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.
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.
I haven’t been to their new location since they took over the old Korean market. I visited the gutted site some time ago and couldn’t believe they were moving into this larger location. No one else seemed to believe me but Dumpling Inn did move. Plus, they added Shanghai Saloon to their brand. I’m not sure if it’s the same owners for both but it is an interesting pairing with an Inn and Saloon name. I didn’t feel the need to re visit as our last meal there wasn’t very good. But, I found out sis has visited the new location several times with cousins, uncle, aunt. She’s such a bratty traitor (isn’t she the one that touted she’d NEVER come back here, like, ever).
It turns out she kinda likes the food (especially when someone else is paying for it). She spoke of their green bean dish as well as a combination stir fried noodle plate that she likes. My uncle called me some time ago to invite me to join them for a family dinner at Dumpling Inn. My mom was in town so we thought it would be a fun time to eat at this restaurant. All the cousins were in town as well.
I was looking through my old photos of the construction and it still blows my mind how the original tiny location took over the old supermarket.
I think I visited Pacific Coast Grill when they were located some miles South in Solana Beach years ago. Sis has mentioned that the views and food in their Cardiff location is pretty good. Friend took his nephew and niece here some months ago and agreed with sis’ sentiments. We visited for Easter brunch last month and had one of the best breakfasts ever in San Diego.
I think I know Convoy Street (and the area) pretty well so I wasn’t really quite sure why I hadn’t been to Noble Chef before. I’ve seen this restaurant but never paid much thought to it. So I was a bit taken aback when I glanced in to take a quick look. The first thing that took my breath away was their roasted meat show cased in the very front. How did I *NOT* know a place that has roast duck and roast pork. Plus, the interior of Noble Chef looked clean, bright, and modern. Cdj was on the way to meet me for lunch but I immediately called him to say there was a change of plans.
T-Pop Desserts & More is a small dessert shop located in Mira Mesa. They also serve various ramens, appetizers, and rice dishes. We visited some weeks ago as I had a Groupon deal to burn before the expiration date. The deal required that you order at least one non-dessert item from their menu. I’m not much of a brick toast dessert fan so this particular Groupon deal was great for our bunch that day.
I’ve always wanted this blog to be about food and how it brings people together. My family still amazes me, even today, when they bring that to life. My mom was leaving for Taiwan and wanted to treat us to ‘anywhere’ we wanted to eat. The ‘anywhere’ just had to be in Los Angeles. Dang it. My friends love my mom because she tends to spoil them. So mom and friend unanimously agreed to Din Tai Fung (1088 S Baldwin Ave) in Arcadia. I’ve never understood the appeal of Din Tai Fung. I have visited a few in Taipei but couldn’t understand the hype. But my mom and grandma profess that Din Tai Fung, to them, is #1 and they’re the harshest food critics ever.
I have to admit that I get happy when I see a new(er) restaurant in Mira Mesa. I like eating in this part of town but feel that I’ve tried every single place. So new restaurant blood is much needed to this sometimes ravenous blogger. Tim Ky Noodle opened some time ago but I had heard mixed reviews about this place. Did they serve pho? Or did they serve wonton noodle soup dishes? And fried rice? I wasn’t really quite sure but friend agreed to meet me here for lunch. Continue reading TIM KY NOODLE
Sis and I have had epic auto-correct fails. Case in point, I texted her that we’re at Dumping Hut for lunch. You’d think she’d find that amusing but no. She just takes it as another opportunity to laugh and shame me – all via text. I don’t think San Diego can ever, EVER, have enough restaurants specializing in dumplings. Or anything dumpling related (be it xiao long bao, sheng jian bao, etc). Dumpling Hut seemed like a possible dumpling contender as, well, they have Dumpling in their restaurant name. Continue reading Dumpling Hut – San Diego, CA
SHANGHAI RESTAURANT – SAN GABRIEL, CA
My mom recently left for Taiwan and I wanted to see her one last time before her trip. I hate driving to LA but she did the ‘oh I have BEST restaurant I want to take you to’ schpeel on me. Alright, fine, I’ll drive to stupid LA. OF COURSE she had NO idea what the restaurant was called. She kept saying Shanghai Restaurant and I kept asking ‘ok yeah I know it’s a Shanghai restaurant but what’s the NAME of the restaurant’. She kept saying it’s Shanghai Restaurant and I’d repeat ‘I need the NAME of restaurant’. So needless to say, I felt like a total idiot after I found out the NAME of the actual restaurant is, in fact, Shanghai Restaurant. Nice one Faye.