Taj Mahal (Nasssau, Bahamas)

Here we were with @tarajroth. Our last meal at Nassau of 2013. We had to go out and venture out on the island and get some good grub.

As always I asked around to crew members and I was told to check out Taj Mahal. Formerly known as Green Shutters. It was an Irish Pub way back in the day.

@tarajroth and I walked out and had no idea where to go. Luckily, I am not a typical male and asked for directions as many times as I could. It seemed the locals were sending us all kinds of different ways.

Finally a taxi driver led us to the right direction. From Bay Street you go to Parliament and go up the hill. Taj Mahal is on the right.

The Green shutters cannot be missed. We walked in and some locals were sitting down enjoying a good meal. We were greeted by a lovely young lady and sat down near the bar area.

Mango Lassi with Cinnamon

Chicken Vindaloo. The spice was perfect. I walked out sweating. Just like I like it.

Chicken Korma. @tarajroth ordered this one. I didn’t want to taste it because my dish was so yummy.

Garlic Naan. Very garlicky. Amazing.

Feast Shot.
 The place is expensive, but worth every penny. The portions are more than generous and the flavor and spice was like no other. Service is spot on. I will be going back and taking friends here.

Two Thumbs Up.
 Taj Mahal
 Parliament Street
 Nassau, Bahamas

Location:Parliament Street

Poncitlan Jalisco

I was craving a good Mexican breakfast for about three years now. Which was the last time I was here.

This was a great way to start my morning. I flew in to Chicago today and my parents took me straight to their favorite Mexican breakfast place. Poncitlan has been here for years. They have become good friends with my parents. Jose the owner of Poncitlan jokes with my dad about which soccer team they root for.

The place is pretty big. I mean it is no Kissimmee. This has much room and the staff here are working hard in the kitchen making every order as quickly as possible.

Guacamole. I love going to good Mexican restaurants and ordering this. All of the ingredients nice and fresh. Just what the doctor ordered.

Salsa and Guacamole.
Elvia was our server today. When we walked in the table was set and the menus laid on the table. Elvia knew my parents would be coming today since they come every Sunday. The place gets full quickly with all the locals. By the time we left people were waiting outside to be seated. Now lets talk FOOD!!

Desayuno Poncitlan. The Poncitlan breakfast. 3 over easy eggs, topped with ranchero sauce and ribeye.

Desayuno Poncitlan.
This is the same dish with no ranchero sauce. My mom and dad like it plain. I enjoyed it with the sauce on top.

Chilaquiles Rojos.
I was very hungry after a short flight from Orlando. I always have to order one more thing just to have something extra. I ordered this as a side. It tends to come with eggs and steak as well.

Elvia y Jose, Gracias for todo. Mis papas siempre hablan de ustedes y que siempre los tratan muy bien. Se los agradezco mucho.

Foodbidden Parents APPROVED!!

Poncitlan Jalisco
4460 W Diversey
Chicago, IL 60639
(773) 685-1162
Monday to Thursday, 9am to 10pm
Friday and Saturday, 8:00am to 11:00pm
Sunday 8:00am to 9:00pm

Poncitlan Jalisco Taqueria Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Location:4460 W Diversey, Chicago, IL 60639

El Tenampa Mexican Restaurant

With their new and improved look Tenampa is leading the way in Mexican food in this area. Rated as one of the best in any app, website, review, etc. This is a hard place to get into. Always busy! Full of people from literally all over the world.

It used to look pretty bad and beat up. The parking lot is still a little scary, but I like how they spruced this place up.

Today was a daddy daughter day. @Xobejm was feeling adventurous so we decided to come to Tenampa.

We arrived right at 5:00pm. I knew that would be a good time to beat all the local traffic and the tourist traffic as well. Tenampa is next to the India Diner.

Even the menu got a facelift. Loads to choose from. @Xobejm decided to play it safe and order the quesadilla. I had to get the steak.

Jugo de Mango, Piña, and Lemonade. Lucia our server brought it out for us to try their different jugos. Very tasty. Our favorite was the Lemonade. We also had to make it into a Mickey Mouse shape. : )

I ordered the jugo de guayaba. This jugo hits the spot all the time. Delicioso!

