THAT’S AMORE–For a truly fine,Italian dining experience!

Peter’s Landing 16400 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, ca.

Big Al’s friend, Anna, insisted I try this new Italian restaurant. After dining there recently I felt that That’s Amore provided a truly fine dining experience I would recommend to anyone! the atmosphere is large, airy and comfortable.  As soon as our antipasti choice arrived I knew we were in for a special treat!–a large selection of deli meats, cheeses, peppers, and olives– almost a meal in itself! I wanted to try something out of the ordinary so I chose as my main dish the Ragu Di Cinghiale–pappardelle pasta with a wild boar ragu. oH! sooo tasty! and meaty too! my friend opted for the more traditional lasagna and offered me a taste…ill have to admit… one of the best lasagnas ive ever had! If you have room for dessert traditional tiramisu is available as well as tortas and a delicious cool lemoncello which I had to try and mmmm worth the extra calories! Yes, there are many other Italian places to eat , but if you are looking for a truly fine, satisfying , and special place for that extra special occasion…. THAT’S AMORE!

 

PHO….NTASTIC! SAIGON DISTRICT!

Saigon District– seafood and grill..19171 Magnolia st. Huntington Beach, Ca. 92646 What  you see is definitely what you get at Saigon District. Owner, Sam Bui,  proudly displayed his new revamped, colorful menu accurately describing  his new menu!  Moderately priced items ranging from 2.50 for some appetizers to 7.50  to  13.75 for some main dishes.  The Pho,Vietnamese soup bowls are large and oh so tasty featuring rare to well done to filet mignon beef in a flavorful broth with plentiful noodles, sprouts if preferred, peppers with hoisin sauce and chile paste available. Personally, I loved the eggrolls , just flaky enough with savory ,filling vermicelli noodles with grilled shrimp or garlic noodles with grilled chicken, shrimp or salmon. Don’t forget grilled pork and egg rolls on rice! MMMM sooo good! Beer, wine , and fusion iced coffee are there for your enjoyment and compliment the meal well.  Other restaurants have occupied this same locale , but I’m sincerely hoping you will try and love “Saigon District!  Owner, Sam Bui and servers Amber, David , and Todd have certainly gone out of their way to please the most demanding diner! Loof for corner of Magnolia and Garfield near Home Depot center. For  delicious, authentic, reasonably priced Vietnamese food you don’t have to drive to Garden Grove or Westminster just drop in at Saigon District in Huntington Beach.  You’ll be glad you did!  Big Al

EZ PAGE! QUICK AND EASY RECIPES FOR THE BUSY YOU!!

Salsas  have become one of America’s favorite foods as a quick, easy appetizer tasty and low in fat.  For a change from basic salsa , mix with equal amount of refried beans, top with cheese,heat in microwave and serve hot ! Most use chips but these are usually fried,,, try baked chips or even baked pretzels taste of salsa will make up for any loss of taste from using baked rather than fried !

cut raw , colorful veggies such as peppers and carrots or peas and arrange in circle around  a mound of low fat sour cream mixed with ketchup and garlic powder creating a colorful , easy but tasty dip!

Need a quick but good main dish for dinner or a church potluck?? in one hour max you can make this Easy Hot Dish:  one and half lb. hamburger meat 1 package dry onion soup mix, I box crinkle cut fries frozen 1 can cream of chicken soup.. Layer raw hamburger in casserole dish, add onion soup mix then layer frozen fries, pour over can of the soup: bake one hour and presto! a delicious meal! all with standbys!! I can just hear those church ladies, ” oh Mary! how did you do this! MMMM I must have your recipe” LOL… our little secret!  Big Al

RETURN TO SUNNY’S!

