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DISH OF THE WEEK (Sunday-3/15/20- Pink Buddha Chinese Restaurant- Davie)

***** DISH OF THE WEEK (Sunday-3/15/20- Pink Buddha Chinese Restaurant).

One of Jeff Eats’ favorite menu items…

BARBECUED SPARE RIBS
(6 ribs- $8.95)

Pink Buddha Chinese Restaurant
5949 South University Drive
Davie
(954) 680-3388
pink-buddah.com

Latest Review: 7/20/11

This is one of Jeff Eats’ favorite Florida- Chinese restaurants…all I can tell you guys- if this joint was a whole lot closer- to Jeff Eats and Mrs. Jeff Eats’ Boca Raton abode, we’d be real steady customers!

Posted on July 20th, 2011

***** Pink Buddha Chinese Restaurant, 5949 South University Drive, Davie, Florida 33328, (954) 680-3388.

Pink Buddha Chinese Restaurant…”mom & pop” joint loacted in Davie, Florida.

Brooklyn-Jewish Taste Test circa 1957—wonton soup, egg rolls, roast pork fried rice, bbq ribs, fried dumplings, sweet & sour pork, mu shu pork, general tso’s chicken—let me make this one short and simple, everything was delicious. Especially enjoyed the ribs and general tso’s chicken.

Pink Buddha has been around for something like 15 years and as “expected” is located in a bombed-out strip shopping center.

You can check menu/prices at www.pinkbuddhachinese.com.

Pink Buddha is right up there with the best “mom & pop” Chinese joints that I’ve tried down here in sunny South Florida.

Pink Buddha is open Monday-Thursday 11am-10pm, Friday-Sunday 11am-10:30pm.

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How Is Jeff Eats Able To Run So Many Terrific Contests?

Posted on March 14th, 2020 · Contests Deals Music/Events/Other · No Comments »

* How Is Jeff Eats Able To Run So Many Terrific Contests?

A recent e-mail from Jeff Eats’ reader Mike Connor…

Jeff,
Just curious- How Is Jeff Eats Able To Run So Many Terrific Contests?

Thanks,
Mike Connor

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Mike Connor:

Jeff Eats is a very widely followed food-entertainment blog site.

Numerous restaurants, public relations firms and other retailers/vendors contact Jeff Eats wanting to advertise on the site. Other than for Google Ads- Jeff Eats does not accept advertising ads. What Jeff Eats does-do, is accept gift cards/coupons/tickets/merchandise from advertisers and ALL- gift cards etc. are then used as “prizes” for the many terrific contests that you mentioned. ALL gift cards etc. received are given to readers.

Hope that helps to answer your question.

Jeff Eats

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Pop, Rock & Doo Wopp Live! (Carol & Barry Kaye Auditorium at FAU- Boca Raton)

Just checked the box-office (poprockdoowopp.com) and there are only a handful of really good seats left for Pop, Rock & Doo Wopp Live!-this coming Saturday, March 14, 2020 (8pm) at the Carole & Barry Kaye Auditorium at FAU. Sooo if you wanna gooo- time to make your move on the ticket front!

Posted on September 27th, 2019.

* Exclusive Internet Pre-Sale- Pop, Rock & Doo Wopp Live!

Let’s call this one…The Early Bird Gets The Worm!

Exclusive Internet Pre-Sale (Starts on Saturday, September 28th, 2019 at 10am)

Pop, Rock & Doo Wopp Live!
Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 7:30 PM
Carole & Barry Kaye Auditorium at FAU
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, Florida 33431
Box Office: (561) 297-6124

PRE SALE CODE: POPROCK

Here’s the ticket link to your exclusive presale: http://bit.ly/InnerCircleFAU60sPresale

(Just a reminder that the code is not active until Saturday, September 28th at 10am)

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Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 4th at http://bit.ly/InnerCircleFAU60sPresale

from poprockdoowopp.com

On Saturday, March 14th…Pop, Rock & Doo Wopp Live returns to FAU for the 12th time, with what might be our biggest show yet! Any one of these artists could headline their own show and each has a long list of hits sure to bring you back to the happy days of the 1950s and 60s! Starring… Bobby Rydell (“Volare”, “Wild One”, “We Got Love”, “Wildwood Days”, “Swingin’ School”, “Forget Him”), The Brooklyn Bridge (“The Worst That Could Happen”, “Welcome Me Love”, “Blessed is the Rain”), Shirley Alston Reeves, original lead singer of The Shirelles (“Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, “Mama Said”, “Soldier Boy”, “Tonight’s the Night”, “Baby It’s You”), Larry Chance & The Earls (“Remember Then”, “I Believe”, “Never”) and Chris Montez (“Call Me”, “Let’s Dance”, “The More I See You”, “There Will Never Be Another You”). All artists feature original members.

