Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Una cena excelente con el buen alimento y mejores amigos!

As most of you who read my blog on a regular basis know, I used to live in California quite a few years ago and I still have former in-laws that I keep in touch with as well as friends from that period of time in my life. They serve as a very good incentive to occasionally (very occasionally) make the rather long trip back out this way.

Another incentive is the Mexican food. I know I sound like a broken record but honest-to-God folks, you just cannot get good Mexican food in Connecticut - at least in my own humble opinion! For that reason, whenever I am out this way I have to make at least one - if not several - trips to my very favorite Mexican place - Cancun in downtown Stockton. It may not be the best in town by some people's standards but it was a favorite when I worked at the police department and it continues to be a favorite to this day. What can I say? I am a creature of habit!

After spending the day traipsing around Santa Cruz with Katherine and having a fabulous time (a post will follow on that as soon as I have more time), she and I came back over to Stockton and met up with Sandee and her husband Zane at my favorite Mexican restaurant and had a fantastic time. As a matter of fact, we ended up closing the place down as the time just flew by!

In addition to consuming that absolutely fantastic strawberry margarita that you see pictured above, I also broke from tradition and rather than ordering my usual #13, I opted for the Combinación del número seises and it was, of course, ¡Muy bueno! Honestly, if I could pack one of the cooks at Cancun into my suitcase and take him/her home with me, I would! Of course, then I'd be able to have Mexican food all the time and would have one less reason to come visit California ... hmm ...

Actually, I have come to the conclusion that I have many more reasons to come visit California again as Katherine has promised me a plane ride up the coast, dinner at Shadowbrook (a very cool restaurant in Santa Cruz that you have to take a gondola down the hill to get to), and other assorted attractions plus it would give me the opportunity to see Sandee and Zane again who are just absolutely fantastic people (even though Zane is kind of like Teller in the Penn & Teller magician act as he doesn't speak much - if at all!).

Now I know you're probably wondering why there aren't any pictures of all of us at dinner last night and the reason is that Zane was the official photographer and you'll just have to wait until I get copies from Sandee. I was too busy sucking down that drink and diving into my food to even worry about anything but an obligatory quick picture before I ate it all!

Speaking of food, I need to get my shoes on and get out of here so that I can meet another old friend for lunch this afternoon. Scott is a sports writer for the local paper, the Stockton Record, and we want to get together before he has to head into work this afternoon.

Katherine - again - thank you for a wonderful time in Santa Cruz, I enjoyed every minute of it and am so glad the weather decided to be nice! Sandee and Zane - thank you again for dinner and for making the trip over to Stockton to see me, it was great to see the both of you again! I guess I'll have to start thinking about that "next time" now!


  1. Oh that looks yummy!!

  2. OK, now you're having the fun part of the trip! Woo Hoo!

    I was surprised that Zane is quiet!

    Why is it that so many extroverted people are attracted to introverted people? My ex barely spoke around anyone other than me, and then, not much. Ah, but that's spilt milk...

  3. Great post Linda. I'm working on doing up a post with lots of pictures. We too had a great time and I had no idea we closed down the place until we did. The food was fantastic and the company even better.

    Zane is not all that quiet, but he didn't have a chance with the three of us gals talking about everything under the sun.

    Stand-by for a post later today. We've been running around all morning getting things done.

    Have a terrific day and rest of your stay in sunny (finally) California. Big hug. :)

  4. oh i am SO jealous! ha ha ha

    smiles, bee

  5. I'ver never had Mexican food. Looks good, though.

  6. I've just caught up with your last couple of posts and it sounds like you're having a great old time over there:-) Phooey on the rain but at least it's not stopping you from getting together with friends and just enjoying yourself!! I've only been to a Mexican restaurant once and that was back in 1986 when my mom & I went to visit my two older brothers who live in Vancouver. We crossed the border into Blaine, WA and went to a family owned Mexican restaurant that they knew of....oh my goodness, it was delicious but I'm not one for spicy food so my mouth was burning! lol xoxo

  7. So happy that you are enjoying yourself on your trip! I love Mexican food too and your dish looks to die for! My favorite place here was sold and then closed. I am craving good Mexican food, but can't afford a trip to California.

  8. I am enjoying your vacation so much!! And, even though I have been to most of these places, it's great to see them through some else's eyes. And it is great to have been a small part of your visit. Have a safe trip home!

  9. I was weaned on Chili Rellenos, so it's hard for me to realize that there are people in the world who have never eaten it! Poor Jean-Luc!
    Living in SoCal and the central part of the state, you'll find a Mexican restaurant everywhere you look! We stay away from the chains, where most things taste like they've been brought in frozen on a truck. We find a mom & pop place that has a liquor license! Even though I can only have a sip or two of a Margarita, it is wonderful.
    Your dinner looks like it would definitely pass the taste test. Maybe next time you're out here, hubman and I can make it up.
    So glad you had a good time!!!

  10. That does look delicious! I'm fortunate that I can get good and reasonably authentic Mexican food up here in Washington. When we just can't decide what to eat, we've got Azteca across the street. It's a chain, but it's damn good!

  11. oh yeah, after 48 hours on a clear liquid diet and you do THIS to me!!!


  12. OMG, that food looks so delicious! Now I'm hungry. It's so nice that you girls got to meet up again. I'd loved to have been a fly on the wall while ya'll were chatting it up. :)


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