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Cambridge England

Sushimania buffet in Cambridge

I love a good sushi place so when my friends mentioned driving to Cambridge for a all you can eat sushi buffet, I was game. Our party was fairly large 4 adults and 4 children so when we walked up we were told there was a wait to get in. I usually take this as a good indication. If there is a wait, it is pretty popular and pretty good.

Sushimania menu

There are two options of ordering. You can order from the menu a la carte or you can order from the buffet menu. It’s a little over £17 for the buffet per adult and you can have up to 6 items on the table at once. Basically if you have 6 adults you can only have one item and once you finish that you can request something else from the menu. Oh and you only have an hour and 45 time limit to eat, can’t sit there all day.
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I would love to say that it was a wonderful experience, unfortunately it was not. I’ll paint the experience picture first, don’t worry I’ll be brief. We were seated upstairs, they accommodated our prams being downstairs which was nice. Once we were seated, we were just kind of left for a bit. I had to make eye contact with someone I assumed was our waitress and ask her how we are supposed to order. She brought over menus but failed to explain how to order. A gentleman who I assume was either the owner or manager came over to retrieve our order cards, but immediately questioned our order. In a very accusatory tone, he explained that children could not share our food and that if we were caught sharing we would be charged half price for them. I understand the underlying principle of the policy to ensure that people aren’t just ordering and sharing plates. However he hadn’t even gone over the order to see what order was for who. My children’s order was from the a la carte menu. Our entire service we were being watch to see who was eating what, uncomfortable is putting it lightly. Ready to see what we ate?
Ordering from the sushimania buffet menu as a group isn’t as convenient as one may think, all of our sushi rolls came on a single plate. We were left to guess whose was who’s because well our waitress didn’t explain. I ordered a duck roll that was duck and cucumber with a duck sauce. It was pretty good. I also ordered a Nigri roll one with eel and one with octopus. The texture of the eel was different than I expected and the octopus was good.
Sushi rolls from sushimania buffet
I also ordered chicken udon noodles, a teriyaki chicken skewer and a spicy tuna roll.  The teriyaki chicken skewer was good and my children enjoyed it.  I did not finish the spicy tuna roll, the fish didn’t taste fresh.
 

Here are a few tips to know incase you decide to give Sushimania a try:
The miso soup does not come with a spoon, you are supposed to drink it.
When you are ready to place an order put your menu up in the air (they will come grab it).
As previously mentioned, children are not allowed to share your plate…tell those scavengers to get their own lol.
 
I have not given a bad review in a very long time.  In fact no dining experience I have ever had has been this abysmal.  Perhaps both the food and the service are better if you order from the main menu.  Perhaps it was just an off day.  Whichever the case I will not be returning.  In a sea full of fish, there is literally other sushi out there.
 
 
 

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Copenhagen International

DØP hot dogs in Copenhagen are dope

Remember the OSCAR MAYOR song? If you do.. congratulations you just dated yourself.  If you live up North then you are probably a Nathan’s hot dog fan and if you live down south you most likely enjoy ballpark franks. Regardless of what your hit dog preference is døp hot dogs will run circles around them. They are literally in a class of their own.

Whoever fed Phil…feed me too

I must say a huge thanks to Phil Rosenthal for recommending this place on the show.  On my recent trip to Copenhagen I went on a scavenger hunt to find døp and see if it truly lived up to the hype. My husband was skeptical all the way up until the first bite.

I ordered a couple of different hot dogs with the intention of getting to try them all. Do you all know he wouldn’t share his? The one that I got him….just stingy. He finished his off and went back for seconds. I don’t know what it is that makes Copenhagen dogs so special. Perhaps it’s the special mustard that complements the sweet pickles or maybe it’s the ketchup?? I don’t know but what I do know is that these døp dogs are dope. You can’t really go wrong with any choice you make. You can get any of the sausages on a bun so you don’t have to feel pressured to get a hot dog instead of a sausage. Additionally, the side of mashed root vegetables that came with the sausage were perfect for my toddler.

Franks are dogs and dogs are weiners so does that mean that Frank is a weiner?

Best hot dogs in Copenhagen at døpDøP hot dog stand“Doggonit” my hot dog is gone
If you are running around the city center be on the lookout for døp I promise you won’t regret it. I’m already looking at flights to get back.
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Dinner England London

Red Dog Saloon Review

Shoreditch London has so many food options to choose from. However given my upbringing I am partial to some good bbq. We stopped by the Red Dog Saloon on our way to visit Boxpark. The vibe was up and the tables were packed. We were escorted downstairs to the additional seating area which was complete with its often full bar. The menu is similar to what you’d expect to see at a bbq spot in the south. There were several brisket options (to include sandwiches), bbq chicken options, smoked sausage, and typical sides of mac and cheese, coleslaw and beans.


