Catch the crave at Swell Taco

The swell in Swell Taco is not explaining how the tacos taste, but it does represent the decor inside the second location for this surf-centric taco shack on East Main Street in Patchogue, New York.

One of the handful of times I visited Swell Taco, I ordered the Chicken Flautas to start. They are filled with shredded chicken and cheese and are hot and flaky with a zesty dipping sauce, and a great way to start our meal.


Of course, I saved the remaining dipping sauce for when my tacos arrived. I ordered the Crunch & Munch which it is a hard beef taco sandwiched inside a soft taco with refried beans. You can even substitute the refried beans for nacho cheese, if you need that extra cheese. IMG_2991

Of course, I had to wash all of this down with a Swell Margarita. It was on the rocks with the choice for a salt rim and it was very refreshing.


At Swell Taco, I’ve tried many tacos, nachos and the San Clemente burrito, and most have satisfied my craving for Tex-Mex. If you have the same craving, give Swell Taco a try.

Swell Taco, 30 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY, 631-627-6710


South Ocean Grill: Small place, huge taste

For a late Valentine’s Day dinner, my husband and I made reservations for South Ocean Grill in Patchogue, New York. I had heard wonderful things about the food and that the location was very small and intimate.


Inside South Ocean Grill

We took a ride service to the restaurant because I figured parking would be an issue and we wanted to have a few glasses of wine. I believe the only parking is on the street with signs that specify where patrons can park. When we walked in, the desk to check in was right there, so we told them our name and sat right down. The hostess sat us down at a table with two plush round leather armchairs with little red pillows on them for added comfort, and they were really comfortable.

We looked over the drink menu to choose wine and I ordered a Pinot Grigio and TK got a Sauvignon Blanc. I can’t remember the winery for either of them, but they were enjoyable. The waitress poured the wine into our glasses and left us a little carafe to refill at our leisure. We skipped appetizers and ordered our entrees with our wine. I decided on the Pan Seared Jumbo Scallops and Rock Shrimp and TK chose the Palm Beach Ribeye. My scallops and shrimp were served on a bed of creamy risotto. The scallops were cooked perfectly. They were little soft pillows of flavor. The risotto was buttery and wonderfully tasty. I made sure to share some of it with TK because a meal this good is meant to be shared. He agreed that the scallops weren’t chewy at all, like they sometimes are. They were cooked exactly as they should be. He also enjoyed the risotto I shared with him and remarked on the flavor.


Pan Seared Jumbo Scallops and Rock Shrimp

He shared his ribeye with me and it had a tasty marinade on it. I could taste an Asian flavor and TK reinforced my thoughts and told me that it was marinated in soy sauce and ginger. He loved it, but did say that he didn’t like the amount of fat that was left on the meat. To that, I told him that he should get the Filet Mignon next time, because there will be a next time and he agreed. The Ribeye came with a baked potato and he was pretty happy with that.


Palm Beach Ribeye

I was finished with my meal before TK because it was delicious and I like to eat seafood before it gets cold. I sipped on my wine in my comfortable chair and waited for TK to be finished with his steak. When he finished, we ordered the Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie to share. Peanut butter and chocolate is my favorite combination and whipped cream is a great addition to anything sweet. Of course, we scooped up some whipped cream to start every bite. It was a great ending to a fantastic meal.


Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie

Fortunately, South Ocean Grill offers reservation options on Open Table. I strongly recommend booking a table at a specified time because I counted approximately 28 table seats at the restaurant. I will be doing so when I plan my return trip. After all, I heard great things about their salads and their flatbreads.

South Ocean Grill, 567 S. Ocean Avenue, Patchogue, 631.307.9999

Disney’s Must Eat or Drink List (1-60)

As you may already know, I’ve been to a Walt Disney theme park 14 times in my life; 13 trips to Walt Disney World in Florida and one trip to Disneyland in California. Each time I go, it is a necessity that I eat my favorite foods and try some new items that I just might add to my list of menu items to revisit. Fortunately for you, I keep track of what I love and what others love in order to share these delights with you.

Sleepy Hollow

Nutella Waffle Sandwich

To keep up, I will break down the information a little bit for you. I mean, you need to know exactly how and where to get them, if you need them.

Each listing will look like this: Food/Drink Item – Location Name, Area of Park (if there is one), Park or Resort, WDW (Walt Disney World) or DL (Disneyland).

Red items have been eaten by me and the other items are still waiting to be eaten, and there are plenty.



