I know it’s not Hawaii, but this will have to make do, for now anyways!
DH and I went to Newport Beach California awhile back to get our fix of the Pacific Ocean; what a great trip! We sure did need this, let me tell you.
I got a call from my Husband’s Sister a few weeks back and she was saying that she and my Brother-In-Law were headed to San Diego to visit with their oldest daughter and her family; wouldn’t it be fun if we came out too? YOU BET! As the date got closer and I called her back just to confirm our arrival time by car, she asked me, “Isn’t this your birthday weekend?” YUPPER!
My Brother-In-Law made Birthday Breakfast for all 10 of us in our Niece’s home. Homemade Malasadas or Portuguese Doughnuts (in the middle of the table), Fresh Fruits, cut up Sausages (easier for little ones-there were 4 of them, all under the age of 9) with BACON too; Scrambled Eggs and Juice… Thank You Dennis and Miley, what a treat to have someone else cook me breakfast; to be able to sit down with family to enjoy it and still be in my PJs.
After breakfast, my Niece asked “Auntie, what do you want to do for your birthday?”
What birthday isn’t a blast with these 4 monkeys at the BEACH!?
Let’s throw in a couple of adults too …
Now, what about dinner Auntie Doni? Hmmm, let me think, OH YEAH, cold Beer and some Local Food.
We called in an order to L&L Hawaiian BBQ (the same as the L&L back home in Hawaii) for a Family Pack of Chicken Katsu, BBQ Beef and Teriyaki Chicken; this all came with Macaroni Salad and Rice, BUT WAIT!
I NEED some Kalbi Ribs AND Spam Musubi, MMM!
Oh my gravy all over my two scoops rice (that’s OMG! in my world) THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKIN’ ABOUT!! Can you say, very happy camper?
So what else do we need for a birthday celebration, HMMM…
My Sister-In-Law had bought an Ice Cream Cake for all of us to share, what made it ever better was these Four Little Monkeys singing Happy Birthday Auntie Doni.
Fun at the Beach, Cold Beer, Great Food and my family around me,
I am so blessed
Some time back, my husband was reading an article in the newspaper about this couple from Kaneohe (yes, I said Kaneohe Hawaii – where I’m from) who were opening up a Ramen Shop and on Friday’s they served Hawaiian Food… WHAT?! I’m there!
I sent off an email to the establishment and received a very nice response saying that they are in the restaurant all the time; please stop in to say ALOHA!
We were greeted with a warm “ALOHA, welcome” by two young men and shown to a table.
Now, what to eat, what to GRIND?
I wanted to try everything and DH was eyeing up the next table’s HUGE ramen bowls… NO! It’s Aloha Friday, Hawaiian food is the order of the day!
For myself, it just HAD to be the LauLau Plate! Oh my gravy all over my two scoops rice (that’s OMG! in my world) THAT was ONO~LICIOUS!! I had been looking forward to this afternoon’s lunch, we hadn’t had LauLau since last May when we were back home in Hawaii.
My husband and I usually share our plates, so I guess we did get to try several things.
As we were finishing up our meal, I asked one of the young men if Celeste was in the restaurant, “Yup, my Mom is in the kitchen, she made your food.” And just then up she walked, what a gracious hostess! We sat and talked for quite some time, only to find out that we (both my husband and I) have several friends in common, and yet we had never met Celeste back home in Kaneohe.
What a wonderful Aloha Friday afternoon and believe me, we will be back to Kiyoshi Ramen ‘N’ More, often!
Since moving to the High Desert in Central Arizona, I’ve made up a running list of restaurants that I think we might enjoy. Missus Landlord has given us several suggestions to add to our list.
We had to go out and about to run a whole big bunch of errands and tried, I stress tried, to get a seat at 2, count them, TWO local establishments for lunch to no avail. I could hear my dear husband’s stomach growling louder and louder, which can make for a grumpy bear … FOOD, we must have food!Hmmm, well, let’s try El Gato Azul just down the road a piece … we got the last open table, YAY!
My husband is the kinda guy that the first thing he sees on a menu, he orders. “But honey there’s …” NOPE! It was a BLT&T Sammie (light on the mayo please?) for him, served with a very nice spring greens salad, very lightly dressed in what I suppose is their house creation. That’s a HUGE sandwich, boy!
Now, I had already researched this restaurant online and knew what I wanted … Anne’s Calamari Salad, I loved it! This is a ginormous plate of goodness boys and girls. Spring greens, lightly dressed with their house dressing, a generous mound of Calamari done to perfection; all topped with a beautiful aioli.
As we sat enjoying the lovely patio setting, I was finishing my glass of wine (what? you don’t have wine with a nice lunch out?) when both my husband and I commented that we’d like to come back for evening tapas and cocktails, YEAH!
Okay, so we talked about Taco Tuesday out with friends before, but that was in Catalina, what about in Chino Valley Arizona?
We met Mister and Missus DF’s at Casa Grande Mexican Restaurant in Chino Valley for a second time. The first was for Sunday breakfast, yes, I said breakfast and it was GOOD! I didn’t get any photographs, because I did a face plant into my food before I could reach for my camera. Not tonight though, Mrs. DF reminded me, “Where’s your camera? You forgot to take pictures on Sunday.” Thank you Holly!
