Venezuelan Comfort Food: Eats Good 33 – Ft.Lauderdale, FL

Today as I struggled to adequately express myself in my review of the uber-luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Naples Resort (coming soon, I promise!) I turned where I often do in times of stress: comfort food. I stepped away from my desk and into a cozy little restaurant hidden in a row of warehouses off McNab Rd. in Ft.Lauderdale, highly recommended by a fellow foodie. The place, Eats Good 33. Their motto: Tasty, fresh, healthy, and affordable food for you to enjoy. I can work with that.

With an extensive menu spanning breakfast, arepas, soups, burgers, panini, pasta, wraps, salads, side orders, desserts, and daily specials, it can take some time to decide, so I started with a refreshing freshly blended Watermelon Juice while pondering the selections. It was light, refreshing, and naturally sweet.

Eats Good 33: Fresh Watermelon Juice

What I ate: Once I heard the lunch special, Asado Negro, a Venezuelan masterpiece marinated and cooked for 6 hours and topped with brown sugar, I was sold. The incredibly tender rump roast drowning in the sweet sugar sauce accompanied with quinoa and minced veggies arrived quickly despite their conspicuous wall hangings that urge patrons to be patient. (Note: I arrived at 1:30, so I quite possibly missed the rush, or experienced exceptionally good lunchtime karma.) Even if I had to wait 30 minutes for this dish, I gladly would have. It achieved the comfort food status I was looking for this afternoon, and that could not be rushed. If the Asado is on special when you visit, I highly recommend.

Eats Good 33: Asado Negro

Anyone who follows the FOTF Girls on a regular basis knows we can’t pass up dessert. Today was no exception. In theme with comfort food, I ordered the Chocolate Marquesa, a Venezuelan dessert with maria cookies soaked in milk and rum between layers of heavenly dark chocolate. I’ve found a new obsession.The waiter joked that if I couldn’t finish the dessert, he would be happy to pack it up for me to take home. This wasn’t needed, the plate was practically licked clean and I had to restrain myself at that.

Eats Good 33: Chocolate Marquesa

What I thought: The food was ah-maz-ing. The staff is very polite and helpful. There is a warm vibe inside that makes you feel like you are coming home, and regular patrons are welcomed back. Which I most definitely will be. Comfort food with a Venezuelan kick, and only 7 minutes from my desk, this could be trouble…

Eats Good 33
6882 NW 20th Ave
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
ph. 954.956.4480
orders@eatsgood33.com

French Toast, Eggs, and Love: The National, NYC

The National, NYC

The logo etched in my mind, (a former graphic designer, fonts stick with me) I spied The National on the same block as our hotel the evening I arrived. The next morning BF and I walked over to have breakfast and remarked how we had already informally dined with The National, when we tested a burger  in February at the Food Network Wine & Food Festival’s Burger Bash event in South Beach.

We are both foodies and love to share, so we always request a booth or pull chairs beside each other as we are same side eaters. I know this is controversial to some, but it is much easier to share and converse on the same side. We were graciously seated in a booth and began perusing the menu. Ever strategic about our choices we always discuss our orders so we have a variety. 

Our selections:

French Toast, The National

French Toast: Brioche, Seasonal Fruit Compote, Maple Syrup
The French Toast was incredible. We both love brioche, so when we spotted it on the menu, the French Toast was in. The seasonal fruit was apples with rosemary. Such an amazing flavor together. In case you are wondering the maple syrup was, in fact real.

Scrambled Eggs, The National



Two Eggs Any Style: Local Farm Eggs, Roasted Potatoes, Grilled Country Bread    
We opted for our eggs scrambled with cheddar cheese on top. They were light, fluffy, and the perfect savory balance to the French Toast. Paired with roasted lightly seasoned fingerling potatoes, including the purples ones which we both love and shared potato for potato, and grilled bread that we topped with preserves.

We also sipped herbal tea (mine, with it’s own mini pot, which I always enjoy) and coffee (BF).

Final Thoughts: The breakfast was excellent and the wait staff charming and tolerant of our canoodling and (somewhat) excessive photo taking. We love food and can’t help documenting it. And the décor was fabulous as well! We will definitely be back when we are local.

Just as we were finishing up our meal, our waitress came over and dropped off this note:

The most touching note...

It was so unexpected and touching that we both were holding back tears at the thoughtfulness of our silent dining companion. What an amazing start to our vacation, an excellent meal and an incredible gesture.

Dine here yourself:

The National
557 Lexington Ave. (at 50th st.)
New York, NY 10022
Reservations T. 212 715 2400
www.thenationalnyc.com

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