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Jamie says: Here’s an exciting story. Mom was reading DSW Magazine (the local magazine for Davie, The Ranches, Weston, and Copper City), and saw Two Sisters Dine Out quoted in it multiple times! She couldn’t believe it. The Two Sisters Dine Out restaurant review of Zinncredible Pizza & Panini was the basis for the article. How cool is that! Check out page 20 in the June 2012 issue of DRW Magazine to read the Zinncredible Grows article and see Two Sisters Dine Out mentioned and quoted.

TSDO is quoted on page 20 in the DRW Magazine article titled Zinncredible Grows!

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Kathryn says: The Field Irish Pub & Eatery is a charming restaurant on Griffin Road that takes you away. I’ve never been to Ireland, but I felt like I was visiting when I entered the doors of The Field. It definitely gives off that European feel.

I was introduced to the restaurant when a colleague invited me to join a group for lunch there, and I had no idea what a find it would be!

Upon first arrival, a knight in shining armor greets you from a 110-year-old banyan tree.

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The tree towers over a substantial outdoor seating area with large tables shaded by green tarps. I loved the finishing touch of the white string lights along the perimeter.

There’s a cute little outdoor bar around the corner with high-top tables near the entrance. Once you walk inside, the lights are dim, but there sure is a lot to look at. Around almost every corner, there’s a fake fire place and some knick-knacks that it looks like they took from my Grandmother’s house, as she pointed out when I brought her on my second visit. There’s old china plates, books, fake flowers, pots and pans and antique lamps in every nook and cranny.

It’s a very spacious place with tons of seating, some on tables with barrel bases. The place is full of dark wood furniture and low-lit lamps. It’s very cozy and seems like the perfect place to camp out for a long meal on a rainy day or to relax for a celebratory evening with a group of friends.

As any good Irish restaurant would have, their menu is loaded with potatoes. On my first visit, I ordered an iced tea and one of the lunch specials – a fried fish sandwich with french fries and Irish potato soup.

The unsweetened tea came in a mason jar, which I found to be adorable.

The fish sandwich was gigantic, perhaps a foot long. It was crunchy, crispy white fish served on a long loaf of white bread with lemon and tartar sauce on the side.

I’m picky when it comes to fries, but someone at the table said they were good here, so I went with it. They were delicious, thick steak-fries with light seasoning. I enjoyed them dipped  in ketchup and dunked in my potato soup.

The potato soup was creamy and had medium-sized chunks of potato in it. The bacon bits, scallions and cheddar cheese on top filled it with savory flavor.

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On my second visit to The Field, I brought my Grandma for dinner. We were in the mood for drinks, so we each got a Black and Tan, which is a tasty mix of Guinness and hard cider.

For my meal, I ordered the Country Chicken Pie, a homemade casserole with chunks of chicken, chopped mushrooms and onions, sliced carrots and peas. A giant, flaky pastry sat on top with a scoop of mashed potatoes.

It looked like a decadent dessert pastry with a scoop of ice-cream and a cream puff on top, don’t you think? Or maybe I just had a sweet tooth.

The pastry was surprisingly light and airy. Underneath, the tender chicken and fresh veggies were mixed into a flour-like gravy that gave it the consistency of a soup.

The small side of green (and yellow) beans was good and buttery.

For dessert, we split the Decadent Chocolate Cake.

It came with a few sliced strawberries and some whipped cream on the plate and chocolate syrup drizzled on top. As you could imagine, the cake was rich and loaded with a gooey chocolate icing.

Perhaps I’ll come back to catch some live Irish music some time.

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Jamie says: Mom and K have been talking about “gas station” pizza for weeks now. I really wasn’t too sure how their favorite pizza in town could come from a gas station, but I figured I didn’t want to miss out. So I texted Mom and made plans for a Mother-Daughter dinner date to Zinncredible Pizza and Panini (4450 South Pine Island Road, Davie, FL 33328; tel. 954-452-0101; they also have a Facebook page), after trap shooting with K and Dad, of course…

Zinncredible Pizza and Panini

It’s really quite convenient- you can get gas for your car, mail a package, pick up a snack or lotto ticket, and have delicious Italian food- all in the same little place.

It's inside the Chevron gas station plaza in Davie on Pine Island Road and Orange Drive

Yes, the restaurant is really inside a gas station…but that’s part of the fun of it!

Chevron gas station

But it’s got an Italian restaurant feel on the inside.

Here's the restaurant

You order at the counter and they bring the food out to you.

It's small but it does the trick (and they're expanding)

The owner was a really nice guy. He came to our table and talked to us about New York and Italy- two wonderful food places. He’s very passionate about his pizza- and it shows. One thing that he said really resonated with me- “When you do things with your heart, you will always be successful.” I believe that to be true.

