It’s easy to grow a Pineapple in a pot, or at least Mr. Freis makes it look that way.
You don’t have to live in Hawaii to enjoy the splendor and luxury of growing a Pineapple.
It takes a long time to grow — At least 2 years before it first bears fruit. Know that.
It’s a special day when your homegrown Pineapple is ready to pick and eat. Exciting!
Cut it off the stalk, trim excess stalk if necessary and voila — You’ve got a Pineapple.
It’s like you chose a perfectly ripe, juicy Pineapple, but instead grew and picked it — Brilliant.
It’s a magnificent thing — I’m grateful for the visual experience, education and tasting.
Let’s get more Pineapple growing ASAP — It’s going to take a while, but it’s worth it.
We’re also growing grapes and may attempt Wine — Post title inspired by a B-52’s song.
We last enjoyed the Eggs Benedict, a Southwest Skillet and a Coconut Pineapple Muffin.
Off Street Café’s English Muffins are surprisingly extra good — They’re made in-house I’m told.
The restaurant was once featured on Restaurant Impossible with Robert Irvine. Chef Irvine revamped their Dinner Menu and a one-and-a-half-day renovation gave Off Street Café a French provincial, livelier atmosphere. It looks okay, but we prefer the old fashioned counter.
The top line may push it a bit, but I concur with the general finding. All is good — Thank God.
Our first experience at the California Wine Festival — Wine glasses lined up for tasting.
We grabbed a couple glasses and sought out the FOOD, because it’s how we roll. Plenty of Wine was all around and available from noon to 4 — Best get some food in us to start.
Ribs and Chicken Wings from The Point Restaurant & Bar in Dana Point.
Messy with a Wine glass in hand, but the meat fell off the bone and both were flavorful.
Tall tables were scattered throughout the event and came in handy when free.
For a list of Participating Wineries, check with the California Wine Festival.
Pasta from Gemmell’s Restaurant may not look like much in the photo, but it was amazing!
I don’t know what it was, but if everything they make tastes as good, I’ve been missing out.
A generous Taco Plate from Chelas Mexican Grill was another winner for me.
Wine has the leading role at this event, so the heartier food options were appreciated.
VIP Pavilion (above) — It didn’t look more exciting, but had more chairs and shade.
Grilled Fish Tacos from Rubio’s.
Sushi from Mahé.
White Chocolate Dipped Strawberries from Celebrity Cruises.
Cheers — We’re hoping to win a free Celebrity Cruise, if they haven’t picked the winner yet!?
An Alcove similar to one on a Celebrity Cruise Ship — Our favorite Festival Sponsor.
We had White Wine on this warm, sunny day — Missed out on Red and want to do it again.
We frolicked and planked on Doheny State Beach afterwards and then went out for Sushi.
One fine day.
I prefer an Iced Tea and small Cheeseburger, but like the photo and others linked here.
California Wine Festival — Seems like a great way to spend a beautiful day. We’ll be at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point this Saturday for the Beachside Wine & Food Fest. We look forward to sipping Wine from all over California to live Caribbean music on the beach.
Guess who/what will be celebrating a big anniversary this month? It’s not the pictured couple if you’re trying to decipher the faces — I don’t know who they are (probably models), but what a great way to commemorate. Come back April 24th with Champagne in hand for the answer.
Do you know The Triangle (f/k/a Triangle Square) in Costa Mesa? Yes, it’s called The Triangle now and it’s hoping to attract more guests than there ever was — I hope it does too, since the space has historically underperformed. I’m not sure why, since parking isn’t that bad.
New Restaurants and Bars are open and due to open this Saturday, April 20th — The Saddle Ranch Chop House and El Corazon de Costa Mesa to name just two. And I’m most excited to see a coming soon sign for Tavern Bowl. Things seem to be pointing upward for The Triangle.
