Gail Simmons

Gail explains why the food this week was uninspired.

on Nov 1, 2006

Sam's Summer Fruit Salad was also outstanding. The combination of cold, juicy, seasonal fruit with fresh herbs and chimichuri vinaigrette was the most imaginative way to present a healthy alternative that I have seen. However, it too was not an "entree" by TGI Friday's standards, and so could not be our winner, either. Cliff's Fish Sticks with Mac & Cheese was zesty and very satisfying. Who doesn't love either of these childhood favorites when they are done well? But it was Bada Bing Betty's Tuscan Portobello Melt and Spicy Red Pepper Soup that fully embraced everything this challenge represented. It looked tempting, tasted tangy and well-seasoned and was given a new twist by the addition of the mushrooms and spicy, roasted peppers. It reminded us all of warm childhood lunches on cold winter days. In fact, it just may give me another reason to visit TGIFriday's again soon.