I can only imagine my favorite person in the ENTIRE world, Guy Fieri, visiting Carnitas’ Snack Shack sometime in the near future. Because, hey, Guy Fieri is da man and seems to discover these ‘hidden gems’ in San Diego before anyone else. Hope you could feel the sarcasm in that opening statement. I visited Carnitas’ Snack Shack Tuesday evening around 5:45p. I was getting asked by sis, cousin, bloggers, reader (hey Soo!), to go and have a meal there. I wasn’t all that excited because I figured it would be another over- hyped-wait-1-hour-in-line-wanna-punch-myself-afterwards-in-the-face kinda restaurant.
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Dating does weird things to people. Not sure what’s going on with me at the moment but I think my head’s been up my butt lately. I rarely ever eat Mexican or Thai food. But last week, I ate Thai food AND Mexican food two days in a row. What the hell is wrong with me.  I would see NOK Thai Kitchen when I visited Trader Joe’s in Scripps Ranch some time ago. I never thought much about this Thai restaurant because, well, I don’t really eat Thai food.

FB ( he HATES this nickname by the way but does it look like I care) works close to this area so I suggested to meet at NOK Thai Kitchen for a quick lunch. That’s when you know sh*t just got real. You take time out of your work day to meet a dude, in broad daylight, for a meal you’ll probably hate.

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Katsu Cafe


CDJ doesn’t give a lot of good suggestions when it comes to food. In fact, his ‘let’s go here and eat’ suggestions are usually pretty darn bad. Recently though, he suggested we meet up at Katsu Cafe to grab a quick lunch and catch up.  Welp, I might have found my new favorite fast food Japanese place to eat folks. CDJ laughs at my overkill of loving a restaurant to death and then tiring of it just as quickly.
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Henry’s Pub


CDJ and I have been close friends for years now. There’s not much I wouldn’t do for this guy as he’s pretty much the only man in my life that can put up with my (food and non-food related) insanity. So. When CDJ suggests to do something, and it’s on a day when I’m feeling non-aggressive, then I’ll usually say, fine alright. So. Few weeks ago, without even blinking an eye, I said yes to him when he wanted to go downtown during Comic Con to check out the chicks wearing ‘inappropriate’ costumes (substitute whatever bad word you want for ‘inappropriate’). I knew immediately I wanted to visit Henry’s Pub for food (and people watching for CDJ).

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Pearl Chinese Cuisine – San Diego, CA


Sis and  I have nothing in common except for the fact that we both hate Lifu because mom loves a dog more than her daughters. I’m kidding (right?). When the two of us crave a particular food, we CRAVE IT BAD. It’s like two hungry chipmunks hunting for a nut. Pearl Chinese Cuisine has a nice two course peking duck dish that sis really likes. Not sure how many people order a two course peking duck to go but whatever. These  chipmunks wanted their nut. Continue reading


Peri Peri – San Diego, CA


I can honestly say that I’ve never tried South African food and wouldn’t be able to tell you a lick of what comes from this country. I mean unless Charlize Theron does a cooking show on TMZ, then I pretty much don’t know anything about the food from here. So it was great timing when Peri Peri opened up. Isn’t timing everything these days (isn’t that the dumb cliche of my dating life).

I’ve been practicing going to dinner alone to help my non existent social skills sitting alone at a bar. Friends have been insistent that they feel ‘something is in the air’ for me. I told them that’s the humidity in the air that you could drink these days. Peri Peri seemed to have a nice Happy Hour selection so why not try to be social and meet new people in Rancho Penasquitos. On a Sunday. At 530p. In a family centered restaurant.

Yep. That’s how I scope these single dive bars. I know how to pick em places to meet guys.

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Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill


I pretty much thought I’d written off any Guy Fieri related restaurants here in San Diego. So I wasn’t exactly thrilled when a date suggested coming here for a Sunday lunch. I had heard almost TOO much about Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill and pretty much didn’t want to wait in line for 30+ minutes to eat. But whatever. The date’s going to suck anyways so why not go down in flames. We were able to find parking up the street so no issues there. Then I saw this: Continue reading

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Five Star Seafood Restaurant – San Gabriel, CA


My mom’s sense of food is pretty nonchalant. She likes food but doesn’t go all bananas about it. I don’t understand how we are related. Her restaurant suggestions usually goes like this ‘I will take you to great restaurant in LA but I do not know the name of it so do not ask mommy any more questions’.

Alright ma.

I was in LA some time ago and mom suggested Five Star Seafood as she said they have a great $1.99/lb seafood deal. True to form, she didn’t know the name of the restaurant. She thought it was called “Newport or something”.
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Dumpling Inn (moving?) – San Diego, CA


I swore off the popular Dumpling Inn some years ago as I’d written it off as the ‘Ha tricked you’ best xiao long bao restaurant here in San Diego. Plus, I was SO OVER my quest of xiao long bao (soup dumplings) in San Diego.

But as with any food addiction (be a burrito or a steak topped with foie), mine, for the XLB, came back with a vengeance today.

I remembered reading about Kirk’s last visit earlier this year. I don’t think he was the impressed with the food either. I was in the area Tuesday afternoon and it was hot as all frek. So of course hot soup dumplings made TOTAL SENSE in 90+ heat right. Food cravings do stupid things to people.
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Sieu Sieu BBQ – San Diego, CA


Two words.

Roast Duck.

The end.

Can you imagine if that was the entirety of this post. CDJ called me last night and he, again, can’t believe it takes over 30 minutes to write ANY post on a blog. Thanks man.

Roast duck is a staple in my life. I just love it so much. There’s something about the gluttony of eating one: the crispy skin, the melty subcutaneous fat under that skin, the perfect moist meat of the breast.

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