I liked the colors of Triangle Square better, but perhaps it’s one of the ways The Triangle is hoping to capture more attention — And one should pay attention, and GO, since it is built and looks to be tasty and fun there. Be there or you’re a square. Success is wished to all by us!
Did you see our post regarding Miguel’s Jr. Homestyle Mexican Food Restaurant? We recently discovered it and decidedly liked it after one meal — Now after a few more (Wet Bean & Cheese Burrito and Taco Salad with Shredded Chicken), it’s serious. We’re in heavy like.
God Bless the United States Military — We treasured our tour of 29 Palms Military Base. We salute family friend Marine Brent and all who fight/fought for our liberty to enjoy an astounding day rock climbing in Joshua Tree, then lunch and Beers at the Joshua Tree Saloon. Priceless.
The Joshua Tree Saloon Grill & Bar serves it up if/when hungry in the desert.
We enjoyed a post-hike, minor-rock-climbing lunch there.
I don’t recall the menu item names — Their website is being redesigned. Check here later.
We basically got Burgers, a Reuben and Mahi Sandwich, with Tea and Brews amongst Bro’s.
Some meals were custom, like the Burger on Marble Rye — Shut up you old bat! What?
Though the food was good, most respect is for our U.S. Soldiers and all they endure.
Long may our land be bright, with freedom’s holy light, protect us by Thy might, of thee I sing.
Miguel’s Jr. Homestyle Mexican Food — It’s on 17th Street, near Newport Boulevard in Costa Mesa. A Taco Bell once occupied the space. It’s Miguel’s Jr.’s first fast-food-type restaurant in Orange County, and after a quick bite I’m already glad it’s here and want to taste more.
One of Miguel’s Jr.’s listed core values is to ‘Deliver a positive experience that exceeds expectations’ — I didn’t know that walking in, but now see it’s true. Everyone seemed genuinely friendly, and the Beans on the pictured Tostada with Shredded Chicken were extra good. I’ll need a Bean & Cheese Burrito there real soon. Miguel’s Jr.’s prices aren’t bad either.
Get tickets and more information here — Cheers to food and California WINE at the beach.
From Alaska to California and hopefully back for more — I’ve never been there, but our resident photographer cruised Alaska last year and came back exclaiming he had the ‘Best Crab Bisque’ ever. It was at Tracy’s King Crab Shack in Juneau and he couldn’t stop talking about it.
I tried to find its recipe online, but could not, thus resorted to having it shipped from Tracy.
It’s not cheap (mostly due to shipping), but I learned it’s worth it — Wow! I see now.
Though not as pretty as when it’s served to you in Juneau, Alaska, it cooked up flawlessly.
One has the option to add Cream, Milk or Stock — I added Cream, as recommended by Tracy.
She also suggests a squeeze of Lime at the end — It has generous pieces of King Crab.
This King Crab Bisque is superb without a Lime squeeze and magnificent with one.
Tracy’s King Crab Shack was recently featured on Top Chef, as shown in a few TV pics.
Chef-testants had to quickly create a dish with Tracy’s Crab Legs — The Best Legs in Town.
Tracy’s King Crab Shack Story and Stovetop Instructions are above.
Thanks to Matt for the beautiful Alaskan photos and tip on Tracy’s — I’m hooked on all!
Meet Yolanda’s Fridge — The latest STAR on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. It would inspire me to cook and eat (and drink) well. All is easily identifiable and accessible. It’s pretty like Yolanda too, and better stay pretty since it’s a walk-in fridge with see-through doors. I love its contents in both photographs. Pre-washed and ready to eat is a most ideal treat.
Where’s the Grey Poupon? Hopefully there’s a hidden fridge too for the less attractive food, condiments and leftovers. I wonder!? Yolanda’s Fridge is on Twitter — Why not ask it. Huh?
May your day be filled with Jelly Belly Corn on the Cob, quartered Orange Starbursts, Green Apple Runts, Caramel Sauce Gravy, Yellow Starburst Butter and Graham Cracker Chicken.