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Katsu Cafe – Kearney Mesa, San Diego

Katsu Cafe – Kearney Mesa, San Diego

Thank goodness is all I have to say.  It’s been awhile since I blasted a restaurant, but Teri Cafe was terrible in my opinion.  Granted I haven’t been there in years, but I distinctly remember their chicken was always dry and under season. So, I’m happy to report that Teri Cafe is no longer around and has been replaced with Katsu Cafe!

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I’m not exactly sure when they opened since I don’t work in the area any longer, but I decided to check it out with Jorgina and the kids one day while we were furniture shopping.  …

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Kyoto Japanese Market – Poke Bowls

Kyoto Japanese Market – Poke Bowls

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Kyoto Gift & Food is a Japanese Market located just West of the 805 freeway in National City, CA.  It took us awhile to find this place because it’s touted more as a market, rather than an eatery.  However, I’d say it should be known for both.  
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Just inside the market there is a small room in the back which houses their sushi production.  The market is run by a nice Japanese “mom and pop”.  Inside looks like a market you might find on the Island of Maui, with lots of traditional Japanese foods, snacks, and of course sushi.…

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Vessel’s Summer Menu at Kona Kai Resort, San Diego

Vessel’s Summer Menu at Kona Kai Resort, San Diego

What better way to kick off Summer than with an invitation to visit one of our favorite restaurants in San Diego – Vessel at Kona Kai Resort!  IMG_2058

We were invited to check out Chef Roy’s new Summer Tasting Menu along with a craft beer pairing.  Would it live up to the previous menu (Vessel Fall Menu Review)?
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First up was the 48 Hour Pork Belly – plantain powder, sweet potato spaetzle, anise, & bitter chocolate

I must say I loved the presentation.  The pork belly was tasty for sure, and it was interesting to have it spiced with anise.  …

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D6 Night Market (Mira Mesa)

D6 Night Market (Mira Mesa)

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I got a chance to go to the D6 Night Market in Mira Mesa a few weekends ago held at Mira Mesa Community Park. If there is one thing I learned about these events it’s come early if you don’t like to wait in long lines and potentially miss out on some things that may sell out. This particular night market is named after San Diego’s City Council District 6, which includes Clairemont, Kearny Mesa, MCAS Miramar, Mira Mesa, Rancho Peñasquitos-Park Village, and Sorrento Valley.

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I went with some friends and we arrived around 4:45 pm.…

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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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San Diego Night Market

San Diego Night Market

Last Saturday we got a chance to attend the second annual San Diego Night Market off of Convoy and Engineer Road. About a year ago they held their first event in the Zion Market parking lot next to MIT Express off of Clairemont Mesa Blvd. It was a very tight space, with little parking so we were interested to see how this years event would pan out given the new location.

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We were able to park really close by because we came when the market opened at 4:00pm. Last year we made the mistake of coming right in the middle around 6:30pm and it took us a good twenty minutes to find parking.…

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The Better Chip

The Better Chip

Have you ever heard of The Better Chip?  I’m afraid we hadn’t before Kaitlin over at Murphy O’Brien sent us a package to try them out ourselves.  They are available in over 8,500 stores nationwide including our local Ralph’s and Vons.  You can find them in the deli section next to all of the dips.

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There are five flavors, each non-GMO and all natural.  They are gluten free and with the exception of the Sweet Onion, are vegan friendly.  
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I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t typically go out of my way to purchase products such as these since I’m not vegan nor am I vegetarian.  …

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Ice Blast – Hawaiian Shaved Ice

Ice Blast – Hawaiian Shaved Ice

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Next time you’re in Kearny Mesa and want a little change from the regular boba fix, try out Ice Blast for a Hawaiian Shaved Ice treat.

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Prices are pretty reasonable (Small = $3.00. Medium = $3.50, and Large = $4.00).  Add ice cream for just $0.50 more!

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You can get up to 3 different flavors.  I opt’d for Lime, Cherry, and Orange for a nice rainbow shaved ice.  Of course we got a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the bottom too.

BTW, this is the small!  It was more than sufficient for 2 to share.  …

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