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Soup and Soup . . .

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Back at work today, I spent the first part updating the paper catalogs with all of last week’s many changes. Then I spent pretty much the rest of the afternoon setting up the website so that at 12:01 am Thursday morning the sales banner and all the sale prices will become active on the site. At least I hope so.

If not, I’ll still be up so I can do it manually if need be.

Right before I headed home we got the proofs from the mailing list company for me to approve. I double-checked everything and then sent back the approval. Still don’t know yet exactly when they’ll go out though. Hopefully soon.

On the way home I stopped off at the Jason’s Deli on Bay Area Blvd to pick up Jan one of their Nutty Mixed-Up Salads.With chicken breast, organic field greens, grapes, feta, nuts, dried cranberries, raisins, pumpkin seeds, organic apples, we both have had this salad in the past, and it’s really delicious.

Jason's Nutty Salad


But this time I had still had a bowl of El Pollo Loco’s Chicken Tortilla  Soup left from our last visit so that was my dinner tonight.

El Pollo Loco Soup

It’s amazing how loaded with chicken this is. And really good, too.

As it stands right now, tomorrow we’ll head up to Pasadena to have lunch with our friend Julie a the Monterey’s Little Mexico there. Can’t wait to have some of their great Chicken Tortilla Soup.

Yep. That’s Chicken Tortilla Soup two days in a row. What’s your point?

The Word of the Day is:

Thought for the Day

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose. – Bill Gates



Farm To Grill . . .

After a quiet morning, about 1pm Jan and I drove up to see Brandi and Lowell’s new house in Katy since they got moved in last week. Since they dropped over a thousand square feet from their old house to this one, they’ve got a lot of leftover furniture that they’ve going to have to put in storage for a while, while they’ll spend the next year looking for a new one in the same general area

About 3:15 we all headed over to the La Centerra area to have dinner at a new place called Dish Society  Their claim to fame is being a farm to grill restaurant using as much local supplies as they can.

Lowell had the Shrimp and Grits, while Brandi had the Citrus Glazed Salmon. Jan had the Grilled Chicken Breast with Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts and Mashed Sweet Potatoes.

I had the Chicken Make Your Own Salad where you choose your own ingredients from a list of about 30, including Sunflower Seeds, Candied Pecans, and Goat Cheese.

All really good, but you don’t get any photos because I left my phone at home.

When we were in Apache Junction last March and April we visited our other favorite farm to grill place, and in this case the farm is a little closer, as in right out the backdoor, so I thought I do a rerun of that .

Leaving Wal-Mart, we made the 20 minute run over to Gilbert to have an early dinner at Joe’s Farm Grill, another of our favorite places here in the Apache Junction area, and also featured on Triple D with Guy Fieri.

We’ve eaten here a number of times, including with our friend’s Nick and Terry Russell, and it’s always been great.

Joe's Family Grill 1a

And today was.certainly no exception.

Joe's Farm Grill

We each got our favorites, with Jan’s Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Cheese, Grilled Onions and Avocado, along with a side of their Asian Slaw on the right, while I got the Sonoran Dog with a side of their Fried Green Beans with Pesto on the left. The green beans are fantastic and big enough to share.

And of course we couldn’t leave out a big glass of their homemade Strawberry Lemonade, made from strawberries and lemons grown right here on the property.

Joe's Farm Grill Strawberry Lemonade

In fact, much of the fruits and vegetables used in the restaurant are grown right here on the adjacent farm. And actually the restaurant itself was built around the family home built in the 1960’s.

Joe's Farm Grill Land

All of the brown and green areas are the farmland next to the restaurant.

And here’s our 2nd visit, right before we left for Las Vegas.

After having tried the Garlic Pesto Fried Green Beans last time, and loving the pesto, Jan got the Pesto Chicken Sandwich with Swiss, Roasted Red Pepper, Grilled Mushrooms, and farm-made Pecan Pesto, as well as another order of the Pesto Green Beans for us to share.

Joe's Farm Grill 2

While instead of my usual Sonoran Dog, I got the Gouda Garlic Bacon Burger Stack.

Joe's Farm Grill 2 Gouda Bacon Burger

Made with half pound THICK burger (all natural, fresh, chuck, cooked pink),bacon, roasted garlic, imported Gouda cheese, grilled red onion, beefsteak tomato, pickles, house made Caesar dressing, on a toasted bun, it was a complete feast. In addition we both got salads as our sides.

Wrapping up, as we were driving up to Brandi’s,  minus my phone, I got to thinking that if I did have car trouble, I couldn’t call ANYBODY, even if I borrowed someone else’s cell, or used a payphone. I no longer knew anybody’s phone numbers.

I couldn’t call Brandi, Chris, our SafeRide Road Service, or anyone I knew. So I’m going to print out a list of important numbers and keep it in my wallet.

Now if I can just remember my wallet.

The Word of the Day is:
  ad absurdum

Thought for the Day:

If you need to be a lawyer to know the law, then the defect is in the law, not in the citizenry. 


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