Monday. The last day of the Memorial Day Staycation. I busted a move and mowed the lawns and felt so accomplished that I decided I wanted to tackle something else... Why not make Lemon Risotto? Risotto takes a lot of love and an attention. It also takes a lot of Parmesan and butter too. The lobster was sweet and delicious. Back to work today!
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Hello Memorial Day Weekend! Despite some wind on Sunday afternoon it was a gorgeous day. So much so, a little patio sitting was in order. Enter Il Giardino in Downtown Ojai.
Don't expect to get your food in a hurry but when you do actually get it, it is worth it. Just a simple Fish Sandwich (Tilapia was the Daily) but very tasty. French fries were the chosen side and they did the job well.
I know they always have entertainment and it may be worth another visit to check out the rest of the menu.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Recognize this? It is an order of "Fish Tacos" from George's. It was listed as Aaron Sanchez's "Best Thing I Ever Ate" and I have to agree. A unique spin on a regular fish taco. The deconstructed formula utilizes yellowfin tuna, fried avocado, cabbage, corn nuts, jalapeno aioli, petite cilantro, radish and lime.
Now that is Modern California Cuisine.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I stumbled upon a Ventura County Dining Guide some time ago and it got me thinking... Suppose, I ate my way through the County and then blogged about it? Novel idea! Next stop - Westside Cellar on Main Street.
Creamy Tomato Soup was very filling! So much so, I had to stop otherwise my appetite would be ruined for my main - and dessert.
Viola! Fish special - Salmon with a gift shrimp on top. The sauce was a light citrus sauce and worked perfectly with the salmon. It was cooked to perfection. Best salmon I have had in a long time!
Filet Mignon with a gorgonzola broiled on top. Vegetables with cooked nicely with balsamic and there was a pesto wash, creating a very pretty plate! Yum.
When there is Creme Brulee I must have it. This was not the best but a little sugar at the end of a protein heavy meal is a good thing!
No alcohol on this review so the bill was very respectable. $70 is a steal in my mind. The food was delicious and the server was a doll. I would return and give it another go.
If your ever in Bakersfield and cruising down Hughes Lane pull into Arriaga's...
Will return and order this again!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
When a new restaurant opens in Ojai, everyone knows about - especially me. It took me awhile but I finally got the opportunity to cruise down the hill and check it out...
I had a great group of foodies with me this evening to give it a go and I was excited. On arrival you will notice how beautiful the restaurant has become, the patio most of all. Unfortunately it was raining last night so we dined inside but the tile work and fire breathing fountain is just gorgeous. The chips and salsa were good, quite spicy but just perfect enough to get you in a festive mood.
My fellow dining companion, Greg and I ordered the Red Snapper with Mango Salsa. Finely diced mango, pineapple, onions and chile topped the wonderfully cooked fish. Fingerling potatoes and red peppers were aside, as well as nicely seasoned asparagus. The fish was a lovely choice if you are feeling for something on the lighter side.
Next up, tacos! Linda ordered the Tacos Del Mar - one shrimp and the other white fish. They came with the usual toppings of cilantro, cabbage and onions but they also threw in a spicy guacamole to round out the dish. Served with rice and your choice of refried or black beans. Nice touch. Scott ordered the Tacos Doble with tri-tip, he enjoyed his very much as well.
Since I knew I would be blogging this experience I figured I might as well go all the way and order dessert! There were churros, cheesecake and Tres Leches Cake on the menu and I knew right away which one was the winner. The cake was so moist and the fruit topping was a nice addition of tartness to the sweet cake.
There are a couple of components to make a dining experience fantastic in my book. First being the company you keep, a great conversation can make any meal wonderful. Thank you Greg and Linda for that! The service, our delightful waitress made sure we taken care of throughout the entire meal. And lastly, the food! Only fresh, quality ingredients were used in our dinner and I appreciate that.
Agave Maria's you have got yourself a loyal customer.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Let me get this straight: I am a Giants fan to the core. However we had the amazing opportunity to get seats right on the grass at Petco Park to watch the 5/6/11 Padres vs. Diamondbacks game. So we went and enjoyed every bit of it! Thank you to John Kratzer for supplying us with such great seats!
Ahhh... memories. Matt Williams former Third Baseman for the Giants.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
In honor of my birthday a beautiful spread was prepared for me... It was called, "Mercy of the Chef" course after, course paired with wine, came to the table... Enjoy the fast with your eyes!
Our amuse bouche for the evening - Tuna Tartare. In my opinion, it was the one of the most delicious things all night!
Can you believe all these courses? All paired with terrific wines! What an experience. I was full but in a good way. I feel like this dining experience has changed me. I am a better person for it. Thank you again Scott for arranging all of this. It was perfect.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
If you have never been to La Jolla this is a pretty good run down of what to see and expect...
One of the many caves - Kayakers had fun cruising through them.
Beautiful blue water and lots of birds!
Now go to George's during the daytime. Ask the cool waiter to take your picture overlooking the ocean. He is a pro!
Order the ceviche while your there too. It is fantastic!
Mosey on down to the Grand Colonial hotel and saddle your self up tho the lobby bar. Don't bother asking for a drink menu; order the Iron Fist brew and share!
If the ceviche didn't fill you up ask for the Cheese platter, so delicious!
My ocean front house in La Jolla - I wish. Isn't it just the cutest?
Wind & Sea - a memorable surf spot.
Monday, May 9, 2011
Newport Beach. Newport Beach!! I live close to the Housewives of Orange County! No seriously, check out the Rusty Pelican's menu; all things Melissa Good Taste would love...
Let us start off this food extravaganza with a glass of pinot and a bowl, yes a whole bowl, of Crab Bisque. The bisque was so heavy, I loved it - bring on the cream and butter baby!
Fish Tacos for Scott, Mahi Mahi. There was a tropical salsa on board and that just sent this meal to the moon! The fries were nice and crispy. Great lunch!
My meal looks like dinner! But there was no way I could pass up Sea Bass, lemon caper sauce and mashed potatoes. That just sounded too fantastic to waste. So I went ahead and ordered it and ate the whole darn thing! So good.
More food posts to follow... Loosen up your belts this is going to be a very filling ride!!