My former coworker (and fellow foodie) joined us at Dae Jang Keum for a farewell lunch before his move. The restaurant is located off the main Convoy strip and has been in business for 30 years in the Convoy area of San Diego. The current name is only 12 years old though, named after a korean drama according to a staff member. There was still parking around 11:30am but by the time we left, the small plaza lot was full!
Here's the lobby into the restaurant. Dennis mentioned that the first thing he noticed was some kind of aroma, very different, yet somewhat familiar. More on that later.
At the front of the restaurant, there's a huge barrel of complimentary peanuts which we munched on as we browsed the menu.
We recently attended the Tacos and Tequila Festival in San Diego as media. Their offering of unlimited tacos, craft beer and tequila samples was too good to turn down. We saw a lot of happy people at the event.
Especially the hop, skip, and jump guy from one of the breweries! Is it surprising to see people posing for the camera when there's alcohol involved? Never. =)
I first heard of Pete's Seafood and Sandwich through several of my facebook food groups. This restaurant opened late last year in North Park with positive buzz so of course we had to follow up with a visit. We parked down the street and entered hungry and curious. Dennis and I realized that the business at this location had changed again... Pete's Seafood and Sandwich had replaced Bazinga Eatery which had replaced Sea Rocket Bistro, chronicled through our multiple Taste of North Park crawls. Hopefully this place is here to stay!
The menu was filled with potential food offerings, but we came with one item echoing in our brains... lobster roll. The cashier told us that each sandwich contained 5 ounces of lobster! We also ordered the chicken cutlet parmesan and two sides before taking a seat on the left side of the restaurant. Only one other person was eating still, working on the "small" fries. We were a bit shocked because it looked more like a LARGE!
Within a few minutes, our food was on its way to the table! The server was carrying two big items which we thought were our two sandwiches...
85C Bakery is finally open in Mira Mesa! After braving a super crazy line last year, I was glad we were attending last Friday's grand opening as media. The store opened to the public at 9am but we could already see this line forming by 8:30am! The first 100 people got a coupon book with 12 free drink tickets inside!
As we looked around the store, we noticed these baked goods sitting out... it was so very tempting already!
Dennis and I met up with two of our friends to celebrate some birthdays. They suggested Slater's 50/50 so I figured it would be a good time to use my giftcard. The appeal of Slater's is their special 50/50 patty that is half beef and half bacon. Plus, they have some kick-ass bacon flavors to choose from.
The San Marcos location was packed but we were still able to get a table within 5 minutes. I feel like the Point Loma one is much busier so this is a good option if you really want your 50/50 patty!
B' B' B' Bacon Burger - 50/50 patty, thick cut bacon, bacon American cheese, sunny side up egg, bacon island dressing, bacon pretzel bun
Reader Tacotopia 2016: The Search for the Best Taco. 30+ vendors set up booths in Golden Hill Park, with tacos aplenty, all vying for your vote as the ultimate taco! Dennis and I were invited to attend through the Spicy Loves Milk campaign. Michael Ruffner, from My Urban Eats, is one of just seven California chefs that are being featured in the campaign, which highlights California’s love of tacos and spicy foods. We made sure to stop by his booth for a taste between all the taco mayhem!
Here's the inspired creation: Blazing Pork Belly Blossom paired with milk...
Every year, Chef Celebration holds a series of dinners in April featuring teams of award-winning local chefs who donate their time and talents to raise funds for a nonprofit culinary scholarship program. A couple foodie friends of mine planned to attend one and I thought, why not... Let's splurge just this once and help out some aspiring chefs in the process!
Our selected dinner was at Arterra in the San Diego Marriot Del Mar hotel. Our server Danielle was a doll and took very good care of us during the 5-course meal, which was $65/person before tax and gratuity.
We were invited to check out Tostadas North Park for a food and drink pairing. Add in the owner or chef or special guests, etc. and a meal becomes so much more... I love to hear about the inspiration and background of how the meal and/or drinks came about.
Upon entry, there's the counter to order your food and to the right is a long and beautiful wood table with artisan barstools. Usually compostable plates and corn-based utensils are used at the restaurant but for this media event, they borrowed dishes and glassware! We be getting fancy!
Along with their logo, there are a lot of seahorses around the restaurant too. Here are just a few we noticed while we mingled with the other guests. I was excited to be in the company of several foodie friends (Jinxi, Sun Diego Eats, This Tasty Life, Hungry Ones).
The owner Gerry Torres excitedly talked to us about his restaurant...