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Thank You Meal For Veterans Soon To Be Offered At Applebee’s.

November 4th, 2013 No comments

Free Veteran's Day Meal

To me, Veterans and Active Duty Military matter the most — Thank you for your sacrifice!  It’s because of that I live free.  And because of that, they’re most deserving of a FREE meal at Applebee’s this coming Veteran’s Day.  Nice job Applebee’s.  See their special menu here.

Halloween To Thanksgiving: Pumpkin Purposes In October & November.

October 31st, 2013 No comments

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Happy Halloween — If ever there was a time to carve, decorate or eat a Pumpkin, it’s now.

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This year especially, Pumpkins are available in a lot more colors than orange.

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Though it kicks off scary, Pumpkin’s purpose is a magnificent thing — It’s simply stylish & tasty.

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I cherish its Seeds, Soups and Pies in Fall (or anytime at all).

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They’re diverse on the table as decor, a side or dessert, or as the table for snacks and apps.

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Several large and small examples are posted for reference.

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Post was inspired by this day and our food coloring series — Some shown here.

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Photo credits are here, here, here, here, here, here and here — Thanks!

It’s A Wrap (Or Fork Roll) With Gnocchi: Simmered & Entered.

October 29th, 2013 No comments

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I’ve been working on 9 out of 10 Idaho Potato Commission Recipe Photo Contest entries.  The September/October contest officially ends today, then judging begins.  It’s a wrap here with Idaho Potato Gnocchi with Pesto, the last dish prepared, photographed and entered to hopefully win again.  If nothing else, it was a learning experience with satisfying, tasty meals.

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I hadn’t made Gnocchi before — It’s relatively easy, but gets sticky, so be liberal with the flour.

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If you don’t have a Gnocchi roller, they can be rolled on the back of a fork.

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Contest recipe linked here includes a complete list of ingredients and instructions.

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Cook ’em until they bob to the top, plus 5 minutes are general guidelines, but my main focus was the FINAL photo of the prepared dish (and flavor too) — The photo is everything to the contest and flavor most of the enjoyment of the labor, though a win would enhance that too.

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Photos herein are not official entries in the contest — They’re runners up.

Islands Nalu Nalu Burger: We Surfed The Roasted Garlic Aioli Wave.

October 24th, 2013 No comments

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Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks — It’s the Nalu Nalu Burger and it’s new on Island’s Menu.

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It’s made with Roasted Garlic Aioli, Provolone Cheese, Sautéed Onions, Mixed Peppers, Hot Chili Pepper Rings and Lettuce.  Our Nalu Nalu Burger (above) was over-cooked and just okay.  We still prefer Mavericks, Kilauea, the Pipeline and the Hula to this Hawaiian wave.

A Recipe Photo Contest Where Prominence Of Potatoes Matters.

October 22nd, 2013 No comments

Jalapeno Ham Stuffed Potatoes

There’s yet another Recipe Photo Contest being hosted by the Idaho Potato Commission and you could win $500 or more.  Not sure why I keep reporting about it, since I don’t need the extra competition.  It’s just that it has a lot of fun and favorable elements about it.  To be fair (and helpful), you can learn more about it and enter here on or before October 29, 2013.

* Photo of Jalapeno-Ham Stuffed Potatoes (a Contest Recipe) is not an actual entry.

Who’s To See The Mess That’s Created Each Time, I Say.

October 21st, 2013 No comments

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I hope Julia doesn’t mean if… something is dropped on the floor and/or not washed!?! 😉

Famous Sixteenth Century Food Bloggers: Meals In Museums.

October 17th, 2013 No comments

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Early posts can be viewed at the J. Paul Getty and elsewhere — Fruit and Fish were popular.

Cousins Maine Lobster Truck: Connecticut Maine Lobster Roll.

October 14th, 2013 No comments

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I first saw Cousins Maine Lobster Truck on television.  I forgot the program, but remember that I was left wanting one.  On the way to lunch elsewhere the other day, I saw them parked in a business lot in Irvine — Screeeeeech, I was there.  Dang, it’s not cheap, but had to have it.

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I debated (too long) between the Connecticut Lobster Roll and the Maine Lobster Roll — All Cousins‘ Lobster is from Maine, but the Connecticut Lobster Roll is served warm with Butter and Lemon and the Maine Lobster Roll is served chilled with a touch of Mayonnaise.

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It’s the Connecticut Lobster Roll this time (pictured) — Both are on a New England Style Roll.

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Cousins Maine Lobster Truck Menu.

