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Baked Rigatoni

Outstanding baked rigatoni with bechamel sauce! This was a great recipe we made recently from Giada De Laurentiis. Italian comfort food at its finest. Turned out excellent. Props to anyone who knows which other Food Network star this beautiful baking dish is from.

Lienzo Charro

Tasty chimichanga at Lienzo Charro in Poway! Could have been fried a little longer though. Not really crispy enough.

Grub Burger Bar

Excellent “Golden Gate Sourdough” burger at Grub in Carmel Mountain Ranch! Almost looks like some burgers I’ve had at JIB!

Panda Express

I’m not afraid to admit that Panda Express is one of my guilty pleasures! I don’t go there often but when I do it’s always a treat. Here’s a visit from one of my recent trips to Palmdale. Some kind of one item combo bowl thing with outstanding orange chicken and chow mein.

Miguel’s Cocina

Outstanding “Plato del 4S” at Miguel’s! Grilled skirt steak ala tampiquena and shrimp enchilada. One of the reasons I consider this place among the finest Mexican restaurants in San Diego is that every dish I order becomes my new favorite. Also the best chips, salsa and queso in SoCal! 

Olive Garden

The Giant Chicken Parmigiana at OG was surprisingly good! Despite being such an obscene portion, I thought it tasted better than their normal everyday version.

STACKED: Food Well Built

We love STACKED in Fashion Valley Mall and would probably go more often if the parking lots weren’t so jacked up. This time we had one of their STACKED Mac offerings. Spicy Sausage & Bacon, kicked up with the spicy, smokey flavor of chipotle. The whole thing is stacked with andouille sausage, jalapeño bacon, maters and red onion. Definitely an outstanding and spicy adaptation of mac & cheese that had my nose running in no time. Also enjoyed a beautiful order of garlic Parmesan fries with some of their signature dipping sauces. Everything here is extremely customizable with options that will suit any taste. Highly recommended if you’ve never been. Just avoid the place during December and weekends.

Rock n’ Jenny’s Italian Subs

An Escondido institution since 1989, Rock n’ Jenny’s is one of my new favorite sandwich shops! They specialize in east coast style Italian grinders on warm, crusty Italian rolls with homemade Italian dressing and delicious pepperoncinis. I ordered one of their signature subs called “Ultimate Mafia Marriage”. Made with mortadella, salami, pepperoni, capicola & provolone. It was truly outstanding! Can’t wait to go back and try something new.

Pinto Thai

Outstanding Thai fried rice and cheesy crab things at Pinto Thai in Ramona, CA!

Denny’s

As many people have noticed recently, our Ramona Denny’s has really turned things around! Could not have been more evident on our last visit! We enjoyed a wonderful dinner experience here and will certainly be back soon. I was astonished at not only the level of attentive service, but how quickly everything came out! I remember back in the day being the only one in the restaurant and waiting literally 30 minutes for a simple breakfast to come out. And I’m not exaggerating on either account. 

I tried one of their new burger specials, the “Southwest Chorizo Burger”. Beef burger blended with chorizo sausage and topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, pepper jack queso and some sort of five pepper sauce. Served with lettuce, mater, red onions and pickles on a cheddar bun, with fries. Only $11.19. The burger was outstanding with a distinct smoky and spicy chorizo flavor. As hearty as that bun was though, it succumbed to the hot & juicy patty and moist burger-set. After a few bites it all turned into a hot mess, but it was delicious. Highly recommended.

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