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My family and I decided to go out for diner to a restaurant called La Flor in Woodside, Queens.  La Flor is one of those few Queens restaurants that is worth taking a trip to. Recently I discovered that the chef  is a supporter of Grownyc.org greenmarkets which means he is a regular customer  at the local farmers markets buying his ingredients fresh each day.  Here is the list of restaurants and chefs around the city who participate and support Grownyc.org Greenmarkets.  Check it out it is really cool!

Sorry about getting sidetracked! YIKES!

Right away we hopped into the car and off we were. Once you take a step into the restaurant and draw the curtains you feel as if you’ve walked into Mexico. Cracked ceramic tiles  line the walls, columns and tables. Copper tin plates decorate the ceiling. The owner and executive chef Viko Ortega completes the dining experience.  Try to go when he is there it makes a big difference. REALLY!

I ordered from the specials menu a wild arugula salad with Bosc pear slices and blue cheese with a light vinaigrette dressing which tasted limy and refreshing. My mom ordered the usual tinga chicken over a tostado over Julienne mango and *jicama arugula salad with a light dressing. The tinga chicken is spicy for those who don’t like too much spice Beware!  My brother ordered the blackened tilapia with a sweet sauce over corn mash potatoes with sautéed  Julienne vegetables.  He was so blown away by his meal that he felt compelled to speak to the chef himself.  That turned out well because the chef was so touched that he ordered 3 deserts to our table that were exquisite.  An almond cheesecake, a double chocolate layer mouse cake and a fruit tart were brought to our table with an amazing side of grape, papaya, *jicama compote. It was out of this world.  I forgot what my dad ordered but it was good.  OH I almost forgot my brother also ordered fried calamari with a spicy chipotle mayo which is a nice change from marinara sauce.

I definitely recommend this place and give it two thumbs up.  Call ahead to make sure chef Viko is there and take a trip.  It is SOOOO Worth it!

http://laflorrestaurant.com/

*Jicama is a crispy, sweet, edible root that resembles a turnip in physical appearance, although the plants are not related. Jicama has been cultivated in South America for centuries, and the vegetable is quite popular in Mexican cuisine.Jicama has a unique flavor that lends itself well to salads, salsas, and vegetable platters.  For more info on Jicama go to (http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-jicama.htm)

 

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