Thursday, September 25, 2014

Out of my kitchen

red snapper @ Harborside Restaurant and Ballroom :: floats at Ruby's :: macarons at 'lette :: 
fish tacos at Back Bay Tavern :: chingomingos at Avila's Mexican Restaurant

We were on vacation last week and the only thing that's happened in my kitchen since my last post is a pot of spaghetti, and that is hardly worth documenting. So I'm documenting a few of the things we ate last week while we were OUT of the kitchen.

I had never had red snapper before and while it doesn't look that appetizing in my picture, it tasted wonderful. The Harborside Restaurant was inside the historical pavilion. The floats were a sweet treat because they were at the Ruby's at the end of the Balboa Pier. We ate those macarons just because neither of us had ever had one from a shop, only the ones I made from scratch a few weeks ago. We voted that our homemade ones were much much better! Those tasted like paste!

The two yummiest bits of the trip were at Back Bay Tavern and our Mexican. The tavern is a restaurant in the back corner of the Whole Foods at Fashion Island. It was excellent AND there was no wait on a Saturday night. Those fish tacos were more than I could eat and cost me $7 - in California - with a Maserati outside the window and a Bloomingdales next door. We ate at Avila's straight off the plane when we got there because our friend from Ca. said we just had to get some "real" Mexican. It was delicious!

We also ate at the Cheesecake Factory, where the lighting was so impossibly dim that we could only see each other because we were beside a window and the parking lot was illuminated!

While it feels wonderful to be back at home, I'm limping along today, trying to remember how to cook and clean and NOT be on vacation!

Linking up with Heather @ Beauty That Moves.


  1. It all looks so yummy. I am a sucker for good Mexican...I hear ya though. Getting back into the groove after vacation is really hard!

  2. Good Mexican - that's going on my list for the trip home in October! Looks yummy!

  3. Hope you had a great time! WISH I were on vacation--work is nuts! Enjoy your return home.

  4. It all looks so good. It's nice to let someone else do the cooking for a change isn't it?
    Hope you soon get your kitchen mojo back your food always looks so good too.
    Happy weekend.

  5. wow, I'd say you had some many delicious meals and you didn't have to dirty or clean a kitchen!

  6. Your restaurant choices look wonderful! Aren't vacations the best? You come home refreshed, ready to pick up where you left off.

  7. I think I need a root beer float now …or tomorrow at the latest