Gyoro-gyoro round two

my mother was in town two weeks ago and we usually hit sushi during her trips since she lives in the sushi desert…gyoro gyoro is a place we have tried in Palm Springs and now they have a location near us (they have 150 locations in Tokyo).  They have a great happy hour DAILY until 6:30 and a yelp coupon for 5 bucks off EVERY 25 spent.   So we raced home to pick her up and hit happy hour pricing . Gyoro-gyoro

Saki for her

  

Echigo gluten free rice beer.
  

Glutinous Sapporo for me

  

Shishito pepper with miso glaze (on the side for gluten man)
  

White fish and sauce on the sauce—loses its charm with no pretty presentation huh?

  

Yellowtail habanero sauce on side
  

Yakitori mushrooms

  

Yakitori Japanese sausages which are super tasty
  

Very nice roll wrapped in Cucs and gluten free…Monrovia roll

  

The sushi platter is on the happy hour menu and we got my mother to eat the shrimp and suck the head in pure Asian style
  

Three hand rolls happy hour special

  

Yellowtail belly
    
  

Avocado roll

  

These are balls wrapped in rice….they have salmon and pickled plum! Oginiri?  That’s not right but close…
 

The price of doing this late is I forget what foods we actually had (especially if I didn’t order them)

El patron-tofu burrito and margs 

I’m still playing catch up.  My mom came for a visit and wanted Mexican so we passed on the Friday ritual of el Queso Grande and went to Salsa and Beer who had a wait at 7 pm on a Tuesday so off to El patron .  Who tends to have great margaritas and sketchy service and used to have an extensive veg menu.  About a year ago they revised the menu and rebranded to become a gastro-cantina and elimates the awesome cauliflower relleno ….but they have a tofu burrito that rocks.

  

The ultimate Cadillac 
  

Mango on fire!

  
  

My mother with the salt less house marg on the rocks

  

Who can resist made to order table side guac?!?
    
  

My surprisingly good tofu burrito…they have a few dishes that you have choice of protein which includes a tofu option

  

Huevos rancheros
  

A quesadilla with fillings that I have forgotten

 

One of our last 2015 meals.:-)

Palm Springs eats revisited In December

 Back to Palm Springs for four days of work…so we eat….this is round one at blue coyote  
  

Crabmeat relleno for me

Carnitas for jim  
  

  
  

Right outside the door

  
  

Back to our fave…el mirasol and we are outside on the patio

  
    

This is a custom dish…it’s a shrimp with tomatillo sauce with Dona Diablo sauce added for some spice    

I think it is carnitas….
  

Flash forward to Wednesday and it’s our love Tropicale and our fav server remember Ed us and my Fiery Dragon low on the sweet

  

And a coconut martini for him of course
  

Gluten free pizza appy 

  
  

She so did not want her picture taken

  

Giant shrimp and a filet on potatoes….the least inspired dish I have ever had here
  

Cioppino 

  

Some crazy ass snickers cake that was gluten free and quite yummy
    

Palm Springs street fair findings….and the sample was seriously spicy
  

Love this stuff

  

After the street fair it’s time for a trip to pommes frites…tres Belgique, non?
  

Always start with the affligem 

  
  

Not for the true vegs!!!!  Tar tar!   But it was yummy:-)

  

Next round saint bernarbus
  

My mussels with mustard cream sauce

  

And of course, the pommes frites with three sauces
 

Today’s eats…gyoro gyoro Encino location

I’m so behind everyone…work insanity, thanksgiving plus out of town work insanity.

But we are back and hit gyoro-gyoro izakaya on the way home from today’s outings.   We have been to the Palm Springs location a couple times…they have 150 restaurants in Tokyo and are venturing into the states….Japanese bar food.  
They are one of the few places that stock echigo rice beer which by default has no gluten

    

Yellowtail and jalapeño are on the daily happy hour menu:-)
    

Scallops
  

Shishito!   On the happy hour menu too!   They are served with a Carmelites miso which was unique 

  

Veggie roll!

Uni hand roll    

Shiitake yakitori 
  

Rainbow roll

  

Kuroboto sausage yakitori and chicken liver yakitori…..and here we popped into meat eater zone.
   

