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39 Hour Visit to San Diego (Part II)

It’s crazy to think how fast 39 hours flies when you’re spending that time with friends. 39 hours is not enough time to annoy one another BUT it’s *just* enough time to ride each others’ ass** about dumb stuff. You can have a thick, or thin, skin in this group but it’s preferred you don’t take things too seriously. Otherwise you might get offended. Easily. Like me.

The last post detailed the first half of Ny’s 39 hour trip here to San Diego. I think we had just gotten done with the beach and getting ready for dinner.

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Champagne Brunch Cruise (via Vimbly.com) – San Diego, CA

I was approached by Vimbly some time ago to try out their website. They state ” Vimbly is the fastest way to book thousands of local activities, classes & date ideas — any of which can be booked directly with a best price guarantee. These include dance, cooking, glassblowing, pizza making, wine tasting, learning to DJ, improvisation, scotch pairing, samurai sword fighting, persuasion class, and more”. Maybe you all didn’t know this about me but I’ve always wanted to learn samurai sword fighting. Ok, just kidding. But pizza making…wine tasting…scotch pairing. Yes, I might be interested. I mostly browsed their restaurant/food tour/anything food options but stumbled across their Date Night tab. They even have a tab for special occasion, For Him, and For Her under the Date Night option. You book directly through Vimbly and they set up the reservation(s) for you. The Champagne Brunch Cruise seemed like the perfect fit for me.

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Latin Food Fest Grande Tasting 2015 (Event Info)

The 3rd annual ¡Latin Food Fest! Grande Tasting  on Saturday, August 15th, 2015 is an all-inclusive Latin food, wine and spirits tasting journey to the Caribbean, Central and South America, Mexico, Portugal and Spain. The event starts at 12p and ends at 3p.  Continue reading Latin Food Fest Grande Tasting 2015 (Event Info)

Lemon Zest & Garlic Fest – San Diego, CA

San Diego’s first ever Lemon Zest & Garlic Fest recently held it’s event at The Waterfront in San Diego. I was given media passes so I was excited to go once I did more research on this unlimited food/wine/beer event. Proceeds from this event would also benefit NSEFU Wildlife Conservation Foundation (link at end) so this festival seemed to be benefiting both two legged (us!) as well as four legged animals out there as well. I am a huge garlic lover freak AND I love tart lemons so I was excited about this weekend event.

Unfortunately, San Diego got hit with one of the worst July thunderstorms I can remember. The weather was humid, the skies were dark, and I was scared out of bed around 6:30a from Zeus like lightening. I immediately wondered if the Lemon Zest & Garlic Fest was still going to happen.   Continue reading Lemon Zest & Garlic Fest – San Diego, CA

Dumpling Hut – San Diego, CA

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


San Diego hosted her first ever International Paella & Wine Festival at the Embarcadero Marina Park South over the weekend. I only heard of the event a week before it took place (thank you yelp) and was elated when I received a media ticket to this paella festival. I’ve been a huge fan of paella ever since I visited Spain when I was little. The saffron infused rice loaded with meats, seafood, and vegetables just took my breath away. Quite simply, it was a more exotic and unique Asian fried rice (to me when I was younger). The paella was a treat every time I ate it at a restaurant.

This is probably the longest post on my blog thus far. Let me tell you why. You tend to share, with others, when moments and people somehow impact your day in a positive way. Not only did I eat like a nut that day but I also smiled, ear to ear,  watching each competitor proudly showcasing (and sampling) their paella creation to the patrons.

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Bacon and Barrels 2015 – San Diego, CA

I couldn’t believe it when I got a media invite to Bacon and Barrels 2015. It was an event that I’d been wanting to try but never got around to in the past. So the invite felt like raindrop on roses and whiskers on kittens (please tell me you know where that came from). The event took place last Saturday May 9, 2015 from 1p-5p. As the event name touts, there would be vendors sampling bacon related items (both food and alcohol).  Did I mention the samples were unlimited. Yeah. Unlimited. Gimme that whiskered kitten stat.

These unlimited sample events always had me at, well, unlimited. Not so much about the booze but because of the food. Anyone remember the disastrous Uncasked: A Neighborhood Craft Beer event in La Jolla last year. Bacon and Barrels definitely had more food items compared to Uncasked. PLUS, hello, the event is bacon centered so I was eager for weeks to try out this event at the Embarcadero.   Continue reading Bacon and Barrels 2015 – San Diego, CA

Jeong Won Korean BBQ Buffet ($21.95 AYCE)- San Diego, CA

Jeong Won Korean BBQ Buffet

This place is my go-to AYCE Korean BBQ here in San Diego. I believe they are the only KBBQ, here in San Diego, that offers ‘serve yourself’ meats/vegetables/banchan. I, personally, prefer that as it gives you a wealth of variety to choose from. Besides, I like LOOKING at what I can choose from at the buffet set up (versus looking at grainy photos on a menu). That’s just me though.

I’ve been very sketch on vegetables since my food poisoning incident. Well, specifically arugula and perhaps mushrooms. Just anything green and leafy. My stomach seems to only want meats and soups recently. I wasn’t really feeling an AYCE at 2:30p for a late lunch last week (especially right before the 4th of July long weekend). But CDJ convinced me to go. Continue reading Jeong Won Korean BBQ Buffet ($21.95 AYCE)- San Diego, CA

Nazca Grill ( + G pigs story) – San Diego, CA

Peruvian food has been on my mind lately. Let me show you why:




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SEA180 Coastal Tavern (Yelp Event)

I first heard about SEA180 Coastal Tavern from Reader Ben a few months back. I’m not familiar with Imperial Beach nor am I someone to drive the extra distance to try out Baja Mediterranean food. So it was nice when Yelp partnered with SEA180 Coastal Tavern to host an event.

At these events, my two goals are the following: 1) try out as much food as possible and 2) swag. It’s not about schmoozing or hob nobbing with people I don’t know.

The event took place last Thursday. Let me tell you what sucked about that particular Thursday. It was the HOTTEST day of the year (my car registered at 118 degrees, inside the vehicle, at Escondido earlier that day). AND – San Diego was still burning to the ground. I wanted to actually skip the event and stay in my air conditioned home. Oh,  almost forgot this one – google maps was telling me it would be a 55 minute drive to Imperial Beach that evening.

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