Sunday, December 30, 2012

Is Sonny's really BBQ???

V-tpafl-55061180_id250544_guide_inclusionOver the Holidays, my dad sent up a traditional Brisket for myself and my in-laws.  Well, the brisket was consumed immediately!!!  I brought up how much my mother-in-law loved Sonny's Brisket.  So naturally we had to go there for a brisket off.

My brother and mother in law ordered the brisket.  It was good with the BBQ sauces and prepared a completely different style then my dad's.  I still think my dad's is better by far.  Though don't ask me if Grandma's brisket tops my dad's.  I don't want to start WWIII.

The Hubby ordered pork. Which in case you don't know isn't my favorite, but he seemed happy!!  The  bbq baked beans were good!  Definitely better than out of the can!

20121223_145908.jpg20121223_145915.jpgI have not been eating red meat for a long time.  I avoided it for many years. This time allowed me to develop VERY strong opinions on BBQ chicken.  After all that was the only thing on the menu I could eat at most BBQ places.  So, I acknowledge I am picky!  The BBQ chicken I ordered was dry and bland!  I mean this is by far not the worst BBQ chicken I have ever had but not the best.  The cornbread is awesome.  It is made with real corn (fine, canned) so it is sweet and tangy.  The broccoli is broccoli.  It was not over cooked and nice.

photo 5.JPGThe BFF ordered the burger which is pictured right and said it was ok!!!!!  Nothing to rave about.

Basically- Ok food I thought (keep in mind I am not big on pork and preferred my dad's brisket)!!!!  Some people (my mother in law LOVES their brisket) would come here at least once a week! The cornbread is awesome.  Plus the salad bar is nice for veggies and diet followers. It is a good place to take a group because there is something for everyone.  So it is worth ordering.
Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q on Urbanspoon
But the bigger question is--Is Sonny's really BBQ?
Okay before before you get angry....It is not that Sonny's is bad!  It is actually a good  meal, but it does not compare to BBQ places like Fat Matt's in Atlanta and other places that turn BBQ into an art.  Seriously.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Miller Ale House is just filler!

My BFF and I decided to stop for a late night drink (I am talking about 10pm which is late in non-college holiday Tallahassee).  We didn't want a bar.  too loud for BFF chats!!!! So we popped into Miller's Ale House which is a medium sized chain!

We walked in and sat at the bar.  The place was clean and had a few people there.  We sat at the bar.  After 5 minutes (a descent amount of time though not fast) the bartender came over and took our drinks.  She recommended the dumplings for a bar snack!  Naturally, we figured why not?

photo 5.JPGWe both ordered a simple mixed drink which were ok.  Not amazing, not weak and not strong. When we finished our drinks, the food came out which was about 15-20 minutes after ordering.  Strange for a place that only had a few people.  But not absurdly long.  the bartender came back and got us water!!! the dumplings were ok!  They were cooked nicely.  Not to greasy or crispy which is not easy to do.    However, the filling was bland. I mean no flavor.  The sauce equally as unimpressive.  It was a nice snack but nothing I would order again.  Though this was not something I would send back or was unhappy with.  We stopped in randomly, so we had no expectations.  And we were not disappointed nor impressed.

Miller's Ale House Restaurants on Urbanspoon
Overall- Miller's Ale House is ok!  Nothing good or bad.  Service was good. Food was adequate   though , nothing to make me come running back!  Maybe I am spoiled by the Ale House's in south Florida that are amazing!!!  Beer and clams on the half shell that are so fresh.  Oh gosh I am going to have another dream about seafood tonight!!!! Or maybe, there are so many other place in Tallahassee that are amazing, why settle for ok/good?

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Just get the Country Fried Steak and avoid your scale!!!- Country Kitchen

Often on Saturday mornings, I get woken up with a text, "Breakfast?" from my father-in law.  This only mean one thing. I am getting my butt up and heading to Country Kitchen (sorry they don't have a website at this time). Don't get me wrong I whine and make the hubby drive so I can get a few more minutes of sleep.  But I am so there!!!

Well, this past Saturday morning, I had my brother and best friend visiting.  So naturally where did we go for breakfast.....Country Kitchen.
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I forced my best friend to order the steak lovers which is pictured left.  This is country fried steak, 2 eggs, your choice of bread and grits.  The order of country fried steak comes with 2 steaks. I told him get it and we can split it.  So I just ordered 2 eggs, turkey bacon and sausage.
Yes- I typed it turkey bacon!!!! And they know to cook it correctly.

