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Bacco Italian Restaurant
I usually visit a food establishment a couple of times but my initial impressions comes during my first visit. If necessary I will give an establishment a second chance.
Bacco Restaurant must have been the 5th time of went to this restaurant . Talk about consistency, this restaurant is fantastic. Case in point, seafood must be cooked correctly, in a way al dente, not over cooked and not under cooked. They offer a grilled Octopus tail that is grilled to perfection as an appetizer. Every time I went I ordered it and it is simply wonderfully prepared.
Not only is the food delicious, but the staff is very professional but have a great personality of friendliness and they smile.
I tried the boneless short ribs over mash potatoes, had the squid ink linguine was delicious and the veal santibucco was fantastic.
I highly recommend this place and on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being excellent, I give Bacco a "10." You gotta try it.
Chef Woo Can
P F Chang's Honey Chicken
I also bought P F Chang's Honey Chicken. The pic was so appealing and appetizing. Now, with this dish I expect it to be sweet. The 2nd ingredient for the sauce is honey.
I have to say when I started cooking the meal, there is alot of chicken. So I can say the packet is good for 2 people. Lots of chicken.
But the packet is 950 calories.
When I cooked it, the same standard procedure of using a non stick pan and covering the dish for 4 minutes.
I know that it says "honey" chicken but still sweet. I'm a novice to these frozen entrees but from what I have tried with P F Chang's frozen dinners, everything seems to be unusually sweet and as I said, sweet sells..
I tried the brand Fusia that Aldi carries for frozen Asian entrees and that is still my choice so far.
On a scale of 1-5, with 5 being excellent I give it a rating of 3 for value, alot of chicken in a package.
P F Chang, you could do much better. Your reputation has been damaged. Try a little harder.
Chef Woo Can
P F Chang's Frozen Shrimp Lo Mein Entree
Almost everyone has heard of P F Chang's. Beautiful atmosphere, fantastic professional service and good food.
Because of their success the company has expanded into frozen entrees.
Let me begin with this, freezing food is a tricky task. Cooked vegetables turn out soggy when heated. And to sell, the pic on the front of the packet must look appetizing however the picture is made and finally the sauce or gravy must be delicious, so delicious that you'll come back and buy again. There's alot at stake, reputation that lures potential customers and repeat buying.
Today I bought Shrimp Lo Mein. I saw on the package that bok choy (vegetables), mushroom and shrimp. To my amazement, the preparation was fairly easy, use a non stick pan, heat to med to high and contents of packet and cover for 4 minutes. That's it! Wow.
Ok, I did what the instruction said but after about 5 minutes, there was so much sauce. How can we enjoy Lo Mein with all that sauce. I guess the moisture was needed to steam and defrost the content.
I started to taste the noodles and mixed with the sauce was very very sweet. Let me say if your a diabetic, beware or stay away!. The noodles were so so made to cook quickly.? possibly? I tried looking for the bok choy, now bok choy is so inexpensive I'm surprised I couldn't find a nice piece, nor could I find any mushroom and when I did, it was so micro thinly sliced. The only vegetable was the carrots.
But for my preference I'm use to having lo mein with no sauce. Lots of veggies, mushrooms etc....
The shrimp was so tiny that there is no flavor. The sauce was used to give flavor to ingredients that didn't have flavor itself.
On a scale of 1-5 with 5 being excellent, I give a rating of "1". P F Chang, you disappoint us. You can do better.
Chef Woo Can