Saturday, September 29, 2012

Sweet Evil Read-A-Long: Week 1: Road Trip!

Hidey ho to all the fellow Sweet Evilians (yea I made up a new word, deal and love it!) I am here today on the first week of the Sweet Evil Read-A-Long hosted by the wonderful Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy ReadsEveryone by now should know how much I LOVE this book!!! Honestly it’s the best debut of the year (and in my top 3 reads of the year!) 

Today our topic of discussion for today is Road Trips!!! 
The first part of this book is all about Anna discovering the ohmysweet-babiesIwanttodonaughtythingstoyourbodyparts Kaidan Rowe and getting to know all the wonderful characters in this AMAZING book!!! And it is setting up to the oh holy hot hell road trip where Kaidan and Anna are in a car traveling across this wonderful country! I just love this book to pieces!! How everything gets set up in the beginning of this book is amazing! I LOVE Wendy and mmmm Kaidan, HI BABY!

I am here today to channel Gluttony for our Road Trip post. 
What I am going to do for this weeks post is my Top 5 Diner Drive In & Dives I want to go to with Kaidan. I LOVE that show and honestly I don’t know why I haven’t gone and visited some of these places yet (seriously, I drive by one of them almost EVERYDAY!) I could go on and on about how I want to go to all of these places and I think one day I will do a Triple D road trip and visit a vast majority of these places!!! For the purpose of containing my crazy rambling brain, I am going to talk about the top 5 places I want to go in California (cuz honestly there are so many I want to go to across this vast country we would be here all night with me taking about it!!) *small note, these aren't in any ranking order*

So Kaidan baby, lets get going! 

So confession here, I grew up eating their sourdough bread and will forever eat it because its so yummie!!!! I'm not a big seafood person (having a shellfish allergy kinda sucks) however, I will go one day and have myself a delicious clam chowder bread bowl *Drools* and some calamari!!! OH YES!!!!! Seriously!!! I mean get to a place on the beach. I love SC!!! 

Now I have recently discovered a love for middle eastern/Greek food and this place I MUST go to!!!!! Shit I need to go here like now! This is the one that is no joke, down the street from me! I have been living by this place and drove by it hundreds of times for the past 5 years and never stopped! I don’t know what is wrong with me!!! And it’s so fun to say Falafel!!! Now I'm not a fan of beans (yea I know, how the hell will I eat a Falafel??) Well they have something called a Kifta Kabab which just makes me drool!!! Also a good ol’ fashioned gyro!! And I am also told I need to have the Banana shake!! Geez, I think I need to rethink what I'm having for dinner! 

So this is indeed Guy’s own restaurant and I am lucky enough to live near his hometown and would totally love to go to the original location place!!! And I also need to hit up the one in San Jose!!! Anything that has garlic in the name is a place for me to frequent! 

Ok seriously!!! That is my kind of place!!! I'm again drooling all over the place! You can take the surfer out of Santa Cruz but you can’t take the Santa Cruz out of the surfer!!! I for one will always be a beach bum and have a totally laid back attitue! I grew up in a surfer town, on the beach and I love the whole atmosphere of beach life. Now this place is not in Santa Cruz, but Santa Cruz’s cousin, San Diego, and it is a must for me to go to!! I just have to!!! And I'm sorry but I noticed that pretty much all the places I picked are burger joints! Cant help it, I'm a simple girl that just loves a good burger and fry. 

THEIR BURGERS WEAR SKIRTS!!!!!! Seriously!!! How can you not want to go to a place where the burgers dress up?!?!?!? Seriously though, aside from the fact that the burgers get all dressed up at this place, I am a certified Cheese-A-Holic and anyone else that just loves melted gooie crunch cheese, hit me up and we can go check this place out!!! 
Look at that puppy!! The Squeeze with Cheese! 
Are there any places you would want to make a road trip and go on to visit?? I have to say when I was tolling the food network website to get all the info I also decided that I want to do a The Best Thing I Ever Ate road trip!! Damn some of those places, mmmmmmm yum!!!Please tell me, where would you go! Is there a place you would nominate?? 

I have a place that I would nominate!! It's call The Wooden Nickel
This is an amazing little hole in the wall with the friggin best skirt steak sandwiches around!! And also a damn good calamari one too!!! I mean I love this place and don’t get to go enough!!! So if you are ever in the Freedom/Watsonville, CA area, be sure to check it out!!! 

So this concludes my post for week 1 about road tripping! I hope everyone does read the first 121 pages of this book because it is amazing!! I will leave you now with my favorite quotes from that section!! And please hit me up on the twitter to talk about anything form this, from food to Kaidan to bacon, mmmmmm bacon! Ok I’ll see you all next week when I give you my best pear/citrus recipes and ooooo the best parts of the book are coming!!! OOO and I would also love to discuss any parts of the book you need to swoon/gush/rant over!! 

