Monday, June 27, 2016

Potrero Canyon Buffet Review at Morongo Casino

On special Mondays when my wife works late and Ronan is at his grandma's, I get to pig out by myself and eat whatever I want. I usually go the quick and greasy route and gorge myself on a family pack of supermarket fried chicken but today was different. Today I felt like a little treat because I've been working hard lately.

Morongo Casino is less than 15 minutes away and I decided that I would give myself a decadent Vegas style experience by going to the Potrero Canyon Buffet. I've always loved their seafood and prime rib Sundays but today was their more affordable Mexican Monday lineup.

Mark Lim at Potrero Canyon Buffet in Morongo Casino
Enjoying a dinner fit for the King of the North

I felt kind of weird going to Morongo by myself and eating alone but I had the craving and couldn't fight it. After finishing the Game of Thrones season 6 finale last night, I needed a meal fit for a king. 

Mexican Mondays at Morongo Casino Buffet
Pork Tenderloin, Turkey with Gravy, Orange Chicken, Cheese Bread, and Menudo. Whoa.

This was my first plate. It was quite an odd combination but if you know me you know I always have to try the Menudo no matter where I am. A lot of people are turned off by it but there's something about the chewy lining of a cow's stomach that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

The pork and turkey were good as well. The sweat and sour pork was much better than the orange chicken though. The star of the plate was the freshly baked jalapeno cheese bread. It was soft, warm, salty, and spicy with a slightly crispy cheese crust. It was exceptional.

Roast Beef and Mexican Food at Potrero Canyon Buffet
Chicken Colorado, Carne Asada, Stuffed Sole, Coconut Shrimp, and Roast Beef with Au Jus

My second plate packed a protein punch. The roast beef with au jus was quite tasty but the real winner was the stuffed sole. It was flavorful, flaky, and buttery. It melted in my mouth and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Cream Puffs and Cake at Morongo's Potrero Canyon Buffet
Potrero Canyon Buffet Desserts

I finished my meal fit for a Targaryen with a few choice morsles from Potrero's large selection of desserts. My favorite was the chocolate covered cream puff. I was so full that I had to move up a belt buckle hole to fit every last bit in.

The service at Potrero Canyon Buffet was really good. The servers were very nice and I never had empty plates stacked up on my table. I was very happy with the way I was served.

I've actually done a review of the Morongo Buffet here before about 5 years ago. Read about it here: Morongo Buffet Review

I'm really glad to live near such a cool place and definitely will come back more often. I might even bring my family this time!  

Be Fat! Be Happy!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Pho Star Bowl - Avocado Smoothie

I had brought a salad to work but the people in my office decided to go to Pho Star Bowl, a Vietnamese restaurant, near our work. I wanted to just stay in office and watch Youtube videos of goats screaming and cry into my salad but they forced me to go with them.

I told myself that I wouldn't get anything but I ended up ordering an Avocado smoothie with boba. Unfortunately they didn't have boba which is kind of funny because they advertise that they have boba so I just got the smoothie part.

Avocado Smoothie - Pho Star
Pho Star Bowl Avocado Smoothie

The picture in the menu of the drink was bright green but when she gave it to me it was a beige which was kind of weird. I know the green color doesn't really mean anything but it was visually less appealing. The smoothie itself was quite good because it wasn't too sweet and had a really creamy texture. There's not much of an avocado taste but there's a hint of it.

It reminded me of when I was a kid and my parents mashed up avocados with milk and sugar in a bowl and we ate it like pudding.

Dan slurping up some pho

The worst part of ordering just a drink at a restaurant is listening to the people next to you make slurping and chewing noises. Oh well. Healthy and cheap are my new mottos.

Be Healthy! Be Cheap!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Wendy's Jalapeno Fresco Chicken Sandwich and Ghost Pepper Fries

Today I had a hankering for some pain and decided to try the new Wendy's Jalapeno Fresco Chicken Sandwich with Ghost Pepper Fries. It was like a spicy punch to the face going in and a giant haymaker coming out. Why I did it? I don't know. I can feel myself getting old when I eat hot food. When I was younger I could tackle the spicy but now I have to factor in how much it will disrupt my sleep and if it's going to make me cry.

Do you know the difference between a Sandwich and a Burger? I didn't till I just Goolged it right now. Apparently a burger is something that has ground meat formed into a patty but a sandwich will have a sliced piece of meat. Interesting.

Wendy's Jalapeno Chicken Sandwich
Wendy's Jalapeno Fresco Chicken Sandwich

The Wendy's we went to was fully remodeled and had digital menus and a bunch of flashing images. It even had a fake fireplace along the wall. The digital menu dazzled me and told me to eat the Jalapeno Fresco Chicken Sandwich, which I ultimately decided to get because it looked good in the picture. It also tricked me into getting the Ghost Pepper Fries by flashing delicious images and taunting me saying I'm a weakling if I didn't get it.

Inside the Wendy's Jalapeno Chicken Burger

This is one of the messiest burgers I've ever had. The sauce looks like it was put on by someone while driving a quad in the Grand Canyon. We were in kind of a hurry but eating it in the car was out of the question.

First Bite of Wendys Jalapeno Burger
First bite of Wendy's Jalapeno Chicken Sandwich

The first bite was pretty good. I was expecting something out of the little bits of jalapeno cut up in the sauce but they had little to no taste. They just added a little bit of a crunchy texture. The sauce was quite good and sufficiently spicy. There was a delayed kick after the first bite that could only be stopped by taking more bites.

Wendy's Ghost Pepper Burger
Inside the first bite of the Jalapeno Chicken Burger

The chicken itself was quite dry and over cooked. The breading was crunchy but the meat was bland.

The Last Bite of the Ghost Pepper Burger from Wendys
The last bite (a big one)

We had to run out of there fast so this was the last bite that I jammed completely in my mouth. I didn't get to savor the sandwich as much because of the rush but it wasn't too bad.

Wendy's Ghost Pepper Fries
Ghost Pepper Fries

Here is a picture of the Ghost pepper Fries. It's the same sauce that's on the sandwich but actually this tasted better. The fries at Wendy's is usually super salty but either the Ghost Pepper sauce cancelled it out by chemically burning it away or that they just don't dump a handful of salt on your fries when they're making the Ghost Pepper version.

As soon as I opened the fries in the car, peoples' eyes started to burn. They could smell it with their eyes.

Overall the Jalapeno Fresco Chicken Sandwich is ok and I give it a 6 out of 10. It's nothing amazing but it's edible. The Ghost Pepper Fries I give a 7.5 out of 10. The sauce added some good flavor to the fries. Till next time!

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