Friday, June 28, 2019

Cafe Flora (Vegetarian) French Dip, Seattle, WA

Setting the Stage

I was on my way home from Seattle and chose to finally go to Cafe Flora to eat their Portabello French Dip.  I had been here many times and really liked it but somehow had not had the French dip.  I would not be disappointed.

Raw Tasting Notes

Jus great, special, very salty
Sandwich looks good, nice bread
Salad wilted, looks flat
Fresh cuke and radishes on ๐Ÿฅ— a nice touch.
Salad flavor and freshness great
++ For ๐ŸŒป seeds and julienned carrots
Jus smells awesome
Sandwich alone a five. Awesome flavor, crunchy but soft ๐Ÿž, seeds on bread fantastic. Anise?
Onion great
Didn't want to dip it was so good but felt blessed to know I could when it was in need.
Bread like a six with the seeds


Bread 6
Protein 5
Toppings 5
Jus 6
Overall perfect 5 soooooooo good


Man this thing was a delight.  The bread, jus, mushrooms, onions, side salad, everything. Soooo good!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Cafeteria 15L, Sacramento, CA

Cafeteria 15L

Setting the Stage: Background
  • I was on a work trip. My first trip to Sacramento that I can remember. To visit Tableau's client, Sutter Health. I was meeting up with some friends the night before our meeting and we met at Cafeteria 15L. I'd never been there. We met in the courtyard outside and it was really nice. It looked like mostly bar and comfort food (tater tots, for example). After a couple of adult beverages, I was encouraged by my colleagues to get their Prime Rib Dip. I wasn't really in the mood but I went forward with it. These particular colleagues also knew about my side salad review habit so I went through with that as well. We (I) probably annoyed the cute and helpful waitress.
  • Very nice outdoors
  • Very good service
  • A rat outside
  • Comfy outdoor furniture

Prime rib dip
  • Raw tasting notes
    • Sandwich alone dry
    • Jus luke
    • Not enough jus
    • Bread floppy like wonder Bread
    • Some heb flavor in jus
    • Small, pathetic yet cute ramikin
    • Bread is mealy
    • Bread too absorbent
    • Lots of meat but it was dry
    • Meat flavor fine
  • Summary
    • Bread 1 of 5 too absorbent
    • Meat 2 of 5 too dry but it was plentiful. No option for doneness
    • Non-Meat Toppings there were none. This is okay and does not cost the review. I suppose in retrospect that there could have been cheese or caramelized onions on this thing to hold it all together. It became messy and hard to manage/control
    • Jus 2 of 5 it seemed like it had good flavor but it was luke (warm, not Skywalker) and came in a tiny little ramekin. I ordered a second helping which shouldn't knock it on points but it seemed annoying to provide so little.
    • Overall 2 of 5 lots of meet and the flavor was pretty good but the meet was dry, insufficient jus, somewhat mealy and easily-damaged bread

Side salad
  • Greens only for salad
  • Bleu cheese crumbles on side
  • Nice spring mix
  • Two dressings offered
  • Viniagrette their house, nice herbs
  • Bleu cheese crumbles were in globs because of the heat
  • 3 of 5 good quality, dressing too salty, fresh

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Mushroom Dip at Red Door, Fremont, Seattle, WA

You don't see vegetarian dips every day.  I love mushrooms.  I'd already eaten and reviewed their standard beef dip.  $14.95 a bit pricey.

I went with tots and the aioli on the side.

It was bursting with mushrooms and had onions in there, too.  It looked pretty good.

Looks pretty good.

It did have filling fallout but what could one expect?

The money shot.

The bread was indeed prone to falling apart which was also a bummer.

The raw review notes.  

Setting the Scene

Was out to lunch with new coworkers in Fremont.  Mallory was leaving Tableau and we were saying goodbye.  I had been to Red Door many times in my earlier years and it was nice to be back.  They have a really nice patio and it's quintessential Seattle. 

Review Scores

Bread 3 fell apart and pretty much just your standard roll
"Meat" (Mushrooms) 4 were pretty good.  Portabello.
Non-Meat Toppings 4 onions were additive
Jus 3 was pretty weak.  Nice that it was mushroom-based but just not all that tasty.
Overall 3.5  just wasn't that tasty but I did like that they have an FD dedicated to mushrooms only

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Not a French Dip Review: Geno's Philly Cheese Steak, Philadelphia, PA

Setting the Stage
I was in Wilmington, DE for work, saying good by to my client JPMorgan Chase and wound up at the Philly Airport at dinner time.  I saw the Geno's stand and had to partake.  I know it's not a french dip but it's a close cousin!

Name famous ๐ŸŽ—️

Location Philadelphia airport ๐Ÿ›ซ, seemed new ๐Ÿ†•

Organization looked clean and like a production line, assumed care

Ordering cheese steak ๐Ÿง€๐Ÿฅฉ, Kraft wiz, onions, added mushrooms ๐Ÿ„ and peppers

Service quick ๐Ÿš„

Delivery wrapped in paper ๐ŸŒฒ, side soft drink ๐Ÿฅค, got napkins and their sauce

Texture bread ๐Ÿฅ–too chewy, not toasted, could have been stale, each bite caused sandwich filling to fall out

Cheese nasty and too creamy although they did have other options they recommend this ๐Ÿšฎ

Size good

Beef ๐Ÿฎ not notable

Onions not notable

Peppers good, variety of colors, spicy, pickled

Sauce spicy, good, fun

Overall a classic Philly staple, fun with garbage too creamy cheese, toppings okay, bread too chewy

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Wilde Rover Kirkland Roast Beef Dip Expert Review 2/21/18

Context/Setting the Stage

I was out to lunch with some coworkers (including some I'd never met before) and we found ourselves at the Wilde Rover, a nice Irish place in downtown Kirkland.  It's a big facility and quite fun with delicious food.  They used to have a Turkey dip, I believe, that I reviewed, and they'd updated their menu to include what turned out to be a really good (great!!) French dip.  Woo hoo.  I got to surprise and amaze my coworkers with my "art" that is my French dip reviewing and also enjoy a delicious sandwich and meal of food.  Enjoy!

Raw Tasting Notes

Some chewy beef but I love it
Happy I had the aioli on the side, good herbs
Overall really chewy but great 5 all around
Looks great
Sandwich great 5
Onions great
Chewy dark heavily Toasted bread
Dark, rich very flavorful, herby jus a bit luke
Great bread, grill marks
Cheese great
Not one bad thing to say
Salad very good, nice lettuce, fancy julienned, nice vinaigrette, good cherry tomatoes, croutons, candied walnuts


Jus 5 rich, herby, delicious (could have been hotter but that's easy to solve)
Bread 5 nicely toasted (dark), chewy, great, buttered, with cheese yum
Meat 4 of 5 chewy, well done but great / loved it
Non-Meat Toppings 5 of 5 cheese was really good and the caramelized onions really stood out and were delicious
Overall 5 of 5 nice plating and presentation, great bread, rich jus, nice toppings yummers