Sunday, September 19, 2010

Fries Belong in the Sandwich

by Meghann on September 19, 2010

In Derek’s ever growing desire to visit every Man V. Food restaurant out there (see previous visits to Acme Oyster House, Ike’s, and Katz) he begged that we make a pit stop at Primati Bros for lunch on the way home this afternoon.

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Originally a Pittsburgh icon, Primanti Bros has a handful of locations in the Ft. Lauderdale area (we visited the North Ft. Lauderdale Beach location). The sandwich shoppe is famous for stuffed sandwiches, which are served with the fries and coleslaw in the sandwich instead of on the side. The original Pittsburgh location was featured on the Pittsburg edition of Man v. Food a season or two ago. Derek made sure to re-watched via Netflix streaming on the iPhone4 by the pool yesterday. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Inside Primati Bros resembles a run down greasy restaurant with only a handful of tables and bar seats. You would never have known this place had locations all over the U.S. or that each location had an intense cult following. Instead, it reminded me of a one of a kind hole in the wall that you would only visit because friends really recommended it.

Of course, Derek fell in love immediately.

I debated ordering a salad, but I learned a long time ago that if you go to a restaurant that is famous for one thing and order something completely different, then you are going to be extremely disappointed. Life is too short for regrets.

The Ham and Egg Sandwich sounded much more appealing than ‘Garden Salad’ anyways.

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Inside shot.

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Putting fries and coleslaw on a sandwich? Genius!

The coleslaw was crisp and fresh having only been dressed in a light vinaigrette rather than a heavy mayo. The fries were tender and greasy allowing for easy bites. The egg was well done and the ham was salty. Every delicious bite came together between two slices of fresh, soft italian bread.

To put it simply, this sandwich was epic. ๐Ÿ™‚

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For dessert a Reeses cup courtesy of Kelly.

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Thanks Roo! ๐Ÿ™‚

The drive home was quick and uneventful. However, I need to remember to take away someone’s photo tweeting abilities while I’m helplessly passed out in the seat next to them. Ahem Not cool Derek, not cool. ๐Ÿ˜›

Look who were waiting patiently for us when we reached my parent’s house. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Did I mention my parents were watching both of Kelly’s dogs, Maddie, and Scooby this weekend? That’s four crazy puppies running around their house!

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I should also mention I have the best parents in the world and they love their Grandpups to pieces. ๐Ÿ™‚

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My Dad greeted us with a kitchen full of food for dinner.

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He was quite excited about this new recipe he invented the other week for Pork Loin Parmesan.

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Basically, he lightly fried the tender pork loin chops in some olive oil before layering the chops with fresh tomatoes, marinara sauce, parmesan cheese, and mozzarella. The layers were then baked and served hot and bubbly.

I had a bite and it was fabulous. My Dad really knows how to go all out in the kitchen when you give him a reason to prepare a big meal. Unfortunately I was still petty full from lunch and not looking for a heavy meal for dinner.

While all the boy feasted – and trust me they feasted! – on the pork, I made a light dinner of pasta bow ties, grilled veggies, and feta cheese.

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I squeezed some fresh lemon juice on top of my creation and the acidity and zest of the lemon really brought everything together. It was the perfect meal to end the weekend with. ๐Ÿ™‚

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When we walked in the door my Dad immediately announced that he had made dessert specifically for Derek. A nice large batch of banana pudding.

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ick.

Banana Pudding may be a favorite of my Dad’s, but growing up no one else would touch it. I can’t eat bananas and none of my other siblings are a fan of the stinky fruit. However, Derek loves bananas and when he told my Dad he loves pudding I’m pretty sure my Dad began immediately plotting when he could make a batch from scratch.

He went all out and all the boys more than appreciated my Dad’s extra effort in the kitchen.

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I may not eat banana pudding, but I do share some love for vanilla wafers and whip cream.

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Now that’s more my idea of a good dessert. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Both Maddie and Derek are snoring around me. I think that’s my cue it’s time for bed.

Good Night! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Fancy Night

September 19, 2010

Cue the fireworks… Because wouldn’t fireworks have totally made that photo? Love. ๐Ÿ™‚ When I travel I like to dedicate at least one night of my vacation as ‘fancy night’ where I get a chance to dress up and go all out. Last night was our ‘fancy night.’ Thanks to the GIrlfriend Getaway package we more ยป

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