Golden Chopsticks Restaurant

V and I were going to be in National City so I researched restaurants for us to try for lunch. We always enjoy salt and pepper chicken wings so Soo suggested either Golden Chopsticks Restaurant or Royal Mandarin. Both had lunch specials but we opted for Golden Chopsticks Restaurant as it was a mile closer… Read More Golden Chopsticks Restaurant


Cafe Topes – Carlsbad, CA

I’ve made mention that I’m the brunt of jokes in my circle of friends because…well…I wasn’t born here. That’s the running joke/eye rolls/wtf reactions I get when I use that as an excuse for not understanding phrases/terms/jokes/etc. I’m lucky my friends have a thick skin as we’re often mean to one another (in a brotherly/sisterly… Read More Cafe Topes – Carlsbad, CA


Zel’s Del Mar

Sundays can be stressful for a variety of reasons. One consistent reason has always been breakfast. Friends and I always have the same question every Sunday around 10a. “WHATAWEDOING” for breakfast is the text I get every single time. Unbeknownst to me, they made an executive decision without my input, consent, yay or nay…well, you… Read More Zel’s Del Mar

Mexican Fusion, YELP EVENTS

Red O ( Yelp Event ) – La Jolla, CA

I thought I’d written off Red O in La Jolla after my last experience here. So I wasn’t going to rsvp for a Yelp event that was being hosted with Red O. Then it hit me that, gosh, a lot has changed and transpired in my life since my last visit here. Forget that the… Read More Red O ( Yelp Event ) – La Jolla, CA


Menya Ultra

Sis and I finally had time to catch up the other day over lunch. She picked me up and we headed to Menya Ultra upon my suggestion. We argued ┬áback and forth about trying Menya Ultra due to the long wait and lines during peak hours. We were lucky to have had no wait for… Read More Menya Ultra


Golden State Seafood Restaurant ( Family lunch feast + My Grandma ramblings ) – Mira Mesa, CA

My grandma has been in the States for a few months now and is getting ready to return to Taiwan soon. I’ll have to do a separate post about my adventures with her during this summer. She has kept me grounded and laughing. Plus, she thinks Lifu is a hoot (since her brother owns Lifu’s… Read More Golden State Seafood Restaurant ( Family lunch feast + My Grandma ramblings ) – Mira Mesa, CA


Manila Fast Food & Desserts

My search for sisig continues. Or is it continued. I’m kinda over it now but that’s what happens to me. I overdo it. When I crave something. Every. Single. Time. I’d pass by Manila Fast Food & Desserts without much thought. I’m not sure why. They’re located in the same plaza as Boiling Crab and… Read More Manila Fast Food & Desserts

MIDDLE EASTERN, Supermarkets

Harvest International Market ( hot deli specials & fresh baklava too! )

I don’t frequent this part of town all that often unless I visit my cheap (albeit strong) Thai massage place. Or visit the super old Costco a few miles down. I’ve seen Harvest International Market over the years but thought it used to be a Mexican supermarket. I was surprised that it’s now, or has… Read More Harvest International Market ( hot deli specials & fresh baklava too! )


Mendocino Farms ( Soft Opening & Yelp event ) – Del Mar, CA

It was a surprise to see Carnitas Snack Shack close its doors in Del Mar. There was so much hype and adoration for Carnitas Snack Shack that eventually died down. We even stopped visiting as the food was inconsistent and tasted, well, unhealthy. So, it was an even bigger surprise when signs for Mendocino Farms… Read More Mendocino Farms ( Soft Opening & Yelp event ) – Del Mar, CA


Pegah’s Kitchen – Escondido, CA

I was in Escondido to have my car serviced. It was an early morning and all I could think about was chicken fried steak. And country gravy. I discovered Pegah’s Kitchen on my Yelp app and decided to try the restaurant as they offered chicken fried steak with country gravy on their breakfast menu. Pegah’s… Read More Pegah’s Kitchen – Escondido, CA