One of My Favorite Quick Eats: "Tokyo Shanghi Bistro"

    Like many Americans, I love Chinese food.  There’s just something great about it.  It doesn’t matter if I’m eating in a sit down restaurant or standing in a tiny takeout place gazing up at the severely outdated pictures of entrees from the 70’s with a kitchen that would probably fail every health inspection imaginable.  I love it.  I also love Sushi.  I could eat infinite amounts of Sushi, especially if its good.  Located on Elmwood Avenue, in an area where there are great places for food in every direction, is the Toyko Shanghi Bistro, a fantastic place for Chinese and Japanese cuisine.  The menu is gigantic, the prices are low, and the service is fantastic.  On Tuesday nights they offer half price on all Sushi Rolls.  Nicole and I have been here many times but this is the first I’ve been back since starting this blog so I wanted to share the experience. 
    If you have been reading my blog regularly you would know that just recently I started eating meat again.  Its strange how after not eating meet for 3 years, its like I’m trying everything again for the first time.  Tonight I wanted to get an old favorite of mine, General Tso’s chicken.  Nicole was going to get the Vegetarian Duck which is one of my favorite things they make.  Its made of bean curd, Shiitake mushrooms, and Chinese cabbage.  I’m not quite sure how it at all resembles duck, but minus that, if you’re a vegetarian its phenomenal.  I ordered a glass of the Trivento Reserve Malbec from Argentina and Nicole had just water.  At Nicole’s job, the office enjoys wine at the end of the day, every Friday,  right in the office.  Nice right?  She was all ready a few glasses deep.  I on the other hand could not wait  to wind down.  We started off with the “Fantasy Roll”.  I’m not sure why its called that as it sounds adult oriented, but it was delicious.  It’s a Sushi roll made of fresh tuna, avocado, and tobiko.  Nicole wanted to try Sushi with some sort of fish because she had never had it.  I have to admit, its amusing to watch her try these new things because her facial expressions reveal every emotion and reaction that results in whatever new thing she tries.  She ended up liking it, as did I.  The Sushi was fresh with a great cut of fish, and full of flavor. 

The “Fantasy Roll”
General Tso’s Chicken

Vegetarian Duck

Unfortunately I discovered that I don’t really like chicken like I used to.  After talking about this over dinner, it’s not fair for me to write anything negative about my dish.  I can’t truly tell you if was great General Tso or not.  All I can say is that it looked great and that I don’t like chicken.  I can also say that everything I’ve ordered from this restaurant in the past has been quality and delicious.  If you are in Buffalo, NY and you want Sushi or Chinese, or both at the same time, stop in here for a cheap, delicious lunch or dinner.

Tokyo Shanghi Bistro
494 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222
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Acropolis: It Looks Great.

    Every time we take a stroll down Elmwood Avenue here in Buffalo, Ny we always walk past the newly renovated “Acropolis” restaurant, one of many Greek restaurants in our area.  Ever since the place was remolded it always appears to be busy with people enjoying their food weather its indoors or outside in their new eating area along the Elmwood sidewalk.  Saturday morning we decided to give it a try for breakfast.  When we walked in we both noticed the attractive Bloody Marys in front of people.  We both immediately wanted one so when we were sat at our table, that was the first thing we ordered.

The Bloody Marys were acceptable and could have used a little more heat as they were a bit mild.  The waitress was very pleasant and they staff seemed to be friendly and outgoing.  We then placed the order for our food. Nicole ordered a spinach and feta omelet with home fries and I had order the grilled flat pita with eggs, cheddar cheese and ham.

The food was delivered in a timely fashion and looked great.  Both of our meals were extremely bland.  Nicole’s food was so bland the only flavor that popped when you took a bite of it was the flavor of oil.  It was really tough to eat, and she was only able to eat a portion of it.  Mine was so bad that I would have had a tastier breakfast eating a microwaved breakfast sandwich from the grocery store.  It was really something.  My first thought after eating this awful food was, “At least at the old Acropolis, its appearance was so unattractive that it wouldn’t have been such a surprise that the food was so awful.”.  The new remodeled Acropolis restaurant is a step in the right direction and looks great on them main strip, they just need to improve the food.  On the plus side they did offer some unique specials that we didn’t notice until after we ordered.  There was an avocado omelet and a few other different items that would almost convince me to try it once more. Almost.

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Awesome weather!

   The weather here has been terrible for a while now.  Rainy, gloomy days mixed with cold flurries occasionally.  It has not been pleasant here at all.  Yesterday the weather was amazing. The sun was shining bright and people were out and about enjoying a break from the gloom.  Nicole, Ric, and I decided to go for a stroll through the neighborhood.  We live near the Elmwood Village which is filled with all kinds of little shops and a wide variety of people.  Ric has put on some winter weight so its good to get his chubby fanny into gear.  I decided to sport the Vulcan sweatshirt from our new line of hoodies.  We took a few pictures of the neighborhood along the way.

This is Ric’s Turf

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