We were driving home from Orange County after a family gathering and decided to check out Yu Me Ya Sake House basd on their solid yelp reviews. This Encinitas restaurant lies along the coast highway in an area with few street lights. Even inside the restaurant, it's quite dark, sort of like a secret sake cave for those in the know. And now we know! There's only room for approximately 20-25 guests in this place so after a 10-15 minute wait, we were led to our seats at the bar.
This restaurant served mainly small dishes, very few sushi items, and plenty of sake. The dutiful plate setting was accented with a bright mini paper crane. We chatted with the gentleman next to us and he recommended a few food items that he had just tried.
Carpaccio (spicy tuna), sushi style, was first on the list. This small plate contained spicy tuna in a crispy wonton shell.
We often attend the Taste of North Park around October so I was surprised to stumble upon a less publicized event called "Tuesday" Taste of North Park. This was a special 'mini' taste held Tuesday June 9, 2015 from 5-8pm in celebration of the HomeBrewers Conference that week! Curious, I picked up tickets for Dennis and me to check it out!
Will-call was available between 3-6pm in front of the North Park Main Street building located at 3076 University Ave. The sweet Dani and Alli were at the table helping me and other event-goers get our tickets! This smaller event was only $20 pre-sale or $25 day of and had 19 participating locations, 15 with food and 4 with beer.
Our first sample of the evening was a Mini Mini Corndog from Coin Op. Yes, mini is repeated twice, according to the server! It was served with a IPA mustard for a sharp kick of contrast to the pillowy dough and meat inside.
At the end of June, another fun Taste of event will take place along Adams Avenue. We definitely haven't explored this neighborhood enough (Soda & Swine was our most recent) but we've been itching to try The Rabbit Hole, return to Senor Mangos Juice House, and check out a few other restaurants in the area. A ticket to an event like this will allow us to do that with ease!
Official Event Info:
The 15th annual Taste of Adams Avenue will take place Sunday, June 28, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, along Adams Avenue, from University Heights through Normal Heights to Kensington. This year’s taste will showcase 30 Adams Avenue restaurants, coffee houses, and exceptional eateries in one of San Diego’s historical and superb communities.
Little Italy is home to a few places we've visited in the past year, including Indigo Grill and Puerto La Boca, plus many more we've never tried so we're super excited to be able to check out our first "Taste of Little Italy" next week. An interesting tibit of information is that Little Italy used to be a part of "Taste of Downtown" back in the day, but we're glad that it is now its own event!
Official event information:
Little Italy’s foodie event of the summer is coming up, “Taste of Little Italy” on Wednesday, June 17 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm in Little Italy. The notable culinary hub is inviting visitors to stroll down the streets with their Taste Passport and experience the neighborhood’s one-of-a-kind eateries. Restaurants will open their doors for food lovers to enjoy a taste of one of their most popular dishes.
Even though we don't smoke meats that often (we especially love pulled pork), our visits to BBQ restaurants in San Diego are even less! I heard about SQUE from a friend and purchased a groupon to try it out. As the expiration date approached, we decided it was time to head over for a taste!
According to the map, it was off the 94 to the east of downtown. After exiting the highway, we easily spotted the building! The finger art was loud and clear about the location of the restaurant parking, which was a small lot to the right of the building. Inside of the restaurant, there's only 4-5 tables so I'm sure a lot of people take food to go.
Dennis talked to the girl at the counter for recs and we ended up with the 3 meat, 3 side combo, perfect for sampling the menu.
Souplantation has always been one of my favorite healthy alternative buffets so I was thrilled to attend a very special Souplantation dinner earlier this year. This event was a celebration of the hardworking farmers who make Souplantation what it is, a chain committed to providing customers with fresh wholesome food. A slick black bus arrived at the restaurant, VIP style, filled with these farmers, unaware of what was in store for them.
I've heard mentions of Soda & Swine before so I was delighted when a friend suggested meeting there for dinner one evening. A short drive later we were on Adams Avenue, ready for a little look-see and taste!
This restaurant is not only a neighbor of Polite Provisions but is a sort of "shared" space. Patrons can order food or drinks from the menu and sit in either area! During dinner it was completely packed. The length of the line varies throughout the night so if you're lucky, you may hit a lull!
With a 15-20 minute wait to order, we were able to ponder the menu a bit. A wide range of options included choice of proteins, cheeses, sauces, and even the meal type, which had sliders, submarines, spaghetti or meatballs! The meats had special names such as "swine" for smoked pork, "hog" for chorizo, "bovine" for beef, "hen" for chicken, "grain" for quinoa, and "banh-mi" for another version(?) of smoked pork. They also had a few yummy sounding sides to select from! Decisions decisions!
In celebration of San Diego's Bike to Work Day, I'm posting about Wich Addiction in Mira Mesa, which offered a free breakfast sandwich to commuters this morning. Free breakfast sandwich? Why yes please! Radio station KPRI also handed out a free Del Mar Fair ticket so more incentives to get my bike out into the daylight. I actually have today off but rode a total of 9 miles with Dennis in the spirit of things. This girl survived the trek and it felt great!
Prior to today, we've visited several times. On our first visit, Dennis ordered the New England Style Spicy Tuna. This sandwich has sashimi style tuna that came out in little cubes! It's got this interesting sriracha aioli which made it a little spicier than what I prefer (which is hardly anything), but keeps it unique. The addition of cool cucumber cubes and the furikaki seasoning keeps the sandwich feeling fresh as well.