Starters

One of the most difficult decisions you make when dining out is whether or not to order a starter aka appetizer.  There is always that off chance that you will get full and not finish your main. I believe that all courses should be enjoyed so I rarely skip starters. Tonight we were battling between ordering the fried pickles and jalapenos or the brisket nachos. Internally I rationalized and decided not to fight over such trivial things??? Order both I said! I love both fried pickles and jalapenos and nachos and with the four of us there will be plenty to share.  Both were delicious, however the brisket topping to chip ratio could have been a little better.  We ordered a second serving of the fried pickles and jalapenos so that let’s you know they were hitting.

 

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Drink Up

 

Don’t forget to order a drink while you wait.. I ordered a mojito and it was the best mojito I think  I’ve ever had.

 

Go Big or Go Home

I went for the most photo worthy flavorful sandwich I could find. Brisket topped with smoked sausage and a fried jalapeno pepper. It was massive both literally and flavor wise. 20190803_2049591582164431562855129.jpg

Sadly, the sides left much to be desired. MY sandwich came with a side of coleslaw and it was hard to distinguish if it was vinegar based or mayo based. I enjoy coleslaw made both ways but this one lacked that umph. I also ordered a side of beans because when one enjoys bbq; ones meal must include beans. I typically get really excited about beans because they are tangy and sweet.  Occasionally they can be a meal all by themselves.  To my disappointment, the beans were just okay…nothing to write home about.

I pride myself on honest and real reviews so I won’t sugar coat it. As difficult as it is to say the sandwiches and starters are great, the sides are not.

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Copenhagen Dinner International Lunch

Hija De Sanchez Tacos

I love tacos! I mean who doesn’t love tacos?  Everyone is always saying Taco Tuesday as if it is a rule.  Well I say to hell with that!  What about the other weekdays?  Taco Monday can totally be a thing. I don’t want to wait until Tuesday to celebrate my tacos.

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Dinner Lunch Oklahoma U.S.A

Oso Tacos OKC

 

DONT TACO BOUT IT BE ABOUT IT

 


When given the option between anything else and tacos… tacos usually win. I haven’t been home in two years and the food scene has changed quite a bit. It is definitely not the same food scene as when I grew up. My sister took me to Oso which is nestled in the artsy Paseo district. Creativity doesn’t just remain on canvas anymore. My mouth was bursting with flavor from the works of art placed in front of me.

 

Our lunch started off with complimentary chips and an order of street corn commonly known as elotas. It wasn’t the best elotas I’ve ever had that came from a food truck. None the less it was very good.

 

LUNCH TIME JUST GOT SERIOUS


Any time you see the words brisket burnt ends you know some serious eats are about to be had….My first taco choice was the afore mentioned brisket burnt ends taco accompanied with a pumpkin seeds and fresh radish and topped with a fried pickle. I grew up on bbq and I love a good brisket. This taco literally spoke to my soul. I loved that it wasn’t over the top with the bbq sauce so you could really taste the brisket. My description probably isn’t going to cut the mustard to here’s the pictures so you can drool for yourself.


 

Up next I decided to tap into my British experience and go for a fish taco. Most fish tacos are a Maui Maui fish but not this one. This fish taco should pretty much be the national dish of England. I must admit I wasn’t expecting too much from this taco but damn! This taco tasted like a taco where the fish was cooked in an English pub and flown directly to my plate. The fish was perfectly breaded, light and fluffy. They topped it with tartar sauce and pickled onions and gently placed it on top of a slaw. All joking aside I nearly bit my thumb off it was that good. And out of all 3 tacos it was my favorite.

Fish tacos


My last taco was a dedication to my vegetarian friends. I’ve made veggie tacos at home with flour tortillas but the use of corn tortillas makes it a little extra special. It was a toss up between the mushroom and the cauliflower but after much debate I chose the cauliflower. It was jam packed with veggies (olives, red bell pepper, chargrilled onions, cilantro,pumpkin seeds and garlic)and overflowing with flavor.Vegetarian taco made with Cauliflower

My mom ordered a burrito and it looked pretty epic. Probably should’ve snuck a bite but I didnt. I guess it leaves me something so look forward to. 

 Oso has definitely earned its rank among best tacos which you can read more about here. Oso was so impressive it is debuting in the number 2 spot. 

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Breakfast and Brunch International

Two Good Eggs Cafe

Want to know the secret to getting over jetlag? An amazing breakfast! Nothing will get me up and moving faster than some delicious vittles.

