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Scrappy Trip Around the World

Finally done and in the wash! This was a rescued quilt top with borders and backing added by me. This top was purchased off eBay many years ago and it was beautifully hand pieced. The artists color sense is also outstanding in her combination of patterns and colors. I used a poly cotton batting which I think I just love...

Jalapenos (Carmel Mtn Ranch)

I hope you can tell from this photo just how fresh and delicious the rolled tacos are at Jalapeno’s. Look at the grated cheese, how fresh and springy and bouncy and moist it is. The shredded lettuce is Super Fresh too. This is why Jalapeno’s is so delicious. They deal in huge quantities of food yet everything tastes like it...

Grater Grilled Cheese (Del Mar)

Cheese and sourdough bread… One of life’s great combinations. Adding a hamburger patty seems totally extraneous to me, but Mr A cannot turn down a burger. I got the classic with the garlic aioli. They don’t overbutter the bread which makes a real difference in keeping this from being a solid grease bomb. Still the bread is nice and toasted...

Post game

Hamburger and a shake for our Marching Band girl. Thank you Habit for being open til 11. Tried the Hatch burger – not bad. The Chile was well cooked so it was easy to eat. But the burger overall was not as spicy as I expected. Extra sauce next time.

Shanghai Dumpling House (San Gabriel)

When you say Chinese, we say Valley Boulevard! This place is a new “old favorite” that we tried several years ago for breakfast (!) while staying at the Hilton next door. A tiny, unassuming eatery in the back corner of one of the endless string of mini-malls on Valley Blvd. Mr A has been raving about the Spicy Beef Noodle...

La Bonita’s (Palm Springs)

Need a quick taco with excellent guacamole? Check out La Bonita’s on Palm Canyon Road. We enjoyed the Carne Asada and chicken tacos, and enjoyed watching all the action from the bar. Ms T just had guacamole for dinner.

Homewood Suites Palm Desert

I do not remember the last time I was so pleased with an inexpensive hotel. The Homewood Suites has a very cute two room suite with a cute little bedroom and a cute little living room for Ms S: The cute little sink, closet, and bathroom: And a cute little kitchen: Why don’t we stay in one of these every...

Side Door (Newport Beach)

There is nothing we love more than Lawrys… Except Side Door. Ever since they turned the bar at Five Crowns into this hipster bar, with charcuterie plates and craft liquors, we have been in love. Naming a drink “Consider the Coconut” is maybe going a bit too far. (It’s a reference to Moana) and it wasn’t that good – too...

Istanbul Grill (Fountain Valley)

We knew we were at the right place when, as we were studying the menu outside, perfect strangers exhorted us to come in and try the lentil soup. Thus place was incredible. Everything tasted homemade. Not too much oil or salt. Just fresh and delicious. Like your Turkish grandmother might make. We loved the tomato and herb dipping oil for...