My brother was jealous.  He did not order it, because most places don't cook turkey bacon right (ie they barely cook it when turkey bacon is like bacon is best when cooked til crispy.)

My BFF looked at my skeptically when he saw the country fried steak.  I reminded him we where sharing and he had a bunch of other food. He took a bite.  And let me tell you....He lite up!!!
He smiled and moved the plate of country fried steak closer to him and away from me.  It took quite a bit of finageling to get him to share.

For those of you non-southerns like me, country fried steak is thinly sliced steak battered and fried, think fried chicken, then topped with a thick white sausage based gravy.  It sounds fattening AND is.  Seriously, I think I am gaining weight just typing it, but it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good!!!!

photo 3.JPGAs you can see, the I had to force the Hubby to stop eatting to get this picture.  He almost ate the camera out of rage.  He loves the country fried steak a little too much!

The restaurant offers a wide selection of breakfast options from pancakes, french toast, waffles, oatmeal and omelets.
There biscuit are homemade and worth ordering!  Plus they offer cinnamon toast as a bread option which is a nice treat!

Additionally, they offer the typical dinner lunch food.  My hubby likes their BLT!!!

WARNING- You do not stop here for a quick breakfast.  Seriously I have never been out of here in less than an hour.  So-don't think you are stopping in for a fast bit.

Country Kitchen on UrbanspoonBASICALLY- this place is the perfect low key breakfast place when you want to sit back and enjoy your company!!!  The country fried steak is AMAZING
Plus they offer turkey bacon that is cooked properly!!!  No one does that!!!  And best of all the prices are good!!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Salty Dog is a dog I like and their chicken is good too

I have no idea why I have not written about Salty Dog before.  They are a local owned no frills wings and sandwich place.  There is a nice biker/family atmosphere   It is weird but it works for the dog.  All the staff are super friendly.  And I end up eating there or getting takeout all the time with my In-Laws.  Add this to the list of great things my father in law has introduced me too (other things would be shooting, blackout boggle and the wonders of how to cook and clean at the same time.)

Normally we order the wings....The lemon pepper wings.  These  things are AMAZING.  The citrus with the tang and then the spice of the black peppers makes these wings stand out.  The hot wings are good too.  But it the Lemon Pepper wings are the standout!!!

Personally,I have a soft spot for their chicken philly. Afterall, you all know the Hubby will order the wings and I will just still some! This is a nice filling sandwich which offers moist well seasoned chicken, onions, mushrooms and cheese.  Like with all good philly sandwiches it is important for the meat to be moist so the juices soak into the bread enhancing the flavor.  This chick philly does just that!!!!

Salty Dawg Pub & Deli on UrbanspoonNegatives- they have karaoke on weekend nights so come prepared for a little off pitched singing while you eat or just do takeout.  Also, they do not serve liquor.  I know it is weird for people to sing karoke without some shots is done.  Who knew!!!

Positives- The wings...OMG the wings.  If you ask nicely, they will toss your fries in with the lemon pepper sauce.  It is awesome!!!!!!!

If you want to go somewhere for fries, wings, and casual foods and not dress up, this is yur place.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

What to do with leftover pumpkin puree- pesto anyone?

So, i love pumpkins.  And now that it is time to put away the pumpkins and fall stuff in exchange for Hanukkah/ Christmas/ winter decor.  I am on the hunt for pumpkin recipes.  I got to do something with the leftover canned pumpkin from thanksgiving....

Fine- I totally have like 3 other cans in the pantry.

But, I need ideas of what to due with these 3.4 cans.  Well I found this great blog called the Painting Lillies which had two recipes for pumpkin usage that were not pies..

Naturally- I changed the recipe. Come on...would you expect anything less.  And it was great.  The pumpkin made it feel like fall.  It felt warm and comforting in the way that only fall/winter seasonal food do (with the exception of soup).  It was super simple and took less then the time in took to cook the pasta. This is a great recipe for after a long day at work.  Also, on the same blog is a pumpkin hummus recipe which i look forward to trying.

The bad news-  this is not the prettiest recipe ever. It is pastel orange an a plate and kinda looks like baby food.  I think some nice fried sage leaves on top would help with this.  But it still is not going to win any awards for best food porn.  this is why there are no pictures

The Good News- this recipe is very adaptable.  you can use any nuts you have on hand.  the original recipe used pecans.  You could use fresh garlic instead of powder (What I was being lazy).

