Category: Food

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...

Chocolateria San Gines (Madrid, Spain)

One of the most popular chocolate churro places in Madrid, Chocolateria San Gines has been serving since 1894. Really completely different from the churros we find in Southern California, these are crunchy on the outside, and soft on the inside, with no cinnamon or sugar coating. The chocolate is very rich and thick and suitable for eating with a spoon...

Mercado De San Miguel (Madrid, Spain)

One of Madrid’s famous markets, MSM has a huge variety of cheeses, olives, meats, wines, and sweets. Think of it as an enormous tapas bar. The fam spent a few hours today here grazing the stalls. DD finally had her Cone of Ham. No bread, just 13EU worth of ham bits. We tried shrimp and chicken croquettes, several cheese toasts...

Siam Secret (Earls Court, London)

I’d heard about the amazing ethnic food in London and we got to enjoy two such places on this trip. Noor Jahan serves delicious Indian in a tiny but formal restaurant in Kensington. DH had the Achari Chicken – very flavorful, with a vinegar tang. My house special Chicken Tikka Masala was great. At least one of the pickles served...

Cafe du Coin (Earls Court, London)

Our favorite breakfast spot from 2014, this Cafe is a reliable little place. DH loves their English breakfast (mushrooms beans and tomatoes) and Samantha loves their croissants with jam service (meaning they will bring jam to your table). Their chicken sandwich and salad was quite nice on Thursday as well. And they are fast, much faster than a pub. Cafe...

Highly unsatisfying lunch

At the Bradley International Terminal. Very greasy pizza from 800degrees, and similarly greasy tacos from Border Grill. That pizza place has to stop using fresh mozzarella, it throws off way too much water. Really wanted some tea to cut the grease. Then Samantha went to buy some Miso soup from the Sushi bar, but the $5 I gave her was...