The owner is a really cool guy!

We each ordered a slice of pizza and a few “salads” and shared it. (The wine came from the gas station.)

Mangia, mangia! Want in?

Mom chose the margarita Sicilian. It had a nice, thin sweet sauce, slices of fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, and parmesan cheese. It was really awesome! I was having flashbacks to our recent trip to Italy.

Sicilian pizza by the slice

I went the traditional route- with a big slice of thin crust cheese pizza. It was perfect. I dipped my crust in the oil on top like usual.

Thin crust pizza by the slice

The antipasto salads were incredible, too. The one on the left was an artichoke antipasto salad. And the one on the right was a red pepper antipasto with black olives and garlic. There were even whole cloves of garlic! I was really impressed.

Antipasto salads- artichokes and roasted red peppers with olives, garlic, and parmesan cheese- and a little bottle of wine (from the Chevron gas station)

The dressing on the side salad was really tasty, too! And I liked how there was a hint of cheese on top.

Side salad with Italian dressing

Mom and I had a great girls’ night. We laughed and ate and talked about her days when she was dating my Father.

A fun dinner with my Mom

I loved my “gas station pizza” night with Mom. You’ve got to try “gas station pizza” at Zinncredible’s! It really is some of the best pizza in town!

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Jamie says: A few days before I left town to start my new job, my Godparents (aka my aunt and uncle) took me to The Riverside Market Cafe (608 SW 12th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312; tel. 954-358-8333) for lunch. My uncle had been speaking highly of the place for quite a few weeks and had been inviting me to check it out, so we decided to make the plan a reality.

So one beautiful and sunny afternoon last month, I drove to his house and hopped in his car with my aunt and we headed off down a bunch of side streets to get to the restaurant/cafe.

I soon discovered it’s in a residential neighborhood- cool!

The Riverside Market Cafe

I liked their storefront sign…

That's their name- proudly displayed so you can find it in this local, residential neighborhood

If you’re a local, you can ride your bike there…

Even from the outside, this restaurant/cafe has a cool, local vibe

Check out those vibrant chairs they have on the front porch…

Have a seat (and a bite to eat or a drink) outside in one of these brightly colored chairs

Even the inside of the restaurant is fun!

The view of the dining area when walking in

There were customers dining and enjoying drinks on the high top tables and on couches!

You eat on high-top tables

They had a lot of beer options, too.

In addition to food, they offer a wide range of beers

I almost ran into a “floating” bottle opener… I laughed to myself and thought it was fun and unique.

The bottle openers hang from fishing wire- fun!

They also had a case of non-alcoholic beverages.

The back of the restaurant/cafe

It was Christmas-time when we were there. They decorated a tree…

Look how they decorated their Christmas tree!

I asked someone at neighboring table to snap a picture of me and my Godparents.

My Godparents took me to lunch before I left town for my new job

They’re were some good options on the menu, but I went with the special…

Today's special... is what I ordered!

And here it is…

The special- Curry Chicken Salad Wrap with a side of potato salad with bacon (they were out of orzo)

It was good and filled me up. I liked the idea of a curry chicken salad and homemade potato salad with bacon. It made me want to try to make both at home.

A peak at the inside of the wrap

Overall, it was a cool experience. I liked the atmosphere and local vibe the most since it was so unique. Check it out, and let me know what you thought.

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Jamie says: Here’s a long time favorite fancy lunch spot from the Pine Island Plaza- Vienna Cafe and Wine Bar  (9100 State Road 84, Davie, Florida 33324; tel. 954-423-1961).

This is the side of the restaurant most people would probably see. (We rarely see because we come from the other direction.)

Vienna Cafe (the side you'd see from State Road 84/ Interstate 595)

I actually stood in front of the sign for a little trying to figure out if it was new or just something I never noticed before…

Their sign up close

Here’s the side of the restaurant we usually see…

Vienna Cafe (the side you'd see from the plaza)

Check out the bar inside. (I’ve never sat at it because I always go for the delicious food.)

The bar

So straight to the tables we go. This is the area we have always sat in…

Seating area

But there’s also another seating area, too.

Another seating section

It’s a charming place to dine for a nice lunch. (I love their lunch, but I’m not as sold on their pricier dinner menu.)

Take your special someone to Vienna Cafe

I love how they always have fresh roses on the table.

The tables always have beautiful, fresh roses

One of our favorite salads is the Sonoma Salad. We will often share it as an appetizer, but this time I really wanted their delicious grilled salmon on top of it. (They’ll add grilled salmon to any salad; for a fee, of course.)