Pumpkin Pesto
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup pinenuts 
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 cup olive oil
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
A splash of Baslamic vingear
Salt & pepper to taste
DirectionsMix all together in a blender or food processor.  Then pour over hot pasta.  Please feel free to microwave the pesto (not  while in the blender) if you like your food hotter.
If you like top with parm cheese and sage.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Went for a taste of Creole left feeling blah-a review of Po Boys Creole Cafe

We all know I am a sucker for a good deal.  Well, I found a groupon for Po Boy Creole Cafe and figured why not.  The hubby and I love spicy food.....he loves it spicy spicy....And I love anything fried with the caijin flare.  So we thought something different for a date night.

Po Boys is a casual place with table service but still moderately priced.  The menu features an assortment of caijiun classics including fried alligator, fried oysters and fried pickles.  This place has lots of fried foods.  I would avoid eating here if you or anyone in your party

20121120_180655.jpgWe ordered the fried pickles as an app.  They came out super fast and scolding hot.  However, they were ok.  The breading on them was thick and the pickles were thick as well making the fried pickle very dense.  Not my cup of tea or hurricane, but nothing worth sending back.   The app came with honey mustard dip.  This is weird to me because I use to ranch dip with it.  This was an easy fix.  We just asked for a side of ranch.

20121120_182604.jpgFor our entree we went with the fried alligator po boy and the fried oyster po boy. And they were ....

Blah blah...
I mean we could not tell the difference between the two po boys.
There was nothing really wrong about the po boys.  They were not burnt.  They were not greasy. Then again there was nothing good about them either.
Po' Boys Creole Cafe on Urbanspoon
Basically- this place is bland.  Not bad, not good.  I mean the service we fast, friendly and efficient. But the food was BLAH.. mAybe we came on an off night but I don't think so because EVERYTHING was tasteless. However, if I going to eat calorie heavily fried food.....I am not coming here!!!!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Dinner in the Sky- You want me to pay how much?

So, for those of you who have not guessed I totally have spent the past few days SHOPPING!  Seriously,  Black Friday has spilled over to Thanksgiving and all across the weekend.  I LOVE IT!!!

In honor of my shopping splurges, I thought I would bring up a crazy insane over the top WTF food trend I have noticed. It has appeared in Tokyo, Paris, Monte Carlo and recently where I grew up, Delray Beach. 
Basically this contraption is a platform which seats up to 22 guests (all of whom must be at least 4'11 and under 225 lbs).  Each guest must be strapped in.  Think like roller coast seats.  Then the platform is evaluated to 50 meters. Normally, at least the one in Delray  comes with 3 peoples, chef, sous and sommelier in the center of the platform to plate, pour and serve you.

Ok- I will admit this looks cool and totally fun. I mean the view.....The thrill.....It is totally a once in a lifetime experience.  However, the experience will cost you a whopping $500.  Plus, if you have to use the facilitates the whole restaurant/ table has to be lowered to the ground.  Then all your tablemates must wait while you.....  After which you are strapped back in and the table returns to it's bird like perch in the sky. Seriously, a downside for me.  Additionally, the food is not 5 star quality .  It is just ok. This is not food prepared by a celebrity or award winning chef.  So basically you are playing for the view which is ridiculous.

Having typed all this, I find it odd that I would not pay $500 per person to eat mediocre food floating in the sky, but I would pay $500 per person for a 20 minute meal at what people arguably say is the world's best sushi Jiro's 5 star sushi restaurant in Tokyo.

Ok- people, Am I crazy?  I mean about this particular issue. What would you do?

Monday, November 19, 2012

Black Bean Cafe but I totally didn't even have any black beans

This week on Date night the Hubby (Ok- getting less weird but still OMG) took me to Black Bean Cafe. I was excited to try it.  Afterall, I am a fan of Cuban food.  And this place did not disappoint.

