GYU KAKU JAPANESE BBQ SAN DIEGO

GYU KAKU JAPANESE BBQ – SAN DIEGO, CA

GYU KAKU JAPANESE BBQ

I wish my vice was shoes. It just ain’t. I wish I could look at a pair of stilettos and ask Santa to have it waiting under the Christmas tree in a few months. But no. You wanna know my vice. Groupon. Groupon is FayesFork’s vice. I’m a sucker for Groupon. I buy Groupon for restaurants and end up never using them. And wouldn’t ya know it – they sent me an offer to Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ ($17 for $30) early September that I JUST HAD TO GET. Why can’t I love shoes just like the everyone else.

I was surprised that this deal allowed for the funds to be used for Happy Hour. Generally, no Groupon deals will allow for Happy Hour so this offer for the $30 to be used at Gyu Kaku Japanese BBQ was pretty awesome. Plus, it’s ALL DAY Happy Hour Monday nights.

I was able to secure one of two OpenTable reservations for a Monday evening (BTW, did you know if you make an OT reservation via yelp, you do NOT get your +100 points – so be careful). The RSVP pickings were slim (4:45p and 5:15p). I was thankful that FB works close by and had no problem with a 5:15p reservation.
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BELLA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB AND CAFFE

BELLA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB AND CAFFE

There aren’t many new eating places in San Diego that have taken my breath away. I mean, aside from expensive bougie La Jolla or Del Mar restaurants-with-a-view places, I really haven’t been, sigh, blown away. I’ve heard about Bella Vista Social Club and Caffe some time ago but I assumed parking would be horrible and I’d never find the place anyways because I’m unfamiliar with the Torrey Pines area. Fortunately Soo works in this area and suggested meeting here for a quick lunch.

I first read about Bella Vista Social Club and Caffe from Cathy’s post at mmm-yoso. She visited early evening and had the chance to try out their Happy Hour. I appreciated her tip on the validated parking which the restaurant happily gives you for 2 hours.
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FRIEND'S HOUSE KOREAN

FRIEND’S HOUSE KOREAN

FRIEND’S HOUSE KOREAN

Gosh. What an odd name for a restaurant no? Like what my grandparents would say, in their broken English, to me and sis before we left for a class mate’s house or something. Friend’s House Korean has been on my radar for some time now because of their lunch specials and steamed dumplings. I’ve been going through a weird dumpling phase again. Go figure. I visited Friend’s House Korean some years ago and found it to be ‘meh’ at best. I ordered some sort of spicy squid dish and didn’t think too much of it back then.

Friend’s House Korean is located in the same plaza as Hanmi Bank and Dede’s. Just beware of the lunch and dinner rush these plazas get and don’t be surprised with the new dent in your car door when you’re done with dinner. I visited Friend’s House Korean last week for an early mid-week lunch at 11am.
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TRIPLE THREAT PORK SANDWICH

CARNITAS SNACK SHACK – DEL MAR, CA

CARNITAS SNACK SHACK

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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NOK THAI KITCHEN

NOK THAI KITCHEN

NOK THAI KITCHEN

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

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

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

PEARL CHINESE CUISINE

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

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Peri Peri – San Diego, CA

PERI PERI

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

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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