Sonoma Salad with grilled salmon added

Kathryn says: Whenever I go to Vienna, I have a go-to meal that I get because it’s so very tasty. The Cambridge Royal Smoked Salmon  is a sure bet for a delicious meal. The delicate smoked salmon is piled atop crispy fried potato shreds. The dish is topped with a dollop of sour cream and a small spoonful of caviar. A little bowl of capers comes on the side. If you’re in the mood for salty, crunchy and sophisticated, then this is your dish.

Cambridge Royal Smoked Salmon

Jamie says: Overall, Vienna Cafe is a wonderful place for a nice lunch out. The food is scrumptious and the atmosphere is charming.

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Jamie says: I was first introduced to the restaurant Coconuts, also known as Coconuts Waterside Grill,(429 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316; tel. 954-525-2421) by my Aunt Angi. We have a wonderful tradition of a Godmother-Goddaughter afternoon together to celebrate my birthdays; this year she suggested Coconuts for lunch. I was excited to give it a try.

The location is awesome- right on the intracoastal. We got a table outside on the water. It was enjoyable to watch the boats pass by and soak up the beautiful weather.

A birthday lunch with my Aunt Angi on the intracoastal at Coconuts

I also liked looking at the clouds. I love clouds. (That might be because I had cloud wallpaper when I was little. Just a thought.)

There were boats, and beautiful weather, and the beach nearby

I ordered the special- a vegetable sandwich- with the side of the day- sauteed spinach.

The special- a mouthwatering veggie sandwich with a side of sauteed spinach

It was so delicious. I wish I could have another one right now.

They didn't skimp on vegetables or flavor

The atmosphere, food, and service was so great that I wanted to return again soon and recommended the restaurant to my sister as a place to try when her boyfriend, Andy, was visiting. So we ventured back to Coconuts. This time at night.

Coconuts at night for dinner

I liked the night vibe just as much.

The Coconuts overhang

In addition to seating right on the intracoastal, there’s also outdoor seating in a raised area with an overhang and indoor seating (I’d recommend the intracoastal seating, but if the weather prohibits, the raised deck with the overhang and the indoor seating are good second options).

There's also bar and table seating between the intracoastal seating and the indoor seating

The weather was great, too!

The view at nice is night with the lights, too

Isn’t it romantic?

The best seats are right on the intracoastal

Kathryn and I both ordered the same meal- the Sesame Seared Tuna Salad. It was light, fresh, and flavorful.

We both ordered the Sesame Seared Tuna Salad

The restaurant choice was a success! We all had a great time.

The two sisters and Andy had a nice dinner and night out

I can’t wait to see what great meal I’ll have next time.

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Jamie says: When I was reading the Sun Sentinel newspaper one morning, I was treated with a great surprise- a section devoted to the best restaurants in the area. I recognized the name Kristof’s Kafe (8912 W State Road 84, Davie, FL 33324; tel. 954-475-8977) despite never having been there before. I soon realized I had seen the restaurant many times because it’s located near my local Publix Supermarket which I so frequently visit.

So Mom and I planned a mother-daughter date and ventured to the restaurant for lunch this past Saturday. From a street view, the plaza (Pine Island Plaza) isn’t the most beautiful, but many good hole-in-the-wall places aren’t either.

Kristof's Kafe

Up close, the restaurant looks more cozy and festive.

Up close it looks cute

Inside it was classy and decorated for the Christmas holiday, too.

The stockings were hung by the bar with care...

It’s a small and relatively quiet restaurant- perfect for my lunch out with Mom.

A glimpse of the seating area

There were a lot of menu items I wanted to try, but I finally decided on the pulled pork sandwich. It was very tender and flavorful. I’d definitely order it again.

Pulled pork sandwich

Mom got the Cuban wrap. Hers looked good too, so I cut my pork sandwich in two and we swapped halves. My eyes didn’t deceive me… the Cuban wrap was mouthwatering, too. I was glad I made the switch so I got to try hers, too.

Cuban wrap

We both substituted the fries for a salad for an upcharge. I liked how our salads were served first while we waited for our sandwiches.

Side salad with house dressing

Overall, the restaurant was a winner. The food was delicious, the service was great, and the atmosphere was nice on the inside.

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Jamie says: To celebrate my 25th birthday, we scooped Grandma up from Hollywood and headed to Seasons 52 (2428 East Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304; tel. 954-537-1052) with the family for a celebratory dinner.

The restaurant was elegant, inside and out.

Seasons 52 (Galleria Mall, Ft Lauderdale, FL)

A peak inside Seasons 52

When we arrived to our table, I was surprised to find a hand-written birthday card from the restaurant.

