China Max (Dim Sum lunch)

It’s been a hard dim sum season for me and sis. Sounds so dramatic. Like we’re too baby piglets hunting for truffles or something. We haven’t been able to find any restaurants in San Diego that offers decent dim sum. Especially mid week. We were in Convoy one day for lunch and were so desperate for dim sum. We saw China Max and didn’t think much of it. Sis and I can have dialogue without even saying a word to one another. Just a glance will convey a Gladiator thumbs up or Gladiator thumbs down when we choose a place to eat. So we defeatingly  gave one another a sad shrug to say ‘ok fine let’s try it out again’.

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Sababa Kitchen

Sababa Kitchen recently opened in Del Sur. I had heard about this restaurant but didn’t know much about it. They recently had a soft opening and lucky patrons were able to choose a time slot to try out the restaurant’s menu. This Mediterranean Restaurant /Middle Eastern Restaurant has a cafeteria style ordering system. They offer a variety of cold schmears & salatim as well as proteins, hot sides, and desserts. We’ve visted Sababa Kitchen twice now.

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Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot ($11.95 lunch special) – Mira Mesa

My sister informed me about this new Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot in Mira Mesa. She saw it many months ago when we were eating nearby when she, um, was searching for Pokemon characters (or whatever players search for). She came back and tried to google for information about the opening but nothing came up. So we’ve been waiting patiently for this location to open. We were elated when we found out they offered lunch specials here at their new location in Mira Mesa. So sis, V, and I recently visited to try out lunch.

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Mendocino Farms – La Jolla, CA

It’s been fascinating to see La Jolla Village transform over the years. The shopping strip/mall was old but I never really cared as I had fond memories of spending time in this area with friends when I was younger. The revamping of this mall has been major with big players moving in (Nordstrom Rack, BJ’s Restaurant). Mendocino Farms is also a new tenant. They built a brand new restaurant here in La Jolla Village.

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Meizhou Dongpo Restaurant – Arcadia, CA

Meizhou Dongpo Restaurant is a restaurant I have been wanting to try for some time now. They are located in Arcadia, CA. I’ve passed by this restaurant several times and was itching to try their famous Meizhou Roast Duck. My mom is such a lovable parent that she immediately said yes when I threw a tantrum wanting to try Meizhou Dongpo. Just kidding. The restaurant is stunning and modern. There wasn’t a wait when we visited one weekend afternoon. Continue reading Meizhou Dongpo Restaurant – Arcadia, CA

Hui An Garden – San Diego, CA

My uncle recently treated the family to dinner at Hui An Garden. The restaurant has been in a strange transition over the past few months. I heard a manager from Jasmine took over the restaurant when it was still Fu An Garden but that didn’t fare well. Then it was recently re branded Hui An Garden with another manager from Jasmine. My family knows the manager and made reservations for a dinner celebration over the weekend.

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Rock N’ Jenny’s Italian Subs – Escondido, CA

How many sandwiches have I had over a lifetime. Quite a bit I’d like to think. My love of sandwiches has grown over the years as I punish myself over freshly baked bread while counting carbs. We were in Escondido over the weekend and wanted to find a quick/cheap sandwich place to try out before we headed to a local brewery. I knew Rock N’ Jenny’s Italian Subs was nearby so we decided to try out this sandwich shop.

I didn’t think I’d enjoy the sandwich shop but the sandwich I had here at Rock N’ Jenny’s Italian Subs was one of the best things I’ve eaten all year.

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Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine (Yelp Event)

Yelp recently partnered with Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine in Downtown San Diego to host a dinner event. Lionfish recently opened in the Gaslamp. You and your guest were able to order:

– Two shared appetizers from the menu
– One sushi roll from menu
– One entrée each
– A 12oz draft of your choice for each guest or glass of selected wine

This was a generous event that everyone wanted to get in to. So we were happy when we made the guest list.

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Alforon – San Diego, CA

I met a friend by SDSU to catch up and treat her to lunch. The pictures of the flatbreads at Alforon had me so hungry. Alforon is a Mediterranean Lebanese restaurant located on El Cajon Blvd. It’s a small restaurant but seems to have a loyal following. I believe the restaurant is owned by a husband/wife team who was working and cooking that afternoon we visited.

They share a tiny parking lot but we managed to squeeze our car into one of their narrow parking spaces.

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Trade Winds Tavern – San Diego, CA

I was curious to see what Trade Winds Tavern was about. I had seen them slowly take over the previous location. I didn’t know much about Trade Winds Tavern except seeing the mural of the girl every time we passed by. I didn’t know if the tavern would be Asian themed in regards to decor, food, and ambiance. We had a chance to visit Trade Winds Tavern recently for a media event.

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