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Thursday, May 2, 2024

Hits and misses

I guess I will cool down on the politics and talk about food. Politics upsets my stomach. 

I usually talk about fabulous food, let me talk about some disappointing meals first. People told me about this great new restaurant in Bonsall, the Backdraft

I went over there with Alex Evans, marginal, pedestrian at best. I had a greasy burger, burgers are far better at Main Street Cafe or Greek Chicken. Nothing redeeming, whatsoever.

No need to go back.

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I drove up to Asian Seafood Buffet one day after a medical appointment in Murrieta.

The sushi was great, especially the salmon. The custard cups were tasteless, the rest of the meal sort of blah.

I don't know why but I usually leave this place feeling not so great. I think I will be a bit more discriminating next time I go, but it will be a little while. Maybe just stick to sushi, which is really good.

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I had heard about the taco truck in front of the old Pizza Hut. I went down there for a birria taco and some other things.

Not impressed.

Richie's was not great. Looking forward to great birria tacos at the end of the month when I am back in Torrance, Tacos El Goloso.

I wanted to like it.

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We have had some good meals too.



Leslie and I went back to Todo par la Cruda in the barrio. Thy were out of posole, I had birria. Didn't know it was so loaded with onions.

It is funny, hated onions most of my life but I can tolerate them now. Leslie can't.

I really like this place - the food, vibe and ambience.

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We went back to the Northern Thai Mae Sai place in Temecula with Jim and Stacy the other night.

It was great. 

We had Khao Soi, thai sausage, a pork noodle dish and a papaya salad.


I showed him my blog and he was so happy he gifted us Mango sticky rice with purple rice .

Really delicious!

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I can't think of much more, beyond Rosa's, my mainstay, of course.


And my own baking.



Leslie asked for scones with cherry and chocolate.

I made them, per her request, with walnuts. Simple, but what she wanted.

We used dried bing cherries. I was okay with the final result, she said best ever.

You see, my wife is a chocoholic. I thought the chocolate was overwhelming for the fruit. To each his or her own.

Two nights ago I made a blueberry, cherry, cranberry scone with hazelnuts, walnuts and dried ginger. 

Everything but the kitchen sink. 

More like a fruitcake. 

I am pushing the confectionary envelope here.

Because I can.

Not my best effort but I liked it.

Tell you the truth, can't wait for fresh peaches again. I think my peach scones still rule!



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