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Big Catch Seafood House ( $45 AYCE Sunday Brunch)

My holy trinity in life consists of all F’s: Faith, family, and food friends. I was determined to visit my family in LA on Christmas Day. My mom is in love with a new restaurant called Big Catch Seafood House in Alhambra. It’s not even an Asian restaurant. We visited Big Catch some weeks ago but the visit was a hit/miss for me. But I was excited to try the restaurant again for their $45.95 All You Can Eat Brunch with bottomless mimosas. PLUS, there were some secret ‘off the brunch menu’ items that completely blew us away.

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Crab Town – San Diego, CA

My world revolves around food. It truly does. I’ve always said food brings people together. A meal can mend, heal, celebrate whatever you’re going through. I’m on a crazy Louisiana seafood boil craze at the moment and I’m lucky to have amazing friends who help me feed my current food frenzy. I hadn’t heard much about Crab Town and didn’t even know about them. But they have lunch specials that other similar style restaurants don’t offer so it was the perfect opportunity for me to finally try out Crab Town in San Diego.

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R&B Crawfish Lounge

We often talk about the best restaurants to take a first date. I might have just found the place to take her (or him) if you 1) either like her/him alot or 2) want to see her/him patience threshold. More to come on that later. We noticed R&B Crawfish Lounge being built for some time now. They’ve been open for just a few weeks but business seemed slow for whatever reason. I needed a date night (hey, girls need those ok) so friend agreed to try R&B Crawfish Lounge one Saturday evening. They currently have all day happy hour so that’s a great first date bonus right there.

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Blue Point Coastal Cuisine ( Yelp Event)

Yelp San Diego recently partnered with Blue Point Coastal Cuisine to host a “Best of Blue Point” with a course by course wine pairing. I’ve been enjoying these reservation-only yelp dinners as they give you a personal feel of the restaurants. The tasting dinner included:

– Seafood Platter
-Salad
-Appetizer
-Entrée
-Dessert
-Individual wine pairings for each course

I’ve passed by Blue Point Coastal Cuisine MANY times when I used to go clubbing downtown (do they even call it that anymore) but never really gave this restaurant much thought as it seemed fancy and a bit stuffy. So this Yelp dinner was a great way to get us acquainted with this 20+ year old Cohen Restaurant that seemed alive and well in downtown San Diego.

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Wonderland Ocean Pub

I’m used to getting my ocean views when I visit La Jolla or Del Mar. But those views are kinda pricey when you’re enjoying them from a restaurant in those cities. I don’t visit Ocean Beach as often but was curious about Wonderland Ocean Pub as I heard their 2nd floor views of the ocean were spectacular. Friend had a surprise birthday here some time ago and we all had a great time at Wonderland. So I recently revisited over the weekend to try them out again.

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Oceana Coastal Kitchen (Sunday Champagne Brunch)

I figured out the secret(s) to having a successful Sunday brunch: you must like the company that is sitting next to you; there must be some sort of classy liqueur; and there must be an abundant amount of fresh seafood. Oceana Coastal Kitchen was my answer to ‘Brunch, where’ve you been all my life?’. Their Sunday Champagne Brunch ($58/adult; $26 for children) is unique in a variety of ways. They have a sushi bar that offers nigiri, sashimi, and maki rolls. There’s also a cold seafood bar that offers crab legs, oysters on a half shell, shrimp. Then there are the various salads, bagel and lox, cheese platter, and desserts. The kicker is that you get to choose one full entree with the brunch (more to follow on that).

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Savoie Eatery (Meet the Chef Dinner)

Meeting the chef is always a highlight if you’re a foodie. It’s like meeting the director or the action star of a movie. Savoie (pronounced Sah-vawh) Eatery recently invited me to their Meet the Chef dinner. Chef Mikel Anthony recently took over the kitchen at Savoie Eatery in Chula Vista. Chef has worked at Juniper & Ivy as well as Cucina Enoteca (Del Mar). At a mere 33 years of age, Chef Mikel was a match for this Karina’s Group restaurant that opened in just 2014. Savoie Eatery crafts dishes from the Mediterranean regions of France, Italy, and Spain.

My plus one was BW but it took her some convincing to come as it would be a long drive for the both of us. We compromised by me agreeing to pick her up and being the responsible driver. This is how we roll when we take road trips…   Continue reading Savoie Eatery (Meet the Chef Dinner)

TRIFECTA TAVERN (BUCK A SHUCK OYSTERS & $6 Flight of 4 FRIDAYS) – DEL MAR

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

HELLO BETTY FISH HOUSE

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

YAKITORI YAKYUDORI

Why can’t we have more Japanese skewer restaurants like Yakitori Yakyudori here in San Diego. My family likes this place so much. Even my impatient mom, who RARELY waits on any list for a restaurant, came here first one night to put her name on the wait list. We waited AN HOUR AND 20 MINUTES folks. I couldn’t believe my mom was ok with that (don’t get me wrong she still complained the entire hour and 20 minutes though).

I’ve blogged several times about Yakitori Yakyudori and still think it’s a legit authentic wood charcoal grill place to experience this type of cuisine. My mom was in town and in the Convoy area so she called me and FB to meet her there for dinner. I highly suggest calling ahead for a reservation. Continue reading YAKITORI YAKYUDORI