food porn. you are welcome…

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food porn. that’s what they call it. food through media that makes you wish you had that delectable item in your hands. right now!

and trust me… hermosa beach has it.

heaven.

i only wish i had a fancy camera to capture it all. until then, this is my version of food porn in southern CA.

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in-n-out burgers!!! need i say more?

this time we ordered single patties and didn’t have “animal style” fries… and we drank water.  that’s healthy. right?!  haha.

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no. not technically food porn. sorry. i know you were hoping this would be an oowey gooey char broiled burger, dripping with melted cheese and topped with ripe fresh avocados…..but the best thing we bought for the condo we are staying in (we decided no cooking so we don’t have to clean the kitchen)… is this… the best yogurt and granola from trader joes.  we added frozen organic blueberries and sliced bananas on top. after eating this i almost felt like i could run the path along the beach. i said almost.

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this is more like it. california breakfast. egg and bacon homemade burrito with the hottest coffee ever. love it that way. oh, and served with a salsa that is to die for!!

thanks JAVA MAN for welcoming us every morning.

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oh ya, they also have homemade cinnamon rolls and hearty oatmeal with locally made granola, raisins and brown sugar. this one’s for the carb lover!

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project taco. little hole in the wall. on the pier. only 1 little window with 2 guys inside. always packed so we had to try the grilled fish taco and pot roast taco (never heard of pot roast taco). this photo makes them look huge. they are not. they are street tacos. little. 2-3 bites.

yummmm. the sauces. one of them burned our lips. it was so hot. but we kept laughing and eating because they were addicting. good news is we drank lots of water.

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please don’t judge. yes, this is nestle toll house raw cookie dough. and chocolate milk with coffee in it. reminded me of the old school cafeteria milk.  and the cookie dough? it’s a family thing. about  50 of us in our family eat it. and like it. and truthfully don’t care what others think about our quirky behavior. we just eat it and that’s that.

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the Rockefeller. OMG.

ate there a few times. one night we split a lobster pot pie. i’m salivating just talking about it. and i’m bummed i didn’t take a photo. we were so hungry that we just dove in!!

we always split meals. then i don’t feel so guilty. and by the way, these photos are making the tacos all look really big. not! i could have eaten more.but on a budget and my jeans were not that loose to begin with.

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do you love old school bars? the kind that are so dark inside you can’t read the menu so you just order cocktails?

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reminded me of my grandpa and grandma and their manhattans. they would have loved this joint.

i sat at the bar. met a few locals. and ordered my usual “crown and diet”… then the sweet bartender introduced me to these cherries. steeped in liquor. sour cherries. i have to get some of these when i get home for my manhattan/whiskey drinking friends… Yes, edward i’ll get you a jar too!

then there is paisanos pizza.

hey, we were here almost 3 weeks and just decided to have pizza.

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order your slice and they heat it in the oven while you stare in awe of celebrity photos.

yes, I’m like that. i got it from my mom. we love celebrity spotting… not that we’d know one if we saw one.

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jealous??

this is what i ordered yesterday at the American Junkie. while watching the seahawks play.  yes, sad day for seattle fans…sat outside. with sunglasses on. and saw this on the menu. steak teriyaki on rice with veggies, fresh avocado a fried egg and sprinkled black sesame seeds on top. that was it. “i’ll take it… oh, and a glass of pinot grigio please”.

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brookie and jay joined me. but they got pop!

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she got chicken and waffles with jalapeño syrup.

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he he got the breakfast burrito and fruit. he is on a college baseball team and he is in training. but i did see him steal a bite of her waffle. oh wait, maybe that was me!

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i’m going to end with this photo.

every day i walk down to the beach. 2 blocks. and reflect on the day. and every few days brooke joins me and we go to paradise bowls and get this!!

the bottom layer is some frozen smoothly concoction with seeds and stuff that are supposed to be good for me. then topped with homemade granola, fresh fruit and a drizzle of honey.

a feel good splurge.

ive gotta say, i’ve loved the people iI’ve met here and appreciated the fresh air and the sound of the waves crashing on the beach.  most of all the time i’ve spent with my daughter. i will always remember this moment for as long i live.

born in Laguna Beach almost 52 years ago has made me need this in my soul.

see you later hermosa!

happy tuesday.

-Tracy

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