Saturday, February 02, 2013

Your Pie, Fleming Island, FL

1545 County Road 220, Suite #125
Fleming Island, Florida 32003

Spotted in Fleming Island today: A new pizza restaurant under construction called Your Pie. It's on the right corner of the Winn Dixie shopping center. Your Pie's Facebook page says they'll open in March of 2013. Their menu of salads, paninis, custom pizzas, sorbet and gelato sounds tempting! Seeing vegan, vegetarian  , dairy free and gluten free options on Your Pie's menu is further incentive for me to try it out. 

*02/19/2013: The opening date will be March 15, 2013. 
"Your Pie. Express Your Inner Pizza"

Friday, February 01, 2013

Bad saganaki

I had lunch at a restaurant today (we'll call it Restaurant X). I ordered Greek saganaki as an appetizer, because I've been craving it since I was in Norfolk over the Christmas holiday (I didn't get a chance to visit my beloved Orapax for my usual saganaki fix.) What arrived at my table was a culinary catastrophe: the greasiest, saddest lump of low quality cheese I've ever seen. The saganaki looked like someone fished a hunk of cheese from the bottom of a deep fryer. I had two tiny bites and couldn't eat more. It was just a mouthful of oil. Gross. This was nothing like the hot, delicious saganaki I eat at Orapax, which is set aflame table side and extinguished with fresh squeezed lemon.

Restaurant X took the appetizer off my bill, which I appreciated. But I will never order saganaki from them again. I'm going to stick with Orapax when I want freshly prepared saganaki. Substitutions = no dice, buddy.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookie Cake

"Temptingly moist vanilla cake is surrounded by chocolate buttercream icing and topped with real Milano cookie crumbles."

The ride home jostled the cake a bit. 

Today I bought a Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookie Cake from the Pepperidge Farm Thrift Store in Jacksonville. I've been interested in taste testing Pepperidge Farm's Milano cookie cake since August.There is also a chocolate chunk cookie cake available; I might buy that next time. 

The Milano cake was vanilla with chocolate buttercream icing. I enjoyed the moist and fluffy cake. The icing was thick, rich and broke off into chunks of fudge when I cut the cake. I think the buttercream was more solid and candy-like than other Pepperidge Farm frostings I've had in the past. However, I was disappointed by the Milano cookie chunks. There weren't many cookie pieces on top of the cake. The Milanos were too soft and crumbly to taste, unless I scraped a piece off. 

Would I buy this cake again ? You bet. The cookies didn't add to or take away from the cake; but other than that, it was a fabulous cake sure to satisfy one's chocolate cake cravings.