Chips and salsa to start our food adventure. We always have to be careful with how much we eat because we don’t want to get too full. Now….on with the FOOD STUFF!!!!

Arrachera El Tenampa. Steak with cactus and grilled onions,
rice, beans, avocado, and pico de gallo. It deserved two pictures. The meat was outstanding and the hot pepper was super spicy. That made me very happy.

Chicken and Cheese quesadilla with rice and beans. This was @xobejm dish. She was so overwhelmed with all the choices she decided to go the safe route.

Flan. Ok, ok. I know I say the same old thing every time. I am not a fan, but I had to try it. Made for a great photo too. This flan was great. Seriously, over the top great. Maybe I am becoming a fan of flan now.

Tres Leches. This was interesting. The berries in the middle just didn’t do it for me. The icing on the top is good. Not my favorite. I rather go with the flan.

Overall great place.
Lucia, Gracias for the great customer service. You were awesome!

Baby Girl APROBADO!!

Foodbidden APROBADO!!

El Tenampa Mexican Restaurant
(407) 397-1981
4565 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway
Kissimmee, FL 34746

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Location:4565 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway Kissimmee, FL 34746

La Herradura Mexican Restaurant

Mexican restaurant with some class. Great looking interior. Used to be Martin’s BBQ on the the corner of John Young Parkway and Deerfield. Now it has been redesigned and has had a facelift. Welcome La Herradura to Orlando. It’s been open for three weeks now.

Love the decor. Staff is beyond friendly. As soon as I was approaching the entrance the staff opened the door for me as welcomed me to the restaurant.

Some locals were here already enjoying the lunch specials and the mid afternoon margaritas.

Plenty of room on the inside but even more seating outside. Today was chilly so I chose to sit indoors. I would love to see this place at night full of people enjoying the food and the ambience.

Chips and salsa are always the perfect start to a good meal. Millena was my server today and she was so pleasant. Great service is a must for me.

Number 4 Lunch combo. One grilled cheese steak and one grilled cheese chicken taco with rice, beans, and salad.

Number 4 Lunch Combo. Everything was delicious. The chicken and the steak were very well made. La Herradura should and will be doing big things in this location. BUEN PROVECHO!!

Millena, Gracias por tu servicio y tu sonrisa tan linda. La comida estuvo deliciosa. Voy a regresar con mi familia muy pronto.

Foodbidden APPROVED!!!

La Herradura
(407) 851-7799
12701 S John Young Parkway
Orlando, FL 32837

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Location:S John Young Pkwy,Orlando,United States

Amazonas Latin Grill

Today’s photos are courtesy of @tarajroth. Thank you so much for the photos.

I love that wifey knows what kind of pics I like for the blog. Located where the Walmart is on Sand Lake and John Young Parkway. Inside that same plaza.

Buffet style is just my type. Wifey says there is a menu, but the locals come here for the buffet and the various selections. Not many people come and sit down and eat. They get the food and take it to go.

Ropa Vieja (Shredded Beef) corn and rice. The lunch is magnificent. That is also all they have. Their operating hours are very limited. They open for lunch and close at 3pm and according to @urbanspoon they are closed on the weekends.

I had to show this picture with the Guarana drink. @Tarajroth you truly hit the nail on the head with this shot.


Amazonas Latin Grill
(407) 903-9535
8273 South John Young Parkway
Orlando, FL 32819

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Location:8273 South John Young Parkway Orlando, FL 32819

Valerie’s Mexican Restaurant and Bakery

This establishment has Closed

Valerie’s has been here for two years and I found it by accident today. Best accident ever! 192 is always on the go and it’s always a traffic nightmare. While looking for a new place with @xobejm we found this beautiful gem of a restaurant.

Now I have always said, being Guatemalan and living in Kissimmee has made me a Mexican restaurant pro. While living in Chicago my parents always took me to Mexican restaurants. So, I have become the Mexican dining connoisseur. Kissimmee has now had more Mexican restaurants come into town.

