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New Year, New Food, New Reviews

January 4, 2012

Greetings and happy 2012 from the Mouse House Kitchen! We humbly apologize for the lack of postings over the past few weeks. Currently we are on vacation in the western half of the country, but we have been making diligent notes and are returning with a wealth of material for your reading pleasure. Several restaurant reviews are in the works, along with a few new recipes we’ve discovered out here. But just to whet your proverbial appetite, here are a few anecdotes. 

In case you missed our Twitter/Facebook post, we happily visited the California Pizza Kitchen not once, but twice, and we can’t recommend their new Habanero Carnitas pizza more highly. It’s quite fantastic – if you live near a CPK, make haste. A cilantro pesto sauce supports the mozzarella and queso fresco cheeses, surrounded by red onions and pulled pork. It’s tasty enough as is, but it’s served with a very spicy habanero salsa (made with chopped habaneros, onions, vinegar and spices), a little of which goes a long way, and it elevates the pizza from great to truly delicious. Go get one now.

We also returned to the terrific Hugo’s, as reviewed when we visited 9 months ago, and it was just as good if not better the second time around. Their menu is incredibly creative – we tried their caprese sandwich special; basil, tomatoes and mozzarella were sandwiched between two potato pancakes. Yep, it was Jewish-Italian fusion, and it was awesome. The crunchy, salty latkes provided a great contrast in texture and flavor to the fresh and healthy innards of the sandwich; it was a fantastic dish. The other crazy concoction was their Nachos Napoleon – two grilled brown rice risotto cakes were topped with cheese, avocado, tomato, and a great salsa. It was messy but delicious. We can’t recommend this place enough.

We of course got our In N’ Out burger fix; it’s a required stop if you’re anywhere that is fortunate enough to have one of these meccas of burger deliciousness.

Coming soon: a review of a Mexican joint in San Jose, a spontaneous salad dressing creation, a review of a Salvadoran restaurant in L.A. that was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, a review of a hip downtown L.A. spot, and even a review from Denver, Colorado. Bet you can’t wait. Enjoy!

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