Super Bowl Sunday! Super Bowl 51 Party!

Super Bowl Sunday!
Super Bowl 51 Party!
February 5, 2017 – Houston, Texas

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Super Bowl 51

WHO DO YOU LIKE?

PREGAME:

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Super Bowl 50 – LEVI Stadium in San Jose, California

We don’t care who wins,
but we would like the New England Patriots to lose today.

We procrastinated and waited until this morning to do our party shopping.
So, we made an early Supermarket run for groceries and party supplies:

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Groceries and Super Bowl Party Supplies!

We weren’t sure what we were going to serve.
We planned on hot dogs (defrosted from the freezer).
We also thought wings and meatballs. So, that’s what we did.
Guacamole (had 2 ripe avocados), check. Chips, pretzels, etc., check.
We also did some of our shopping for the week.

We prepped the food, cooked the meatballs and then the wings,
made hotdogs for lunch and settled in for the Pre-Game Show.

Superbowl Sunday! Let’s get this party started!

LUNCH!

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GAME TIME FOOD!

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ON THE MENU: 2 hotdogs with mustard, onions and cheese on Hawaiian bread buns! Watermelon! Raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, kiwi fruit and red & green grapes. Hot Wings! Crudité: celery, carrots, persian cucumber with ranch dressing and dill pickles. Meatballs with marinara sauce! Fresh made guacamole! Tortilla chips, pretzel sticks, pistachio nuts, cool ranch Doritos, BBQ kettle potato chips, teriyaki beef jerky, milk chocolate Milano cookies and peanut M&Ms. Coca-Cola, Dr Pepper, cran-raspberry-orange-pineapple juice and iced espresso.

ITALIAN MEATBALLS (with Marinara Sauce):

Mix 1/2 lb ground beef, 1/2 lb pork sausage (we used links and removed the casings), chopped onion, bread crumbs and spices: black pepper, salt, garlic powder, minced garlic, and Italian seasoning in a medium bowl. Roll into golf ball sized meatballs.
Heat a large pan with a little olive oil to medium heat and brown the meatballs turning so all of the outside is seared but the inside is still slightly uncooked. Remove from pan and let sit for 5-10 mins. Warm marinara sauce in a pan and add meatballs, rolling them in the sauce until they are completely coated. Remove from pan and let sit for 5-10 mins.
Add cornstarch to the marinara sauce and drippings and stir until it thickens.
Pour sauce over meatballs.
Bake meatballs in the oven at 300 degrees for 5-10 mins before serving.

HOT WINGS (with celery, carrots and ranch dressing):

10 wings (cut up with the ends trimmed off)
Mix 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 tsp cayenne powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder and 1/2 tsp salt in a large bowl. Coat wings completely and place in the refrigerator for an hour.
Heat oil and deep fry the wings. Place on paper towels to drain.
In a separate bowl mix 1/2 cup melted butter, 1/2 cup of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (or other hot sauce), a dash of black pepper, a dash of garlic powder. Dip each wing in sauce and place on baking sheet. Bake in oven at low heat for 15 mins on each side, then broil for 2 mins on each side. Serve with ranch dressing, extra sauce, celery and carrots.


Let the Commercials and FOX Promos begin! The “Pre-Kick” Show!
National Anthem and Who is Luke Bryant?
Coin toss with ex-President George H.W. (Senior) and Barbara Bush.
The Atlanta Falcons win the coin toss and defer to receive in the Second Half.
New England will receive and gets the football first.

NOTE: To be honest, we watched the game and commercials while enjoying the food and the Super Bowl party. We did LIVE POST all the scoring plays on our personal facebook timeline as they happened, but it was so we could get the pics for this blog, which we are writing at Midnight long after the game is over.
We recorded it, so we are watching it again as we write this Blog.

SPOILER ALERT:
The New England Patriots Won Super Bowl 51 in Overtime 34-28.

