American

Brigantine – Del Mar, CA

I think I’m the only one in San Diego who likes the dreary weather. Friend and I were free for lunch so we both decided to try Brigantine in Del Mar. They open at 11:30a. Valet parking is the only option (priced at $6) here unless you want to find paid street parking. Brigantine Del… Read More Brigantine – Del Mar, CA

Burgers

Shake Shack – La Jolla (UTC), CA

I’ll admit that I buy into the ‘over hyped’. At times. But, sis and I have agreement that no new place is worth a more than 15+ min wait nowadays. We’ve all heard of Shake Shack coming to the revamped UTC mall in La Jolla. I personally didn’t have much knowledge of this burger joint.… Read More Shake Shack – La Jolla (UTC), CA

Asian

Shan Xi Magic Kitchen ( no rice? + NYE dinner)

Happy New Year 2018! That’s the second time I’ve written 2018 this year. I had some meaningful end of the year thoughts I was going to post before the new year but was too busy eating to do so. Figures right. Annie from Jewskimo had told me about Shan Xi Magic Kitchen some time ago.… Read More Shan Xi Magic Kitchen ( no rice? + NYE dinner)

san diego, Staycations

Rancho Bernardo Inn ( Day at the Spa + Eats – all day )

I think this might be the second to last post before New Years for me. So, why not post about a girlfriends day that still has me smiling. I can go on how much my friends mean to me but I’m sure you already know that (as you could probably say the same about the friends… Read More Rancho Bernardo Inn ( Day at the Spa + Eats – all day )

Japanese

Hinotez ( Christmas Eve dinner) – San Diego, CA

I didn’t think I’d be having Christmas Eve dinner at Hinotez this 2017. The decision happened because we 1) had no plan; 2) no one wanted Chinese food; and 3) Hinotez was open until a whopping 1am that holiday eve. I’ve been to Hinotez myself for lunch and thought the food was ok. Never tried… Read More Hinotez ( Christmas Eve dinner) – San Diego, CA

American

Larsen’s Steakhouse ($36 Prix Fixe lunch menu) – La Jolla, CA

It is so starting to feel like Christmas. Did you know tomorrow, 12/21, is the first day of winter. I didn’t until a few weeks ago. But you would never know it with the 75 degree weather we’re having here in our beautiful San Diego. My cold is starting to break – I feel fantastic… Read More Larsen’s Steakhouse ($36 Prix Fixe lunch menu) – La Jolla, CA

Italian

Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria

I visited Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria some weeks ago with a friend from LA. He drove down to see me and suggested having a late lunch at this Encinitas restaurant. I know I’ve been to Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria in the past but can’t remember when. The restaurant wasn’t too busy when I met him… Read More Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria

Taiwan

Hui Lan Wan Superior View Restaurant (most amazing dish presentations!)- Hualien, Taiwan

I think I would have blogged more if I was able to translate half the restaurants’ names I went to when I visited Taiwan. All relatives seemed to have different translations. Hui Lan Wan Superior View Restaurant was one of the grandest places I’ve ever visited for dinner. The presentation of each dish BLEW MY… Read More Hui Lan Wan Superior View Restaurant (most amazing dish presentations!)- Hualien, Taiwan

Taiwan, Travels

Taroko Gorge National Park – Hualien, Taiwan

Has it been a week since I’ve been back in the States. Yes. It has. Everyone I knew in Taiwan had gotten sick and I had managed to avoid it at all costs (thanks to Costco vitamins I think). But, I had a feeling, an intuition, that the 12 hour flight back to LA was… Read More Taroko Gorge National Park – Hualien, Taiwan

Ramblings, Taiwan

Lost in Taipei…Literally

I will be honest and admit that I wasn’t initially excited for this trip to Taiwan. I had so much going on with work and life that a last minute trip to Taiwan seemed more tedious than anything. I texted Cdj after I landed in Taipei airport feeling defeated for whatever reasons being back. His… Read More Lost in Taipei…Literally