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The Mystics & The Mystics Band (Boca Black Box- Boca Raton)

Just checked the Boca Black Box box-office (bocablackbox.com) and goldstar.com (discount tickets) and there are a handful of real good seats still available for The Mystics’- Thursday, March 19th, 2020 (8pm) show- All I can tell you guys, if you’re into Doo Wop and 50s-60s Rock N Roll these are your guys! The Mystics put on an absolutely terrific show!

Posted on August 31st, 2019.

* The Mystics & The Mystics Band (Boca Black Box- Boca Raton).

Definitely one of best Doo Wop acts currently working America’s Oldies Circuit. Jeff Eats and Mrs. Jeff Eats have seen the current lineup in action- trust me when I tell you- these guys put on a great show!

Tickets just went on sale…

The Skinny:

The Mystics & The Mystics Band

Thursday, March 19th, 2020 (8pm)

Boca Black Box
8221 Glades Road #10
Boca Raton, Florida 33434
Box Office: 561.483.9036
Tickets: bocablackbox.com and goldstar.com (discount tickets)

from bocablackbox.com

The MYSTICS have dazzled fans for decades with their rock and roll classics, playing to captivate audiences and thundering applause from coast to coast.

The MYSTICS legacy continues in 2019 as they celebrate their 60th anniversary of their 1959 mega seller hit HUSHABYE which reigned on the charts for six months and their 62nd year in the music and entertainment industry. Today 2 Original members & Doo Wop Music Hall of Famers – George Galfo & Phil Cracolici look back with pride & a new day has begun in keeping those harmonies coming. Joining Phil & George are Rocky Marsicano (formerly of Lenny Cocco & The Chimes, Jay Siegal & The Tokens, & Manhattan Skyline), Ralph Varrone (formerly of N.Y. premiere show group “Risky Business”)

The MYSTICS have withstood the test of time & continue to bring to their music to their fans… to be part of the audience is an experience within itself … a trip down memory lane for all ages! Let us go back in time to 1959. The key words here are doo-wop and harmony – light, simple & ever so beautiful. It was the late 50’s & the words were heard on the airwaves and fans sung along “Hushabye, hushabye – oh my darling don’t you cry, Guardian angel from above – take care of the one I love.”

The sound of “The MYSTICS” still harbor the soft breezes of harmony perfection & the audience’s embrace & applause continue to shine a glow and as “The MYSTICS” continue in their quest of keeping the sounds of harmony doo-wop alive in our hearts! The MYSTICS recreate their many appearances on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and sing their own hit records like “Hushabye”, “The White Cliffs of Dover” , “Sunday Kind of Love” and “Don’t Take the Stars.”

The MYSTICS “HUSHABYE” reigned 6-month on the charts was featured in the movies Mr. Rock and Roll–The Alan Freed Story and “Stand By Me”! Younger fans also came to know and love The Mystics’ recording of “Over the Rainbow” from its prominent use in the hit TV show The Sopranos.

To see the MYSTICS on stage is POSSIBLE, to forget the MYSTICS is IMPOSSIBLE!

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MIKE DELGUIDICE & BIG SHOT – CELEBRATE THE MUSIC OF BILLY JOE & MORE (Seminole Casino Coconut Creek- Coconut Creek)

Just checked the box-office (seminolecoconutcreekcasino.com) and there are only a handful of really-good seats left. Trust Jeff Eats on this one- if you’re a Billy Joel fan- then you gotta go see Mike Delguidice & Big Shot in action. No bs- these guys are as good as the real guy(s)…Don’t miss this show! Coronavirus or no Coronavirus- grab your mask and bottle of Purcell and Jeff Eats and Mrs. Jeff Eats will see you tonight at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek!

Posted on January 22, 2020.

* MIKE DELGUIDICE & BIG SHOT – CELEBRATE THE MUSIC OF BILLY JOE & MORE.

I don’t care what anyone else tells you- I’m telling you that- MIKE DELGUIDICE & BIG SHOT is the best Billy Joel tribute band on the face of this planet!

Tickets just went on sale…and if you’re a Billy Joel fan, you gotta see Mike Delguidice & Big Shot in action!

