Archive | January, 2015
Acqua Al 2 – Downtown San Diego, Gaslamp

Acqua Al 2 – Downtown San Diego, Gaslamp

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I was 27 the first time I had the privilege of visiting Florence, Italy.  What a wonder place full of rich Renaissance history, beautiful works of art, and a love for life!  It’s no wonder that restaurateur, Martin Gonzales, fell in love with Florence.  In fact, he took the additional step to move there and immerse himself in their culture.  After successfully completing culinary school there and working under Master Chef Innocenti, he took the initiative to bring Acqua Al 2’s first sister restaurant stateside. Luckily for us, he decided to land in San Diego first!…

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Yoshino Japanese Deli – San Diego Poke Bowls

Yoshino Japanese Deli – San Diego Poke Bowls

During a recent stay-cation in North County, we were lucky enough to stumble upon a great little spot called Yoshino’s Japanese Deli.

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I guess you could say they are the epitome of a great “hole in the wall”.

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Their tiny space is simple and to the point, but their production of flavors are huge!

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They specialize in Poke Bowls, or simply put, “Sushi Rice Bowls”.  They have several types of poke bowls to choose from which are built around of tuna, salmon, spicy tuna, spicy crab, masago, avocado, and seaweed salad.  …

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Island Soul Bistro (Lemon Grove)

Island Soul Bistro (Lemon Grove)

IMG_4302 Island Soul Bistro opened up late last year, you know, in 2014. That sounds soooo long ago. It is situated in a dark strip mall in Lemon Grove. Our love of island food brought us here, hoping to uncover a hidden gem. They stood out because of their “unique fusion of Chamorro and Southern cuisine,” according to their website. DSC_0001
If you dine in their sweet tea is on the house. It wasn’t overly sweet, but seemed a little watered down to my taste. Anh thought it was just right. Island Soul Bistro Collage When I walked inside I pictured them serving some form of Southern fried chicken kelaguen or maybe ribs with a soy sauce/vinegar glaze.…

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Ritual Juicebox (Hillcrest)

Ritual Juicebox (Hillcrest)

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We were invited to Ritual Juicebox in Hillcrest for a tasting when they first offered their plant based food back early in December, but we unfortunately couldn’t make it. They offered to host us at a more convenient time and we recently paid them a visit to see what kind of healthy creations they were cooking up. If you haven’t started on your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier yet, this may be the place to kick start your goal. Lainey Gaura, manager and Executive Chef was there to be our guide as she prepared various food items while we sat down and sampled many of their fresh organic juices they offer.…

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Kettner Exchange – Little Italy, San Diego

Kettner Exchange – Little Italy, San Diego

If you haven’t heard about Kettner Exchange yet, you will soon.  Brought to you by seasoned restauranteur Matt Spencer (of Analog, Vin De Syrah, and Firehouse), Kettner Exchange is an exciting and delicious destination to experience, and be seen.  Executive Chef Brian Redzikowski is serving up exceptional Progressive American Cuisine.  Bar Manager Steven Tuttle oversees classic, but friendly drinks to satisfy the most discerning patron.  Darren and I were fortunate to attend their grand opening party back in mid-October.  Here’s what we saw.

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The 8000 sqft property boasts a stunning nautical theme and pays homage to the late William Kettner.  …

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Lou and Mickey’s (Downtown)

Lou and Mickey’s (Downtown)

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We don’t normally get to downtown very often. Lately though, Michael and I have been honing our skills in finding the best parking spots downtown has to offer. On this trip we’d visit and get to know a restaurant we have seen many times, but never dined at before. Partly because it just never occurred to me to try “that” restaurant that sits right across the street from the convention center. Lou and Mickey’s is easy to spot next to the Gaslamp Quarter sign, with its lights shining brightly over 5th ave.…

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