Chino Bandido for Lunch

After breakfast and a shower I went to get my bib for tomorrow’s half. The race expo was part of a bigger community health expo so there were a lot of booths – but not the usual race themed ones. IMG 6389 600x800 thumb Chino Bandido for LunchIMG 6381 600x800 thumb Chino Bandido for Lunch

Need some medical care? Go to Mexico!IMG 6383 800x600 thumb Chino Bandido for Lunch

I didn’t spend too much long here, just grabbed my bib, walked through the giant colon and was on my way.IMG 6384 800x600 thumb Chino Bandido for Lunch

We had grand plans for lunch so I tried to keep my mid-morning snack light – cheese stick and celery. What? It’s not normal to pull a stalk of celery out of your purse?!? Too bad.IMG 6390 800x600 thumb Chino Bandido for Lunch

Ben and I spent some time walking around downtown Phoenix just enjoying the sun and sights.IMG 6409 800x600 thumb Chino Bandido for Lunch

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IMG 6413 600x800 thumb Chino Bandido for LunchThe weather was perfection and even though we have pretty good weather in SoCal we don’t enjoy it enough!IMG 6397 800x600 thumb Chino Bandido for Lunch

I’m partial to orange animals so I had to say hi to Vegas’ long lost brother sleeping on the porch of a restaurant.IMG 6401 800x600 thumb Chino Bandido for Lunch

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Touristy times call for touristy pictures, right? This centipede was super hot and Ben almost burned his leg! IMG 6416 800x600 thumb Chino Bandido for Lunch

My scorpion was in the shade so he didn’t get me.IMG 6420 800x600 thumb Chino Bandido for Lunch

Ben got a snack that I stole a few sips of at some point…IMG 6423 600x800 thumb Chino Bandido for Lunch

We walked up and down the streets for a while before deciding to head to lunch. Ben was on a mission to hit up a Triple D establishment and printed out a whole list of options! We ended up at Chino BandidoIMG 6428 800x600 thumb Chino Bandido for Lunch

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This place is a Mexican – Chinese restaurant. You pick your own combination and can eat a quesadilla with teriyaki chicken and fried rice. It’s really random, but delicious!IMG 6432 800x600 thumb Chino Bandido for Lunch

Look who we found (a picture of)!IMG 6433 600x800 thumb Chino Bandido for Lunch

The options are almost overwhelming! Luckily, the employees were super patient and helpful (we were not the only ones that looked like deer in head food lights). I went with a combination – jade red chicken, salad, black beans and riceIMG 6435 800x600 thumb Chino Bandido for Lunch

Here’s my combo plate…IMG 6442 800x600 thumb Chino Bandido for Lunch

Here is Ben’s fried rice, refried beans, jade chicken and some kinda Mexican porkIMG 6437 800x600 thumb Chino Bandido for Lunch

And the cherry on top that made me fall in love with this place… every order comes with a free cookie! You have a choice of chocolate chip or snickerdoodle. Even though I’m a chocolate chip girl I realized they are known for their snickerdoodles so I went with one of each.IMG 6446 800x600 thumb Chino Bandido for Lunch

This is THE BEST snickerdoodle of my life. It was thick, chewy, buttery, sweet and magical. Seriously. I intended to share it with Ben but he barely got a crumb.IMG 6445 800x600 thumb Chino Bandido for Lunch

Here is the Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Chino Bandido episode:

We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the area some more and ended up at an outdoor mall.IMG 6452 800x600 thumb Chino Bandido for Lunch

We wanted to sit down and relax before dinner and ended up at a bar. Ben got a margarita.IMG 6459 600x800 thumb Chino Bandido for Lunch

I stuck with water because of the race tomorrow.IMG 6472 800x600 thumb Chino Bandido for Lunch

He was so happy with his drink I stole a few sipsIMG 6462 800x600 thumb Chino Bandido for Lunch

And the next thing you know I ordered my own with strict instructions that he had to help me with it. See the waitress even brought 2 straws!IMG 6464 600x800 thumb Chino Bandido for Lunch

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No one likes to drink alone, so I kinda took one for the team?IMG 6470 600x800 thumb Chino Bandido for Lunch

Finally we hit up a Panera knock off for dinner. I got a Thai Chicken saladIMG 6474 800x600 thumb Chino Bandido for Lunch

And Ben’s sandwich came with a cookie so we had PB Chocolate Chip, again Ben only got a crumb. My new nickname is Crumbly. IMG 6477 800x600 thumb Chino Bandido for Lunch

My life’s mission to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie continues though wlEmoticon sadsmile Chino Bandido for Lunch Chino Bandido’s was too crumbly and thin, Paradise Bakery’s was not sweet enough and the chips weren’t good quality chocolate. My “Goals for Life” list is not getting any shorter – I better find that cookie soon!

Oh, I have a race to run tomorrow! I better organize my stuff and get some sleep!!

Comments

  1. Denise says

    Looks like a day of some tasty eats and sips! Im jealous, the RnR Pasadena expo was tiny and no internal organ tunnels to speak of. Have a great race tomorrow!

  2. says

    Okay, so I’ve been stalking/lurking on your blog for awhile now…(love it!) but I had to comment because I work a few miles away from Chino Bandido. I’m not usually a snicker doodle fan, those are the best! I love the idea of Chinese Mexican food. I love that place. Have a good race tomorrow.

  3. carrie bradshaw says

    You know who has really really good chocolate chip cookies?…Potbelly. Are there Potbelly’s in Cali? There are several in Texas – it’s a sandwich/salad place. I also like Einstein’s chocolate chip cookies. I’m a snobby choc chip cookie person too, so I’ll be dying to know when you find the perfect cc cookie. Good luck this wknd!
    http://www.potbelly.com/Food/Menu.aspx

  4. says

    I would have to respectfully disagree with Paradise Bakery being a “Panera” knock-off. We have Panera and I do enjoy a cinnamon crunch bagel. Paradise is definitely its own place. Wish we had them here.
    Now I want a bagel. Oy.
    Good luck in the race! Will be in Arizona in a few days myself.

    The Kidless Kronicles

  5. Jamie says

    I joke with family and say that Guy Fieri is my long lost brother. How I love him so…My husband and I would love to go cross country just to hit up Triple D stops.

    If you are in search for the perfect chocolate chip cookie..it’s right here in my kitchen or so my family and friends tell me:)

  6. says

    I’m just catching up on blog stalking you and got such a kick out of the Chinese-mexi restaurant and wanted to let you know if you ever find yourself in Maine (which you should! beautiful!) you must go to the Irish-mexi restaurant Pedro O’Hara’s, because what two cuisines go better together?!?

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