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Five Star Seafood Restaurant – San Gabriel, CA

FIVE STAR SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

My mom’s sense of food is pretty nonchalant. She likes food but doesn’t go all bananas about it. I don’t understand how we are related. Her restaurant suggestions usually goes like this ‘I will take you to great restaurant in LA but I do not know the name of it so do not ask mommy any more questions’.

Alright ma.

I was in LA some time ago and mom suggested Five Star Seafood as she said they have a great $1.99/lb seafood deal. True to form, she didn’t know the name of the restaurant. She thought it was called “Newport or something”.
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Dumpling Inn (moving?) – San Diego, CA

DUMPLING INN

I swore off the popular Dumpling Inn some years ago as I’d written it off as the ‘Ha tricked you’ best xiao long bao restaurant here in San Diego. Plus, I was SO OVER my quest of xiao long bao (soup dumplings) in San Diego.

But as with any food addiction (be a burrito or a steak topped with foie), mine, for the XLB, came back with a vengeance today.

I remembered reading about Kirk’s last visit earlier this year. I don’t think he was the impressed with the food either. I was in the area Tuesday afternoon and it was hot as all frek. So of course hot soup dumplings made TOTAL SENSE in 90+ heat right. Food cravings do stupid things to people.
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Sieu Sieu BBQ – San Diego, CA

SIEU SIEU BBQ

Two words.

Roast Duck.

The end.

Can you imagine if that was the entirety of this post. CDJ called me last night and he, again, can’t believe it takes over 30 minutes to write ANY post on a blog. Thanks man.

Roast duck is a staple in my life. I just love it so much. There’s something about the gluttony of eating one: the crispy skin, the melty subcutaneous fat under that skin, the perfect moist meat of the breast.

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OB Noodle House – Ocean Beach (San Diego), CA

OB NOODLE HOUSE

I love my dude buddies. Buddies are sometimes better than girlfriends because they’re just non fussy, clumsy, and just plain ol’ funny. You know – like dudes. I don’t have a lot of buddies that are foodies. They honestly don’t care where or what they eat. Because, you know – they’re dudes.

Few of them read this blog because they don’t care enough about food (or me). That doesn’t hurt my feelings.

You know what DOES hurt my feelings. These buddies will all listen to what Guy Fieri has to say when it comes to food. THAT hurts my feelings.

Like come on. You’d rather visit a restaurant GUY FIERI is suggesting, HERE IN SAN DIEGO, than (listen to) ME (who LIVES IN SAN DIEGO). Are you frekkin’ kidding me.

My best buddy from college was in town. He texted me last minute asking to meet up for lunch. When I asked where, he texted ‘OB Noodle House’. I was surprised he suggested that restaurant as another buddy had been bugging me for years to try OB Noodle. I asked why he wanted to visit and wouldn’t ya know it.

“Because I saw it on Guy Fieri…”

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Benihana (Lunch Special) – San Diego, CA

Benihana

My mentor’s daughter is back for summer break. I always look forward to seeing her as she’s like a little sister to me.  She’s so incredibly vibrant and has a passion for life that is so contagious. I guess that’s what being young does ta ya huh.

I’ve had to postpone dinner a few times as I just got too busy. I finally had a lunch open and suggested Benihana as my last visit to the City of Industry location was amazing. Surprisingly, friend has never been to a Benihana in her life. Perfect then.

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Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern – Point Loma (San Diego), CA

JIMMY’S FAMOUS AMERICAN TAVERN

The past weekend started off with a bit of a hiccup but it eventually ended wonderfully. My best friend from San Francisco, Peanut, was in town so we spent most of a beautiful Sunday together.

We met with CDJ Sunday morning at Richard Walker’s Pancake House for breakfast. The host again was just ridiculous with his elementary school disciplinary ways. It was the first time, in a very long time, that I wanted to hand the menu back to him and walk away. I decided to stay as I had already waited 25 minutes in line. Besides, friends had never been to this location so I was hoping this lone wolf host didn’t define the restaurant (or the day).

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Gatten Sushi (Revolving sushi belt + FREE DONUTS @ Del Mar Race Track 7/19/14) – Monterey Park, CA

GATTEN SUSHI

This post will be mostly pics of sushi because 1) I’m a bit exhausted from a long week and 2) this sushi place reminds me of my family (who happens to be in town).

AT&T set up new service at my house the other day. Long story short, I spent over 10+ hours on phone with them, prior to install, auditing every detail of the new account before the install date. Come install date, yesterday, the tech(s) were at my house from 1:00p-6:35p. Am I happy with the end results. Not really.

I thought I could work on a few blog posts during the 5+ hours they were there. But, the cable and tv were both inoperable. Sigh…what to do. Not sure how other bloggers choose what they will write about on any given day. For me, lately, it’s the photos of food that are bright and pretty. Go figure.

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Hong Kong BBQ & Dim Sum – Mira Mesa (San Diego), CA

Hong Kong BBQ & Dim Sum

Sis, nephews, and I decided to try out Hong Kong BBQ in Mira Mesa last week for an early dinner. I used to order their roast duck bbq plate a few years ago for my dog (I mean this as a compliment as he was old and a super finicky eater). Sis, who is a stuck up brat when it comes to roast duck, swore the roast duck at Hong Kong BBQ was better than Sam Woo’s roast duck. But that was a few years ago so we figured why not try out the restaurant for a sit down dinner this time around. Continue reading

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Eureka! Discover American Craft (Happy Hour & Lunch) – La Jolla, CA

Eureka! Discover American Craft

Gosh. I’ve wanted to like this place. My last visit here was post- breakup so my appetite sucked. I’ve seen recent blog reviews about Eureka! from Oh-SoYummy and This Tasty Life. Plus, I had a $25 gift card for the restaurant that I wanted to use as well.

Friend and I went to try out their Happy Hour one early evening. I just called Eureka! to confirm their Happy Hour days. It’s offered everyday from 2p-6p.

2p sounds a TADDDD bit early for Happy Hour but the nice gentleman on the phone repeated ’2 pm’ several times (granted I re- asked ‘are you SURE’ a few times too).

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Tobey’s 19th Hole Restaurant (& Balboa Park visit) – San Diego, CA

TOBEY’S 19TH HOLE CAFE

Do you ever just wake up in the morning WANTING to eat something for breakfast SO BAD. Granted, my last meal was at 11a the previous day so I woke up starving. BUT, you know what I’m sayin’ about that breakfast craving.

I woke last Sunday with the biggest hankering for anything smothered with country gravy. Keith’s in Miramar used to be my favorite place to go for a chicken fried steak with country gravy. I’m not sure if they even made that country gravy in house and I honestly didn’t care because the gravy just tasted good.

It just HIT THE SPOT. You know that feeling when it comes to food right. Like you’re craving something and when you finally get it, you close your eyes and float away to your special foodnarnia place.

I was going to visit Original Pancake House again as they have a country gravy over biscuits on their menu. But it hit me that I’ve visited OPH a few times recently so why not try something new. I remembered reading Cathy’s post about Tobey’s some time ago. It was a beautiful weekend morning so why not try something new for a change.

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