Le Bambou Restaurant – Del Mar, CA

Le Bambou Restaurant in Del Mar is considered a mainstay in this area. It’s been around for ages and has managed to survive the times. I cannot remember if I’ve ever visited but I vividly remember seeing Le Bambou Restaurant every time I visit this part of town. The restaurant is tucked away in a corner of this re modeled strip mall and rarely seems busy. Friend and I were done with work one late afternoon so we thought it would be nice to try out this restaurant.

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Big Catch Seafood House ( $45 AYCE Sunday Brunch)

My holy trinity in life consists of all F’s: Faith, family, and food friends. I was determined to visit my family in LA on Christmas Day. My mom is in love with a new restaurant called Big Catch Seafood House in Alhambra. It’s not even an Asian restaurant. We visited Big Catch some weeks ago but the visit was a hit/miss for me. But I was excited to try the restaurant again for their $45.95 All You Can Eat Brunch with bottomless mimosas. PLUS, there were some secret ‘off the brunch menu’ items that completely blew us away.

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Thai Papaya – San Diego, CA

I’ve been food blogging for a few years now. Eating and sharing (on a blog) has been fun. On occasion you meet some cool people who you instantly know you’ll probably be more than blogging buddies. Thai Papaya hasn’t really been on my list of restaurants to try since my last few visits to Sab E Lee haven’t been great. But a visit is warranted when a friend tells you it’s her favorite Thai place to eat in all San Diego. I believe Thai Papaya is owned by Sab E Lee or branched off from it. They’re located in Linda Vista and the restaurant is quite small. They share a parking lot with a liquor store but parking hasn’t ever been an issue when I’ve visited (even when it was Sab E Lee).

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Karl Strauss Brunch (Sorrento Valley)

I’ve been wanting to re visit the Karl Strauss Brunch for a few months now. My mom took me and Cdj in 2013 and we had an ok time. The all you can eat brunch comes with endless mimosas; a pint of beer; OR a flight of beer. You can’t choose all three but one could dream right. The brunch is only offered at the Sorrento Valley location which is fine as this location has the koi ponds and Japanese garden. We nabbed the earliest Sunday reservation at 9:45a. The cost is $26.95 per person. There’s a two hour limit where you can enjoy the brunch. There was also live music the morning we visited (it started late though around 11:15a). The Karl Strauss Brunch is offered every Sunday from 9:45a-2:00p.

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Bushfire Kitchen – Del Mar, CA

It was exciting to see Bushfire Kitchen open a location in Del Mar. I’ve visited their Carlsbad location ages ago and had heard about their new location. The construction seemed to take longer than expected but this Bushfire location is modern and quite pretty. They’re located off the 5 freeway and there was plenty of parking the day we visited. The Del Mar location is the first to serve breakfast so we were all excited to try that out over the weekend.

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Don Pollo – Poway, CA

I’m glad I’m not the only person sick during this season. Not that I wish coughs and sniffles on friends but…it’s nice to have someone who shares the same miseries. That’s not grinch-y is it. Chicken soup has been known to help get over a bad cold. Not sure the science behind it but I sure know that a hot bowl of steaming chicken broth makes me feel so much better. I heard about Don Pollo some years ago. They make home made chicken soup, grilled chicken plates/tacos/tortas, and have also non chicken (pollo) items. Cdj and I were both in the area one afternoon and agreed to meet at Don Pollo for a quick lunch.

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Miguel’s Cocina – 4S Ranch

This has been a nice holiday season. I’m still fighting a cough but other than that I’m feeling quite good. And spirited. I can almost feel the light at the end of the tunnel. Friend and I met up at Miguel’s Cocina a few weeks ago for a leisurely lunch. Miguel’s Cocina has a few locations in San Diego. We visited the one in 4S Ranch as we were both in the area that day. They have both interior and exterior seating.

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Chun’s Seafood & Grill (formerly Chin’s Seafood & Grill)

Chin’s (not to be confused with Chun’s) Seafood & Grill used to be my go to place for lunch. I loved their Da Ru mein and Shanghai spareribs. The location was simple and convenient. I stopped going after my disastrous Taiwanese breakfast some time ago. Friend wanted to treat me to lunch recently as I had a successful work day so we both agreed to meet at Chin’s. We were both shocked that Yelp said the restaurant had closed. I called the restaurant, someone picked up, and said the business is still open. Little did we know that the restaurant had changed it’s name to Chun’s Seafood & Grill.

We laughed a bit when we saw the revised restaurant name on the building…

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Crust Pizzeria – Torrey Hills, CA

I don’t visit this part of town often but recently discovered Crust Pizzeria in a Torrey Hills strip mall. They make their pizza dough and pizza sauces fresh daily. They also import their 100% fresh mozzarella from Wisconsin. The restaurant also offers salads, sandwiches, and a few entrees. There’s also wine as well as draft beers. Friend told me about Crust Pizzeria as she’s been here many times for lunch and has enjoyed her meals. So we met up some time ago at Crust Pizzeria for me to try them out.

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Din Tai Fung (+ rekindling ramblings)- Arcadia (Westfield Santa Anita mall)

Ok. So this blog is on a xiao long bao kick at the moment. I’ve been swamped at work, fighting a new cold, and having brain hiccups for the past two weeks. I was so grateful for the rain the other night. There’s something  magical about the beautiful sounding rain when you’re tucked under the covers sneezing and sniffling. Ok, so getting back to the post…xiao long bao has been on my mind lately. Friend and I recently had to go up to LA so of course my mom was on the list of people we had to see. Friend and mom get a long quite well so she happily obliged when he asked if we could have xiao long bao for a late lunch. Din Tai Fung recently opened inside the Santa Anita mall in the City of Arcadia. It’s a modern and sleek location.

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