a scale of 1-5 with 5 being excellent, Progresso New England Clam Chowder gets a -5! Yes a NEGATIVE 5!!!!!
By Chef Woo Can at www.chefwoocan.com