Archive for February 2011

Schooner or Later as seen on DDandD

February 24, 2011

We ate at Schooner or Later for brunch on one of our more recent trips to Los Angeles.  Jill said she and her friends eat here all the time after playing golf and Aaron wanted to try it since he had seen it on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. (DDandD)

TM loves his breakfast and since I don’t, he doesn’t get to eat much of it.  He had the hardest time deciding what to order… omelette?, corned beef hash?, eggs?, pancakes?, waffles?… all of the above?  There were too many things to choose from.  He ultimately chose “The Mess” with corned beef hash on top.   It’s basically everything you want in breakfast thrown on one plate for consumption.  It has chopped ham, onion, and bell pepper grilled with hash browns and eggs and topped with melted Cheddar cheese.  It is served with sourdough toast.   When his food came out, it literally did look like a big mess on a plate!  They can serve up to 50 or 60 of these in one day since breakfast is served all day long!

Jill went with the french dip sandwich and opted for the skillet potatoes rather than fries.   So healthy!

I went with the crab melt.  It’s crab meat, cheddar and swiss cheese with avocado on grilled parmesan sourdough.   For someone who didn’t like avocados growing up, I’ve become quite the avocado lover lately.  The sandwich was grilled nicely but I couldn’t finish my fries.  It was too much food.

We sat outside overlooking the water and boats.  Apparently, it’s always packed on the weekends so go early or be prepared to wait.

241 Marina Drive  Long Beach, CA

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So we might’ve cheated a little…

February 2, 2011

I was most excited about trying out the english muffins at The Model Bakery in Napa.  Chef Michael Chiarello chose it for “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” so of course, I wanted to try it too.    Our hotel was a few blocks away from the bakery so we (the english muffin and I) were destined to meet!  I had heard they sell out quickly so I knew we needed head over as soon as we could.

Apparently 9:30 AM is not early enough so TM ended up with a cinnamon roll.  It was pretty dense and had raisins in it.  Not exactly my cup of tea.  Plus, I was pouty disappointed that they were sold out of english muffins!

I ended up with my usual cheese danish.  This cheese danish was quite good.  Light and fluffy and cheesy in the middle… but it was still no english muffin.

I got over the missing english muffin after while.  We stopped for lunch at V. Sattui (a must when we are in Napa) and decided to venture across the street to Dean & Deluca.  I was wandering around looking at the overpriced bags of rice (5 pounds for $6, really?!?) when I noticed their bakery counter off to the side.  It was like a light shining down from the heavens.  In the corner of the glass case I saw the english muffins with a sign that read “English Muffins from Model Bakery.” So we might’ve cheated a little.  We really DID try to get these from The Model Bakery!

I immediately bought four and took them home to eat.  They were light, airy, buttery and fluffy.  It looked nothing like a Thomas’ english muffins you buy in the store and tasted nothing like it as well!  These were so buttery, we didn’t need any extra butter and it tasted PERFECT toasted with some strawberry jam.

Oxbow Public Market   644 First Street    Napa, CA


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