KICKOFF TIME! First Half

Nobody scored in the 1st Quarter!
First Score!
2nd Quarter Touchdown ATLANTA FALCONS!
(following a stripped ball fumble by the New England Patriots)

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TOUCHDOWN ATLANTA! 7-0

Second Score: 2nd Quarter Touchdown ATLANTA FALCONS!

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TOUCHDOWN ATLANTA! 14-0

Third Score: Interception! Pick Six! Touchdown ATLANTA FALCONS!

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PICK SIX! TOUCHDOWN ATLANTA! 21-0

Fourth Score: End of 2nd Quarter Field Goal NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS!

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FIELD GOAL NEW ENGLAND! 21-3

The First Half was ALL ATLANTA.

THE HALFTIME SHOW!
Lady Gaga flies in from the roof as advertised!
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No Wardrobe Malfunctions.
Flying “Poker Face” on wires. Dance number. Crowd work.
Lighting effects and fireworks. Boring.
Who likes her music? (yes, some people like her music…)
And why is she the Halftime Show at the Super Bowl?

KICKOFF! Second Half

First Score: 3rd Quarter Touchdown ATLANTA FALCONS!

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TOUCHDOWN ATLANTA! 28-3

Second Score: 3rd Quarter Touchdown NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS!

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TOUCHDOWN NEW ENGLAND! Missed Extra Point! 28-9

Third Score: 4th Quarter Field Goal NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS!

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FIELD GOAL NEW ENGLAND! 28-12

Fourth Score: 4th Quarter Touchdown NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS!
(following a forced fumble by the Atlanta Falcons)

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TOUCHDOWN NEW ENGLAND! 2 POINT CONVERSION! 28-20

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Edelman’s Miracle Catch!

“After further review, the ruling on the field stands.” Completed pass!

Fifth Score: 4th Quarter Touchdown NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS!

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TOUCHDOWN NEW ENGLAND! 2 POINT CONVERSION! 28-28

The Second Half was ALL NEW ENGLAND!
New England scores 25 unanswered points to TIE the game 28-28!

OVERTIME! (First time in Super Bowl history)
Overtime Coin Toss will decide the game.
New England wins the toss and will receive.

First Score: SUDDEN DEATH! Touchdown NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS!
PATRIOTS WIN!

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OVERTIME! TOUCHDOWN NEW ENGLAND! PATRIOTS WIN! 34-28

THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS WIN THE SUPER BOWL…..

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“Say What?”

“Turn out the lights, the party’s over!”

The Atlanta Falcons choked and lost the game in the Second Half. The New England Patriots beat them by a touchdown in Overtime making what looked like a complete “blowout” in the First Half into an exciting game in the Second Half. Tom Brady led his team to the WIN and Atlanta was unable to respond after the early 3rd Quarter touchdown.

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Los Tres Hermanos Bar and Grill Mexican Restaurant in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California

Los Tres Hermanos Bar and Grill Mexican Restaurant
in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California

NOTE: This Blog was started and in “draft” form for a couple weeks before being finished and published. Posting now because writing helps as a distraction.

Mexican Food!

Saturday night in the beautiful San Fernando Valley on Van Nuys Blvd near the Government Center (Courthouses, Police Station, Post Office, etc.) at Erwin St.

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Los Tres Hermanos Bar and Grill Mexican Restaurant

 

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Front Desk at Los Tres Hermanos Bar and Grill

We parked in back and used the Rear Entrance. (just a little sketchy)

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The Rear Entrance to Los Tres Hermanos Bar and Grill in Van Nuys

There’s a large dining room with tables and booths along the side walls. And of course there’s a long bar, and a very nice one too. they also have a very small stage for live music on Fridays and Satudays and this was one of those nights.

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The Large Dining Room at Los Tres Hermanos Bar and Grill

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The Long Bar at Los Tres Hermanos Bar and Grill

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Live Music on a Small Stage on Friday and Saturday

The live music was good. Two guys, one on guitar and one on a kid’s drum kit, singing and playing classic rock tunes while we enjoyed our Mexican dinner.

