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One of My Favorite Quotes...

“The Master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.”

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Late Night HH at TGIF in Mission Valley

I'm considered a night owl. So, I like to do things late and at those times the munchies start to kick in. Good thing there's late night Happy Hour to rely on. In this case, it's TGI Friday's Happy Hour in Mission Valley. They have some pretty good offerings for happy hour at a great price with plenty of food on the plate. So, here are some dishes we ordered...

Sesame Jack Chicken Strips - TGI Friday's in Mission Valley

One of my favorite appetizers from Friday's is their Sesame Jack Chicken Strips. "These tender chicken breast strips are coated with Asian Panko breadcrumbs and fried to a golden brown. Topped with toasted sesame seeds and tossed in our famous Jack Daniel's glaze for just the right kick." Man, they are so good! I really can't get enough of it and wished they had more of it on the plate. It's that sweet taste that I crave.

Tuscan Spinach Dip - TGI Friday's in Mission Valley

And there's the Tuscan Spinach Dip. "Spinach and artichoke hearts with sautéed onions and bell peppers, blended with Parmigiano and Romano cheeses and delivered hot to your table along with Friday's® red and white corn tortilla chips." It's also one of my safe bets when ordering. You really can't go wrong with these. So good!

Tostado Nachos - TGI Friday's in Mission Valley

And of course, nachos are a must! HAHAHA! What can I say, nachos are always ordered and that's Tostado Nachos to be more specific. "Crispy tortillas loaded with refried beans, seasoned ground beef and melted cheese. Served with salsa, sour cream, guacamole and topped with spicy jalapeños." They were ok, but more cheese and chicken please. What's wrong with places not putting enough cheese and chicken on nachos? The more, the better! But hey, I'm easy to please that way...


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TGI Friday's in Mission Valley
403 Camino Del Rio S
San Diego, CA 92108
619-297-8443

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery in Mission Valley

Some time ago, I had some dinner and drinks with some old friends at Tilted Kilt in Mission Valley. With it being located in the Mission Valley Mall, it's a real convenient/central place to meet up with friends. It also had a decent amount of parking that you don't have to worry about. There's plenty of TV's positioned throughout the restaurant for watching that big game and/or big fight. Tilted Kilt is pretty big inside with a patio at its side. With that said, it can get pretty pack. But on to the food...

Classic Nachos - Tilted Kilt and Pub in Mission Valley

The food itself is decent. I really didn't get expect much and thought as long as the food is as good as Hooters, I'd be ok with it. I don't think highly of Hooters food besides their chicken wings. And it was as good, but not by much. I did prefer the eye-candy here or Hooters though. For appetizers, we ended up getting the Fully Loaded Classic Nachos, which is loaded with seasoned grilled chicken, sour cream and guacamole. For some reason, it's what we order at every place to eat. Let's just say that I've had better and I didn't notice it much because I had great company to take my mind off the food. Great conversations with great friends over food any day...

Gaelic Chicken - Tilted Kilt and Pub in Mission Valley

I didn't feel like getting my hands dirty and oily by eating burgers or sandwiches. So, I went with their popular Gaelic Chicken. Gaelic Chicken is pan seared chicken breasts with sautéed mushrooms and onions served with Irish Whiskey cream sauce served over garlic mashed potatoes and garlic bread. I must say, it wasn't bad at all. I kind of wished the chicken breasts were larger, but I could see myself ordering this again. Pretty tasty...

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich - Tilted Kilt and Pub in Mission Valley

Besides my food, I was only able to get one additional shot in. And that is the BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich which is slow cooked pulled pork covered in Guinness BBQ Sauce and topped with house made coleslaw. Also on the side is onion rings.

All in all, a pretty cool place to hang out to catch a game or two while doing some eating and drinking. I don't expect much when it comes to places like these. Plus the eye-candy here is real easy on the eyes.


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Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery
1640 Camino Del Rio
San Diego, CA 92108
619-299-5458

Friday, December 2, 2011

Dinner at Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks

Here are some old food photos of dinner from Islands Fine Burgers and Drinks in Mission Valley/San Diego. With my trusted, at the time BlackBerry phone to take the photos of it...

Islands Fine Burgers and Drinks in Mission Valley

Feeling a bit more hungry than the usual, the list of appetizers are first to be looked at on the menu. And as usual, the Nachos are what caught our attention. It's a safe bet and it's hard to go wrong. The nacho has cheddar, jack cheese, jalapenos, salsa, tomatoes and sour cream.

Islands Fine Burgers and Drinks' Nachos

With me loving pineapple, I went with the Hawaiian Burger and Fries. The burger was delicious, but it's pretty easy to please me. For some reason, I didn't remember the burgers being this big. That was the first thing that surprised me. The burger has pineapple, teriyaki sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion, swiss and mayo.