I ordered the daily special of Chicken and Rice with Salty plantains.
20121113_191852.jpgYes- I did notice my plate was ALL yellow.  But presentation is not everything.  And honestly for an order at the counter place, I was not expecting high marks on presentation. The chicken and rice were very flavorful which suggested that there was a lot of time put into enhancing the it was cooked for a long while.  The salty plantains were not salty which bothered me.  Call them something else like tostones, so I am not expecting salty goodness when I bit in. Even the Hubby found these babies bland. The salty plantains were mashed  and fried.  this reminds me a of a potato pancake for some reason.  The different take on plantains was unique but I still prefer my plantains sweet.
The Hubby ordered Picadillo which is beef cooked over a long period of time.  He opted for the red beans and sweet plantains.  The sweet plantains were nice and moist while crispy around the edges.  The red beans were the true standouts.  I mean these beans could have been a soup.  The beans were cooked for a long time with chorizo.  This stuff was AMAZING.  The Picadillo was good.  The Hubby really loved it.

Our biggest complaint was the temperature of the food. ALL the items on BOTH our plates were warm not super hot when food comes straight off the stove or even mildly hot.  I know this is silly and probably just the after effects of reading Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential....but.....Food that cooks for extended time like the Hubby's pork and beans being lukewarm t hints at bacterial and worse. Bourdain discuss this as his reason for not eating hollandaise out very often.  Anywho, the Hubby and I did not have any issues  though made sure to microwave the hell out of the leftovers before eating.

Our smallest complaint was they are a Pepsi company.  We are Coke people.

Black Bean Cuban Cuisine on UrbanspoonBasically- Black Bean is like Gordos without table serve, less ambiance and colder food.  My recent trip to Gordo's, the apps was so HOT we had to wait a bit for it to cool. (Click here for more)  However, Black Beans' food has  more  more depth of flavor.  Seriously those red beans were very complex. I highly recommend the red beans (Obviously) and the sweet plantains.Come hungry because it is a good portion of food.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

VooDoo Dog- Once more with bacon

This is my second time eating at VooDoo Dog  which I greatly Click here for my first experience. I thought this would be a great funky and different place to take my BFF who came to visit.
Anywho, I ordered the Jefferson dog again.  And OMG.....I love bacon dogs!  The bacon adds crunch and a salty savory yumminess. Then the mac and cheese with the bread crumbs just puts the dog over the top

image.jpegMy BFF ordered the Wake and Bake which as you can see from the photo is topped with a fried egg and cheese.  This dog was AMAZING.  The combination of cheese, bacon and egg was surprisingly flavorastic!  This was actually my favorite dog of three, even though they were all very good.

image.jpegThe Hubby ordered the Tijuana hot dog which was a bacon dog as well.  Are you picking up and a theme here? The dog also had guacamole and sour cream.  This dog was fun and interesting, but my least favorite of the three.  The main reason was the guacamole.  It was not made in-house.  Yes- I am a pain in the butt and picky.  Therefore I can taste the difference between fresh guacamole and pre-packaged.  I know..i know I am being super critical, but this place is that good that I have to nick pick!!!!

Voodoo Dog on Urbanspoonimage.jpegOh and these photos were before the alcohol!!!!    
Yes- I am a Buffy Fan!  The title was not a quiescence.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Eye of Round makes the Best roast beef...SERIOUSLY most of my cooking adventures start with...Someone (my father in law)  asked me to make roast beef.  Now as I feel I type all the meat cooking is new to me...I was a vegetable eater for a time and still have a strong preference for seafood, veggies, and chicken (Please remove your gasps and judgement).  Therefore, I have NEVER made roast beef EVER.

Well, I did a little research and learned the tough hind quarters of a
make great roast beef.  And then I found this easy seeming recipe on Mrs. Happy Homemaker blog...."Foolproof eye of round roast seems easy enough for me.

Well, because this is me! We know I totally altered the recipe.  I made my own marinate and made a few changes.  And.....
It turned out amazing!  My father-in-law loved it.  I had to cut up my second Roast beef (I made a second one for leftovers).  All six plates were completely cleaned. And I was only left with a tiny bit for leftovers.

Try this recipe if got a dinner party coming up and dont have 4 hours to cook a tradiational roast,
Like your meat more medium rare,
Are tired of roast,
Or just want a cheaper alternative to beef chuck.....My grocery sales beef chuck for $4.99 and maybe $3.99 on sale but the eye of round was $2.99.
Basically,  this is a great anytime recipes.

