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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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Cinnaholic – Mission Valley

Cinnaholic – Mission Valley

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Last week Darren and I had the opportunity to visit Cinnaholic in Mission Valley.

If you’re wondering why this sounds familiar, you may have seen them on Shark Tank last season!

They are located in the Mission Valley mall nearby the Macy’s and Nordstrom Rack wing.

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Since I was on Daddy duty this day, I decided to bring along Lil K and Lil L.

Once we placed our order, they wasted no time climbing up on the bar to watch their mini cinnamon rolls being prepared!

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Cinnaholic specializes in fresh cinnamon rolls using the freshest ingredients.…

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Project Juice – Hillcrest

Project Juice – Hillcrest

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Project Juice can be found in Hillcrest within the same shopping center as Trader Joe’s.

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The interior is nice and green, which is an immediate reminder that you that you’re eating and drinking healthy!

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They specialize in cold-pressed drinks, superfood bowls, and salads.

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They have numerous drinks and salads ready to go, or you can customize your order specific to your liking.

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This is the Strawberry Maca “Mylkshake” which was on special.

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This was by far our favorite of the day!  It was made with their house-made almond mylk, strawberry, date, vanilla, maca, coconut meat, & cashew.…

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Jonty Jacobs – La Jolla

Jonty Jacobs – La Jolla

Are you a beef jerky lover? I am. Camran, one of the owners of Jonty Jacobs in La Jolla insists you’ve never had beef jerky like this before. Some things in life you just sort of accept without giving a passing thought. For me, beef jerky is one of those things. Sodium nitrates, sure, why not? Preservatives? Okay! Artificial flavors? Sign me up! But then again, I had no idea there was a tastier, healthier version out there until now. Jonty Jacobs specializes in a popular South African snack called biltong.…

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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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Char House – Kearny Mesa

Char House – Kearny Mesa

When we heard a new Vietnamese restaurant was opening in Kearny Mesa, we immediately thought to ourselves: “okay another pho place.” Boy were we wrong. They don’t call themselves Char House for nothing. I should note they also own Pho 5th Avenue in Hillcrest and look to be trying something new here with Char House.

Street Food Specials

I’ve never been to Vietnam (I hope to one day!) so I can’t reach into my bag of street food memories and reflect. But according to Tee, the owner, these are all common in Vietnam. He was very proud to be serving these and I can’t say I’ve seen any other restaurant serve the same dishes.…

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Pieology – Southwest Pizzas

Pieology – Southwest Pizzas

We were recently invited to try out Pieology’s new Southwestern pizzas.

Both Darren and I were excited to check out these custom creations as quick service pizzas are still all the rage (Pieology, Project Pie, Blaze, etc.).

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When we arrived, we asked to speak with the manager to let him know we were there.  Typically a manager will come over to greet us and walk us through the menu, share any new items, and provide details on any questions we ask, but he was more interested in tending to pies in the oven, rather than us.  …

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries with a Few Cherries On Top

Chocolate Covered Strawberries with a Few Cherries On Top

So after a recent and super fun tasting trip to Sweet Petite Confections, I got a bit of inspiration to work with chocolate at home.  I’d never done anything like this, but figured how hard could it be?  🙂

I also needed a project to do with my kids and Mother’s Day was around the corner.  So, I decided to kill a couple birds with one stone and dove in head first.

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We were recently at Costco and purchased a pretty big bag of chocolate chips (I usually use these for cookies).  …

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