Bring a bib for some beer and ribs…

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Did you know….

That boiling your ribs in Coke or Dr. Pepper before you grill them will do something magical to your ribs. The sugar and the carbonation will tenderize your ribs and make them extra tender and sweet.

Today’s Restaurant

Yardhouse – Santana Row, 300 Santana Row #101, San Jose, CA 95128

Average Cost

Around $15-$25 per plate depending on the dish- Unless you make Happy hour then more like $5-$10 for most appetizer dishes

Rating (1-10)

9.5

Recommended Dishes: 

St. Louis Style BBQ Ribs, Rib Eye Steak, Miso Sea Bass, Firecracker Wings, Spicy Thai Chicken pizza, Edamame, BEER!!

Friday night at 8..and I just can’t be late. Got a Happy Hour date.. She will soon be my mate.. That would be so great. Great..Great..Great..Great! I can hardly wait!

It’s the end of the week people and time to relax with a beer and get my hands on some finger foods. What better way to enjoy a Friday night than with good company and saying ‘Cheers!’

One of our favorite places to go on a Friday night for Happy Hour is Yardhouse in Santana Row in San Jose, Ca.

Happy Hour runs from 3pm – 6pm M-F but if you are not there by 5pm then you could be waiting for an hour to get in. We made it by 4:45pm so Virginia and I waited until about 5:20pm to get seated.

The hardest part is just standing there and looking at how happy people are with their Alaskan frozen glasses with bubbles of luscious brew bouncing in their glasses. I can see people wiping their mouths after biting into steaks dripping with its tender succulent juices, people stretching their necks back as far as they can to pull the cheese away from their pizza with their mouths and me siting there catching a whiff of all the aromas coming from every dish.

My pocket feels a vibration. Yes! It’s time!

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My Oh My… He love the Pad Thai!!

peanut sauce with shredded carrots, lettuce, and shredded cabbage

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Did you know….

The Royal Thai Cuisine or “Aharn Chao Wang” or “Kapkhao Chao Nai”, the original recipes were prepared in the Royal Palaces. The royal Thai cuisine became well-known in the beginning of the Rattanakosin Era when some royal members prepared meals or “Phra Khrueang Ton” for the royal families..(amazingthaifood)

Today’s Restaurant

Pad Thai – 500 Lawrence Expy., Sunnyvale, CA 94085

Average Cost

Around $8- $13 per plate depending on the dish

Rating (1-10)

8.5

Recommended Dishes:

Spicy Catfish Plate, Tom Kha Soup with chicken

Flavor upon flavor upon flavor!! I should begin and end this blog post with just the pictures alone and in my Forest Gump voice state, “and that’s all I have to say about that.”

Thai food is awesome, Thai food is scrumptious, Thai food is a 4th of July in Las Vegas in your mouth! It is a craving that I must hold in the grasp of my gums at multiple times in a month.

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Oops! I was supposed to eat salad today…

Nation's Hamburgers

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Did you know….

Nation’s began with from a man, a Buick and a hot dog stand. Actually, it’s how Harvey’s began. Russ Harvey traded his 1948 Buick for a ten-foot wide, six-stool hot dog stand in San Pablo.(nationsrestaurants)

Today’s Restaurant

Nation’s Restaurant – 39180 Fremont Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94538

Average Cost

Around $5- $8 per serving depending on the dish

Rating (1-10)

7.5

Recommended Dishes: 

Bacon Cheeseburger, Fries, Breakfast

Darn it! This drug of sinful delectable beef won again! I can’t win for losing against this tender piece of intimacy, she gets me every time!

Oh well. It is what it is. I was supposed to eat salad today (at least that is what I told my coworker when he asked me what I was doing for lunch today) but I ended up on a completely different path.

You see, I try my best to eat a salad at least 2-3 times a week for lunch, so that way I can gratify myself with more carb generous foods throughout the week. Looks like I failed that mission. (waaa waaaa waaaaaaaaaa…)

I tell you what though, living ain’t living unless you live by this quote by J.K Rowling which states: It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default. 

Now that’s live action living J.K. Rowling! Good quote!  🙂

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Top-Tier Food Truck Tuesday’s!!!

Movable Feast - Food Truck Event Santa Clara, California

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Did you know….

