The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

May 5, 2008

Milk, Juice, Eggs and… Patio Furniture?

Filed under: shopping — Brian Lutz @ 11:04 pm

These days, I’d have to guess that most people would not think it unusual to find groceries and furniture in the same store.  After all, there are three Fred Meyer stores within  five miles of here, as well as a Target with a decent sized grocery department and a Costco.  I suspect that regardless of where you might live in the USA, you probably wouldn’t have to go too far to find a Super Target, Wal-Mart Supercenter or another such store combining large grocery and dry goods selections under the same roof.  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that even my neighborhood grocery store seems to be getting in on the action.

With a good five months until the next big candy selling holiday rolls around, the seasonal items section in the center of the store between a couple of aisles has been stocked with a selection of (very) assorted summer items, highlighted by this is this $400 set of patio furniture, offered at $100 off the “regular” price if you use your frequent shopper card (which is probably just about enough to cover the cost of that bottle of Veuve Clicquot they’ve got on the table.)  Call me crazy, but I get the sneaking suspicion that you might run into just a bit of trouble if you tried to run that thing through the self checkout line.  And if buying your patio furniture from the grocery store isn’t random enough for you…

…then why not go ahead and pick up a portable air conditioner while you’re at it? 

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Taqueria Guadalajara – Your Friendly Neighborhood Taco Truck

Filed under: Bellevue, Food, Redmond — Tags: — Brian Lutz @ 1:15 pm

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I decided that today would be a good day to pay a visit to the friendly neighborhood taco truck for lunch.  It seems that I wasn’t the only one, as the nice weather helped to draw a pretty good crowd to the place for lunch today.

Taqueria Guadalajara has been around the neighborhood in one spot or another for a number of years now (it tends to move on a semi-regular basis,) and serves up some tasty food for pretty reasonable prices, even if the truck does look a bit rough around the edges these days.  Currently, it resides in the parking lot of the Overlake 76 gas station at the corner of 148th and Northeast 24th (which would actually put it just barely within the Bellevue city limits, but most people around here still seem to refer to it as the Redmond taco truck.) 

My usual order is one of their burritos with either chicken (pictured above) or Carne Asada, a steal at $4.50 (tax included.)  At most of the other places in the neighborhood that serve burritos like this you’d be hard pressed to get out the door for much less than seven bucks, and this one is quite a bit tastier than most of those.  The tacos here are pretty good too, although they aren’t anything like what you’d expect a taco to be if you’ve been raised on Taco Bell and other gringo fast food.  Either way, Taqueria Guadalajara is a nice spot to grab a quick bite to eat in the Overlake neighborhood as long as you can actually find it (if it moves, I’ll be sure to update this post to keep up with it.)

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