Saturday, September 3, 2016

TONIGHT'S DINNER: STUFFED PORTOBELLOS


Click images to enlarge


Begin with a few Portobello mushrooms.  Remove the stems.  Lightly salt the 'shrooms.

Slice up a few Jalapeno peppers.  These red ones were grown by Rockingham County Commissioner Marc Richardson.

Open up a bag of shredded cheese.  We used an Italian Cheese Blend.  Use whatever you like.

Sprinkle a generous portion of cheese into the mushroom caps.  Don't be stingy.

Top the cheese with the sliced peppers.  And then add a dash of ground black pepper.


Here's what they look like before being put into a 350 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes.

When the cheese looks melted and the 'shrooms are a little wrinkled, pull them out.  They're done.

Serve them with a steak sandwich.  These babies are delicious!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

MYTHOS GRILL

Click images to enlarge

It sits on a small hill.  There are some trees blocking the view.  You can't see the parking lot from the street.  A road sign is the only indication of its existence. To say the least, the restaurant atop 2412 Battleground Avenue in Greensboro is a bit obscure.  

MYTHOS GRILL was Debbie's idea.  I was a bit reluctant.  I couldn't imagine eating a dinner of everything wrapped in grape leaves or drinking wine that tastes like Pine-Sol.

I was wrong.  Everything is not wrapped in grape leaves.  They offered a Pine-Sol wine, Kourtaki Retsina, but we didn't drink any alcohol.  I wanted to try the MYTHOS Greek beer, but I didn't.  We stuck with water.

We kicked things off with fried Zucchini sticks and Tzatziki sauce.  That's the Tzatziki sauce in front on the left - the white sauce.  The other on the right is Greek salad dressing.  We had to guess which sauce was which because there was no one to ask.

Debbie kinda wrinkled her nose when I ordered the Zucchini, but she was quickly won over on the first taste.  I feel funny writing about Zucchini, but here I am writing about it and loving the taste.  I guess you could fry anything and I would love it.

Here is my Greek salad.  I'm not sure what makes it a Greek salad.  It was lettuce, tomato, feta cheese, olives, green peppers, cucumbers, and of course the Greek salad dressing.  All the ingredients are fresh and crisp.  The Greek salad dressing was pink and it was slightly sweet and tart at the same time.  That's pretty much it for the salad.

This is Debbie's Authentic Gyro.  According to the menu, it is "three strips of our Gyro, cooked on our special gyro machine" - that's it.  As you can see, it's a bit more than "three strips of our gyro".  It was actually a sandwich made of pita bread stuffed with Gyro meat, lettuce, and some other stuff.  The menu was not of any help and there was no waiter to ask.

This is Debbie's Spanakopita.  There used to be two pieces on her plate, but she nearly demolished one.  Spanakopita is spinach pie.  The crust is pastry.   Debbie was not impressed with the Spanakopita.  She said she makes it better.  It's been some time since Debbie made Spanakopita, so I won't comment on her claim.

This is my Combination Platter.  From left to right is Spanakopita, Chicken Souvlaki , and Gyro.  Souvlaki is a meat on a stick.  In my case, it was chicken.  There are two pieces of pita bread under the Souvlaki and another small cup of Tzatziki for dipping the Souvlaki.

My Spanakopita was cooked several minutes more than Debbie's, but it still tasted fine.  The Souvlaki was a bit dry, but it was good with pita bread and a dab of Tzatziki. 

The Gyro meat could have been made of almost anything.  All I can say with certainty is that it was incredible.  Very, very nicely flavored and very tender.  If we go back, I will order a big pile of Gyro.

Here's Debbie stuffing her pie hole with Spanakopita.  She loves it when I snap photos of her with food in her mouth.

The MYTHOS GRILL team gave us a thumbs-up when they noticed they were being photographed.

Notice the Sanitation Grade on the right side of the photo.  It indicates a score of 97.5.

I point this out because, according to the MYTHOS web site, "At Mythos Grill we are very proud of the fact that we, in our 7 years in business, have not received a health rating score of less than 100"

Although the restaurant appeared really clean. that claim of a seven year perfect score is obviously not true.

Here is a view of the MYTHOS GRILL dinner crowd.  In the restaurant, there were probably twice as many people as you see in the photo.  This was a busy place.  A lot of customers came in to pick up to-go orders.

When we entered MYTHOS we were told to find a seat wherever he could.  We grabbed the first seats near the front door.  