When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, food trucks were “invaluable” for feeding the “clean-up crews and construction workers who couldn’t leave their sites to dine out at the few reopened restaurants,” according to The Atlantic. After Hurricane Sandy, food trucks served over 100,000 meals to hungry New Yorkers, even offering 11,000 free hot lunches in just one day..(buzzfeed.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Movable Feast – 2151 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA

Average Cost

Depends on which truck you choose but about $10-15 per meal

Rating (1-10)

9.5

Recommended Trucks(Dishes): 

Tastee Bytes – Pulled Pork Sandwich, Hill Country BBQ – Beef Brisket, Pork, Chicken, Hot Link, Mac n Cheese

Ever since I engulfed myself in the wonderful world of Food Network Television, I have found myself lusting over the great tasting sensations that I see during the shows and envision those fantasy imaged meals in my mouth that those wonderful chefs portray. One of the shows I like to watch on the Food Network is The Great Food Truck Race.

Really cool show if you haven’t seen it and it introduces you to the world of the Food Truck Extravaganza! This world is a realm of divergent creations of foods that you may be used to eating but it involves a twist to what you do not commonly order on a regular menu. Well actually, those are the illustrious ones; you will find some trucks that offer a menu familiar to the eye but those I tend to pass up since I can eat that type of food anywhere.

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What the Pho you talking about?

Pho Soup - Eye Round Steak, Well Done Brisket, Flank, Soft Tendon & Tripe

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Did you know….

Vietnam has a unique/odd habit of adding broth/soup to the rice bowl, which appears nowhere else in the planet. In Latin America, people add pop corn or fried plantains to their soup but Vietnam is the only, in terms of rice.(vietnamonline)

Today’s Restaurant

Pho Minh – 10118 Bandley Dr, Cupertino, CA 95014

Average Cost

Around $7-$9 per Pho Bowl of Soup, $5 for egg rolls

Rating (1-10)

9.5

Recommended Dishes: 

Rare Steak, Well-done Flank, Tendon, & Tripe Pho, Egg Rolls

So it’s Sunday and we just did an hour drive from visiting Virginia’s mom’s house in Vallejo,Ca and we have some errands to do before we get home. We have to visit with our photographer for our wedding which will be coming up in June which is stressful enough and then we need to look for a wedding band as well.

Sounds like a day where we are going to need some serious comfort food to make the smiles stay steady with us today.

If we planned on having a nice cold beer then a burger and fries, chicken strips or fish sticks would most likely be the lunch of choice. However, we need to run around and I need a fix that is going to keep me filled but bring us great pleasure of enlightenment without needing the alcohol consumption to go with it since we already indulged ourselves with wine and Glenlivet last night. 🙂

When I am in this kind of mood a sodium filled, flavor explosion of Pho soup and egg rolls tickles my fancy just fine!

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Breakfast of Champions….

Crunchy Golden Fried Chicken, honey, sweet golden waffles

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Did you know….

From the colonial period through the early 1800’s, African slaves were doing most of the cooking in Southern kitchens. At that time, chicken was considered a prestigious food within the African American community, and it was more expensive than some other meats. Enslaved cooks would make fricassee recipes from the popular cookbooks of the time period, or they’d take it upon themselves to fry the chicken in the way they knew best. When the Civil War began and men left their homes to become soldiers, fried chicken took on a new significance. The frying process made chicken less prone to spoilage, allowing women to send it to soldiers fighting in the battlefield.(pbs.org)

Today’s Restaurant

Mil’s Diner – 36 S Abbott Ave, Milpitas, CA 95035

Average Cost

Around $8- $13 per plate depending on the dish

Rating (1-10)

9

Recommended Dishes: 

Chicken & Waffles, Tri-tip steak and eggs, hash browns, cajun sausage, french toast, pancakes, soups

Waking up on a Saturday morning is a joy in itself; especially in San Jose, California where the weather is getting similar to Hawaii weather on a year round basis. Is it this ozone layer stuff we keep hearing about or just luck or the expensive cost of living out here? 🙂

Whatever the reason, Virginia and I love waking up and enjoying the weather by either going out for breakfast at one of our favorite breakfast restaurants in the area; Bill’s Cafe (any location in Santa Clara County) or Mil’s Diner in Milpitas, Ca.

We usually love to binge at a restaurant weekend after weekend until we get tired of it and in between those weekends I will usually cook a magnificent breakfast myself for us.

This Saturday we chose to go to Mil’s Diner since it was nice out and since we have engulfed ourselves with Bills Cafe for months rather than cook at home. We needed to get on the road early to go to Vallejo, Ca to pick up Virginia’s mom to go to Davies Symphony Hall for a Chinese New Year Celebration in San Francisco so Mil’s was the best choice since it was on the way.

When we entered, we noticed familiar faces of the cooks and waiters since we used to go there for years and we noticed upgrades in designer colors, furniture and added items on the menu. We noticed that they added Ribeye steak and Fried Chicken and Waffles.  We both smiled with excitement and I was ready to dig my fangs into a sweet succulent piece of chicken with honey drizzled over it with hot sauce dripping and leaking on its sides.

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