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Weekend Events, December 3, 2016

FRIDAY

120216Carol

2 pm: A Christmas Carol, Hippodrome Theater, various days, times. Featuring Scrooge, Marley, and of course, Tiny Tim. Share the timeless messages of charity, goodwill, and redemption.

 

120216Women

5:30: Certain Women--Opening Night, Hipp Cinema, various days, times. Three strong-willed women (Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, Michelle Williams) strive to forge their own paths in the American Northwest: a lawyer who finds herself contending with both office sexism and a hostage situation; a wife and mother whose determination to build her dream home puts her at odds with the men in her life; and a young law student who forms an ambiguous bond with a lonely ranch hand.

 

120216HippULTI

8:00 THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SHOW (ABRIDGED, Hippodrome Theater, various days, times. Welcome to the Annual Holiday Variety Show and Christmas Pageant at St. Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church. But there’s a problem: none of the acts have arrived, so three members are pressed into service to perform the entire Variety Show and Christmas Pageant by themselves.

SATURDAY

120316Dudley

9 am-3 pm: Fall Farm and Cane Festival, Dudley Farm Historic State Park. Celebrate the region’s by visiting its pioneering past.  The Park Service commemorates Ms. Myrtle Dudley’s birthday by grinding sugar cane and boiling it into cane syrup.  Farm tours, domestic crafts, children’s activities, music and vendors are featured on this living history day.  Demonstrators will be showcasing Florida’s traditions of yesteryear.

 120216Cinderella

1:30 & 7 pm: Cinderella, Danscompany of Ganesville, Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. In this full-length ballet, see if two mean step sisters, Skinny and Dumpy, can capture the heart of the prince. Cheer on Cinderella as she dances the night away at the ball. Sigh as she rides away in her beautiful carriage. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information

3 pm: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Gainesville Pops, First United Methodist Church, 419 NE 1st St.T he Gainesville Pops is a N. Florida wind ensemble. Music includes holiday music, light classical, Broadway and Hollywood pop hits, marches, and jazz.WE 2016.12.02 - Repurpose

4-9 pm: Green Gift Fair, Repurpose Project Fundraiser, 1920 NE 23rd Ave, Gainesville. A festive evening of hot apple cider, local artisans with handmade crafts, photos with Green Sustainable Santa, live music on outdoor stage and x-mas karaoke, kids crafts, Satchel’s Pizza, Swamphead beer and holiday cheer. Visit our Green Gift Fair Crafter’s Village of local artists featuring handmade and repurposed gifts and browse our shop for reclaimed guilt-free gift shopping. There will be crafting stations to create your own unique repurposed gifts for loved ones! Come celebrate the season and the art of repurposed crafts with us! RSVP on our Facebook event page.

 

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6-8 pm: City of Gainesville Tree Lighting, Thomas Center. The Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs hosts its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration at the historic Thomas Center. Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe will be on hand to welcome citizens, and call for the giant tree to be lit. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.

 

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

 120216GFAA

Sat 10-6 & Sun 11-5: Gathering of Artists, Gainesville Fine Arts Association, Gainesville Women’s Club, 2809 W. University Ave.   Featuring the work of 40 award-winning artists with live music and food trucks. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information

 

SUNDAY

120216GLAM

10 am: GLAM Craft Show, Historic GRU Operations Center, 625 SE 5th Ave. Unique gifts made by local artists from Florida and throughout the southeast. This year is bigger than ever with over 70 vendors. Food trucks and beer from local breweries plus a bike valet and a kids' activity area. Free admission. Follow the signs from South Main Street/Depot Road

 

120216CommBand

3 pm: Winter Holiday Concert, Fine Arts Hall, Santa Fe College. A holiday performance by about 80 musicians whose day jobs are teacher, professor, scientist, business professional, student, physician, contractor, realtor, trades-person, and retiree.