A waiter took our order.  He returned a few minutes later with two cups of sauce, threw them down, and scurried away. No explanation, no nothing.

He returned a little later with the food, threw it down, and ran away.  I don't think we ever saw him again.

After dinner we waited and waited for the bill.  It never came to the table.  We gave up, stepped to the register, and paid what we owed.  Debbie noted the guy running the register seemed to have a good memory.  He knew what we had ordered.

I'm not sure whether the abrupt service is normal for a Greek grill or they were just too busy to be nice.  It was the type of service you might expect at a hamburger or hot dog stand.  Wham, bam, thank you, ma'am! 

The food was good.  The prices were reasonable.  Nobody was mean.  Nobody was nasty.  Just don't expect to be pampered or fussed over.  Ain't nobody got time for dat!

This is the dessert we ordered to-go.  It is two pieces of Baklava.  Debbie said it was too sweet.  I thought it was pretty tasty, although it was missing nuts.  We have ordered Baklava from Amazon and various other restaurants.  Baklava always contains walnuts or pistachios.

Our dinner for two was about $30, including the tip, which was pretty meager.

Next planned outing: Saffron

Sunday, August 7, 2016

BRIXX AND MAXIE B'S

Click images to enlarge

Debbie is standing at 1424 Westover Terrace in Greensboro.  That's the address for Brixx Wood Fired Pizza.  

It sounds marvelous, doesn't it?  Pizza cooked in a wood burning oven, all smokey and flavorful.  But, there's more to the story than smoke.  There is some disappointment, too.  And flies.  Yes, flies.

Brixx sounds classy.  It is nicely decorated.  It looks like somewhere that would serve a great pizza.

Here's a look at Brixx's "wood fired" pizza oven.  It's not a good look, but it's the best we could do under the circumstances.  There's a glass panel separating the oven from the dining area, so there's a lot of glare in this photo.  That's the reflection off the glass you're mostly seeing.

In the background you see the flames rising from the oven, but there ain't no way it's a wood fired flame.  Brixx's "wood fired" pizza is almost guaranteed to be running on gas, like pretty much every other pizza oven.  If there's any wood anywhere near that oven, it's an amazing wood that never burns down or flickers or has to be fed more wood to keep burning.  And, it's doesn't produce any wood odor, none.  There's no smell of smoke inside the restaurant or outside on the sidewalk.

Debbie has an incredible "nose" for odors.  Her sense of smell is so good she can smell odors that are not even there.  She said she smelled the tiniest whiff of wood outside.  I didn't.  She may have been smelling the rafters inside the building.

More importantly there was not the slightest taste or smell of wood on the pizza.

We each ordered a salad.  Debbie had the Brixx Salad (left).  It was a "spring mix" (in the middle of summer) with pistachios, goat cheese, and croutons with balsamic vinaigrette dressing.  At the top of the plate is a piece of focaccia bread.  I tried her focaccia.  It was flavorful, but it cried out for a little warmth.  It was stone cold.  Debbie liked her salad.  

I was less enthusiastic about my Spinach Salad (right) with roasted red peppers, feta cheese, pistachios and a honey-chipotle dressing.

Here's a closer look at my Spinach Salad.  It was pretty much like cramming giant, elephant-sized spinach into my mouth.  That's three leaves stuck on my fork.  The salad tasted like I had been to the grocery store and stuffed a brown paper bag with spinach and then served it in a bowl at Brixx.

We were given no choice of dressing.  All the salads on the menu came with house-selected dressing.

Here's the pizza we ordered.  It's a RUSTICA.  It's a 10-inch pie with prosciutto, mozzarella, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, and roasted garlic.  All pizzas on the menu are 10-inch.

The crust was thin, but still chewy.  There was plenty of garlic, but I don't remember tasting any mushroom.  It looked very nice, but had absolutely no hint of smoke.  The flavor was good, but not extraordinary. 

I had expected extraordinary from BRIXX.  I don't why I had such a high expectation.  Maybe it was from all the Brixx advertising online.

When the pie was served, it came with a side order of two flies.  They immediately descended on our table as soon as the pizza was served.  You can see one perched on the side of the plate in the center of the photo.  The other one was hovering in the air above the plate, waiting for a signal to come in for a landing, I suppose.

I know it's hard to keep flies out of a restaurant without an airlock-style door, or an air curtain but damn...why did I have to get the flies?  

IT WAS FLIES.  IT WAS A RESTAURANT.   THERE WERE FLIES ON MY FOOD!   UGH!

