Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Blasts from the Past

I've been running around California recently but I haven't been very good about blogging.  So let me catch up...

Sunday night I was in Fresno and I stopped by the Silver Dollar Hofbrau for dinner.  Sadly, I thought the food was pretty mediocre and wouldn't find much to remember about the place.

But then as I was leaving I stumbled across a large display case with photos of the owner and prominent Republican politicians -- Reagan, Bush, Deukmejian and even a few celebrities, like Bob Hope.

Looking at the photos I occurred to me I recognized the owner.  It was Truman Campbell.  Knock me over with a feather.  Campbell was chairman of the California Republican Party in the mid-80s.  I had no idea he had a restaurant.

Also in Fresno I had breakfast at Batter Up Pancakes. Loved this casual place where you order at the counter, grab your silverware and drink and they bring you your food. They have a huge menu but since the place is called "Batter Up Pancakes" I figured I should have the pancakes. Great choice! Some of the best pancakes I've ever had.
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When it was time for lunch in Garden Grove I headed to Azteca Mexican Restaurant, known for the finest collection of Elvis memorabilia west of Graceland. Every inch of the place (including the ceiling) is covered with Elvis. And the food? I thought it was excellent.
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Time in Anaheim brought me to the Original Pancake House for breakfast. This is what Orange County must have been like in the 50s, pre-Disneyland. What a tremendous breakfast!
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I feel like I know downtown Sacramento well, but the rest of the town is pretty much a mystery to me. So I was pleased to find an excellent ice cream shop, Gunther's.
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In Sacramento I had lunch at the Market Club, a lunch counter and dining room located in Sacramento's fresh fruit and vegetables wholesale market. I enjoyed the working-man feel of this place and the food was pretty good too. And it was really inexpensive.
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In Bakersfield I had a wonderful Mexican lunch at the Arizona Cafe in the old part of downtown Bakersfield. I loved this place from the moment I walked in the front door. It felt like I had stepped back in time to the 1940s.
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Friday, May 13, 2011

Radio Alert

I'm a guest on KFI's John and Ken Show this afternoon at 5:30 p.m. If you're outside their 640 AM listening area you can listen in on-line here: http://www.kfiam640.com/mediaplayer/

This is the Number One rated afternoon drive-time show in the nation's Number One radio market. I'm pumped.