CHINESE DONUT

CHIN’S SEAFOOD & GRILL (ANGRY CHINESE BREAKFAST)

Alright, so why the “Angry Chinese Breakfast” title of this post. Well, because I honestly had the worst Taiwanese/Asian breakfast of my life at Chin’s Seafood & Grill.  It was like having my perfect Chinese breakfast dreams squashed right before my every eyes that morning (I know, I’m dramatic).

I had heard great things about Chin’s Seafood & Grill. Heck, I used to come here once a week to order their lunch from their “Authentic Asian Lunch” menu. I was a big fan of their Da Ru mein and Shanghai spare ribs. So I convinced my youngest sis and Frat Boy to try this place out for a Chinese breakfast on a Sunday. FB’s never had an Asian breakfast (aside from dim sum) so he was kind of curious to try Chin’s.
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SZECHUAN WONTON $6.99

SZECHUAN TASTE (+ belated Thanksgiving) – SAN DIEGO, CA

SZECHUAN TASTE

Spicy food is my vice. I wonder if it’s like booze. You build up a tolerance to it after awhile. Meaning, many years ago my spicy tolerance level was at a, oh, let’s say a 6. Now I’m fine ordering 9 or 10 level of spicy on a menu. So, when I read about the new (possibly blistering spicy) Szechuan Taste restaurant opening in San Diego,  I kinda got giddy. Besides, new restaurant food pics will do that to a blogger I think.

I should cringe when I see any restaurant opening near the infamous Cheetah’s here in town. I don’t consider it infamous because of what Cheetah’s promotes/sells. I consider Cheetah’s infamous because of their Free Cheeseburgers advertisement I used to see when we would drive past their building when I was little. I remember asking my parents why we don’t go there for a burger and them ignoring me & sis every time we asked them that. What do kids know right. Anyways, Szechuan Taste is located in the same strip mall as Cheetah’s (strip mall…get it…kinda funny huh). More specifically, they’re located next to The Bullpen as I first read about from Kirk.

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FRESH GARLIC WITH PRESS

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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