Choose your roll and choose your blend at YukiSushi in Willow Glen!

Spider Roll - Soft shell crab, avocado, cucumber, masago

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The 1960s were the ideal time for sushi to make an appearance on the dining scene. World War II ended nearly a generation before, and young gourmands were ready to be introduced to a totally unique cuisine. While the appeal of raw fish and cold rice might have been lost on their parents, cosmopolitan twenty-somethings sought out new foods. That was especially true in swinging Southern California, where the nation’s first sushi restaurant opened in 1966.

Named Kawafuku, the restaurant was located in the Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles. It wasn’t just a sushi joint, though. The bottom floor was a Japanese restaurant, serving more accessible dishes like teriyaki and tempura dinners. But the top floor was a sushi bar, with a sushi master named Shigeo Saito brought from Japan to help introduce diners to the intricate delicacies of traditional sushi. Saito’s wife was the only waitress at the bar, and together they presided over a bustling hotspot in the Los Angeles dining scene.(history.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Yuki Sushi – Willow Glen

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

9.5

Recommended Dishes: 

Whatever type of sushi that floats your boat, Fried Chicken wings

So it’s Friday night and I’m looking for a meal to kick off this weekend off right!

Something exotic….

Something fun..

Something bite size…

Somewhere lively…

When I’m in this type of mood, Sushi is usually a good item of choice.

And what better than great food with a great environment. Let’s do Yuki Sushi in Willow Glen!

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You must think I’m silly if I could pass on Armadillo Willy’s!

Bacon Cheeseburger

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Louis Ballast, born in 1910, operated the Humpty Dumpty Barrel Drive-In in Denver and was constantly looking for original ways to improve the simple meal. One day he put a slice of cheese on the burger, heated the cheese, and decided that the taste of the cheese went well with the beef.

Being excited that much he applied for a patent on his invention ‘Cheeseburger’ in March 1935. Anyhow, the word Cheeseburger became a quite usual and generic expression nowadays.

Those who want to pilgrimage to the cultural place of the Cheeseburger can do so by visiting 2776 N. Speer Blvd, Denver, Colorado, which is the historical site of the Humpty Dumpty which burned down completely. Today on this location you will find a quite boring parking lot here. A small memorial reminds of the Humpty Dumpty.

But: some other places in California and Kentucky doubt that this is the place where the the Cheeseburger was invented. however they never applied for the patant, and so Mr. Louis E. Ballast has to be considered the real Cheeseburger inventor. He died in 1975.

In 1900, Mr. Louis Lassen has allegedly invented the basic burger (beef in a bun) in his diner Louis’ Luch, 261-263 Crown Street, New Haven. Until today, you can eat there, since his family is still operating the diner, which has been established in 1895.(magazineusa.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Armadillo Willy’s – Sunnyvale, Ca

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

10 for the bacon cheeseburger

Recommended Dishes: 

Any of their burgers, Turkey and Avocado Stack

Here in America, we love burgers!!!

I mean absolutely love burgers!!

If you ask an American how often do they eat hamburgers a month, then they may say at least once to twice a week.

If it weren’t for health reasons and gaining weight then I would eat them everyday.

There are all kinds of burgers you can make…

Hamburgers…

Cheeseburgers….

Bacon Burgers…

Barbecue Burgers…

Regardless of what type of this nice greasy dripping mouth watering piece of ground up meat; it makes me quiver inside.  Armadillo Willy’s has one of these mesmerizing masterpieces that just gives me chills.

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Aroma that will put you in a Coma over at Scoma’s!!

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Sausalito is like a stage where one production has followed another for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Whatever the theme or plot, Sausalito, with its characteristic flair, has provided a setting to match the action.

For between three and five millennia, the backdrop it provided for a cluster of Native American (Coastal Miwok) villages remained fairly constant. Its tranquil surface varied little over time. But with the successive arrival in Northern California of the Spanish, Mexicans, and Euro-Americans, the stage was set for dramatic change.

Are you looking for a new twist on the traditional Western? Sausalito’s story as a Mexican land grant in the early 1800s arguably equals the best Broadway musical, replete with Vaqueros, dons, extravagant fiestas, and, ultimately, the downfall of its colorful leading man. Rancho del Sausalito even had a role in the Bear Flag Rebellion of 1846.

Later with the advent of ferry service to and from San Francisco, Sausalito became the setting for a burgeoning Victorian village–a place of summer houses and hillside estates, populated by wealthy San Franciscans and members of the local British colony. A fleet of British-owned, square-rigged grain ships filled the bay below. But Sausalito, by its very nature, invited diversity. (ci.sausalito.ca.us)

Today’s Restaurant

Scoma’s of Sausalito – Sausalito,Ca 

Average Cost

$31-$60

Rating (1-10)

9

Recommended Dishes: 

Scoma’s Clam Chowder Boston (white), Macadamia Nut Mahi Mahi, California Petrale Sole

If you are a frequent traveler to San Francisco then you probably have found yourself on the other side of the Golden Gate in Marin County.

It is a county of cities with great views from the Bay water surroundings, great ocean views and islands you can visit by boat.

Sausalito is one of those cities and it is not only great for the beautiful ocean views but home for many romantic restaurants and elegant cuisine.

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You’re gonna have an exotic flavor blast over at Dish Dash!

Kufta Kebab minced beef & lamb w/blended herbs, seasonal vegetables

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Cuisine in the Middle East is diverse and changes depending on the country. Some dishes are specific to one region, and flavoring techniques may change from country to country. Similarities exist, however, and some dishes are popular throughout much of the Middle East. Olives and chickpeas are frequently used in cooking, and flatbreads such as pita are popular. Since most countries in the Middle East are primarily Islamic, certain dietary rules are observed. Alcohol is prohibited in many countries, as are pork products.

