A new bbq joint opened up not too far from me, so you know I had to check it out. Plus, the place has my name stamped on it, so I had to find out if it was worthy to be a part of the Mike empire. I’m on the fence with this one folks. This place kinda left me confused, bewildered, and just a touch bamboozled.
Big Mike’s Smokehouse – In Ventura on Telephone Road near Saticoy
Did you know that there are like 80 billion festivals in California every year? Enough festivals to have one per person, per day, for about a century. But what makes the California Strawberry Festival so special that EatMeCalifornia would do a whole post on it? Not much, really. Mikey and I just needed to get out. Plus, I was upset that Mikey didn’t take me antiquing on the way home from SF last weekend.
California Strawberry Festival – In an undisclosed location near the University of Oxnard (Oxnard College)
(not as gay as it seems, yet still relatively gay)
As always, when considering an event Mikey and I ask one small but crucial question. Will there be booze? The answer in this case is a resounding YES. They had strawberry beer, (which was quite nice) strawberry margaritas, strawberry wine, strawberry champagne and a whole lot of other stuff. I would tell you about all of it, but I don’t wanna sound like that retard from Forrest Gump. That guy was retarded, right?
Anyway… Booze? Check. Food? Oh hells yeah! Here are a couple of the delicacies that we sampled on this fine Oxnardian day: Continue reading
My buddy Adam, of Orochon Ramen fame, makes his triumphant return to EatMeCalifornia in this first post in a series on Asian cuisine. As many of you know, I am not asian. I’m not even smart like asian people tend to be. I grew up eating meat and pototo based meals, and as a result, was morbidly obese at the age of 12. Okay, not really, but I was husky.
Anyway, Adam is my new Asian food guru. He promised to show me the ropes and keep me out of trouble. To get a good baseline for Thai food he took me to one of his favorite Thai restaurants called Sanam Luang Cafe. The real credit for this find goes to one of my former fraternity bros, Tam. His parents grow the fabled Ghost Pepper, which is the hottest chili in the world. Because of this, he knows everything about pretty much everything. So thanks, Tam, for lookin’ out.
Sanam Luang Cafe – West of the 170 on Sherman Way in North Hollywood
It looks different at night... i'm told.
Yeah, I know the title is clever. You don’t have to tell me.
I hit up some Chinese food the other day and was in the mood to try some new dishes. My girls had just finished a heck of a soccer game and one of the parents heard me talking about Chinese food. They recommended the Peking Restaurant in Ventura.
Peking Restaurant – Telegraph/Victoria
First off, I think I counted eight “No Msg” signs. Apparently MSG is not welcome here. I definitely contain MSG, but I didn’t tell them. I just thought I’d see if they could detect it. Continue reading
First off, two thumbs up to Hosea for his Top Chef victory. Although I really did love Carla a.k.a. side show bob, I was very happy to see Hosea come away with the victory. Now join me on an adventure through the orient as we discover the magic of walnut shrimp.
China Dynasty - Off the 101 at Johnson in Ventura
I had heard some good things from a few locals who had gone there praising the chicken chow mein, the walnut shrimp, and the beef and broccoli, so I decided to check it out ’cause Mikey loves him some Chinese food, even though you really do get hungry an hour later. Continue reading