Sunny”s  family restaurant.. Huntington Beach– 7148 Edinger HB across from Golden West college

Big Al returned to an old favorite, in a new locale. If you want good old fashioned home style food done very very well this is your place! Server, Summer,  remembered me remarking, “I know you!” from our old place on beach blvd,.years ago! I remembered Summer as being in original apprentice tv show of Donald trump . But— this is about searching for good food! I cant believe Sunny’s offers such an extensive menu and does it all so well! Even if you’re  thinking healthy… you can even choose a side such as cottage cheese or fruit or veggies  he he! save those calories for the main dishes! Breakfast isa  gourmet’s dream!  start with all the benedicts such as country with yummy biscuits and gravy and potatoes mmmmm! How about waffles or pancakes or 12 choices of omelettes , or how about pork chops and eggs?? or hash? or country fried steak or chicken and eggs? MMMMM what choices! Every day is a specialty day such as Monday-fried chicken, Tues,, beef stroganoff, wed, pork chops, thurs= chicken fried chicken or steak not offered in too many places these days, Saturday,, steak and shrimp!  Sunday… fresh turkey dinner!  Yes, if  you’re a real downhome food gourmet head for Sunny’s this is your place!!Enjoy and enjoy and enjoy!Big Al is sooo happy he returned!! Ill see  you at Sunny’s!!

BLAST PIZZA 18541 Beach Blvd. Huntington Beach , Ca.

BLAST PIZZA is a blast!! Big Al has visited  at least three different make your own trendie pizza places lately. I’d rate BLAST the very best!Why? Try measured, mixed there daily  dough that comes out light and tasty! How about  hand stretched never pressed dough fired up just right== not burnt! Yes, you can choose  your dough , choose your sauce such as spicy marinara that I chose, choose your cheese- mozzarella, feta , gorgonzola and more! and how about unlimited toppings such as  meatballs, roasted chicken, cured salami,sausage, smoked bacon, linguica sausage, artichokes, olives, carmelized onions,  red onion, jalapenos, red peppersl,spinach and more!! Did I mention that all this is 8.45~~yes, 8.45! How about a chocolate chip cookie or a thick brownie for dessert??!! My pizza seemed to melt in my mouth and I savored every bite! It was firm enough to hold all my ingredients easily not a limp mess I had other places! Yes , please try BLAST PIZZA at beach blvd near ellis at 5 points in Huntington beach.  Big Al

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STACKED== a Gourmet’s Heaven!! 7490 Edinger Huntington beach ca

The slogan of this new restaurant is food well built! it better be well built since the customer gets to pick every single ingredient~ at least four different people urged big al to try this new restaurant across from bella terra shopping center on edinger in Huntington Beach at the site of a former Denny’s. Upon entering this beautiful restaurant done in dark wood tones with matching leather booths and a large bar area with a few well placed tvs. At first I felt a bit overwhelmed with choices , but friendly , eager to help servers were more than helpful with ordering.  Not many places dare to offer make your own  salads, sandwiches, burritos, burgers  and mac n cheeses!! not to mention made to order shakes, sundaes, and bread pudding for dessert! If for some reason you don’t feel like creating just pick one of Stacked’s own creations… big al felt so hungry that I just picked the pastrami hash n egg burrito but I added jalapeno bacon! the tortilla was lightly toasted and this burrito tasted sooooo gooood!! the burgers alone offer over20 varieties of cheeses,  and toppings!
The mac n cheese offered such choices as lobster, Cajun shrimp, bacon and more!! Want breakfast? how about stacks of pancakes or fritters or French toast or how about a hickory smoked salmon benedict. If dessertrs are your thing you can choose ice cream sandwiches, or sundaes or shakes! how about some bread pudding?Yum ! Yum! yes,  well built STACKED IS FOR YOU!!

XA– sweet and savory ca walmart center beach blvd and Atlanta Huntington Beach

XA RULES!! Big Al met a friend for breakfast at a delightful , new little place that combines  healthy ,savory, fresh, and unique to perfection!  XA by the way, stands for owner Shawn’s last name! Modern, very clean and neat with a friendly, helpful staff eager to help and please you!  The  breakfast features step 1– choose egg style.. poached, fried, scrambled?step 2.. choose protein! the very best thick long roasted bacon ive ever ever had!, or…roast pork loin, or chicken breast, or fresh tofu.. step 3 choose3 side.. baked sweet potato, potato mashed cake, steel cut oats, broccoli roasted squash or brown rice pilaf??? or how about a grilled breakfast xandwich 7.50  with egg, sourdough, mozzarella cheese, choice of protein, bacon, pork loin, chicken, tofu or veggies?? the lunches and dinners feature even more  choices!! such as herbed chicken, wild Alaskan cod,smoked beef, wild salmon , asparagus, baked sweet potatoes, and more! and those sauces! wow! red homemade curry, lemon basil, tomato olive and more! fresh and homemade! Have I mentioned the fresh gluten free cookies?  absolutely delicious!! MMMMMMMM soooo good! Big Al strongly urges you to rush to try out XA now!!!