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Dinner Lunch

NaruOne

My travels have taught me that most major cities have a Chinatown somewhere. Some are big and some are really small, regardless you are instantly immersed in the Asian food and culture right away. During my recent visit to Sydney, Australia I happened to stumble upon their Chinatown (which really pales in comparison to London’s) while we were out exploring and I felt instantly transported. What I didn’t expect to find to in Sydney was Koreatown because usually Chinatown covers everything Asian, yet here I was standing on the corner of Pitt St. heading into Koreatown. If you are anything like me, just the thought of Korean bulgogi puts my tastebuds in a frenzy and I’m instantly salivating. As with any “town” there are multiple food options to choose from and if you aren’t a local you depend heavily on reviews similar to this one for an unbiased opinion. We ultimately chose Naruone because it was rated extremely high for its Korean style fried chicken and it was open late.

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Dinner International Lunch

Nick's Seafood Sydney Darling Harbour

Nestled right in the middle in the Sydney’s Darling Harbour is Nick’s Seafood Restaurant. With so many food options, it would be easy to walk right past this place and chalk it up to another seafood restaurant. I’m here to advise you that if you ever visit Darling Harbor, a meal at Nick’s Seafood Restaraunt is a must. Nick’s has both indoor and outdoor seating, however in the midst of the Australian summer indoor seating is the better of the two options. You are able to enjoy beautiful views, live entertainment, fireworks at night and a nice breeze from the harbor. We were leaving the Sydney aquarium and decided to stop and eat before going back to our hotel. We arrived just before the lunch service was about to end so it wasn’t crowded and the wait staff were very attentive. As usual my husband and I ordered appetizers and mains to give ourselves a broader and better taste of the menu to complete our reviews.
For our entrée, I ordered the Hervey Bay Queensland Scallops. One of the benefits of eating seafood on an Island or in a coastal area is that the seafood is often fresh. Australia is a huge continent/country and here seafood is a part of life. These scallops were seared to perfections and drizzled with a honey soy dressing. A serving of five will cost you $24.00 which may seem expensive but I’ve learned that with food sometimes you really do get what you pay for. If you’ve ever eaten scallops before you know it can go one of three ways. The scallops are either not cooked, too chewy or just right. These scallops literally melted when I bit into them. The honey soy drizzle was perfectly balanced with just the right amount of sweet and salty.

“When in Rome, do as the Romans.

When in Australia, be as wild and adventurous as the outback”.

As I prepared for this trip, I told myself I was going to try some kangaroo. It’s the one thing that you will not be able to get authentically anywhere else. Up until coming to Nick’s seafood, I hadn’t been able to get my hands on some kangaroo and I was afraid as the trip was coming to an end I’d miss my opportunity. However, our impromptu lunch stop provided the chance for this foodie to treat her palette to something exotic. Funny thing is, right when it was time for me to order I almost backed out and went with a safer choice. To be honest I was a little afraid I wouldn’t like it, but boy oh boy am I glad I didn’t let fear keep me from this delicacy. With full mettle, I ordered the Kangaroo Fillet with Tomato Chutney and Chargrilled Herb Polenta and hoped for the best. The picture may or may not do this dish justice depending on if you think it looks delicious.

This kangaroo dish will knock you out. The kangaroo was cooked perfectly, not too tough and not too tender. My suggestion would be to order it cooked medium because well done would make it much too tough. I was able to cut through the fillet with ease with my steak knife. The meat itself had a slight gamey flavor but it wasn’t overbearing. I can honestly say it doesn’t taste like steak. The tomato chutney was amazing and paired well with the meat. It had the perfect amount of sweetness which elevated the kangaroo’s flavor. Lastly, the polenta was fantastic and the perfect compliment to the kangaroo. An complete oxymoron, the polenta was firm yet buttery. When I add the two together it was the perfect harmony. As you can tell from my face, I was in pure bliss. The kangaroo not only met but completely exceeded my expectations.
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FUN FACT: Only 14% of Australians report they eat Kangaroo.

It is a close battle between the squid and the octopus when it comes to who tastes better. It comes as no surprise that calamari will be on a seafood menu, at a minimum as an appetizer. I must admit calamari is always a fan favorite but I think octopus can give calamari a good run for its money. Rarely have I found that octopus is a staple on many restaurant’s menu and I’m not sure why. Whenever we get the chance to eat octopus we take full advantage because it is just that delicious. Lucky for us, Nick’s spared no expense with the portions and we were able to enjoy a hearty size. I mean look at the size of the octopus I’m trying to scarf down LOL!