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Live Music and the Bar at Los Tres Hermanos Bar and Grill

When we arrived the bar was empty, and when we left it wasn’t.

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The Bar at Los Tres Hermanos Bar and Grill

We were seated in a booth without having to wait and presented with a “classic” Mexican restaurant menu and warm chips, red pepper salsa and a bean dip.

This being our first time here, we decided to compare the Fiesta platter, a favorite found on most appetizer menus.

The Classic Mexican Restaurant Menu:

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On The Menu: Chips and salsa, Fiesta Platter with chicken wings, nachos, taquitos, a quesadilla (and we substituted more taquitos for the quesadilla, because we made a large one for lunch) and a Dr Pepper

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Tortilla Chips and Salsa

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Fiesta Platter!

We enjoyed the food! It was classic Mexican, very tasty and they have pretty good chips and salsa. The Fiesta Platter was done well, but the nachos could have been better. My dining companions enjoyed their choices as well and the prices are very reasonable! They have lots of fun cocktails and drink specials on and off the menu. We would return if we were in the neighborhood on a Saturday, but probably not on a weekday.

Tres Hermanos Mexican RestaurantVan Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys, CA

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A large, tasty chicken burrito (“wet” ranchero sauce & melted cheese) with rice and beans inside and tortilla chips “to go” for dinner a few nights ago. Only ate half, then ate the other half the next day for breakfast.

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Chipotlé Burrito Test!

Chipotlé Burrito Test!

Believe it or not, I’ve never had Chipotlé. There are so many good Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley that chain restaurant “fast-food” from Chipotlé was never a “go-to” option.

We had a Coupon (and it was about to expire on May 1) for a FREE Burrito, Burrito Bowl or Order of Tacos at any Chipotlé Mexican Grill. And there’s one that opened up relatively recently in Encino on Ventura Blvd and we’ve wanted to try it for awhile now.

NOTE: We’ve been hesitant to eat at Chipotlé because of the recent “food-borne” illness news reports centered on the restaurant chain, which is why we call this a test.

So, Wednesday evening at 7pm we stopped and picked up an order “TO GO” for dinner on our way to our friend’s place in North Hollywood.

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There’s metered street parking on Ventura Blvd (8am-8pm) but you can’t park on the street between 4-7pm because it’s an ANTI-GRIDLOCK ZONE during “rush hour”, so there’s drive-in underground parking (which we can’t tell you about because we parked on the street just after 7pm).

The restaurant was clean and bright with a big letter “A” health rating on the front window which was good. It wasn’t very busy and there wasn’t any wait to order, which is always of concern at fast service restaurants where the food sits and waits for a customer.

The young guy behind the register said hello from across the empty front area as we entered. The young woman who prepared the order was very business-like and efficient, but not very friendly (and she shorted us on the steak…yes we noticed that sneaky move!) as she quickly made our Burrito Bowl.

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On The Menu: A Burrito Bowl with 1/2 chicken, 1/2 steak, 1/2 black beans, 1/2 pinto beans, 1/2 brown rice, 1/2 white rice, hot sauce, guacamole, lettuce and a large flour tortilla

NOTE: We read a food article about “How to get the best value at Chipotlé” which said that if you order the Burrito Bowl with 1/2 of each ingredient, you will get more food than if you order a Burrito or a Burrito Bowl with single ingredients. And of course you have to get the guacamole (on the side) for a “small additional charge”.

We exchanged the food for the coupon and took it “TO GO” We drove over to our friend’s place and ate after we arrived, so the food traveled in the car for about 15 minutes. We removed the lettuce from the bowl and heated the meat, rice and beans in the microwave for a minute to get it hot again. We emptied the contents of the bowl onto the tortilla, added the guacamole, took a few pics, rolled it up into a very large burrito and promptly ate the whole thing (except the lettuce, which we didn’t eat at all) and it was okay. Not great, but we were very hungry so it was good. And the price was right, it was FREE.

