Half of EMC headed out to Camarillo for some seafood and he brought his mom along to get in on some extra food and because that way I don’t look so lonely eating at places by myself so much. Now I know what you’re thinking. “Mikey you have a mother? You’re telling us you weren’t hatched in some government lab? “
Yep it’s true. I have a mom and she’s the best mom in the whole entire world. Now I know you’re saying to yourself, “Yeah she might be great but my mom’s way better.”
I’m sorry to break down your walls of illusion but all mothers pale in comparison to mine. Not only is she the best mom since the dawn of man, but she is also a great person to bring along for a great fish dinner. We originally wanted to hit up a new Mexican joint down on Ventura Blvd, but it was closed so she suggested Lures after having been there a few weeks ago.
Lure Fishhouse – Camarillo
Lure is your top of the line modern seafood restaurant. It’s got that steakhouse Outback, Wood Ranch kinda feel except with fish. It’s a huge place so it is perfect for your big party get-togethers, but a little more difficult for one on one dinners. Being that it’s large and open, its hard to hear who you are talking to and you pretty much hear everyone around you. Very clean, very modern, and very open.
The staff are all very nice without being too Disney and our waiter was very customer service oriented. He was ready and willing to answer questions which with my mom is a must ’cause she has more questions than Trivial Pursuit (the deluxe edition that comes with 5 thousand more questions). The menu is simple and has plenty of dishes. There is a great variety of appetizers and entrees. They even list dishes that show which meals use fish that were not farmed or caught in mass fishery nets run by the man.
They also cook with some of our local fish caught right here in Ventura waters. They have a few entrees using our local rock cod which I think I’ll try next time. Having caught it and cooked it myself, I’d love to see if it’s better than mine. Continue reading
I’ve been on a pretty good run of luck sushi places. I was hoping it would not end at Edo. I wanted them to be good mostly because they are not far from my place. It’s always good to have great food around you and, for the most part, what’s around me is average at best. I opened the door to go in and realized I might have made a mistake. It was just me, the sushi chef, the waitress, and the thought that I should have gone for Italian. Nobody else was in the place.
Edo sushi & Grill – Ventura on Telegraph and Victoria
I went ahead and took this order to go. I don’t really like being the only one in a place ’cause then I feel guilty and order more then I’ll eat. Plus, they were staring at me. They either were glad to see me ’cause fat guys order a lot of sushi, or because they wanted to add me to the menu as a Mikey Roll. Continue reading
I’ve been doing well on finding some decent sushi lately. I was out running some errands and actually just happened upon Ozekii’s. They call themselves a California style sushi restaurant, which usually means more avocado, asparagus, cucumber, and produce in general. They have a lot of different dishes and most of them are very colorful and have plenty of fish and produce. Not to mention, they are probably the nicest group of sushi makers I’ve been to in quite a while. Continue reading
I finally hit up this Japanese place that I’d heard some good things about. Sumo is tucked away in the corner of the Ralph’s shopping center off of Victoria. I brought along my resident sushi expert for kids, my boy T. It was a good thing I brought him too, because he had to help me find the door. There is no signage and no arrows or lights to guide you. You just pick the closest blank door to the corner and there it is. Both T and I had I hopes that this Sumo would be tons better than the Sumo in Camarillo.
Sumo Japanese Restaurant – Ventura off of Victoria in Ralph’s shopping center.
Sumo is more than just a sushi place. They have a pretty large menu and a lot of specials. I would say sushi is just a small piece to their business, but it is what T and I were interested in. I’ve never found much interest in the chicken and steak dishes unless they are cooking in front of you. I very rarely will order anything but sushi from a Japanese joint.
Sumo is a very nice restaurant. It provides sushi bar seats, full tables, and booths. It’s very clean and modern and the service is pretty good. One of the things I notice a lot of sushi places doing is bringing you a cup of ice and then a can of coke when you order a soda. I kinda, at least, like having the illusion I’m not at a block party. This place has the full on fountain drinks and gives you a hefty “man glass,” which beats the can and cup any day of the week. Continue reading
Maki Yaki is a franchised sushi joint. I guess you could say it’s the Arby’s of sushi. It’s not as fast food as a San Sai, but it is more fast food than your locally owned sushi restaurant. The question remains, though, how does the quality stand up to other sushi restaurants?
Maki Yaki – On Thompson in Ventura – Also with many locations in CA and surrounding states.
I was at the Ventura location, not this one.
So with the absence of Hells Kitchen and Brian’s new devotion to teaching the homeless how to make origami swans, I have now taken over the Deadliest Catch report. Sorry (mommom1) your attempts to have me banned from writing have only worked in Tularosa, New Mexico and don’t get a big head, they just went along with you because I once said Tularosa smells like mayonnaise. On to Deadliest Catch!
This episode labeled “Deadline” marks the last few days of king crab season. Up next is the Opilio season, which is an awesome time to watch this show. If you missed the first part of the season it’s a great time to jump on.
Beware. There be spoilers ahead!
We have finally reached the end for Season 5 of Hell’s Kitchen and I gotta say, it’s about time. This has been a rough season to watch, mostly because of the lack of talent and the abundance of the mentally challenged. Let’s kick it off with a recap of last week.
I’ve learned my lesson with Hells Kitchen and didn’t bother posting a Hell’s Kitchen article last week. Knowing ahead of time that they always do the most to stretch it out, I thought it would be a wasted article and as usual (except for the time I jumped that rod iron fence in baggy shorts) I was right.
In the first part of the season finale Danny and Paula begin to design their restaurants. Paula is going for more of a bistro, while Danny seems to be leaning towards Danny’s fish and beer. Continue reading