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Sushiya – Del Mar, CA

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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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


I stumbled across this sushi restaurant the other week. A meeting went longer than expected and I was faint (I’m so dramatic) from being so hungry. Someone I owed a huge favor to was going to join me so we both thought Sushi Huku would be a nice place to have lunch. I couldn’t quite find the restaurant in the strip mall but then saw a large banner saying that Sushi Huku will soon be Sushi Huku & Robata. I would have killed (again, so dramatic) for some authentic yakitori that day.   Continue reading SUSHI HUKU – SAN MARCOS, CA

Kula Revolving Sushi Bar – San Diego, CA


What is it with sushi conveyor belts that drives a girl like me bonks. I remember a time, when sis and I were little, going to a restaurant where the belt was an actual little river, carrying little miniature boats topped with two pieces of sushi, that floated around the entire restaurant. It was just so stupid Hello-Kitty-cute back in the day because as I got older, we realized just how bad the sushi was at these conveyor belt restaurants. But did that stop me from goin’ bananas when I heard about Kula Revolving Sushi Bar opening in San Diego. Of course not. Because I still love anything Hello-Kitty-cute.

Let me tell you what sucks so incredibly bad about Kula Sushi. I should have known this about Kula after reading about their arrival from mmm-yoso. They are probably in the 2nd worst parking lot in Convoy. The infamous Dumpling Inn has now migrated right next door (who called it man! – j/k) and partnered with Shanghai Saloon (pictures to follow) so their new hugely expanded space has wreaked havoc in this already too-small of a parking lot. Kula Sushi opens at 11:30am. I treated V to lunch and we got there around 11:25am. We didn’t find parking until 11:50am. *THAT* bad people. The parking sucks THAT BAD here.  Continue reading Kula Revolving Sushi Bar – San Diego, CA


I don’t frequent Poway all that often but CDJ was in the area and we decided to meet for a quick lunch at Poway Sushi Lounge. My aunt and uncle took me here some years ago as they swore Poway Sushi Lounge makes dang good sushi. They also own Lifu’s spaz sister so that should explain their mind set of most things. Just kidding. Continue reading POWAY SUSHI LOUNGE

Gatten Sushi (Revolving sushi belt + FREE DONUTS @ Del Mar Race Track 7/19/14) – Monterey Park, CA


This post will be mostly pics of sushi because 1) I’m a bit exhausted from a long week and 2) this sushi place reminds me of my family (who happens to be in town).

AT&T set up new service at my house the other day. Long story short, I spent over 10+ hours on phone with them, prior to install, auditing every detail of the new account before the install date. Come install date, yesterday, the tech(s) were at my house from 1:00p-6:35p. Am I happy with the end results. Not really.

I thought I could work on a few blog posts during the 5+ hours they were there. But, the cable and tv were both inoperable. Sigh…what to do. Not sure how other bloggers choose what they will write about on any given day. For me, lately, it’s the photos of food that are bright and pretty. Go figure.

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Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub

This post of Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub is over due as I visited this restaurant some weeks ago. It’s been a hectic week so it’s been hard to take a breather and write about food. I don’t know how other bloggers do it sometimes.

So I will do my best to remember what’s in these photos.

Ben mentioned some months ago that Wrench and Rodent was a restaurant he heard nice things about. I love sushi but I never, ever, drive to Oceanside to eat. It’s just too far and I didn’t have any restaurants in that area I wanted to try out. Besides, I always associate Oceanside with my long drives to LA.

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Osawa Shabu Shabu & SUSHI (+ Uni Tofu) – Pasadena, CA


It was youngest sister’s birthday recently so I decided to visit her and my mom in LA over the weekend. I wanted to treat sis to a nice dinner and a movie. She asked if she could invite two of her close friends which was fine by me as I’ve never met these girls. I forced youngest sis to choose a new restaurant for me to take them to. Why force. Because youngest sis is the meekest (of us girls) in family and doesn’t usually have an opinion on food. So for her birthday this year, I demanded she choose a nice restaurant for us to visit.

Yes. Demanded. Happy birthday right.

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Ikiru Japanese (+ Skinny Fish ramblings) – Point Loma (San Diego, CA)

Ikiru Japanese has been on my ” Must Eat” places in SD for some time now. It’s hard to find a new Japanese restaurant that you can fall in love with. I have my regular Japanese/Korean sushi places I frequent but there’s not really one specific place that I’d say is *THE* sushi place to go to.

Sis is a fan of the infamous Sushi Ota. Me, not so much. My parents would take us there when we were kids and I didn’t find the sushi all that great. Sis says I MUST go back and give it another shot b/c she lives for their sushi (and it’s 100% Japanese owned). But I guess me being the rebel that I am, I refuse to buy into the hype of Sushi Ota and I refuse to pay their outrageous prices.

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Sushi Express (Conveyor belt Sushi NT$30/plate = $1 US/plate) – Hualien, Taiwan

I have a huge fascination with sushi served on conveyor belts. My first experience with the sushi conveyor belt was in LA’s Little Tokyo. There was something about seeing the little, covered plates of sushi go around and around and around.

So mom told me she heard of a sushi bar conveyor belt restaurant here in Hualien. She wanted to take me to a nicer Japanese restaurant for sushi but I opted for Sushi Express b/c, well, I love me my conveyor belts.

The place was packed which is always a great sign for a restaurant. You sit at the bar and it’s pretty much a free-for-all at that point.  Continue reading Sushi Express (Conveyor belt Sushi NT$30/plate = $1 US/plate) – Hualien, Taiwan