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Next time I’ll try the Maine Lobster Roll, just to be fair — I liked the Connecticut Lobster Roll a lot.  The Lobster was sweet and had good texture, the portion was generous and the Roll was nicely soft.  All sounds great, but it’s a rich Sandwich.  Though small, I almost couldn’t finish it.

SeaLegs Wine Bar: Best Truffle Mac & Cheese Near The Pacific.

October 8th, 2013 No comments

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SeaLegs Wine Bar — It’s my new favorite restaurant (and Wine Bar, especially on a Wednesday when all Wine is 1/2 off).  Everything I’ve had there has been amazing.

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LOVE its smart, chic, cool and comfortable style — Parts feel like an east coast vacation spot.

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As noted, we think they have the BEST Truffle Mac & Cheese around (top photo) — Huntington Beach is where it’s at.  I’m told it’s made with White Cheddar, Mozzarella and Blue Cheese.

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See SeaLegs Wine Bar’s Menu by the seashore, Pacific in this instance — I give no resistance.

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Also on the menu, pictured herein are the Bleu Sliders and Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus.

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I’ve yet to try most of their food, but want to, really, really bad.

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Instead I’ve toasted there with ole high school chums on Wednesdays.

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Cheers to SeaLegs Wine Bar (and its food) today with memories of yesterday.

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Happy Hour prices ($5 Wine & Plates) apply ‘At The Bar’ only, M-F’s from 3-6p.m.

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Will climb for Wine wit me sea legs.

Another Photo Contest Cooked Up By The Idaho Potato Commission.

October 4th, 2013 No comments

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Check out the latest Recipe Photo Contest hosted by the Idaho Potoato Commission — You could win big. I hope to.  They’re giving away $5,000.  Past contest information is linked here.

Giving Micheladas A [Bad] Name: Accessible For Exposure Not Taste.

October 2nd, 2013 No comments

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I like the idea of an all-in-one Michelada, but the pictured could repel one from trying another.

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A Michelada is a Mexican Cerveza that’s made with Beer, Lime Juice, assorted Sauces, Spices and Peppers, which sounds interesting and good if prepared in the right proportions.

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The pictured was plastic wrapped at 7-Eleven — One then adds Beer and the included Spice packet (the biggest problem here).  It’s too salty and overwhelms in a bad way, and best not added.  The Lime/Spice around the rim is better on its own.  Once the Spice packet is added, you’ve f’d up your Beer.  After this Michilada, I’m left wanting one that’s prepared right.

New Social Hour At Pinot Provence: Stylish & Tasty Chat Inside.

September 27th, 2013 No comments

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Pinot Provence — I’ve always been impressed with its exterior, its lights and sign, but never made it in to this fine French restaurant set within the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel.

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Wow, its interior surpasses expectations — I did not know.

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It’s stylish, romantic and sophisticated — Warmth and charm of Southern France, they tout.

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A walking bridge (across Bristol) leads to the restaurant and hotel, if at South Coast Plaza.

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If inside the Westin South Coast Plaza, Pinot Provence is at the end of this hallway.

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It leads to the Bar, where we enjoyed Pinot Provence’s New Social Hour this day.

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Social Hour is in the Pinot Provence Bar and on the Patio, Tuesday – Sunday, from 3-6PM.

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Love the Trois Petites Bouchées Menu with $3, $6 and $9 bites.

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Social Hour doesn’t include typical Happy Hour items — A few options are pictured.

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Top down — Goat Cheese and Jalapeno Beignet and Bacon and Blue Cheese Stuffed Dates.

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Grilled Shrimp with Chipotle Aioli (I think).

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Lamb Sliders with Tzatziki Sauce and Feta — My favorite this time.  I want to try a few others.

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Tater Tots with Cheddar Cheese Sauce.

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They’re different — Crunchy on the outside and mashed inside, very delicate.  I like them.

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Pinot Provence outdoor patio (above) and Westin gathering area in the hotel (below).

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I need to be more social at Pinot Provence (especially), the Westin and South Coast Plaza.

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Extra Extra Get A Free Coffee Tea For Me (And For You Too).

