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

Juice & Java – Boca Raton, FL

Lunch at Juice and Java

Need to re-energize while shopping? Escape the food court and head over to Juice and Java located behind the Boca Town Center Mall on St. Andrews Boulevard in Boca Raton, FL. The bright café serves a plethora of healthy options including wraps, crepes and organic pasta, as well as a menu filled with specialty juices and all-natural smoothies.

Whether you are looking to take a break in the modern cafe or grab a freshly prepared snack to-go so you can head back to the shoe department at Neimans, you can be sure any selection on the menu will be a good option, since everything is made with natural ingredients and nothing contains artificial preservatives.

Avocado Cups

What we ordered – Avocado Cups, Strawberry Spritzer, Iced Green Tea, and Portabella Wrap.

What we thought – We highly suggest trying the Avocado Cups, listed on the menu as a starter, the two avocado halves are filled with fresh tomatoes and crumbled feta cheese and served on a bed of organic greens. This light and healthy snack will keeps you full and satisfied so you can race through the dressing room in record speed.

There are a variety of wraps listed on the menu, we tried the Portabella wrap: grilled portabella mushrooms, and organic brown rice with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, red cabbage, sprouts, and bell peppers.  It was a fresh salad rolled into a hand held wrap.  We suggest ordering this item with a side of dressing.

Channeling Lilly Pulitzer with our Iced Green Tea and Strawberry Spritzer beverages

Drinks: Get your daily dose of vitamin C with the Strawberry Spritzer – This refreshing beverage boasts a hearty puree of strawberries infused in sparkling water. It was light, quenching, and simple! Perfect for a sweltering Florida afternoon.

The Iced Green Tea was served with two large mint leaves and had a hint of sweetness. This refreshing drink is a perfect on-the-go pick me up and a great alternative to coffee.  But if you are in need of a cup of joe, Juice and Java (obviously) has you covered with a few options to help get you through the day.

The Verdict: Don’t worry about missing a sale.  The service is speedy and there are plenty of tables inside and out for you to enjoy your food. The only thing that might take awhile is deciding what to order! The menu is huge! But just think…in the amount of time it would have taken you to find a healthy option in the mall food court, pry yourself away from the pretty cupcake counter and score a clean table, you can sit back, indulge and restore your shopping mojo right down the street at Juice and Java.

Juice and Java
21316 Saint Andrews Boulevard
Boca Raton, FL 33433
(561) 852-2230

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