You know how there are people out there that don’t do much to try and impress others? They just do their own thing, don’t make a big fuss about themselves, and somehow they are well liked by their neighbors and end up with a lot of friends without really trying! Well the place I’m reviewing today, Mama B’s Giant Subs, is a lot like that. Continue reading
Kobe’s is good, really good. But Kobe’s made at home can be just as good and WAY cheaper!
This is the first time I have ever made mashed potatoes since I married Ruben and it’s because, as I have previously mentioned, he does not like potatoes.
I also made asparagus. The rice served was actually some leftovers my mother gave me from yesterday – and it went really well with everything.
The drive to Fernandina Beach was so relaxing. My husband drove the whole hour while I just took in the scenery in the passenger seat. Ruben never minds driving long distances and for that I am so thankful. I had no idea what our destination was – just that we were going to eat breakfast somewhere new. This week we were in Mayport because I was on duty and this morning was my time to rest in between nightly watch shifts.
During the drive we took the St. Johns River ferry – this was my first time ever riding a ferry in a car. You are allowed to get off the car while the ferry is crossing the river and take pictures or just take in the waterway.
After a little more driving we got into a little town that for some reason reminded me of Stars Hollow (a pretend Connecticut town of the old show Gilmore Girls) even though the city in the show wasn’t near a beach – but this area of Fernandina didn’t scream beach town (no surf board & bathing suit stores in sight).
Side note that has nothing to do with the restaurant in this post: I always found it interesting that Gilmore Girls ended and Gossip Girl started in the same year (2007). Two words; similar titles. The end of one type of show and the beginning (to me anyway) of a new show for teens to watch that was so racy. I still love Gossip Girl. But shows that started up after this like 90210 (among others) were just too sexy for me to deal with. The dirty drama is so bad for teenagers to watch. They are adult shows (please make sure you know what your kids are watching). *End rant*
BACK to this post…
So we get to Jack & Diane’s and right away I feel a good vibe. There was so much to describe about this place so I took a lot of photos (sorry if you feel that’s lazy on the writing portion here hehe).
The feel of the small place is very homey. My husband and I discussed that it is obviously a home with a couple walls knocked out to make the open space of the dining area. I wouldn’t host a wedding reception here, but the place is very comfortable and the staff was very friendly.
The walls are covered with local art for sale. There is also a small little area where collectibles are sold (travel memorabilia of the town, wine made locally, and business cards of a few local entrepreneurs).
The first (and only) negative I saw to this place was how extensive their menu is. A place that has more than 30 options sounds ridiculous. BUT after eating the food I realized that every entree must be good if they feel it’s important to leave it in. This means the ONLY negative of this place is retracted and I actually found nothing wrong with Jack & Diane’s. I would definitely recommend.
My meal was the Carne Asada & Eggs ($11) (hash made of regular and sweet potato, really diced up fries, eggs, steak/carnita in jalapeno)
I could not get enough of my food. This came with flour tortillas for me to build my own and everything tasted so great. Each piece was individual and full of flavor but complimented each other so well. I would definitely eat this again.
Ruben’s meal was the Mel’s Bagel Sandwich ($8) (bagel, ham, egg, and cheese) which came with the house remoulade, in addition he ordered the mango salsa to try – it’s obvious he went a little safe here, but he did say it was all very good.
I would say give them a try, but don’t bash the place for not being your “type” of place. Make sure you describe things constructively. I really did enjoy this place.
St. Johns River Ferry (Website), (Here is the schedule)
Gilmore Girls (website with information if you’ve never heard of the show)
Trip Advisor (reviews) – I could recognize the table’s design so I know the picture on there is legit.
Urbanspoon – I cannot believe the “Like” percentage is so low. Hopefully my review will show more detail of the ambiance before some people head over with the wrong expectations.
Jack & Diane’s (official site)
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Ruben and I have a weak spot for hibachi style restaurants and that’s basically how we got to this place. It isn’t fancy, but the prices are really good and if you know what to order you will leave happy.
|Art hanging in the restaurant|
My main advice is do not eat from the buffet – at least not as late as we went to the restaurant. They’re hibachi (made to order meals) are good, but I did notice that their meat was previously frozen. The more I type the more I realize why this place has mixed reviews. The last tip I’ll give is to have the staff mix your sauce for you based on your description. They are much better at the seasonings (I did not do a good mix for my second round).
|A closer look at my noodles with beef and broccoli.|
Not sure if you will be ther best fan, but I liked it and would go again. Let me know if you have gone and what you thought.
Urbanspoon page for Marco Polo
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I guess that is probably too inclusive, but it is not often that I do not want to cook. I went to our favorite local market and purchased some herbs (cilantro, culantro) and a pumpkin for the food I was making. This place opened up a couple years ago, and really has taken over our town. Anyone who doesn’t buy their meat there is crazy and spending more money then they need to.
It’s called Fancy Fruit and Produce and the reviews are mixed and truly depends on what you go there for. I’ll be honest – their fruit is not always in the best shape. But I have never had any issue with the meat I’ve bought there. The other thing is there are products in this store I cannot find anywhere else, or for a comparative price… like Alpina Oatmeal drinks, which my husband loves, are just 89 cents each where I’d pay $1.08 at Wal-Mart. This may not seem like a big deal, but if you buy a lot of them frequently – it really does add up.
So back to dinner:
I made white rice (Jasmine rice in the rice cooker), steak and onions, and pink beans (which I cooked pumpkin pieces and the herbs into).
It all tasted really good. Please let me know if you are interested in learning how to make it – it’s so easy.
’til next time,
This is one of those entrees that make my mouth water. When I was younger, I didn’t eat any meat unless my mom made this. I don’t know if it was because it looked like a big chicken nugget or just the flavor – but even ’til this day it’s a favorite.
First you want to gather your ingredients like this:
-one large egg
-preferred seasoning (I use all seasoning)
-bread crumbs (my favorite is this cheap Italian style from Walmart)
Next, you want to crack and whisk the egg in a bowl. I like to add some seasoning into the egg. Pour the bread crumbs in a separate bowl, I tend to use about a tablespoon per steak, but it really depends on their size (surface area).
Then you take a steak, dip into egg, remove and dip into bread crumbs until it’s totally covered.
After breading each steak, I like to set them on a plate for a few minutes. This allows the seasoning to penetrate the meat and for the breading not to come off as easily.
After this is done, you’re ready to fry. I fry them in oil for about 2 minutes each side… Or just a minute and a half if it’s in a deep fryer. This may vary depending on the thickness of your meat.
Sometimes, after their all breaded I’ll re-bread them (placing into more egg, and then more breading). But this isn’t necessary – I usually only do it for thicker cuts of meat.
Because of recent feedback I decided to add a photo of a typical meal with breaded steak. The pink sauce on my plate is a “Mayo-Ketchup” mixture (I like to also put garlic paste in mine). It’s a really good sauce to dip my steak in. I also use the sauce on tostones (this is a Puerto Rican / Hispanic traditional sauce).
That’s it! Enjoy my friends 🙂