Well, Paula wanted me to do this thing, evidently she’s planning to come out here and take me to dinner! No problem there, I’m happy to eat on anybody’s dime!
1. Add a direct link to your post below the name of the person who tagged you. Include the city/state and country you’re in.
Nicole (Sydney, Australia)
velverse (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
LB (San Giovanni in Marignano, Italy)
Selba (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Olivia (London, England)
ML (Utah, USA)
Lotus (Toronto, Canada)
tanabata (Saitama, Japan)
Andi (Dallas [ish], Texas, United States)
Todd (Louisville, Kentucky, United States)
miss kendra (los angeles, california, u.s.a)
Jiggs Casey (Berkeley, CA, USA! USA! USA!)
Tits McGee (New England, USA)
Kat (Ontario, Canada)
Cheezy (London, England)
Paula (Orange County, California, U.S.)
Joe the Troll (Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.)
2. List out your top 5 favorite places to eat at your location.
Crazy Fish – Sushi joints are springing up like sage all over the city, so who knows if this will still be on my list come next year (or next month). This place is great, though. While they have all the traditional rolls, they also get creative, and the chalkboard next to the sushi bar always has some new invention that sounds (and probably will be) great. The service has always been good (for me, anyway. I’ve had friends say otherwise) and the portions are terrific. They don’t skimp on the slices. They also have a house creation called the Crazy Fish roll. You only get 2 pieces with this roll, but it’s about 5″ across, with thick slabs of about 5 different fish!
Sadie’s – There’s no dearth in this town of Mexican or New Mexican fare (and yes, the two differ). When considering it, there are a bunch of really great places to go to. Sadie’s is just really great. The place is huge so there’s usually no wait. The food is terrific, and the portions are almost ridiculous. Whenever I leave there I feel like I could just be rolled out to the parking lot like that blueberry kid from Willy Wonka. Red or green, their chile is top notch, and their delicious salsa can be found at every grocery store in town, although it always tastes better at the source.
Buca di Beppo – While good New Mexican is easy to find here, good italian is a different thing (and we won’t even discuss the local pizza). This place is the exception, but it has one problem. It really is a place for parties of six or more. That’s because it is a “family style” restauant, which for italians means “enough food to feed all of Verona piled up on one table.” Instead of ordering individual meals, the party orders the dishes that they want, and all are brought out in gigantic serving dishes, and you serve yourself as if you were at home. The last time I ate there, I brought home enough food for three meals, and I was only one of several people bringing food home! Everything I’ve tried is delicious, and they have a good wine list, too. For a couple, I suggest eschewing the dinners and just having the hot antipasto platter – MORE than enough food for two people!
Golden Crown Panaderia – This is the little bakery at the end of the street in my old neighborhood, the one that I didn’t even know was in business until they started redecorating. By the time I noticed they were in business, they had already been featured on the Food Network and was shipping food overseas! The best breakfast for a lazy (or hung-over) Saturday morning is a few of their empanadas (basically a mexican fruit tart with an awesome crust) and a cup of their coffee. I’m sure they’ll send some to you, and they’ll be delicious, but they are at their absolute best if you get them hot out of the oven.
Papadeaux – The only thing better than seafood is seafood cooked Nawlins style, and that’s what I get whenever I’m there. I’ll have the Blackened Anything. It’s a bit pricy, so I don’t go often, but when I do I make a heavenly pig out of myself and leave happy – and that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?
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