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Javier’s, University Town Center, San Diego

A stunning new restaurant at UTC mall. Can’t wait to try it. The bar itself looks amazing. The menu is sooooo expensive… $54 for a filet mignon with Chipotle sauce… Trying to come up with a reason, an excuse, an occasion, to justify going here.

Craftsman Tavern

Very cosy inside and excellent tuna salad. The chicken enchilada sauce was a bit strange. We’ll try it again to see if we can find dishes we really love. If so it’ll be a good alternative to Breakfast Republic next door which tends to run an hour wait on the weekend. It gave me great pleasure to cancel my Breakfast...

Losers / Aliy Zirkle / Iditarod

Watching Netflix “Losers” and was quite captivated by the episode about Aliy Zirkle, a sled dog musher who’s run the Iditarod for decades, has never won, but came in second quite a few times. What distinguishes her, besides her will to compete, is her amazing relationship with her dogs. You’ll also hear a harrowing story about how, a few years...

Galaxys Edge previews

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/disney-star-wars-galaxys-edge-preview/index.html “But if you want to take advantage of the one exception to the otherwise nonalcoholic Disneyland, you can have a Fuzzy Tauntaun, a Yub Nub rum punch, an Outer Rim margarita, a blue Jedi Mind Trick and a cloudy, bubbling pink Bespin Fizz, among others, in the cantina.” https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/star-wars-hotel-disney-world/index.html

HPQ still being disrupted by the Internet

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/hp-is-still-being-disrupted-by-the-internet-in-2019-2019-02-27 “HP seemed to be taken by surprise that customers buy their printing supplies online, where they said they have less of the market and pricing isn’t to HP’s benefit. “We’re now engaging on a new battlefield and it’s called ‘online,’” Chief Executive Dion Weisler said, giving some listeners of a certain age flashbacks to the late 1990s.”

Thai Pot (Denver, CO)

Reputedly the beat Thai in Denver, Thai Pot was below average by San Diego standards. The best dish was the Chicken Krapow. Spicy level 10 was just right. The Pad See Ewe came with beef even though Mr A asked for chicken, and it was a bit tasteless. The wonton soup was 8.5/10 according to Ms S – the wontons...

Dressing for Winter

20 to 50deg F: tshirt, long sleeve shirt, insulation layer (heavy fleece or down), shell. I wore a fleece and a down vest. Mr A worse a heavy fleece under a padded shell. Leggings under jeans, wool socks, winter boots (no sneakers). Also, gloves, scarf, hat. Below 20deg F: we don’t know how to winter that cold. Scarf and hat...

Sam’s No.3 (Denver, CO)

Love me some diner food. Enormous menu, enormous portions, hot and cold food, and desserts! Mr A liked his turkey club and red chili, Ms S liked her chocolate chip pancakes, I liked my BBBBBLAT (5 Bs because 5 strip of bacon!). Old fashioned wraparound counter. A little bit like Hamura Saimin in Kauai! Inexpensive, too.

Japango, Boulder, CO

Just looking for a quick bite on Pearl Street mall, on the way out of town after a college tour at CU Boulder. We all had bento boxes. The tempura was well made. My salmon was fresh. They even state the brand of Japanese rice they use (Tamanishiki) which was excellent, sticky and chewy. Not bad for Colorado…

Denver Central Market (Denver, CO)

Just a quick few details, it was the end of a long day and we were hungry and tired. Nice assortment of eateries; a few gourmet sandwich shops, a chicken roaster, fish place, ice cream, chocolate shop, Bakery. Ms S loved her chicken tacos from the chicken place. 4.5 stars to High Point Creamery ice cream whose fudge sauce was...