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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To say that I’m making each moment count here in Taiwan is an understatement. Jet lag can’t even stop the time I’m memorizing with my mom and grandma. I haven’t been sleeping much, not just because of the time change, but mostly because the three of us stay up talking and laughing until well after midnight. Taipei is a fun city but Hualien is where I am most comfortable. We scheduled a trip for about five days and I’m writing this on my last night night here in Hualien. It’s been a whirl wind trip that I wish my fingers could type fast enough to share. But alas, this post will be about a Japanese meal at Kazoku we recently had here in Hualien.
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Sis introduced me to this Karl Strauss Brewing Company location some many years ago. She visits this shopping center because she swears she’s seen Philip Rivers’ nanny go to Pei Wei to pick up food and maybe, just maybe, sis will run into Philip one day. Football-Crazy runs in our family. A good friend recently was available for lunch so we decided to visit Karl Strauss in 4S Ranch. The weather was still warm so something about having an ice cold beer appealed to the both of us. This location was busy during lunch but we were able to get a table in the back. They do have air conditioning as well as an outdoor/side patio. I’ve been here twice (once for a birthday dinner and the other time we tried to come for dinner but the bar service was non existent so we left).
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I had one of the best Sundays ever. Sunday school went well and service afterwards was even better. There was a sense of family and community that brought a different feel to the day. So what did I do afterwards. Returned stuff at the mall and then eat Poke. Didn’t really go with the theme of the day but hey. UTC really really sucks on weekends. The parking is atrocious and people just seem real angry. I was going to take the afternoon to window shop for stuff I didn’t need but that was nixed pretty quickly (well, I still managed to buy an awesome pair of girlfriend jeans from GAP and nice summer linen pants from Anthro). So girlfriend and I were quickly tired and decided to head to nearby Poke UTC for a late afternoon lunch.
Continue reading Poke UTC (+ weekend ramblings)
I have no idea how long Sushiya has been here in Del Mar Highlands but it feels like an eternity for some reason. I’d pass by them many times but never had an urge to try them. This Japanese restaurant seemed almost over shadowed by Searsucker that is just to the left of them. But I’ve come to frequent Sushiya over the last year as I’ve become a fan of their lunch and dinner specials. They are located on the bottom half of the Del Mar Highlands plaza.
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Something I’ve enjoyed doing this season (of my life) is visiting restaurants along Highway 101. I am the last person you’ll want to be with on any car ride as I’m always in a hurry to get from Point A to Point B. Scenic driving is not my cup of tea. So it’s been funny that I look forward to exploring what the 101 offers. Friend wanted to take me to Encinitas Fish Shop as he’s visited the restaurant with his family and they’ve all enjoyed the seafood. The weather was sunny, warm, and bright the weekend of our visit.
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It’s exciting when you see a restaurant take over a brand new place. They get to design and conceptualize that particular space and make it their own. We saw Dolce at the Highlands being constructed some time ago and recently noticed they opened. There were no signs or indication at the location to let anyone know but we saw the restaurant full of patrons (or guests) the night before. Dolce at the Highlands is located in the new plaza that holds Trader Joes, Rite Aid, and Nothing Bundt Cake. One of my best friends had some vacation time so we had a few meals here at Dolce at the Highlands.
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I was in Mira Mesa for lunch the other day and realized I’d be in the area for their Farmers Market. I was still hungry after lunch (something I call Beast Mode Eating when I’m in that hunger mood) so I figured I’d quickly visit Mira Mesa Farmers Market and grab an arepa, takoyaki, maybe a cookie too. Yes. Beast Mode was in full effect. The market had a sad vibe to it that afternoon. There weren’t a lot of vendors and everyone looked defeated for some reason. I was surprised when I passed by It’s Raw Poke Shop as I had never seen this vendor before.
Continue reading IT’S RAW POKE SHOP – San Diego (Mira Mesa Farmers Market), CA
I’m a creature of habit and that holds pretty much true to places I frequent often to eat. Lunch can be boring because I sometimes just want to eat and get the heck outta there. No disrespect to whatever habitual restaurant I go to. It’s just I have my blinders on when I’m on a time frame and can’t deviate from said time frame. So, I was surprised when, one day, I noticed Marketplace Grille in the Carmel Valley Plaza.
I was going to go my standard AYCE Indian restaurant but the lunch specials at Marketplace Grille caught my eye.
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The heat, along with a hectic work schedule, about ruined me last week. You ever just have one of those days where you say EFF IT. That day started bright and early Friday morning when I got up at 5a. Do you know how frustrating waking chirping birds can be to an insomniac. I can probably name you every single bird’s specific CHIRP that sounds off in my backyard at the crack of dawn. I decided to take the day off to recoup and settle my rattled nerves that were getting the best of me. So where to when you have a day off and you’re in a less than chirpy (get it, chirpy, like the birds…ok yeah lame) mood…Catalina Offshore Products.
Continue reading Catalina Offshore Products (samples + Tommy Gomes amaebi demo)