Food Observations

A blog for eaters

Homemade Omelette 

Lady FoodObs is displaying her mastery of cooking the hen fruit!   Here’s her fantastic omelette made with thick sliced bacon crumbles and freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese.  Breakfast for dinner is a great thing!  Perfectly crowned with a daub of salsa…


Homemade Chicken & Dumplins 

One of our signature dishes.  It’s a labor of love that takes half a day, but hey, that’s how you do good comfort food, right?  We simmer a whole chicken for about an hour then remove to pull the meat.  I’m using about 2 quarts of water, just about enough to cover the bird.  This leaves a rich and hearty chicken stock.  Meanwhile, Lady FoodObs prepares her fantastic dumpling dough and cuts it out.  Sometimes I’ll strain the stock with cheesecloth just to reduce some of the impurities.  Then the dumplins are dropped into the simmering stock.  After a few minutes the pulled chicken joins the party in the tub to heat through.  By then we have an outstanding display of country cooking.  It’s a hit with our family during the SoCal winter months when it’s a frigid 62 degrees.  Even my picky 10 year old loves this.  


El Taco Loco Shop

More hole-in-the-wall tacos this week! This time at El Taco Loco inside Ramona Market. 3 Adobada tacos for $4.49. The meat was not very lean, chunks of fat throughout. Great flavor and fresh taste otherwise. Chips on the plate were a nice touch. Menu here is pretty expansive, including burritos, tacos, tortas, quesadillas, etc. Even meats by the pound and family packs to go. Dining area includes 4 tables and counter. It was cleaner inside than Pepe’s, but I did like Pepe’s tacos just a bit better. 


Da Tuna Shack

For our recent burger review set, I passed on my usual sushi roll and tried one of their original burger creations.  This one had a lot going on…  Onion rings, jalapeños, sweaty cheese, etc.  I forget what it was called.  It was overall a tasty and satisfying meal.  Best part were the fresh, deep fried tater tots!


Los Primos 

It must be Taco Tuesday!  Time for a pair of my favorite carne asada tacos.  Prepared in the simple, traditional fashion with onion and cilantro.  


Wings & Things

Back at Wings & Things, this time to try the boneless strips.  I’ll tell ya, I typically prefer my chicken on a bone.  It’s always more tender, flavorful and succulent.  Nice thing about these strips is I could eat it with knife and fork.  I appreciated not feeling like I had to take a shower when I was done! 😂


Donut Touch Bakery

Donuts these days are coming in the oddest shapes, varieties and sizes.  This little donut shop in 4S Ranch is such a gem.  Much better than the mediocre Chinese fastfood restaurant it replaced.  This place even makes the bacon covered maple bars…


The Oaks Grille

Tuesday night is Fried Chicken and Mashed Tater special night at OG/Par Lounge. Tried recently for the first time. For $12 you get 3 pieces of fried chicken (breast, wing, and drum); mashed potatoes and sautéed asparagus. It’s a beautiful presentation, but it was immediately apparent they are frying up baby chicks… Taters were fairly bland, stiff, and overall uninspiring. The institutional chicken gravy served on the side was definitely needed to smooth things out. Highlight of the dish was the excellent asparagus. Big, fatty, and cooked al dente!  I stand by my original assessment that their pizzas are still the hidden gem. My next order…


Love Boat Sushi

Sadly, this place is no longer in business.  That’s just as well though because it was the most horrid parking lot in Rancho Bernardo during lunch time.  I forget what this was called.  Some sort of shrimp roll or something.  Probably one of the simplest, most elegant looking rolls I’ve had.  Just don’t forget to pinch the tails off. 


Boll Weevil

Still one of my favorite burgers up the hill.  The blue cheese / bacon at the Weev!  Their fries are fairly blah and institutional so I usually get the hot, crunchy onion rings. 


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