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Tailgater

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Good chicken fajitas before the UH-Tulsa game at a tailgate party with Nat, other UH cheerleaders, and their guests. Tastes really good, and with me not having eaten anything else today and them having cooked up far more than we could finish off, I’d go back for a second round. But I need to keep reminding myself that anything that goes in tonight comes right back out tomorrow in preparation for Monday’s med procedures. Tailgater today, tailhater tomorrow, one might say.

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Written by macheide

15 November 2008 at 5:19 pm

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Curried Favorite

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This curried corn chowder savored at a texmex restaurant we went to on Jenny‘s recommendation was one of the tastiest I’ve had. And I’d have it again at a moment’s notice, even if it was what wound me up so tight inside that I ate almost nothing for half a week after, versus the chicken quesadilla or corn chips that accompanied it for lunch, the cheese omelette or fried potatoes or bacon or english muffin that preceded it for breakfast, the tub of popcorn and heavy pretzel I had at the UH game later in the evening, or the buffalo chicken strips that finished the day off.

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Written by macheide

18 October 2008 at 1:30 pm

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Corner Bakery Munchies

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Luckily we happened to find out that we’d be dining tonight at Buca’s, else we might have gone for a bigger lunch, especially after being delayed several hours sharing common experiences with a couple from Houston considering having their daughter join Jen‘s group. On Jen’s advice, then, we lunched at the Corner Bakery Cafe.

Their roasted tomato basil soup was average, nothing special but ok. But I wound up just picking at their chopped salad – oven-roasted chicken, crisp applewood smoked bacon, avocado, bleu cheese, tomatoes, and green onions tossed with iceberg and romaine lettuce in their sweet and spicy house vinaigrette. All in all, I should have gone with Jen’s recommendation and had their Pesto Cavatappi, even with Buca’s looming on the horizon.

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Written by macheide

27 September 2008 at 2:32 pm

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Bay Area Chipolte

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Now that Chipotle has one of its establishments down on Bay Area Boulevard and now that Nat’s done at San Jac, we may never make it over to the Pasadena Chipotle ever again, unless we’re over there for a dental appointment or doing something with the cell phones.

But yes, I’ll take Chipotle over the Freebirds down the street, any day. Freebirds has nothing I would fancy as alternative to Chipotle’s barbacoa.

I do wonder, what compels a burrito joint to decide to co-sponsor a team in the Tour de France? But I won’t bother giving Chipotle’s website’s own link to its idea of what its bicycling sponsorship means, since I’d advise against visiting Chipotle’s website more strongly than how much I do recommend their food. Website designers who forget to provide an alternative to poorly designed flash should be forced to use first-generation browsers for all of their own web surfing (although if they knew why I curse them that penalty, they wouldn’t junk up Chipotle’s good name like they’re doing to begin with, so alas the lesson would no doubt be lost on them).

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Written by macheide

17 July 2008 at 7:46 pm

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As Hot As It Gets

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as hot as it gets
With Kelly for lunch over to Buffalo Wild Wings (with no apologies, I don’t bother linking to poorly designed websites that insist on locking up your browser). Although I never used to have a ceiling on my heat appetite in my youth, these days I would tend to go for the medium. Today I decided to shoot for BWW’s second from the top: their mango habenero. Still nice to touch that kind of heat once in a while. Here done with a beer, my bit of brew for the month.

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7 June 2008 at 1:47 pm

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post-buca

To celebrate Nat‘s success making it on the UH cheerleading squad, we treated ourselves to another sumptuous dinner at Buca di Beppo. After garlic bread with cheese, Nat and B split a pepperoni pizza, Susan did an individual serving of stuffed manicotti, and I indulged in a serving of fetuchinni alfredo that was way more than I could eat because I expected more help from the others than I got. But we do go to Buca as much for the dessert as for anything, so Nat and B split the huge chocolate treat while I helped Susan out a little with some cheesecake.

Outside, we saw one young woman carrying a gift-wrapped present and leading a blindfolded friend toward Buca. Next time there’s reason to celebrate, we’ll have to remember to do that for Nat.

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1 June 2008 at 7:08 pm

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Pleasing Cheesy Chicken

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cheesy chicken enchilada soup
Lunch today was at Rachel’s Cottage Tea Room, always a relaxing delight well worth the drive down to League City. Mango tea for me, plain tea for Susan.

A cup of cheesy chicken enchilada soup for me, and I was only sorry I didn’t indulge in a full bowl. I did walk out with a take-out order of the soup which I was to have for lunch come Monday, then was only sorry I hadn’t asked for two or three take-out orders. Very nicely spiced!

Susan had tomato basil soup. Which she chased down with their “Bachelor’s Button” sandwich (pistrami and cheese on a croissant) while I had a tuna (chicken?) salad sandwich on whole wheat, both orders accompanied by a delightful fruit salad and veggie chips.

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Written by macheide

31 May 2008 at 12:05 pm

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