A birthday card from Seasons 52 and the Seasons 52 coaster

As I looked at the coaster and birthday card, I noticed the 52 in Seasons 52 is 25 backwards. Nice! I hadn’t even thought of that before. It must have been meant to be.

The cool thing about Seasons 52 is that their menu changes seasonally to incorporate fresh ingredients, (the name is reflective of this and that there’s 52 weeks in a year) and that all of there dishes are under 475 calories.

It must have been my special day, because Kathryn let me order her meal and we split the two. She didn’t regret her choice. We shared the Cedar Plank Roasted Salmon with Whole-Roasted Sweet Carrots, Fresh Asparagus, and Red Bliss Potatoes, which had some of the best carrots of my life! They were rosemary infused, tender, and sweet. The salmon was fresh and I thought it was special that it was served on a cedar plank. The potatoes were nicely salted and tasty. And the asparagus was good.

Cedar Plank Roasted Salmon with Whole-Roasted Sweet Carrots, Fresh Asparagus, and Red Bliss Potatoes

We also enjoyed the Wood-Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Herb Polenta, Broccoli, Cremini Mushrooms, and Shallot-Dijon Glaze. The pork cubes were tender and flavorful; the polenta smooth and creamy with a nice hint of fresh herb flavor; the broccoli typical; the mushrooms fresh; and the lightly sweetened glaze brought the meal together for a satisfying meal.

Wood-Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Herb Polenta, Broccoli, Cremini Mushrooms, and Shallot-Dijon Glaze

We were actually full after dinner. But when the tray of Mini Indulgences was presented and described in detail (with flashlight showcasing), we couldn’t resist. Plus the birthday girl gets a free one. Each dessert was less than 200 calories, too. They don’t compromise of flavor, just portion size. But really, that little shot glass of sweetness was plenty.

Mini Indulgences

For my Mini Indulgence, I chose Pumpkin Pie with Ginger Snap Crust. It tasted like a pumpkin pie mousse with sweet, crunchy crust and a nice spice cookie on top.

Pumpkin Pie with Ginger Snap Crust

Kathryn followed Pete’s (our waiter’s) recommendation and opted for the Pecan Pie with Vanilla Mousse. She loved it.

Pecan Pie with Vanilla Mousse

Somehow there was also a Classic Red Velvet Cake on the table. K has always talked about wanting a red velvet wedding cake one day, so she tried a spoonful. It wasn’t her fave, and she decided she liked “Pete’s” Pecan Pie with Vanilla Mousse better.

Classic Red Velvet Cake

We enjoyed getting to know our waiter and exchanging stories. We said a good or bad waiter can make or break a night. We were lucky to have a great one. And I have to thank my wonderful parents for making this day possible…

Dad and Mom

It was a wonderful night and I left full, happy, and rockin’ 25.

Grandma, B-day Girl Jamie, and Kathryn

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Jamie says: I was so excited to discover Bamboo Noahs (1251 South Pine Island Road, Plantation, FL 33324; tel. 954-475-8990) a couple of years ago. It’s slightly hidden next to a couple of businesses so I’m not sure how long it was there, but I am certainly glad to have found it. It’s a hidden gem, and the restaurant is definitely one of my all-time favorite lunch spots.

Bamboo Noahs (Plantation, FL)

It’s one of the few restaurants with delicious and healthy food in town. It’s the type of place where you order at the counter and they bring your meal food to you- it’s quick and convenient and has a fun, bamboo-inspired decor. The owner is very friendly and I always feel at home there.

I usually order the same meals because they are so good.

For my 25th birthday yesterday, I chose Bamboo Noahs for lunch. The restaurant must have known I was celebrating because they had these special napkins out. Just kidding, but the napkins were a really nice, new touch.

Inspirational napkins

Kathryn and I shared two duos (sounds redundant but it just means you add one side dish to each of meal). We ordered the Grilled Veggie Wrap with Lemon-Lime Thyme Sauce and ‘Taos’ Roast Turkey Wrap with Corn & Black Bean Salsa and Smoked Lime Sauce, each with a side of the Crispy Asian Slaw. You can pick the flavor of your wrap, too. I chose black bean for one and spinach for the other.

The the Grilled Veggie Wrap with Lemon-Lime Thyme Sauce was mouthwatering. The blend of mixed veggies is perfect and has a generous amount of portobellos. And it’s served with this delicious, creamy sauce. The veggies are so moist and pipping hot, too. I could probably eat one of these everyday and still not get tired of it.