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“Rub-A-Dub-Dub Thanks For The Grub!”

We would eat there again, but it still wouldn’t be a first choice for “fast casual” Mexican food, It wasn’t bad, it wasn’t great. It was okay and it was an okay value. There was a lot of food in that large burrito and we don’t feel sick the next day.

Chipotlé Mexican Grill16350 A Ventura Blvd., Encino CA 91436
818-808-0816 chipotle.com

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NOTE: My own homemade steak soft tacos the previous night were much better!

Taco Tuesday! Steak soft tacos with 2 kinds of cheese, grilled red onion, flour tortillas, brown rice, refried beans, lettuce, fresh guacamole, salsa verde, tortilla chips and a coke

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We like to cook fresh Mexican at home. We enjoy Cuban food from Versailles and casual Mexican food from El Torito and Poquito Mas. And every once in awhile we’ll eat at Taco Bell or Del Taco, although that doesn’t really count as Mexican or real food.

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We like to eat at Mucho Mas in NoHo. And we also like to call, order and pick up a very large and tasty Chicken Burrito with rice and beans “Gringo Style” (with melted cheese and red sauce on top) from Las Fuentes Mexican Restaurant on Vanowen just east of Reseda Blvd in Reseda for about the same price as Chipotlé:

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We got recently got one “TO GO” with fresh made chips, a large avocado salsa, and a variety of different salsas from the salsa bar and we made the fresh guacamole at home before going to pick up the order.

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Dinner at Mucho Mas Mexican Restaurant in North Hollywood

Dinner at Mucho Mas Mexican Restaurant in NoHo (North Hollywood)

Friday night in the beautiful San Fernando Valley with friends
and where shall we eat?

MUCHO MAS in North Hollywood! Mexican food (“gringo style”) for dinner!

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Dinner at Mucho Mas Mexican Restaurant in NoHo

The neon lights welcome you! On Burbank Blvd east of Vineland, just across the border of North Hollywood and in the City of Burbank is a great Mexican restaurant, Mucho Mas.

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Dinner at Mucho Mas Mexican Restaurant in NoHo

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“No Shoes, No Shirt, No Dice!”

The place is a CLASSIC “gringo style” Mexican joint, with wagon wheel chandeliers and bunch of grapes lighting fixtures in addition to the neon exterior signage. Brick, plaster, wrought iron, wood and ceramic shingles with velvet paintings and “kitchy” rustic “South of the border” type decor combine to make you feel as if you’re actually in Mexico!

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The Bar at Mucho Mas Mexican Restaurant in NoHo

There’s a small bar with a dining area, an outdoor patio and an “L” shaped dining room with comfortable booths and wooden tables. The menu is traditional “gringo style” Mexican food with additional house specialties (there’s a menu page pic below).

Start with a shot of tequila or a margarita!

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Tortilla Chips & Salsa with a Shot of 1800 Tequila and a lime wedge

ON THE MENU: Fresh and warm tortilla chips & salsa, a shot of 1800 tequila and a Grande Combination: green salad with ranch dressing, 2 beef tacos, a cheese enchilada, (with an added chicken tamale) and Mexican rice & refried beans.

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Dinner at Mucho Mas Mexican Restaurant in NoHo

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Menu Page from Mucho Mas Mexican Restaurant – Grande Combo #16

 

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Mucho Mas Green Dinner Salad with Ranch Dressing

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Mucho Mas Grande Combo: 2 Beef Tacos & Cheese Enchilada w/Rice & Beans

You get a lot of food for $13 and the drinks are very reasonably priced! They have beer, wine, hard alcohol and cocktails on the menu and nice food and drink specials during the week and at off hours.