Oh my GAWD! Come on Man, for $3 you can have Carne Asada, Carnita, Fish or Shrimp tacos. For $2 you can have Ground Beef, Chicken, and, ummm, I forget now, HA! But there were I think 2 other choices for $2. Oh, AND $2 Margaritas that weren’t bad.
Also on our table were two salads, an Avocado Salad and a Chicken Taco Salad. The Cilantro Ranch dressing was outstanding. Make sure if you go to ask for the “secret stash” of the Green Salsa, muy caliente, but very tasty.
Mrs. DF said that I needed to try the Cheesecake Chimi, oh baby! GOOD!
We’ve already made a date for the four of us to meet at Casa Grande Mexican Restaurant again in two weeks!
Part of what my husband and I have been doing lately is exploring the surrounding areas to our new digs. We took a drive “over the mountain” to see what we could see.
On the way down the other side of the mountain towards to Verde Valley Arizona,
Part of living in a new place is discovering new eateries. Our new landlord had pointed us in the direction of a terrific bagel shop in town, Olde World Bagels and Market. It’s a bit off the path, but we found it, twice!
The first visit was kinda of like a meet and greet for us, we bought 3 plain bagels; that should tell the tale. YES IN DEED! Very good! So we returned for a full blown meal. An early breakfast was in order a few days later, in which we ordered each a Bacon Egg and Cheese Bagel, mine on the Herbs de Provence bagel with Cheddar and DH had his on a plain Bagel with Swiss Cheese. Sorry, but I didn’t snap a photo, next time, because there will be a next time.
We also took home a baker’s dozen of assorted flavored bagels for later.
The following morning it was a plain bagel, toasted, with fried Taylor’s Pork Roll if you’re from New jersey or Taylor’s Ham if you’re from Pennsylvania… but I digress … I added a slice of Swiss Cheese melted it on top.
BOY HOWDY! Them’s some good eats!
My husband and I are not what you would call social butterflies, but we do get out on occasion. Last night, we went for a second visit to Carlota’s Authentic Mexican in Catalina, it was Taco Tuesday Night.
What’s not to like!
You can have either a Ground Beef or Shredded Chicken Taco for $1.00 each, so long as you order a side dish, such as Guacamole, Sour Cream, Refried Beans, Rice or even a Side Salad. Let’s not forgot the key component, the Salsa, DELISH! I think we requested a refill 4 or 5 times, it’s that good.
One of our dining partners requested a Beef Taco, no cheese please, with a Salad as her side; it was HUGE! It was loaded with all kinds of goodies, like sliced Avocado, Radishes, diced Tomatoes, sliced Cucumbers, Sweet Red Bell Peppers and her meal came out to $2.99 plus tax & tip. Well, she did have a House Margarita, but I think that’s only $4 or so, still a great deal.
For my husband and I, 2 Ground Beef Tacos (oh, btw, these are the hard shell tacos if you noticed) and a Chile Relleno. Now, by ordering the Relleno, we really didn’t have to order a side to get our Tacos priced at a dollar each, but we like that combination. I did ask for another side of Guacamole and Refried Beans, mostly `cuz I like them and Carlota’s makes their Beans with lard, no vegetarian here! Our charming waiter also informed us that they had “any Mexican bottled beer” for $2.50, YEAH, I’ll have Dos Equis Amber, dos cervezas por favor, mi amigo! Our tab was $26.xx including the tax and tip, and we were STUFFED!
Cheap and friendly, the best kind of night out with friends. Thanks Terri, Bobbie, Dave and Terry, we really enjoyed ourselves.
We have been on another road trip; this is why there has been a lapse in my blog.
This trip was multifaceted. Our first stop was out to California to visit with my Mother again. The San Joaquin valley was in full bloom and gorgeous! I thought that today would be a great day to show and tell.
The peaches and nectarines were just beautiful with their pink blossoms; the nut trees weren’t too shabby either adored in white.
And the blueberries, wow, I can’t say that I’ve seen blueberries in flower before.
The best part was that the water is flowing once again in the World’s Food Basket and this gladdened my heart. Thankfully, there is a good snow pack up in the Sierra Nevada mountain range and it’s already started to melt, sending life-giving water down into the valley, AMEN!
Oh Boy! I’m so glad that I had the foresight to pack an extra soft-foldable suitcase when we went to Hawaii. I was able to bring back a herd of stuff, unfortunately we ate a lot of it before I could get photos! Here’s a few of the goodies that I packed.
Any good local can’t have enough Diamond Bakery Soda Crackers to go with your Portuguese Bean Soup, right?
Coral Tuna. Something you’ll only find in Hawaii. Very different, very ONO!
I “cock-a-roached” these from a bar that we went to.
Miko Scottish Bangers, MMM!
Oh my gravy all over my two scoops rice (that’s OMG! In my world), I found this at Foodland Kaneohe, my ole stompin’ grounds.
Hinode Rice, do you know hard it is to find this on the mainland?
This came with us on our flight back to Phoenix, but didn’t last very long …