Posted by: Chris | 15/07/2010

New toy!

Well after moving from a house to a one bedroom apartment with my wife that only has a very small balcony, we had to let go of our trusted friend the 22″ Weber Grill.  Unfortunately it just took up too much room on the balcony and couldn’t be safely used.

Today the wait is over.  I came home to find that my new Weber Smokey Joe was waiting for me.  I won’t be hosting any large BBQ parties anymore but at least I can still cook for my wife and a few close friends with this baby.

Posted by: Chris | 16/06/2010

Taqueria De Amigos

Anyone who knows me knows that I love Mexican food.  The other night my wife and I decided that burrito’s sounded pretty good for dinner.  One of our favorite places to go is Taqueria De Amigos in San Mateo, CA in the Marina Shopping Center.  My wife chose the Regular Burrito with grilled chicken and that’s usually enough for her appetite.  Me however, well I need more so I went with the Jumbo Burrito!  I usually go for the Pollo (chicken) or the Carne Asada (beef) but this time I decided to go for the Al Pastor (pork).

The flour tortilla is stuffed with lots of meat, refried beans, spanish rice, cheese, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream.  It is full of flavor and everything is freshly prepared when you order it.  Everything I have ordered from them has always been delicious and I have never had a bad experience.  All the food is fresh and the restaurant is clean and well lit.

Just one warning, lines can form quickly and often reach the door, however they usually don’t last too long.

Taqueria De Amigos
2974 S Norfolk St
San Mateo, CA 94403
(650) 571-8679

Posted by: Chris | 13/06/2010

Fair Food!

Well it’s that time of year again and that means, hot weather, and county fairs.  County fairs mean fair food!  Usually the San Mateo County Fair has rather boring choices when it comes to food including: corn dogs, hamburgers, steak sandwiches and french fries.  This year however was different.  Mexican, Thai, Greek and delicious deep fried foods!  Had I had a bigger budget I would have sampled some more finds, but I spent some money on other items.

First up was this rather tasty shrimp tostada.  It was a little heavy on the cucumber but overall was quite good.  Well cooked shrimp, lots of avocado, mild salsa and cabbage rounded out a nice and filling dish.  A few wedges of lime offered some nice citrus zest to the mix.

Shrimp Tostada

After walking around the fairgrounds to work off our lunch, my wife and I were in the mood for something sweet.  She opted to get the fair favorite: the funnel cake.  While in line she pointed out a small sign that read, “Deep fried twinkies and oreos!”  Well that settled that!  With a big grin on my face I ordered that and promptly watched as they made it.  What greeted me was a warm, sweet and very rich dessert.  The light drizzle of chocolate syrup really rounded out the dish and I have to say, I could easily go for another one!

Deep Fried Twinkie

Posted by: Chris | 18/05/2010

Magic Cookie Bars

So recently I took a vacation with my wife to visit her family and while there we had a lot of great food.  While there my wife’s mother made some terrific cookie bars.  Every time she makes them I simply cannot get enough of them and asked her if she would share the recipe with me.  Thankfully she said yes.  So I present to you, Magic Cookie Bars!

1 ½ cups Honey Maid Graham Cracker Crumbs

1 stick of butter (not margarine)

1 cup of chocolate chips

1 cup of walnuts

Flaked coconut

1 can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk

Melt butter in a 13×9 pan while oven is heating up.  I use a glass pan at 325 degrees or you can use a regular pan at 350 degrees.  When the butter is melted, add the graham cracker crumbs and mix thoroughly.  When mixed, spread evenly and pat down to for a crust on the bottom.

Sprinkle chocolate chips and walnuts evenly over the crust, then top with coconut.  Evenly pour the milk over the entire pan.  Then bake for 25 – 30 minutes for glass or 20 – 25 minutes for a regular pan until golden brown.  Once completely cooled, cut into squares and enjoy!

Posted by: Chris | 03/05/2010

Las Cazuelas Taqueria

Tacos.  What does that word bring to mind?  Crunchy tortilla’s filled with ground beef, lettuce, tomato’s and cheese?  Taco Bell?  Perhaps a so called “Authentic Taqueria.” says the definition is this:



Mexican Cookery. an often crisply fried tortilla folded over and filled, as with seasoned chopped meat, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese.

Yea right.  So why is it that whenever a friend of mines who is from Mexico brings tacos from home, they always have small soft tortilla’s that have barely 3 ingredients and taste amazing but bear no resemblance to the dictionary definition?!  Well I was on a hunt for some authentic Mexican taco’s for lunch one day and a friend of mines suggested I go to a place known as “Las Cazuelas” not far from where I work.

My first thoughts upon entering were that this was not a place you go to for the ambiance.  But hey, those places are usually too expensive anyways.  I was hungry and the menu that was above the cashier promised that it would fill my appetite and for not much buck.  Another thing that struck as interesting and promised authentic food was the fact that cabeza (cow’s head) and tripe were on the menu.  Two items you will NOT find on just about any of the other places I have been to despite their claims to be authentic.

Being my first time there, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the tacos were only $1.25 each so taking my friends suggestion, I ordered six since our appetites are about the same.  I got the standard carne asada and they came topped with the house salsa, onions and cilantro.  After taking my first bite I was thinking six was not going to be enough as they were delicious.  I squeezed some lime onto the tacos and immediately chowed down.  They were absolutely delicious and actually quickly filled me.

I will definitely be back to this place in the near future and I will surely bring my fellow foodie friend there.

Las Cazuelas
517 E 4th Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 685-2602

Posted by: Chris | 16/04/2010

Yea a new foodie joins the ranks!

After looking around at other foodie’s blogs and website, I figured I would try my hand at my own blog.  Not having a lot of money I usually try to find places that give me the most bang for my buck.  Unfortunately most of the blog sites I have found require that you have a lot of money to enjoy the foods they blog about.  But what about the regular Joe’s who want a good meal at a fair price?  Well that’s where I come in.  Who am I?  Well I’m just a regular married guy who likes to eat and try new things.  I pretty much grew up in the kitchen as my mother would experiment herself and through her I learned a lot.  That’s not to say that I am a chef, but I do have some skills in the kitchen.  Follow along as I post about my own creations in the kitchen as well as some food finds around my home town!

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