Check out the AWESOME giveaway for this week!
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He was smokin’ hot. 
As in H-O-T-T hot. I’d never understood until that moment why girls insisted on adding an extra t. This guy was extra-t worthy. ~10 

“The guy, the drummer? Get this. He’s a killer musician, he gets tons of chicks, his dad’s loaded, and as if that wasn’t enough, he’s got a friggin’ English accent!” 
I had to smile at Jay’s mix of envy and admiration. 
“What’s his name?” I hollered as the third song started. 
“Kaidan Rowe. Oh, and that’s another thing. A cool name! Bastard.” ~ p 15 

When I looked back up, there he was, standing right in front of me. Good gracious, he was sexy—a word that had not existed in my personal vocabulary until that moment. This guy was sexy list it was his job or something. ~p 21 

“He’s not the boy next door, if that’s what you mean. Just don’t get the good-girl syndrome.” 
“What’s that?” 
“You know. When a good girl falls for a bad boy and hopes the boy will fall in love and magically want to change his ways. But the only one who ends up changing is the girl. Like Jamie Moore, remember?” ~ 32 

I wished I could have talked with him longer. I wondered how I could get a hold of him. 
I supposed I could attach my phone numbers to a pair of my undies and throw them onstage at his next show. The thought actually made me laugh out loud. He’d probably take one look at the one-hundred-percent whit cotton panties and chuck them in the trash. ~72 

He had headphones on. The straight lines of his face were stern with concentration as his arms flexed underneath the bright red T-shirt with each jarring crash of the drumsticks. The beat he created was impeccable. I was amazed by his ability to think just far enough ahead of the sounds in order to place each stick at the exact right place at the right time, all while moving his legs up and down on the pedal in synchronization it all happened too fast for my eyes to keep up. I wanted to … to envelop him, wrap him up. Make him mine. It was a frightful, shameful desire. ~ 94 

Kaidan carefully sat down next to me on the tattered old couch. I remembered him splayed out on the fancy sofa at his house with his boots up, and I found it ironic that he would show our dingy thing more respect. ~ 114


  1. The Squeeze Inn is AMAZING!!!! You totally need to come up here to Sacramento!

    Awesome post Tara!

  2. Tara, this post is so flippin' amazing. I love being a nutritional over achiever and these places would definitely satisfy my gluttonous appetite.

  3. Awesome!! That Inn is adorable!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. I wish I could go to these places but that is to far away for me since I live in Croatia. When I was on a trip Prague my friends and me discovered this little pub called Double trouble and it really is charming.

  5. Such a cool post!
    I love the pics, it looks so fun! I definitely want to go on a road trip!

  6. I so want to read this book. I wish I had it so I could do the read along with y'all. Since I don't have the book though, I will just have to read all your chapter by chapter reviews.

    Your dream road trip with Kaidan sounds yummy! I'm sure I'll never get out that way to try out some of that yummy sounding food but if you know how to shoot me some recipes I would love to try them!

    As for a recent road trip, my last trip I made was to Decatur, GA for a book festival. I was stoked all the way down so I didn't need caffeine...but on the way back I was worn out and never thought I would be able to walk again...we walked soooo much. I love road trips when I can take them...and I'm looking forward to my next road trip to Charleston, SC for the Y'allFest! Now if you are looking for great food....FESTIVAL FOOD rocks! It's not cheap though.

  7. I love your post. Unfortunately, I haven't been to any of the drive ins or dives that you listed either. I love the quotes section of your post! I'm going to have to be patient and not read the whole book in one sitting! Lol

  8. I love that show! I'm a vegetarian so as long as they have a good veggie burger I'm in! Love to find new places. I love to watch those shows where they travel to different amusement parks and water parks. I should have done that for my post! LOL But I already planned out my dream road trip which I'll post tomorrow. Enjoying the book so far!

  9. I can't belive I haven't gotten around to reading it yet, but my Barnes and Noble doesn't have it and I tend to try and stay loyal to them (no indie bookstores in my area that carry YA novels) I'll find it one day

  10. One of the things I love about road trips are the stop overs...I mean the you can try different foods from different places... :)
    -Riz Bulatao

  11. I love the Squeeze Inn, and Burgers with skirts. So adorable!

  12. I'm a California girl, too! I'm gonna have to check out these places. :)

  13. For some reason reading your post made all my clothes fall off... or was it Kaidan?? Oh, it was Kaidan!! I wanna do naughty things with that boy!!! ha ha *wink wink* I loved those place, too, made me really hungry!! Great Post!!

    You are awesome!!

    Magen Corrie

  14. Oh my god these places look amazing!
    I love Kaidan in Sweet Evil, he's one of my favourite YA heros ;)

  15. Your post is so awesome!! I love your picks! honestly, I`d love to go with you those places, sounds like a lot of fun!

  16. I could totally see you on this road trip!! As long as you drove a little bit in my direction and picked me up! :D

  17. I love to experience that kind of road trip. Look like a lot of fun and adventures.


  18. ¬_______________¬
    If there's drool all over your post I swear to you it was NOT me *-* ~dabs at mouth with napkin~
    Where were we?
    Oh yeap... I was drool--- I mean... READING your post...
    ~raises hand~ Can I PLEASE come along whenever you visit all those places? PRETTY PLEASE????
    ~bats eyes~ T_T I'm dying here with all you guys and your posts!!!

    Though I have to say
    1. LOVE the word ;)
    2. ->>>>>ohmysweet-babiesIwanttodonaughtythingstoyourbodyparts<<<<<<<---------
    HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO CONCENTRATE on a blog post when you describe Kai like that -_-
    NOT fair for my poor hormones and heart!

  19. OMG, that Squeeze Inn burger looks sooo delicious!!! I feel like biting into it right now. My mouth is all watery already. LOL

    As for a place, I think I would recommend Captain George's in either Coburg or Kingston, Canada. They have the best fish and chips!!! *yummy* :D


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