The newest edition to downtown Gilbert is nicely squeezed in between Bergie’s Coffee and Joe’s Real BBQ. Topo is a small walk-up food stall with a huge gopher on the roof (Topo means gopher or mole in Spanish). Leave it to owner Joe Johnston to add a little something fun, unique but weird to the growing downtown Gilbert area. This place draws you in like many of the weird roadside attractions do if you were driving on the Route 66 in northern AZ. What I like most is its very simple menu – burrito, beverage and ice cream. What else do you need in life? You can order a regular burrito (chicken or pork) or have it loco style with elote corn, fritos chips, tomatillo cream and hot sauce. They offer a small bowl of elote for a side. For dessert, they have vanilla or prickly pear ice cream cones that you can dip in chocolate, lime or prickly pear. That’s it – very quick and simple. I came on opening day and it took about 15 min waiting in line to order my food (I’m sure that will decrease over time). Food came out in a few minutes. Joe Johnston greeted people in line and offered us gopher stickers. The kitchen space is small and systems-based. I noticed they weigh every burrito that is made before they serve them. There are a few tables off to the side, but most people use the larger picnic tables next to Joe’s BBQ. This place is unique and fun and opens late. They should get quite a good crowd that just want a quick bite to eat.
I’m in San Diego for the evening and I spot this really cool concept while walking around Pacific Beach – The Baked Bear. This place was birth in San Diego by a couple of childhood friends who left their careers to start this amazing place. Basically they make ice cream sandwiches using original-made ice cream that is held together by two fresh-baked cookies. The cool thing is that you can pick any flavor ice cream and any combination of cookies that you want. I got the macadamia nut and pumpkin spice cookies with praline ice cream. It was the perfect treat for me to devour as I strolled the boardwalk along the beach.
I have to post a picture of this delicious beer shake I got at Red Robin. It is a blend of creamy vanilla soft serve, Blue Moon Belgian White beer, Cointreau orange liqueur and orange juice. Wow! Red Robin does a few variations of beer shakes and this is definitely one of my favorites!
I went to Frost with a bunch of friends tonight. Frost is a shoppe that serves gelato (Italian for frozen). Gelato is a frozen creamy, ice cream product that only contains 3-8% butterfat. Because of its low butterfat, it can’t be called ice cream in the U.S. It’s silky, dense, cool, flavorful and healthier than American ice cream. I got the widely popular salty caramel and almond.
3 cups sliced peaches (fresh, frozen or canned, such as jarred peaches in light syrup
1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Select an 8 x 8-inch square ovenproof dish or a glass 9-inch pie plate for the cobbler. (If you’re feeding a crowd, double the recipe and use a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.) Melt butter right in the baking dish and use it as a mixing bowl.
Add pancake mix, sugar and milk to melted butter. Stir with a fork until just combined. Batter will be lumpy-do not overmix.
Scatter peaches and blueberries evenly over batter. Lightly sprinkle cinnamon evenly on top.
My Mom and I got these all-you-can-eat vouchers for the Arizona Diamondbacks game at Chase Field. Man… we pigged out. Pizza, nachos, ice cream – you name it. I felt like hell after eating all that crap (which tasted good at the time). It was a good game and we each got an autographed baseball and a bobblehead.
I spent Valentine’s Day evening with my good friend Candace. I’m staying with her here in Foster City and she has taken me all over San Francisco. Tonight we were feeling sushi and she took me to a place she love’s – Kobe Japanese Cuisine & Bar. The sushi here is amazing! Kobe is located in the Edgewater Place shopping center next to beautiful Central Lake. We ordered a Spicy Tuna Roll, Ring of Fire Roll, Ribeye Roll and the amazing Volcano Roll. What a great dinner to cap off a fun day!