Elbow Room (Weekend Happy Hour) – San Diego, CA

Football has been harder to watch this season because, well, the Chargers suck. More so that they can’t keep a lead and blow the 4th quarter. It’s a miracle they’ve won the last two games but I probably jinxed it right there by typing that. It’s tough finding a restaurant/bar that offers some sort of weekend happy hour when there’s an NFL game on. Elbow Room was a recent find and I must say that I like this cool sports bar. They’re located right next to Sonic and have ample parking. We were surprised they represent the Cleveland crowd and have a section dedicated to their city fans when a Browns game is on. I wonder if there’s a non-San Diego city that have that for the Chargers.

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Hacienda de Vega – Escondido, CA

Hacienda de Vega is located in Escondido. I had heard about this Mexican restaurant from a friend who enjoys the margaritas here. It was a blistering hot day and there’s no indoor seating at Hacienda de Vega. Friend said it’s no biggie as the outdoor patio seating had a nice breeze and I’d be fine. I was skeptical but figured it was worth a shot.

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Hash House A Go Go – San Diego, CA

There are certain food photos that instantly remind of cetain  friends and family. The food photos turn out nicely but all I remember are the conversations and laughter I had during that meal. It still feels like it was last weekend that I ate at Hash House A Go Go with Cdj and Ny. I had suggested this restaurant as they’re known for their massive presentations and portions of food. I’m not a big breakfast person, per se, but I am a fan of gluttony. I’m an even bigger fan of seeing Ny smile when he least expected to.

Especially over food. I mean, he did come to San Diego, all the way from New York, just to eat AYCE Korean bbq. Because that’s what you do when you have a 39 hour trip here to San Diego. Cdj and I will never stop making fun of him for that.

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Great Wow – San Diego, CA

I’ve been on a blogging hiatus because food hasn’t been much on my mind. You won’t hear me ever say that again. Kidding aside, life has been catching up to me and I’ve been trying to get my un manicured hands to blog more. Great Wow restaurant opened some months ago. Sis didn’t want to go at the time because she was over the dumpling scene in Convoy. So, fine. I left for Asia, ate tons of dumplings, and came home happy. So guess where she wanted to eat just a few days after I returned. Just guess. Yeah – Great Wow. She heard from our cousin the food was pretty good and now wanted to try it.

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Long Xing Ji (*GIANT* xiao long bao) – San Gabriel

I’ve been back a few weeks now from Taiwan. I didn’t crave Asian food for some time but finally missed some dumplings. My mom was in town and left her phone here so I decided to drive up to LA to return the phone (and have her treat me to dumplings galore). That’s what moms do. Friend came with me and he was craving xiao long bao in particular. He researched Long Xing Ji and laughed when he realized it was the same place I blogged about some time ago.

Long Xing Ji used to be called Wang Xing Ji. Friend pointed out that only the first word changed but the Xing and Ji remained the same. Wang Xing Ji was known for their Big A** Xiao Long Bao so I was curious to know if Long Xing Ji would have the same. My mom wasn’t a fan of Wang Wing Ji but agreed to try out the newly named Long Xing Ji.

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39 Hour Visit to San Diego (Part II)

It’s crazy to think how fast 39 hours flies when you’re spending that time with friends. 39 hours is not enough time to annoy one another BUT it’s *just* enough time to ride each others’ ass** about dumb stuff. You can have a thick, or thin, skin in this group but it’s preferred you don’t take things too seriously. Otherwise you might get offended. Easily. Like me.

The last post detailed the first half of Ny’s 39 hour trip here to San Diego. I think we had just gotten done with the beach and getting ready for dinner.

