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The Park in Golf Mill

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During these tough times, I have finally had the opportunity to have an interview for a new full time position. Unfortunately, I am not getting the hours needed to survive during these rough times at my current job.  A few weeks ago, I checked for job openings on Linkedin and saw many jobs in SanDiego, more importantly…I want to stay in Chicago still. So I applied at the Park in Golf Mill and sure enough, I get a call to set up an interview.

The interview was last Friday and met with the Dining Services Director/Executive.  Before he came out and got me, I was sitting patiently in the lobby area when a resident came along and sat by me. She asked me, what I am all dressed for? Before I could answer, she said, wait..dont tell me…an interview right? What position? I said yes an interview to be a cook. With her New York accent, she was talking about the menu, the food, and how good it has been. A few minutes later, I met with the Director and greeted the kind resident good bye…she wished me luck!

Instantly, the Director was like, that is our toughest resident here and you got to speak to her…Nice! I was saying in my head…sweet! Thank goodness I am getting better at interviewing and got it down packed. Definitely made a great first impression. It lasted about a good hour and then set up a follow up for today. He said come back Tuesday and I will give you 2 proteins to cook for me.

Today I went in and was excited to throwdown in the kitchen. Got the grand tour and met with the staff. I got chicken breasts and tilapia along with pantry and everything else. I asked him if he wanted a full plate, including starch and vegetables…he said no need. Chicken was up first since it takes longer to cook…I figured…hmmm…I will butterfly it and fill it with a traditional breadcrumb stuffing and a simple chicken sauce. I go to the pantry and grab some breadcrumbs, then the cooler for celery, onion, and carrots.  I butter up a saute pan and start to cook down the mirepoix along with some italian seasoning and toss the breadcrumbs in it. Then make a simple chicken base sauce with italian seasoning and thicken it up with a slurry. While i had that all going i went to the back and prepared to butterfly my chicken. Set the sauce aside, filled the stuffing inside and seared em off. Finished off in the oven and ladled some sauce to keep it moist and covered with foil. Next, the fish…hmm…I wanted to keep it simple and just poach it in white wine, lemon juice and dill. I couldnt just serve it alone…So i roasted a red pepper, grilled some lemons for garnish. To finish it off, i made a lemon butter and dill sauce to mate with the tilapia.  Finally, plated both of them up…and wala…2 dishes to present the Director and Executive Chef…

It was a success, the only thing was the chicken base was not low sodium and was slightly salty on their palate. They loved the way it was presented and my idea of butterflying it. The tilapia was refreshing and not too overpowering with the dill…light and simple.

Tomorrow I will get the call…and of course as I walked out, I acknowledged the waitstaff and everyone in the kitchen. They said, they hope to see me soon?? woot woot

Definitely excited to see what will happen. Looking forward to work 40 hour weeks in just 5 days and it is a set schedule….we shall see…=)

Crazy Jaws Roadhouse Restaurant Review

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Wow! I had a great experience dining here! Had to try something new and this place had some great tasting food for those that like a little heat or bbq, and burgers sounded good as well. Was seated and greeted right away, it was a quiet night tonight…our server was on top of things…she mentioned the specials as she passed out the menus…and even changed to channel to the blackhawks game…we started off with smoke bbq chicken wings with ranch, and was tasty. I ordered the pulled pork bbq sandwich which was great…only thing i would recommend is that they dont toast the bread/bun..it takes away from the bbq flavor, otherwise i was still happy…and chose seasoned fries to pair with is…she had jambalaya and jalapeno corn bread…it was tasty…bold flavors and some heat to go with it…it didnt overpower the dish…nice balance! It is a sports bar, plenty of tvs, plenty of tables and space to even play bags! One of the guests even asked us if they can play, how polite…but of course…

Dessert was banana pudding made in house…it was really good too…especially on a cold winter night…not too sweet…not too heavy..nice and warm with caramel sauce and whipped cream and powdered sugar…big portion for dessert!
Definitely a spot to come back to! Maybe we can do a Subaru meet here guys and gals =) Spacious parking lot!

You gotta have the Jambalaya and Banana Bread Pudding…try it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream 😉

4 Stars for really good eats…banana bread pudding made in house and good service!

Leona’s in Des Plaines Restaurant Review

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Unfortunately, not on the top of my list to visit back to dine in at this location =(
I was excited to try some italian cuisine and dont get me wrong the food was really good from our appetizer (calamari), bread service was great with the parmesan compound butter, and entree (got the Duo famous baked mac and cheese and 4 cheese lasagna with a side of meatball (huge piece of meat) lol…then the disappointment dessert…the turtle cheesecake…it was definitely from the freezer and   nuked in the microwave…some of it was hot..some of it was warm, some cold and middle still frozen…Nicole…your turtle cheesecake is still #1 on my list! The 2 stars are for the awesome food, definitely great portions for the price and great flavors on the palate. However, the service was pretty horrible, no drink refills in time, entrees came out while just having a bite of the calamari, grr i dislike when someone drops the entree when the appz just came out! Then the Cheesecake issues…Oh I forgot to mention, the manager was not dressed appropriately unless it was casual friday for them…seriously…khakis and a bright colored polo? also when he collected dishes he dropped them into the bus pans and created loud clanking noises, making it uncomfortable to hold a conversation…The lighting was good, not too bright…food is really good and that what the 2 stars are for. Not a repeat restaurant for me, possibly makes for great carryout?? Looking around, other people seemed to enjoy the food at least…

2 Stars Good Food….Horrible Service