Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Sinbad's Mediterranean

I've had two experiences eating the awesome Lebanese food served at Sinbad's this past month.

The first experience was two and a half weeks ago. I ate in the actual location on Park Avenue in Rochester, N.Y. I was recommended to try the vegetarian chili and the baba ganoush wrap. Oh, it was amazingly tasty. I had expected the baba ganoush to be cold, but it was nice and warm as the wrap was toasted. What a heavenly taste. Too good to eat quickly. Must be eaten slowly. The baba ganoush also is slightly chunky rather than totally pureed, which gives it texture and more taste.

The second experience I had eating their food was at the college. The college had ordered in and delivered it in for lunch the other day. It was a full spread- we had dolmades, hummus with pita bread, baba ganoush, tabuloeh, falafel, Greek salad, and incomplete without baklava.

A few months ago, we had forgotten about Sindbad's and purchased a few dozen baklavah at Mykono's Cafe for a party. They were very heavy and filling. But the baklavahs from Sinbad's were light and flaky. I recommend if you're new to Rochester, New York and want baklavahs buy them from Sinbad's. No one can resist Sinbad's baklavahs!

Food Rating (Sinbad's): 8 out of 10
Service Rating (Sinbad's): 8 out of 10
Hot Chocolate Rating (Sinbad's): 3 out of 10

Find the locations:

719 Park Ave, Rochester, NY - (585) 473-5655
Directions to Sinbad's

3423 Winton Pl, Rochester, NY(585) 475-0040
Directions to Mykono's

Denny's, Fishers, NY

Restaurant Review by Jennifer Kumar.

We went to eat breakfast at Denny's near Victor, NY the other day.

For the most part, we have avoided Denny's for being remembered as an oily spoon kind of joint- too much oil for one person to handle in one meal! When finishing the meal, I could literally see my reflection in the plate in the oily residue left behind.

Things we liked:
* Happy to admit, the quantity of oil used in our meals was much less than anticipated.
* We also liked the variety of breakfast choices. I had french toast and he had veggie omelet.
* I had a tasty new berry blended drink on the menu called
New Very Double Berry.
* The service was fast and courteous in spite of the amazingly full house.
* Affordable, and a coupon deal on top of that!

To find/contact:

7503 Main
Fishers, NY 14453
(585) 924-9270
Directions to Denny's, Fishers, NY

Tim Horton's

Restaurant Review by Jennifer Kumar.

I actually had never thought of entering 'fast food' restaurants in this blog, but here I am entering Tim Horton's.

Tim Horton's is a coffee/drinks/donuts/sandwiches shop. I think it originated in Canada, and previously it was only in Buffalo, but it has spread throughout Rochester.

I used to really like Tim Horton's coffee, but now I really like their Hot Chocolate, hot apple cider, and iced capp in the summer. I know the Hot Chocolate mix has high fructose corn syrup, which is generally banned in our house, but we have to have the 'Timmy boy's" brand and mix it up with Bru Coffee (flavored with chicory) for our 'coffee chocolate. It's just too good to say no to.

So, the other day I went there and had a spiced hot apple cider, egg salad sandwich, soup and smile cookie (proceeds go to a charity). The cookie was amazing. Of course, so was everything else. So far I have no complaints of Tim Horton's. Service is always very prompt and friendly. Plus, if I really have to use the restroom and a Timmy boy's is near by, I know I can trust the cleanliness to use their restroom!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Cheesecake Factory, Pittsford NY

Restaurant Review by Jennifer Kumar.

Today is our second visit to this eatery.

First time we came during afternoon, around 3pm to avoid rush. We had corn cakes- which were very good. I had eggplant burger, which was not what I expected it to be and would not want it again. I forgot what hubby had.

Today we went for Sunday Brunch. I had California Omelet. He had Joe's special. We both had baguette and breakfast potatoes as sides. The potatoes were good, but interestingly sitting in a puddle of oil. We were both surprised how much oil was left on the plate while and after eating the potatoes. His egg was scrambled, mine was omelet style with the items folded in (not added in the egg batter). My egg was very very yellow. It almost blinded me. Some people prefer this yellow color, I do not. It kind of freaked me out. The inside ingredients were OK. I could eat only half. (I should admit about an hour after leaving, I realized that one ingredient was supposed to be avocado, and that was missing from my omelet altogether). We had coffee for drinks and the coffee unfortunately also is not all that great.

The service was good. The place is very clean. The place most likely will be better for meat eaters and not minority vegetarians. I am also not very happy with pricing. The portions are big, but not worth the price tag. I have been to other eateries in our area with similar portion size, and the price was $2-3 or more less per plate. We may not go to Cheesecake Factory again because of overall dissatisfaction with taste and price, but if we do, we have made a pact that we will share the plate! (We may go back for the corn cakes which were the best thing since French bread.)

P.S. The portions are so big that each time we had no room for the cheesecake. And anyhow I am not too keen on cheesecake (is that unAmerican to admit?).

To find:
Cheesecake Factory
3349 Monroe Ave
Rochester, NY 14618
(585) 381-8681
Directions to Cheesecake Factory, Rochester, NY