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Taco Dive Was a Hit!

Taco Dive, is not a dive at all. Great meals and beverages!!

American Press Travel News–12/15/18–at Taco Dive-Port St Lucie, FL–Bob & Barb “On The Road Again.”  Great, really great taco’s and burritos are hard to find. Well, this place was no dive, it was a hit with us, and as we noticed many others in the area known as Tradition Square. 

https://www.tacodive.comide

Abuelas Cuban Cafe

Americanpresstravelnews- September 19th, Crossville, TN.-“Bob & Barb on the Road Again”–Crossville has several very good Mexican Restaurants, now it has Abuelas Cuban Café.  No, not all Hispanic food emporiums are the same. There are many variations on rice and beans, pork and beef, spicing and marinating, etc,

What’s different? An island such as Cuba, and the little city within a city; Little Havana in S. Florida, has its own distinctive take from Mexican and Puerto Rican foods. Cubans grow Yucca, of course, as in other Hispanic foods; Plantains and black beans, yet marinated roast pork, seasoned chicken and Cuban Spice Veggies are usually distinctive to Cuban style foods, of course not always.  Havana salad (use of fruits such as mango and papaya) has avocado and a very different take on citrus salad dressing.  Piccadillo bowl has savory stewed beef with raisins and olives (Mexican piccadillo does not usually have raisins) white or yellow rice, yes, but seasoned differently.  All of this is to say, Cuban foods are just different and savory too, in their own right.

We tried the Cuban sandwich, and the roast pork sandwich-they are definitely quite unique in their food genre. In true Cuban style, meats are usually marinated, and this not only softens them, but adds considerable flavor. The Cuban bread is toasted with the ingredients in between the bread, usually pressed solidly on the grill. Various items (pork, ham, salami, pickle and cheese) are melted and hot when brought to the table with a side of sweet plantains (banana’s) delicious!.

Mom Karen Reph (the Abuela- means Grandmother) and her daughters;  Kelsey  Green, and Karly opened the restaurant July 7th 2017. But first, they did a few “pop up” trials where they went into two other off-day restaurants, and showcased their dishes to the public. They had great responses, and so they “jumped the broom” so to say, on to, and into 595 Main Street in Crossville and opened Abuelas Cuban Café.

WOW! The café con leche (Coffee with hot milk) a very Cuban coffee presentation, is superb. Their flan custard dessert was delicious, and the empanadas (little fried pocket sandwiches like those fresh fried pies) were filled with ground, marinated beef with raisins and olives. The empanadas were terrific, and we know; Barb and I lived near some of the best Cuban restaurants in S. Florida, and frequented all of them from time to time several years ago. When you go, try the Yucca Fries with some tangy mojo mayo for dipping.  The Havana Salad, try it for yourself-its got the goods for flavors of the islands.

We really like Cuban coffees, and starting out the day with a strong, sweet Espresso is a real mood, eye opener, and energy wake-up.

Karen Reph, mom and grandmother amongst the 3-co-owners said that: “We brought to Crossville our heritage foods we grew up with, and felt Crossville folks would love them too.”

We explored something new in Crossville, and found ourselves at a Cuban Restaurant, so reminiscent of what we enjoyed in South Florida and the Keys, and we are happy to recommend Abuelas for everyone looking to spice up their lives and palates, for a change of pace.  Abuelas is Located at 595 Main Street, store #102 in Crossville.

By the way Barb and I wrote the book “Best Restaurants in the Florida Keys.”(Available at Amazon) Of the hundreds of restaurants, one of our favorites was a Cuban Restaurant.

Chautauqua Area, New York – Unique Places To Visit

 

Produce Auctioneer

www.americanpresstravelnews.com – June 25th – Today is a full day of exploring the area. Joanna Dahlbeck from Chautauqua Tourism introduced me to some of the little known places you can visit in the area. There are many small towns in the Chautauqua area. We started with an Amish Produce and Flower auction in North Clymer. This particular day at the auction had was called the wholesale day. It is open to the public, but the items are on a flat. If you bid, you need to buy the whole flat. Other days are retail and you can bid on one of an item. To find out more the website is: www.chautauquaproduceauction.com. The flowers were so beautiful that it was hard to resist. But we were too far from our TN. home to pack them away.

Beef cattle raised on healthy forage

Not far from the auction was the Green Heron Growers. One of their specialties is growing shiitake mushrooms. Julie Rockcastle met us and explained the process of growing these delicious mushrooms. They also raise chickens, grass fed beef, vegetables and herbs (and much more). All certified organic. Julie and her husband Steve offer farm tours along with workshops and culinary experiences. 

Shitaki Mushrooms are the best

Julie also explained their internship program, giving the opportunity to train farmers to the benefits of organic farming. To find out more, take a look at their website: www.greenherongrowers.com or call (716) 720-3695. For information on their Great Blue Heron Music Festival take a look the this website: www.greatblueheron/wp/

Stedman Corners Cafe

 It was such a beautiful day, so we decided to have lunch at Stedman Corners Cafe in Mayville. They have a lovely outdoor area and we enjoyed one of their over sized sandwiches in the cool breeze. Located at Stedman Corners in Mayville, N.Y.

Stedman Cafe Antique Sign

Stedman Corners Corners Cafe started as a general store in 1898. It was a favorite place to buy “fresh ground coffee”. Today the cafe serves breakfast and lunch and on some nights dinner. Check out their website: www.stedmancafe.com or their Facebook page www.facebook.com/Stedman-Corners-Cafe-291711394269098/ or call (716) 789-5047.

Great Ham Sandwich

Seafood and Great Seafood and Beef at Leroy’s Southern Kitchen & Bar Restaurant

At Leroy's Southern Kitchen & Bar Restaurant. First out was this cheese and pate' board. This is what drives the word "appetizer."
At Leroy’s Southern Kitchen & Bar Restaurant.
First out was this cheese and pate’ board. This is what drives the word “appetizer.”

Jennifer picked a winner of a dish too! Shrimp rice and Louisiana sausage. Looks so good I can eat again with someone else's stomach!
Jennifer picked a winner of a dish too! Shrimp rice and Louisiana sausage. Looks so good I can eat again with someone else’s stomach!

My steamed Blue Claw Crab over-sees a melange' of seafood delights, succulent mussels, firm shrimp and tasty delicious scallops! Oh, what a feast it was!
My steamed, Blue Claw Crab over-sees a melange’ of seafood delights: succulent mussels, firm shrimp and tasty delicious scallops! Oh, what a feast it was!

Amercantile Prest Travel News – April 10th,-Bob and Barb “On The Road Again” searching for that perfect taste and aroma at a perfect restaurant! We found that at Leroy’s Southern!

When you love seafood, you seek it out! Well, we found it at Leroy’s Southern. Good company, great foods what more can I say? Check them out at www.leroyssouthernkitchenand bar.com 941-505-2489

Barb loves a meat dish once and awhile too! She found it at Leroy's. This (short ribs) beef was succulent ! She ate as much as she wanted and I kissed off the rest of my naked crab and slayed what was left of her beef cow! Loved it even as it was cooled down! If it tasted great hot or cold its truly great beef!
Barb loves a meat dish once and awhile too! She found it at Leroy’s. This (short ribs) beef was succulent ! She ate as much as she wanted and I kissed off the rest of my naked crab and slayed what was left of her beef cow! Loved it even as it was cooled down! If it tasted great hot or cold its truly great beef!

My ice cream farewell dessert after our excellent adventures in Port Charlotte!
My ice cream farewell dessert after our excellent adventures in Port Charlotte!