Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Panera - Gilroy, CA
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Mrs. DeLish's Cupcakes - Monterey, CA
Peppers - Pacific Grove, CA
Alright so here's the deal, while at Peppers start off with Blood Orange Margaritas, bring a fun person to have a conversation with and stay away from the seafood! Enjoy your weekend!
Friday, August 20, 2010
Ragoots - Morgan Hill, CA
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Whale's Tail - Oxnard, CA
Lobster Taquitos sure sounded good to me. They were tasty but you really couldn't tell the filling was lobster meat. Oh well, deep fried goodness is always tasty. The salsa wasn't the best but the guacamole and sour cream made up for it. There were Seafood Nachos that also caught my eye on the menu, as well as the chowder. Next time...
Happy Wednesday everyone!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Hozy's - Santa Paula, CA
Hozy's is a delightful place to sneak in on a lazy Sunday morning or any morning for that matter! Full Lunch and Dinners are also available. It is in an industrial are so don't think your lost. Keep driving until you see all the cars - people know good food!
Monday, August 16, 2010
Osteria Monte Grappa - Ojai, CA
So we get seated almost as soon as we walk up to the restaurant. A measly table on the side of the building is ok with us. Our hostess does not give us menus and waitress has no idea that she is our waitress. I flag down a bus boy for some menus after sitting without anyone coming up to us for at least 15 minutes. The bus boy brought us menus, water, bread and then finally he took our drink order. The house Pinot was $12 a glass. Ouch! Our "waitress" finally made her way over to us after taking the order of a couple that came in after us - how annoying.
After waiting and waiting our food finally came. I ordered the Salmon and it was cooked to perfection. My compliments to the chef! The capers, the butter, the lemon - oh heaven!
And this my friends is the Soft Shell Crab. Scott ordered it thinking it sounded interesting. He has never had Soft Shell Crab before so he can't compare anything to it. I have, I order it at sushi all the time. In my opinion my local sushi joint does it up better than they do.So we order dessert thinking, "Why the heck not?!" Probably one of the worst prepared creme brulee's I have had in awhile. The sugar crust was so thick it hurt my teeth. Then the custard filling was like soup! Oh my... So we flag down the gal that served us the dessert and tell her it is just terrible. Our "waitress" then comes over and tells us it is her favorite dessert and instead of offering something else just says I will take it off our bill. We were craving something sweet not that we didn't want to pay! Sheesh... onward.
So I don't know what to make of this situation. They were understaffed when we got there that is for sure. We were seated and no one "claimed" us as their table so the bus boy was our only help! A random girl served us our entrees, another random guy brought a second round of drinks and a girl in brightly colored pants brought the dessert. I am very disappointed because my first experience was so wonderful. On our bill we wrote a little note and I also left my blog address to even see if they cared enough to read about our experience. I am curious to see if it will get a response. Every restaurant has a bad night right? What do you think?
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The Boathouse - Santa Barbara, CA
A girl and her love for Clam Chowder... ahhh. This chowder started off on the right foot, it was served piping hot! The chowder was thick and creamy and had trace amounts of potatoes. Check! Not too many clams either but tons of bacon! My other love!
The perfect amount of food and drink! I would return for the people watching and for a meal out on the patio. The cocktail menu looked fun. Mojitos and Martinis of all tastes seem to be shaken here. Another day for that! Happy Tuesday everyone!
Monday, August 9, 2010
Los Arroyos - Montecito, CA
Just across the street you find this fun little adobe. The cute patio, stylish decor and a menu full of delicious items just beckoned us in.
They know how to get the party started! Complimentary guacamole, spicy salsa on top and mild pictured on the bottom. The "spicy" wasn't so spicy, in fact it was just right. Mixed with the guacamole it really became something special. The mild was pretty much watered down ketchup.
That is my BRIGHT red Pork Pozole. It was delicious. I topped it with cilantro, cabbage and squeezed in a little lime after I took the photo. The pork was very tender. The hominy is just so filling, I couldn't finish it all.
Scott ordered the Chiliques, which is basically eggs and tortilla chips cooked together with a green chile sauce on top. A little cheese and pico de gallo on top is what finished off the food mountain. Refried beans, potatoes and a generous portion rounded the dish. He ate it all, said it was delicious and claimed to be "stuffed." And that my friends equals success when dining at a Mexican restaurant! Ole Ole!!