Islands Fine Burgers and Drinks' Hawaiian Burger

The next burger is a bad photo of the Kilauea Burger with Onion Rings. The Kilauea Burger is a jalapeno and black pepper crusted burger with pepper jack cheese, chipotle aioli, lettuce, tomato and Island Reds. From what I was told, it was pretty damn good.

Islands Fine Burgers and Drinks' Kilauea Burger


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Islands Fine Burgers and Drinks
http://www.islandsrestaurants.com
2441 Fenton Parkway
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 640-2727

Knives: Cold Steel Kukri Machete

One day, I received an email on a great deal for some Cold Steel machetes. So, I ended up getting the Cold Steel Kukri Machete and Sheath, "The Ultimate Outdoor and Survival Tool". At least that's what it says on the packaging. I actually have no real need for one, but after watching zombie movies/shows, I felt that I needed to prepare myself for the inevitable apocalypse. HAHAHA! It surely does help that I've heard and read good things about it to. In actuality, it was merely an impulse purchase on my part.

Cold Steel Kukri Machet

Here's a product description of the Cold Steel Kukri Machete off their website..."There's no single edged weapon that we can think of that can out-chop or out-cut a good Kukri. Our Kukri Machetes are those workhorses. They are available in two sizes, one has a thirteen inch blade and the other, our new "Magnum" model has a whopping seventeen inch blade. Both are ready to plow through the toughest chores life can dish out. Each features the distinctive weight-forward balance of our "top-of-the-line" models, and always present their edge on an angle so they're guaranteed to "bite" deep with every stroke. Additionally, they come complete with a sturdy Cor-Ex sheath! They're a solid value, ready for long, hard work."

Cold Steel Kukri Machet

Cold Steel Kukri Machet

Cold Steel Kukri Machet

The machetes that I bought are actual users. They don't just sit around waiting for the walking dead to create chaos. It gets brought out to the yard when branches and vegetation get out of hand. The Kukri does an excellent job doing that. So far, I'm impressed. The weight and balance are great in the hands, giving it awesome chopping power. I must say though, I was a bit disappointed at the sharpness right out the box. As you can see in the photos, it has a coating over the edge. It's sharp enough to chop, but not enough to slice. The good part is, a few minutes with a file are all it took to make it real sharp. And in the end, it's totally worth the price!

For more information and better reviews on the Cold Steel Kukri Machete, click on the link or any of the images above... Cold Steel Kukri Machete

Monday, November 28, 2011

Baps' Samahan Burger in Kearny Mesa

One day I was craving burgers and not just your ordinary ones. And the first place that popped up is Baps. Baps is that burger joint formerly known as B Spot in Kearny Mesa/San Diego. They've got some awesome burgers and one of my favorites to say the least. They are also one of the messiest so prepare for that. I've tried just about every burger they have except for the Samahan Burger. So Samahan it is...

Baps' Samahan Burger in Kearny Mesa

What is the Samahan besides being an awesomely delicious burger? It's a burger that has a beef patty with cheese inside "Juicy Lucy", Asian pork, grilled mushroom, coleslaw, terriyaki sauce and a fried egg. YUM!!! A fried egg in its own right makes just about any burger more fantastic. SO GOOD!!! You can even see the melted cheese starting to ooze to the outside. I can't wait to have another one and this time around, with many napkins around me at my disposal. Yeah, it's that messy.


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Baps aka "B Spot"
4646 Convoy ST, Ste 103
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 571-6038

Belkin Verve Folio Stand for Galaxy Tab

After the purchase of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, I immediately purchased the first available case. And that happens to be the Belkin Verve Folio Stand. I needed a case that has to have one particular job. It's to basically protect my investment and do it well since the tablet will be used on the go. Other than that, I was open to any type of case as I wasn't too picky. Enough talk, here are some photos of the product...

Belkin Verve Folio Stand for Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet

Belkin Verve Folio Stand for Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet

I'm sure there are other cases out there that are much better. At the time of purchase, I didn't have many options. Thinking back, I don't think I had any option. The Galaxy Tab was so new that there just weren't many cases. But fortunately, the Belkin Verve Folio Stand fulfills my needs for protection during transport. As I tend to shove it into my backpack with other stuff in it. After a few months of owning the case and the tablet, I'm also rougher with it than when I first got it. So far, it's doing a fine job doing it what I needed it to do.

Belkin Verve Folio Stand for Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet

Belkin Verve Folio Stand for Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet

Belkin Verve Folio Stand for Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet

The photos above show how the case opens up. The photos also show it without the tablet. Instead, it has the original printed paper of the home screen of the tablet. The next set of photos below show the thickness of the case with the tablet on top it and the last with the tablet in it. The Belkin Verve Folio Stand has some thickness to it. Some may have a problem with that, but I actually didn't mind at all. I've put so many hours with this case in my hands that I've gotten real used to it and the thickness. When I remove the tablet from the case, you only now realize how thin the Samsung Galaxy Tab really is. Which nice to do every once and awhile...

