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Nicky Rottens Bar & Burger Joint – Coronado, CA

I don’t know what’s happening to this non country bumpkin food blogger. I don’t normally enjoy the outdoors, beach, fresh air. I prefer very much to relax on my sofa with Lifu, watching reality tv, when I have downtime. So I was blown away by a different part of Coronado when we visited Nicky Rottens Bar & Burger Joint over the weekend. The new management has revamped their menu to feature American cuisine with a different twist. Their focus is high end burgers.

Friend drove that day and took the wrong turn. We’re so used to going left (towards the beach and Hotel Del). You’re supposed to turn right (on Orange Avenue), towards the ‘other side of Coronado’, where you’ll see the bridge and ferry. I didn’t know this. I’ve never been to this side of Coronado.

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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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Berkeley Pizza (Happy Hour) – North Park

We were in North Park on a weekend trying to look for a place to watch the Dallas Cowboys lose. Almost every sports bar was packed to the brim. We walked past Berkeley Pizza which was completely empty but they had 2-3 tvs playing the game. Friend didn’t really want to try Berkeley Pizza but was swayed when he saw they had happy hour specials. The location isn’t very big but it’s nicely comfortable. They have happy hour everyday from 12p-7p: buy any beer and get a slice of pizza for $2.00.

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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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You either love or you either hate raw oysters. Our flock used to go to The Fish Market to get our fix of raw oysters. Inappropriate (often filthy) descriptions were used to describe what and how a raw oyster tasted like. But raw oysters, no matter how much you make fun of the taste/texture/etc, still cost a pretty penny to eat. What if you could have a raw oyster for just $1 dollar ( or 100 pennies if that makes it sound like a better deal ). Trifecta Tavern now offers Buck a Shuck Oysters on Fridays. PLUS, the little pub-like-restaurant also offers $6 Flight of four 4.5 oz beer tastings (ANY beer they have on tap).

I recently stumbled across this new Friday deal offered at Trifecta Tavern when I was researching places that offered triple IPAs on draft. Friends have assigned me the task of finding the best IPAs on tap since we fell in love with the Knee Deep Simtra at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens. I had no problem doing that as long as the place had decent food. I’ve visited Trifecta Tavern a few times but felt the food quality had diminished since Whole Foods opened a few years ago. They still offer $10 Burger & Beer on Wednesdays but the burger on our last visit wasn’t all that great. So it was nice to find that Trifecta Tavern added a new Friday special to try out.  Continue reading TRIFECTA TAVERN (BUCK A SHUCK OYSTERS & $6 Flight of 4 FRIDAYS) – DEL MAR

Hello Betty Fish House (Beats, Boards, Bites, Brew Event)- Oceanside, CA


I would be lying if I said it’s not awesome to get invites from restaurants to come in and try whatever event or menu compliments of the house. Of course it’s awesome. But it was never the reason I started this food blog. Yes, I like going as an invited person to these events but more importantly, I enjoy sharing the food and pics from these events with everyone here (or elsewhere). A friend mentioned to me that maybe, finally, the universe is aligning for me. I’m getting invites to places that actually have been on my bucket list to try and I’ve also been asked to contribute (write) for a travel website. This felt like the first week, in a long time, that I just breathed, exhaled, looked up, and smiled a genuine smile. At least that’s what friend said at the end of this event when we went to the pier to watch the sunset.    Continue reading Hello Betty Fish House (Beats, Boards, Bites, Brew Event)- Oceanside, CA