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May 1-10, 2015


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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Dry ice
clouded a cauldrony creation at Nick & Sam’s where this crustacean cocktail had chunks of crab that served as a warm up act for the main event at this self-dubbed “uptown steakhouse”.

Chateaubriand for two:

... was a protein palace of nicely blue bloody beef that was briand delicious. Texas doesn’t seem to mess around when it comes to meat.

Nick & Sam’s
3008 Maple Ave.
Dallas, Texas



Saturday, May 9, 2015

It took a second to register why a cluster of clickers were posing for selfies in Dallas, Texas, but the familiar grassy knoll clarified the motives of this macabre mob encountered on the way to dinner.

There was no evidence of grisliness at Smoke Restaurant where ribs ($23.00):

... were falling off the bone in a tender tumble of sauce-less, dry-rubbed BBQ.

This pleasing porcine came with pickled green beans and a cheesy mac.

This ‘caroni had a nice tang after a few chorizo-loaded oysters ($7.00):

Santa-shaded ash salsa added to this swell shuckage at this Dallas dining detour.

Smoke Restaurant

901 Ft. Worth Ave.
Dallas, Texas



Friday, May 8, 2015

Clamorous critiques were hurled by the expeditor at an abuse-absorbent kitchen staff as we muted the mayhem with a spiked pitcher ($45.00) of lemonade:

... during the tirade. Nobody seemed to bat an eye at this dramatic demonstration at The Everleigh Restaurant.

The language was as blue as the New York steak ($143.00):

... which was a dry aged, perfectly cooked plank of protein as was the hanger steak ($28.00):

... that blew in with a trumpet mushroom and sea beans.

The bread ($8.00):

... was necessary kneadage. This crusty, compulsory carb came with a cultured churn to layer on this pane di Lariano.

A cheese board ($19.00) and pickle plate ($8.00):

... wilted radishes ($12.00):

... roasted cauliflower ($12.00):

...oysters ($21.00):

... and chicken skin-buttered, egg-topped asparagus:

... started us out well, but the standout was the impeccable uni ($25.00):

... which is harvested by a local urchin seeker punched up with ponzu. These strips of roe were delicate demonstrations of aquatic essence.

The chocolate cake ($10.00):

... had a shower of salt on the caramely coat while the hot crisp ($10.00):

... was cooled with ice cream melting over an oaty armor of this blueberry bowl.

Cashew brittle offered a crunchy counterpoint to the creamy butterscotch pudding ($9.00):

All of the desserts stuck the landing and, like the expeditor, did not err on the side of too sweet.

Our server expertly navigated us through the wines and chow and even caught the eye of our neighboring table who left a number for him to call later.

We didn’t encounter the hollering on our last visit, so perhaps this evening’s passionate performance was an anomaly or maybe the tip top quality of the food is a wrath-evasion strategy(?) in any case, it isn’t called “The Eve-leighed-back”.

The Eveleigh
8752 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



Thursday, May 7, 2015

LA means
strip mall sushi where funky facades give way to mer-iitime meals like the chirashi ($12.95):

... at Kuru Kuru.

Flaps of salmon, tuna, shrimp, tamago, pickled veg, salmon roe and shiso topped seasoned, sesame-seeded sushi rice in a fish-facing fortification that was fine and fresh, yet frugal.

They name their rolls after nearby studios (i.e. the “NBC roll”) for some sushi syndication synergy and the nigiri that paraded past looked worth a rerun.

Kuru Kuru Sushi
521 N Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA



Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Casual visits to convenient park counter service Southern and a Mexican:

... stops gave way to steaking out the Disneyland Hotel’s Steakhouse 55.

Our meaty meal mingled a bone-in, dry rubbed ribeye ($46.00):

... and a tender, rare, filet mignon ($41.00).

We started with amuses:

... a carrot, pecan and blue cheesed salad ($12.00):

... and a bacon-lardoned, olive-dotted, hearts of palm plate:

Creamed corn ($10.00) and some swell ‘sparagus ($12.00) were fine cowersion before diving into dessert at this protein palace that was a relaxing respite from the rollicking.

Steakhouse 55
Disneyland Hotel



Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Wow! That’s a lot of alcohol” was everyone’s reaction when they tasted my drink:

... at Trader Sams.

Operating heavy machinery was off the table after ingesting my “muddled mojito”. The other tropical offerings:

... we sampled were a bit less potent as we sailed through a pupu platter:

... of wings, beans, slaw and sausage in this tiki tipple temple where sobriety was traded like beads and pelts.

This Disney drinkatorium delivered inebriating performances complete with video effects for E ticket elixirs that prepped us for Patina Group’s take on park prandials with a beefy bundle:

... served with BBQ flavored frites at Catal Restaurant.

We sat on the patio overlooking the meandering Mickey-eared masses while sipping on cocktails before fish and fingerlings:

... in a lineup of seabass, spuds and Brussels sprouts.

This mousey Mediterranean meal made for an animated evening.

Catal Restaurant

1580 Disneyland Dr.
Anaheim, CA



Monday, May 4, 2015

We grabbed grub on the go today from Mickey-shaped beignets:

... accompanied by a band to Dole whips:

... frozen bananas, and multiple churros:

... which put us under their spell. These cinnamon-sugared wands were freshly-fried pastry pokers that were a choice choux chew.

The corn dogs:

... were fetching. Was it their greaseless cornbready coating? Their golden brown crunchy crust? Their hot link and original weinery wonder? The fact that we are at Disneyland?

All that matters was that these were the perfect fuel for our Radiator Springs race which is the best ride ever…well, that and Star Tours…



Sunday, May 3, 2015

A visit with our pals to the happiest place on earth began with a dinner at The Carthay Circle Restaurant.

This venue features wines by clos associates of Disney such as Lasseter Family Winery.

The Enjoué was a pleasing pink partner to CC’s signature fried biscuits ($12.00):

Cheddar and bacon made up the magma middle:

... of these jalapeño popped ping pongs which acted as our amusement park bouche.

Crafty cocktails, tizing apps and entrees were served in this clubby, wood warren.

They cooked my salmon ($35.00):

... to the requested rare on a beach of forbidden rice while the pork ($38.00):

... was a chompable chop before coffee and chessecake ($13.00) over berries.

Costumed characters are confined to the more shorty-centric settings making Carthay Circle a relaxing respite from the goofier venues. It had been lightyears since we last landed at Disney and they have certainly upped their game from the blah burgers and fries.

Carthay Circle Restaurant



Saturday, May 2, 2015

We turned out for a basic breakfast at The Half Day Cafe:

... before hightailing it to the highway.

The scram ($11.50):

... before we scrammed flipped down with flapjacks ($7.30):

... and bacon with over easies ($10.95).

All fine fortification for the adventure ahead.

Half Day Cafe
848 College Ave.
Kentfield, CA



Friday, May 1, 2015

The best kept secret in San Francisco? Design Night at Autodesk.

DJ? check. Hosted bar? check. Delish chow? check.

Interesting lectures, exhibits:

...and activities? check, check and check.

Techie-somethings filled the floor of this monthly Market Street meet up, while quaffing cocktails with platos from PIcante with taffy pulling:

... squid dissection and lots of interest grabbing activities and discussion for twenty five bucks (less than the cost of a couple cocktails in the outside world.)

Tickets? You get them on Eventbrite.








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