Belkin Verve Folio Stand for Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet

Belkin Verve Folio Stand for Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet

What else can I say? It protects my investment, which is the most important thing I wanted in a case. And it does it well. What more can I ask for?

If you have any interest in the Belkin Verve Folio Stand and want more info, check out the link or click on any of the images above. Belkin Verve Folio Stand for 10.1-Inch Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 16GB Tablet

I've been using the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with Honeycomb tablet and Wi-Fi for a few months now and I have to say that I love this damn machine. At first when I was looking into buying my first tablet, I wasn't a big fan of the sticker price that these types of tablets demanded in general. I was one of those people who said to themselves, "how the fuck am I going to use this thing?" Well, at least use it and get my moneys worth of use that is. I always felt tablets in general should be in the three hundred dollar range. And I'm glad to report that I feel that I got my moneys worth and then some...

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 16GB Tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 16GB Tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 16GB Tablet

I really didn't create this post as a review. I'm not very good at that. Since it's been out for a few months, there are plenty of reviews out there that can describe and articulate it better than I can. A lot better. This is more of a show and tell/open box review through photos and maybe a few comments here and there. From the photos above, you can see the box and as you open it, the tablet sits atop it. Besides the tablet and papers, it comes with the headset, USB cable and outlet plug...

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 16GB Tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 16GB Tablet

The above images show a shot of the front and back of the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The screen is amazing to the say the least. I have plenty of experience on the iPad 2 and other tablets like the Motorola Xoom and Asus Transformer. The Galaxy Tab has the best screen out there at the moment. The images and text are much crisper and smooth to be honest. That's not to say that the others are bad alternatives. I also happen to like how this particular tablet feels in the hand. It feels very secure without any hard edges digging into your hands during long periods of hand use...

Here's a photo of the charging port...

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 16GB Tablet

My finger is pointing to the tablets speaker. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has two of these small speakers located on both sides. Don't let the size fool you. They're plenty loud for the average user. And clean sounding. At least to my average ears...

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 16GB Tablet

Then you got the power button on the right and the volume rocker on the left. I also prefer the design of these buttons over the Apple iPad 2. I find myself always hitting the volume button on the iPad by accident. I do hit the volume button on the Tab also, by just not nearly the amount as I do on the iPad...

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 16GB Tablet

Nothing too special, but here's the headset port/plug....

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 16GB Tablet

And then here's the rear camera. I'll be honest; I don't use the camera much at all on the Tab. I have only used it to test it out and haven't touched it since. I don't have much use for it...

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 16GB Tablet

All in all, I recommend the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to any one. I'm very happy with my choice. I'm actually considering buying the new smaller Galaxy tablet. The current one I have now is perfect for the home and serious web browsing and stuff like that, but I'd want a smaller one when I'm out and on the go. Well, that's it. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

If you're interested in the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and want more info on the product, check out this link or click on any image above. Samsung Galaxy Tab (10.1-Inch, 16GB, Wi-Fi)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Goldilock's Halo Halo in National City

Here are some photos of Goldilock's yummy Halo Halo in National City. It isn't my favorite Halo Halo snack offered out there, but what's to complain about when sweets and ice cream are involve. Especially on hot days. It's a win-win I tell you! Compared to the Halo Halo from Conching's, this doesn't really have the sweet beans and sweet stuff inside it. For those that don't like things too sweet, this may be for you. It also has more gulaman (jello) than Conching's too. Anyways, less talk, here are the photos...

Goldilock's Halo Halo in National City

Goldilock's Halo Halo in National City

Goldilock's Halo Halo in National City


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Goldilocks - National City
www.goldilocks-usa.com
1420 E. Plaza Boulevard D-7
National City, CA 91950
619-477-7071

Monday, September 19, 2011

NOTICE: Site Maintenance on 09.21.11

This is just a notice about the site maintenance that will be happening on Wednesday, September 21st, between 23:00 and 04:00 Pacific Daylight Time (Thursday, September 22nd, between 06:00 and 11:00 UTC). When this happens, you'll notice some photo/images will be down on this Blog, Communicating Ideas by Visualnewbie. This is where I host a majority of my photos for the site, Lapada Gallery. But don't worry, Communicating Ideas will be back up and running in no time. Besides, the content will remain, just not the photos during the maintenance...

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Cream Filled Puff Pastries / 99 Ranch

One of the few snacks I love to get every time we're at the Asian market called 99 Ranch is the Cream Filled Puff Pastries. For those located in San Diego, they're in the Kearny Mesa area on Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Oh man are they so addicting. It's one of those types of snacks were I can't just have one or two in some cases. Yes, my self control over snacks can be weak. And I'm not planning on seeking help either. HAHAHA! But the puff pastries are no joke! It's so delicious, yet very flaky messy. YUM! As an added note, they come in packs of four. Here are some pics...

Cream Filled Puff Pastries from 99 Ranch

Cream Filled Puff Pastries from 99 Ranch

Cream Filled Puff Pastries from 99 Ranch

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