We’ve been coming here regularly for a while now. The food is good, the prices are very reasonable, the service is pretty good, parking is free (there’s a small parking lot and plenty of street parking), it’s not too far from my friend’s house and we never have to wait for a table. So, if you’re in NoHo and hungry and want some good “gringo style” Mexican food, I would definitely recommend trying Mucho Mas!

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Margarita on the Rocks

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Velvet Paintings! Joaquin Murrieta we think…He’s watching you!

Mucho Mas Mexican Restaurant10405 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601 www.muchomasrestaurant.com  818-980-0300

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Circus Liquor’s “Neon Clown” – Burbank Blvd & Vineland Ave in North Hollywood

Taco Tuesday! Dinner at El Torito Mexican Restaurant in Sherman Oaks

Taco Tuesday! Mexican food at El Torito in Sherman Oaks.

Thinking about chips and salsa! We hit up the El Torito Mexican Restaurant at Ventura blvd and Van Nuys blvd. There’s a parking lot that’s always full, valet parking and (TIP) street parking available. If you get lucky, you’ll find a parking space in the lot. If you’re smart you’ll find street parking at a meter on Ventura blvd, Moorpark street or Van Nuys blvd.

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Mexican Food at El Torito Restaurant in Sherman Oaks

Enter through the double doors and into the reception area. There’s a Taco Bar (and Lunch and Brunch) Buffet area and a hallway to the restrooms on the left. The Bar is ahead of you behind the hostess desk and the large dining room divided into three areas is to the right.

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Dinner at El Torito Mexican Restaurant in Sherman Oaks

The Bar is usually busy, and on Tuesdays it is really crowded because of the Taco Tuesday $1.99 Taco special (It used to be $1.00) and the Taco Bar spread which is only available in the Bar area. It’s also very loud with music and conversation, so we decided on the regular menu and a comfortable booth in a quiet corner of the center dining room.

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At the Bar at El Torito in Sherman Oaks

The Bar is pretty fun if you can find a seat. They have beer, wine and spirits. Usually there’s a tequila drink (margarita) on special or it’s “happy hour” and there’s always a game on the televisions and loud music playing.

Besides the Taco special and Taco Bar Buffet, they have a Bar Menu with appetizers and small plates and you can order off the regular menu in the Bar area as well.

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Taco Tuesday! The Taco Bar Buffet at El Torito in Sherman Oaks

I haven’t tried the lunch buffet or Saturday/Sunday brunch in a long time, but it’s a pretty good value and a they have a lot of different choices available. A Mexican food buffet is always pretty good! Tacos, burrito makings, fajitas, enchiladas, tamales, rice, beans, desserts, fruit, salads, soups, salsas and more; and then breakfast foods, menudo, juices and pastries for the weekend Brunch buffets.

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Center Dining Room at El Torito Mexican Restaurant in Sherman Oaks

The Dining Room is large and spacious, and divided into three areas. There are tables and large booths available. The menu is traditional Mexican (gringo-style) fare, but they recently upgraded the recipes and the food is very tasty and you get a lot of it!

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Mexican Food at El Torito in Sherman Oaks

Drinks from the Bar and all kinds of fun cocktails are available at your table too!

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Drinks on the Menu at El Torito in Sherman Oaks

On the Menu: Chips & salsa, Fiesta platter (nachos, beef flautas, chicken wings and a cheese quesadilla), Macho Combo (chicken burrito, beef taco, tamale & chile relleño with rice, beans and sweet corn cake) and a shot of Silver tequila with lime.

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Warm Tortilla Chips & Roasted Pepper Salsa

The chips are made fresh and served warm with roasted pepper salsa. They’ll make fresh guacamole at your table if you order it. They have a good selection of appetizers, entrees and ala carte items. Not so much on dessert, only deep fried ice cream, flan and a tres leches cake. Free refills on soda and most other beverages and more chips and salsa too.

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Silver Tequila Shot with Lime(s)

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Fiesta Platter! Nachos, Beef Flautas, Chicken Wings & a Cheese Quesadilla

I recommend the Fiesta Platter to start. Eat the nachos and chicken wings, take home the quesadilla and flautas. Then order a Macho Combo (your choice of four items) with rice, beans and sweet corn cake. Eat what you can and take home the rest for tomorrow.

