Friday, January 20, 2012

Foodie Friday - Kouzzina revisited

I first visited Kouzzina by Cat Cora in June of 2010 to celebrate my 29th birthday with friends and family.  And then headed back last January for another amazing experience.  I'm honestly not sure if we made it back there in June, though I don't think we did.  So, we had to make sure to head back there on this trip.

We made reservations (honestly not usually necessary, but I love making ADR's!) for our first night in Florida - for great food and to celebrate my mother's birthday!

This visit, we had an awesome view of the kitchen - watching the chefs cook and shout "Opa!" the whole night!

We started with the standard - 2 olive oils, one extra virgin olive oil and one kalamata olive oil, olives, and bread:

Then, I noticed a change from the sampler we'd previously loved, the chicken skewers, were no longer on the menu, so instead, I ordered something I'd always wanted to try: Avgolemono - Traditional egg-lemon soup with chicken and rice.  If you're a fan of soup and lemon, this one is for you.  It was too lemony for Noah - he made a great face when he tried it, but for me?  Heaven.  I found Cat Cora's recipe on the food network, but it didn't quite work out the same...

My mom ordered a greek salad - huge chunk of feta with a side of vegetables.  After that, she enjoyed Spanikopita - a triangle shaped phyllo stuffed with feta and spinach.  I generally love spanikopita though didn't sample this one.  She said it was delicious!

Adam ordered, on recommendation from the waiter, the Slow-Cooked Lamb Shank.  The meat literally fell off the bone!  He enjoyed the dish, minus the gigante beans it was served on.  He didn't completely read the description on this one - he doesn't like beans!  But, other than that, he really enjoyed the lamb.

My meal was something new for me - Greek- Style Lasagna, or Pastitsio.  I have to say, this dish was incredible.  Cinnamon-stewed meat and a bechamel sauce... oh cheesy goodness.  Even Noah dug in.  We ate at a lot of amazing restaurants on this trip (reviews and pics to come!) and this was by far my best meal.  I think I'm meant to be Greek - the seasonings and all that lemon.. heaven!  If you haven't checked out Kouzzina yet, I definitely recommend adding it to your list.  Don't be afraid - it's delicious!

11 comments:

  1. We have not tried Kouzzina yet, but sounds like we need to change that our next trip!

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  2. I think we went thinking - she's an Iron Chef, it can't be bad.. and loving the idea of eating at restaurants of the FN team.. and became a fan after!

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  3. Sounds amazing! Thanks for linking up today, I never would have tried Kouzzina (I'm not a big Cat Cora fan), but I do love Greek food....!

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  4. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!! You'll have to take some recipes back home with yo!

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  5. Yeah, both dishes I mentioned were meat - the soup had chicken and the lasagna beef (i think), but I've had their vegetarian pasta dish which is incredible as well! I've heard they have incredible breakfast, but I'll doubt will make it over there until we finally get to stay at the Boardwalk!

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  6. We had breakfast at Kouzzina and loved it. Now I really want to try dinner! I think my husband would love the Greek style lasagna.

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  7. I love Greek food and me and my mom have an ADR for dinner here. She's never had Greek cuisine because in Puerto Rico, there are only 1 "Greek" restaurant and no matter how I follow directions, I can never find it; so this will be a new experience for her. For me, living in the states has introduced me to so many cuisines, I fell in love with Greek and this will be my last Greek meal before going back home; sad, I know :( So it makes me happy to read such a positive review about it, I really can't wait : ) !

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  8. I am a huge fan of Greek food!! This place sounds amazing Jenn. Wow! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. I'm glad that you were able to give me the vicarious experience of 'Kouzzina'... it's not a restaurant my family is willing to try!

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  10. You should ditch them and go by yourself!! So good.. :)

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