Monday, September 28, 2009
Chicken and Dumplings
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Baja Cantina - Carmel, CA
This is the Baja Cantina located in Carmel. Isn't the outside welcoming?
The patio was beautiful! It was a warm day so we elected to sit inside. Funky and fun!
Margarita time! On the rocks with a touch of salt please!
Chips and salsa. The chips were good, and seasoned ever so lightly. I thought the salsa was just ho hum. Even a touch commercially mild. My mom thought it was spicy. She thinks everything is spicy.
We order an half order of guacamole. We love guacamole. This was just ok too. Nothing bad but nothing fabulous.
Guaymas Shrimp Bisque was on the menu and you know this cowgirl had to try it. Kathy I split a cup, which really was a crock... Shrimp, garlic, cognac in a vegetable cream base is how it read. It tasted more like tomato soup with bay shrimp mixed in. I am a soup girl and this one didn't pass my test. It just needed something!
My order of the Enchiladas Yucatan was up first. They were two corn tortillas filled shredded pork marinated in chile negro, achiote and oranges. YUM! There were sides of habanero salsa, tomatillo sauce, pico de gallo, queso fresca, refried beans and rice. Holy mackerel, there was plenty of food! I loved this dish. It reminded me of mole.
Kathy's order is up next and it is a fun one... Mango Chicken Enchiladas! Also two corn enchiladas, these stuffed with chicken, topped with cheese and bathed in tropical mango sauce. Served with rice and beans of course. This was fruity and very fun. It was kind of like island food!
Last but not least dessert! Yummo... We ordered the "Below the Border" which was a deep fried ball of coconut macadamia ice cream resting in a cinnamon tortilla bowl. How much fun is this? It tasted lovely of course, I was just so full!!!
I loved this place. The exterior and well as interior was decorated so funky. Made for a really neat atmosphere. There is a ton of stuff on the menu, not just Mexican but who orders that stuff anyway? The waitstaff was attentive and got the job done with a smile. Prices were right on as well. Very affordable. One compliant was the bar was a touch too lively for an enjoyable meal. They should calm the crazies down. They got a little to wild for me to enjoy lunch with my mother dear. Will I return? Yes! A wonderful meal on the patio is on the books! 1.75 thumbs up!
Friday, September 25, 2009
Ridgemark Country Club - Hollister, CA
I ordered chips and salsa because it was on the menu and I figured, "Why the heck not?"... I was impressed. Someone made this salsa homemade and it came from an authentic recipe I am sure.
I don't have much to say about this dining experience. Not because it was terrible but t didn't just knock me off my seat. I enjoyed the afternoon because there was a tournament going on so there was a lot of people watching. Would I return? Sure, it is a nice place to meet up with Amanda. It is not pricey, pretty reasonable actually. That said, 1.25 thumbs up.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Coconut Oil - Who knew?!
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is what I came up with. You have to melt the oil - either letting it soak in warm water or leaving it out in a warm place. It becomes liquid in no time and that is when you slather this good stuff all over your luscious locks. It is greasy, messy and kind of a pain but the results were well worth it. I left it on for about twenty minutes and shampoo'ed it right out. Today my hair feels great.
Another use for food products, brought to you by Melissa Good Taste.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Burger King Cheesy Tots
Monday, September 14, 2009
Long time no blog...
Monday, September 7, 2009
Little Tampico Kitchen - Soquel, CA
The Little Tampico Kitchen is a fun memory. Did I remember if the food was good? No. Did I know that it was open and that I was starving (and irritated)? YES! Time to park the car and fix this situation.
We decided to sit on the patio overlooking the beautiful creek... I was sending mind darts to my waiter - "Bring me chips and salsa and no one gets hurt"... amazingly it worked! He scurried over with a pico de gallo and a tomato paste blend. The pico de gallo was good. I ordered a Margarita and it was so horrible that I sent it back. Alcohol is not supposed to taste disugsting and if it does I do not want to drink it. Thanks.
First off, the Carne Asada Taco platter. Yowza, that is a lot of food right? I can say that the carne asada kind tasted a little sour. Not in a marinated in lemon lime kind of way either. Strange. Onto my Cheese Enchilada (supposed to be with extra sauce, but got extra cheese instead) with refried beans and rice. The beans had a baked on coat of cheese as well. So cheesy! The rice was actually pretty decent.
So the Little Tampico Kitchen was not really what I remembered. My Mom said her first Mexican food experince was at the Tampico Kitchen in another Santa Cruz location. That is kind of special I think. The food is pretty marginal but the patio is great. The one thing I did notice on the menu was if you are a vegetarian you can have any of your tacos, enchiladas or burritos filled with spinach or tofu instead of the standard beef or chicken. That is pretty cool. 1.25 thumbs up for a new experience at a fair price.