 120216Swason

7 pm: Sounds of the Season, An American Holiday, UF Concert Choir, UF Women’s Chorale and UF Symphony Orchestra, Phillips Center or the Performing Arts. Community members including the Gainesville Master Chorale present an array of holiday favorites such as The Little Drummer Boy and White Christmas and two wonderful stories of American Christmases past. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information

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Stones set to release 'Blue & Lonesome'

It started as a break from their own material, then suddenly turned into a full-scale throwback: the Stones returning to their early-1960s days as a blues-loving cover band, knocking out songs live in the studio and recording an entire album in three days. "Blue & Lonesome" is the first studio album the Stones have made since "A Bigger Bang" in 2005; it's due for release on Dec. 2.

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Sushi-2-Go, W. Gainesville

The Pluses and Minuses of the Sushi-2-Go:

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Big Island Bowls

The Pluses and Minuses of the Big Island Bowls:

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V Pizza

'Different' kind of pie enters pizza wars

VpizzaSFBy Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

As my mother would have said, "There are more pizza shops in Gainesville than you can shake a pepperoni at!" With over 20 different pizza restaurants in Gainesville, the GLOB Master was surprised at the unique, very non-ordinary pizza served at V Pizza downtown in previous Vello's location. With a new 90-second, fast- fired pizza process and Amore & La Palude ovens and ingredients imported from Italy, V Pizza quickly delivers a new 'old style' pizza to your table.

The V Pizza owners were "also concerned that peoples' opinions of what pizza was would be very different from what we were serving. Imported dry aged Italian meats, San Marzano tomatoes, and 00 flour? Cheese from a buffalo? Pizzas that aren't perfectly round? Burn marks on the crust."

 

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As a nice surprise I have been introduced to San Marzano tomatoes. What a delicious taste change from the usual tomato, marinara sauce. San Marzano tomatoes are the most famous plum tomato to come out of Italy. They are grown in the rich volcanic soil at the base of Mount Vesuvius, which gives them a sweet flavor and low acidity and they are coveted for their firm pulp, deep red color, easy to remove skin and low seed count. In fact while regular round tomatoes usually have four or five locules or seed pockets, plum tomatoes like those from San Marzano tomatoes have only two.

In addition to pizza, V Pizza also serves wings, paninis, calzones, strombolis, and salads.

V Pizza has a specially priced lunch menu everyday for $9.95 that covers a self-serve beverage, cheese pizza + 1 topping or any any house pizza for $10.95; gluten-free pizzas for an additional $3; paninis, calzone +1 topping for $10.95, and chicken wings. There is a complete V Pizza menu at the bottom of this review.

V Pizza serves their pizzas in full pies. No single slice option here.

 

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GLOB Content Editor Lynn Dirk and I decided to share a pizza and try some of the 'Best chicken wings in Jacksonville,' according to Natassia our server, seated right in image above.

 

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At our special request we split our pizza ingredients in half with Pizza Napoli on one half with included eggplant, roasted red peppers, red onion, fresh mozzarella, goat cheese, fresh garlic, and basil and Pizza Carnivora on the other half with, sopressata (premium pepperoni), pancetta, red onion, roasted garlic, fresh basil, fresh mozzarella, and San Marzano tomato sauce. This was a momma mia lunch.

 

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We also decided to share an order of the wood oven-roasted chicken wings for $12. These 'prime cut' chicken wings larger than I have seen lately were marinated with fresh lemon, extra virgin olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper, fresh garlic, and caramelized onions.

The thick, meaty wings had a pronounced rosemary flavor and a tasty burnt char for an extremely flavorful taste. I did ask Natassia if there were any hot sauces available, and she suggested the calabrian chili pepper sauce. We gave it a try and this sauce was good--not overly hot but left a lingering, flavorful, heat-like sensation in my mouth that made me smile. The singular flavor and texture of these first and second joints make me want to go back and try the other flavors of V Pizza wings.

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Our pizza arrived quickly to our table and looked beautiful. Talking about an obvious food contradiction there sat half of a meatless pie split next to a meat lover's dream lunch.

