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Dimsum in Modesto

Because no one else has bothered... Dynasty is open M-F 11- 9:30 and S/S 10- 9:30, Dim Sum is available daily until 3 pm.

They have a website ( http://dynastygarden.net/

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The website offers a menu option with pictures (which is usually a bad sign but really it's just that Modesto is a small place and people don't understand Dim Sum)

I recommend the Pork Bun, Shrimp Dumpling and Beef Noodle Roll. All three are excellent. I have had the normal menu items as well (the chow mein is greasy) and they aren't as good as the Dim Sum. Next time I go I'll take my camera so people get pictures.

May 28, 2008
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Oakdale Chocolate Festival

I must say the smartest decision my friend and I made about going to the Oakdale Chocolate Festival this weekend was to leave my house before 9 am to be there right when it opened. We found excellent parking on the street for free about a block away and didn't have to wait in line at the entrance to get in. For $5.00 entrance fee we weren't expecting much but found several city blocks of vendors, artists, food, classic cars, music and of course chocolate.

The most disappointing thing about the festival was the lack of free chocolate. In fact I'd have to say there were only about 20 chocolate booths total. Instead this might have been better named just the Oakdale Street Faire. The food selections weren't bad, we had our choice of the usual things you expect from a street faire. We both opted for the Lockford Sausage Sandwich (really it was that or 1 BBQ booth if you were a foodie and the BBQ wasn't ready yet- I tried). Mine had the works on it. It was lovely. Crisp on the outside with that pop of juicy sausage when you bite into it. It was definitely worth the $5.00 I paid for it.

The chocolate on the other hand was nothing special. I had a chocolate covered strawberry that was too expensive but tasty.

We also enjoyed playing free games sponsored by the local media and companies and shopping. Highlights- The chocolate area is air conditioned by giant portable coolers that really did keep it rather cool in that section of the event despite the rest of the festival being in the direct sun and at least 100 degrees by the time we left at 11:30. There was a great car show and music. They had free things for the kids to do.

Unfortunately, none of the highlights were foodie related in my opinion.

May 18, 2008
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Modesto, seeking good eats

I think I've discovered everything bad about Fresno, so I can relate LOL.

Next time you're here try P Wexford's Pub. Different is good.

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P Wexford's
3313 McHenry Ave, Modesto, CA 95350

May 16, 2008
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Modesto, seeking good eats

El Faro isn't even in my top 20... bummer... next time stick to the taco trucks.

May 16, 2008
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Modesto, seeking good eats

I haven't tried Memphis Tip Top because I was told it was average, but I'll swing it in the next time I have to go to Babies R Us and let you know.

Doc's Q'in has a good BBQ chicken and the BBQ sauce was good. I want to try the ribs, the person I was with threatened to stab me with her fork if I took a rib... and to me that's an invitation to go back later.

I like the taquerias here in Turlock so I haven't tried any in Modesto. I'll ask my foodie friends and get back to you on the goat stew.

May 16, 2008
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Modesto, seeking good eats

Ok I'm here in the Modesto area... these are my picks. For lunch I'd do Picasso's Deli downtown one day. Stan Brewery for beer, Gallettos for dinner. Blue Moon has a great burger. Dynasty is across town but has good DimSum (but they guy who takes your order is a jerk). Doc Q'in for BBQ is good. If you're up for a drive to Turlock (where I live- 10 to 15 minutes) there is Bistro 123 which I give 4 stars (it's yummy and then some). Here in Turlock we also have a great hot dog joint called Main Street Footers I can recommend. Mexican food would be La Morenita (the one on Floyd. Thai... I like Tasty Thai better than Thai House. And for experience and ambiance I'd go with P. Wexfords Pub on McHenry for the best Irish Fish and Chips and a nice selection of ale and ciders on tap. If you're in the area and need any more foodie advice just drop me an email message and I'll help you out. I'll also be at the meet this weekend.

There are also two food festivals with in 20 minutes here this weekend. The Chocolate Festival in Oakdale which isn't that great and the Hughson Fruit and Nut Festival which is reportedly tiny but I've never been.

Other Modesto advise... It's hot here and it's direct sun... bring sun screen and drink lots of water with your BBQ.

May 16, 2008
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South Lake Tahoe

My husband and I stayed at Inn by the Lake on our Honeymoon, there is a kayak and watersport rental place directly across the street, just watch for traffic LOL

May 15, 2008
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Road Trip From SD to San Fran

Also if you end up taking the I 5 you can stop by the Bastille in Hanford which is inside an old jail and the food is simple and tasty.

