Food & Drink Adventures

Paniolo Bbq- “Will be sure to make your taste buds dance”

BBQ Mac n Cheese with pulled pork

The food landscape of Simi Valley is sprinkled with local favorites. I ran a poll on the food choices in Simi Valley and there was no clear winner on which restaurant is “The Best”. Based on the variety of responses I got and the restaurants that were selected more than others I saw an overwhelming theme. The theme is that Comfort food is king in this town. So based on that theme I feel pretty comfortable with recommending Paniolo BBQ!

Loco Moco

Paniolo Bbq is “comfort” food with ‘Ono flare. The food I ordered was delicious and “made my taste buds dance” as they say at The food was built on flavor and not fuss. The pictures I took may not lead to extra ooh and ahhh’s on Instagram but it led to a few ooohs and ahhs from my taste buds.

Huli Huli Chicken – Rice Bowl

Paniolo means cowboy in Hawaiian. The goal of this restaurant is to honor tradition while still infusing new flavors. The flavors in my food hit my expectations. The meat was well flavored, the bbq sauce had a nice tang. Most of all it was served with hospitality.

If you are looking for Hawaiian comfort food I think you will be pleased with this spot. I also hear that the owner likes to help future owners incubate their ideas by having “guest” feature their food in his establishment. This gives future owners a chance to see what’s it’s really like running a restaurant before they hula on their own. This hospitality is so invaluable to the people he’s helped.

Located inside TJ’s sports bar at

5710 E. Los Angeles Ave Simi Valley, Ca 93063

Fried Chicken Party Wings

Make it a great party with these wings

You want to make sure it’s a great party? You need great food! The next time you turn on the big game do it with these incredible wings. These wings will bring the party to you with every succulent bite. They have the flavor that will ignite your palate as if you just scored the winning touchdown. Make sure you make extras because once the aroma of this tasty wing gets around the neighborhood your doorbell is going to be ringing off the hook.

Season the wings with salt, pepper, garlic, red pepper flakes, oregano.
Cover wings in buttermilk. Let the wings Chill for at least an hour but up to 24 hours.
Heat peanut oil to at least 350
Fry the wings until golden brown
Drizzle the wings with honey. Bake at 350 for 10 to 15 minutes until you hit 165 deg.

Serve with your favorite wing sauce. I choose a Pineapple poke sauce. Simple add 1 can crushed pineapple, poke sauce, and honey to taste.

Stuffed Shishito Peppers Wrapped In Beef Bacon

These peppers are very flavorful but not spicy

One of my food proverbs of wisdom is a flavor must not be overwhelmed by fire. Spicy food must have flavor and not be all heat. The shishito peppers hit that note. The recipe I put together had the perfect combination of sweet and salty with the faintest hint of heat. I also tested out some beef bacon. While the beef bacon was not as good as the original flavor it was as close a substitute as I have seen. I feel comfortable recommending the beef bacon as a prime bacon stand-in for it’s more popular relative.

Smoked Bar Ranch Beef Bacon

Putting this together was pretty easy. And ready in a jiff. Clean the peppers and slice on the side through the length of the peppers but not in half.

Stuff with string cheese
Wrap with bacon. Cut in half if needed
Bake in the oven at 350 for 25 minutes. Season if desired I used chili-lime flavored seasoning salt but very little
Glaze with strawberry jam
Plate it up to enjoy!

That’s all it took and a delicious bite is on its way to your palate. I added some roasted pine nuts and little cutie orange segments to the plate and rested the shishito peppers in more glaze. It was everything you need it to be and more.


Sinigang Fried Rice

The broth of sinigang compliments fried rice perfectly

My wife whipped up some of her favorite food yesterday sinigang. I love the flavor of the broth. The flavor of tamarind in this dish just hits the spot. I think that anyone that wants to go deeper into Filipino cuisine than just adobo or pancit should check out sinigang.

I took the components of the leftover sinigang we had the night before and added it to garlic fried rice. It was a great decision because the flavor of fried rice fit perfectly with the tang of the sinigang broth. I also added a nice hard-boiled egg to end the dish on a perfect note.

Chocolate Banana Cinnamon Rolls

This cinnamon roll is so rich get your ice cream ready
  • 2 1/2 cup self-rising flour
  • 2 T sugar
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips ( to sprinkle with cinnamon sugar)
  • Melted butter to brush and allow cinnamon sugar to stick
  • Cinnamon sugar to sprinkle
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chip to melt
Dough can be made by hand or using mixer

Separate the dry from the wet. Cream butter with egg, add milk and banana until combined.

Stir together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, and cinnamon.

Add the dry to the wet slowly and mix until it is combined and starts to pull away from the bowl. Note you may have to add up to a half cup of flour in small amounts to get the dough to where you need.

Allow your dough time to rest before rolling out
Roll into a rectangular shape, brush with butter and sprinkle with filling
Roll into a log and divide into individual rolls using a sharp knife.

Preheat oven to 350. Place cinnamon rolls in a greased cake pan or baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes. While the cinnamon rolls are still warm add a glaze or fresh melted chocolate.

Enjoy at breakfast with your coffee or for dessert with some nice ice cream.

Super Good and Super Rich