My Must Eat or Drink at Disney List:

  1. Tipsy Duck – Joy of Tea, China, Epcot, WDW
  2. Lobster Roll – Crew’s Cup, Yacht Club, WDW
  3. No Way Jose – Beaches & Cream, Beach Club, WDW
  4. Dole Whip Float – Aloha Isle, Adventureland, Magic Kingdom, WDW
  5. Naan Bread Service – Sanaa, Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kidani Village, WDW
  6. Zebra Dome – Boma, Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House, WDW
  7. Profiteroles au Chocolate – Chefs de France, France, Epcot, WDW
  8. Crab Legs – Cape May Cafe, Beach Club, WDW
  9. Minnie’s Bake Shop Cookies – Any Resort Souvenir Shop, WDW
  10. Pulled Buffalo Chicken Sandwich – Trilobites, Dinoland U.S.A., Animal Kingdom, WDW
  11. Nutella Waffle Sandwich – Sleepy Hollow, Liberty Square, Magic Kingdom, WDW
  12. Brioche French Toast – Flo’s V8, Cars Land, California Adventure, DL
  13. Beignets – Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, Port Orleans-French Quarter, WDW
  14. Jolly Holiday Combo – Jolly Holiday Cafe, Main Street U.S.A., DL
  15. Cheese Fondue – Territory Lounge, Wilderness Lodge, WDW
  16. Peanut Butter Sandwich – Pooh Corner, Critter Country, DL
  17. Pulled Pork Nachos – Tambu Lounge, Polynesian Resort, WDW
  18. Butterfinger Cupcake – Starring Rolls Cafe, Hollywood Studios, WDW
  19. Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake – Liberty Tree Tavern, Liberty Square, Magic Kingdom, WDW
  20. Peanut Butter, Banana and Candied Bacon Pie – Boardwalk Bakery, Boardwalk Resort, WDW
  21. Grapefruit Cake – Hollywood Brown Derby, Hollywood Studios, WDW
  22. Mickey Pretzel – Various theme park pretzel stands, WDW
  23. Strawberry Shortcake – Sunshine Seasons, The Land, Epcot, WDW
  24. School Bread – Norway, Epcot, WDW
  25. Grey Stuff Cupcake – Be Our Guest, Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom, WDW
  26. Berry Cream Puff – Kringla Bakery, Norway, Epcot, WDW
  27. Peanut Butter & Jelly Milkshake – 50’s Prime Time Cafe, Hollywood Studios, WDW
  28. Frozen Hot Chocolate – Hilton Bonnet Creek (a good neighbor hotel that is not on property), WDW
  29. All American Sundae – Plaza Ice Cream, Main Street USA, Magic Kingdom, WDW
  30. Ice Cream Martini – L’Artisan des Glaces, France, Epcot, WDW
  31. Gold Rush – Ghirardelli, Downtown Disney Marketplace, WDW
  32. Viking Mousse – Kringla Bakery, Norway, Epcot, WDW
  33. Cookie Bottom Sundae – Ghirardelli, Downtown Disney Marketplace, WDW
  34. Peanut Butter Heaven – Pooh Corner, Critter Country, DL
  35. Bananas Foster Bread Pudding – Ohana, Polynesian Resort, WDW
  36. Rocky Road Brownie Mousse – Smokehouse (Food & Wine Festival), Epcot, WDW
  37. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake – Contempo Cafe, Contemporary Resort, WDW
  38. Filet Mignon with Macaroni and Cheese – Jiko, Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House, WDW
  39. Sticky Wings – Kona Cafe, Polynesian Resort, WDW
  40. Cronut – Refreshment Port, Future World, Epcot, WDW
  41. Apple Pie – Carnation Cafe, Main Street U.S.A., DL
  42. Brioche Ice Cream Sandwich – L’Artisan des Glaces, France, Epcot, WDW
  43. Monte Cristo Sandwich – Blue Bayou Restaurant, New Orleans Square, DL
  44. Grand Marnier Orange Slush – France, Epcot, WDW
  45. Lobster Nachos – Cove Bar, Paradise Pier, California Adventure, DL
  46. Pommes Frites – Cafe Orleans, New Orleans Square, DL
  47. Cinnamon Roll – Main Street Bakery, Main Street USA, Magic Kingdom, WDW
  48. Pretzel Bites with Cheese Sauce – Troubadour Tavern, Fantasyland, DL
  49. Cinnamon Roll French Toast – Carnation Cafe, Main Street U.S.A., DL
  50. Peanut Butter Brownie Sandwich – Earl of Sandwich, Downtown Disney Marketplace, WDW
  51. Margherita Pizza – Via Napoli, Italy, Epcot, WDW
  52. Shrimp & Grits – Boatwright’s, Port Orleans Resort, WDW
  53. French Onion Soup – Chefs de France, France, Epcot, WDW
  54. Macaroni & Cheese – Yachtsman Steakhouse, Yacht Club, WDW
  55. Almond Crusted Cheesecake – Narcoosee’s, Grand Floridian, WDW
  56. Bread Pudding – Raglan Road, Downtown Disney Pleasure Island, WDW
  57. Bailey’s and Jack Daniel’s Mousse – Coral Reef, Living Seas, Epcot, WDW
  58. Spicy Kazan Roll – California Grill, Contemporary Resort, WDW
  59. Chocolate Melange – Blue Zoo, Dolphin Hotel, WDW
  60. Pumpkin Beignets – Mint Julep Bar, New Orleans Square, DL

