Dennis recently asked if I posted anything for our blogiversary! Hold up... it's already been 12 years? Who even writes for that long? Coincidentally, my fellow food crawl buddies. I had suggested getting together for eats and CC of Pink Candles at Ridgemont High took the lead in planning a food crawl around the Chula Vista area. Mary and Jake of This Tasty Life completed our group of four. Those two blogs are only a couple months older than mine! My last food crawl was Burger Week so I'm eager to share my latest adventure! Carry on!
Our friend Mercy of Baron's BBQ Beat helped organize a Family Dinner BBQ Bash with six talented BBQ pitmasters in San Diego. This event was hosted at Bitter Brothers Brewing Co. on Sunday July 29, 2018 between 5-8pm. The $75 tickets provided a 6-course meal with beer pairings as part of a fundraiser for Feeding San Diego (a leading hunger-relief charity & food bank serving San Diego County). It's above the costs of a typical dinner for me but hey, I'm supporting a friend and a charity all in one! Plus, who wouldn't mind some quality BARBECUE? The menu preview looked fantastic!
Our Old Town Temecula eats continues! This latest spot was The Goat and Vine, interestingly enough, on the same street block as our two other visits to Havana Kitchen and Blackbird Tavern. This business was highly rated but we also noticed most Temecula spots were favorably reviewed as well... time to find out in person!
The doorway to The Goat and Vine is sort of hidden away, covered by these huge columns outside of the restaurant. You could easily miss the smaller business sign off to the side! The smaller patio is a bit shrubby, almost tucked away like the entrance! The last place with extra greenery abound was Churchill Arms during our London trip.
Did you know it's National Caviar Day?! Sterling Caviar is the leading producer of domestic caviar and they provided us with a caviar sampler pack. I also attended an informative facebook live with Sterling Caviar that taught me about the sustainably-farmed sturgeon that produces the caviar. You can see the replay on facebook here. True caviar comes from sturgeon eggs and anything else must be prefixed with the source, such as salmon caviar, rather than just saying caviar!
When I get a craving for fried chicken, Cross Street Chicken and Beer is one of those places that pops into my head. The restaurant used to only offer dinner hours after 3pm but I was thrilled once they added lunch hours. The drive is only ten minutes away from work! It IS in the middle of Convoy so parking can be a pain. We typically have to walk a few blocks if we don't luck out with parking.
There's a sign-in at the front to add your party size. The service counter and kitchen is to the left upon entering. Do you see that rubber chicken there? It has a couple of special signatures on there... more on that later.
After attending a cousin's wedding in Temecula, we decided to explore a little more of Old Town Temecula. We had noticed Blackbird Tavern when we ate across the street at the popular Cuban spot Havana Kitchen. It happened to be Father's Day (though we're not parents yet) and Blackbird Tavern was already half full (much busier than last time we peeked inside with 2-3 tables).
A huge advertising blackboard was to the right of the entrance. According to this, Blackbird Tavern had been open since 2013!
Dennis and I recently checked out Biggie's Burgers (as media) in the heart of Pacific Beach. They have one other location in San Clemente and most recently opened this San Diego location. Biggie's Burgers is your family friendly, alcohol free spot with a classic american food menu while near the beach. There's even a large television where you could watch the local sports such as the recent soccer games. Across the Mission Boulevard street are popular boozy brunch spots like Duck Dive brunch (bottomless mimosas), etc.
Dennis and I took a Friday off to explore the quaint Old Town Temecula. We've never been to this area before and it gave us a wild wild west yet touristy impression. Restaurants lined the main street while lively crowds refueled and conversed in the sitting areas. Despite gorging at Pechanga's Lobster & Seafood Buffet the prior evening, we wandered with a new roaring hunger. Havana Kitchen caught our eye with their Cuban dishes and seemed to be the perfect pick for our mood!
The restaurant was on a side street off the main road. The building itself was very unassuming and simple. A few two seater tables were scattered within the narrow patio area.