Valerie’s is a restaurant and bakery. As you can tell by the picture they have a bit of everything. Some groceries can be picked up while getting your baked needs on this side and getting an authentic home cooked meal on the other side.

Don’t be fooled by her size. Valerie’s packs a punch when it comes to their menu selection. Carmen the woman behind all the magic makes her meals truly authentic, Guanajato Style (Insert Gangnam Style dance). While Ramon the new owner greets the customers who come in with a smile. Now, lets get to the FOOD stuff!!!

Steak taco to start with. My “Go To” dish at any Mexican restaurant. Nice bite six steak taco with cilantro and onions. Also, a side of grilled onions and lime. Perfect combination.

Steak Torta. With the works, tomato, lettuce, mayo, beans, etc. @xobejm and I like the bread extra toasty. It gives the sandwich more crunch. I chose all my dishes with steak today. I was feeling carnivorous. Great flavor in this sandwich. Carmen was happy to hear that we liked her sandwich. She emphasized that the secret ingredient is that she cooks with love.

Chilaquiles Rojos with rice, beans, and salad with avocado. The Guanajato style comes with steak, cilantro, onions, and a spicy kick that made my nose run for about thirty minutes. AMAZING!! So much kick I should have bought shin guards.

Carne Asada with rice, beans, side salad, and avocado. The meals also come with corn tortillas that are nice and hot when served to the table. Once again, great flavor! The meat was nice and tender.

Steak Gordita. I would say the picture says it all. The presentation alone is amazing. I couldn’t stop looking at it. Carmen went above and beyond on this one. She truly is an artist. Filled it to the gills with complete yumminess. This is not your regular gordita. Valerie’s has taken this gordita to a whole new level. DELICIOUS!

Baby Girl and I were too full to even see the dessert menu. We will be going again soon. Guaranteed! If the secret ingredient is love than I will be back several more times for it. Fantastic place. I highly recommend it. Great prices, great people, and amazing food. You can’t go wrong at Valerie’s!

Ramon y Carmen. Muchísimas Gracias for ser tan amables conmigo y mi nena. Nos encanta comer, pero más que todo nos encanta las personas que son cariñosas. Se nota que tienen mucho orgullo en lo que hacen. Los felicito por tener un negocio realmente Mejicano en Kissimmee. Ya saben que nos veremos muy pronto.

Baby Girl APROBADO!!!

Foodbidden APROBADO!!

Valerie’s Authentic Mexican Restaurant and Bakery
4636 West 192
Kissimmee, FL 34746
(407) 787-4407

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Location:W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy,Kissimm

P.R.’s Taco Palace

The colors alone tell you why I stopped and had to eat here. Right next to @CaskLarder this place has a unique personality. Kandi was the first one to greet me. Very nice and gave me her recommendations. Randi was my server today and was sweet as can be.

Extremely colorful. Looks very festive. Love it. Very strange to not have any Spanish people working here, but the team here is very friendly and I feel like I am in Key West. : )

The place is huge. Huge bar. As you can see everything is written on. The chairs, tables, and the walls are written on with black marker, pen, some carved in the wood, etc. Very cool.

Chips and Salsa. Just the right kick in the salsa. This was very good. Very well made. They have been here for 21 years. Can’t believe I didn’t spot it until now.

Big Red Taco. Chicken breast, breaded then fried and topped with wing sauce and bleu cheese.

Double Stuffed Taco. Crunchy taco filled with ground beef, lettuce, tomato, and cheese wrapped in a flour tortilla with refried beans.

Black beans and rice with cheese. The cheese on top of the rice and beans made this dish amazing.

Everything was very good. Kandi mentioned they have the best burger in town too. Next time I go I will have to check it out. Great place to come and have a good time. If you are eating in, when the train goes by they serve $3.00 tequila shots. By the way, the train goes by often.

Randi and Kandi, thank you so much for the making me feel welcomed as soon as I walked in. You two are very nice. Will come back with the family for sure.

Foodbidden APPROVED!!!

P.R.’s Taco Palace
(407) 645-2225
499 West Fairbanks Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789

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Location:W Fairbanks Ave,Winter Park,United States