Chicken, beef and lamb are popular protein choices, and chunks of these meats are sometimes skewered with vegetables and cooked as kebabs. Yogurt and cheeses are specially made and used in cooking. Soups and side dishes made with lentils, beans, peppers or other vegetables are often served with a main course.

Typically, Middle Eastern food is flavorful and aromatic, and uses spices such as cumin, nutmeg, turmeric and caraway to achieve strong flavors that are unique to the cooking of the region.(traveltips.usatoday.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Dish Dash – Sunnyvale, Ca

Average Cost

$11-30

Rating (1-10)

9

Recommended Dishes: 

Any of the Kebabs with Rice

So it’s lunch time and about 90 degrees here in the Bay Area and I am looking for something exotic to eat to get my mind away from this heat.

Nothing over filling but something that can get my taste buds moving and that’s unusual to my daily diet.

I think a journey to the Middle East is the craving for today..

Dish Dash time!!

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The Pizza Box will knock you off your socks!

Pizza Box

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The first documented United States pizzeria was G. (for Gennaro) Lombardi’s on Spring Street in Manhattan, licensed to sell pizza in 1905. (Prior to that, the dish was homemade or purveyed by unlicensed vendors.) Lombardi’s, still in operation today though no longer at its 1905 location, “has the same oven as it did originally,” noted food critic John Mariani, author of “How Italian Food Conquered the World.”

Debates over the finest slice in town can be heated, as any pizza fan knows. But Mariani credited three East Coast pizzerias with continuing to churn out pies in the century-old tradition: Totonno’s (Coney Island, Brooklyn, opened 1924); Mario’s (Arthur Avenue, the Bronx, opened 1919); and Pepe’s (New Haven, opened 1925).(history.com)

Today’s Restaurant

The Pizza Box – Milpitas, Ca

Average Cost

Around $2.75 for a super slice of pizza

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes: 

Get the Pizza!!

There is really nothing I can say that can glorify pizza since it is one of America’s favorite dishes..

I don’t care what mood I am in; if you say, “Are you open for pizza?”

“I’m in!!”

If there is a storm going on..Let’s get pizza!

If I have the flu.. Let’s get pizza!

If I am in the hospital before an operation..Let’s get pizza!

For my last meal on earth..Give me some pizza!

One of my favorite memorable pizza restaurants that I have been eating since I was a teenager is The Pizza Box.

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I had no clue on how good the food is from Peru!

Tacu Tacu con Carne - Steak with bean mixed with rice and salad

Lomo Saltado - Top sirloin strips sauteed with onions tomatoes, french fries and rice

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The Peruvian cuisine is an important expression of its own culture just as its ceramics, textiles, music and literature. Thanks to Peru’s three regions and ocean there are an abundance variety of fresh ingredients that satisfied not only the most sophisticated chef.
Many Inca dishes have make it practically unchanged to the XXI century, and are cooked just like 500 years ago. The best examples are probably carapulca and pachamanca.
During the Spanish Viceroyalty, which spanned over 3 centuries, the Iberian introduced many culinary techniques and ingredients, such as olives, grapes, dairy products, beef, chicken, and rice. Although native and Spanish cultures -and cuisines- were at first unconnected, they began to gradually mix, until they successively fused in Creole culture. New Criollo cuisine took the better of the two worlds to create dishes like Aji de Gallina or papa a la Huancaina, where hot peppers, cheese and milk gently blend in delicious sauces.
Spanish though didn’t come alone. They brought with them African slaves, many of whom worked in the cuisines of the noble and the wealthy. Over the years African influence proved essential to Peruvian culture, particularly regarding music and cuisine. Their talent in creating delightful dishes from poor, discarded ingredients has produced two of Peru’s best: Anticuchos and Tacu Tacu.(peruadventurestours.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Isabella’s Restaurant – San Jose, Ca

Average Cost

Around $14 – $17 for an entree

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes: 

Lomo Saltado, Tacu -Tacu con Carne

It’s Friday and time to kick the weekend off with a bang!

Virginia and I decide to do something different so she suggests Peruvian food.

I just had a hardcore workout and I am starving so let’s do it!

Let me just say this is my first time tasting Peruvian food and let me also say that it won’t be my last.

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You’ll need a go-cart to make it around the Festival of the Arts!

Carne Asada Tostada - Fremont Festival of the Arts

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The Fremont Festival of the Arts hosts a wide variety of activities and entertainment for the entire family; over 700 top-quality artisan booths delight the most discerning shoppers, music lovers enjoy continuous music featured on three stages, children are thrilled with the many games and activities found in Kid City, and Gourmet Marketplace offers gourmet specialties for the discerning cook. The best news of all, admission to the Festival is free.(fremontfestival.net)

Today’s Festival Food Choice

Los Altos Taqueria Food Truck – Mountain View, Ca

Average Cost

Less than $10

Rating (1-10)

9

Recommended Dishes: 

Burritos, Tostadas, Whatever is your favorite

It’s the weekend out here in the sunny Bay Area and time to find an exciting activity to enjoy this lovely weather.

What better way to enjoy the weekend than at a Festival!

You get music, shopping, beer, great food and all kinds of different vendors out there trying to advertise to you by giving you free gifts.

One of the biggest festivals I have experienced in the Bay Area is the Fremont Festival of the Arts! 

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