Furin...Japanese for Great Sushi

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After helping a friend move some stuff a couple of weeks ago, we were both pretty much starving, so dinner was in order.  Where to go?  Pizza, a pub, Chick Fil A, McYuckie’s...we considered a lot of possibilities and then she remembered a little Sushi place down the road a piece.  I have to say, even though Sushi isn’t usually my first choice, I’m real glad she did remember it.

We visited 'Furin’ in Delray Beach, (seems I’ve been finding myself in Delray a lot lately) anyway, Furin offers a very intimate setting with only about 8 tables, and a few seats at the sushi bar.  The menu would be extensive if this place was the size of Benny Hana’s; it is more outrageous, in a very good way, considering the size of the place.  I have to point out that this is NOT exclusively a Sushi place; one can also enjoy some 'typical' Asian/American fare as well.

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Scuola Vecchia Pizza at Delray Beach

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We took a drive down to Delray Beach a couple of weeks ago to visit Scuola Vecchia Pizza.  Living way up in unincorporated West Palm Beach, I don’t deliberately make the drive to Downtown Delray that often, however a lot of people have been raving about this place which only opened a little over a year ago.  

I kind of wish they hadn’t been raving so much, because, maybe unfairly to the place, I allowed myself to set my expectations very high, and while it was decent, (and this isn’t a trashing)….meh, it was kind of like a first date; I either can’t wait until I see her again or don’t really care if I ever do, and this was one of those times.  

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'Mom's' the word for Diners

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Ever since I can remember, I've always liked Meatloaf with a big scoop of any kind of mashed potatoes, (Red Skin, Garlic, Yukon, Idaho; I ain't fussy) drowning in a bath of good, rich, smooth, (because lumpy gravy doesn't work for me) brown gravy with maybe a side of green beans or peas and carrots.  And please keep a bowl of nice, fresh, warm bread and butter on the table.  It's just good old fashioned, unpretentious, American comfort food.  While it is sort of difficult to mess up this American staple, I have had it where the best I could say was "it didn't suck."  Even grits taste so much better when you just make it using Meatloaf wrapped in Bacon......perfect every time.  LOL

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Want Crabs? Think Rustic Inn Crabhouse

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Yummy!  No, no, messy!  No wait, let's go with yummy.  Those are my thoughts after having dined recently at the Rustic Inn Crabhouse in Ft. Lauderdale.  A friend of mine had been raving about this place almost the way I rave about my favorite Italian place just down the road a piece from there.  Like me, she's a 'foody' from up north; Jersey that is, so if she says it's good, it's good, and I know I'm in for a treat.  As always, she was right.  Fugedaboudit.

We arrived around 8:00 on a rainy Saturday evening, and even though the place was still pretty packed, we got a spot at a table immediately.  By the way, if you don't like 'picnic' style dining, this place may not work for you because you are almost certainly going to be sitting with others.   Some other things to consider, and this is for the guys; since you'll be eating with your fingers and hands, not to mention everyone gets a crab busting mallet, this may not be a good place for a first date.  Lots of garlic and other funky colored stuff that can get caught between your teeth, you don't want to get all dressed up, wearing a raincoat is a thought, and you may need a shower afterwards.  Also, the parking lot isn't well suited for drainage; so if it looks like rain when you plan a visit, bring the duck waders.  Other than that, excellent.

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Utopia Latin American Grill & Lounge

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One of my favorite things to do is visit new restaurants, and I had the opportunity once again about two weeks ago during a political event. 

Driving by, you might not even know 'Utopia' was even there, but it is very much worth going a bit out of your way for.  Recently opened by Alvaro Cervera, the Latin American Grill and Lounge inside Utopia offers its diners a full range of items.  On the evening we were there, they limited the menu to only a fish dish, and a steak.  They also offered a slice of cheesecake for dessert. 

I wasn't really hungry, so I just ordered dessert, and I also sampled a small piece of the Churrasco marinated skirt steak, which was just to die for.  Perfectly seasoned and cooked, it left me wishing that I'd ordered one for myself.

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