Be sure to click this image to get a close-up view of one of our flies.

When a waitress was not busy waiting on her tables, she took a break to make up boxes for pizza-to-go.  I watched her for a few minutes.  She was not quite as quick as the guy in the Domino's commercial, but she managed to turn out a short stack in a couple of minutes.  Her time might have been better spent with a fly swatter,

At this point I'd like to make a confession - I eat my pizza like Donald Trump eats pizza.  No, not with Sarah Palin, but with a fork.  I am so ashamed. 

The Brixx Pizza tab was about $35 with tip.  That's a lot to pay for three small slices of pizza each and some greens.

I almost forgot - Debbie and I shared a Red Oak Amber Lager beer,

We stopped at Maxie B's for dessert on the way home.  We bought our dessert to-go.

Maxie B's is located at 2403 Battleground Avenue, which is just a mile or so down the street from Brixx.

Notice anything unusual about the photo?  No, I don't mean the woman emptying the trash.  There's no line out the door.  I've never been to Maxie B's when I didn't have to stand in a line out the door.  Of course I've never been to Maxie B's shortly after 5 PM, which is when we were there.  There was a short line in the shop, but we only waited for a minute or two to be served.

Here's a view of Maxie B's incredible dessert display.  We didn't see any flies ar Maxie B's

Debbie enjoys her half of a slice of Hummingbird cake from Maxie B's.  Hummingbird is made with m bananas, pineapple, and pecans.  It is also loaded with sugar.  The sugar will make your teeth hurt if you eat too fast.

The cake was a tad on the dry side. I suspect this was because we rode the cake around in a hot car and then let it sit on a table for a couple of hours before eating.  The cake was still delicious, as always.

Maxie B's tab was $5.60.

It's a changing world.  This is a bar.  In a grocery store.

This photo has nothing to do with our dining out experience.  I was just blown away by a bar in a grocery store.  This is Lowes on Church St, in Greensboro.  Apparently a lot of Lowes (not the Reidsville Lowes) have opened bars for tasting and drinking beer.  I didn't see any wine, but they definitely had beer by the glass.  

And, they were offering "growler" service.  "Growler" service is where you bring your jug in and they fill it with beer.  Until very recently state law forbid "growler" service unless you brewed the beer on premises.  There was no rhyme or reason behind the prohibition on "growler" service by a non-brewer.  It was just another ridiculous state alcohol law. 

This grocery store bar development was matched by a convenience store we saw on Battleground Ave.  On the outside of the store was a large sign that said "WINE BEER".  Nothing sounds odd about that unless you know state alcohol regulations forbids such signs.  

We would have been skinned alive if we had put a "WINE BEER" sign on our shop in Reidsville.

Click images to enlarge



Saturday, July 23, 2016

TASTE OF THAI

Click images to enlarge

We were headed to Luigi's Italian in Summerfield, but the parking lot was so crowded we took a long detour to TASTE OF THAI on Westover Terrace in Greensboro.  The address is actually 1500 Mill Street, but the restaurant is located in the Westover Gallery of Shops.  Click on the link and go to the contact page to get yourself oriented if you're not familiar with the area.  We were definitely familiar because we've been to TASTE OF THAI many times.  We've never been disappointed.  The food is always good.  They do a buffet at lunch and offer a regular but a frequently changing menu in the evening,

I don't remember seeing the Oriental Grill sign before.  Maybe it's new.  I'm not sure what it means.  Note: I did a Google search on Oriental Grill.  The results were not entirely clear, but seemed to indicate Oriental Grill was a separate restaurant operated by the TASTE OF THAI.  Oriental Grill is now permanently closed.

This is the salad served at TASTE OF THAI.  I know it doesn't look like much and it isn't much.  A few pieces of torn up lettuce and a couple of carrot slices.  But it is damned good when they throw some of their peanut sauce dressing on it.  I could drink the dressing with a straw if somebody put it in a glass.

Here's my entree.  I know it looks like a tangled, undefined mess, but it was actually quite good. It was go good I slopped it all over my shirt, before putting a napkin cover on.  Then I slopped it on the napkin.  It must be terribly embarrassing to eat a good meal with me.

At first I wanted the Nua Koong, which was some sort of beef dish with tamarind sauce, but since I couldn't pronounce it, I settled on my second choice - Green Gulf.  Green Gulf turned out to be napkin slopping good.

