Reviewing Arizona’s Eateries Serra Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse 16160 N 83rd Ave, Peoria 2-14-18 First impression: 3 out of 5 croutons. There is a large bar area to the side, and the hostess station is right in front The ambiance: 1 out of 5 croutons. The many tables are so close together that you must inch […]
Coin-Operated Critic #3 – Top Shelf Mexican Food
Reviewing Arizona’s eateries. Top Shelf, 35th and Peoria Avenue, Phoenix 2-17-18 First impression: 3 out of 5 croutons. The lobby was spacious, with a fountain in the center. Lots of cheerful disembodied voices greeted us as we were seated immediately. The ambiance: 3 out of 5 croutons. Nothing special here. It is the same as […]
Coin Operated Critic – Reviewing Arizona’s eateries.
Mike and Ronda’s “The Place,” Glendale 1-28-18 First impression: 4 out of 5 croutons. The entrance was crowded, with foodies waiting inside and out. Our name was taken, and we were obliged to sit and wait. Ugh. The ambiance: 4 out of 5 croutons. I really liked the wooden lodge look. We sat on beautiful […]
Announcing Coin-Operated Critic
A New Feature: Guest Posts Reviewing Arizona’s Eateries. Macaroni Grill 1-27-2018 Dear fellow foodies, I had high hopes for this one. I am probably the last person in the city to dine there. First impression: 3 out of 5 croutons. The entrance was bright, and the hostess was directly in front of us. We were […]
Pass the Christmas Turtle
Professor Ione D. would be fascinated to hear this one. I first heard this story on on the NPR program “All Things Considered.” It concerned a chef in the north of England who has been recreating Christmas dinners of centuries past. Ivan Day is a food historian who disdains the “boring” turkey of the modern […]
Native American Cuisine: A Time-Traveling Guest Post from Professor Ione D.
Good day to all! I am writing this during my journey to the American West. I always enjoy my quests here. The people are friendly and the homemade food is a divine pleasure. One of the main characters in Vaughn Treude’s latest book Fidelio’s Automata, is Tallulah Hightower, a Choctaw Indian opera singer. This inspired […]
LEMON-COCONUT DELIGHT – A Time-Traveling Guest Post by Professor Ione D.
Good day to you, my dear readers. My excursions have landed me back safely in New York. My travel by dirigible from Cuba was a strategic decision, as I wanted to meet the elusive Arietta Trodella, whom I heard had accepted a position aboard the Suwanee Maiden. She is one of the most sought-after confectioners […]