2-3 lb eye of round beef slabs
1 bottle Monteral steak seasoning
1 head of garlic
1 LARGE frying pan
1 large roasting dish with rack
1 large bowl

So here is what I did
First take the eye of round beef slabs and put them the large bowl.  Using a knife or fork prick the meat ALL over.  this will allow the marinate to penetrate the beef. Since, I didn't have marinate on hand, I pour 1/2 a bottle of Montreal steak seasoning and a cup of EVOO on the meat. Now here is the messy part, massage the seasoning and EVOO into the meat.  Wash hands and let sit.  I only let the meat seat for 90 minutes, but overnight would be best.

Next remove the meat from the bowl and place in VERy hot pan to sear on all sides.  You are looking to achieve a nice brown crust.  While you are searing preheat your oven for 300 degrees. When your slabs of beef are golden brown on all sides remove from the hot pan and place on the roasting rack.  Then put into warmed oven. You want to cook this until the internal temp is 130 degrees which was 50 minutes for me. However, if you like your beef cooked more well, I would let the meat cook another 10-20 minutes.

Once meat hits 130 degrees, remove from the oven and roasting rack.  Let the meat rest.  resist the urge to immediately cut into it.  I waited about 7 minutes which was all the self restraint I could muster.  Slice thinly then serve. I recommend pour the juices that come out from cutting on top meat to create a nice gloss and extra moisture.

I promise your friends/ family/ dog will love this recipe!!!  Mine is already asking me to make it immediately!

Sorry there is no photo of my masterpiece, the family kinda ate it all before I could get my camera out.  Seriously, it was scary.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

I would turn my head into a bagel if it was from BagelHead

Now for those of you who don't know me well, I was born in Philly and grew up in South Florida.  this be definition makes me a bagel snob.  Don't even think of asking me to eat a the bagels from the fridge section of the grocery store. It will not be pretty.

So, I was craving a bagel and decided to drag my BFF on a morning food run!  Even though Bagelhead is not around the corner from me,  I heard a rumor that they were even better then Bruegers.  Naturally, I had to try them.  And.....

image.jpegThey were so right.  Bagelhead is amazing.  And it was packed, like so packed.  However, the wait was not to bad.  The extra minutes gave us time to decide what we wanted to order and for the The girl at the counter was so nice and friendly as I asked about what the disk shaped thing was with the cheese and bacon.
Apparently, it is a bagel disk. We got it with jalepino cream cheese as the girl behind the counter recommended (Sorry I cant remember her name!)  for the Hubby.  Bacon...cheese. jalepinos what is not to love??  It was amazing.  I have a little above average spice tolerance and found the cream cheese had some spice but nothing that made me run for the fridge to get milk.  The comb was awesome!!!!

image.jpegimage.jpegThe BFF ordered a spinach and parm bagel with pesto cream cheese.  This paired remarkably well together!  this gave a nice savory flavor.  However, my favorite was what I ordered everything bagel with lox and cream cheese.  this lox was not tooooooo salty which happens ALOT.  As you can see from the photo right, Bagelhead does not scrimp on the lox. I so satified my bagel fix.  We also ordered the iced coffee, which was very yummy.  I find sometimes iced coffee is just last weeks old coffee and super stale!  That was not the case here!

 Basically- I love this place.  They have a great assortment of bagels and cream cheese plus boar's head meats and cheese!  Please, the lox was actually good!!!!  Make sure to try the bagel was the best of the bagels we tried.

Bagelheads on Urbanspoon

Oh- no I will not being trying the crazy new Asian trend called Bagelhead. See right.

For a different opinion- ok fine he enjoyed it too!  Check out Sweet Tea and Bourbon review.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Big Easy Snowballs in Tallahassee? Oh yes and more yes

I have been hearing about Big Easy Snowballs from one of my co-workers for a while.  She likes to take her family as an alternative to ice cream.  Plus the Lake Ella location is perfect for combining in a little exercise.  This co-worker raved about all the flavors and taste plus the sizes are HUGE.  So, I couldn't help taking my BFF there when he came into town. By came into to town I mean my Husband (still weird) surprised me with him one weekend. But that is a whole nother sweet story....Back to the snowballs

Like it's name suggests Big Easy Snowballs is New Orleans themed with lots of purple and green along with masks on the wall.  The servers were awesome. After look at the LARGE flavor options (seriously click here) I opted to taste test (Yes-you can try the flavor before you buy)  buttered popcorn and red velvet cake (my favorite kind of cake).  The buttered popcorn which I tried more because it sounded crazy was sweet and good.  I was pleasantly surprised.  However, the red velvet stole my heart.  As my co-worker said, the sizes are large so I went with a small which was more then enough....Serious, see image right for sizes.