Green Gulf doesn't sound good or look good, but that was not the case.  The green liquid is Green Curry Sauce.  I know it looks like vomit, baby poop, or pea soup.  Fortunately it tasted nothing like vomit, baby poop, or pea soup.  

The green sauce was delicious after I got over the initial burn in my mouth.  It was not heat burn.  I was spicy burn.  I love spicy food, but the green curry sauce was a shock,  I wasn't sure I was going to be able to eat it.  After three or four bites, and the addition of a little white rice, everything settled down.  I wanted to lick the bowl after I was done.

Click here for information about green curry.

In the green curry sauce is mixed seafood - lobster, shrimp, scallops, squid, and unnamed fish.  I had to dig the lobster out of its shell, but it was worth the effort.  The squid sounded suspicious, but that was good too.  I normally only eat squid when it's served as Calamari.  Bread it and fry it up and the rubber bands become pretty tasty.  They are also tasty when served with green curry sauce.

The shrimp and scallops were of course delicious.  I don't know about the unnamed fish since I couldn't identify which part of the dish was the unnamed fish.

There were several vegetables in the dish which I could not identify.  They all tasted good with the green curry sauce on them.  I did recognize string beans, which I hate.  But, the green sauce worked its magic and the string bean flavor was not recognizable, unless I separated one bean out of the mixture and tasted it by itself.

The small dish at the upper left is Crab Rangoon with yet another spicy sauce.  The Rangoon appetizer was quite good.  Rangoon is a fried wanton stuffed with crab, cream cheese, green onions, and garlic.  The spicy sauce was entirely different from all the other spicy sauces we were served.  The Thais know their spicy sauces!

Here's Debbie's plate(s).  She decided to order a gaggle of appetizers rather than a single dish.  On the right is Nua Jim Jaew.  Nua Jew Jaew is grilled sliced Sirloin with a spicy sauce.  I tasted this one.  It was very good.  To the left are Spring Rolls stuffed with glass noodles and vegetables and another spicy sauce.  At the top is Blanket Shrimp.  These are shrimp wrapped with spring roll paper and yet more spicy sauce.  I have no idea what spring roll paper is, but it's crunchy and tasty. I've had the Spring Rolls and the Blanket Shrimp, so I know they are good.  The two red sauces were the same. 

Here's the complimentary dessert they served after the meal.  Debbie and I each got one.  Neither Debbie nor I could figure out what it was.  It had no real distinctive flavor.  It had a slight fruit taste, but nothing I could identify.  The texture was a bit waxy but soft.  It looks sweet, but it wasn't.  It wasn't bad, but I couldn't call it good either.  It just was.  I seem to recall TASTE OF THAI pulling the same mystery dessert trick every time we've eaten there.

I'm showing this guy in order to brag about how honest we are.  He had no idea his wallet fell out of his back pocket while eating.  I saw it happen, pointed it out to Debbie, and she picked it up and returned it to the man.  He was very grateful, but he didn't offer to pay for my dinner or anything.  Oh, well...

Dinner set us back about $48.00 with the tip.  The tip was pretty meager.  

The kid waiter seemed in a daze.  Maybe it was his first day on the job.  Maybe he had too many hits on the opium pipe.  Asking for water with no lemon confused the hell out of him.  I had to ask again later to have my water glass refilled.  I asked to see a menu after dinner to take a photo of the dishes we ordered, so I could write this review.  He brought me a fresh glass of water, but not the menu.  Debbie had to get up and ask the cashier for a menu.  Otherwise we never saw our waiter.  The restaurant was less than half full.  Busy was not an excuse.

This was the one time out of many visits to TASTE OF THAI that the service was lacking, but the food was really good.  Try it sometime, but be adventurous when you order.  Hopefully, you will be rewarded. 

By the way, the lunch buffet is great!

Click images to enlarge

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

TONIGHT'S DINNER: LINGUINE WITH SHRIMP AND BABY SPINACH

Click images to enlarge


We've been on a roll this week!

Debbie really is a good sport whenever I point a camera in her direction.  Here she prepares to take a bite out of a Linguine with Shrimp and Baby Spinach dish she has just prepared.  It was another Graziani recommended recipe.

This was a quick and easy one and it was delicious.  And, I don't normally like Spinach, even if Popeye eats it all the time.


Here is the pasta Debbie used.  It was actually a Spaghetti rather than a Linguine, although I'm not nearly Italian enough to know the difference between Spaghetti and Linguine.  If you know, leave the answer in the comments.  All I know is the pasta boasted that it is Protein Plus.  I guess that's a good thing.

