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SNOICE in Paradise Hills, San Diego

SNOICE in Paradise Hills, San Diego

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Just prior to Thanksgiving, we made a quick trip up to Paradise Hills to check out SNOICE.

*If you look a little closer, you’ll notice my daughter just outside the front door super eager to go inside!  Somehow she knew she’d be in a for a special treat.

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SNOICE specializes in snow and ice desserts traditionally found in Taiwan and the Philipines.

They have a pretty cool story.  The founders, Jayrell and Dianne, started it up as a side project of the side of Dianne’s parents’ bakery.

What started out as a pop-up dessert bar has since evolved into a full fledged storefront and viable business.  …

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The Grass Skirt Tiki Lounge, Pacific Beach

The Grass Skirt Tiki Lounge, Pacific Beach

The Grass Skirt Tiki Lounge

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As you may know, Darren and I are cousins.  What you may not know is that our parents were born in Hawaii.  So, we’ve got a natural affinity towards island style cuisine and themes.

Tonight we were excited to be checking out the soft opening for The Grass Skirt in Pacific Beach.  This Tiki Lounge concept is from SDCM, the same group that brought us Kettner Exchange a couple years ago.  One thing that we realized is that they love to make a great first impression!…

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Poke Etc. – National City

Poke Etc. – National City

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you probably aware that poke it all the rage these days in San Diego.

It’s interesting because there was such limited options for poke just a couple years ago, and now there’s probably close to a dozen options now.

One interesting restaurant (and store) that caught our attention was Poke Etc. in National City.

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Inside they have a full Hawaiian menu with traditional plate lunches and sides.

They also have a breakfast menu which looks delicious as well.

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Just behind the main counter, they have a poke bar which houses a few different ones.  …

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San Diego Poke Company – Grantville

San Diego Poke Company – Grantville

The poke craze is here to stay. Blink twice and you might miss another shop popping up around the corner. Good thing for us fish lovers, there’s a lot of fresh seafood to be had in San Diego. With so much variety, I do not think I’ll ever get tired of it. San Diego Poke Company is a relatively new company which started out at farmer’s markets. They did so well they started a brick and mortar store a few months back. The owner, Yohei, came from a technical background but decided to shift gears and pursue something a little more fun.…

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San Diego’s BEST Chicken and Steak Sandwiches EVER

San Diego’s BEST Chicken and Steak Sandwiches EVER

I’m back!

So, after a long hiatus from posting something on SDF, I thought it’d be appropriate to pay a visit and declare my love for San Diego’s BEST chicken and steak sandwiches EVER.  It’s been long overdue since we’ve probably ordered more than 100 chicken sandwiches from Chez Nous during the last decade and a half.

My favorite chicken sandwich is a non-traditional one called the Spicy Chicken Melt from Chez Nous in the Scripps Ranch area.

This little sandwich shop is a hidden gem, unassuming and tucked away in a strip mall off the Carroll Canyon Road exit.…

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Farmer’s Fix

Farmer’s Fix

Farmer’s Fix is a relatively new salad delivery service in San Diego. They pride themselves on fresh, organic ingredients delivered straight to your door. Each salad is $10 and depending on how many you order, there may be a shipping charge of $6. As of now you can order 3, 4, or 5+ salads per week.

I always like opening things with food in them. Sometimes maybe I get a little too excited. But let’s just say that “rigorous testing” took place. As I was removing each of the three salads from the cute, insulated tote bag, I must have got ahead of myself and the first one slipped out of my hands.…

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Harvey’s Lounge Inside the Seven Mile Casino – South Bay

Harvey’s Lounge Inside the Seven Mile Casino – South Bay

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What the… huh?!  There’s a casino in Chula Vista?

Yes, there is!  The Seven Mile Casino is just south of the 54 freeway and nestled between E & F Streets along Bay Blvd.  While the casino has been in existence for decades and had a long history in the city, this newer property we visited has only been opened for a year.

They specialize in table games such as pai gow, poker, blackjack, and several other table games.

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Although tempted to play some games, we were here for the food!

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The casino is small relative to a most behemoth casinos you’ll find outside of the city limits or in Las Vegas, but that’s part of it’s charm.  …

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California Pizza Kitchen – Fashion Valley

California Pizza Kitchen – Fashion Valley

Ever since my old DSLR (almost 10 years!) decided it was time to retire, I have been on a hunt for a more compact mirrorless camera I can take around whenever we eat out or when we go on vacation. The Sony a6300 had my eye and I was one Amazon click away from it being at my front door. I took a took a complete 180 and eventually settled on the Olympus OM-D E-M5. California Pizza Kitchen was the first outing I got to use my new toy and I hope to learn my way around the new controls and features soon.…

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