Category: Food

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...

Davanti Enoteca (Del Mar)

Can you believe it, we were able to book a table here at 2pm on Mother’s Day. The ambiance here on the 2nd floor of the shopping center is wonderful. The large rock patios are surrounded by foliage and is glassed in to block the wind. The Bruscetta was a bit unorthodox today – mozzarella and pesto – but delicious....

Lou & Mickey’s (San Diego Gaslamp district)

Between Market&5th, the Convention Center, and the Hard Rock, Lou & Mickey’s is literally at Ground Zero in the Gaslamp. A few years ago, a patio and bar expansion makes this the perfect place for people watching. DH enjoyed the Top Sirloin and I had the Crab Louie. The salad was just as good as it was 5 (10?) years...

Paella – first try!

After trying Paella in Spain we knew we wanted to try making it at home. Today we passed by Pata Negra, the only Spanish food store in San Diego, so we took that opportunity to pick up some paella rice and paella seasoning. Usually I am not a big fan of jarred mixed seasonings as they are usually tepid and...

Azul Tequila (Santa Clarita)

Very popular small sit-down Mexican joint near Magic Mountain. Got Samantha her 3 street tacos in a flash. Nice bean dip for the chips. Open til 930 when all others were closed. BRAVO, Azul! Azul Tequila25387 Wayne Mills Pl, Santa Clarita, CA 91355https://goo.gl/maps/B7vTK3fJkJS2

Restaurant Jose Maria (Segovia, Spain)

Our friends took us to one of the more infamous restaurants in Segovia, the Jose Maria. Heavily advertised, nonetheless this is a warm, classic Spanish restaurant doing everything right. The staff clearly takes pride in running a tight ship. The waiter snapped a fresh tablecloth onto the table and brought a basket of fresh bread. We sipped our beer and...