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.
I thought it might be fun to hit up the Busy Bee Café in Ventura, down in the older part of town, off of Main St. They have been a staple of the community and a tourist hot spot for a very long time. Busy Bee is modeled after a 1950’s diner and tries and keep their food similar to that era. They are all about hamburgers, shakes, pie, and blue plate specials.
Busy Bee Café – Ventura Main St in Old Town Ventura
This part of Ventura is actually loaded with places to eat, so B and I will be picking them off, one by one. I chose this one because I had been there a few times many years ago and I remember enjoying the burgers, shakes, and the waitresses in little cheerleader outfits awesome jukebox. Continue reading
Mikey and I spent last night at a cigar tasting event. The cigars were pretty good, I think. But then again, I don’t really know anything about cigars, so they could have been horrible and I wouldn’t have known it. The place that had the tasting was the little cigar shop on Agoura road, next to Bad Ass Coffee, in Westlake Village. The owner does these tastings every couple of months and there was a pretty decent turn out. We just sat around, smoked a free cigar, watched the Lakers beat the tar out of Orlando, and had a wee dram of good Kentucky bourbon. All in all, it was a very nice evening.
After the event, Mikey and I were starving. Because it was pretty late, our options were sort of limited. We ended up at BJ’s on T.O. Boulevard and although I usually don’t review chain restaurants, I just couldn’t resist doing a post on BJ’s.
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse – Near the intersection of Westlake Blvd and T.O. Blvd, Thousand Oaks
I really like this place. It’s too bad that I hardly ever get to go back to restaurants because we’ve got so many awesome places to review thanks to you guys.
BJ’s is very similar in feel to Rock Bottom in San Diego. It’s a fun place to watch the game, hang out with friends, or grab after work drinks. I’m betting that most of you guys have been there already so I won’t waste too much time talking about the restaurant. Instead, I’ll just give you a few of my favorites. Continue reading
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
I took on a high end steak house in Ventura called the Aloha Steak House. Personally, I don’t normally hit up places where the average meal costs $30 to $40 dollars a plate, but this place gets business and a lot of people like it so I wanted to add it to EatMeCalifornia’s list.
Aloha Steak House – Off of California near the Fairgrounds.
This last Thursday on Hells Kitchen we finally get to see another weak ass chef get booted off in the middle of the service. J apparently not only serves the ass of the lettuce in his salads, but he also can’t seem to cook rice. Which kinda makes us wonder why he’s on the show? You have to figure one of the qualifications for a semi-credible chef would be cooking pasta and rice these things are essentially just boiling absorbent materials in water.
- Get ready cause in 5 seconds my ass is getting kicked out.
J messed up the rice for everyone and then goes on to put his own special spin on fish by burning it consistently. Maybe burnt fish is the special dish in his town. On a bed of overcooked rice. Ramsey forehead vein explodes as he sends J out of Hells Kitchen. J vows to take all he has learned to his own restaurant where he will rein victorious serving us all the burnt fish and lettuce ass we can eat. Continue reading
So on Hells Kitchen we lost another weak chef. Another 8 weak chefs to go. Coi goes home in another exchange with Chef Ramsey that leaves the weaker cook on the line. Coi was a weak chef, but Andrea does more damage to a brigade. Andrea acts like a leader and attempts to lead. The problem with being a weak chef and trying to be a leader is that nobody respects you, or follows you, and you just end up looking like an ass. Andrea is way to weak to lead. I still argue that the majority of these chefs are weak. The few good cooks keep quiet, trying to stay off Ramsey’s radar. Not enough crying and misery in this episode. Ramsey needs to step it up. Continue reading