Saturday, April 13, 2013

Red Lobster--Perry, GA

Returning from Tampa, the half way point back home is Perry, GA.   We have stopped here many times and have enjoyed many a meal.  Red Lobster, once again, is a dependable destination.

We began our dinner with drinks and the Sweet Chili Shrimp...a dozen 
hand-battered shrimp tossed in a spicy chili sauce. 

 On this stop, I noticed the Four Course Feast for $15.99.  

Other entreés included

Jumbo Coconut and Pineapple-Grilled Shrimp
Shrimp-and-Scallop Alfredo with fresh tomatoes
Hand-Breaded Shrimp
Wood-Grilled Fresh Tilapia
Cajun Chicken Linguini Alfredo
Wood-Grilled Chicken with Portobello Wine Sauce
Wood-Grilled Pork Chop* with apple compote
Roasted Vegetable Skewers with lemon-garlic beurre blanc
Garlic-Grilled Shrimp

Shrimp-and-Scallop Alfredo with fresh tomatoes

 The Lobster Fest menu featured Lobster/Shrimp Tacos and a Lobster tail.  
Loved the slaw on the tacos.....very bright flavor and 
the lobster tail was outstanding, though small.  

The Key Lime Pie served with TWO forks!!

Red Lobster is consistent and reliable.   This location
is what I would expect at any Red Lobster. 
I would return knowing a good deal will be enjoyed. 

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Portofino Italian Ristorante--St. Pete, FL

While on a recent quick trip to St. Pete/Gulfport, my very good friend and dining companion suggested that we try a new find.  Thankfully, most west Florida residents can enjoy a "new find" every day....that much to choose from.  

In a very non descript strip mall we found Portofino Italian Ristorante....a little gem that was worth the search.  Actually, we were looking for a now closed Thai restaurant.  We ventured in and our gracious hostess, Carmella, greeted and seated us immediately.   The restaurant just had good vibes.  

We began our dining with a suggested bottle of an Italian Merlot.   
Carmella was very good with the wine suggestions.   

Our first suggestion was for the Seafood with Linguine.  
Perfect mussels, shrimp scallops and calamari.  
Beautiful butter/lemon sauce with al denté linguine.  

I asked Carmella to surprise me with an entreé that she enjoyed.  
She returned to the table with an eggplant casserole packed with 
great flavors and lots of creamy cheese.  

Our visit was enjoyable and reasonably priced.   A nice dinner out at a restaurant I will be sure to return to on the next trip.    Thanks again Carmella~!~!

Oh...I forgot...the wonderful Tiramisu Cake!  Delicious.  

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