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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

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