Category: Food

Wang Xing Ji (San Gabriel)

Wow! This was a Szechuan restaurant, as we found out when every item on the menu had either 2 or 3 chili peppers next to it. Our party of 18 arrived early at 530, good thing, because the place was packed packed packed by the time we left. Service was a little slow and haphazard. Kung Pao Chicken – actually...

Shanghai Dumpling House (San Gabriel)

A recommendation from laist.com, this place is steps from the San Gabriel Hilton. It also opens at 7am unlike many of the local eateries around here. So, it was perfect for breakfast! We came for the dumplings but thoroughly enjoyed the Beef Rolls, jiaozi, steamed dumplings, and the amazing spicy beef noodle soup. Shanghai Dumpling House 91776, 227 W Valley...

Las Brisas (San Marcos, CA)

Well, thinking leads to talking leads to doing. After reposting our last visit to Las Brisas, it was really on my mind. And when an opportunity presented itself to try it again this weekend, we jumped. There seem to be so few Mexican eateries like this in San Diego. The taco shop format is simpler and so very popular here....

Tasty Noodle House (Kearney Mesa)

Tasty Noodle House is a new Shanghainese restaurant in Kearney Mesa, in a strip mall already packed with outstanding choices. They have an incredibly vast menu that will take many visits to properly experience. This time we tried the following: Sheng Jian Bao – fried Shanghai soup dumplings. A cross between a dumpling and a fluffy Bao, filled with pork...

Las Brisas (San Marcos, CA)

A new family-owned restaurant in San Marcos. Incredible rich and complex Chile Verde. Dad did not like his Chile Colorado very much (not the traditional flavor). And Alan was not in love with the Shrimp Diablo (again, obviously a family recipe that he didn’t care for). Megan thought her thin cut steak was too tough, but she hasn’t quite learned...

Grown-up dinner at The Barrel Room (Rancho Bernardo)

We are starting to narrow in on our favorite meal at the Barrel Room – the Bruschetta followed by the Meat and Cheese Board. With a few glasses of the Daou Cabernet and Opolo Zin.  The girl was volunteering at the Elementary School carnival with friends…so when the cat’s away… The Barrel Room 16765 Bernardo Center Dr #1, San Diego,...

Happy Kitchen (San Gabriel, CA)

Just down the road from the San Gabriel Hilton is Happy Kitchen. This restaurant is right next door to J&J (Jin Jiang) which we thoroughly enjoyed back in May. We are "happy" to report that Happy Kitchen is just as good. In fact, their scallion pancakes, Beef soup, and Xiao Long Bao are even better than (gasp) 101 Noodle Express....

Mama’s Hummus (Thousand Oaks)

Recommended by Uncle Alan, this Lebanese restaurant is amazing!! Authentic and full of flavor. I don’t think we can keep going to Daphnes’s when we have this place, and Kabob shop, around. Even the spiced onion is good (and I hate raw onion). Tried the beef Kabob, sliced beef, and chicken Kabob. All delicious. The hummus in particular was very...

Come for the Churros (Gasolina Cafe, Woodland Hills)

Dad was of course very excited to find out that a Spanish restaurant was down the street from our hotel. The menu promised all sorts of Spanish Delights that we had been longing for ever since our last trip to Spain. But this place was a little puzzling, the Jamon was cut a little too thick and seem to lack...

I Double Dough Dare You (Pizza Rev, Scripps Ranch)

At our last visit to Pizza Rev, after we landed at LAX on our return from Madrid, they had us fill out a marketing questionnaire on a tablet. I think I said I wanted more toppings on my pizza. In any case, it seems that Pizza Rev is listening because today's visit revealed some changes for the better. They are...