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Favorite restaurants, favorite recipes

By From page B5 | January 11, 2014

Have you ever been to “Salvio’s at the Rock?” If you like good Italian food with good service, you should go.

I heard that Salvio, who had a restaurant out near Travis Air Base, would open at the old Rockville Inn. I was anxious to see what it was like. As a matter of fact, the Fairfield Twilight Rotary Club meets there.

Earlier, I had made a presentation to the club for the benefit of Tools of Learning for Children, hoping to sample the food. Too soon. Salvios’s wasn’t open for business yet. Haven’t heard from the Twilight Club yet, but I’ll follow up on that.

Salvo’s became a part of my holiday food experience extravaganza. Good friends Rudy and Marilyn Manfredi took me to lunch there just before Christmas and it was a wonderful experience. The company was great and the food was almost as good. I was encouraged by Rudy’s enthusiasm for Salvio’s, since he is a genuine 100 percent expert on Italian food.

John Takeuchi and I enjoyed a holiday lunch at Dynasty, the outstanding Chinese restaurant in the Heritage Shopping Center in Suisun City. Everything is good, but I especially enjoyed the Taiwan noodle soup. There is lots of tender beef and noodle, with bok choy in a terrific broth. I am never able to finish mine, so I take home half of it and enjoy it twice. If you haven’t tried Dynasty in Suisun, do it.

You’ll be glad you did.

My neighbors kept me nourished during the season. I was a little under the weather and the meals kept pouring in. Neighbor Valerie sent daughter Savannah Rose over with a great salad and pot roast plate, which was two meals for me.

Next-door neighbor Gwen brought a pot roast plate on one occasion and a raft of chicken tamales another time. Then there was a big bowl of jambalaya from neighbor Emmit. He and his wife cater community events and everything they do is good. Also, a huge bowl of really great chili.

You might think I never fix anything myself. And sometimes you would be almost right, but not quite.

I do a lot of the easy stuff. Surprisingly (to me at least), I have gotten out of the habit of having traditional meals at traditional times. I don’t have to please anyone but myself.

So I’m inclined to ask myself, “What sounds good?” Sometimes it’s vegetable soup for breakfast or a baked potato and some fruit.

Speaking of fruit, I have rediscovered baked apples. They’re quick and easy and good. Take out the core, jam in eight or 10 red hots or cinnamon Jelly Bellys, top with a dozen or so raisins and a little brown sugar. Put them into the microwave for 11 or 12 minutes and you have delicious baked apples. The neighbors like them with ice cream, I like mine just plain.

Then, returning from my walk, I found a 9-inch Raley’s apple pie on my doorstep with a note from neighbors Rocky, Louie and Kevin.

I’ll tell you about the food in Hawaii next time.

It’s a wonder I don’t weigh 400 pounds.

Do any of you other “live alones” have these kinds of experiences?

Murray Bass can be reached at 427-0744 or [email protected]

Murray Bass


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  • The MisterJanuary 11, 2014 - 8:02 am

    Dang it, Murray... I'm trying to stick to my diet!!!

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  • Rich GiddensJanuary 11, 2014 - 10:37 am

    Check out the stir fry sauce I reverse engineered---1 tablespoon chili garlic paste, 1 tablespoon oyster sauce, 5 tablesoons soy sauce, 3 table spoons sherry wine, 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 2 tablespoons corn starch, 3/4 cup chicken stock.

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