At first bite I was startled at the deliciously rich taste of the San Marzano tomatoes. WOW! The meat flavors were also pronounced with a prize going to the spicy sausage that included a prominent basil and garlic flavor. The veggie side of the pizza was equally enjoyable with my first experience of sliced eggplant on pizza. On this slice I could also taste the excellent basil, garlic, and goat cheese flavors.

 

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All right GLOBers. Off the top of my head, I'm thinking this is the third flash-fired pizza stand in Gainesville. Granted it ensures your lunch will be ready to eat in a typical one-hour lunch break. In my experience, the downside of the flash-fired, quick-serve pizza process is a limp pizza crust. You must eat the end of you pizza quickly BEFORE the toppings fall onto your plate or some place more disconcerting.

I need to remember to ask them to flash-fire my pizza an additional 10 minutes or so to see if I can get a crispy crust, which I prefer.

 

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The V Pizza building had a familiar look to it with the tables and dining area not much different from its Vello's days. The bar had a friendly, inviting look with several big-screen TVs. They did put some seats in front of the open kitchen where you can enjoy looking into the ceramic-tiled, wood-burning ovens as pizzas are being made and have interesting conversations with the pizza chefs.

V Pizza works for me. I liked the new approach to same old pizza. The chicken wings were really good.

I do need to remember, "COOK PIZZA FOR 10 MORE MINUTES, COOK PIZZA FOR 10 MORE MINUTES, COOK PIZZA FOR 10 MORE MINUTES . . .!"

The Pluses and Minuses of V Pizza

V Pizza + indicators: San Marzano tomatoes are delicious, and the larger than usual chicken wings are very tasty.

V Pizza  - indicators: Lunch prices keep creeping upward with $12 chicken wings, and $16 pizzas.

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Weekend Events. July 29, 2016

FRIDAY

 6:30 pm: The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble Opening Night, Hipp Cinema, 25 SE 2nd Place; various days, times. The story of the renowned international musical collective created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Directed by Morgan Neville, Oscar-winner with the documentary 20 Feet from Stardom and the critically acclaimed Best of Enemies.

 

072916ArtWalk

7 pm: Artwalk, Downtown Gainesville. Free monthly self-guided tour that combines exciting visual art, live performance, and events with local galleries, eateries, and businesses participating. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

 

0722916IRIE

8 pm: The Irie Ones, Free Friday Concert SeriesBo Diddley Community Plaza. Reggae, roots, ska, rock steady, lovers reggae, dance hall music from this five-piece band. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

 

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

072916Purpose

10am-6pm: Back to School Sale! Repurpose Project. ONS of gently used office and school supplies.  Now through the end of September we are having a 25% off sale on all school and office supplies for teachers and students.  Buy used!  Protect the planet!  Save $!  Study!

This non-profit community-based effort to divert resources from landfills through creativity also has:

zzGLOBbullet ReUse Store – A warehouse full of materials for art, construction, school projects, furniture -- Come and explore!

 

zzGLOBbullet Repurposed Art Gallery – A gallery of art made from creatively reused materials. Are you interested in selling your artwork in our gallery?  Stop in with some samples of your work or email photos: info@repurposeproject.org.  At least 75% of the artwork must crated from salvaged/reclaimed materials.

 

zzGLOBbulletFix It Café, Wed, 4-6 – If it’s broke, we fix it!  …and we will show you how! Come by or drop off small items (no bigger than a bread box 2′x3′x3′).  Examples: broken toys, favorite gifts, antiques, sailboats, lamps, things with cords.  Expect some creative repairs.  We don’t have any real “parts.” We will use donated items. 

 

 

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY

Swamp Dance Fest, UF School of Theater and Dance, G-6 Studio - Nadine M. McGuire Pavillion, School of Theatre and Dance. Dance performances created during the festival, performed by students and guests. Many events are free and open to the public. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information

 

SATURDAY

072916Waterweays

5 pm: Celebrating Water and The Arts! Great Outdoors Restaurant, High Springs. Bid on your favorite art piece as the restaurant hosts a silent auction. Book signing by authors, artists, and photographers. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information

 

072916silver

7-11 pm: The Shane Wooten Band, Summer Concert Series, Silver Springs State Park. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a music-filled evening in a beautiful park setting. Performances will use the newly renovated Twin Oaks Mansion Stage at the headwaters of the Silver River. $25.

