Padrino's in Mission Bay

Padrino’s Cuban restaurant in Mission Bay Plaza has a lunch buffet for $9.99 on weekdays. The price does not include drinks.
Today the buffet included picadillo (a ground beef dish), fried chicken, another beef dish (more like a stew with nice soft chunks of meat) and a roast pork item.
There are three choices of rice, two soups (the black bean was good), salad, fried plantains and fresh fruit. Also there is a potato stuffed with picadillo.
The customers all seemed to be speaking Spanish, which we consider a good sign. We really enjoyed our meal.

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An Architecture Experience

Recently we were thinking of hiring an architect for an interior remodeling project, adding space to our upstairs loft area.
Searching the web, we found CCS Architecture and Interior Design, which is run by Cynthia Spray.

Ms. Spray came to our house to look things over. She drew up some options, discussed the possibilities in detail with us, and impressed us with her professional and thorough approach.
In the end my wife and I could not agree on how to move forward. We communicated that to Ms. Spray and she was gracious in how she handled it.
If you’re thinking of doing a remodeling project, Ms. Spray would be a good person to contact.

Tijuana Flats in Coconut Creek

We’ve had lunch a few times at Tijuana Flats. It’s in a plaza on the south side of Hillsboro at 441, across from the Walmart.

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The menu is somewhat typical for fast casual Mexican. There are tacos, burritos and so on. For most items there’s a choice of beef, chicken, steak or carnitas.
I’ve become a fan of the “No-rrito” which is pitched as a burrito without the tortilla. The steak Norrito is about $7.50 and comes with beans and rice, along with various fixings like guacamole.
We had a beef taco plate today that was also very good.
Tijuana Flats has a “sauce bar” where you can fill very small cups with a wide variety of sauces, labeled with smiley or frowny faces depending on how spicy they are.
Comparable places might include Moe’s Southwest Grill and Chipotle Mexican Grill. Tijuana Flats is a little better than both in food quality, variety and service. the interior design is also a little more interesting.
For the chain’s website: Tijuana Flats

Israel's Birthday in South County Park – April 26th

A Boca Raton-based Jewish group, Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, is hosting a 64th birthday party for Israel on Thursday, April 26th. It will take place at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater. The main event starts at six o’clock, but the facility will be open starting at 4:30 with some activities starting around 5ish.
The biggest name on the ticket is local boy made good and American Idol participant Brett Loewenstern, along with at least two other musicians and performances by local school and temple groups. They’re even bringing in a group of kids from Israel to perform.
For full details, see: Boca Jewish Federation: Israel Under the Stars. Flyer is below:
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Steve's Wood Fired Pizza

We had a pizza tonight at Steve’s Wood Fired Pizza. It’s a small place in Boca Lyons Plaza on the southwest corner of Glades and Lyons.
The pizza was very good, with a thin but well textured crust, great sauce and cheese. Two kids who don’t always eat much ate their fill. We got half pepperoni for the old folks and the meat was just right.
We also had a sausage and peppers appetizer. The sausage was sweet as advertised and the blend was delicious.
We closed with zeppole, an Italian fried dough. They were fantastic, and particularly popular with the children.
One minor negative – the kitchen was slow but that was apparently due to a new employee learning the ropes.

Red Lantern in Piccadilly Square

Update: Red Lantern closed in 2014. It is being replaced by Armadillo Cafe.
We had a quick lunch today at Red Lantern, in Piccadilly Square on the north side of Glades just west of 81st Avenue and the Turnpike.
The lunch specials were very inexpensive, roughly $6 including soup, rice, and an egg roll or spring roll. Brown rice is an option at no extra charge.
The Wonton soup was just right. Hot and Sour soup was mediocre but not terrible. The Szechuan shrimp was good but less spicy than expected. Chicken with mixed vegetables had a subtle flavor, though some might find it bland.
Portion sizes were not overwhelming but that may explain the low prices.
On the whole Red Lantern was good enough that we will be back. But it wasn’t great either.

Pink Ball on April 21

South County Regional Park will be hosting the Third Annual Pink Ball on April 21 from Ten in the morning until Sixish.
The Pink Ball raises money to provide mammograms for women without health insurance. There is no admission fee but there will be many opportunities to donate or buy things that support the effort. Plus softball, vendors, music and more.

Power Outage in Boca Falls

Update – the power was restored after about one hour, though FPL trucks continued working long after.

There’s a power outage at the moment in Boca Falls. We don’t yet know the extent of the outage – how much more of West Boca is affected. There are FPL trucks in Boca Falls. Traffic lights appear to be down on Glades west of Diego Drive, but working there and to the east.