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I haven't Frequented Many Eating Establishments!
Why? It's not worth it to me. My feeling is I work very hard to earn some income and there are times I'd like o go out to eat but the value I get today, to me is substandard. I don't mind paying a little more for good value but really what's on the menu of fast foods or family style restaurants is food that is treated with all kinds of chemicals, deep fried laden with sweet sauces and lots of French fries and sweet drinks and lots of high calorie desserts.
This is our western diet.
I rather shop for fresh ingredients that I pick out, use little sauce, steam or stir fry and I avoid jasmine rice. Staying away from rice was like taking heroin away from an attack. Asian cooking always goes with jasmine rice. But I had to do it since I'm a diabetic. I have to watch my blood sugar and that almighty A1C every 3 months. I had to adapt and change my food life style. The Western diet is full of carbohydrates, a buttered bun, pancakes or waffle, pasta, rice, burger buns, hot dog buns, potatoes, is enough to kills us and the sweet desserts, how can we resist, but we have to.
The end result is I've lost 24 pounds and maintained it by eating healthy and using common sense. I the beginning its tough, trial and error but when you finally get the program, its easy but I'm tempted all the time, whether its a food commercial or its the fumes coming out of Burger KIng or the pizza, it tough.
I'd say going for a good meal will cost alot right now and with inflation, prices are going up and up, so take the low road and learn to eat at home. NOT with the redi delivery service, not with the frozen food ection but from scratch. You'll appreciate the true natural favlors that we somehow drowned out of our lives.
Chef Woo Can
Sizzling Bombay, Bel Air, MD
There comes a time when we just want to dine out and enjoy a good meal. The concern is that this Covid 19, inflation has hammered the restaurant industry. They've had to reduce their menus and eliminate dishes that aren't as popular, and purchase items at the cheapest price or substitute alternatives that are just as good or buy cheaper cuts of meats. The prices has skyrocketed. and of course they pass on these increases to us. So what are we suppose to do. We know the meal is going to be expensive, that's a given but reducing the quantity for the price is darn right obscene.
I love Sizzling Bombay, I know there are 2 other Indian restaurants in the area but I enjoy the quality of food. My favorite has always been Lamb Korma. It's made with yogurt and cashews and its so creamy served with chunks of tender lamb along with a serving of Basmatic Rice. I usually order the garlic naan and an oder of samosa.
Well, what I received were sraps of lamb with fat on i. Don't get me wrong, a little fat is ok but the days of a chunk of tender lamb was not there. Literally these scraps were covered with the creamy korma sauce.
I was a little disturbed but when I got the bill, it just wasn't fare. My view is either give the customer what they want and adjust the pricing but don't offer literally scraps of lamb and charge me full price.
I'd rather pay more and have the lamb chunks than for you to save money and offer me scraps and charging the same price.
I think you should be concerned for customers to come back or have them tell others of the great value you offer.
I know you have the lunch buffet, frankly it's not very interesting, so, yes, it's a bargain to eat all you want but really not much of a selection.
On a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being excellent, I give Sizzling Bombay and (-50) and get your act together. You underestimate the customer. They'll pay more for good value. They may not frequent your establishment as often but you'll have a dedicated and loyal customer.
Chef Woo Can
Anchor Bar, Frederick, MD
A funny thing happened on the way to my cooking class at Frederick Community College earlier this month. I was browsing on my phone about eating establishments in Frederick. MD. Usually after my cooking class I drop by Roy Rogers for some chicken and fixins so I can decompress. You don't realize that talking can be very exhausting. I needed a change and in my review of the Frederick area, low and behold I see Anchor Bar. Now to those that don't know who or what Anchor Bar is, well they are the original Buffalo Wings that originated in Buffalo, NY. I went there so many years ago and they had the best wings you could imagine. Nothing like Buffalo Wild Wings but better.
I decided to visit them in Frederick, not sure if they had any relations to the original Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY.
Seated with lots of overhead flat screen TV's showing the college football games. Had to wait a little for service as it was pretty busy, understandable.
My waiter took my order, I decided on 10 wings traditional with medium heat, a basket of onion rings and the day's special was mussels. I ordered the mussels too.
Well, the meal came out hot and crispy, the blue cheese dressing was the ready made kind in a container but the winds were medium size, not too big and not too small, the onion rings were crispy and it was a real slice of real onion that was battered and the mussels came with the nice sauce along with 2 slices of garlic bread used for dipping and absorbing all the flavor.
I asked the waiter if this is the Anchor Bar the same as the orogoinal from BUffalo and he said yes it is.
Not sure why they opened in Frederick but just the same if Im in the area next month I'll be sure to visit them again.
No fancy prep of the wings, just simple comfort food that pleases every time.
On my scale of 1-to 5 with 5 being excellent, I give Anchor Bar in Frederick, MD a 100+. Perfect food and delicious. The tradition has stayed the same.
You gotta try it, you'll be glad you did!
Chef Woo Can
Promenade Grill, Havre De Grace, MD
Sometimes we visit an establishment and leave with a very good impression. That is the case with the Promenade Grill in Havre De Grace, MD. Where can you find an eating establishment that provide a Promenade area where you can sit with your family and enjoy the bay.
My wife suggested this place awhile ago and I order the beer batter fish and chips made with cod fillet. The special included 2 hush puppies, French fries and a dolop of butter and fresh tartar sauce. I mean fresh tartar sauce. Not the ready made kind that you peel off the lid and resembles tartar sauce.
The batter on the cod was extra crispy and so golden in color. The fillet was flaky and very fresh and the price with inflation and all is a great value at $15.00+.
Since last year the price has stayed steady. I went back a number of times and the establishment has maintained consistently a good product every time. No reduction in size of the cod, no substitute unless you want white fish and always piping hot when I receive it. It's worth the 1/2 drive. It's just a very relaxing place to dine. Fresh air, ocean breeze, quiet but make sure you go there Thursday to Sunday. Before I forget, they don't take Amex.
So on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being excellent, I give Promenade Grill a "100", they are that good. They have ice cream, shakes, smoothies to boot. So before the end of the year, visit the Promenade Grill. You'll be glad you did!
Chef Woo Can