 

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7 pm: Battle of the Blues Song Writing and Concert, Market St. Pub & Cabaret, Downtown. The North Central Florida Blues Society and Leonardo's Music have teamed up to bring you a this competition and concert. Battle Compete with your original blues song to win a guitar and case or just enjoy the show. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information

 

SUNDAY

072916Rawlings

1 pm: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' Birthday Bash, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park, 18700 S. CR 325, Cross Creek. Though Rawlings' was born August 8th, 1896, The Friends of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm and park staff invite you to an "early" celebration in July since the historic house closes in August and September. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

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The Spot

Smart, fast food lunch in mid-town location

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

TheSpotSFYou know GLOBers, 'hole in the wall' isn't always a bad term. Especially when you are talking mom-and-pop lunch stops.

This was my thought as I sat in the small, friendly lunch stop called The Spot in the Midtown Stadium Club building across from the St. Augustine Catholic Church. The steady procession of customers traveling in and out of The Spot is reason enough to believe this restaurant has a quick, food on the run system figured out.

There is plenty of seating in the common area of the Stadium Club building between two restaurants under this multi-faceted, zoned for every-and-all things necessary for a convenient mid-town experience. Lunchouters from The Spot -- and other restaurants -- seemed to be enjoying themselves with lively conversation and laughs.

Open 11 am-9 pm every day, The Spot has an extensive menu of all the usual lunch entrees with an added attraction of Greek sandwiches and platters including a unique sounding chicken souvlaki with a marinated chicken breast served with fries, pita bread, tzatziki sauce and Greek salad. According to the Live, Eat, Learn website,. "Tzatziki Is a refreshing cucumber, creamy Greek yogurt, and zingy lemon mix creating the perfect condiment for just about everything.

The Spot menu also has four variations of an angus hamburger, specialty sandwiches, quesadillas, chicken wings, and salads. There is a complete menu at the restaurant link below.

 

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One of the two lunch tables in the restaurant was open in the corner allowing me to feel like a hired food professional fork slinger, er, uh, gunslinger with my back against the wall and a lunch world unfolding in front of me,

I too was in a hurry for a quick lunch and I broke down and happily gave into my carbohydrate-blood sugar-raising desires and ordered The Spot Patty Melt. I love a good, toasted-just-right, overloaded-with-gooey-cheese, and perfectly cooked hamburger patty surprise. The Spot serves its patty melt on grilled rye bread with Swiss cheese and grilled onions.

 

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You know, GLOBers I have noticed that since I really don't eat many sandwiches any more, the presentation of sliced bread, a meat patty, cheese, onions, on anything I can pick up and eat with two hands has become a wonderful, major, mid-day occasion for me.

And The Spot Patty Melt scored 1000 per cent on the "That was a magnificent lunch" scale.

 

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The staffers running The Spot during had a plan and worked together creating a smooth lunch hour operation. The customers coming in and out were friendly, cordial, and understood this wasn't a fast casual big box restaurant.

If I worked near the Stadium Club Building, I could see The Spot becoming a regular lunch stop and the GLOB Master would be just another of the many happy customers enjoying an excellent food on the run hike to the stadium Club for lunch at The Spot.

The Pluses and Minuses of The Spot

The Spot + indicators: A really good Patty melt and varied menu. Friendly, eager-to-please staff.

The Spot - indicators: Parking, sparse seating, food-on-the-run seems to be the best idea.

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Zoe's Kitchen

Side-stepping meat not 100% successful

By Lynn Dirk, GLOB Content Editor

041414ZOESstorefrontBefore I went to Zoe's Kitchen, a newer restaurant on the Archer Road strip in front of Butler Plaza, I decided to see what info was available on the web about this new restaurant.

