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  • Howard 3:42 pm on March 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Great Beignets but Coffee was Cold 

    Jazz Kitchen Express in Downtown Disneyland

    We were at Disneyland yesterday (3/27) and we always stop by the Jazz Kitchen (Express) where you can get the best beignets (“ben yeahs”) in So. Cal.   The deep fried French doughnut without the hole are square, cooked right in front of you and placed in a paper sack with about a cup of confectioners sugar.

    Sorry, I didn’t get a photo of the delicious treat because my hands were already sticky sweet and it was impossible to snap a picture.

    You take the bag outside and shake well to fully cover the beignets with the powered sugar.  You can see from the mess we made on top of the lower right table with the leftover sugar.

    Unlike here, the coffee was good but cold.

    Jazz Kitchen

    The “Express” is for a quick takeout while you’re at the park and don’t want to spend too much time eating lunch or dinner.   The have gumbo, po-boys and a few other goodies you would find in the New Orleans area.

    I highly recommend the beignets and we make a special downtown trip to get our fix. Plus, if you have an Annual Disneyland Passport, you get a discount here. So remember to show your ticket to the cashier before you pay.

    Now if you’re in the Disneyland Park, the best way to get there is to take the Monorail from Tomorrow Land and get off the next exit.  Hang a left the Jazz Kitchen is about a block’s walk away.  Otherwise, you need to exit the main entrance for an even longer walk.
    Jazz Kitchen Express (Downtown Disney) on Urbanspoon

  • Howard 12:44 am on March 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: beans, flautas, food review, mexican food, rice, tamales   

    We’re on a Mission for a Burrito 

    Mission Burrito Simi Valley

    Today was one of the special days where you run out of supplies including the essentials like coffee, paper towels and dog food.  No matter how busy you are, you just got to make a Costco run to resupply at least before they close and preferably before feeding the dogs in the evening.

    Basically that means I cannot skip lunch and have to make during the busy lunch hour.  Luckily we were able to drop off a few things for our Church’s Altar Guild and then head over to the Simi Costco.

    We’ll there really isn’t too many places to eat in Simi and dread the fast food places even more than the $1.50 Costco hotdog, so we started driving down LA Ave. until we both agreed upon Mission Burrito.

    We hardly get down to the east end of Simi Valley so this Mexican food joint often slips our mind and the last time that I remember eating there, the World Cup finals were on their TV.

    When we lived and worked in Woodland Hills 20 years ago, MB in Canoga Park was on our weekly meal plan which meant for you could feed a family of 3 for under $20.

    Of course we were glad to hear that MB opened in Simi saving us 10 mile drive into the San Fernando Valley but even then, it’s just a hassle to get in the car and drive 15 miles for Mexican.

    Today it was worth the trip and will rotate out the Costco hotdogs for so real good authentic Mexican food.

    We decided to get our favorites: Beef Tamale and Flauta Dinners, couple of sodas for about $18.  Super!

    Beef Tamale Dinner at Mission Burrito


    Mission Burrito on Urbanspoon

  • Howard 10:57 pm on February 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: best salad dressings, delicious honey, honey mustard, panang, sweet coffee, thai tea   

    Pookie’s Thai still sweet and yummy as I remember it! 

    It’s been a perhaps a year since we’ve eaten at Pookie’s so it was a pleasant surprise when I ran into her at the Westlake Village Costco.  She couldn’t understand why no one at our company was eating there anymore.  I explained to Pookie that our R&D business unit was shut down and the storage production was sold off to another company.  Everyone left the area and went separate ways.

    She was happy to hear that her food wasn’t the reason why no one from our office was eating there anymore and was glad that everyone landed better jobs or were doing things they wanted to do in the first place. She invited us to have lunch with her on Thursday and convinced my wife that she would do all the cooking for her.

    I always order the Thai Ice coffee. The Thai tea is too sweet for me but the extra strength coffee offsets the sugar and cream that makes is just perfect.

    Sweet and Delicious Thai Ice Cofee

    Pookie took our order and did it from memory. Panang Veggies. My son ordered Panang, Chicken spicy. The same thing we’ve been getting for years. The lunch special comes with a salad and a very delicious honey mustard dressing. Not to sweet and not to hot. Just perfect! One of the best salad dressings ever.

    Nothing better than Pookie's Yellow Curry Lunch Special

    Unfortunately, Pookie remembered wrong or the cook got it wrong, so I ended up with a yellow curry veggie dish. I decided to try it anyway since I’ve had so much luck with her other dishes. I’m glad I did because it was the best curry I’ve ever had. Panang is just a red curry that is sweetened with coconut milk, but the yellow has a saltiness that complements the sweet coffee. Very good indeed!

    If you’re ever in Westlake, be sure stop by and eat a Pookie’s. And tell her that Howard recommended the her place to you.

    Pookie's on Urbanspoon

  • Howard 8:08 pm on December 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: the spot, urbanspoon   

    Hungry for a Spot Burger 

    It’s been a long time since I’ve eaten at The Spot in Carpinteria.  But I can tell you that they make one of  California’s best burgers.   Layers of lettuce and tomato make thicken the juicy burger where it is nearly impossible to open your mouth wide enough to eat.

    Top that off with onion rings and you’re all set for an  incredible meal.

    I personally like the double w/ cheese, but my wife likes the plain old hamburger.  I figure since we only get to eat there once every few years, I might as well get the most out of it.

    Most people agree with me:
    Spot on Urbanspoon

    that it is great place to eat.

    Their quality seemed to suffer a little when the original owners of about 30 years sold the burger joint, but that is no longer true and the quality is good as ever.

    Be prepared to wait since they cook your meal to order.  Plus ask for the burger “well done” since it only adds to the flavor.

    Besides burgers, they have a selection of Mexican entrees.  Taquitos is one of my favs, but the tamales are also good.

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