Saturday, January 21, 2012

Spicy 'Asian BBQ' style tofu cutlet with rice

My vegetarian take on spicy Asian style BBQ 'ribs' or 'pork', served with white rice cooked in vegetable broth.


Giovannis in Menifee fails

I have been going to Giovanni's for many years now since I moved to Menifee and I wished to use one of their coupons tonight. So I called in my to-go order and was told that I couldn't use the coupon. As can be seen in the attached photo, there is no exclusion for gluten free pizza this advertised deal does not apply to those of us who are allergic to Gluten.

My single biggest issue with this situation is that it was not clearly labeled in advertising. May this be a lesson to business owners advertising, always list the deal correctly in your advertising, being sure to list exclusions completely.

As for our dinner tonight we will cook our own at home and save the money. As for Giovanni's, they lost out on what would probably be a 30 dollar sale and quite possibly some of my future business as well. Clearly, Menifee is in dire need of a fine dining Italian restaurant.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

Picture of the day

The picture of the day, for today, January 16th 2012. On this chilly winter night I think I'll snuggle with my wife Jeney by the fireplace. Family is good.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Broccoli and Cheese Soup

Broccoli and Cheese Soup
Serves 4
o    1 small onion, chopped
o    4 cloves garlic, crushed
o    2 Tbsp butter
o    2 cups broccoli florets
o    1 cup cauliflower florets
o    2 cups carrots, diced
o    2 1/2 cups vegetable stock
o    1 1/3 cups milk
o    2 cups shredded cheese, sharp cheddar, parmesan, Colby
o    Salt and pepper to taste
o    1 tsp Paprika
o    1 tsp Dried rosemary

1.  Fry the onion in the butter with a little salt and pepper until soft, add garlic and sauté until browned.
2.  Add the remaining vegetables and sauté for about 2 minutes stirring occasionally. 
3.  Add the vegetable stock and rosemary; bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
4.  Puree until smooth, add milk, rosemary and paprika and reheat without boiling.
5.  Stir in half the cheese, garnish with the remaining cheese and serve with garlic cheese biscuits.

HEMET RETAIL: Fresh & Easy to close 2 Inland stores

In a bad deal for Hemet, there will be another empty storefront on Florida Ave, as the Fresh and Easy store is set to shut down in the coming weeks. Jobs will transfer to other stores, but the local seniors will have to shop elsewhere. Read the article from the Press Enterprise below:

RETAIL: Fresh & Easy to close 2 Inland stores | Breaking News | - Press-Enterprise

MENIFEE: City Council approves new position

The City of Menifee recently approved a new position that will help with Special Event planning and the recycling program. That will help city staffer Robert Johnson not be so spread out in all directions. I think this will make for a better city hall experience, your thoughts? Check out the article in the Californian below.

MENIFEE: City Council approves new position

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Friday, January 6, 2012

Iron skillet fried potatoes with shallots and feta cheese

hot skillet
2 tablespoons oil
add chopped potatoes (I used ore ida, they are gluten free), let them cook for about 4 minutes with lid on (dont touch)
stir gently once, add salt, pepper and shallots to your taste, let cook for 4 more minutes, lid on (dont touch)
stir gently once, adding New Mexico red chili powder and granulated garlic, let cook for 2 more minutes, with lid on, no touching.
stir gently, top with cheese, lid on for 2 more minutes.
serve it and enjoy!

Via Flickr:
hash brown potatoes fried in a cast iron skillet with new mexico red chili powder salt colby cheese and a bit of feta on top

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A water park in Temecula - for real this time?

Plans were approved for the proposed water park in Temecula again. This version is on the acreage off of Diaz road in the industrial / office park area of western Temecula. For the sake of local kids and families - not to mention the workforce - lets hope this is for real this time.

I know there has been a lot of people against this project for various reasons in the past, however now is a great time for a job generator to help impact the area positively. On a side note, I would love to see some stability in Menifee's leadership, so businesses owners feel comfortable investing there and not just in Temecula.

You can read more from the website:

Monday, January 2, 2012

January 2012: Beginning a new year of Music and Art in Menifee

(This article will appear in the January 2012 edition of Menifee Buzz, a monthly newspaper)

Every ‘new year’ starts out with big ideas and this year is no different. Many local residents will be making lofty goals for the New Year to better their life. Our fair town of Menifee will be having a landmark ‘by-district’ City Council and Mayoral election. The city should be finalizing a General Plan that will hopefully attract business and jobs to Menifee.

One local resident, Milton Chavez has big goals for his personal and business life. An artist from a young age, Chavez, 31, grew up in Menifee, living here since 1987. After attending Paloma Valley High School, the majority of his professional life Chavez has been forced to commute to work like many local residents. After years of saving, he made the choice last year to start the process of opening a business here in Menifee.

Most of us can relate to commuting to work, and would love to eliminate that from our lives so more time could be spent with the kids. With three kids Milton Chavez is certainly no different, commuting to Oceanside everyday for work. According to Chavez, after contacting the City of Menifee and going thru various departments he was told there was only one place for his business, the Newport Commons at 27174 Newport Road, Suite B.

After making payments and going thru the proper procedures as requested he was then notified that his proposed business, a high end professional tattoo studio to be known as ‘Chavez Tattoo Studio’ was 913 feet from a worship facility located around the corner, 87 feet too close than the current law of 1000 feet. Due to the issue, a Public Hearing has been scheduled at Menifee City Hall on January 10 2012 at 7pm to allow for a variance. You can visit for all the legal info from the City of Menifee.

I support local residents opening local businesses, including this one. There are a lot of good people in Menifee with tattoos who work hard, love their kids and go to church just the same as folks who don’t have them. In addition to that, the plain dollar and cents of it is that someone going to get a tattoo will also being buying gas, food, soda or coffee on the way there and back and if we can keep that tax money local, we can help to build a stronger local community.

On another note, musically speaking, my good friend Tim Raether of the band Universal Trap told me about an upcoming show here in Menifee for fans of awesome rock n roll. Menifee musicians ‘Universal Trap’ are playing Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' in its entirety, along with a set of original songs, Friday January 27th 2012 at the Pit Stop Pub 26900 Newport Rd, Menifee, CA 92584. The show starts at 9pm, you need to be 21+, and it’s Free. San Diego's Audio Addiction is opening the show.
The writer, Bill Gould, is a licensed property management specialist, entertainment promoter and former Romoland School Board trustee. Visit his blog at, on twitter @BillGould, on, email or call about rental homes at 951-704-2743.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year to all the world, and you too

Life presents challenges; its how you face them that proves what your made of. May the year 2012 provide you challenges that inspire your heart and expand your mind. Happy New Year.
- Bill