First thing I notice is that this is a southern chain. Next, right off the bat, I see all these messages about healthy eating, then when I get to the menu, I see a lot of meat so I'm a little disappointed. Having seen Speciesism at last year's Cinema Verde Film Festival, I am so close to finally becoming a dedicated vegetarian. Everyone who eats meat should see this movie.

On closer inspection, though, I see enough vegetarian options to satisfy a Meatless Monday meal, although, for the vegans, who can't even have cheese or eggs, it might be a little tougher as there is feta or mozzarella cheese included in some of those meatless options, such as the Greek salad.  There is a link to the complete Zoe's menu below.

Also, I do NOT consider fish a meatless option. It's an animal protein. In my humble opinon, fish should be the last thing for anyone to order as overfishing has become a very serious problem. That said, the menu includes a tuna salad sandwich and a tuna pita. Hmm, the tuna pita has capers. I love capers.  That's one of ZK's charms:  ingredients that are just a little different.  On the other hand, they sometimes play a little fast and loose with their food descriptions.  More on that as this feature unfolds.

041414ZOESdiningI wanted a strictly vegan lunch, so I was focusing on the sides, specifically the "Braised" White Beans with "fresh" rosemary, Roasted "Fresh" Vegetables, and Rice Pilaf. I thought rice pilaf was vegetarian, but when I asked the waitress whether there were vegetables in the pilaf, she told me there were no vegetables and the rice is cooked in chicken stock. That took me completely by surprise.

"Fresh" crops up a lot on the menu. For rosemary, I think that means it has not been dried. For the vegetables, I guess that might mean they have not been frozen. As my sister likes to say, however, in the battle of frozen vs fresh vegetables, unless the fresh are local, frozen could be better because they are frozen very soon after being picked and probably retain more nutrients than fresh vegetables trucked or flown across country.

As far as the "braised" white beans, I doubt seriously they were actually braised. To be braised, a food must first be pan seared to brown its surface and enhance its flavor, and then it is finished by simmering. This tendency of ZK to use words that suggest health, like "fresh," "homemade," and "braised," is a current advertising craze.  Remember when everything was "new" and "improved"?

I ended up ordering the White Beans, Roasted Vegetables, and, even though it was cooked in chicken stock, the Rice Pilaf. I think I was in denial, and my brain just could not accept that the rice was not vegetarian.  In my mind, rice and beans is like the vegetarian horse and carriage that just have to go together.  So much for a vegan Meatless Monday.  :(   BTW, as hinted at above, I thought rice pilaf had to have vegetables in it, but according to Wikipedia, rice pilaf is just rice cooked in seasoned stock. I really do learn something new every day.

041414ZOEStopperMy sides were very tasty (image at top and right). My main objection (other than the non-vegetarian rice) was that each side was served in separate dishes. All the restaurants do this, and that drives me a little nuts. When ordering several sides, why are they served separately? I acknowledge that some people are fussy about getting foods mixed together so they are probably very happy about the little dishes. I, on the other hand, love to mix it up, so, luckily, at ZK, the 3 side dishes were served together along with a big plate so I was able to dump them all out so I could mix them together. The White Beans were very good with just the right amount of rosemary, which can sometimes be too strong. The beans were almost like a thick soup and were very good on the rice.  It would have been perfect if the rice had been cooked in vegetable stock rather than chicken stock. The Roasted Vegetables were also very good – lots of browning that creates that savory sweetness of carmelization. The veggies were great mixed with the rice and beans. The only issue with the roasted vegetables was the lack of variety: There was broccoli, carrots, onions, and mushrooms. It would have been nice to see some squash or maybe even beets or sweet potato.

041414ZOESlunchmateMy companions seemed to be pretty happy with their meals, especially my long-time friend and co-worker until she retired, Joy McCallum (right), who had the Chicken Salad Sandwich, but I was the only one who completely cleaned my plate, plus I helped one of my friends clean hers by eating 3 pieces of crisp apple from the Seasonal Fresh Fruit side she selected to accompany her Egg Salad Sandwich. Thank you Barbara!

