Jan's Homemade Candies

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Who loves Chocolate?  Admittedly, I have a sweet tooth and a weakness for chocolate; I love the word chocolate and the way it sounds when spoken.  It even sounds delicious in other languages.  It doesn’t even matter to me if it’s dark or milk chocolate, and even white chocolate is wonderful.  The versatility and uses of chocolate, including medicinal, is amazing and limited only by one’s imagination and culinary expertise.  

It’s great all by itself, and enhances just about anything it gets near, be it fruit, nuts, Ice Cream, Red Wine, other types of chocolate, or anything else you might consider.  As yucky as it might sound to some, it is considered a delicacy in some cultures to cover certain varieties of insects with chocolate.  Personally, I’ll pass on that.

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Mario The Baker; Real Pizza in Royal Palm Beach

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Being from Boston, I have a thing for pizza.  If you’re from there or almost anywhere in the Northeast, you can appreciate my frustration at not being able to find a decent pizza in Florida or almost anywhere else in the country; sorry Chicago.

I moved to Florida a number of years ago, and I do love living here, but I have say, no matter where I’ve travelled in the state, good pizza is a rare find.  I don’t understand this either, because I know that enough really good pizza chefs from up north have moved down here.

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Vic and Angelos....Dining out in Delray Beach

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I had a chance to walk up and down Atlantic Ave. in Del Ray Beach last night.  We weren’t sure where to eat, but we wanted a place that was decent and quiet.  So, my very lovely date and I did a sort of eeny, meeny, miney, mo and decided to visit Vic and Angelo’s.  It has an inviting entrance with gas lit torches, and the aroma emanating from within was enticing.

We both immediately liked the ambiance and we were shown a comfortable and quiet table.  Our waitress, Debbie, was very pleasant and attentive enough to make sure we had what we wanted and needed without pestering us.  In a word, she was excellent.

It was sort of late when we arrived and neither of us was starving so we both opted for the Spinach Salad with Cranberries and Gorgonzola Cheese, and we ordered a stuffed Artichoke.

The salads were proportioned perfectly and the presentation was great.  We both liked the dressing and were doing okay until we realized, at the exact same moment the only problem with the salad; the mushrooms were canned.  I found that very surprising for a restaurant on the Avenue.  While a tad on the dry side, the artichoke was reminiscent of those prepared by my mum way back in the day, and I liked it for the memory.

Vic’s is set right at the busy RR Tracks and during dinner, two fairly long trains rumbled through.  For me, this wasn’t a problem at all because I’ve always liked trains and I’m still very much a kid at heart.  However, if trains aren’t your thing, this could be an issue since there is a lot of activity.

Overall, I enjoyed the experience and plan on revisiting in the coming months to try a pizza and a meatball.  Definitely a nice place for a family and the prices won’t set you back a whole lot.  I would recommend this place, however, because of the mushrooms, I give Vic and Angelo’s a 3.8 on my scale of 5. 

You’ll find them at 290 East Atlantic Ave., they can be reached at 561 278 9570, and their website is www.vicandangelos.com.  

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Kitchenetta

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Nona’s Meatballs!  That’s what Victor said after the first bite of the best meatballs I’ve had in years, and maybe ever.  A very close friend of mine and I have been to Kitchenetta in Ft. Lauderdale on several occasions, and we’ve been raving about it to Victor, who is my friend’s dad, for months.  Bear in mind that we’re all very spoiled, ‘Guido food snobs’ from Boston and not usually impressed by any of the marginal swill that passes for Italian food in Florida.

Anyway, we started with the Tomatoes and Homemade Mozzarella, the Steamed Mussels, Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary, the Zucca Zia Nina, (which is Grilled Peppers, Soprasats, and Sausich, and is no longer on the menu, but they do offer it as a special once in a while) and the Meatballs.  By the way, I had to restrain myself from eating all of the Zucca Zia Nina, because that just screams to be wolfed down with some great Italian bread, and enjoyed with a glass of fine Chianti.  My friend took home what little was left with plans of buying a crusty loaf at a local bakery and enjoying what I know had to be a killer lunch the next day.

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Lunch...Cafeteria Style in Palm Beach Gardens

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Where to go for lunch?!  More and more often I find the need to meet for a casual business lunch.  As often as not, those lunches take place in the northern stretches of the county and I find myself needing a mostly quiet place to talk and spread things out.  

Naturally, we like to enjoy a decent meal as well, so I have found myself in the cafeteria at Christ Fellowship Church on Northlake Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens.  Not where most people might think of, but it is excellent.

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