Extra nice that yelp had a check in coupon of 5 dollars off every 25 dollars you spend

Phobulous Sunday 

It was sunny and warm today and then big black clouds rolled in and drizzled rain and the temp dropped to 60 (yup)….so it was time for want food for lunch.  Pho 999 to the rescue!   
I don’t have the gluten issue so I am free to have beer:-)

 We have just the shrimp…no pork.

  
Rice noodles and lettuce inside rice paper…no gluten here

 
I get the veggie and tofu pho

   
I told you it was cold…everything is better with some kick

 
Jim of course had beefy traditional pho…but had the veggie broth so it doesn’t taste as “beefy”……

El Cholo, Los Angeles, the original

 It’s been like 20 years since I have been to El Cholo…near USC it used to be a frequent place to eat…I swear to this day I sat at the table next to George Takei one night…but I digress…

Returning from the doll show in Orange County Sunday and I was mulling over non valley spots to dine and then the 101 was closed north of the 10 which caused the 5 to get gnarly causing me to hop on the 10 and el cholo became the obvious choice…

  
I’ve always loved the original menus on display with 1920s prices (no pics today, but like a nickel for a taco…)

    
I got the Cadillac which is made from a house bottled mix (which they sell)

 
And Jim got the pineapple-Serrano.  This puppy had a nice burn on the way down

   
Enchilada mariscos for me….lobster scallop and shrimp with a nice sauce

 
Jim got the “special” mariscos fajitas 

(Did you notice the green rice)

 

This is Jim looking sad because we missed the seasonal green corn tamale by a week  
 

  
If you have ever been to el cholo, you know they wrap up the meal with house made pralines

 

Nice flashbacks today from my earlier years 🙂

Check them out online Elcholo.com

 

Sushi Sunday 

we are way behind in our usual sushi consumption and after our lunch date stood us up….I figure let’s have some sushi!

   
   Cho Cho San is super close to our house and tasty and busy enough to justify their goodness
  
  
  
   
 For starters we had shishitos without soy sauce

  
And Hokkaido scallop carpaccio

  
Followed by spicy scallop hand roll

   
 
Black snapper

  
  A “hurricane” roll
  
And sashimi sampler

  And bam!  Saw people we knew at the sushi bar
   
   

Queen Mary Sunday Brunch, Long Beach…definitely a flexitarian Sunday!

we haven’t been here in forever (since like Mother’s Day 10 years ago…) but we had friends in town for another doll convention (thankfully Jim has some limits)  in downtown long beach so the QM seemed like the perfect ace to meet up for Queen Mary Sunday champagne brunch .

   
The queen Mary from the parking lot as we arrived

 
Downtown long beach across the water

   
The dome….it’s just the dome…I have no idea what it’s doing.

Upon entering the queen Mary, you will see the hotel entrance (onboard the ship) , Sir winstons fine dining at the queen Mary, shops etc

The dining room for brunch is ginormous 

  
   
 
The famous ice sculpture dripping shrimp

   
The harpist who is mentioned in every review on yelp

 
Homemade by someone corned beef hash!  For a flexitarian, this was yummy!

   
Food and more food…pastas, Asian, salads, breakfast items, seafoods, a carving station, omelette station…

 
No, we did not get to eat at the captains table..he was busy as you can see

   
    
 
Omelette station

   
 
Four meats at the carving station including pork tenderloin in addition to the usual suspects

   
The desserts kept changing!   Rebecca say my carrot cake and when I went back there was none but chocolate covered strawberries had arrived and when Rebecca went back there was a time chocolate tart that wasn’t there before…

 
  

The price tag for this whole affair is like 56.95 a person plus parking…so this is not a brunch for just any old Sunday…..but the atmosphere is nice (come on!  It’s the queen Mary! And you are eating on the water and there are portholes for windows) and the food is pretty good and there is the harpist:-).  Then you get to wander the ship after.

After a brunch filled with numerous mimosas, you have to look around the ship.
Things like the worlds longest Lego brick model ship    

A Lego Winston Churchill     
Take in the views from the observation deck

    

   
 
(Look at my calves!  Now if I could trim up my waist to match them!)

And play in the phone less phone booths

   
 
Good day with good people…overall it’s a fun splurge ….