Chun’s Seafood & Grill (formerly Chin’s Seafood & Grill)

Chin’s (not to be confused with Chun’s) Seafood & Grill used to be my go to place for lunch. I loved their Da Ru mein and Shanghai spareribs. The location was simple and convenient. I stopped going after my disastrous Taiwanese breakfast some time ago. Friend wanted to treat me to lunch recently as I had a successful work day so we both agreed to meet at Chin’s. We were both shocked that Yelp said the restaurant had closed. I called the restaurant, someone picked up, and said the business is still open. Little did we know that the restaurant had changed it’s name to Chun’s Seafood & Grill.

We laughed a bit when we saw the revised restaurant name on the building…

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Crust Pizzeria – Torrey Hills, CA

I don’t visit this part of town often but recently discovered Crust Pizzeria in a Torrey Hills strip mall. They make their pizza dough and pizza sauces fresh daily. They also import their 100% fresh mozzarella from Wisconsin. The restaurant also offers salads, sandwiches, and a few entrees. There’s also wine as well as draft beers. Friend told me about Crust Pizzeria as she’s been here many times for lunch and has enjoyed her meals. So we met up some time ago at Crust Pizzeria for me to try them out.

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Din Tai Fung (+ rekindling ramblings)- Arcadia (Westfield Santa Anita mall)

Ok. So this blog is on a xiao long bao kick at the moment. I’ve been swamped at work, fighting a new cold, and having brain hiccups for the past two weeks. I was so grateful for the rain the other night. There’s something  magical about the beautiful sounding rain when you’re tucked under the covers sneezing and sniffling. Ok, so getting back to the post…xiao long bao has been on my mind lately. Friend and I recently had to go up to LA so of course my mom was on the list of people we had to see. Friend and mom get a long quite well so she happily obliged when he asked if we could have xiao long bao for a late lunch. Din Tai Fung recently opened inside the Santa Anita mall in the City of Arcadia. It’s a modern and sleek location.

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Paradise Dynasty (truffle, foie, cheese, szechuan, so many xiao long bao) – Taipei

Paradise Dynasty was a highlight for me when I visited Taiwan in September. I can’t believe it’s been almost three months since that trip. I look back at these photos and remember the food, company, and experience of that trip. Paradise Dynasty is a chain restaurant with locations around Asia. My mom had heard about this restaurant and was curious to try it out one evening when we were in the city shopping. This Paradise Dynasty is located on the top floor of a shopping mall. It’s a fancy restaurant and I scoffed that it wouldn’t be better than the powerhouse Din Tai Fung.

My mom is a huge fan of Din Tai Fung but I’m not. So I thought it was a great sign that she wanted to try out Paradise Dynasty over standing in line at Din Tai Fung.

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Ajisen Ramen – San Diego, CA

I’m always excited when I see a new restaurant coming to Convoy. That’s the foodie in me. It’s also the ‘I desperately need something new to try (in Convoy)’ self in me. Ajisen Ramen opened this weekend in San Diego. They took over the old Coco’s restaurant located next to 99 Ranch. Ajisen Ramen has over 700 restaurants around the world. We were invited to their Grand Opening celebration that included Taiko drumming, ribbon cutting, and meeting the CEO of the restaurant.

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Homestyle Hawaiian (7524 Mesa College Drive) – San Diego, CA

I’ve been craving Hawaiian food lately as friends consistently go and ride my nerves for never joining them. I finally caved and agreed to meet Cdj at Homestyle Hawaiian as we were both in the area one afternoon. Cdj said this location, on Mesa College Drive, is tiny and gets busy. We went for a late lunch so the little restaurant wasn’t too full. There were only a few tables as well as counter window seating. They share a small parking lot with a few other businesses.

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The French Gourmet

Breakfast is a meal that I don’t look forward to as much as, say, lunch or dinner. I used to enjoy going to breakfast alone in the mornings to gather my thoughts before work. I stopped doing that some years ago. The French Gourmet has been around for years. I swear they sold their fruit tarts at Price Club (aka Costco) when I was younger. I had passed by their Pacific Beach restaurant a few times but never thought about trying them out. I bought a discounted voucher some months ago and invited a friend to join me for brunch at The French Gourmet some weeks ago.

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Elbow Room (Weekend Happy Hour) – San Diego, CA

Football has been harder to watch this season because, well, the Chargers suck. More so that they can’t keep a lead and blow the 4th quarter. It’s a miracle they’ve won the last two games but I probably jinxed it right there by typing that. It’s tough finding a restaurant/bar that offers some sort of weekend happy hour when there’s an NFL game on. Elbow Room was a recent find and I must say that I like this cool sports bar. They’re located right next to Sonic and have ample parking. We were surprised they represent the Cleveland crowd and have a section dedicated to their city fans when a Browns game is on. I wonder if there’s a non-San Diego city that have that for the Chargers.

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Hacienda de Vega – Escondido, CA

Hacienda de Vega is located in Escondido. I had heard about this Mexican restaurant from a friend who enjoys the margaritas here. It was a blistering hot day and there’s no indoor seating at Hacienda de Vega. Friend said it’s no biggie as the outdoor patio seating had a nice breeze and I’d be fine. I was skeptical but figured it was worth a shot.

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Hash House A Go Go – San Diego, CA

There are certain food photos that instantly remind of cetain  friends and family. The food photos turn out nicely but all I remember are the conversations and laughter I had during that meal. It still feels like it was last weekend that I ate at Hash House A Go Go with Cdj and Ny. I had suggested this restaurant as they’re known for their massive presentations and portions of food. I’m not a big breakfast person, per se, but I am a fan of gluttony. I’m an even bigger fan of seeing Ny smile when he least expected to.

Especially over food. I mean, he did come to San Diego, all the way from New York, just to eat AYCE Korean bbq. Because that’s what you do when you have a 39 hour trip here to San Diego. Cdj and I will never stop making fun of him for that.

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