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Macho Combo! Beef Taco, Tamale, Chicken Burrito, Chile Relleño, Rice & Beans

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Happy Birthday! Mexican Birthday Song at El Torito Restaurant!

It wasn’t my birthday, but the waitstaff came over and sang to the table next to ours so I got a nice picture. The service was excellent! I didn’t have to look around for our waiter because he was checking in with us regularly. When I finished the coke, he was right there asking “would you like a refill?”. Every request was handle promptly and the Manager even came by to ask how everything was.

The prices are reasonable. The Buffets and Specials are a pretty good value if you’re hungry and want to eat a lot of food. Drinks are also pretty reasonable and some of the drink specials are excellent! You get a lot of food and we even got a AAA discount on the check!

It was a very good meal and a pleasant dining experience. Good food and lot of it. The service was excellent and it wasn’t too expensive. A Very Happy Taco Tuesday!

El Torito Mexican RestaurantVentura Blvd (at Van Nuys Blvd) in Sherman Oaks

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El Torito Mexican Restaurant in Sherman Oaks

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Saturday Night! Mexican food, Blues music and BBQ in Pasadena, California

Saturday Night! Mexican food, Blues music and BBQ in Pasadena, California

So you’re probably wondering about the title….here’s the story:

We got invited to see and hear a blues band play in Pasadena on Saturday night at a place called Big Mama’s Rib Shack. I was not responsible for the planning or execution, once again I was a passenger along for the ride.

Someone may have told someone that the Rib Shack’s food wasn’t good, so the plan was to eat before the show and the decision was to go for Mexican food.

Two Tacos at La Fiesta Grande Mexican Restaurant

Take the 101 freeway south to the 134 east past Glendale and into Pasadena. I wanted to take more pictures along the way, but “stupid” traffic had us running late to dinner. We finally arrived (only ten minutes late) at the restaurant and found a good parking spot on the street right out front.

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La Fiesta Grande Mexican Restaurant in South Pasadena

The restaurant is a relatively small place, with simple Mexican decor, and it quickly filled up with people once we were seated. We ordered drinks and then perused the menu.

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La Fiesta Grande Mexican Restaurant in South Pasadena

 

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La Fiesta Grande Mexican Restaurant in South Pasadena

 

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La Fiesta Grande Mexican Restaurant in South Pasadena

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It’s a standard Mexican restaurant menu with tacos, burritos, enchiladas and the usual appetizers and entrees. EXCEPT THE FOOD IS GREAT! IT’S REAL MEXICAN FOOD! 

On the Menu: 2 crispy tacos, one shredded beef and one chicken, two chicken enchiladas in mole sauce with rice & beans, chips & salsa and a margarita pre show!

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Margarita – with a lot of tequila!

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Two Crispy Tacos – One Chicken & One Beef with Chips & Salsa

Really good crispy tacos! Excellent Mole sauce! Gringo style Mexican food done right!

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Two Chicken Enchiladas with Mole Sauce and Rice & Beans

I was told that we would be eating at the show later, so I didn’t try a burrito, a combo or the Fiesta platter of appetizers…and I would happily go back. They also have an “All you can eat” Taco special that I would like to try.

We finished eating and then motored across Pasadena to Big Mama’s Rib Shack.

Blues & BBQ at Big Mama’s Rib Shack in Pasadena, California

Go north up Lake Avenue, past The Hat (really good pastrami sandwiches) and Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles, and you’ll come to Big Mama’s BBQ Southern Country Rib Shack.

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Big Mama’s Rib Shack in Pasadena

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Big Mama’s Rib Shack in Pasadena – Southern Country BBQ

The building’s not much to look at and the interior design is “whacked”. There are white vinyl booths on one side, tables in the middle with both plastic and wood chairs, and a beer & wine bar in the corner of the dining room. there was an area cleared as a stage (but no stage) next to the bar and a small area for the band’s merchandise as well. They have Saturday night performances, but it’s not real design as a performance space at all.