September 26th, 2013 No comments

Coffee Pot Trade In

THE COFFEE BEAN & TEA LEAF® CELEBRATES NATIONAL COFFEE DAY WITH ITS SECOND ANNUAL CBTL® TRADE UP YOUR CUP COFFEE MACHINE EXCHANGE ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013 AT ANGELS STADIUM

Trade in any Coffeemaker for a new complimentary CBTL® Americano Machine to create authentic Espresso, Coffee, Tea, and specialty beverages at the touch of a button

WHAT:  On Sunday, September 29, Coffee drinkers are invited to the Angels Stadium of Anaheim to celebrate National Coffee Day at Trade Up Your Cup, the second annual event hosted by CBTL®, the Single Serve Beverage System by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®. Guests (13 years of age or older) can exchange any electric Coffeemaker with a cord, for a brand new CBTL® Americano Machine (valued at $149.95, while supplies last). The first 250 people in attendance will also receive a free CBTL® Milk Frother (valued at $49.99, while supplies last). Guests can also load-up on CBTL® Espresso and Coffee Capsules with the one-day promotion of three 16-count capsule boxes available for $20. Last year’s inaugural event took over iconic Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood with overwhelming response. This year’s event, to be held at Angels Stadium of Anaheim in Orange County, is slated to bring in an even bigger crowd. To further celebrate National Coffee Day, bottomless Coffee will be served for guests in line from 6 a.m. – 8 a.m., before the event begins. Coffee-related games and other fun surprises will also be available for guests to enjoy throughout the event. Coffee machines collected during the event will be donated to Goodwill Enterprises to be redistributed across Southern California.

WHEN:  Sunday, September 29, 2013

8 a.m. – 2 p.m. (or until supplies last) — Gates open at 6 a.m. with bottomless Coffee

WHEREAngels Stadium of Anaheim — 2000 E Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806

Guest Entrances: Gene Autry and Orangewood entrances only

COST: Trade Up Your Cup is free and open to the public

CBTL® Beverage Capsules will also be available for purchase

RULESGuests (13 years or older) can exchange any new or used electric Coffeemaker with a cord, for the CBTL® Americano Machine. Exchange is limited to the CBTL® Americano model available in black and valued at $149.95; limit one CBTL® System per person while supplies last. The first 250 people will also receive a free CBTL® Milk Frother (valued at $49.99, while supplies last). Vouchers for the exchange are only valid on Sunday, September 29, 2013.

ABOUT CBTL®:

In 2010, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf ® launched the CBTL® Single Serve Beverage System that allows consumers to make their favorite espresso, brewed coffee, tea and specialty beverages at home, at the touch of a button. With the CBTL® System, customers can recreate their favorite The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® authentic espresso, coffee, tea and specialty beverages at home—with just one touch of a button. The stylish CBTL® System comes in a variety of machine models and colors, each featuring a twin pressure system that allows the machine to reach the high pressure needed to make authentic espresso and lower pressure for perfectly brewed coffee and tea. With its sleek Italian design based on the CAFFITALY SYSTEM technology and premium features, this multi-tasker is a welcome addition to any countertop. In addition to selling the system in The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf ® stores and online at CBTL.com, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf ® has teamed with Sensio Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of small kitchen appliances, to distribute the CBTL® System in U.S. department stores, mass, discount and big box retailers as well as home shopping networks. For more information, please visit www.CBTL.com or www.facebook.com/CBTL.

Source: Press Release not written by me, but I do have an old Coffeemaker to replace.

Potato Vegetable Casserole Supreme: Hit Of The Recipe Photo Contest.

September 19th, 2013 No comments

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The ten winning photographs in the Idaho Potato Recipe Photo Contest are now posted on the Idaho Potato Commission’s website here.  As previously reported, one of my ten entered photographs was chosen as a winner.  Pictured here is the Idaho Potato Vegetable Casserole Supreme, which didn’t win, but is our victor for flavor — Recipe and winning photo are here.

Why Do You Make A Big Deal Out Of Food?

September 18th, 2013 No comments

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I concur with Julia — When asked the question above, I wonder… who else is here?!?

Idaho Potato Commission Recipe Photo Contest Winner.

September 13th, 2013 No comments

Idaho Potato Commission Photo Contest Winner

All my hard work paid off — I won at least (1) of (10) $500 prizes in Idaho Potato Commission’s Recipe Photo Contest.  I just received notification that my photo of the Idaho Potato, Jarlsberg Lite and Roasted Vegetable Terrine was chosen to represent the recipe on the Idaho Potato Commission’s (IPC’s) website.  Thank you!  I’ve previously posted about the contest and my participation in it here, here and here.  The pictured is not the actual winner chosen by the IPC.  It’s a similar photo that was taken for the contest, but not submitted.

Win Philly’s Best Sandwiches For A Year: Smile And Say Cheesesteak.

September 11th, 2013 No comments

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Wow, I’m this week’s ‘Philly’s Best Fan’ aka winner of a Cheesesteak Sandwich and T-shirt, and now in the running for FREE Cheesesteak Sandwiches for a YEAR.  I’d sure love that.  You may enter too — Just upload a photo of yourself eating a Philly’s Best Sandwich.  Good luck all!