Jeff Eats just picked-up 4 tickets online (seminolecasinococonutcreek.com) for the band’s -just announced March 11th, 2020 (8pm) Seminole Casino Coconut Creek concert and I guarantee you that this is going to be a SRO Affair!

The Skinny…

MIKE DELGUIDICE & BIG SHOT – CELEBRATE THE MUSIC OF BILLY JOE & MORE

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020- 8PM • The Pavilion at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (The Pavilion)
5550 NW 40th Street
Coconut Creek, Florida 33073
Info: 954-977-6700

Tickets: seminolecoconutcreekcasino.com ($20, $25, $30)

From seminolecoconutcreekcasino.com

Fronted by the amazing vocals and piano of Michael DelGuidice and backed by one of the most dynamic and seasoned bands in the industry (and members of Bill Joel’s own band), this high-energy and interactive concert is packed with hit after chart-topping hit by Billy Joel as well as astonishing renditions of songs by Paul McCartney, Elton John, The Beatles, Journey and Chicago.

“They had a hard time convincing me it wasn’t me. It’s uncanny.”
– BILLY JOEL in the New York Times

Mike DelGuidice, one of Long Island’s most celebrated performers. After 18 years of playing Billy Joel’s music in his band Big Shot, Mike DelGuidice now lives a dream come true. In October of 2013, Billy Joel heard Mike sing, and personally hired Mike to join his band. Mike’s encyclopedic knowledge of the Billy Joel catalog made him a perfect fit as background vocalist and guitarist for BILLY JOEL. And now you can see Mike on tour with Billy Joel all over the US & world in major arenas and stadiums including every month at the iconic Madison Square Garden.

Mike is a brilliant vocalist and composer and a master of several instruments including bass guitar, guitar, piano and drums.

He is the author of two albums “My Street” and “Miller Place” and several of his new songs are currently under favored consideration for film soundtracks, including Mike’s song, “Ordinary Guy” which is the theme song for the Keven James sitcom, “Kevin Can Wait”.
Mike now juggles his busy schedule with his band Big Shot along with weekly shows around the USA and abroad with Billy Joel.

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Cass Street Deli (Tampa)

Posted on March 10th, 2020 · American Breakfast Delicatessen Fast Food Tampa · No Comments »

***** Cass Street Deli, 1331 West Cass Street, Tampa, Florida 33606, (813) 609-6316.

Got a real good New York Kosher Style Deli for you guys to check-out, Cass Street Deli in Tampa.

Real simple tale to tell- order/pickup at counter, handful of tables/wall counter seating, limited menu- hot & cold sandwiches/soups/sides/hot dogs/desserts/weekends-only breakfast items. Open Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm/ Sunday 10am-5pm.

Yesterday afternoon Jeff Eats and Mrs. Jeff Eats “discovered” Cass Street Deli – and I gotta tell you guys that the joint’s food was absolute dynamite!









Let me wrap Cass Street Deli up- by telling you guys – for what it’s worth- the joint’s latkes were very similar in taste to the latkes that Jeff Eats’ late mother, Mother Jeff Eats use to make…

You guys can check menu/prices/info at casstreetdeli.com.

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Comedian- Peter Fogel (Boca Black Box- Boca Raton)

* Comedian- Peter Fogel.

Tickets just went on sale…

Trust Jeff Eats on this one- Fogel is one of the funniest “clean” comedians currently working America’s comedy club/casino/convention/theater circuit.

Don’t miss him!

A taste…

The Skinny:

Comedian- Peter Fogel

Friday, March 13th, 2020 (8pm)

Boca Black Box
8221 Glades Road Suite #10,
Boca Raton, Florida 33434
Box Office: 561.483.9036
Tickets: bocablackbox.com (use code: FOGEL at checkout and get 50% OFF)
also check goldstar.com for discount tickets

from bocablackbox.com

The touring star of My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m in Therapy! Appearing at the Boca Black Box this March…

Peter J. Fogel is one of America’s funniest comedians that you’ve never heard of… but have seen countless times on television. From comedy clubs, to cruise ships and Las Vegas theaters, he’s opened for such stars as Rita Rudner, Jimmy ‘J.J’ Walker and Robert Wuhl (HBO’s Arliss).

He’s shared the stage or has worked with Jason Bateman, Ed Asner, Shirley Jones, Robin Williams, Harry Anderson, Ray Romano, and Jon Stewart. Peter’s also written for such stars as Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri (A Bronx Tale, Bullets Over Broadway.) This is a show you won’t want to miss!

