Sushi? I'm In

My niece and I wanted to try the local sushi place Tuna Sushi while I was on my staycation. She's had take-out from there once, but neither of us has ever been in there. I was so shocked to find such a great sushi place in my neighborhood
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We couldn't find much wrong with any of the food we ordered. If I could ding them on anything it would be the fried calamari, not because it wasn’t good, but it was in stick form, think fried zucchini sticks, not rings and I prefer the rings.

We ordered the tempura stuffed jalapenos with spicy mayo, fried calamari with spicy mayo, seaweed salad with yamagobo, sesame teriyaki bento and a dragon roll. Needless to say, we ate ourselves silly.

The tempura stuffed jalapenos are generously stuffed with crab meat and cream cheese.

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 Nice combination of flavors, the crab and cream cheese help temper the spice of the jalapeño.

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I like how it’s sliced so you’re not having to deal with it whole.

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Like I said the calamari is fine, in fact, it’s really good, I just prefer rings.

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I enjoy having seaweed salad along with my meal It’s very refreshing. No, this salad was not spicy like some of them are.

When it comes to the rolls, the spicy eel roll is one of my favorites.

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 As far as I'm concerned you can put eel and eel sauce on cardboard and it will taste good. This one did not disappoint. 

They are not stingy with the bento boxes.
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There was plenty of sesame teriyaki chicken, two huge tempura prawns, two huge pieces of tempura zucchini, four pieces of California roll, rice and half an orange that is already cut into sections.

The bento boxes I’ve had in the past had the salad in the box, it was nice to have the salad on the side.

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Of course, the salad had lettuce it also had beets, carrots and ginger dressing. 

The bento also came with miso soup. 

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K, the miso soup, hands down, one of the best I’ve had. The dashi was so rich and flavorful, light miso paste, nice little pieces of tofu and pieces of seaweed. I’m going to go back and try the soup again, just to see if it’s consistently that good if so, I’ll be there all the time.

So far it looks like I’m batting a thousand with my restaurant choices on my staycation.
Stay tuned.

And that’s that!


Bristol Farms Market Run

I get the Bristol Farms (I am in no way associated with them) newsletter, mainly to see what’s on sale in the wine dept. I’ve been able to try some new and different wines at pretty reasonable prices. Of course, their description of the featured wine always reads like prose, here’s an example of what draws me in. 

This is their description of the wine I bought.

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“It’s summer and it’s hot! Sip on this Italian beauty which offers hints of apricot that carries through to the flavors of melon, bright grapefruit, toasted almonds, and lime. Mouthwatering minerality and a slight tartness from the acidity gives this white good structure and balance.
Pair with appetizers, seafood-based dishes and of course, enjoy on its own.”

See. P.T. Barnum was right. I couldn’t wait to get to the store to buy this wine. FYI I'm going back for more, it's everything they say it is and the price point is just right for me. 2 bottles for 12.00 more than half off. 

Of course, while I was there I had to look around to find something I couldn’t live without. 
The first thing I can’t live without is my own personal eco-friendly straw in plant-based eco-friendly packaging.

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I’m always on the lookout for grain-free products and I was pretty sure I’d find some there, and I did

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The cauliflower crackers are about the size of cheez-it but thinner. Very good and nice and crunchy.

The Quinoa chips look like Ruffles and crunch like Fun yum. Do I know my snacks or what! Really good also. I'd buy either of these again. 

I don’t remember seeing these big wheels of cheese in there before or at least they never caught my eye until now. Throughout the deli dept were big ol’ wheels of cheese.

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I did get some Grana Padano. Deeevine. 

And that's that!

 

 


Charlie's Famous Hamburgers

This afternoon I checked off another place on my Lemon Grove Staycation list.

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I swung by, Charlies Famous Hamburgers, on my way home from running errands

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and picked up a deluxe cheeseburger

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and a small order of fries for $7.00
No this wasn't the full order of fries, it's just a few I put on my plate. 

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The only seating they have is outside and it was nice and shady. I could have eaten there, but it was pretty hot today and besides that, wanted to have a nice cold beer with my lunch.

On my way home I started snacking on the french fries, OMGosh, I couldn't believe my ears and teeth, they actually were crispy and crunchy with soft interiors. I can't remember when was the last time I could hear myself munching on a french fry. 

The burger was delicious, besides the lettuce and tomato, it had my all time favorite thing to have on a hamburger, raw onion. I don't think I can be happy with a burger from anywhere else. Now I know why they are called Charlie's Famous Hamburgers. They've been here since 1973.

Oh Yeah, and on Friday nights the classic cars show up. How fun is that!

And that's that!


Lemon Grove Deli and Grill

I hardly ever go out for breakfast, I don't know why, well yes I do, that means I have to make myself presentable before I really want to. 

Today I was presentable enough to go out and have breakfast.

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On my staycation, I'm trying to target family owned and operated restaurants, Lemon Grove Deli & Grill came across my radar. Since they are open for breakfast and lunch only, it's a pretty good bet I'll get a great breakfast there. FYI they close at 2:00 p.m.
Two of my favorite restaurant breakfasts are Chicken Fried Steak or Corned Beef Hash, both of which they have on the menu, surprise, surprise...not. 

When the nice cheerful waitress came to take my order,  I love it when they call you dear and sweetie, I asked if the corned beef was house made or canned, it's canned so I ordered the chicken fried steak. 

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Nope, no eggs. I wish I could but we just don't get along. 

My choices were hash browns or home fries, pancakes, toast or biscuits and gravy. The chicken fried steak was very nicely cooked, nice and crunchy outside and tender and juicy inside. Job well done. That and the pancakes were the best part.
The hash browns were cooked very well also, nice and crunchy edges, soft insides, only they tasted a little off, I can only describe them as tasting like the grill. No, I've never licked a grill, that I can remember anyway, but I've cooked on and cleaned many of them in my time. I think the biggest disappointment was the gravy, the best I can call it is nondescript. I tasted it alone several times and I can't tell you what it tasted like, just very bland, even salt and pepper didn't help it. It wasn't awful, just no flavor at all. The pancake was so good I ate it without any syrup, I didn't want anything to mask the flavor of it. I ate only 1/4 of the top one. Now I wish I would have brought the rest home, it would have made a nice snack this afternoon. 

It's obviously a local hangout, most everyone in there knew each other. It reminds me of Cheers,  ♫♪ "where everybody knows your name, ♫♪ and they're always glad you came". ♫♪ You'll thank me for the earworm later.
My sister and her husband would go in there for sandwiches, the tuna salad was their favorite. I think I'll go back and try one of the sandwiches. 
I'm not going to write them off just yet. 

And that's that!