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Calibanzo Hummus & Grill ($9.50 Lunch Specials)

Is it crazy that I don’t mind this dry heat weather. It hit 103 degrees yesterday where I live. My room alone was a record whooping 91.6 degrees. But it didn’t bother me as dry heat is so much easier to tolerate than drenching humidity heat that I had just experienced in Taiwan. I had a business lunch last week while my mom was in town. I invited her to come along as she knows this comrade. Of course she got to pick the restaurant – so it was no surprise when she clapped her hands in glee and said Calibanzo Hummus & Grill. She’s been craving everything non-Asian like me since her return to the States.

Calibanzo Hummus & Grill now has a lunch menu that is affordable, filling, and actually pretty delicious. There are five items to choose from and all comes with their home made laffa bread. This home made bread gives my mom the giggles. No joke. She eats it like an obsessed baby chipmunk who’s just seen her first acorn.

The restaurant wasn’t too busy when we arrived 11:30a. The day was gloomy from rain and humidity that particular day. We grabbed a table and waited for comrade to arrive.

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Tidewater Tavern – Solana Beach, CA

How have I never been to Tidewater Tavern in Solana Beach. And how did Cdj find this place before me. The conundrums I face in my daily life. Cdj usually texts me during Sunday service to 1) pay attention to service; 2) stop checking football stats on nfl.com; 3) where are we eating after I’m done. It was one of those perfect mornings where Sunday school kids were amazing and the message at Sunday service hit home for me. So I wasn’t up for debating where and what to eat by the time I was done because I wanted to share the message with Cdj while watching the Chargers whoop Jag’s arse.

Tidewater Tavern is located close to Pizza Port on the Hwy 101. The restaurant does share a private parking lot in the back. There aren’t many spaces. I luckily found a non metered parking space right in front of the restaurant.

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Flour & Barley (Yelp Event) – San Diego, CA

It’s been good to be home. Jet lag is wearing off but I think I’m getting sick (just like everyone else). My mom is in town and she brought back her Lifu (note “HER” lifu – post coming about that). Flour & Barley is an Italian restaurant I had heard buzz about through Yelp. I was supposed to try out Flour & Barley before my trip but there was a mix up about the time. So we rescheduled the dinner for when I returned to San Diego. It was the perfect timing as 1) I was craving non-Asian food and 2) I was meeting up with one of my best college buddies.

The Yelp invite said:

Flour & Barley – Brick Oven Pizza offers guests a unique spin on a pizzeria eatery, featuring brick oven-style pizzas with wood-fired crusts made with San Marzano tomatoes, whole milk mozzarella and house-made toppings along with Italian-inspired appetizers, pasta dishes and salads, plus hand-crafted cocktails and an extensive beer program.

You and your +1 (if confirmed) will be able to generously choose from:

– One shared appetizer from the menu,
– One entrée each (with the exception of the Branzino)
– One dessert from the menu
– A 12oz draft of your choice for each guest.

I was looking forward to their antipasti platter and a 12 oz draft beer. I’ve been on a beer kick since Taiwan.

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Las Brisas Restaurant (OMG ocean views) – Laguna Beach, CA


My last two nights in Taipei were filled to the brim with family time. That’s all that seemed to matter. Saying goodbye to them on the final day brought uncontrollable tears (on my part) and the question, from my grandma, when will you come back? My mom took the same flight as me so the 12 hour flight back to Los Angeles wasn’t as horrible. Walking out of the Thomas Bradley International terminal felt surreal. The non-humid weather and the clear blue skies felt calming. The weather was so hot before I left for Asia so the change felt like a relief (considering how humid and hot Taiwan was when I was there).

Cdj was my uber driver back to San Diego. He’s an ok uber driver. But he likes to take detours without the client’s approval. Who does that.

He wanted to go to Laguna Beach as he lived there for some time and wanted to have a late lunch there. Nothing sounded worse than that as I had just flown 12 hours and been up many hours prior to that. His uber fee came in the form of a free meal so ok fine. Pick the fanciest restaurant with the grumpiest friend.

I knew it would be a fun adventure when we found parking right in front of Las Brisas Restaurant and when I secured…

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