Getting Freaky with Potatoes? Potato Freak!

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Did the name get your attention? It got mines!  One of my friend’s has a thing for eating at places with interesting names and she wanted to give this spot a try.  I’m glad we did!

This family friendly restaurant and café located in Somerville puts a spin on your average potato eating adventure.  Opened Monday through Saturday 7am to 10pm and Sunday opening at 8am this location features their main menu of all day items and a breakfast menu.

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I visited on a Saturday morning, craving something different, meanwhile my friend want to be more traditional.  A perfect setting mix to share meals!  Given a menu with a variety of soups, salads, burgers, burritos, baked potatoes and Swiss cuisines Potato Freak covers a nice variation with cultures.  Prices range from $3 to $16 making eatery a non “pocket breaker” establishment.

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I ordered the Bacalao Rostie Potato, one of their popular choices.  Rostie is a potato pie from Switzerland that has a crunchy golden brown crust with melted cheese on the inside with other fillings.  The bacalao was filled with codfish (bacalao), olives, onions, mozzarella, and cream cheese.  Exciting!  I love codfish so I was thrilled to see how this combination would work.   My friend got the Strawberry French Toast, a Texas toast topped with fresh strawberries and powdered sugar.  This was going to be a potential clash for my taste buds, but I was up to the challenge.

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With a $15 minimum Potato Freak has no problem bringing your order to your bedroom!  Well, not literally, but they do deliver to your home or office.

Any rostie comes with a fresh house side salad.  For me, the best part of the salad were the croutons.  They were chewy with a slight crunch.  This was a perk since usually croutons can be too crunchy for me, causing me to flick them to the side of my salad.

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With sips of water in between I went in for my friends’ French toast.  I was impressed.  The thick Texas toast was cooked to a proper texture leaving the bread chewy with no crunch.  The strawberries were sliced perfectly and distributed atop with powdered sugar AND cinnamon playfully sprinkled.  Each bite contained all elements.  So good.

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Next I tried out my bacalao.  The creation was surprisingly delicious.  Not only was the cod distinct in the dish, but the salt from the olives really added to the flavor.  With the mix of cheeses oozing throughout the potato pie I was filled in a matter of minutes and had to take half of it home.  My sister wasn’t mad about that part!

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This location definitely placed a twist on my concept of the typical potato meal.  Yes they have French Fries but why have that when you can get some Swiss Hash!?  Next time I visit I’m having a Baked Potato filled with Chili and Nachos.  Yes, this is an option!  Enjoy!

Potato Freak

102 Washington Street

Somerville, MA 02143

781-823-1773

http://www.potatofreak.com

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Junie’s Restaurant!

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I’m one of those consumers who when they see something on TV they have to try it.  For instance, if a restaurant is featured in a film, I want to try it out.  I mean, what made this place mentionable?  That’s what brought me visit Junie’s Caribbean Cuisine in Miami Gardens.

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Scene from “Shottas” filmed in 2002 at Junie’s Restaurant

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From the film “Shottas” in 2002

Featured in one of Jamaica’s well-known movies from 2002, “Shottas” Junie’s has a variety of Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner 7 days a week. Opened Monday thru Thursday 9am to 8pm, Friday & Saturday from 9am to 9pm and Sunday from 10am to 6pm customers can call ahead with their order.  Everyday there’s a different special, for instance there’s Soul Food Friday, where the specials of the day are, “BBQ Chicken & BBQ Ribs, Macaroni & Cheese, Chicken Soup, Potato Salad, Jerk Chicken, and Stew Peas (red kidney beans boiled out in water with seasoning added)”.  I like the idea that they have this variety of food, considering a lot of people wouldn’t think of a Jamaican restaurant carrying soul food.

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Their daily menu consists of Oxtail, Curry Goat, Brown Stew Fish, and Brown Stew Chicken.  I would recommend calling ahead if one wanted something more specific (like Jerk Chicken) but to me, the idea of having oxtail, brown stew chicken and curry goat available at ALL TIMES is AMAZING!  Coming from a Jamaican family I must say those are party staples. Worried about price?  Typically around $12 can get you medium plate of food consisting of meat, rice and vegetables.

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I stopped by on a Tuesday where the specials were cowfoot and fish soup.  For whatever reason I skipped the fish soup and tried their Banana Porridge, which was written on the board for the day.

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First PLUS about this porridge was the size.  It came in a 20oz cup.  That’s pretty big and cost only $3.50!  The consistency was great; no large lumps!  This lightly sweetened, typical breakfast entrée was a good filler upper without needing to chew.  I know that sounds lazy but it’s so true!

When I return to Florida I hope I can visit on a Saturday where one of the specials is Goat Head Soup!  Don’t knock it til you try it!

Although Miss June has pasted on, her name will live on in Miami.

To Junie’s, big up!  Keep yuh hand Sweet!

Junie’s Caribbean Cuisine

18400 NW 2nd Ave

Miami, FL 33169-4536

(305) 654-2955

Rosie’s Bar And Grill!

