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.
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!
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.
Taipei Overview Post When life gets busy, it can be hard to find time to sit down and eat a proper breakfast. Sometimes breakfast would be a granola bar on the way to work, or instant oatmeal. There was a period of time in college when I didn’t eat breakfast at all. But let me tell you, if I still lived in Taiwan, I would wake up early just to eat breakfast. If you’re planning on visiting this country, you should definitely try traditional Taiwanese/Chinese breakfast. They call themselves 豆漿店 (soy milk shops), but they’re so much more than that. They serve up all kinds of delicious dishes that you can wash down with your soy milk. It was one of the highlights of our trip and we had serious withdrawal when we came back. Breakfast in San Diego is just not the same.
It’s finally here! San Diego’s very own version of Anaheim’s Packing District, Seattle’s Pike Place, San Francisco’s Ferry Building. Freshly opened just last week on March 21, San Diego’s Liberty Public Market offers a plethora of food choices and local goods, making it the first successful stationary sort of farmer’s market. Make your way to Liberty Station for your one-stop marketplace, with 27 different vendors and more to come as it gradually expands!
Taipei Overview post Located at the Taipei Fish Market, Addiction Aquatic Development (AAD) is a new take on the traditional fish market. It is divided into ten areas, which starts with the fish market and branches into a sushi bar, seafood bar, seafood grill, hotpot, deli, supermarket. Other less seafood-focused areas include a juice bar, flower shop, and a lifestyle shop that sells hip kitchenware.
There are few better ways to spend a peaceful Saturday morning than settling into a crowded room overflowing with human bodies, and partaking in the American dream of stuffing one’s face with fatty, delicious egg + cheese + all-manner-of-decadent-concoctions until you stagger to your feet and back out the door in a manner worthy of the drunken displays you probably witnessed just eight hours earlier. [A run-on sentence that may have been, but no less absurd than the above illustration] However! For all the barbaric ritual that is brunch-time, it remains one dearly loved. Even with my 100% introversion, I will fearlessly brave the horde to enjoy a good brunch. Here then, are the Chus’ top five choices for this most important meal [in no particular order]:
One of our favorite meals as the days grow colder is hot pot. A popular meal for family gatherings, hot pot creates an intimate and cozy atmosphere where everyone huddles around a single pot. Instead of having a set list of courses, everyone can cook whatever they want in the pot and eat as they cook. The best place for this is in the intimacy of your own home, but for those of us who don’t own the equipment [or are too lazy to go out and buy all the ingredients], Little Sheep is a great alternative.