Our Week of Instafood: 4/7/13 to 4/13/13

Hi all! This is going to be a new series on GT. We don’t seem to update as much with real posts because our traveling is limited right now and we just haven’t found any exciting places lately. But this will be a good way to show where we have been, or rather where we are eating each week. Yup, we’re some of those people that like to take pictures of our food and Instagram is addicting. Search for or hashtag GRUMBLINGTUMMY with us!

 

 

Starting from the top (L to R)

1. Guppy’s on the Beach – Indian Rocks Beach, FL – Lobster Ravioli, Braised Pork Chop, Potato Crusted Salmon

2. Alesia Restaurant – St. Petersburg, FL – Beef Salad

2.  Alesia Restaurant – St. Petersburg, FL – Asian Style Beef Stew

4. Grub on Laos New Year at the temple!

Crazy Cajun – Tampa

We recently tried this place since we got back to Florida and we’ve been hooked since. Located near the USF Tampa campus, Crazy Cajun focuses on cajun/creole which you would typically find in New Orleans. The main two things that quickly became our kryptonite has been the crawfish and ribs. The ribs are extremely tender and packed with flavor. Our first thoughts, we didn’t have any it was just mind blowing. By far some of the best ribs we’ve ever had. The crawfish are well seasoned and you can pick how spicy you want them. They’re pretty fresh too. I’ve been to some places that cooked them when they’re dead and the taste isn’t pleasant. Crazy Cajun also has a food challenge for crawfish if you’re up to the task. Finish 6lbs of crawfish plus a 1lb of corn and potatoes in under 15 minutes and end up on their wall of fame or shame.

We’ll probably end up doing an updated review if we can get away from the crawfish and ribs to sample some of their other items, until then suffer with these pictures.

Crazy Cajun

1406 E Fowler Ave
Tampa, FL 33612
www.crazycajuntampa.com

Roadtrip Stop: New Orleans

Texas was a long drive, but we got to see some family and good friends. I think we were excited for this next stop the most.  After a grueling drive from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, took about 8-9 hours, we arrived at New Orleans.

We want to mention the hotel for our stay, Country Inns and Suites in downtown New Orleans. It was worth booking in advance for the cheap price and we enjoy our room and service. The location allowed us to be in walking distance to every place we visited.

We stopped to eat at Drago’s Seafood Restaurant, popular for their charbroiled oysters, which was recommended through one of our friends.  They were cooked with a garlic butter sauce and topped off with some parmesan cheese. We also had to try some fresh oysters and some of Louisianas local brews, Abita Lager (recommended for all you drinkers out there). Still not satisfied, we ordered a fried catfish dish which lead us to believe the only thing worth going to this restaurant for are the oysters alone.

After filling our tummies we took a break back at the hotel. We then headed out to explore the French Quarter a bit and eventually wound up on B0urbon Street. We had a few drinks but one we recommend trying is the hand grenades from Tropical Isle. It definitely completed our full New Orleans experience. We walked back to the French Quarter to get some coffee and beignets at the infamous Cafe Du Monde. A bit disappointed on the service, we literally waited 20 minutes before switching waiters and being served.  The beignets, however, were very much worth it. They were literally covered in powdered sugar, and after we finished we looked like we got just out of a blizzard!

The last thing we did before leaving New Orleans the next morning was make a trip to Johnny’s Po Boys. We ended up ordering a half and half po boy consisting of shrimp and softshell crab. It was the first time we had a softshell crab po boy, we thought it was over rated at first till we hit the huge cluster of crab which made us a instafan.

Drago’s Seafood Restaurant

Hilton New Orleans Riverside
2 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70140

Tropical Isle

721 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70116

Cafe Du Monde

800 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

Johnny’s Po Boys

511 St. Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70130

Roadtrip Stop: Las Vegas

To kick off the beginning of our road trip, we stopped at Vegas! It was a surprisingly easy 8 hour drive from Norcal, we were excited to get this week started. Our initial hotel pick was the Palazzo but due to it being booked, we chose Planet Hollywood.

