World traveler … 41 countries and counting; Professional chef … studied for 3 years in Pozzuoli, Italy; Published author of reviews, editorials, articles, a popular blog, and producer of a highly successful YouTube channel. On the Front Lines in the Battle Against Mediocre, Overpriced Travel, Food and Accommodation … Follow Me To TravelValue … Thank You for Visiting My Blog! CombatCritic is Yelp ELITE '14 and '15 and TripAdvisor "TOP CONTRIBUTOR" … Follow Me To TravelValue!
C.T. Sorrentino, aka CombatCritic, is a world traveler, having visited 41 countries and counting. An amateur chef, he studied for 3 years in Pozzuoli, Italy and is a published author of reviews, editorials, articles, a popular blog, and is the producer of a successful YouTube channel.
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I was taken to JustFly.com’s website after searching Kayak, United, Delta, and Lufthansa extensively for fares on an upcoming overseas trip. I was hesitant at first being a unfamiliar website, but I decided to give them a try with the following reservations, pun intended …
First, people need more information before paying for a reservation, like applicable baggage fees (not just a disclaimer saying “the airline MAY require baggage fees”), to make an informed decision. JustFly does not provide actual fees, only the disclaimer. Fortunately, having flown Lufthansa many times in the past, the carrier for the trip, I knew that the first bag (up to 50 pounds) was free, making the decision a bit easier.
Second, JustFly does not provide a way to enter frequent flyer account information either before or after purchase. I assumed that once registered with their site, I would be able to update my profile with the data, but that was not the case. The only information available for editing on their website are name and email address, no seat or meal preferences, home airport, passport information, or anything else for that matter. The ability to enter frequent flyer and other pertinent personal information once would save customers a lot of time later and help ensure they return to make future purchases.
The only plus was that their price and itinerary were better than I could find even on Lufthansa.com, therefore …
CombatCritic Gives JustFly.com 4 Bombs Out Of 10 … More Bombs Are Better!
If visiting the Lake of the Ozarks, as far as restaurants are concerned, I highly recommend a trip back to Camdenton and Der Essen Platz (German for “the Eating Place”) for some excellent and affordable German fare. They have a small, but affordable wine and beer list, and the food is excellent. I started with the Weihenstephaner Korbinian Dopple Bock ($6.50 – .5 litre), a dark, rich, robust beer with hints of chocolate and coffee, it was excellent. The soups are very good and homemade. I tried the German tomato soup which was better than most tomato soups, but nothing I would order again. The schnitzel dishes are amazing. I had the schnitzel cordon bleu (pork cordon bleu – two breaded cutlets with ham and cheese in the middle, then baked and covered with a cream mushroom sauce) and my wife had the Jaegerschnitzel (pork cutlet served with Hunter’s Sauce, a savory brown gravy made with Jaegermeister and mushrooms).
Dinners are accompanied by soup or salad, warm homemade bread, and vegetables, potatoes, or spaetzel (a German potato dish similar to gnocchi only smaller). The Bavarian wheat loaf is homemade and delicious, so do not be too shy to ask for another! I also tried the German potato pancakes with hunter sauce (normally they come with applesauce, but I prefer the savory pancake with gravy).
Unfortunately, we were so full by the time dinner was over, we did not have time for dessert, but I am sure they are amazing as well. Owners Noelle (the chef) and Daniel (front of house) are warm, friendly, and helpful, so do not be afraid to ask questions. And do n ot forget the view over one branch of the expansive Lake of the Ozarks, a romantic setting for a special occasion or a weekend dinner … Guten Appetit!
CombatCritic Gives Der Essen Platz 9 Out of 10 Bombs … BOMBS ARE GOOD!
Title: Der Essen Platz … A Taste of Bavaria in Central Missouri
Key Words: Lake of the Ozarks Camdenton Der Essen Platz German Weihenstephaner Korbinian Dopple Bock schnitzel pork cordon bleu cutlet Jaegermeister spaetzel Bavarian wheat loaf German potato pancakes hunter
Tahini can be prepared homemade or purchased at a Middle Eastern grocer in a can. It is called tahini or tahina, depending on the region.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 cups sesame seeds
1 1/2 cups olive oil or vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 350. Toast sesame seeds for 5-10 minutes, tossing the seeds frequently with a spatula. Do not allow to brown. Cool for 20 minutes.
Pour sesame seeds into food processor and add oil. Blend for 2 minutes. Check for consistency. The goal is a thick, yet pourable texture. Add more oil and blend until desired consistency.
Yield: 4 cups
Tahini should be stored in the refrigerator in a tightly closed container. It will keep for up to 3 months.
Ingredients – Recipe makes 5 Cups/40 Servings
2 Cloves Garlic
2 (19 ounce) cans garbanzo beans, half the liquid reserved
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup tahini
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
black pepper and cumin to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
In a blender, chop the garlic. Pour garbanzo beans into blender, reserving about a tablespoon for garnish. Put lemon juice, tahini, chopped garlic, and salt in blender. Add salt gradually as the blending occurs. Blend until creamy and well mixed.
To adjust the texture between creamy and more solid, vary the amount of liquid you drain from the can. The more liquid the creamier.
Transfer the mixture to a large serving bowl and store the rest in your freezer. Sprinkle with pepper and pour olive oil over the top. Garnish with a few garbanzo beans.
Serve with baked pita chips or fresh vegetables…ENJOY!
If you love to travel like I do and hate it when your smartphone dies in the middle of the day, the IOGEAR High Capacity Portable Battery (GMP6600P) is a excellent choice for the price!
My first day in India, I had traveled 30+hours, gotten 3 hours of sleep, and being in one of the craziest places on Earth (Old Dehli), my iPhone battery was depleted by 3pm. Wonderful! This shithole (Old Dehli) was not the place you, or I in this case, want to be without Google Maps (between TripAdvisor and Google Maps, I would have been
For $40.00, it charges smartphones, tablets, and notebooks on the go and has incredible capacity.
I can recharge my smartphone 4-5 times off one charge! I have not tried to power or charge my notebook computer yet, so I cannot tell you how that works, but for smartphones it is well worth the price.
I have an app for my phone called GolfLogix that gives me GPS data for golf, including ball position, distance to pin, etc. for whatever course I am playing. Before I bought the IOGEAR battery, my battery would die after less than 9 holes and that was using power sparingly. Now i can play a whole round with JUICE to spare…I can even make phone calls on the way home or make a reservation for dinner on Open Table!
Great little battery, it PACKS A POWERFUL PUNCH!
CombatCritic gives the ASIN:B005IY8AZ0 IOGEAR GearPower High Capacity Portable Battery for Smartphones/Tablets/Mobile Devices GMP6600P (Gray) 9 BOMBS OUT OF 10 (BOMBS ARE GOOD!)
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World traveler ... 41 countries and counting; Professional chef ... studied for 3 years in Pozzuoli, Italy; Published author of reviews, editorials, articles, a popular blog, and producer of a highly successful YouTube channel. On the Front Lines in the Battle Against Mediocre, Overpriced Travel, Food and Accommodation ... Follow Me To TravelValue ... Thank You for Visiting My Blog! CombatCritic is Yelp ELITE '14 and '15 and TripAdvisor "TOP CONTRIBUTOR" ... Follow Me To TravelValue!