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Ancient fabrics

My fellow OCDers will appreciate the need to keep my hands busy. This has never been so true as the last few months, as this fall has been hellacious for my family on at least 4 fronts, simultaneously. I think we are thru the worst of it. My meditation skills, which are really skills in keeping calm, really have come...

Dumplings in spicy chile oil

Quite possibly my favorite Chinese dish, dumplings in chile oil. The chile oil is really a paste of chile and sichuan pepper. Dumplings make a great foil for intensely flavored sauces (like Chinese vinegar and sliced raw ginger on Xiao Long Bao, another legendary combination). Here’s some great places to try them (in no particular order): ZEN Asian Bistro (Carmel...

Fish District (Carmel Mountain Ranch)

The standout here is the fish. Always fresh and nice big portions. The salmon burger was good, but they should cut the piece so it is more bun shaped. A long crosscut piece with both ends sticking out of the bun is just too unwieldy to eat. And too much bun doesn’t have any fish. Mr A got the swordfish...

The Brigantine (Poway)

Just a nice little grownup place to have a drink and a snack. We liked the swordfish tacos better than the blackened Mahi Tacos. And we could even split one plate for gosh sakes, we don’t need to eat that much. I’ve also enjoyed 067 Bistro over in RSF as well, it’s a bar but with great grilled sandwiches. Because...

Big ol’ jet airliner

Goodbye to all my friends at homeGoodbye to people I’ve trustedI’ve got to go out and make my wayI might get rich you know I might bet bustedBut my heart keeps calling me backwardsAs I get on the 707Ridin’ high I got tears in my eyesYou know you got to go through hellBefore you get to heaven

Poke House and Verve Coffee (Santa Cruz)

Quite decent poke on Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz. The spicy tuna and regular tuna were quite nice – not frozen. Very nice rice. Recommended. And chicken on the menu for your little ones. Finally, a family friendly poke place. Even better, Verve coffee across the street for your Macchiato dessert! Although I’m struggling to find an Espresso Tonic...