Archive for February, 2013

Knives Speak Jive Turkey: Cut Me Some Slack Jack Cheese.

February 27th, 2013 No comments


How many knives do you see?  Three, four or five and a possible rectangle trivet?  Unique. 🙂

Carl’s Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Sandwich And Jalapeno Turkey Burger.

February 26th, 2013 No comments

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Carl’s Jr. just can’t seem to leave sex alone in advertising — It doesn’t make me want whatever they’re selling, but a free coupon does.  Though I call it as I see it, Carl’s Jr. still sends coupons to try new menu items, and this time we tasted two Sandwiches we’d again.

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Jalapeno Turkey Burger — The Santa Fe Sauce (also on the Charbroiled Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich), Jalapenos, Pepper Jack Cheese and Wheat Bun make this Burger flavorful.  It’s light and satisfying combined with the Turkey Burger, Lettuce, Tomato and Red Onion.

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It’s not the good looking guy eating the Jalapeno Turkey Burger that makes me want to try one (but if taking that route, glad it’s realized that women eat Burgers too), nor does a bikini model cause me to want a Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich.  Interesting correlation.  More than anything I value creativity and humor in advertising, combined with a good deal and tasty meal.  Spare us the overplayed sex-sells sales approach — Make us laugh Carl’s Jr.

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Regardless of all, I would’ve tried the Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich anyway.

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Though ours wasn’t as thick as the one on TV, it’s a Sandwich I’d buy with my own dime.  The Atlantic Cod was all white with good seasoning and it’s perfect on a soft Honey Wheat Bun.

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Two of us gave four thumbs up to both — Soon to be customers in line for these Sandwiches.

Say Aloha To The Aloha Roll & 1/2 Price Sake At Sapporo Sushi.

February 22nd, 2013 No comments

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UH-LOW-HAH Aloha Roll (above) — We can’t wait to go back to Sapporo Sushi (f/k/a Niko Niko Sushi) to have it again.  It’s made with Baked Pineapple, Spicy Tuna, Avocado and Mango.

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A Tempura Special Roll of some sort (above) for another table — It sure looked good.

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We also had the Hungry Roll (above), which is layer upon layer of texture and flavor.  It’s over the top.  Watching it be made was crazy — It’s got Shrimp Tempura, Spicy Tuna, Popcorn Shrimp, Avocado and Crab.  Sapporo Sushi is near CSULB off PCH/7th Street in Long Beach.

Orange County Restaurant Week Celebrates Its Fifth Year: Dine Out.

February 21st, 2013 No comments

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Happy Anniversary Orange County Restaurant Week — What restaurant will you be dining at?

Birthday Cake With Infinity Candles For The Loved Gone By.

February 20th, 2013 No comments

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Today would’ve been my sweet Grandpa’s 95th Birthday — We miss him and others gone by.

The Crab Cooker: Welcome Dear (Smoked) Fish Eaters.

February 19th, 2013 No comments

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The Crab Cooker — It’s one of my favorite landmarks in Newport Beach.

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It’s been simple and enjoyable since 1951.

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For some reason it’s hard to find consistently good Smoked Fish around here, so I’m glad it always seems to be available at The Crab Cooker.  Elsewhere it’s been previously frozen and defrosted, too dry, refrigerator flavored, unappetizing looking, or it’s too expensive.

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Smoked Albacore and Smoked Salmon are favorites to have at home, as often as possible.

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Fish options and prices vary.

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It’s a Restaurant and Fish Market that’s walking distance from the Newport Beach Pier.

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I’m always happy to eat at The Crab Cooker and perfectly satisfied afterwards.

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Smoked Fish To Go — I like their Tartar Sauce, but my Cocktail Sauce is better.

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And King Crab Legs could be my favorite food of all, if I had to pick one.

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop: Happy Hour, New Kids Menu & Curbside.

February 18th, 2013 No comments

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Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop in Costa Mesa — I’m glad to see them in the neighborhood.

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It’s a narrow, well utilized, stylish space with goodness to offer.

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A group of us (various media) were invited to sample Happy Hour and Kid’s Menu items.

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We liked it all and learned that Greenleaf Chefs take pride in each and every dish.

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We especially liked the Turkey Melts on Pretzel Bread (below) and Turkey Meatballs.