It’s okay to drool over this mound of octopus… and if you listen closely enough you can practically hear the sizzle on those chargrill marks. Looks scrumptious right? The chargrilled octopus is served with cherry tomatoes atop a basil rocket salad and topped with a balsamic reduction sauce. The main portion is a whopping $38.00 so if you don’t want to spend that much on your meal you are in luck. Nick’s offers the octopus as either an entrée or a main so if you want to try it but wish to go easier on the pockets you have the option. For what it’s worth, this octopus is the second best octopus I’ve had in my life.
Overall, Nick’s Seafood Restaurant in Darling Harbour was a great experience. It was clean, the wait staff helped with recommendations and were very attentive and the view was great. Moreover, it was kid friendly. I’d go back and dine there in a heartbeat.

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Dinner England International

The Brampton Mill

The Brampton Mill is a nice gastropub and restaurant tucked away in Huntingdon.  It backs up to the River Great Ouse which offers a great scenic backdrop.  Built into the building is this really cool water mill which I didn’t get a pic of because it was sooo dark. My husband found this little gem while searching for places that offered a Christmas reveillon (pronounced rev-ee-on) meal.  Last year while visiting New Orleans we had our first experience of a Christmas Reveillon which is a really fancy dinner that usually includes 3-4 courses.  To prevent me from misquoting how the tradition started, you can learn more about it by reading this article.  Considering that our first experience was so wonderful, my husband started the hunt to find a restaurant that offered the meal  (seeing as how we are so close to France and all).
The setting in The Brampton Mill was perfect, intimate yet homey.  There was a bar with lounge seating in front of a fireplace.  The smell of burning wood really set the holiday feeling in motion.  The restaurant was extremely family friendly as there were quite a few children dining and they offered a children’s menu- a huge thumbs up.  We chose to order from the Holiday Menu as opposed to their regular menu well because that was the point of the trip right?

First Course

My husband and I always order different meals, mostly because he is a weirdo and doesn’t like people to order the same thing as him.  I also order separate because it allows me to try more of the menu when I stick my fork in his dish too lol.  I decided to go with the thyme-roasted portobello mushrooms and he chose the severn & Wye smoked salmon.
 

The dish name is deceiving because it doesn’t include all of the scrumptious deliciousness that is in that mini cast iron skillet.  Aside from the fact that the mushrooms are roasted with thyme which makes them awesome in itself.  The mushrooms are basking in a chestnut puree with melted raclette cheese.  I’ve never had raclette cheese let alone chestnut puree but man oh man I could have kissed the chef. Served on the side are toasted ciabatta slices to sop up all that yummy sauce.
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My husband was gracious enough to allow me to taste his appetizer. It is really hard to describe the taste other than creamy and fresh.  The salmon was mixed in a cute glass mason type jar and was more like a spread, hence the reason I added it to some ciabatta. It was mixed in a Devon crab creme fraiche with pickled beetroot. I’ve had a few salmon dips/spreads in my time but none like this.  I am not sure if this is included on their regular menu but it was a light and refreshing way to start the course.
The Brampton Mill will most definitely be placed in our “go-to” restaurant categories.  I cannot wait until Spring comes around and we can dine outside next to the river.

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Copenhagen Dinner Florida Lunch Oklahoma

Top 5 Taco Spots

Everyone knows tacos give life a new meaning. The taco scene has been heating up lately. Street taco trucks are taking over the streets in many cities. The new Netflix series Taco City focuses on many styles of tacos especially the Al Pastor taco. I’m sure at this point it seems that tacos have been covered a million times but Mettlefork wants it’s lion share of delicious tacos too. My list is ever changing so be sure to check back from time to time. As I discover a new taco spot that is worthy of the top 5 I want to share that with you. I know there are many places out there that echo what Ludacris says “I’m coming for that number 1 spot”. Mettlefork is here for it..I live tacos. If you think someone is deserving of the list let me know in the comments below.
I present the current top 5 taco spots:
Number 1. Hija de Sanchez Tacos – Copenhagen, Denmark
You’ll need your passport to get to these tacos but they are so good they are worth the plan ride. To see the full review click here.
Number 2. Capital Tacos – Tampa, Fl

“Keep it Capital”

There are several Capital One Taco spots located throughout the greater Tampa Bay Region. Their taco options are vast and there is a special taco out there for everyone. Check out more here
Number 3. Oso – (Paseo) OKC, Oklahoma

These tacos are O so special

Located in the artsy district of Oklahoma City, tacos have become Oso’s masterpiece.  Their fish taco will blow you out the water. For a full review click here.
Number 4. Fuzzy’s Taco – Tampa, Fl
I realize they are a chain but that doesn’t mean they don’t serve up good tacos. Stop by and give them a chance.
Number 5. Tijuana Flats – Tampa,Fl
From the sick vibes and wall art down ton their crunchy tacos. Tijuana flats is definitely worth a try. They also have about 20 hot sauces to choose from if you are brave enough.
Taco lovers unite!

Drool….