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Big Mama’s Rib Shack in Pasadena

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Big Mama’s Rib Shack in Pasadena

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Heineken

Here’s the menu: pork, chicken, seafood or beef, beer, wine and soft drinks and a full list of classic BBQ sides. Tickets were $20 for the show and dinner was also required, so we ordered food, with the plan to take home a good portion for lunch on Sunday.

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What’s on the Menu at Big Mama’s Rib Shack?

On the Menu: BBQ Baby Back Ribs, mac’n’cheese, hush puppies, cornbread muffins, collared greens, yams & Heineken beer

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BBq dinner

There were only two servers and a bartender covering the crowd, so we ordered before the first set and the food came during the performance before the intermission. And contrary to what we had been told, the food was good (not great, but good) country BBQ.

8:00pm – SHOWTIME!  John Németh and his blues band from Memphis, Tennessee

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John Németh from Memphis, Tennessee

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He Brought His Many Harps! (Blues Harmonicas)

I checked out the merchandise and the band’s setup before the show. I had never seen or heard the band before, but when I saw the collection of harps I knew it was going to be a good show. And I was not disappointed, the music was great!

John Németh and his blues band played two rockin’ sets of Chicago and Texas inspired music. He really is a master of the harp (blues harmonica) and his backing band was tight! The guitar, bass and drums were well rehearsed from playing gigs all over the country. At one point in the second set a guest bassist ( a former band member) stepped in for a few songs. I periscoped three of the songs and links to the live performance videos are located below.

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Rockin’ Blues on Periscope> view on YouTube

More Rockin’ Blues on Periscope> view on YouTube

Even more Rockin’ Blues on Periscope> view on YouTube

The “JoshWillTravel AdventureScope” is now available on Youtube!> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoP3QQfRTfD-2eABWVd-JwQ

The John Németh website> www.johnnemeth.com

John Németh’s Upcoming Gigs! Check them out if you can!

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La Fiesta Grande1107 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030 (I’m told the Colorado Blvd location is closed)

Big Mama’s Rib Shack1453 N. Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104 http://www.bigmamaspasadena.com

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Friday Night Dinner – Good Shabbos!

Friday Night Dinner! Good Shabbos!

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I did a little happy cooking in the kitchen today! ON THE MENU: Sticky roast chicken with carrots and onions, roasted garlic red potato, sautéed asparagus, crudite’ (celery, carrots, cucumber, radish) with ranch dressing, tortilla chips with fresh guacamole, fresh made raspberry lemonade and an iced espresso.

Starter course: Crudite' (carrots, celery, cucumber & radish) w/ranch dressing

Starter course: Crudite’ (carrots, celery, cucumber & radish) w/ranch dressing

Starter course: Fresh made guacamole with tortilla chips

Starter course: Fresh made guacamole with tortilla chips

Sticky Chicken

Roasted Sticky Chicken (cooking)

Sticky Chicken

Roasted Sticky Chicken with carrots and onions (cooking)

Sticky Chicken (done)

Roasted Sticky Chicken (done) with carrots and onions

Vegetable course: Sauteed Asparagus

Vegetable course: Sauteed Asparagus

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Potato Course: Roasted Garlic Red Potato

Dinner Plate

Dinner Plate: Sticky roast chicken with carrots and onions, roasted garlic red potato, sautéed asparagus, crudite’ (celery, carrots, cucumber) with ranch dressing

Fresh made raspberry lemonade

Drink: Fresh made raspberry lemonade and an iced espresso

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Dessert Course: Mixed Berry Tart

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After the 4th of July…Midsummer’s Daydream and Dinner at CPK!

I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July holiday weekend!

Fireworks! Celebrate America with explosives!

