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
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.
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!
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
Our March date was another stay-home date. Tiffany had the awesome idea of us working on a jigsaw puzzle together. Neither of us have that much experience with puzzles, so we thought it’d be a fun date to spend a lazy Saturday doing one together.
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.
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.
After Tiffany’s cousins left, we were finally able to catch our breath and recover from the busy-ness. We took advantage of the free time and got back on track with our monthly dates in September. For September’s date, Tiffany planned a visit to Julian for some apple-picking and apple pies.
I was shocked when Tiffany told me she’s never been to Tacos El Gordo, given her love for Mexican food and having grown up here in San Diego. Ever since then, we’ve been meaning to remedy such a travesty. Perhaps the most well-known taco joint in San Diego, Tacos El Gordo serves up some of the best tasting street tacos I’ve ever had. All of their locations are in Chula Vista, so we went to the one closet to us.
Yes, we missed another date last month. We missed our July date to hangout with Tiffany’s aunt and cousins who were in town from Taiwan. In an attempt to catch up on our dates, we decided to combine our May date with our August date. The May date was supposed to be a trip to the USS Midway Museum followed by lunch at Tacos El Gordo. Since the August date is our traditional anniversary dinner at Sushi Ota, we decided to go the the USS Midway Museum before dinner.