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.