Below is a quick video of the recipe:

video

Enjoy!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

TONIGHT'S DINNER: GARLIC BUTTER SALMON


TONIGHT'S DINNER: GARLIC BUTTER SALMON
Debbie is a pretty good cook. Actually she is a great cook. We copies recipes accurately and makes a lot of tasty original dishes.
Occasionally we come across a recipe to try. One was recently posted on Facebook by Misti AndCarmine Graziani. The Grazianis post a lot of good recipes, but they often don't fit within our diet restrictions.
This new recipe is called GARLIC BUTTER SALMON and it fit nicely into our diet. Plus Debbie at least weekly cooks Salmon and Zucchini anyway. All she had to do was add a couple of ingredients and some paper.
Salmon is placed on Zucchini slices and baked with Italian seasoning, lemon, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese. The dish is then baked in parchment paper.
Debbie served it with sweet kale salad, sliced cucumbers, and sliced tomatoes.
The Salmon was very tasty and the Zucchini was great. The Salmon could have used more garlic and more Parmesan, but everything benefits from more garlic and more Parmesan,
I'm told the Zucchini was picked fresh this morning from a local garden, which I suppose explains why it tasted exceptionally good.
The Salmon was good, but I have to say Debbie's normal Salmon preparation is better. Debbie usually says some Magic Words and then adds a little Panko bread crumb to the Salmon before baking. A dash of breading, like garlic and Parmesan, makes everything better.
Anyway that was tonight's dinner. Thanks to Misti and Carmine for the tip. 
A link to the recipe is below:



Saturday, July 2, 2016

PASTABILITIES

Click images to enlarge.

Let me begin this review by telling you the restaurant is located at 1726 Battleground Ave. in Greensboro.  I believe it's called Lawndale Shopping Center.  There is a link to the restaurant below.  Click it to learn more.  

Note when you visit the PASTABILTIES web page the photos section.  There's lots of photos of the food, the customers, and the restaurant.  Unfortunately, all the photos are so tiny you can barely see them and there appears to be no way to enlarge them.  It's very frustrating.  It's definitely a missed marketing opportunity.

I've always wanted to try PASTABILITIES.  I can't say for sure why, but it's always been near the top of my list.  I guess a restaurant with the word "PASTA" in it's name is the trigger.   Everything with pasta is supposed to be better.

The GOOGLE reviews of PASTABILITIES are mixed.  Some diners felt the place was fabulous, while others said the service was poor, the food tasted "processed" and "microwaved."  Something was amiss.  How could one of Greensboro's best restaurants offer poor service and serve processed and microwaved food?

Then PASTABILITES appeared in Spoon University's list of Greensboro's top 15 restaurants.  It was time to visit PASTABILITIES and put all my anxiety and doubt to rest.

This sign greets you when you enter PASTABILITIES.  We arrived at around 6:30 PM and had no trouble finding a seat in a what I thought was a sweet spot.  We were expecting to stand in a line to wait for a table.  It didn't happen.  We were very quickly met by a smiling waitress ready to take our order.

Let me say PASTABILITIES is not nearly so large as it appears in the restaurant's web site.  That was a good thing.

Until the restaurant was filled it was a fairly quiet evening.  As customers continued to arrive, the noise level grew.  To get to the restroom, you had to weave your way around tables and dodge waitresses who were scurrying here and there 

Debbie said the place had the feel of a "community bistro".  I'm not sure what she meant by "community bistro".  Maybe her comment will help you.

I believe PASTABILTIES considers itself to be an Italian restaurant, but the menu had a bit of everything.  I had to take notes while I read the menu.  That's my notes you see on the left.

I counted sixteen different salads, eleven appetizers, ten sandwiches. five chicken dishes, five seafood dishes, three hamburgers, five Italian specialties, five meat entrees, four vegetarian dishes, three pizzas, five items on the kids menu, plus an almost infinite number of BUILD YOUR PASTA combinations.  Plus about a dozen different desserts.

It was hard not to be reminded of Alvin Toffler's FUTURE SHOCK - the book in which TOFFLER predicts the future will be "dazed and confused" by too many choices.  How the PASTABILITIES kitchen staff gets the orders right must be a trick unto itself.

I would have been happy with just BUILD YOUR PASTA, the wine, and a dessert list.