Vegas Strip

We wasted no time to get to our dinner spot at the Rio, Carnival World Buffet. The wait time was around 20 minutes, not bad as we got there before the large crowd came in. We went for the food that we typically wouldn’t find anywhere else. We were all over the Crab Legs! Even though they were served cold they still were fresh enough for us to enjoy.

The Rio

The Cosmopolitan – We really enjoyed the vibe in this hotel. I think we may stay here next time.

The rest of the night we just walked along the strip and enjoyed the Vegas lights!

Until next time Sin City….

Edit: Leaving Vegas we veered off to take a helicopter ride to see the Hoover Dam, an engineering marvel for its time. This was our first time riding on a helicopter! The view was just amazing.

Our engagement dinner at Gary Danko

I planned our engagement dinner at Gary Danko, located near Ghiradelli Square in San Francisco. And although the prices for our 5 course meal were definitely high, we enjoyed a once in a lifetime dinner. We started off with cocktails while waiting for our table. They even had special place settings for our special occasion! The waiter was thrilled when we told him to let the chef choose our meals :).

Appetizer: Salmon Tartar

Lobster Salad with Asian Pear, Mango, Avocado, Cashews and Lime Cilantro Rémoulade

Glazed Oysters with Osetra Caviar, Salsify and Lettuce Cream

Fois Gras

Risotto with Lobster, Rock Shrimp, Shimeji Mushrooms and Peas

Seared Sea Scallops with Asparagus-Pea Purée, Pickled Radish, Spring Onions and Sauce Maréchal

Dessert

Baked Chocolate Soufflé with Two Sauces

Warm Louisiana Butter Cake with Apples, Huckleberry Compote and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

800 N Point Street
San Francisco, CA

Written By: Roger

Ramen Ramen!

Calamari

Miso Ramen

After a long day of shopping around San Francisco we ate a late dinner at Katana-Ya, a small Japanese restaurant known for their ramen. The calamari was a good start to the meal, but the miso ramen definitely caught our attention. Had a lot of flavor and the portion sizes were fairly large. The miso along with added corn, fried dumplings, seaweed, bbq pork, and egg make it delicious. It was definitely a great choice to fulfill our late night cravings.

Location: Katana-Ya
430 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94102
Pictures from around SF:

Hog Island Oyster Co.

Our love of oysters brought us to a dreaded wait of happy hour while visiting San Francisco. Hog Island Oyster Co. farm  is located on Tomales Bay north of San Francisco but have other locations in the SF and Napa. Each bar has happy hour on two days out of the week, and as we found, is no secret to oyster lovers. The wait was well worth.

The bar (Napa location)

Hog Island clam chowder

Happy Hour! Two dozen please and send the pints!

Hog Island Oyster Co. 

Akane Japanese

Los Altos, California, we found a random sushi spot in the downtown area. We are HUGE sushi fans. This place is probably the best sushi we’ve had … yet. Authentic Japanese, great food, great service. We highly recommend this place for anyone in the area.

Aspara Beef Roll

The Toro runs a bit pricey. However, best thing you will probably eat in life. We think it is worth it.

Toro and spicy scallop roll

Nigiri Mix

Location: Akane Japanese Restaurant
250 3rd St
Los Altos, CA 94022
(650) 941-8150

Old Fisherman’s Grotto Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder Bread Bowl

Monterey, California is one of our all time favorite spots. It is also the place of our engagement! Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey is known for its cluster of seafood restaurants and small shops. We’ve been here before back in 2010 and we knew it was time to visit again. Old Fisherman’s Grotto was our spot for the best clam chowder. This time around we picked up our lunch from their outside vendor and got it in the bread bowl. With its fresh, creamy texture and perfectly blended flavor, the sourdough made it absolutely perfect!

Wharf Boats

Old Fisherman's Grotto

Lunch Rush

Location:
Old Fisherman’s Grotto
39 Fishermans Wharf
Monterey, CA 93940

www.oldfishermansgrotto.com