La Palma Chicken Pie Shop Restaurant And Bakery In Anaheim.

September 9th, 2013 No comments

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The La Palma Chicken Pie Shop Restaurant and Bakery has been in existence longer than I’ve been alive — Yelp reviews will tell you more.  I’m new to this old establishment.

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I love the prices — They’re old school, like the waitresses who may be original too.

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I’m told (and have read) that the Chicken Pie is the best item to order, so it’s what we had.

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With Dinner, the Chicken Pie comes with Soup and Salad, a Roll and Dessert.

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I got the Ranch Dressing, which isn’t good (tangy) and I’ve since read their Roquefort is best.

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Dinner also comes with a choice of Potato — We got the Mashed Potatoes.  Gravy covers it all.

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I like smothered Gravy — The Crust was still crunchy and has a good flavor and texture.

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It is loaded with big pieces of real Chicken, dark and white — You can order it with all White Meat too.  I may do that next time, just to be on the safe side.  No Peas or Carrots are inside.

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Peach Pie for me and Matt had the Chocolate Pudding (not pictured).

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The interior is old too and filled with decorative Chickens and long-standing booths.

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Is that a flower pot on Matt’s head and a Chicken on his shoulder whispering in his ear?

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Come back, says the Chicken.

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It’s also a Bakery, as identified — We were too stuffed to try anything.  Next time.

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The Baked Chicken Pie Lunch ($5.00) and Dinner ($6.75) are cheap, satisfying meals.

Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant At Knott’s Berry Farm.

September 5th, 2013 No comments

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If I’ve ever had Mrs. Knott’s Fried Chicken before, I don’t remember.  I should have, since I’ve probably been to Knott’s Berry Farm a hundred times.  I grew up nearby.  Most of the time there’s a long line and I don’t like long lines.  This day it was free and clear.  We walked right in the very day we resolved to stand in line for it — At Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant.

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In one of several dining room areas — It’s fairly large inside and often full.

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I came away thinking it could be the Hot Buttermilk Biscuits they stand in line for — WOW, they are good!  They’re warm and something special.  And I’m not one to get excited about Biscuits.

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Soup and Salad is served with all Chicken meals — Mrs. Knott’s Famous Fried Chicken for us.

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It also comes with the choice of Cabbage seasoned with Ham or Sweet Kernel Corn.

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Though the Cabbage with Ham looks basic, it’s flavorful and rich — I’d get it again too.

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We split a meal, like others often do, we’re told — It’s a lot of food for one.

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Prices have changed in 70+ years — Today all is $16.99, and the same was only $0.85 in 1940.

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We upgraded to all White Meat — It’s $3.59 more, perhaps $0.15 back in the day?!

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We like the STAR with longevity too — Fried Chicken.  Okay, I’ll stand in line for all.

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Shouldn’t they be offering Knott’s Jellies, Jams and Preserves?!  What’s up with the Smucker’s?

Taste Of Temecula Wrapped Up With Samplings On SOCO Patios.

September 2nd, 2013 No comments

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We took a short trip to Temecula to celebrate our engagement.  Thanks for the engagement gifts and money.  We didn’t expect anything and finally cashed a few checks sent over a month ago.  Sorry.  We were set to spend it on backyard lounge chairs, but couldn’t find one long and comfortable enough for Mr. 6’4″, then considered it towards a new dishwasher, until deciding to spend it on a spontaneous weekend of eating and exploration.  Thanks for the fun!

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It started with Coffee, King’s Hawaiian Rolls and a Lottery Ticket from 7-Eleven in Fullerton.

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Without any research, we stopped at various places of interest along the way and all day.

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Once in Temecula, we started with a Mango Margarita at Rosa’s Cantina.

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Where next?  We picked on a whim.  If it sounded good and had AC we were in.

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One of our favorite stops was at Crush & Brew, where we sniffed and tasted Wine.

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We liked #3 (above) best and contemplated buying a bottle, but wanted to stretch our bucks to try more places and things.  Crush & Brew also offers the largest Flat Breads we’ve seen.

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We had the Greek Flat Bread, which filled us up good (and we were trying to save room).

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We take a moment to thank you for this opportunity — On to more Temecula finds…

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I’m not sure what Death Paste (above) was/is — We didn’t want any. 😉

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Soro’s Mediterranean Grill was our next stop for Dolma (aka Dolmades) and Iced Tea.

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Blackbird Tavern is below — It’s a large, super-cool, indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar.

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What a great space they have — You wouldn’t know it from the front.

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All this outside is hiding inside — Blackbird Tavern is the place I miss living next to the most.

