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Getting my fish on at Lure Fish House

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

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Mikey’s Buffet Rules – Part 2

by Mikey

Ok so we left you off at the line-hop rule.  Here are the final five rules that will get you through a buffet safe and jam packed with the good stuff.

Mikey’s Buffet Rules 5-1

5 – If it is not a seafood buffet, avoid the seafood.  This is a tricky rule.  Seafood, itself, requires you to know what kind of place you’re eating at.  I generally try to avoid seafood unless it is a seafood specific fiesta.  If it’s mostly red meat and then, off in a corner, there is some shrimp and maybe some crab or shredded crab salad, I will avoid it.  I don’t trust shrimp or crab that is hanging out with the red meat.  I don’t feel like all the care in the world is being put into the two seafood dishes. During a seafood buffet, you can feel safe ’cause they are working the ocean zone so everything is scrubbed and cleaned and prepared.

4 – If you don’t know what it is, and everyone seems to be avoiding it, do the same. There is a reason there is a big pile of whatever it is.  This country was built on suspicion and distrust.  Don’t mock what your country’s foundation is.  Pass up that pile of what could be meat or cake.

Besides I went to an Indian food buffet once and was the only one to get some of this green stuff everyone was avoiding.  To make a long story short, I was able to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica in the bathroom.

3 – Do I need to finish my plate before I go back for more? Hell no! How often do you grab some salad that looked great, but tasted like a burnt pencil eraser?  Yeah I know you feel a little guilty about leaving un-eaten food on a plate.  The key is to get up and push your plate to the left where someone else in your party is sitting.  If they are gone then just put it on their plate.

2 – Don’t take fruit for a desert and punch anyone else who does in the neck.  At a buffet it’s your job to try every type of desert they have.  This is the one time you break rule 4 and you try stuff you don’t recognize.  Get the green pudding in the paper with the jelly bean on top.  If it sucks, no harm done, try something else.  If someone at your table is getting up, tell them to get you anything you might have missed.  Every desert needs to be tried.  If they only have soft serve and jello, then find the manager and punch him in the sternum.

1 – The last and final rule is if someone in your party makes some crack about having to loosen their belt, or needing to take a nap, you punch them in the gut or slap them with a piece of prime rib you didn’t finish.  All buffet jokes must be original and funny or you get stabbed with a corn cob.

Put these rules into effect immediately.  They will make your buffet experience more pleasurable and more exciting. Keep in mind that it’s all you can eat.  If you see someone only go up twice, let them know they need to step it up or you’re going to make them throw it all up and start over.

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Choices Buffet at the Pala Casino

by Mikey

I thought that it would be a good time to add buffets to the wide array of food on EMC.  On a trip to Huntington Beach, my Uncle took us out through Temecula to the Pala Indian Casino to try out the newly remodeled Choices.  How can a fat guy pass up on all you can eat?

Choices Buffet – Pala Casino near Temecula

Choices is to the right of the main entrance to the Casino.  It’s actually a really well lit and beautiful dining area.  The food is spaced out, giving you lots of elbow room, and the food is categorized pretty well.  It’s definitely had a very modern facelift and resembles more of a high end Vegas buffet rather then the Laughlin spaghetti oh’s and mashed tater buffets.

Choices has one of the coolest features in a restaurant that I’ve ever seen: a steak bar.  A place where steak exists in different forms and cuts.  It’s just like how heaven should be.  All I need now is Megan Fox asking me if I want mine medium rare.  Let’s just go ahead and say “Yeah, Mike had him a few steaks.”  After the third one, my heart kinda started to slow down a bit, but I hurried and got a taco with hot sauce to get it up to speed again. Continue reading

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Edo Sushi & Grill

by Mikey

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

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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

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Gone Fishin!

Fishin%27_rule_Lby Mikey

B and I are goin’ twilight fishing tonight and then hopefully, catch permitting, we will be able to cook up what we catch and provide some pics. We will be heading out of Chanel Islands Harbor for some deep sea fishing.  I know you will miss us.  Pray to Jeebus we make it back safely as we engage in Ventura Counties most dangerous job, Pacific Ocean Cod fishing!

Brian fishing off of Key West

Brian fishing off of Key West

Mikey spear fishing in the Everglades

Mikey spear fishing in the Everglades

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Sushi Ozekii

by Mikey

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

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Deadliest Catch – A slap in the face or a kick in the pants

by Mikey

This week on the DC, we get one of the most interesting episode titles yet.  If you miss it, I think Sig ends up saying it around 5 times.  I once got in a fight with a midget who offered me the same choices.  I went with slap in the face because I figured while he was getting a step ladder to climb up and slap me, I could sneak up behind him and beat him with my wiffle ball bat.  Turned out this midget had hops and just gave me a knock across the jaw.  You live and learn.  On to the catch! Continue reading

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