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Bastille
113 Court St, Hanford, CA 93230

May 13, 2008
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Road Trip From SD to San Fran

If you end up driving through the Capitola area, I highly recommend a quick stop by Gayle's Bakery. It's one of those places the locals love and the food is excellent.
http://www.gaylesbakery.com/index.html

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Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria
504 Bay Ave, Capitola, CA 95010

May 13, 2008
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Papa Joe's BBQ in Manteca

A friend recommend Papa Joe's BBQ in Manteca to me recently and after stopping in for an afternoon BBQ I can officially say this one is a place you can skip. The chili beans may be from a can and the "salad" featured bag salad, pickles from a jar, shredded chips, and crunched up corn chips. All of that would have ben forgivable if the BBQ was good but mine was dry and had too much char to it. I'd say this one is worth skipping although the smell in the parking lot might make you think otherwise.

The decor was rusty, dusty old farm and stable equipment inside with an old fashioned wooden bar and clunky old wooden tables. It was pretty quite and the service was good. Too bad I can't say the same for my sampler platter... I wish them better luck next time. I'd be willing to try it again if someone else said they had better luck with the tri tip or the burgers.

Has anyone else tried Papa Joe's?

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Pa Pa Joe's BBQ & Steak House
128 East Alameda Street, Manteca, CA

May 13, 2008
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Doc's Q'in Pit Stop in Modesto?

I've only eaten there once and we got it to-go. Now I'm a firm believer that the to-go option never stands up to eating a food right where it's made and it was still pretty darn good. The BBQ itself was better than the sides but that might have been the travel factor. I'd give it an 8 on a scale of 1-10, maybe a 9 if you eat it there.

May 13, 2008
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House of Java- Turlock,CA

So I'm going to try and make a point of posting about the places to eat in the Central Valley over the next couple of months because EVERYONE ends up driving through here eventually and no one knows where to eat along the I-5 or 99 once they get out of the big towns into the tiny little towns that litter the freeway.

Today my pick is House of Java which is in Turlock where I live. It's about 3 blocks from CSU Stanislaus so if you're here looking at the college it's a definite place to stop by.

The House of Java shares an open wall with the House of Yogurt and while the yogurt leaves something to be desired the sandwiches are excellent. As the name implies you will find coffee here and it's not bad. Ironically if you don't like the coffee and your the corporate coffee type there is a Starbucks right across the street.

I recommend the lunches which include a wonderful fresh sandwich and a salad. The brocolli salad and pea salad are both excellent and made fresh. I'm a fan of the Californian which is a turkey sandwich with sprouts, tomato, american cheese and avocado. My best friend favors the Crab-o-licious on wheat which always magically has just the right amount of mayo.

It's a family friendly environment (mainly because of the shared space with the yogurt shop) tucked into a small building. You'll find young people getting coffee in the morning, a lot of middle aged people at lunch and a 20 something crowd in the evening when they sponsor local live music (ask what days though it's done randomly). I have taken my 7 year old god daughter and my 7 month old daughter and both were welcomed. Small warning, Sunday after church the crowd is OLD and conservative.

So if you're driving through Turlock and you want a sandwich that isn't from a place with plastic bags with corporate logos on them... I recommend House of Java.

House of Java 2922 Geer Road, Turlock, CA 95382 209-667-4131
website : http://69.45.185.231:8000/

Has anyone else tried the House of Java? What did you think?

May 12, 2008
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South Lake Tahoe

For Dinner I'd recommend The Beacon Bar & Grill @ Camp Richardson's Resort we ate there the first night of our honeymoon, the view on the beach can't be beat.

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The Beacon Bar & Grill
South Lake Tahoe, CA, South Lake Tahoe, CA

May 12, 2008
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Best Reasonably Priced Steak or Seafood in Santa Barbara

I also liked the Tee-Off for the surf & turf options but can also give 2 thumbs up for the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company http://www.sbfishhouse.com/shellfish/... if you are looking for someplace for lunch not dinner which is tasty and inexpensive.

May 12, 2008
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Sacramento - Sandwiches-Deli - Mr. Pickles

If you're going to the Mr Pickle's in Modesto (he owns both but I recommend the one on Oakdale Rd it's less busy), the owners name is Eric and he's an awesome guy, the service is excellent and I recommend the Hot T which has chipolte and cranberry sauce on it. A sandwich with chips and a drink at either Modesto location runs about $10.

May 12, 2008
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I-5 Greater Patterson … more than apricots? Sausages, coffee, jam, cinnamon rolls, eggs over easy, BBQ chicken, tri-tip … and Caribbean?

Although Hilmar Cheese isn't the most upscale cheese company you'll find, the Hilmar Cheese Pie which is a taller version of a cheese cake is excellent and I highly recommend stopping by if you're in the area to have a slice. The visitor center also has decent sandwiches but the ice cream and coffee are coporate at best. They are no longer the largest single site cheese company though as they recently opened a branch in Dalhart TX.

May 12, 2008
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