Thursday, February 23, 2012

calexico truck

There's all this fuss (on the Internet...) over Calexico and how it's this really great California-Mexican food. I also JUST understood the name. Like just now. Anyway, there's a truck near work, so I decided to try it today.

Chipotle pulled pork burrito bowl (I got the tortilla on the side)
So this was good, but I don't get all the hype. It was actually a little sweet, and tasted more like barbeque than chipotle pork, not that there was anything wrong with that, I guess. I mean, it tasted really good for what it was, and I enjoyed it, but it wasn't what I was expecting. And the wait was 30 minutes. Maybe I'll try something else next time.

Ann's 2 tacos
If I remember correctly, she got carne asada and ground beef. She preferred the ground beef, but I think she thought these were just "ok." I guess this was a little bit disappointing. I don't really have crazy high Mexican food standards, I'll eat at Chipotle, but I really didn't think this was the greatest thing ever. I'd go again though.

Monday, February 20, 2012


I've been bad at keeping this updated since I got back from Seattle. I guess I've been kind of busy...I just spent 3 hours making Excel spreadsheets to budget myself better so I can start paying my student loans. SO EXCITING, I KNOW! I had to make sure I left myself enough money to eat out though, which is what all the "loan counselors/experts/whatever" tell you not to do, but I feel like food is the tiny crack of light at the end of this long tunnel of doom and endless debt. Besides, the food I eat at home has gotten so boring and I mostly only eat vegetables, pita, and 3 kinds of hummus.  Sometimes I'll actually make something, but usually I'm so tired after work. Being a real person is hard.

Last week I finally went to Porchetta! All week had been talking about when I was living in Rome, and it really made me miss it, mostly the food, obviously. So I had to go here and get myself some pork on bread.

This porchetta was better than some I had in Rome!! I mean, porchetta is everywhere in Rome. I don't think I ever disliked any, but it wasn't always amazing since it's easy to get a dried sandwich. This was really great -- the pork was so tender and moist (I dont like this word), but then the crackly, skin bits were such good surprise bites. I was afraid the bread would be too dry, but it was soft, with just enough chewiness. I sort of remember being able to add mayo or some sort of sauce in Rome, which sometimes it definitely needed, but this didn't need anything at all. Although next time I might order a side of beans. 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

bologna sub from no. 7

Went back to No. 7 Sub to try the bologna sandwich. I thought that since this sandwich has brussel sprouts and pickled red onions, the bologna would taste less like Oscar Meyer baloney, but I guess bologna is bologna no matter which way you slice it. But that's not to say that I don't really like it, because I enjoyed this sandwich a lot. No. 7 has this great way of combining weird flavors. The brussel sprouts and onion were a nice balance to the heaviness of the bologna, sour things work so nicely. I think the broccoli is the best sandwich there though. 

Monday, February 6, 2012

Saturday, February 4, 2012

corner bistro

 So I've been using the "Guide to Hamburger Styles" to describe what kind of burgers I love the most, and I think nearly all of burgers I would put at the top of my list would fall under the "pub burger" category. They're sort of sloppy and not fancy, but they taste so good...I think this is how people feel about reality TV, but I don't watch any. Except once I did watch a whole season of this show called "Huge" and it freaked me out.

Anyway, this burger from Corner Bistro is in the top part of my burger list. It was perfectly moist (actually a little drippy, but I'm into that) and all the melty cheese gives it a nice creaminess, THEN THERES THE BACON!! And of course, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and pickles.

See the drippiness?
It's a nearly perfect burger, really. The only problem is that the patty is so round. It's not that it's too much meat or that the bread was too small and flimsy to contain the patty (I sort of like that, sometimes), it was just sort of tricky to eat it. But really, if you have nobody to impress (like me), then who cares if there's burger juice dripping down your arm and some burger bits stuck to your face? 

P.S. I saw some dudes there that took the buns off their burgers, then the tomatoes and ate them with hot sauce, then they took off the rest of the toppings and just ate a plain patty with a fork and a knife. Get out of there!!