Mazarati Pizza Quality over at Piatti!

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The word “pizza” is thought to have come from the Latin word pinsa, meaning flatbread (although there is much debate about the origin of the word).

A legend suggests that Roman soldiers gained a taste for Jewish Matzoth while stationed in Roman occupied Palestine and developed a similar food after returning home. However a recent archeological discovery has found a preserved Bronze Age pizza in the Veneto region. By the Middle Ages, these early pizzas started to take on a more modern look and taste. The peasantry of the time used what few ingredients they could get their hands on to produce the modern pizza dough and topped it with olive oil and herbs. The introduction of the Indian Water Buffalo gave pizza another dimension with the production of mozzarella cheese. Even today, the use of fresh mozzarella di buffalo in Italian pizza cannot be substituted. While other cheeses have made their way onto pizza (usually in conjunction with fresh mozzarella), no Italian Pizzeria would ever use the dried shredded type used on so many American pizzas. (lifeinitaly.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Piatti – San Jose, Ca – Rivermark Plaza

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

9

Recommended Dishes: 

Chicken Pizza

I have that itch right now…

That ooey gooey cheese leaking craving for some pizza itch.

Where can I satisfy this beast within me?

How about an Italian restaurant packed with glamor and pizazz?

Why not Piatti’s!

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Get your Taste Buds on Guard for a Lashing of Flavor at Back a Yard!

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Caribbean cuisine echoes the culinary influences of Africa, France, Spain, India, Holland and Asia; in these water-soaked, tropical locales, fresh fruits and vegetables make up a large portion of the Caribbean diet. Caribbean food includes all of your favorites; seafood, chicken and steak, prepared with the flavorful and colorful ingredients of the Islands.

The Arawak, Carib, and Taino “Indians” were the first inhabitants of the Caribbean Islands. Their daily diet consisted of vegetables and fruits such as papaya, yams, guavas, and cassava. The Taino started the process of cooking meat and fish in large clay pots. The Carib Indians introduced spices and lemon juice to their meat and fish recipes. The Caribbean Sea was named after this tribe, who are said to have prepared the first pepper pot stew.

Once the Europeans brought African slaves into the region, the Caribbean became the crossroads to the world. The slaves’ diet consisted mostly of food the slave owners did not want to eat. So the slaves had to be inventive, and they blended their traditional African foods with staples found on the islands. The Africans introduced okra, callaloo, fish cakes, saltfish, ackee, pudding and mangos, to name a few. Presently, most Caribbean Island natives eat a diet that is reflective of these main ingredients found in original African dishes.

After slavery was abolished, the Europeans went to India and China for labor, and more cooking styles were introduced. The Chinese introduced rice and mustard, and the early Portuguese sailors introduced the popular codfish. Spain introduced fruit trees such as orange, ginger, plantains, figs, date palms, sugar cane, grapes, tamarinds and coconuts, and The Americas are responsible for introducing beans, corn, squash, potatoes, tomatoes, and chili pepper. Foods served in the Caribbean islands have been influenced by the cultures of the world, but each island adds its own special flavor and cooking technique.(phillyreef.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Back a Yard – San Jose, Ca

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

Absolute 10!

Recommended Dishes: 

OxTails, Fried Chicken Wings, Collard Greens

If you like Jamaican, Caribbean or Soul Food then you need to buckle your seats and be prepared to witness a phenomenon of utmost satisfaction..

Cuisine that will fulfill every nasty and disgusting desire you may have.

The Cream of the Crop..

The Mona Lisa..

Excalibur!!!

I’m talking a restaurant that has a menu pleasing to the eye and such great flavor that it is also pleasing to the soul.

I’m talking about a restaurant sitting in the heart of downtown San Jose called Back a Yard!

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Grilling at its Best for Whatever you Choose at GEN Korean BBQ…

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Bulgogi literally means fire meat — bul is fire and gogi is meat in Korean. This savory dish, typically thinly sliced beef marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, garlic, ginger, onion, sugar (or honey), sesame oil and black pepper, is grilled in front of you at the table, with sliced leeks and mushrooms. It’s served with side dishes of cooked or pickled vegetables that range from crunchy and cool to sharp, tangy and spicy.

Until recently, bulgogi was considered a celebration dish, eaten on birthdays and at weddings or served to guests. Only a couple of decades ago, in fact, a bulgogi meal was worth bragging about to friends, at least for kids.

But with South Korea’s rising fortunes, the dish has become an everyday staple, found in practically every Korean food venue, from fast-food joints to fancy four-star restaurants. “Bulgogi is easy to make and everyone can enjoy” it, says Kim Hyun-sik, a chef at Samwon Garden restaurant in Seoul. (wsj.com)

Today’s Restaurant

GEN Korean BBQ – San Jose, Ca

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

8.5 because it is a little pricey for the food.

Recommended Dishes: 

GEN BEEF BULGOGI,SPICY CHICKEN,GEN CAJUN SHRIMP

We Americans love barbecue!

If it’s raining, let’s barbecue..

Looks like a storm coming, let’s barbecue..

I just heard an alarm that a hurricane is coming, let’s barbecue..

Not only Americans love barbecue but also my Korean brothers as well..

I found a great place to sizzle up some delicious fiddles over at GEN Korean BBQ.

Let’s talk about it. ..

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They hit the Bullseye Right on the Dot over at The Sandwich Spot!

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1st Century B.C. -The first recorded sandwich was by the famous rabbi, Hillel the Elder, who lived during the 1st century B.C. He started the Passover custom of sandwiching a mixture of chopped nuts, apples, spices, and wine between two matzohs to eat with bitter herbs. The filling between the matzohs served as a reminder of the suffering of the Jews before their deliverance from Egypt and represented the mortar used by the Jews in their forced labor of constructing Egyptian buildings. Because he was the first known person to do this, and because of his influence and stature in Palestinian Judaism, this practice was added to the Seder and the Hillel Sandwich was named after him.

6th to 16th Century – During the Middle Ages, thick blocks of coarse stale bread called trenchers were used in place of plates. Meats and other foods were piled on top of the bread to be eaten with their fingers and sometimes with the aid of knives. The trenchers, thick and stale, absorbed the juice, the grease, and the sauces. At the end of the meal, one either ate the trencher or, if hunger had been satisfied, tossed the gravy-soaked bread to their dogs or given as alms to less fortunate or poor human. Alms were clothing, food, or money that is given to poor people: In the past, people thought it was their religious duty to give alms to the poor. Trenchers were clearly the forerunner of our open-face sandwiches.(whatscookingamerica.net)

Today’s Restaurant

The Sandwich Spot – Sunnyvale, Ca

Average Cost

Under $10

Rating (1-10)

9

Recommended Dishes: 

The Rockin Rueben or Sandwich of your choice

Sandwiches are a staple that us Americans love to enjoy. Funny thing is not every culture even knows what it is or even how to eat one.

It can be mysterious, spooky, and a riddle to the mind.

I remember some years back when I took my wife out to get a sandwich and she had no idea how to hold a sandwich or even the proper biting styles.

All the meat and fixings kept falling out and I had to show her how to hold it. She is better now but still lacks that finesse of someone born and raised eating sandwiches and burgers.

I also saw a documentary where some tribal people in a foreign country were given hamburgers for the 1st time.

Meat between bread nearly blew their minds. You can check out that video here.

Anywho…

Today we’ll talk about this new found heavenly location of delight and sustenance called The Sandwich Spot...

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