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The Boiler

15 Aug

I have always heard about The Boiler in Chino Hills, but thought it was too far to drive to.  While out in Palm Springs this past weekend, we came up with the idea of stopping here on the way home. Genius. We were the first ones to show up for lunch so we were able to sit wherever we wanted.  We chose to sit up at the counter which we soon came to realize was the best seats in the house. We got full attention from the chef since it is technically open kitchen.

The whole point of The Boiler is their steam cooking. There are about 12 steam pots lining the counter so the chefs can cook in front of you. I ordered the House Pan, the boy ordered the Seafood Clam Chowder and a friend ordered the Gumbo. I loved sitting up at the counter because we were able to customize our orders. We were also able to watch him cook all the fresh seafood and request he add a couple extra spoonfuls of garlic.

The House Pan tasted like a cross of a Tikka Masala sauce and tomato sauce. It was delicious and well worth the hefty price for lunch. There was tons of seafood and a nice dollop of white rice on top.

I would definitely go back if it was on the way and during a weekday lunch.  Weekend lunch prices are the same as dinner prices and around the range of $20.

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San Diego: Taste of Gaslamp

20 Jun

Last weekend the boy and I did a quick weekend trip to San Diego.  The main reason for going down there was Taste of Gaslamp.  I had heard such great things about it in previous years and made it a point to make it down there this year.  During our short trip, we spent a lot of time in Little Italy and downtown.  Our hotel was conveniently located between the two. We discovered the Little Italy Mercato Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning and browsed around while we waited for Taste of Gaslamp to begin.  This farmer’s market has to be one of the best one I’ve ever been to. I would make the drive down to San Diego on Saturdays just for this.

Moving along to our main topic: Taste of Gaslamp.  $30 for a sampling of foods from 30 places around Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego. Best $30 I’ve ever spent.  You have 3 hours to take your little punch card to a map of restaurants to try their different dishes.  Here are a couple of my favorites in picture:

 Crab salad on a wonton chip from Nobu
 NY Steak from Palms
Scallop with pearl potato from Airr Supper Club
 Scallop over pea risotto from Soleil K

I am already looking forward to going again next year.