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$20 Billion In Unused Gift Cards

Posted on March 9th, 2020 · Deals Music/Events/Other · No Comments »

* 20 Billion In Unused Gift Cards.

As the late Arte Johnson you to say-”Very Interesting”…

$20B in unused cards a ‘gift’ to businesses
By Gregory Bresiger
March 7, 2020 | 10:53pm New York Post

Millions of Americans pay billions of dollars for nothing.

They subsidize some of the biggest companies in America by buying gift cards that are never cashed in, and getting store credits that go unused. Others wait so long that an inactivity charge reduces card value.

The outstanding collective gift card/store credit balance is $20 billion, according to a new survey by Bankrate.com. That’s about $167 for every adult American.

“I have to admit these amounts are amazing. People are just getting these cards and then forgetting about them,” said Bankrate card industry analyst Ted Rossman, adding that some corporations have “billions of dollars in unused value.”

The Bankrate study found that 22 percent of respondents say their unused credits range in value from $50 to $99; 21 percent between $100 and $199; 14 percent between $200 and $499; and 5 percent $500 or more.

Millennials tend to have the highest amount of unused credits — about $234 — compared with Baby Boomers ($151), Generation Xers ($128) and Generation Zers, ($103). And those with an annual income of $80,000 or more are the most likely to have unused value, the study said.

“According to the 2009 Card Act,” the study said, “an issuer can charge a monthly inactivity fee pulled from your card’s balance on gift cards that have gone unused for a year or more. You do, though, have five years from activation until your gift card can legally expire.”

There are ways to stop subsidizing big companies besides just using your credit. Rossman said sites such as Cardpool.com will buy the unused value on cards for about 60 cents on the dollar.

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Jeff Eats Is Gonna Give Prezzo Another Shot! (Boca Raton)

Posted on March 9th, 2020 · Boca Raton Italian Pizza · No Comments »

* Jeff Eats Is Gonna Give Prezzo Another Shot!

Down below is Jeff Eats’ May 6th, 2019 Prezzo, 5560 North Military Trail, Boca Raton, Florida 33496, (561) 314-6840- “review”…suffice it to say, not-pretty!

Long story short, last night I learned that the guys who (until very recently) owned and operated Tavolino Della Nonna, 10181 West Sample Road, Coral Springs, Florida 33065, (954) 509-0046- which just happens to be one of Jeff Eats’- favorite Florida Italian restaurants recently (something like 2 months ago) bought and are now operating Prezzo. Check Jeff Eats’ March 6th, 20013 Tavolina Della Nonna review.

So…I’m Gonna Give Prezzo Another Shot (sometime in the next few weeks)…

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Posted on May 6th, 2019

Prezzo, 5560 North Military Trail, Boca Raton, Florida 33496, (561) 314-6840.

You guys know that this Jeff Eats’ gig is purely a subjective exercise- you know…what I love, you may hate and vice versa- with that in mind…

Two Sundays ago, Jeff Eats, Mrs. Jeff Eats, Daughter Jeff Eats, Son Jeff Eats and Son Jeff Eats’ Girlfriend- ate dinner at Prezzo- and I gotta tell you, that we all agreed that this Italian joint’s food was mediocre at best and that its service was as incompetent and amateurish as could be. Let me go one step further and say- that Prezzo was one of the worst Italian restaurants that Jeff Eats and Mrs. Jeff Eats have eaten in during our 27 year Florida residency! Just for starters, off the top of my head, Prezzo’s pizza, wood oven roasted chicken wings and chicken parmesan were exceptionally bad news!

Like I said a few seconds ago, this Jeff Eats’ gig is purely a subjective exercise- you know…what I love, you may hate and vice versa- so you can do whatever you’d like with this review!

For you folks into Homemade English Muffin Pizza type food and Three Stooges’ (calling Doctor Howard, Doctor Fine, Doctor Howard) type service…

Prezzo is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. You can checkout Prezzo’s menu/prices/info at prezzoboca.com.

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Posted on March 6, 2013

***** Tavolino Della Nonna, 10181 West Sample Road, Coral Springs, Florida 33065, (954) 509-0046.

Back on July 18, 2009 I told you guys about a terrific “semi-upscale” Italian joint Tavolino Della Nonna in Coral Springs. The original writeup is reprinted below.

Since that “story” appeared some- 4 years ago–Jeff Eats has eaten in Tavolino something like 4-5 times. In all honesty, until last Friday night, the last visit was probably well over a year ago.

