Thanks, everyone! How does one judge so many? We don't have to judge all of them--only the categories we volunteer for and are assigned to (which is still a bunch!). More on that when I get to the competition.
For now, here goes the trip part.
When I take I-10 across the country, the route takes me through Pasadena, which is right next to Glendora, which means The Donut Man! http://roadfood.com/Resta...verview/7864/donut-man
Their biggest claim to fame are their fresh fruit doughnuts; however, everything I've tried here has been wonderful. One of my favorites is their Chocolate Bavarian Cream, which was worth every calorie:
The next highlight of this trip was a stop at the San Francisco Giants Spring Training in Scottsdale, AZ:
As many of you know, Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles is a must-stop in this area. They recently moved their Phoenix location, and they have a location in Scottsdale as well. http://roadfood.com/Resta...os-chicken-and-waffles
Here's the Betty Boop plate:
Here's the side of grits. Seriously--that's real butter on top! Heavenly.
Here's what my neighbors ordered:
Other places I ate in this area were Ciao Cowboy, which was a fun fusion of primarily southwest and Italian cuisines, U.S. Egg (terrific breakfast), and Grimaldi's Pizzeria, which turned out to be a wonderful place of respite from the wild, wacky, spring-break vibe and heat of Scottsdale during Spring Training. Of course, their pizza and Greek salad (enough for two people) were excellent. http://roadfood.com/Resta...oal-brickoven-pizzeria
Taking a break now. Back soon!
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