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I’m not sure what you call the toss-the-beanbag-game, but we played it — See it in flight?

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I liked the starter (below) so much, I recreated it at home — See the recipe here.

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It’s called Olives & Almonds on their menu.

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Menus are inside album covers — I don’t know Lee Evans.  Also pictured is The Blackbird.

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We finally scratched our scratcher and won nothing — No worries, it’s a great day.

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All pictured above are located on or off Old Town Front Street in Old Town Temecula.

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Stopped at PALA Casino with only $20 of our $250 designated towards hopeful multiplication.

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It was instead hijacked from the bunch after a short time in play.  Adios.

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On the road again… We bought Avocados off the side of the road.  I always want an Avocado.

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On the way home, we stopped and walked around Oceanside — View from its pier on an overcast day.  The sun disappeared awhile, but do you see the giant bubble?  Some guy was making them.  Since we still had adventure money to spend, we planned to stop at The Beach House in Laguna Beach to exhaust the rest, but there was an hour wait and we didn’t want to.  Instead, all was saved for the next day’s escapades in the SOCO District of Fullerton.

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We started at our favorite Tea LoungeTranquil.  Iced is always refreshing and flavorful.

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Ended up at Joe’s No Limits! Bar & Grill — We sought to eat and drink on patios only.

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Had ‘Joe’s Picks’ Sausage selection — I liked the Chicken & Jalapeno Sausage, primarily.

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Though the menu doesn’t say, we were glad the above came with really good French Fries.

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After Joe’s, we went to The Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen (below).

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Cheers to more food and drinks on SOCO patios.

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The Slidebar offers a long list of Opening Acts (they call ’em) aka Appetizers.

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We had the Smothered Tots and Deep Fried Pickles — Well prepared and different.

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And the Deep Fried Mac N’ Cheese — Not the healthiest options, but it just so happened.

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Do you know where this heart is found?

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It’s at Fullerton Train Station.  We considered eating there, but opted for Hopscotch Tavern.

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We were down to our last few engagement-dollars and almost done eating.

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On our final SOCO patio of the day — Hopscotch Tavern we had a shot of Tequila — Mezcal.

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And Donuts with Lavender, a dessert special — I like the Hopscotch menu and will go back.

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We appreciate the weekend journey — It was worth it all and so much more.

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Smiling faces here. 🙂

Z’Tejas Chili Fest ’13 Benefits The Blind Children’s Learning Center.

August 30th, 2013 No comments

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Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill at South Coast Plaza is launching its annual Chile Fest, an homage to the famous Hatch, New Mexico festival, Sept 3 – Sept 16 and $1 from each entrée off the special menu will benefit the Blind Children’s Learning Center.  Executive Chef Daniel Stevens says the idea behind Chile Fest is to celebrate the versatile role the fruit (its internal, edible seeds qualify it as a fruit rather than a vegetable) plays in the culinary world.  Each menu item on the Chile Fest menu including desserts and cocktails contain a variety of Chile Pepper.

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Excerpt from PR materials (above) — Photos are from a media preview we attended.

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Nibbles of Tidbits (we) got to sample items from the Chili Fest Menu — Enlarge for better view.

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Pictured from top down — The Herb Chili Glazed Mahi Mahi, my favorite of all we tasted and tried, two drinks on the Chili Fest Menu, the Skinny Smokin’ Margarita, my drink pick, and the Skinny Z’Smash.  The other drinks (on right) are two of Z’Tejas most popular… The Chambord Margarita and 6th Street Margarita.  We liked the Hatch Chili Onion Rings too.

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The Adobo Steak Relleno and Tamarind Chicken Salad also had a punch of flavor and heat.

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The Hatch Chili Coconut Flan is extra creamy and spicy — It’s so rich it needs the heat.

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Dishes pictured below are found on Z’Tejas regular menu.

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Corn Bread — It’s excellent and one of the best I’ve had.

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Raw Ahi Chipotle Citrus Bites — I want them again.

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Grilled Salmon and Vegetables — All was well prepared.

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I like the addition of Pepitas to the Tableside Guacamole.

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Did you know that Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill has the ‘largest outdoor patio’ at South Coast Plaza?  It does and I like it.  We’re always looking to have quality food and drinks on a patio.

You Never Know Who Is Going To Show Up For A Blind Date.

August 29th, 2013 No comments

Blind Date

Not sure it’ll work out — There may be laws against it too.

Cooking Tip Number One: Reduce Wine Any Way You Choose.

August 27th, 2013 No comments

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Actual TIP:  Cook Wine until there is less of it, 1/2 of it, or it turns into syrup.