Author: Michael

June’s Strawberry Picking Date

For June’s date, we decided to go strawberry picking! To avoid the heat, we got up early and set off to get our hands dirty. Content: Several strawberry picking places to choose from. Cost: $20 for the bucket and entrance fee. Carlsbad Strawberry Company 1000 Cannon Road Carlsbad, CA 92008

[Highly Recommend] Menya Ultra

After trying the “Pig Meets Ramen” at Tajima last time, Tiffany and I got into a ramen phase. We’d been hearing really good things about Menya Ultra since it opened earlier this year so we thought we’d give it a try. Menya Ultra 8199 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Suite M San Diego, CA 92111 Worried about having to wait hours for our ramen, I decided to take a half day on a weekday and go for lunch after we ran some errands. We got there a few minutes before it opened, yet a line had already formed outside.

[Recommend] Tajima Ramen

Tajima is a well-known Japanese restaurant in San Diego, touting a 4-star rating on Yelp with over 3000 reviews. Tiffany and I have both been there over the years, but it’s been quite a while since we’ve eaten there. The reason we went back this time is because of a special collaboration for the month of June between Tajima and Carnitas Snack Shack, another one of our favorites here in San Diego. Even though it was hot day, not even the heat wave could keep us from our pork belly ramen! Tajima 4411 Mercury St, Ste 110 San Diego, CA 92111 (858) 278-5367

[Highly Recommend] Pho Ban Mai

Time for another San Diego food post! To mix things up, we decided to review a restaurant that’s good for a casual weeknight dinner. Pho Ban Mai 8991 Mira Mesa Blvd San Diego, CA 92126 (858) 271-7199 One could say that we live in the part of town where there is a pho restaurant on every other block. It can sometimes lead to decision paralysis when there is such a plethora of choices. However, ever since I came here for the first time few years ago, Pho Ban Mai has slowly become my go-to for some classic Vietnamese beef noodle soup. It checks all the boxes and I really can’t find much to complain about this place. The food is good and conveniently close by, making it a perfect spot for a quick and inexpensive weeknight dinner.

48 Hours in Taipei | Good Eats

I can’t believe it’s been three months since we got back from Taiwan. The past couple months have been quite busy for us, making it difficult to process all our photos and write posts about them. But we’ve finally come to the main focus of our Taiwan trips: food!

April’s Breakfast and Coffee with Cats

After a busy month, our April date was a chance for us to relax and unwind. For this month’s date, we had brunch and then visited a cat cafe! Even though Tiffany is allergic to cats, she took Benadryl and planned this outing for us anyways because I like them. I’m truly blessed to have such a loving wife. Content: Money for coffee and another sweet card from Tiffany. Cost: $40

阿里山 Alishan | Riding the Alishan Forest Railway

On a recent trip to Taiwan, we got to take a mini road trip to Alishan near the southern part of the country. After landing in Taipei, we dropped off some luggage and headed straight towards 阿里山 (Alishan / Ali mountain). We took a few food detours along the way, so it was pretty late at night when we finally made it to our hotel at 奮起湖 (Fenqihu / Fenqi lake). I was super impressed by Tiffany’s cousin’s driving skills as he navigated the narrow and winding mountain roads at night.

October’s Return to Childhood

Knowing that I love legos, Tiffany got us tickets to Legoland California for our October date!  I’ve liked playing with Lego since I have a kid, but I’ve never been to Legoland, even though we’ve lived in San Diego for so long. I still remember placing medieval knights on their castle and firing the canon on my lego pirate ship.