Tag Archives: Salinas

Broccoli Juice! Are You Crazy??

24 May

I attended the Women’s Fund Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency in the morning and used my phone to quickly snap this shot so all the strangers at my table were not overwhelmed with my own strangeness…

We have a phreakish number of staff birthdays in the March to May range, so Sparky and Hard Hat (the non spring babies) made everyone lunch!  Sparky even roasted each little beet in its own little phoil jacket.  Impressive AND yummy!

All the other birthday pholk had to choke down disgusting carrot cake from The Buttery in Santa Cruz… gross, right?  Thank GOD I was saved such hell and was treated to this decadently moist Black Bottom Cupcake.

Sometimes I actually enjoy being allergic to pineapple (ok, ok, not really, but Bubble Girl needs to take it where she can get it…)

(As a side note, I once tried to name my Calico cat “Black Bottom”.  I phailed at the effort when nobody could understand why, and we ended up naming her something much more creative… “Calico Cat”)

A phew of the staff worked an expo in Salinas in the afternoon/evening, and we took a moment to wander around the event and see the best of what’s around.  I made two totally excellent discoveries…

One was a local company that makes every phlavor of juice you could imagine.  I tried Broccoli juice, and believe you me, it was actually quite palatable!

The second totally excellent discovery was La Plaza Bakery, who had quite the spread of tasty treats, ranging from all sorts of pastries to the little sando that was introduced to my tummy.

We’re quite excited to go try this place in real life!

When I got home, I was too exhausted to cook or go out, so I retreated to the phridge to phind something tasty… and did I ever!

Who DOESN’T think pie for dinner is completely legit?

Ok, that was a rhetorical question.

New Restaurant Wednesday

3 May

There’s a new kid in town that goes by the name of XL Grindhouse.  We met him at high noon last Wednesday to phind out what he’s got.

It seems that this odd little guy can’t yet decide if he’s going to grow up to be a Mexican eatery or a competitive eating venue.  Either way, I’m a phan.

Not only are they the only place in Salinas that offers 60 ounce beers, but their phood is great!  I was barely able to snap a shot of the Molcajete before my coworkers dug in- this hot bowl of mixed meats, cheese, nopales, peppers, rice and beans was grubbin’, to say the least!

The Juicy Lucy (a.k.a. a plated heart attack) is not one but TWO grilled cheese sandwiches surrounding a hamburger patty which is also stuffed with cheese… with a side of massive onion rings.  Why wouldn’t I order this!?!

I passed on the onion rings and got through half of the sando, which may very well have saved me from certain cardiac arrest.

Keeping things interesting, Work BFF and I tried another new restaurant for dinner.  Dishes Bistro (in Marina) looks much like a greasy spoon but is a surprisingly quaint Phrench bistro, albeit one adorned with Star Wars and Ghostbusters posters…

Their Phrench onion soup was standard but solid.

The steamers were unexpectedly good, and the Phrench bread that arrived at the table made a perfect match with the buttery, garlicky broth.

I really enjoyed trying two new places in one day, so I’m going to try to make a point of doing that on a weekly basis from here on out.

Any recommendations?

I wish I had a Leningrad Lizard…

27 Apr

Wednesday morning, I woke up craving won ton soup.  So, of course, this is a picture of won ton soup from my phavorite hole in the wall Chinese joint in Salinas, right?

Wrong…  I phailed to remind the nice pholk at the restaurant that I couldn’t have shrimp in mine.  I brought the steamy styrofoam back to the office without checking. 😦

A phew minutes later, I’d negotiated a very kind lunch trade with my phabulous coworker.  If only there had been a Snack Pak up for grabs!

Rio Grill (a long time phavorite of mine since I discovered the Leningrad Lizard) has been up to some exciting stuff, and today was their grand reopening after 27 years on the Peninsula.  Chef Cy Yontz has created quite the new menu (or so I hear, because while anyone who was anyone enjoyed the phiesta, I was outside raking in the cash and never even made it in the door).

A good Samaritan was kind enough to drop some nibbles by… and I would have to say that if they were any indication, Cy done good.  I’m planning a trip inside sometime very soon.

As you phollowers have discerned, I’m a highly restrained eater, so it was rather shocking that I wasn’t disgustingly phull after the bites at Rio… or take that and reverse it.

A phellow and I decided to night cap it at Mundaka in Carmel so I wouldn’t waste away…

We started with Croquetas.

The house bread- rubbed with tomatoes- went nicely with the Boquerones.

Speaking of Boquerones…

…and a dish of Coliflor to top it off (serious horseradish in this guy- YUM!)

I enjoyed a glass of the vinho verde with the meal, which always makes me a very happy camper.

I think it was well-deserved after the phailed soup attempt and the painfully prolonged moment of pheeling like Davy Crockett at the Alamo while working the check in at the Rio event.

Good times…

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