Hot Head Burger & Half a JunkYard- The “Sandwich” Stoppe ,225 East 6th Street, Beaumont, CA
12.The Hothead! Burger $5.49 (I added an extra patty, an all white meat Turkey patty)
Pepper Jack, Fried Jalapeno Rings Smothered In The Stoppe!’s “‘Bud Burner!” Sauce (Extremely HOT!), Our Spicy Southwest Sauce
The Junkyard! $13.99 (smaller cell phone photo showing only half)
Two Handmade Patties, Provolone, American Cheese, Ham, Roast Beef, Pastrami, Bacon, 2 Fried Eggs, Onion Rings, Chicken Strips, Avocado, Lettuce, Tomato, And Onion On Grilled Sourdough. You better be STARVING to handle this beast!
There is an ongoing record for how quickly one can masticate the beast- I do not know it but could not beat it if I tried.
The Stoppe is small little hole in the wall just off Highway 10, with anamazing selection of fresh made wonderful food to indulge in.Fresh brewed Ice tea too. With an exceptionally sweet staff. Place gets insanely busy for lunch and the weekends (lines out the door) but oh so worth the wait! They treat you like you matter a rare find in many restaurants nowadays.
Loco Moco- VIPs Restaurant , 18345 Ventura Boulevard Tarzana, CA
Loco Moco is a Pacific Islander meal, very good though it does not look too lovely, consiting of a beef patty, steamed rice, fried eggs (did mine poached) and brown gravy a lot of it.
VIP’s is wonderful place that has been there for years and years, attached to a professional building on Ventura boulevard- Coach John Wooden is a frequent celebrity who eats here from what I heard. The restaurant has a real nice classic almost kitschy charm.
Donuts (Regular and XL) — The Jelly Donut, Yucca Valley, CA.
By the time you read this I am probably back in Canada, however, on my way, I once again spent some time in Southern California.
After a year in Vietnam, North America—and possibly especially America (and possibly especially more Southern California)—has taken on a new lustre best expressed by donuts purchased from a local donut shop.
On the left you have your reasonably sized, average donut and on your right you have what I refer to as the XL American sized donut; more of what you don’t really need regardless of the fleeting but seemingly pleasurable, sweet taste of it.
The Jelly Donut — 56153 29 Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA
I should note that due to an anticipated lack of particularly interesting future meals, a limited lack of interest in this site, an additional lack of contributors and an excess of food and drink related sites this will likely be my last post.
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I went to see my friend the barber (hớt tóc) before I left Vietnam and suggested a ca phe and he countered with the suggestion of a bia. It was during the midday heat and we went to a small restaurant/cafe around the corner where it was shaded and cool.
He speaks less English than I speak Vietnamese but we enjoyed each other’s company and ended up having three. I declined the offer of a shave and haircut after mostly because I had shaved the day before and less because of his having been drinking, too. It’s not like he offered to trim the fine hairs from my eardrums.
I know I’ve been going on about this place a lot lately. I make no apologies. It is where I am the most comfortable hanging out having a ca phe da and—recently—even an occasional ca phe sua da.
I consider the proprietor and his family friends, there are a number of regulars I am familiar with (I cannot actually have a direct discussion with any of them mind you) and—cannot emphasise this enough—it is the best coffee I have had in any cafe in Vung Tau. I do not exaggerate; the black coffee is unflavoured, unsweetened and strong. Just as I like it.
The banh khot restaurant is very good; not the most famous nor the fastest but I think that is what makes it superior.
As for the cafe I am quite enamoured with the ‘no shoes + no shirt = service’ policy and that I can be enjoying a coffee when, apropos of nothing, a couple beer are placed in front of me to drink. But then the proprietor and I are friends and enjoy a spontaneous, chaste beer or two now and then.
Cây Tre / Bamboo restaurant & cafe: 8B Luong Van Can Street [Google Map]
A friend invited us over for some snacks and beers. Happily the beer was Saigon Lager and the food was what you may sometimes find at parties and receptions, a combination of vegetables, pork, prawns and herbs eaten on a rice cracker. Apparently this rice cracker made it’s way here all the way from the Mekong.
if phở (pronounced faw) is to Vietnamese food as Jason Statham is to action movies then bánh mì is the Ryan Gosling. Although bánh mì refers to various bread items and particularly a baguette it, more important and deliciously, refers to the a sandwich made with said baguette. As explained by Wikipedia:
The sandwich made from bánh mì includes meat and soy fillings such as steamed, pan-roasted or oven-roasted seasoned pork belly, Vietnamese sausage, grilled pork, grilled pork patties, spreadable pork liver pâté, pork floss, grilled chicken, chicken floss, canned sardines in tomato sauce, soft pork meatballs in tomato sauce, head cheese, fried eggs, and tofu. Accompanying vegetables include fresh cucumber slices, cilantro and pickled carrots and daikon in shredded form. Spicy chili sauce is normally found in bánh mì sold by vendors in Vietnam. In western countries, especially the U.S., the chili sauce has been replaced with sliced jalapeños, a type of chili pepper that is not grown and consumed in Vietnam. In southern Vietnam, homemade mayonnaise is commonly added to the sandwich. Laughing Cow cheese is also a popular filling in Vietnam.