In summary, there is healthy vegetarian food at Zoe's but you have to choose carefully - and don't order the Rice Pilaf!  Don't forget to see Speciesism if you get a chance. Note to self: Ask if the white beans are vegetarian.

The Pluses and Minuses of Zoe's Kitchen

Zoe's Kitchen + indicators:  White beans and roasted vegetablesUse of some interesting "accent" ingredients.

Zoe's Kitchen - indicators:  Rice pilaf cooked in chicken stock; loose use of buzz words like "fresh" and "braised."

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Sandy's Place

Ugly American's take on 'home style melting pot'

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

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While eating Greek pita sandwich lunch at Sandy's Place it occurred to me that I was having lunch in the melting pot of the GLOB.

The menu says there are specials for hungry Americans who like it home-style. But I'm wondering if there are specials for Italian customers and Greek cuisine fans because, as I sit at this cozy little bar and grill at 5001 NW 34 St, close to the YMCA, I'm looking at the menu and seeing a lot of tasty-sounding candidates for ethnic specials on Sandy's menu: Eggplant parmesan, chicken scampi, and shrimp santorini for the Italian cuisine customers. Veggie gyros and pork souvlaki (entre or sandwich) for the Greek connoisseurs

The Sandy's special board featured a two chop pork chop special that caught my attention, buy it was a little pricey at $9.95.  Looking further down on the menu I noticed a Pork Souvlaki Sandwich $5.95 that included French Fries.  I was pleased with this menu discovery thinking my mid-day meal was taking on a worldly Greece and France look.  They are called FRENCH FRIES correct?

Now, I'm not into ethnic profiling, but I was hoping the other customers in Sandy's were enjoying their Italian and Greek lunches as much as I was enjoying my P S  sandwich that consisted of char-broiled, marinated pork pieces served with onions, lettuce, tomato and a "special Tzatziki sauce."

 

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PS, this Souvlaki Sandwich had larger than expected chunks of 'the other white meat' that were very tasty pork nuggets of my favorite red meat, er uh, protein.  The sadwiches's pita bread was soft, chewey and added much to the worldliness of my lunch.

In addition to all American classics and exotic ethnic dishes, Sandy's also includes the usual sandwiches, burgers, subs, and cheese steaks familiar to bar and grill lunch protocols. There are also 8 different salads to choose from, a kids menu, and an extensive list of appetizers guaranteed to please.  There is a Sandy's Place menu link below this feature.

Phew, that is an extensive list of lunch options. My suggestion is, if you are the experimenting kind of lunch outer, Sandy's Place is the opportunity for you to be bold and break out of your lunch box and try something different from your every day nationalized cuisine. BTW, a friend of mine says the Sandy's Place eggplant Parmesan, which is served with linguine is very good.

The Pluses and Minuses of Sandy's Place.

Sandy's Place (+) indicators: Great selection of different kinds of lunch cuisine under one roof and prepared nicely.

Sandy's Place (-) indicators: This nuts and bolts lunch spot is not big on presentation or ambiance.

 

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SpinachPieMy lunch mate for this Sandy's adventure is a big believer of Meatless Monday. In fact, if she had her way, she would try harder to go meatless every day. Since we we lunching out in this lunch stop that specializes in Greek food, stuffed grapeleaves (above) and spinach pie (right) were ringing her lunchtme chimes. The Sandy's Spinach Pie was the winner with the distinctive flavor of spinach intermingled with flaky pie crust. The stuffed grapeleaves were presented with a traditional Greek salad including spicy peppers and black olives. The salad was very good. The grapeleaves included an earthy, unrecognizable spice--or perhaps the musty flavor was in fact the taste of the grapeleaves themselves. If you want meat Greek style, Sandy's chicken or pork souvlaki is fantastic.

- GLOB Master

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