I’ve been looking forward to this day for quite a while. The Oxnard Strawberry Festival was just a warm up.
The Simi Valley Cajun Festival is easily the best thing going on in Simi all year. I love spicy food, I love peoplewatching, I love exotic meats served on sticks. Therefore, this is as close as I’m ever going to get to heaven. Plus it’s in Simi.
I’ve been to this festival before, but I never realized it was a music festival. I guess the multiple stages should have tipped me off, but they didn’t. I think what finally did the trick was this guy:
Jimi Hendrix cover bands are awesome!
But for me, it’s always been about the food. I am a fan of all things Cajun: hot links, jambalaya, crawfish, gumbo and after trying it for the first time, gator on a stick. Continue reading
I have had a lot of fish tacos in my time. The taco I had at Spencer Makenzie’s made all those other tacos seem like nasty ass tuna tacos from a frozen multipack at your local grocery store. This taco made me feel like I was in Hawaii drinking one of those umbrella drinks, lying in a hammock, while the Hawaiian Tropic girls fanned me with 100 dollar bills. It was that good.
Spencer Makenzie’s Fish Company – Downtown Ventura off Thompson
This place is not much to look at from the outside. It definitely does not look like it houses great food. Inside it’s more like a little diner or an indoor taco stand. They have a great bunch of people working there. People who actually know the products and can give you some great inside info on their food. Continue reading
If you’ve been playing along at home, you already know Mikey’s boy Trent is a soccer star and recently discovered savant. What you don’t know is that he went and did what every kid always does… he got sick. That’s how it came to pass that the baton would fall to me to post this fine evening. Lucky for me I skipped lunch.
Yolanda’s – On Los Angeles Ave. between First and Madera, Simi Valley
I’ve been wanting to go to this place for a long time, but just haven’t had the opportunity. Well, that all changed tonight. Since Yolanda’s is right on my way to the skating rink (yeah, i’m a nerd like that) I figured I just couldn’t pass it up.
The first thing I noticed was that this place was huge. I know it looks tall from the photo I took, but that isn’t the half of it. They have a decent sized bar, big patio and two huge banquet hall sized dining rooms. I think the only place that’s bigger is Los Toros, but that’s because they just kept annexing territory in their own attempt at manifest mexican food destiny. Continue reading
So last night’s episode was a bit of a filler, but Mikey gave me such a hard time for breezing through the review last week that I feel like I owe you something half-way decent. Here goes…
We left off last week with Capt. Keith of the Wizard having his 18 million ton boat come crashing down on his head whilst trying to fix the damn thing. Honestly, isn’t this something you pay someone else to do? It’s called delegating. Learn it, use it, love it. Continue reading
For the second time in three days we are debuting a new column on the site. This one, unlike deadliest catch, is not going to be every week. What we are aiming to accomplish though, is to see one of the newest movies in theaters and then find a review to pair with it, hence the name “Dinner and a Movie.”
For our first attempt, I saw Crank: High Voltage.
Yeah, I thought he died in the first one too.
Tonight, Mikey and I are premiering a new weekly column for the site. With Hell’s Kitchen winding down (thank god) we are proactively filling the void with a show that’s actually worth watching: Deadliest Catch. This weekly column will probably go up on Wednesdays, but because I was retarded and forgot to tivo the 1st episode, I had to wait until tonight to watch the rerun. Each week, it is my hope that we can not only give a little commentary on the show, but also a review on the culinary bounty that is the ocean. First the show, then the review… enjoy!
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.