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Miguel’s Cocina – 4S Ranch

This has been a nice holiday season. I’m still fighting a cough but other than that I’m feeling quite good. And spirited. I can almost feel the light at the end of the tunnel. Friend and I met up at Miguel’s Cocina a few weeks ago for a leisurely lunch. Miguel’s Cocina has a few locations in San Diego. We visited the one in 4S Ranch as we were both in the area that day. They have both interior and exterior seating.

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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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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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Galaxy Taco – La Jolla, CA

I don’t think I can convey how happy a rainy day makes me feel. It’s even harder to express that happiness when that rainy day falls on a weekday that I have free for lunch. I hadn’t heard much about Galaxy Taco in La Jolla but was game for trying them out since their menu looked interesting. They are located in the La Jolla Shores area and even have a small private parking lot. Chef Trey Foshee, of George’s at the Cove, is owner of Galaxy Taco so that was another incentive to try this restaurant sooner than later.

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El Agave (Old Town)

Out of town friends constantly remind me that San Diego is the most beautiful city in the world. I’ve visited Old Town more often in the last year than I have since I’ve resided in San Diego. I was surprised by the quality and variety of Mexican restaurants I’ve tried on those visits. I’ve always been curious about El Agave since I see this restaurant almost every time we visit Old Town. They are located on the second floor above a liquor store and share a parking lot so it was easy finding a spot in Old Town that weekend afternoon.

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Taste of Old Town 2015

These tasting events have become almost a mission for me. I’m a curious type of foodie blogger but I’m also a fiercely competitive kinda gal. I want to see if I can sample MORE than previous tastings AND if I can find the unicorn taco. Ok. Just re read that last sentence and it’s ridiculous. I don’t eat Mexican food all that often so trying out these events in Old Town has been such a treat for me and this food blog. Sometimes I wonder if cosmic forces are colliding together to somehow show me there’s another side to Mexican food that I’m missing out.

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Casa Sol y Mar – Del Mar, CA

I visited Casa Sol y Mar two years ago with Snooks and Toxie to try their Happy Hour. We all collectively thought the food was mediocre and the staff a bit rude. So there wasn’t ever an urge to return. But a group of friends recently wanted to get together for lunch and one of the girls suggested Casa Sol y Mar. I wasn’t going to throw in my .02c (shocker I know) as I figured perhaps the restaurant had improved since my last visit. Plus, hello, they have complimentary fresh chips and salsa.   Continue reading Casa Sol y Mar – Del Mar, CA

Vallarta Supermarkets (Ceviches & Torta Cubana) – Escondido, CA

I was hosting a milestone birthday party for my dearest of friends Arrow recently. I wuv him because he’s a no BS kinda dude and he never answers my questions the way *I* want him to answer my questions. No matter how much I act like a brat, he simply shakes his head, laughs and says ‘no, a true friend doesn’t give you the answers you want to hear. A true friend gives you the truth and doesn’t care if you hate him for it.’ So when it came time to host his birthday, I was determined to make him something super fancy and elaborate.

Hence why I ended up driving to buttfrekfar (hey, I serioulsly just made up that word…pretty funny huh) Escondido to buy ceviche from a Mexican supermarket. I swear I wanted to make ceviche from scratch but who has time to do that when the dinner party is on a Friday at 7p. I sure didn’t 🙁

I visited the Vallarta Supermarket in National City some time last year and thought the food/service/ambiance didn’t compare to the Northgate Market in Downey (where I visited a year ago or so). I thought the Vallarta in Escondido would be a closer drive (compared to National City) but it took me over 30 minutes to get to Vallarta because it was so inland.  Continue reading Vallarta Supermarkets (Ceviches & Torta Cubana) – Escondido, CA

DON RIOS (previously MXN previously Santanas) – Rancho Penasquitos

I grew up hearing about Santanas as everyone in school just loved their burritos so much. I never really ate there so it wasn’t a big deal to me when Santanas changed to MXN. I recently drove by MXN in Rancho Penasquitos and noticed a new sign that said Don Rios where MXN used to be. So alright, curious nosy bee that I am, I decided to stop in and take a look.     Continue reading DON RIOS (previously MXN previously Santanas) – Rancho Penasquitos


I don’t think it’s easy to date someone like me because I zone out on football plus I hate Mexican food. The combination can send any man into a tizzy. So I feel lucky to be with FratB because he understands my insanity on Sundays (until football is over at least). Since I keep it real on this blog, I will admit that in church, me and FratB often texts each other what we feel like eating when we watch the football game (after service). We sit right next to each other in service but we’ll literally text each other ‘how about Phuong Trang wings’ or ‘how does El Patron tacos sound’. So he was quite surprised when I suggested Super Sergio’s for Mexican food. He always gets nervous when I suggest Mex food as he assumes I’m either in a bad confused mood or he’s in trouble for some unexplainable reason.  Continue reading SUPER SERGIO’S – SAN DIEGO, CA