Grilled Veggie Wrap with Lemon-Lime Thyme Sauce and Crispy Asian Slaw

And don’t be fooled, by the word coleslaw. This outstanding side dish tastes nothing like your typical mayo-based restaurant slaw. It’s the most delicious coleslaw I’ve ever had! The thinly sliced cabbage is accompanied by fresh bell peppers and makes for a beautiful array of colors. Its tossed in a light, sweet dressing with an Asian-flare. Seriously, you’ve got to try it. You’ll instantly gain a new respect and appreciation for the word “coleslaw.”

We also enjoyed the ‘Taos’ Roast Turkey Wrap with Corn & Black Bean Salsa and Smoked Lime Sauce which is a chilled wrap with freshly-carved turkey that tastes just like Thanksgiving. I enjoyed the corn and beans inside. It’s a little dry, but with the sauce from the Veggie Wrap, it’s perfect.

'Taos' Roast Turkey Wrap with Corn & Black Bean Salsa and Smoked Lime Sauce

I’m going to be more adventurous next time I dine here, because I’m sure there are many other delicious meals to be enjoyed, too!

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Jamie says:  I found one of my new favorite lunch spots near home!  It’s called Star Bistro (8618 Griffin Road, Cooper City, FL 33328; tel. 954-252-5545; not open Sundays). I’ve been there twice in the past week. Honestly, the place has no street appeal (it doesn’t look like much from the outside), but  don’t let that stop you from going in. You’d definitely be missing out. On the inside it’s cozy and classy. The jazzy music is relaxing and the food is, well, it’s amazing.

Star Bistro (Cooper City, FL)

The first time I dined at Star Bistro was with my Mom. I enjoyed the 1/2 sandwich, 1/2 salad lunch combo both times I dined here. The chips, which come with the combo, were some of the best I’ve ever had- they were slightly oily, yet light and airy, and lightly salted and peppered. For my first visit, I tried the Rosemary Chicken Sandwich with almonds, scallions, and light yogurt dressing and the Spinach and Strawberry Salad.  The sandwich had a rich creamy taste (which was surprisingly from light yogurt, not heavy mayo) and had ample fresh rosemary to make the taste buds dance. The salad had walnuts, a tasty light dressing, and polenta croutons. The polenta croutons weren’t many, but were crispy jackpots of flavor when you got a bite of one. The meal was so tasty but felt healthy and light. I was sold.

Rosemary Chicken Sandwich, Spinach and Strawberry Salad, and chips

A few days later I was back. This time to celebrate my 25th birthday with my sister and two girl first cousins.

Jamie and cousin Ashley

Kathryn and cousin Sarah

On this second visit, I ordered the Smoked Salmon BLT with light caper mayo-mustard spread on ciabatta and the Mediterranean Salad with cucumbers, feta, kalamata, red onion, peppers, and lemon oregano vinaigrette (another 1/2 and 1/2 combo). I enjoyed the soft feta and the distinct taste of the kalamatas on a larger portion of salad this time. The salmon BLT was made with lox and was a good, tasty sandwich. They were very good, and I’d order them again, but  they were not as extraordinary as my first meal.

Smoked Salmon BLT, Mediterranean Salad, and chips

Smoked Salmon BLT with light caper mayo-mustard spread on ciabatta

Kathyrn says:  I ordered the 1/2 sandwich, 1/2 salad combo too. I chose the Portobello and Brie Sandwich with Granny Smith apples and arugula and the Spinach and Strawberry Salad.

The sandwich was absolutely amazing – I almost wished I’d ordered a whole one. The thin slices of crunchy apples were complimented quite nicely with the oozing, sweet melted brie, the arugula, which gave it a little kick, and the Portobello, which was tender and warm. The bread tasted fresh and soft. I put my chips in the sandwich to add a little salt and an extra crunch. Yum!

As for the salad, I enjoyed the light dressing, which made it moist and gave it a hint of sweetness.  The flattened crumbles of blue cheese, fresh strawberries, and crunchy walnuts mixed in well. I was excited about the polenta croutons because J raved about them last time she came here, but they tasted a bit freezer burned. I’m not sure if they’ve ever been frozen, but that’s how they tasted. Otherwise, everything was just peachy.

Portobello and Brie Sandwich, Spinach and Strawberry Salad, and chips

I was glad to be at J’s new local favorite restaurant with her to celebrate her 25th birthday. Time for cake! The group consensus was to share a Chocolate Flour-less Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream. Cousin Ash and I loved it, although J thought it tasted a little freezer burned, The cake was moist and ever-so-soft, the chocolate sauce was the perfect amount of rich without being too sticky or watery, and the vanilla ice cream was a good classic. I’d order it again in a heartbeat. Happy Birthday, Jamie!

Chocolate Flour-less Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream

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