Fireworks! Celebrate America with explosives!

Family, Friends, Food, and Fireworks! Did you BBQ?

We had a small family barbecue dinner at home in the valley. Chose not to travel this holiday weekend and happy with that choice. I was invited to a big street party in Hawthorne on the other side of LAX that sounded fun, but it was a drive down the 405 freeway and it’s a Highway Patrol “maximum enforcement” weekend. Also, I don’t like to leave my dogs alone after dark on the 4th of July for obvious reasons.

On The Menu: Hamburger, chicken sausage on a bun, dill pickle, avocado, tortilla chips, sweet potato tortilla chips, sea salt & vinegar potato chips, watermelon and a coke. And then a giant fruit tart cake for dessert.

4th of July BBQ (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

4th of July BBQ (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

There was also a selection of olives, macaroni salad, and potato salad.

4th of July dessert - giant fruit tart cake (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

4th of July dessert – giant fruit tart cake (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

I wasn’t happy with the hamburger, so I got busy later after midnight and made a double cheeseburger with turkey bacon.

Today was the Monday after the weekend, a day to recover from the celebration, and then dinner at CPK (California Pizza Kitchen) again. Enjoyed a very nice dinner at the same restaurant last week, and had a coupon good on our next visit, so we went back again tonight.

On The Menu tonight: 1/2 of a Chinese chicken salad and a Hawaiian pizza with pepperoni, sourdough bread and a frozen mango lemonade.

Drink - Frozen Mango Lemonade (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

New Drink – Frozen Mango Lemonade (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Tried the frozen mango lemonade last week and it was cold fruity goodness! So I had it again, but decided to have different food items.

Hawaiian Pizza with pepperoni (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at CPK – Hawaiian Pizza with pepperoni (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

On The Menu last week: 1/2 of a BBQ chopped chicken salad and a BBQ chicken pizza (no cilantro and light onion), sourdough bread and a frozen mango lemonade.

CPK - Sourdough bread (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

CPK – New AND MUCH IMPROVED Sourdough bread (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

They recently replaced the dry white bread and butter with fresh baked sourdough bread and oil. It is such an improvement! Something that doesn’t seem like a big deal, really changes the dining experience.

CPK - 1/2 BBQ chopped chicken salad w/avocado (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at CPK – 1/2 BBQ chopped chicken salad w/avocado (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

CPK - BBQ Chicken Pizza no cilantro (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at CPK – BBQ Chicken Pizza no cilantro & light onion (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

CPKCalifornia Pizza Kitchen (many locations in Southern California)

Currently working on Blogs for World Cup USA ’94 (here’s a teaser pic):

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World Cup USA ’94 Pins – USA, Brazil and Italy; Gold and Regular USA ’94 & Los Angeles ’94

and LAX – Los Angeles International Airport Fact and Info (here’s a pic I took):

LAX - Theme Building (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

LAX – Los Angeles International Airport Theme Building (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Dinner at El Torito in Woodland Hills

Mexican Food! El Torito (near Warner Center) in Woodland Hills has been at this location for many, many years. Casual dining, good Americanized Mexican food, and cocktails have been the foundation for this restaurant’s success.

Dinner at El Torito (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at El Torito (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at El Torito (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at El Torito (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

ON THE MENU: Chips and salsa, Caesar salad, Mex Fix Platter: chicken & avocado roll, steak nachos, buffalo wings, quesadilla, beef taquitos with sour cream, guacamole, ranch dressing, & sweet sauce. Here’s the “food porn”:

Dinner at El Torito (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at El Torito – Chips & Salsa (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at El Torito (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at El Torito – Strawberry Margarita (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at El Torito (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at El Torito – Mexican Caesar Salad (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at El Torito (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at El Torito – Mex Fix Appetizer Platter (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

and Deep Fried Ice Cream for dessert! Sorry, no picture because it got “inhaled”….

El Torito Restaurant 6040 Canoga Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367 http://www.eltorito.com

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