Anyway- to make a long story short, last Friday night Jeff Eats, Mrs. Jeff Eats and another couple ate at Tavolino. The food was as good as the “first” outing and the owners and staff just as engaging and competent. The “update” here is–that Tavolino’s owners recently spent some-big bucks expanding the joint having added an entire “wing” dedicated to entertainment. The night Jeff Eats was there, a jazz group was entertaining a huge crowd.

Let me end this thing by saying, I highly recommend that you guys try this joint. It really has everything going for it…delicious food, terrific service, very reasonable prices–and now, a “night-club” atmosphere for those of you looking for something that you normally don’t find in an Italian joint in the heart of Coral Springs.

Posted on July 18th, 2009
***** Tavolino Della Nonna, 10181 West Sample Road, Coral Springs, Florida 33065, (954) 509-0046.

Last night I ate in Tavolino Della Nonna…a terrific white tablecloth Italian joint located in Coral Springs. Just so you know…A couple of you guys wrote to me and told me that I had to try this joint…so, old Jeff gave Tavolino a shot.

Anyway…Tavolino has been in business for something like 2-years. For you GPS types out there, it is located on Sample Road, within short walking distance of both Pizza Time and DeSalvo’s the well known “red sauce” joints. Tavolino is-not a pizza joint…it’s a semi-upscale restaurant with both indoor and outdoor patio seating…but don’t worry your tee shirt-shorts ensemble will work. At this juncture take a look at Tavolina’s website www.tavolinorestaurant.com for menu/prices/photos.

Like I said before, semi-upscale, but the guys running this joint make you feel like an old friend…when you eat there, you’ll see what I am talking about. The owners–shall we say, are very visible and make sure that everything is running just right. Last night, I watched as they made the rounds to each and every table, kibbitizing (in an Italian restaurant?) and making people “try” this and “that”…

Before I talk food, let me tell you about a cute “idea” that the joint has decor-wise…one little side room, is decorated Ralph & Alice Kramden, 328 Chauncey Street…there is a formica table circa 1955 that seats 6-maybe-8…so if this type of thing floats your boat, call ahead and reserve that “table.”

Onto the food…last night I “tried”– meatball appetizer ($11), tortellini appetizer ($13), veal parmigiana ($23), chicken scarpariello (on bone) ($21), snapper almondine ($23), grilled chicken/pasta ($17)…the food is absolutely delicious.

Just so you know…Tavolino isn’t a $13.95-$16.95 soup or salad-entree-pasta side-garlic rolls joint…there is no pizza, subs, calzones or stromboli. Figure on spending–something like 40-50 bucks a head for a great meal. Trust me on this one, the food runs absolute circles around most of the Italian joints down here. I know that the ala carte menu may “scare” some of you guys…the house salad is big enough to feed two as are the side pasta dishes, so if you order the “right way” you won’t have to get a second-job to pay the tab. Our waitress was super-helpful on “picks” etc…last night, they had a “strolling” magician who worked all the tables…how he changed those $1 bills into $100 bills is beyond me.

Since I am on the Hollywood Cookie Diet, I passed on dessert. I will tell you, that the dessert tray looked absolutely incredible and that everything including the joint’s bread are made in house.

You guys know that I eat in Italian joints all the time…I am telling you, that Tavolino is one of the better restaurants in South Florida. You definitely want to try this one.

Tavolino is open Tuesday-Thursday 11am-10pm, Friday 11am-11pm, Saturday 4pm-11pm and Sunday 4pm-10pm, the joint is closed on Monday.

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Krush Band

Posted on March 8th, 2020 · Music/Events/Other · 2 Comments »

* Krush Band.

A recent e-mail from long time Jeff Eats’ reader, Lo Lo…

Hey Jeff,
My husband and I love jeffeats.com.
You really have the pulse on the food and entertainment scene in South Florida.
We would really appreciate your help on this one.
Our 30th wedding anniversary is coming up in October, 2020.
We are looking for a top party band to play the event at our country club in Boca Raton.
We will be having over 250 guests aged 20-90 so a band that can play ‘everything’ would be the perfect pick.
Thanks for the help,
Lo Lo
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Lo Lo,

Happy Anniversary!

Got a terrific party band for you guys to check-out, Krush Band- based in Coral Springs which has been around for something like 15 years. Trust Jeff Eats on this one, Krush Band will absolutely kill.

You guys can check-out Krush Band at krushpartyband.com- the band has a number of complimentary March & April, 2020 South Florida dates on its schedule.

Once again, Happy Anniversary!

Thanks for reading…

Jeff Eats