Another 1000 miles and a 6 foot burrito.  Among assorted snacks and road food, the stand-outs included a batch of homemade Cincinnati Chili.  Not the packets of Gold Star, but the real deal from scratch.  A luxury most Midwesterners likely have even indulged in.  The leftovers became Cincinnati Chili Dogs, how appropriate.

I had another eye-opening trip to Peet's, the location in North Irvine may be an anomaly but Tim and Wes there REALLY know their coffee.  I picked up a gold filter, because A) I'm tired of buying paper filters all the time, and B) trying to save the Earth you know, one paper filter at a time.

I ate McDonald's for the first time in months and... it was good.  I know, I know.  There's something about their Cheeseburger that reminds me of innocence.  The most unusual thing on the menu? -> Why does the Double Cheeseburger cost less than the Cheeseburger?

Shortly after my trip became aware of The Elusive Mc10:35.  Only available in that fast food limbo between McDonalds' breakfast and lunch, it is the amalgamation of a McMuffin and a McDouble.  I tried once this week but was told they were out of McMuffins.  I must have come at 10:36.

If anyone gets one, SEND ME A PICTURE!  These are the things legends are made of.

At home and in the kitchen we made some Almond Avocado Cookies, some Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Crepes, Strawberry Shortcake, a Pork Loin with Sauerkraut, an Ice Cream Cake and Oat Bran Banana Nut Muffins (recipes will follow). 

Lastly, I found an incredible Italian sandwich shop by asking the locals.  I could have driven by Agrusa's Submarine Sandwiches in Escondito, CA a thousand times and never stopped in but I asked a local and they sent me in.  The "Classic" is killer.

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