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I have started this blog, Southwest Florida Forks, as I want to share my dining and food experiences with you both textually and pictorially.
I love food and photography and it is my hope that through my dining/food/traveling combined with photos I can bring to you an accurate log of my experiences.
A fork can be an eating implement used to pick things up, as well as being a point where something disperses, perfect for a blog.
You can choose to use these postings as a guide, and if not, perhaps just see life through my lens.



Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Hour at AZN

AZN is an Asian-themed restaurant in the mixed residential-commercial space, Mercato, in Naples, FL. They also have a sister restaurant in Charlotte, NC.

They have a very nice indoor

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bar

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and outdoor dining area.

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My dining companion (DC) and I were there for happy hour which runs daily from 3-6 P.M. They have a number of items on their happy hour menu named "R-AZN" the bar. These are mirrors of what you will find on their Dinner menu.

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My dining companion and I selected a number of items to share and sample.

We ordered crispy Asian fish bites which were Panko covered Basa, which is a type of Catfish, served on a bed of greens and a Fish Sauce flavored chili-lime dipping sauce.

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We also tried the Vietnamese Spring Rolls. These were filled with chicken and vegetables and were served with a chili-lime and another fish sauce-flavored dipping sauce.

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Stir-fried beef and vegetable Lo Mein was brought to the table,

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in addition to "Hong Kong" style lettuce wraps. This was a mixture of minced chicken, Water Chestnuts, mushrooms, crispy noodles lettuce and Hoisin Sauce on the side.

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My dining companion and I found the dining area very pleasant and a good place to people watch. Additionally, our server was attentive and knowledgeable. Management also made an effort to ask how our meal was.  The food, however, was unremarkable and only made good by the happy hour prices. Yes, I would probably come back for happy hour or a beverage but not in a hurry.



That's that for another review on Forks.

AZN
9918 Strada Place
Naples, FL 34108
(239)592-8818

AZN Cuzine on Urbanspoon



Friday, April 18, 2014

34102: An Artistic and Photo Journalistic Study of One of the Most Beautiful ZIP Codes in The United States.

I frequently blog about food and food-related events in Naples, FL. I published an e-book almost 3 years ago documenting various attractions in Naples, FL, both scenic and lifestyle. For those unfamiliar with the area, it may help to give readers a better frame of reference.

I have decided to make the fruits of my labor free to those that are interested.

My e-book is available as a free download in a number of formats on  Smashwords.Com, Amazon.Com, BarnesandNoble.com and Apple i-Tunes/Books.

I hope everyone has as much enjoyment reading my e-book as I did editing it and putting it together.

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Peter Horan
Naples, FL

Dinner at Wyld's Cafe


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is a restaurant in Bonita Springs, FL. They have a nice indoor dining space

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in addition to an interesting Menu.

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I was there with a group of people so I am able to talk about Wyld's offerings more than usual.

Sourdough Bread  was brought to the table, not bad.

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A number or appetizers were ordered.

A BLT salad stack, which was stacked bacon, tomatoes,  and grilled french bread with an avocado blue cheese dressing,

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a wedge salad, which consisted of a wedge of iceberg lettuce, bacon, tomatoes, cucumber, blue cheese and avocado blue cheese dressing,

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and Escargot. I liked the presentation here as the escargot were served in a Prosciutto bowl with garlic cream sauce and Arugula.

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I ordered the enigma salad. This was duck, Shiitake mushrooms, Parmesan peppercorn dressing, romaine avocado and Capers.

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It was o.k. but it just did not "pop". After having this it was an enigma why I did not make a different choice.

Entrees ordered were scallops with bacon and a Beurre Blanc sauce,

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tenderloin saga, or Filet Mignon topped with Demi-Glace, french fries and Saga blue cheese, a cheese from Denmark


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and meat loaf served with demi-glace, mushrooms, and onion rings.

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I ordered the liver, which was Veal Liver with Onions and Bacon and a demi-glace sauce.

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This is a very classic, old time Recipe that has it's origins from the middle of the 19th century. It was not bad, and sure took me back.

Some of the diners at out table had a sweet tooth, and ordered a few things from the dessert menu.

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Cinnamon Bread Pudding  with a pecan Praline crust with Caramel Sauce and Creme Anglaise,

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chocolate cake with whipped cream and creme anglaise

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and a Crepe brulee which was a crepe filled with Creme Brulee served with creme anglaise and whipped cream. I stay away from things like this but everyone that tried it was very pleased.

Everyone seemed to really like their selections. Although my salad did disappoint, sometimes you just order the wrong thing.

Would I come back, perhaps but not in a rush.

It's a wrap for another review on Forks.

Wyld's Cafe
4271 Bonita Beach Rd.
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
(239)947-0408

Wylds Cafe on Urbanspoon

Friday, April 11, 2014

BBQ, Bands and Brew


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is the official designated arts organization in Lee County, FL. It's mission is to "facilitate and nurture the arts in Lee County".  One of the many things they do is sponsor charity events. BBQ, Bands and Brew was a charity event to benefit Builders Care. This group provides home repair and renovation services to those in need.  Builders care is an organization founded by The Lee Building Industry Association (Lee BIA). Lee BIA is a group that not only promotes the views of the building industry, but also provides technical and educational assistance.

A number of barbeque vendors were there.


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 had some nice looking Brisket, pulled pork and ribs.

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 all provided barbecue for the event as did


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Blue Crawfish Catering Company   served cajun-inspired food

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while Ben and Jerry's helped cool off the crowd.

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Taking about keeping cool, what would BBQ, bands and brew be without the brew.


The attendees really seemed to enjoy the food

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while both big and little kids enjoyed some recreation.

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After all that food, the crowd settled in

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to listen to some music.

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All in all, not a bad event. Another day of food and music and another review on Forks.

Alliance for the Arts
10091 McGregor Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33919
(239)939-2787








Sunday, April 6, 2014

Lunch at Bleu Provence


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is a restaurant located near downtown Naples, FL in Crayton Cove. Bleu Provence has been a blog topic in a previous Post. This was a wine tasting and these events are well worth attending. In the summer months, they are sometimes at no cost to the participants.

This day my dining companion (DC) and I were there for lunch.

You can choose to dine indoors



or outside, which is what DC and I decided to do.

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Bread, butter and a very nice olive Tapenade were brought to the table before our order was taken.

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DC ordered an Arugala salad with lobster, red onion, tomato, Fava Beans, citrus slices, Ruby Red chard Microgreens and a citrus Vinaigrette.

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It looked very good, and DC confirmed it.

I love Nicoise salad and that's what i ordered. Tuna, anchovies, potato, market vegetables, lemon rind and a citrus vinaigrette.

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It was very good.

The service and food were excellent. The wait staff were also very knowledgeable about what was being served. This was a very pleasant dining experience and I would come back without hesitation.

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That's that for another review on Forks.

Bleu Provence
1234 8th St S.
Naples, FL 34102
(239)261-8239


BLEU Provence on Urbanspoon