Shaka Dogs – Palm Bay Florida

 

Rating: 5 out of 5 Skulls

Date: 3/30/17

 

Lunchtime

 

We’ve both eaten here individually before but this was our first time eating here together.  They had a burger and fries on special which looked good to Rufo so we ended up there.  I ordered something similar to what I had last time.  I ended up with the chicken nachos and of course he had the burger.

The nachos are not your typical plate of nachos.  1. There are no tortilla chips.  2.  There is no cheese.  What they use are homemade potato chips.  On top of those chips is delicious chicken topped with teriyaki sauce and spicy mayo remoulade.  This is an amazing twist on your typical nacho and it’s a great twist!

Rufo had a hearty burger with french fries.  He had the burger done medium well.  I snuck a taste of his burger and his fries.  Both were amazing and cooked to perfection.

 

They also do amazing shaved ice!  The prices are reasonable.  The atmosphere is relaxing and the food is as close to Hawaii as you can get in Florida. lol

 

Kid-A-Palooza – Kona Luau 40+ Food Trucks!!!!!

We had a lot of fun at Kid-A-Palooza/40+ Food Truck Event.  This event was held at Wickham Park in Melbourne Florida.  We did not bring any children for the Kid portion of this adventure but we did bring our appetites.

Entering the event looked like a cross between kiddie and foodie heaven.  On the right for as far as I could see were giant inflatable bounce houses and slides.  The kid in me was secretly dying to go have a jump. lol!  On the left circling all the way around until they met the bounce houses on the right were the food trucks.  Food trucks as far as the eye could see.

We decided to try to amp up our appetites by checking the vendors that had been placed creatively in the middle of the area between kiddie and foodie heaven.  Of course most of the vendors catered to children or parents.  There were a variety of activities for children to do while they were there or for them to sign up to do later.  There was a booth filled mostly with reptiles but also a few not often seen mammals.  There was also an awesome surf board/skateboard booth.  After we had finished looking at each booth we decided it was time to plan out our lunch.  What to eat?

There were so many choices.  We started at the entrance and moved clockwise around the arena.  We had looked at the list of trucks before we left so we could have an idea of what we wanted.  In the benefit of interest we still decided to do a full lap around carefully looking at each truck to be sure we hadn’t changed our minds.

 

Rufo stuck with his original decision and tried PizzaCone.  They basically make eating pizza ultra portable by shaping the dough into a cone and filling the inside with pizza sauce and toppings.  Rufo choose bacon and pepperoni.  I had a few bites and it was amazing.  I almost went back to purchase another one.

I had originally planned on purchasing ceviche from one of the trucks.  I changed my mind when I read the words “Bacon Fried Rice”  on the front of Samson’s Grill.  We’ve all had pork fried rice of course….but this….this was bacon fried rice.  I also had my choice of either Teriyaki chicken or Bourbon chicken.  I decided on the bourbon chicken with bacon fried rice and an egg roll.   Everything was amazing and delicious.  Typically I don’t each much in one setting but I cleaned the plate.

We had a lot of fun and great food.  Can’t wait until the next food truck event!

 

Philly’s Finest – Restaurant Review

Rating: 5 out of 5 Skulls

Date: 2/26/17

Time: Lunch

Who: Me, Rufo, and Sister.

 

 

 

 

These potatoes are amazing.  Tator tots covered in bacon, cheese, and ranch. I’m sure if you eat too much and they may live up to their name.  They taste amazing and everyone enjoyed them.  I ended up taking a small portion home and was good after I re-heated it in the microwave.

 

 

 

 

This is my favorite sandwich from Philly’s Finest.  It’s a chicken steak, with onions, and peppers, prosciutto, some sort of cheese, and it’s all soaked in a balsamic reduction.

I can’t even bring myself to try anything else.  I could only finish half and took the other half home.  It was amazing!  I ended up eating the other half early this morning after teaching my 2:30 am class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rufo ordered the large Philly Cheese-steak with Sharp American, Banana Peppers, and Mushrooms.  Large is the same length as the small but it’s loaded with meat.  Can you see the other untouched half a sandwich on this plate?  I don’t even know how he kept the meat on the bread.  He was able to finish half of the sandwich and part of the Cardiac fries and his Beck’s.

 

 

 

 

 

Sister had some awesome hot wings and a Beck’s and shared some of the Cardiac tots.  She finished her Beck’s and about half of the wings and took the rest home.  They were never to be heard of again.

 

The service at Philly’s Finest is AMAZING!  The guys behind the counter were super friendly and patient.  It didn’t take too long to get our order and to hear my name be called.  The Cardiac Tots came out last but they were worth the wait.

Once we were all stuffed I went up to the counter to ask for a box and he asked for me to bring him our plates and they would package it up for us.