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The Kid’s Menu Chicken Bites with Sweet Potato Fries are pictured below.

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See the Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop website for new menu specifics.

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A Delivery Program will soon be launching and Curbside Service is currently available.

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They also offer Business Catering and an in-house Coffee/Juice Bar/Specialty Item Shop.

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Cheers to Greenleaf with Sangria and another tasty house specialty drink.

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They seem to be about healthy food and good times.

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More of everything please.

Food Prices Gone Awry: It’s More Important To Feed People Corn.

February 15th, 2013 No comments

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I try to avoid politics here, but better decisions need to be made — People and animals first.

Happy Valentine’s Day: Pre & Post Celebrate Days Before And After.

February 14th, 2013 No comments

Egg and Toast Heart for Breakfast -- Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day — To avoid the crowd, we celebrated a couple days before with dinner at Soprano’s (soon to be reported on) and further plan to observe the holiday with cards and surprises the day after.  Heart shaped Toast today with much to look forward to tomorrow.

Radiohead Bakery: They Wish They Were Special.

February 13th, 2013 No comments

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Whatever makes you happy, whatever you want — Music related to food has a place here.

Classy Up Jell-O Shots In The Cut Of An Orange Wedge.

February 9th, 2013 No comments

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It’s been a long time since I’ve had a Jell-O Shot, but the pictorial basic recipe and linked unique recipes (here, here and here) cause me to want to make and serve ’em at a party.

Immediately Stop Workplace And Roommate Lunch Theft.

February 7th, 2013 No comments

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Have you seen the Anti-Theft Lunch Bag?  Too funny.

A Day In Malibu With Much To Do, See And Eat (Again Please).

February 6th, 2013 No comments

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Perhaps the best Blackened Catfish we’ve had is at the Reel Inn in Malibu off PCH.

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We took a drive along the coast and love where we landed (all day long).

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We’d go back to the Reel Inn for the very same thing and more after I study the menu.

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I wanted to buy the Cajun Spice but they don’t sell it and wouldn’t tell what’s in it.

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It’s a Fish Market and Restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.

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Pictured above is Spuddy Freis aka Mr. Potato Freis who traveled with us — We’re dorks.

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View across the street from the Reel Inn (above).

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On the way to Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills, near Malibu.

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Still on PCH heading towards Mr. Magoo or something phonetically like it. 😉

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What a find — It’s the Old Place (below) and we’re so glad we peeked inside.

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It’s a (circa) 50 year old BAR in a 100 year old building with cool people inside.

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We appreciated the smiling guy singing with a guitar and genuinely friendly patrons.

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Cheers with a non-fancy Wine glass — We’re told to try the Steamed Clams next time.

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Loved the Old Place — It’s stylish all around it with unique shopping and Wine Tasting too.

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Finally made it to Paramount Ranch on a mostly overcast day, but all was historically beautiful.

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Paramount Ranch — It’s where many old westerns were filmed and a fun place to explore.  You’re free to roam around and play outside the Saloon, Barber Shop, Sheriff’s Office and other structures — We cracked up making short, funny videos that we’re still laughing at.

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Back to the Fish in Malibu (hopefully someday) and more of everything this day, please.

Valentine’s Day Ideas: How To Make A Heart Shaped Egg.

February 6th, 2013 No comments

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This Heart Shaped Egg is on our test list — Do you think it works?  More ideas are here too.

Toast To A Diet Breakfast: Could It Come To This?

February 3rd, 2013 No comments

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Get off your phat phone and eat it.

National Food Holidays In February: It’s Celebration Of Chocolate Month.

February 1st, 2013 No comments

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Quite an impressive spread ready to dip in the Chocolate Fountain, a Christmas gift for one of my nieces — It looks like they’re making the most of it and why not?!  Next time I’m there.

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They prepared Graham Crackers, Marshmallows, Strawberries, Rice Crispy Treats, Nilla Wafers, Grapes and Pound Cake for dippin’ and say the Chocolate Fountain was fun and worked well.

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In recognition of National Chocolate Lover’s Month aka Celebration of Chocolate Month, their photos are perfect.  Thanks!  In addition to Chocolate, February also celebrates National Grapefruit Month, National Canned Food Month, National Potato Lover’s Month and other special food related days.  Read more about them here, here and here.  Pass me a toothpick.