So, there are my first 60 items that need to be eaten on your next trip to a Disney theme park. Did I forget one of your favorites? Do you need to know about an item because it sounds so good? Let me know in the comments.

A summertime favorite now for every season: Flo’s Luncheonette

Every Memorial Day, I would get really excited that Flo’s was about to open at Corey Beach in Blue Point, New York. However, Flo’s has expanded and there is another location that will be open all year in Patchogue. We have visited several times already and it is only the beginning of August. The staff is really friendly and have even played with my son from time to time, and Connor, the owner is very accommodating. In the Patchogue location, there are indoor and outdoor tables and an indoor bar that serves beer, wine and cider. I’ve taken TK, Jax, my parents, my colleagues and my friend Catherine and her son Joey to Flo’s to enjoy the fresh and extensive menu.

Each time I visit, I try to order something new. At this point, I’ve eaten the Baked Clams, Fried Calamari, the Big EZ Wrap, Fried Beer-Battered Shrimp, Fried Clams, Sweet Potato Fries, Regular Fries, Waffle Fries and Onion Rings. My father loved the Fish & Chips, Manhattan Clam Chowder and the Clams on the Half Shell. My mother gets the Coconut Shrimp every time and Catherine enjoyed the Lobster Roll. I just don’t see how you can go wrong, especially washed down with a refreshing Summer Blend.

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Out of all of the delicious meals that I’ve eaten, I’ve liked the Big EZ Wrap and the Fried Calamari best. I’ve reviewed the Big EZ Wrap before in my post: Summertime Hangout. The Fried Calamari is so good because the squid is soft and not chewy, and the breading is crunchy and flavorful. With the marinara sauce, it is a great appetizer or meal. A side of their thick Onion Rings with zesty horseradish dipping sauce is also a great accompaniment to any sandwich, wrap or seafood option.

Now you can get Flo’s in two locations and even find them at local festivals with their Flo’s to Go food truck. The only negative to the Flo’s to Go truck is that they don’t serve their full menu, including the Summer Blend, which maybe you can tell is quite important to me, but everything is still delicious nonetheless.

Flo’s Luncheonette, 225 West Main Street, Patchogue, NY, 888-FLOS-TOGO.


The Yumness Food and Drink Bucket List: Top 100

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Have you ever heard yourself saying, “I want to try that,” or, “If I ever get there, I want to eat that.” Well, if you haven’t, you’re either a liar or someone I don’t really want to hang out with. If you have, I created a list to help you get the food and experiences that you long for, with a little help from my friends. There are a lot of lists out there that count off all of the foods you should try, but this one was created by me and my friends, so these are honest additions and if you want to know about why I added number 8, for instance, you can ask and find out.

NOTE: The items in red are food or drinks that I’ve personally tried. If the location is in red too, it means that I ate it in that exact location. Lucky me!

Here are 100 things to try while you make your way through the world and your life:

