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RAMEN YAMADAYA (+ Lifu personal space ramblings)

RAMEN YAMADAYA

Cold weather = hot soup for me and my family. It doesn’t matter if it’s Asian hot pot, shabu shabu, or ramen. Just ANY type of hot soup will hit *the spot* right in our belly. I’ve been to Ramen Yamadaya several times now but the last experience there wasn’t all that great. The ramen was way too salty and lukewarm. And the karaage was over fried to a point of inedibleness (is that even a word). But I felt like trying Ramen Yamadaya the other day so here’s a post about my most recent visit there.

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FRONT ENTRANCE

ROCKY’S CROWN PUB

ROCKY’S CROWN PUB

Being friends with me isn’t an easy task. Heck – being a sister or mom (to me) isn’t easy either (according to my mean family). I have weird quirks that would make *me* wanna punch *me* in my own face. What are, ohhh, let’s say two of those quirks….1) Being on time and 2) Food. Dating me can be scary because I obsess about food and there’s rarely a place a dude can suggest to eat without me scoffing and thinking ‘pffft…dude, please’. My friends compare me to a Gremlin. I might look cute and fun but I’ll seriously go bonks on you when I’m hungry or lose my sh*t. So it took some ballz for Frat Boy to suggest Rocky’s Crown Pub. It took some even BIGGER huevos for him to then justify it by declaring, and I quote, ” IT’S *THE* BEST BURGER HERE IN SAN DIEGO”.

Really, Frat Boy. Really. THE best burger. Here. Right here. Not THERE. But right here. In San Diego.
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BRUSKI BURGERS

BRUSKI BURGERS & BREW – SAN DIEGO, CA

BRUSKI BURGERS & BREW

I’m ashamed to say that I still think In n Out makes one of the best burgers here in San Diego. Sorry dude. It’s just hard to beat their quality of burgers with the price they charge. FB, being the almighty burger snob, swears by Rocky’s Crown Pub so we were going to visit last Sunday night to watch football. Unfortunately, the idea of sitting in a dark, dank burger/beer pub, in PB (Pacific Beach yo), didn’t sound too appealing. Hence, why we ended up at Bruski Burgers & Brew. I know, you probably haven’t heard of them either.

I’ve seen Bruski Burgers & Brew many times in the remodeled Scripps Ranch/Mire Mesa mall. It’s located in the same section as Chuck e Cheese so…yeah. I think BBB gets a bit lost in all the new restaurants (Nok and Gyu-Kaku for example) that have opened up in this shopping center. Mary also visited here a few years ago.
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FISH TACO $3.55

VALLARTA EXPRESS – MIRA MESA, CA

VALLARTA EXPRESS

My family and friends generally assume I’m having a bad day if they find out I’m eating Mexican food for any meal. Trust me – it’s totally easy to have a bad day by 7a and have a breakfast burrito to punish yourself for it. It happens. I don’t remember what exactly happened that morning I wanted to try out Vallarta Express. I’m trying to remember CDJ’s schedule of my moods for the week but I’m totally drawing a blank. It musta been a Tuesday since that’s the day of the week he says I’m generally bored (or maybe it was a Wednesday which is when he thinks I tend to be violent which is a crock of shiyit).
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CHICAGO AUTUMN TRIP 2014 – PART 1

I swear I have posts about food in my blogging pipeline. Swear. But my past gift of being ‘somewhat’ consistent with food posts has *kinda* slipped these past few weeks. PLUS, I haven’t had a working refrigerator for almost two whole weeks now (that was a total desperate attempt to garner sympathy right there).

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to visit Chicago for a few days. It was around my birthday so it seemed like the perfect opportunity (and no planes crash during one’s birthday right). As much as I joke about Frat Boy (ahem, FB as he’s known on here), there’s a side to him that’s somberly genuine and it was probably most reflected when I met his family. My parents have always taught me that you can learn alot about a guy by observing his parents. Case in point…
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GREEN FLASH BEERS

GREEN FLASH BREWING COMPANY

GREEN FLASH BREWING COMPANY

What does a girl get a guy for an anniversary present. I know, barf right. We were celebrating a particular month anniversary but for stronger reasons than ‘oh stare into each other’s eyes’ kinda lame-o stuff. I had to think long and hard but being the brilliant woman blogger that I am, I devised a plan that would easily satisfy a former frat guy (I guess it’s not really a ‘former frat guy’  as once a frat guy, always a frat guy no). I figured a Beer Crawl of sorts would make for a fun (albeit totally not romantic) anniversary thing. So Green Flash Brewing Company was the first idea on my list.

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SPINACH SHRIMP DUMPLINGS

LUNASIA CHINESE CUISINE- ALHAMBRA, CA

LUNASIA CHINESE CUISINE

It’s always been said that Los Angeles has better Dim Sum than San Diego and ya know what. It’s totally true. It’s hard to crave dim sum in San Diego when there’s few high quality dim sum restaurants to choose from. Lunasia Chinese Cuisine in Alhambra sets the bar high for certain dim sum items that makes me *KINDA* miss Los Angeles. Ok, not really. I hate LA. But that doesn’t mean I don’t MISS the food in LA.

Things are getting a bit serious between me and FB so mom wanted us to drive up to San Gabriel so he and my mom could have the ‘talk’. Story to follow at end. The weekend we went up there was seriously THE hottest day of the summer. I swear the car temp registered 105 degrees at 2p in San Gabriel. Dim Sum at Lunasia Chinese Cuisine ends at 3p (with last call at 2:30p)  so I was in  a mad panic to eat there before 3p.

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GARLIC PORK $7.99

BEIJING CITY – POWAY, CA

BEIJING CITY

You ever fall in love with a restaurant and then have that love shattered (and nooo, that wasn’t no metaphor for my love life). Many years ago, my dad introduced me to Spicy City in Convoy. There were certain dishes there that sis and I just fell in love with. Then, one day, the owners sold the restaurant and the food just didn’t taste the same (to us) after that. So, imagine my surprise when my uncle and cousin told me about (possibly) the original owners of Spicy City opening Beijing City in Poway. It almost felt surreal because for ALL these years, we had no idea where the original owners went.

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Rubio’s Giveaway: National Taco Day

Behold.

FayesFork’s first dang giveaway. Can I get a wut-wut and a Boooyaahhhh.

Ironic that it’s for something I don’t eat all that often.

But hey, what *I* like doesn’t mean what you guys gotta like (unless you’re dating me – THEN it’s a different story).

It’s National Taco Day this Saturday October 4, 2014 and Rubio’s is offering its guests  a coupon for a Free Taco with the purchase of any Sustainable Seafood Taco & Beverage. So make sure to take advantage of this coupon regardless of the giveaway.
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PUERTO LA BOCA

PUERTO LA BOCA

PUERTO LA BOCA

Let’s keep the streak with my Groupon obsession shall we. I bought a Puerto La Boca deal off Groupon some weeks ago and surprise, surprise – the Groupon was expiring soon. I had read great reviews about this Argentinian restaurant and Soo has raved about the steaks here. So I figured I’d schlep FB with me to try dinner at Puerto La Boca last week.
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