image.jpegimage.jpegThe snowballs were less like snowcones with a chunky crunchy  texture but more like shaved ice or Italian ice with nice smooth barely perceptible pieces.  The red velvet flavor was sugary sweet with a nice cake depth.  Of course this flavor is red so my lips were cherry red for a while after.  My BFF who loves red velvet cake too, tried the Cajun Red Hot which tasted just like a red hot. This was not super spicy but had a little kick so beware. And yes- the BFF totally ate half of my red velvet cake snowball... so as pay back I ate half his Cajun Red hot.  It got a little violent  despite the smiling pics.

Big Easy Snowballs on UrbanspoonBasically- This is an awesome frozen treat with tons of flavors to please any taste.  Plus, the ability to try all the flavors makes this place a must try. I didn't try the stuffed snowball which is ice cream inside the snowball, but they sound yummy. I know it is coming up on winter so some of you may be asking, " Snowcones in winter?" Hell to the Yes.....just bring an extra sweater!!!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Tally's Grille is a No Go- And that is being nice

I went to an event that Tally Grille catered.  And to put it nicely it was terrible.  This is the first meal in Tallahassee that I do I type this nicely?
Below par....
The chicken was OVERsmoked.  I mean chicken is quite forgiving.  At least for me, when I am in my normal everyday kitchen and roasting it whole.  But this smoked chicken tasted like smoke which in my lack of formal culinary training means the chicken was smoked WAY too long!!!

The beef was bad......I mean I like Arby's roast beef sandwiches which is terrible meat and probably not meat...This stuff was uneatable.  It was weird shade of grey.  The taste was not much better being salty and overly chewy....think mad packaged lunch meat.

The sides were unimpressive but eatable.  The only stand out was the dessert which was an apple crumble

Tally's Grille on UrbanspoonWe ended up filling up on liquor and boiled peanuts. After the event, we went home and eat dinner.  Needless to type, Tally's Grille catering is not my cup of tea or cup of anything.  Maybe this was an isolated incident or just the restrant struggled making things on a larger scale....I mean I have trouble cooking for 6 people let alone 100.  Either way,  I am sad to post my first negative blog review!

Ok-In order to protect people's privacy,  I waited to post this blog and did not include pictures. I do like to respect some people's privacy (my husband does not count since the blog was his idea).

Friday, October 19, 2012

How to order the perfect Publix Sub..seriously not matter what kind this works

I love Publix subs.  They are my favorite hungover food EVER (Sorry Mom)!  I do like them for lunch or dinner or in the middle of the night.... Needless to type, there is something about a Publix sub that makes me happy.

20121016_181135.jpgThis week for date night my Husband (OMG)  decided to take me to Publix Deli to get subs then bring them to Lake Ella for a picnic.  The weather has been perfect as fall is in full swing in Tallahassee so I was excited!

I ordered my usual..white bread with turkey and muenster cheese.  Publix deli is know for there amazing bread which far surpasses Subway bread.  In addition, all the meat and cheese are cut daily. So super fresh on the best bread.
Now there is a little know trick to ordering the perfect sub at publix.....ask for your toppings on the side.  I know weird...but go with me on it
 Tomatoes, onions, lettuce, pickles and ect make sandwiches soggy if you don't eat them right away. Instead, you can ask the very nice deli person for your toppings on the a bag or small container.  If you are super picky, (the Hubby hates onions) you can ask to have each topping individually bagged...this way the pickles are not contaminated by the onions.  (Seriously he HATES raw onions!)   I have also noticed by asking for the veggies on the side I get more.  So, I am not the person say, "No more even more please!"  Now before you think this is an unusual request and the very nice deli person is going to make faces at you or object.  I have been requesting this for years and have never had that occur.  I always split a Publix sub with my Mom when I go to school with her. If we get the sub the night or morning before, we get the veggies on the side so there is sogginess.  Plus, then her veggies don't get on my half and my veggies don't get on her half.
Publix Deli- Lake Ella Plaza on Urbanspoon

20121016_182152.jpgEither way, I love me some Publix subs.  Beware the lines get crazy at lunch and dinner times.

As for my sub on my picnic,   it was fabulous with the view of Lake Ella in the background.  We did have a black duck that must have found our sub appetizing because he circled around us the WHOLE time we ate.