Blu Figs Restaurant Review

Over the Christmas Holiday I went to one of my favorite websites Tampa Bay Half Off. http://tampabayhalfoff.mediawebconnect.com/

I bought a $50 gift card for like $12 for a new restaurant called the Blu Figs in North Tampa.

I then went to there website http://www.blufigs.com/. blufig

I was not impressed with the website, I am not fond of flashy, but the menu looked great. I took my husband there and I fell in love with the place, don’t worry the restaurant is nothing like the website. The Blu Figs (French, Italian, Greek, Spanish) was very Mediterrean and romantic, our waiter was well trained, and the menu was perfectly simple. (most of you know I like a simple menu)  Here is what we ordered:

 

Bearboat Pinot Noir
Vin Plat
Calabrese, Bresaola, Sopressata, Brillat Savarin, Idiazabal, Point Reyes, Roasted Red Peppers,
Candied Pecans, Sun Dried Figs, Olive Provence

Strawberry & Avocado Salad
buttered lettuces, walnuts & champange vinaigrette
Tree Shade Mushroom Soup
velvety blend of mushrooms with a cheese crouton
Chicken a la Grecque
chicken breast& moussaka potatoes
Honey Lavender Duck Confit
slow braised and hand pulled served with herbed cous cous
Brulee a la Liza
creme brulee & fresh berries
Galaktoboureko
Greek phyllo pastry stuffed with ground nuts and spices

 

The waiter suggested the Bearboat Pinot Noir  which was a very smooth wine with a hint of spice, next was the Vin Plat which is a sampler of creamy sharp cheeses, salty cured meats, olives, and one of my favorites candied pecans. This was a great prelude to what was to come. My husband ordered their Strawberry & Avocado Salad, which was lightly dressed and of course I went for a soup. It was not an easy decision all of the soups sounded yummy, I eventually settled for the Tree Shade Mushroom Soup, it was velvety and earthy at the same time. I also ordered the Duck Confit for dinner, which is why I picked the restaurant, I love Duck Confit and it is one of those dishes I never get around to making. Needless to say I was not disappointed in fact I think I moaned as I savored every bite.   We ended the meal with two desserts and I don’t think they measured up to the rest of the meal, of course I am not much of a dessert person.

Now most of you are probably wandering how I managed to eat all of that food and still walk out the place on my on two feet. The Blu Figs serves what they call Petits Plats  which in my translation is proper portion sizes so you have plenty of room to try several of their amazing creations.

I can’t wait to go back. Be sure to check out their website they run several specials and they have live music during the week.

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pashasThanksgiving weekend I had the pleasure of being in Miami visiting good friends. Of course, one of the subjects we covered was food. Not just any food, but healthy delicious food, my favorite. I was told about this great Fast Food Restaurant called Pashas. Is there such a thing as healthy Fast Food were the food is all natural, no additives or preservatives? http://www.pashas.com/company.html

I had to go and check it out. There are several locations spread through out the Miami area, but we chose the one on Lincoln street in South Beach, which is a treat in itself. The location was great and the restaurant’s two stories and out siding eating looked anything but fast food. The weather was perfect Miami style which was great for dining out.

As we were being seated I was looking at everyone’s plate and I could hear my stomach growl. This gorgeous blond sitting at the table beside us was eating this mixed salad of vibrant fresh vegetables, I knew immediately that I had to have that.

I must admit though when they handed us this book for the menu, I was intimidated. I am not a fan of large menus. But this one large menu consisted of breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, and drinks, so I was able to skip through. There were so many things that I wanted to try, luckily I brought my Husband to help me, so I could order many wonderful dishes.

Pashas is Mediterranean Cuisine with yummy traditional foods like:

Adana (no not the city in Turkey) it’s a ground meat with herbs and spices cooked kind of like a kabob.

Baba Ghanoush roasted eggplant dip (one of my favorites)

Hummus of course this was on the menu and it was done perfect

Muhammara the first time I have ever had this dish, and I loved it. It’s a tangy spread made out of walnuts.

Plus there are wraps, kabob platters, salads, and yummy pastries and desserts.

The next best thing about Pashas is the price, dinner entrees on average about $9.00. I think our bill was about $35.00 that included beverages, a couple sampler platters and a split dessert.

Now a cool thing that I found out after I got on line to do some digging, was that they have what they call a Partnership Program http://www.pashas.com/healthymenu.html

They have partnered up with local fitness facilities and other nutritional programs to help promote a healthy lifestyle for their clients. What an amazing concept. Now if only I didn’t have to drive over 4 hours from Tampa to get there.

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