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The Haven – Kensington

The Haven – Kensington

Happy New Year! 2017 already? How many times will I write 2016 until 2017 will feel right? Anyways, I hope 2017 brings you better food, better drink, and more of each of them. ūüôā

The Haven has been in Kensington since 2013. I went with one of my friends a few years ago, but have not had a chance to come back since. When that much time has passed it’s almost like trying a new place.

The holiday decorations were in full swing and it’s a smaller, but not cramped restaurant.…

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Cinnaholic – Pacific Beach

Cinnaholic – Pacific Beach

Cinnaholic is starting to spread its wings throughout San Diego. We previously visited the kiosk location at the Mission Valley Mall with the kids. They sure did enjoy themselves. This time, Michael and I would fill the void of uninhibited excitement the kids would normally bring at the new Pacific Beach location. Besides these two locations, they just opened one in Escondido at the North County Mall and are set to open another¬†in the gaslamp as well. They have grown up and expanded quite a bit since their Shark Tank days.…

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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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Brian’s 24 – Downtown

Brian’s 24 – Downtown

I used to go to the old Brian’s in Hillcrest before it closed and the space was taken over by The Great Maple. A lot has changed since then. A new family purchased Brian’s 24 in downtown. They have done quite a bit of remodeling and it looks amazing inside.

Side salad

This will be the first and last trace of a somewhat healthy dish for this entire post. I thank Michael that we got an ounce or two of vegetables on this evening.

Carne Asada Tots: a full pound of crispy tater tots topped with melted cheddar-jack cheese, diced steak, and sour cream.

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Sloan’s – Downtown

Sloan’s – Downtown

A new Sloan’s ice cream shop opened in May at the newly renovated Horton Plaza Park right next to, you guessed it, Horton Plaza. They have another location in the UTC mall.

The plaza is very nice and open. I’m sure they have events there and it would be cool to hang out if I worked in downtown. The only other food/beverage vendor there is Starbucks.¬†

There’s also some semi-covered seating in front which is great for those hot sunny days when you do not want your ice cream to instantly melt.…

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Locol – Oakland

Locol – Oakland

One thing about Anh and I is we like us some cheap food. As long as it’s good, we good. I do enjoy nicer sit down restaurants too, but in my world it can be hard to beat a sub $10 delicious meal and Locol in Oakland could potentially deliver that to me. That’s kind of what spurred me to contribute to the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign last year. Cheap, accessible, local, good food was what I was hoping to see from Locol in Oakland and LA. I also got a nice hip t-shirt to show off.…

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Homestyle Hawaiian Pub & Eatery –  Tierrasanta

Homestyle Hawaiian Pub & Eatery – Tierrasanta

My post of Cucina Urbana was not all rainbows and butterflies. That’s just not real life now is it. Another¬†long time favorite of mine is Homestyle Hawaiian. It’s a steady source of comfort and I love to frequent the location near Mesa College. When I noticed Homestyle Hawaiian Pub & Eatery in Tierrasanta¬†opened earlier this year I had to go check it out. Actually, we used to hit up the owner’s (Mo)¬†other restaurant called Da Kitchen/Mo’s Island Grinds way back in the day until he closed it. What a sad day that was when we found out we couldn’t get his Korean chicken or kalua pig anymore.…

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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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