Pretty food sometimes just makes my day. The pictures don’t have to be perfect or photoshopped. I’m talking about food pictures where vibrant colors makes you want to throw down your camera and start eating from visual food hunger. The beautifully prepared ceviche and tostadas here at Tostadas North Park were breath taking. I was surprised by the simplicity and artistry of almost every item we tried that afternoon. I don’t frequent this part of town often but we decided to make it a fun date activity in the area that day starting with Tostadas North Park.
I’m always looking for the cool, dungy dive bar that I can walk into and just feel like I’m one of the ‘regulars’. I’m not exactly known to be a dive bar-y kinda gal (the decor clashes with my J Crew outfit – just kidding) but I do love me some good ol’ greasy bar food at times. Ballast Point Brewery (did anyone else hear they sold to a powerhouse beer company for like $1B dollars) participated with High Dive Bar and Grill for San Diego’s beer week recently. Ballast Point would release, in limited quantities for that one night, 23+ new craft beers for crazy enthusiast fans to try out. I don’t drink beers as often as I should but how could I not find at least one beer out of the twenty three that I’d like. So we met 9 friends that night to try out Ballast Point Tap Takeover at High Dive Bar and Grill.
I’ll take up any opportunity to try out a new hole in the wall in Miramar. I used to work in the area so this part of town holds a special place in this blogger’s food obsessed heart. I hadn’t heard of House of Bites and read favorable reviews about this Mediterranean and Italian (?) mom & pop shop on Yelp. Not always a good thing when you see a bunch of 5 stars and nothing else though. But House of Bites was worth a try as I’ve been on a crazy binge of eating sandwiches lately.
I figured out the secret(s) to having a successful Sunday brunch: you must like the company that is sitting next to you; there must be some sort of classy liqueur; and there must be an abundant amount of fresh seafood. Oceana Coastal Kitchen was my answer to ‘Brunch, where’ve you been all my life?’. Their Sunday Champagne Brunch ($58/adult; $26 for children) is unique in a variety of ways. They have a sushi bar that offers nigiri, sashimi, and maki rolls. There’s also a cold seafood bar that offers crab legs, oysters on a half shell, shrimp. Then there are the various salads, bagel and lox, cheese platter, and desserts. The kicker is that you get to choose one full entree with the brunch (more to follow on that).
It bums me out that I don’t venture to Little Italy more often. It’s a upbeat part of town that houses some pretty incredible restaurants and handsome chefs (helllllo Richard Blais). I’ve read quite a bit about Ironside Fish & Oyster so I was excited when I went on a dinner date there for my birthday some time ago.
I was in Mira Mesa for lunch the other day and realized I’d be in the area for their Farmers Market. I was still hungry after lunch (something I call Beast Mode Eating when I’m in that hunger mood) so I figured I’d quickly visit Mira Mesa Farmers Market and grab an arepa, takoyaki, maybe a cookie too. Yes. Beast Mode was in full effect. The market had a sad vibe to it that afternoon. There weren’t a lot of vendors and everyone looked defeated for some reason. I was surprised when I passed by It’s Raw Poke Shop as I had never seen this vendor before.
Yelp events can be fun for me but mostly because of the food. I don’t really go there to mingle and socialize (which is probably why I’ve been a hermit lately). So I was curious about their Fright at the Museum event recently for Halloween. They partnered with various restaurants as well as non-profits such as The San Diego Air And Space Museum and Hearts For San Diego. The evening soiree took place at the San Diego Air and Space Museum so that in itself was another incentive to look forward to this event.
I’m a blessed girl when it comes to my friends and family. Sometimes they just know what I need without me asking for it. I had never been to Rancho Bernardo Inn because I thought it was a lame golf resort where old people hung out (I’d be in that category so don’t hate). Tox surprised me with a staycation at this resort (post to follow) and then my mom surprised me with another staycation here for a present. Yes, they get that when I like something, I *really* like something. Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant is the casual restaurant at Rancho Bernardo Inn. We ate there four times during both visits.
Bite San Diego is a food touring company that explores different parts of town here in the beautiful city we live in (and currently having relievable cooler weather). They recently added a new food tour for the city of Encinitas so I was curious to see what that tour had to offer. It’s a three hour tour with about 5 restaurant stops so that made me subconsciously feel better about the calories we were going to consume that day. That’s smart food thinkin’ right there.
I’m not the biggest Brian Malarkey fan but I applaud his restaurant success here in San Diego. I’ve visited Searsucker and Burlap but had yet to dine in his casual restaurants such as Green Acre. Snooks, Tox, and I tried to visit one of his Green Acre locations some time ago but the attempt ended up being too defeating. Fast forward to better timing because I finally had my first meal here at Green Acre a few weeks ago.