IMOLA- 210 5TH ST.Huntington Beach, Ca.714-536-5001

Basic, yet classy! Italian  food with plenty of  special day menus! After careful and beautiful remodeling of previous efforts here,this downtown HB Italian eatery  is finally ready and eager for your dining and drinking business!! Looking for specials?? Try the  ten dollar Tuesdays with 14 in artisan pizzas, locals Wednesdays with all local residents receiving 25% off their bill! How about thirsty Thursdays 4-7pm  2$domestic drafts,3$ wells,4$ specialty cocktails or how about a gourmet brunch from 10 to 2 with carving stations and made to order omelettes and desserts all for 26.95 How about the food??? well, Big Al can vouch for the nicely done calamari rings,  the filling and delicious chopped salad, the tasty lasagna,  or the savory wild mushroom pasta! MMMM sooo delicioso! Big Al strongly urges you to give IMOLA a try. Erick , the friendly eager bartender happily welcomes you and will gladly tend to your  thirst needs!

SUBCULTURE– Extraordinary Sandwiches!

7862 Warner ave.  corner of beach blvd and warner avenue, Huntington Beach , Ca.

\Yes, another sandwich place! Trust me! Have it their waY! no ordinary mayo sandwich here! Subculture’s  homemade  garlic aoli pesto spread is more than enough to make these delicious sandwiches  stand out even more! Do you like Dutch crunch bread with its crispy top? Featured here! small, regular, or large sizes are available. believe me, the regular filled me up! Owner, Mike, was very full of praise for  his mouth watering sandwiches encouraging me to return and also spread the word! Big Al tried the Firebird with hot, fresh turkey,pepperjack,jalapenos ,and avocado with the famous pow spread! MMMM sooo good! Next up for Big Al was the Godfath with salami, pepperoni, cappicola, sharp provolone, sundried tomatoes, cherry p eppers , and dressing—- delightfully messy and delicious! definitely a four napkin sandwich!! If good, mouthwatering sandwiches are your thing, by all means rush out to the corner of Beach blvd and Warner avenue near the tall bldg. and enjoy a sandwich at SUBCULTURE!

SAINT MARC CAFE AND PUB PACIFIC CITY CENTER HUNTINGTON BEACH CA

Reluctantly, I decided to go to Pacific City, the new shopping and business center facing the ocean across from the Huntington city beach. I had been one of those anti change anti growth advocates regarding Huntington Beach. But, as soon as I ventured inside Pacific city and saw how beautifully designed and decorated this center is I quickly changed my mind.  I was won over by the panoramic views of the  Pacific and the comfortable , nice décor. But, lets get to the food places!! Wow! ill focus for now on Saint Marc café and ;pub.  I absolutely loved Saint Marc! if you are a bacon lover or a cheese and pastries love this is your place!!! Saint Marc features a large , nice outdoor bar area with tv and stools as well as chairbacks which I like. Inside, the eating area is large and roomy with nice wood tables and  hard plastic chairs cushioned just enough to be comfortable. a sizeable bakery can be seen nearby baking breads, croissants , biscuits and pies for your taste! cheeses are available for tasting and large varieties of flavored bacon can be added to sandwiches or other menu items. I enjoyed my biscuits and gravy featuring large fluffy mouthwatering biscuits, the best ive ever had! Southern flavored dishes such as fried grits with maple syrup are delicious! You can enjoy coffee drinks made to order, sodas, or cocktails   here at Saint Marc. The service is friendly and helpful . I know ill be back again and again and again!! So glad to have a new location such as Pacific City! Parking is validated for two hours and is plentiful with underground parking lot and some above ground also.  Big Al