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Turkish Delight

So I was pursuing the local Publix (Where Shopping is a Pleasure), when I decided to take a left turn down the “ethnic” isle. At the British section I grab some tea biscuits (to have with my English Breakfast Tea) and I came across a new and exotic candy my American eyes have never seen before.

 

Fry’s Turkish Delight. Intriguing! The only thing I know about Turkish Delight is that kid in the Narnia stories really liked it. So I decided to give it a try.

I brought it home and shared it with my husband. His comment “It tastes like shoes smells covered in chocolate.”. Hmmmm not exactly a ringing endorsement. My own opinion, well it has an odd consistency, sort of like a gum drop or a jelly bean inside, but softer. It had a vaguely fruity taste, it just felt so weird to bite through. I didn’t mind the taste, but I don’t think I’ll be buying it again. The chocolate exterior was fine, it was just the weird gel that got me.

Never be afraid to try new things!

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The Cheesecake Factory

Cheesecake Factory
Cheesecake Factory

Well! What a throughly delightful dinner I just had! We were at the International Mall in Tampa and decided to grab a bite.

While already quite crowded by 5pm on a Saturday the wait wasn’t too horrible. We had a nice table with a good view of the interior, which was a strange blending of styles.

To say the menu is eclectic is a gross understatement. The menu itself is like a paperback book, be prepared to be overwhelmed with choices! I ordered the chicken tortillas and my husband got the fettuccine with chicken and sun-dried tomatoes.

While we waited for our dinners we were brought fresh bread and butter, quite tasty. Our dinners were great and we both enjoyed them a lot. My tortillas were served with little sweet corn cakes and beans it was delicious and quite filling.

Cheesecake
30th Anniversary Chocolate Cake Cheesecake

Although I was already pushing full I decided to shove full, because what is a trip to the Cheesecake Factory without a slice of cheesecake?  So my husband and I decided to split a piece of the “30th Anniversary Chocolate Cake Cheesecake” & and a coffee.

To say this cheesecake was good is like saying that diamonds are kinda hard. Pure nirvana. I said to my husband if I was on death row, this is what I want for my last meal.

While pricey, the slice was huge, no wait – HUGE, that’s more like it. We couldn’t finish it between us. It seemed almost like a sin to leave any behind but I was about to explode or slip into a sugar coma.


Atmosphere – Lots of seating but a little noisy. The decor is interesting but not overwhelming.
Rating: ★★★½☆

Service – Our waitress was pleasant and quite efficient.
Rating: ★★★★☆

Food – OMG Good!
Rating: ★★★★★

Summary – What can I say, I loved the food, the cheesecake was unearthly.
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

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