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Heading into South Florida I had no idea on where to go, where’s popular, and most importantly how far away good food would be.  Luckily for me, I met a lovely man by the name of Patricio who gave me some help on where to turn once my plane landed in Ft. Lauderdale.  One place he mentioned and swore by was Rosie’s.

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Did they say FREE?

Formerly known as Hamburger Mary’s, Rosie’s has been a mini getaway from the world in Wilton Manors since 2002.  From the moment you hand over your keys for complementary valet your wrapped in a colorful, casual, upbeat paradise.  All that’s missing is your personal cabana boy (or girl) but you have a server, unless you’re at the bar.  DJ James keeps the jams pouring in with anything from Top 40 to throwbacks from the 80’s on Friday thru Sunday.  This gay-cultured, family-friendly gem deserves more recognition than I can give.   Opened 7 days a week Rosie’s keeps the city vibrant.

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Rockin’ DJ

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Known for having one of the best Sunday Brunches in the area from 10am to 2pm (my staple), I went with my coolpix snapshot camera and had Saturday Brunch.  Funny enough I reconnected with Patricio who walked in about 30 seconds before I did.  Small world.

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Best Shirt! “Trust Me, Your Gonna Need Both HANDS!”

I love their cheeky menu headings and items like, “Big ‘Dicts” for all items eggs benedict and a “She BOP Wrap”.  With a very affordable menu, inviting atmosphere, and friendly/happy staff members I can see how and why customers keep coming back.  Main items are priced between $6.50 and $12.95.  Sides are between $1.50 and $4.95.

And then there are the drinks.

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For Brunch a Ultimat Bloody Mary’s is $3, Mimosa’s are $5, and Cruzan VooDoo Buckets, made up of 3 rums, are $10.  Deal!  Want Beer? They have BUCKETS of 5 beers between $8 and $12!

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Pink Palm Trees on the Wall 🙂

I decided I’d get something different (I wanted the Goldie Lox since I love Egg Bene with Salmon) and went with the Double Decker Banana Cream Pie.  This breakfast slash dessert contained as their menu states, “Fresh, homemade and ohhh soooo silky banana cream and sliced bananas stuffed between 2 big Belgian waffles, and topped with whipped cream”. That was a mouthful!  I had to try one of their mimosa’s and also their Screw-mosa (a mimosa with vodka).

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First thing I loved on the waffles was the whipped cream.  Fluffy and light in body.  The whole thing was sweet and satisfying.  The custard was thick and sweet, like pudding.  The bananas were cut a nice size, not too thick so it didn’t clash.  The waffles were a nice golden color with a home-style taste.  I couldn’t even finish it.  So sad since it was sooooo good.  My mimosa was standard but my Screw-mosa hit the spot!

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My mimosa

Rosie’s was an experience I will never forget.  I met lovely people, both guest and employee’s that made my vacation to Florida amazing, even if only for a few hours.  Rosie’s is great for food, drinks, or the combination.  I can’t wait to return hopefully in a few months and reconnect again.  Stay fabulous!

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Rosie’s Bar and Grill

2449 Wilton Drive

Wilton Manors, FL 33305

954-563-0123

http://www.rosiesbarandgrill.com/

Bubble T-Zone!!!

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Free Wifi!  Bubble Tea!  Umm, YES!!!

Back in high school I would travel to Harvard Square Cambridge to get a yummy boba slushy from one of my favorite locations.  Thankfully, Bubble T-Zone opened up my graduation year (yup) and now I can go in my backyard for a treat.

Located in Dorchester since 2006, Bubble T-Zone is my convenient go to for the tapioca (bubble or boba) gummy snacks within my slushy or shake.  Open 6 days a week from 10:30am to 6:30pm, closed on Tuesdays, T-Zone offers, “a variety of beverages including shakes, slushes, smoothies and coffee” as stated on their website.  Slushes and Shakes are $3.25 while Smoothies are $3.50. They also offer special desserts like flan, whole coconut pudding, and coco-pandan waffle.  Specialty items are between $1.75 and $4.95.  Want something less complex? Ice cream and ice cream sundaes are available.

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This cozy advanced coffee shop has a mini seating area, a tv, and did I mention free wifi?

I LOVE boba!  Of course you can go there and get a beverage without tapioca balls if it’s not your thing, but if you like living on the edge, give it a try.  They even have a stamp card; buy 8 get the 9th one free!

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Flavored Boba

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I’ve tried their Strawberry Slushy, an Avocado Shake (amazing!), and today I’m having a Mango Slushy with boba.  So refreshing.  I love that you not only see them making your slushy, but you also can watch the sealing process.  So cool.  Wish I could get one in my house.

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Insta Mango Slushy

What a great way to continue the day.

Suck it up, chew it up, love it!

Bubble T-Zone

1082 Dorchester Ave

Dorchester, MA 02125

(617) 314-9587

http://www.bubbletzone.com/