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!