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Dinner and A Movie, By Teri Bayus

Good Food Mojo at House of Juju

I always disagree with critics who say that all restaurants should be “fine dining.” For me, you can get a Michelin star if you serve the best hamburger in the world, and I found at least a 1-star location in Morro Bay.

With a perfect view of the waterway and Anchor Park, House of JuJu has the location part of the picture-perfect dining equation right. But then you taste their hamburger, and they have everything dead-on. I went there with a friend, and we both were newbie’s, having heard hamburger-tastic things about this tiny hamburger hamlet.

I had to try the Dragon Lady teriyaki slaw with a tap of the hot sauce; it was a fantastic turn around for cabbage. I ordered the Leticia, served with homemade spicy chipotle cilantro sauce, pepper jack cheese, roasted Ortega green chili, lettuce, tomato, and avocado.

My friend had The JuJu Bleu that is served with creamy bleu cheese, caramelized onions, crispy bacon, and crumbled bleu cheese. I love that you could choose your choice of meat from ¼-pound USDA certified Angus beef or 1/3 lb., all natural, free-range ground turkey, portabella mushroom, all natural grilled chicken breast or 1/2 lb., all-natural free range bison. I chose bison and she had the mushroom.

I asked JuJu (a nickname for Grandma) what she was looking for in this simple and pleasant café? “We strive to follow The Golden Rule of treating others the way you want to be treated,” she said.

They desire to serve the community with not only a great dining experience, but to make a real connection with the guests. The goal is for each guest who enters JuJu’s doors to feel as though they are family. They sincerely hope when you leave House of JuJu, you feel better than when you arrived.

Hailing from Clovis to Morro Bay, Julie and her husband Scott came to the Central Coast a couple of years ago and loved the location facing the Rock and the Bay. They brought the same dedication and good tastes to the coast that they were known for in Clovis.

My next visit was with my grandkids because you can always trust another grandmother to feed them right. They tried the Chelsey & Haley’s grilled cheese and two meat and cheese sliders.

They were a perfect size for little hands and the 2-ounce burgers came simply with ketchup, cheese, and pickles. They were thrilled with the small version of gourmet hamburgers.

I built my own flatbread creation. I loved the spongy dough and loaded mine with Juju potatoes, bacon, chicken, mushrooms and caramelized onions.

I loved the size, and it was all cooked to perfection with a spicy garlic sauce. Their grandpa (the Dude) ordered the JuJu bleu wedge salad, with a wedge of iceberg lettuce smothered in creamy bleu cheese dressing topped with crumbled bacon, diced tomatoes, and crumbled bleu cheese, and added shrimp to this vast and crispy salad.

We shared a loaded potatoes with Juju’s roasted potatoes baked with shredded mozzarella cheese and crumbled bacon, served with choice of dipping sauce.

When you are visiting the home of “Three Stacks and a Rock,” make sure you try House of JuJu’s, located at 945 Embarcadero in Morro Bay, call them at (805) 225-1828. Open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

 

‘Thor: Ragnorok’ — An Enormous, Fun Film

The third film of Thor, the God of Thunder, finds him assembling a team of “Revengers” (which here means he’s reuniting with his brother Loki and another Avenger, the Incredible Hulk) in order to save Asgard from Hela, the Goddess of Death, and the coming Ragnarök.

What director Taika Waititi brings to the table is unique and interesting. Not only is this the funniest movie in the series, but it’s also the most entertaining and the most emotional one.

It has plenty of jokes (all of which are hilarious), but it also has some emotional depth that I wasn’t expecting.

The movie itself is a great stand-alone film but also does its part for the broader comic universe it rests among. Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) has evolved from the serious, god-like character we met after spending some years on Earth.

His newfound humor fits well without throwing away the development from previous appearances. The dynamic between Thor and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) continues to flourish; the latter remains a key factor in the franchise success.

Hulk/Dr. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) gets enough screen time to warrant a spot in the title. No one will ever tire of seeing Hulk smash on a scale as large as this.

Stand out performance from Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) who gives an excellent portrayal of a lesser-known character that shall no longer be lesser known.

Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) goes full Goldblum, which should be enough to sell you on that character. Hela (Cate Blanchett) does not fit the mold of weak antagonist roles from past Marvel movies. She is too powerful to disregard with her motivations.

Thor: Ragnarok is a very affable film. The action is big fun, the fight scenes have engaging editing, which is a big step up from the Avengers movie of 5-years ago.

The fight with The Hulk was pretty damn brilliant. In fact, that’s the best thing about this film — it’s not the Avengers. It’s Thor and his buddies going on an adventure, and I like that.

There are some cameos from other Marvel characters, but you don’t have to see their respective films to find their cameos entertaining.

The plot probably doesn’t make a lot of sense when you compare it to a non-comic book movie, but these films are about bloody big green people fighting lightning bolts; they are not meant to be thought about too hard.

The humor is pretty spot-on and the comic relief character, Korg (Taika Waititi), was a delight and fabulously funny. Hemsworth delivered some lines with brilliant timing, too.

Thor: Ragnorok is a big, fun film. It’s enormous, and it’s entertaining. It’s what we have come to expect with comic book movies.

I fear they are here to stay and dominate theaters until we get some women in charge, maybe then we will get some depth of character and not need to travel to another universe to tell a story.

Teri Bayus is the Host of Taste Buds, shown on KSBY Ch. 6 at 3:30 p.m. Sundays and The C-W Ch. 7 at 11 a.m. Sundays, and are available online at: www.tastebuds.tv, and Taste Buds Channel on YouTube. Dinner and a Movie is a regular feature of Simply Clear Marketing & Media.

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