  1. Beignets, Cafe Du Monde, New Orleans
  2. Chocolate-Covered Bacon
  3. Fish & Chips
  4. Papusas
  5. Crawfish or Crawfish Monica, New Orleans Jazz Fest
  6. Mexican Hot Cocoa
  7. Pate
  8. Conch Chowder
  9. Pecan Pie, Camellia Grill, New Orleans or Mama’s Daughters’ Diner, Texas
  10. Prickly Pear Margarita
  11. Bacon Milkshake
  12. Beef Wellington
  13. Grape Leaves
  14. Chianti
  15. Reuben Pizza, Stout, NYC
  16. Shrimp Parmesan, Carmine’s, NYC
  17. Escargot
  18. Deep Fried Burger, Korzo Haus, NYC
  19. Philly Cheesesteak, Pat’s, Philadelphia
  20. Fugu (But, you could die.)
  21. Absinthe
  22. Fried Pickles
  23. Alligator Nuggets, Joanie’s Blue Crab Cafe, Florida
  24. Poi
  25. Frozen Hot Chocolate
  26. Mallomars
  27. Corn Nuggets/Hush Puppies (Depends on where you are)
  28. Creme Brulee
  29. Boston Cream Pie, Parker’s Restaurant, Boston
  30. Deep Fried Oreos
  31. Kobe Beef
  32. Apple Pie a la Mode
  33. Coal Brick Oven Pizza, Grimaldi’s, NYC
  34. Pastrami Sandwich, Katz’s, NYC
  35. Real Ramen
  36. Turtle Soup
  37. Chicago Style Pizza, Gino’s East, Chicago
  38. Baked Beans, Durgin Park, Boston
  39. Buffalo Wings
  40. Lobster Roll, Waterman’s Beach Lobster, Maine
  41. Chicago Style Hot Dog
  42. Blue Crabs, Bo Brook Restaurant, Baltimore
  43. Fried Green Tomatoes, Whistle Stop Cafe, Georgia
  44. Chicken Fried Steak, Chuck House, Oklahoma
  45. Strawberry Shortcake, Bulldog, Arkansas
  46. Bison Burger, Log Cabin Family Restaurant, Montana
  47. Denver Omelet
  48. Fish Tacos, Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill, San Diego
  49. Horchata
  50. Hoppin John, Mary Mac’s Tea Room, Georgia
  51. Loco Moco, Aloha Mixed Plate, Maui
  52. Dole Whip, Aloha Isle, Walt Disney World
  53. Blueberry Pie
  54. Sicilian Pizza, L&B Spumoni Gardens, Brooklyn
  55. Cheese Fondue
  56. Jerk Chicken
  57. Durian (But, it smells like a foot.)
  58. Eggs Benedict
  59. Dynamite Roll (Ease your way into sushi.)
  60. Gumbo
  61. Bread Pudding
  62. Fried Calamari
  63. Lobster Mac & Cheese
  64. French Macarons, Laduree, NYC
  65. Paella
  66. Croque Monsieur
  67. Gelato
  68. Shrimp, Oyster or Clam Po Boy
  69. Rocky Mountain Oysters
  70. Carpaccio
  71. Ceviche
  72. Donuts, Gourdough’s, Austin or Donut Friar, Gatlinburg, Tenn.
  73. Rocket Fuel, CJ’s, Ocean Beach, NY
  74. Beer & Cheese Soup
  75. Stone Crabs, Joe’s Stone Crab, Coconut Grove, Florida
  76. In-N-Out Burger
  77. Cannoli, Mulberry Street, NYC
  78. Burrito
  79. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Maureen’s Kitchen, NY
  80. Fried Ice Cream
  81. Tonga Toast, Kona Cafe, Walt Disney World
  82. Relleno de Papa (Hispanic Stuffed Potatoes)
  83. Cherry Limeade, Sonic
  84. Chocolate Brioche, Levain Bakery, NYC
  85. Pulled Pork, Skylight Inn, NC
  86. Torta di Mandorle (Almond Tart), Uva, NYC
  87. Fried Chicken, Gus’s, Memphis
  88. Pork Cassoulet, Paris
  89. Cheeseburger, Brindle Room, NYC
  90. Whole Steamed Lobster
  91. Cinnamon Roll, Ann Sather, Chicago
  92. Belgian Waffle, Petite Abeille, NYC
  93. Knafeh (Middle Eastern dessert), Tanoreen, Brooklyn
  94. Porterhouse Steak, Del Frisco’s or The Capital Grille, NYC
  95. Short Ribs
  96. Crispy Pork Belly Confit
  97. Cronut, Dominique Ansel Bakery, NYC
  98. Frozen Custard
  99. Blue Mountain Coffee, Jamaica
  100. Mofungo, Restaurant Raices, Puerto Rico

If you think there should be other foods added to this list, let me know in the comments and maybe I will start another list. Also, let me know if you know where to find the best version of any of these or if you agree or disagree. Our lives are full of meals and snacks, so there’s a lot to taste and explore.

How many of these have you had?

Yumness is on Facebook

Since I can’t give each delicious thing out there the respect it deserves with its own blog post, Yumness has a Facebook page. I easily share anything and everything delicious by posting photos, links and information for all those who like it and those who are just stopping by to jump-start their appetite.

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BBQ, Bacon and Cheddar at Smashburger

We are on Facebook!

I decided that since I have a ton of delicious food photos and information that I have been withholding from all of those folks out there that love food like I do, Yumness should have a Facebook page. So, now you can find food images and info at

I have started albums for appetizers, desserts and burgers and sandwiches, and I just keep adding to them because I just love food, as you may already know. Next up, entrees, and some of those are mouthwatering. Stay tuned and “like” the page, please. There will also be photos of delicious things that can be found at grocery stores, food trucks and some other little-known locations, including my own kitchen.

Thanks for your support!