I thought I’d try to start documenting the places I patron. My husband is an absolute FREAK when it comes to restaurants and food tours – etc. Why not start showing you where we go? You probably aren’t going to believe how often we go out to eat. It’s his one obsession. Bill doesn’t buy clothes, electronics, go to sports games or gamble. He just loves to eat. How can I possibly complain?

Last night we drove to Jackson Heights to visit Pio Pio with another couple we know.  This is one of 5 locations all around NYC (Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx).  My husband is officially trying to get them to open up one in Long Island because it was that good.

Usually he would try to get something that I don’t cook at home, but Pio Pio is KNOWN for their chicken. So we ordered two of their whole chickens, rice,  red beans and maduros (sweet plantains).  It’s family style so you share everything with your group.

We ordered. Laughed and caught up for maybe 2 minutes and the food was SERVED. My guess is since we ordered their most popular dish – it’s just ready. All they had to do was pull 2 chickens from their roisterer and cut them up. We kept saying – are you sure that’s ours? It was the FASTEST I’ve ever been served in my life!

And the food was AMAZING. The chicken was perfectly seasoned and the rice was a dream. I am still trying to master making perfect rice. I just can’t get it to have that bite that a good restaurant provides. My mushy madness just can’t compete.

The atmosphere was very low key. People were dressed differently and it all worked. I was in stretch pants and an over-sized tank (the one I bought from H&M) and the couple we met came straight from work (suit pants, business dress). We both fit in the room just fine.

Here’s my one warning: A pitcher of sangria is $25!! We ordered one without asking about the price and fell off our chairs when the bill came. So be sure to ask about drinks before you start requesting them.

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