It was just an awesome experience from start to finish.  Any blemish in the restaurant pails in comparison when it comes to their awesome customer service and super food.

EKOCUPS Organic Artisan Mexican Coffee, Medium Roast, in Recyclable cups,10 count

Rating: 5 out of 5 Skulls

Price: $6.99 for 10 K-cups

I love buying these small boxes of coffee.  I feel like it’s a great way to explore different brands and styles of coffee.  I’d love to try some of the other K-cup products available on the market.  Since I’ve been purchasing K-cups I’ve become more aware of how many of these tiny plastic cups I throw away each month.  I LOVE that these are recyclable!

I’m also in favor of the Organic  coffees so I’m happy to say this is also Organic.  EKO Cups have a great design and concept for their Organic, Fair Trade Mexican coffee.  These come in a pack of 10 so they are great for a trial or to share with friends.  Rufo and I shared the box between our 2 houses.  His mover even had an opportunity to try this Mexican coffee and really enjoyed it.

I typically go for a dark roast but this medium roast was light but still had a great flavor after my usual add-ins (almond milk and honey).  Rufo likes his black or with just honey.  We always use local honey.  It’s beneficial if you have outdoor allergies to eat some local honey every day.

If you like a medium or dark roast I would recommend this coffee.  Not only does it taste great but it’s great for the environment.

Greater Goods Eco-Friendly Dark Roast Vista Blend Coffee

Rating: 5 out of 5 Skulls

Price: $0.01 + shipping for 6 piece sampler or $35.63 for a 72-count box.

At first glance these pods are very unique.  They are in a bag that folds and reseals so that they stay fresh.  They aren’t completely enclosed in plastic like the normal K-cups.  They have a soft mesh pouch on the bottom that holds the ground coffee.  The coffee smells amazingly rich.  It’s the kind of coffee smell that’s rich and you can’t stop smelling it.  I often found myself opening the bag just to smell the rich indulgent smell.

The smell after the coffee was brewed was even more heavenly than just smelling the bag.  Every day I wake up at Rufo’s he makes me coffee in the morning.  It sounds like such a simple thing.  For someone who’s not a morning person having someone make you a cup of coffee in the morning is pure bliss.  I feel so spoiled.

If you read my last post about coffee you probably remember that I cannot drink my coffee black.  I did make it a point to try this to see how rich it was.  It was amazing with a strong, robust flavor.  I added my usual almond milk and honey and I could taste the pure rich delicious coffee through it.

If you love dark, rich coffee I recommend this.

White Coffee Organic Single Serve Coffee, Breakfast Blend, 10 Count

Rating: 4 out of 5 Skulls

Price: $4.62

Contents: 10 count K-cup individual serving of White Coffee’s Organic Breakfast Blend.

I recently acquired a Keurig over the holidays.  My budget is limited but I like to try new things and of course how could I reset a box of K-cups that were under $10.00.  I rather enjoy coffee.  It’s my second favorite morning beverage other than water.  The next question everyone asks is “How do you take it?”  In other words, how do I like my coffee?  Do I want sugar or cream or perhaps something else?

Here’s my secret.  I like really strong coffee….but I need to add my version of “cream” and my version of “sugar.”  I like it served with almond or coconut milk and either coconut sugar or local honey.  I like to take the edge off, cut the acidity but I still want to taste the coffee.

I was skeptical when I ordered this.  Often Breakfast blends tend to be too mild for me.  I prefer and espresso or a nice dark roast.  I was pleasantly surprised.  Even after the addition of my “milk” and “sugar” I could still taste the coffee.  It was a lighter taste but was still able to shine through my palatable additions.

I was attracted to the fact that this coffee is Organic and biodegradable.  I feel less guilty about throwing the cups out instead of using a reusable one.  I was also attracted to the price.  This was a great little sample pack or for someone who doesn’t drink a lot of coffee. I purchased this one and 2 others at the same time in order to be able to rotate, sample, and of course share some with Rufo.

We both really enjoyed this blend and it’s almost gone.  I guess we will need to order more!  Perhaps we can find other blends by White Coffee.

 

Viva Naturals Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Rating: 5 out of 5 Skulls

Price: $12.99

I use Apple Cider Vinegar for so many things.  I use it for cleaning, rinsing my hair, flea protection for my cats.  It’s best to use organic ACV that contains the “mother” or natural organisms.

I purchased this bottle to put in my spare bathroom.  I use it for cleaning.  I also use it when bathing my cats.  It helps heal their skin from scratches and to prevent fleas.  I prefer to use natural products whenever I can.

I’ve used this a few times on my hair as a rinse and on my cats and it has worked fantastically.  I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV).