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Trattoria Mediterranean (Balboa Island)

Google and Yelp helped us find Trattoria Mediterranean on Balboa Island. We don’t trust Yelp for reviews anymore (as they extort businesses for good reviews) but use them as a backup for Google, whose restaurant reviews have improved significantly over the last year or so. The restaurant was filling up at 1pm so we missed out on a patio table....

Balboa Bar taste off

Good scientists that we are, we taste tested the two most popular Balboa Bar purveyors on Balboa Island, Dad’s and Sugar and Spice. We encountered S&S on Friday night an hour before they closed. The lines were crazy but I loved the quiet, dark atmosphere of the island at night. I was also impressed by the Heath Bar Crunch topping....

Gin it up

I prefer drinking spirits straight. I don’t like sweet drinks or wasting empty calories on fillers. Same reason I like espresso, and also tequila. But it has to be Anejo – aged. Not that nasty Patron Silver which is the least aged “Blanco” type. In Mexico I adore drinking Tequila Bandera – a shot of Tequila (preferably Herradura Anejo) plus...

Los Tacos (Oceanside)

Glad we decided to try this place again. The Al Pastor is the standout. Crispy, spicy, not greasy, and a hint of cinnamon? Nutmeg? I also tried a carnitas taco and that too was very good – meaty and again, not greasy. Sliced pineapple was a bonus. So was the addictive Serrano green sauce. Mr A tried the Carne Asada...

New Queso dip at Chipotle

Verdict: 3/5 stars. Not very thick, and the texture didn’t seem like real melted cheese had been involved. Flavor was decent. I’m not sure I would order it again as a side or even as a pour-over on my bowl.

Rum taste test

A colleague at work recommended Ballast Point rum to me – which was conveniently located at my nearest Bevmo!  But could it stand up to Bacardi Ocho Anos? The Bacardi was very flavorful but a bit harsh. The Three Sheets however was sooooo smooth and drinkable. We’ve been reaching for it first ever since.

Weekend rest

Mom is recouping this weekend from a cough turned into sinus infection. The doc said no work for the next four days! Now if only my boss would buy that. Early breakfast at Champagne Cafe in Carmel Mountain Ranch. I love this place. It’s a small Cafe with amazing french pastries and a full kitchen turning out eggs, sandwiches, and...

Don Pollo (Poway)

Don Pollo is a tiny hole in the wall taco shop in Poway near our favorite car repair shop, Hunda. The meats are fresh and, as typical at mom and pop shops, a little bit under salted but still very fresh and nice. Here are the Chipotle chicken tostadas: Plenty of chicken, not very Chipotle flavored, but the lettuce was...

Mama Cellas (Rancho Bernardo)

We haven’t been to Mama Cellas in a coons age but we were looking for a friendly little Neighborhood Italian. This place was packed to the brim – on Saturday night don’t come at 7 p.m.! Or else you’ll have to wait 2 minutes like we did. I tried the spicy Shrimp Fradiavolo pasta. This was good but a little...

Sunday morning

Another sunny Sunday morning in San Diego at our favorite farmers market. Ms S with her Jamón sandwich, only Jamón, no cheese or aioli. Mr A and I split a regular Jamón sandwich and the paella. Love their paella. Better than Jaleo in Vegas, and better than Costa Brava in Pacific Beach! The pit barbecue guys were not here today,...