I forgot to mention the dozens and dozens of wines, beers, and cocktails that were available.  This view is but a partial selection of wines that were on the menu.  Of course, the wine Debbie ordered was sold out.  

So, we washed our dinner down with water and of course the waitress brought our waters with slices of lemon in the glass after being specifically asked not to put lemon in the water.  I normally pick the lemon out and lay it on the table.  This time I picked the two slices of lemon out of our glasses and handed them directly back to the waitress. 

I remember the days when if you asked for water, they brought you water without any useless fruit in the glass.  I'd like to know who started the lemon in the water thing many, many years ago.  If you know, please tell me so I can find him or her and throttle the life out of that person.  Now you must request "no lemon" in your water and you will probably still get the lemon about half the time

Here's a shot of the bar with the mandatory TV.  I don't think anyone was paying attention to the TV.  A second TV on the other end of the room was not even turned on.  Notice the large bouquet of flowers on the right. 

OK, now it's time to talk about the food.  This is an appetizer called "mozzaluna".  It's crescents of mozzarella cheese breaded with herbs, romano cheese, fried, and served with marinara sauce.  It sounds good, doesn't it?  It wasn't.

I was served three crescents in the contraption you see standing behind the plate. I could only eat two.  I don't usually waste restaurant food.  Debbie tasted one of mine and immediately pooh-poohed it.

It was several hours later before I made the connection between "luna" and the shape of the appetizer.  Mozza I had figured out pretty quickly.  I'm slow like that at times.

I now understand the Google reviews that called the food processed and microwaved.  Mozzaluna could have come out of a brightly colored box pulled from a Walmart freezer

Check out this mozzaluna after I've taken a bite out of it.  There was barely any mozza in the luna.  It was nearly a hollow shell.

This was Debbie's appetizer - Gotcha Foccacia   These weren't bad, especially after dipping them in the cream tomato sauce shown with them.  Gotcha Foccacia is fried bread covered in Parmesan cheese.  They were pretty tasty.

This is my BUILD YOUR PASTA dish.  It's whole wheat linguine with a cream sauce, romano cheese, pine nuts, and Cajun anduoille sausage.  It is spiced with garlic, black pepper and crushed red pepper.  I never tasted any pine nuts.  Maybe they were there, maybe they weren't.

I've eaten whole wheat pasta for many years.  I know what whole wheat pasta tastes like.  This pasta did not taste like whole wheat.  It had a rough and coarse texture.  Pasta should not be rough and coarse.  Somebody forgot to scale the fish before cooling.

The dish was not good, but I suppose I will have to take some of the blame - I ordered it that way.  All of the ingredients sound tasty, but when you put together - not so much.  One clue that it was not just my bizarre combination was the sausage.  I tasted it by itself.  It had no flavor.  Well, maybe the flavor of chewy moistened cardboard.  I went to college in Louisiana - I know my Cajun sausage.

If you decide to BUILD YOUR PASTA, I hope you have more success than I did.  It's the way to go at PASTABILITIES, but you've got to get it right.

This is Debbie's entree.  It's a FRIED OYSTER SALAD.  The oysters were large, crunchy, plump, and juicy.  They were served on spinach with mushrooms, carrots and a bacon vinegarette.  This was a good dish.  Why does Debbie always order the good stuff and I get the dregs?

As if the BUILD YOUR PASTA with mezzaluna and foccacia weren't enough carbohydrates, our entrees were served with dinner rolls and butter.

At the risk of exceeding our carbohydrate tolerance level, we declined dessert.

This is Cindy Essa.  She's the owner of PASTABILITIES.  Our camera drew her attention.  She wanted to know why we were taking pictures.  You would think with all the camera phones around no one would pay any attention to a camera anymore.  Debbie said I draw attention because I use an "old school" camera rather than a cell phone.   Debbie explained that I was a "food blogger" and PASTABILITIES was on a list of Greensboro's top 15 restaurants.  That answer seemed to pacify Cindy and she smiled for our camera. 

Cindy said a lot of other things, but I couldn't hear a word she was saying, even though she was only three feet away.  She was competing with the restaurant noise.

PASTABILTIES is good for carbo-loading, but I doubt we will ever return to PASTABILITIES.  Debbie's dishes were good, but mine weren't.  The service was fine.  

PASTABILITIES does not belong on a list of top 15 restaurants.  Somebody made a mistake by putting it on the list.

The tab was about $39.00 with a tip.

Click images to enlarge.