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Veggie Grill – UTC / La Jolla

Veggie Grill – UTC / La Jolla

Veggie Grill

We were invited to check out Veggie Grill up at the UTC mall the other week.  Tee was back with me on this rotation and she had a lot of fantastic input that I’ll share with you on this post.

VG is located just across from Macy’s and a huge construction area where they are expanding the mall by 90+ stores!

It’s awesome to see the UTC mall continuing to get its much-needed upgrade.

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Veggie Grill is a quick service type setup with the kitchen facing directly out towards the dining room.…

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Wailua Shave Ice – Ocean Beach

Wailua Shave Ice – Ocean Beach

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Finally!  Wailua Shave Ice is open in Ocean Beach.  🙂

We’ve actually been stalking them a bit since first visiting them in Kauai a few months ago.

You see they specialize in shave ice that’s all natural and made with fresh fruit!

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They share a co-op space with OB Beans Coffee Roasters which is kind of cool.

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Here we go… Coconut x Coconut x Coconut and a Lava Flow

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Coconut x 3: Coconut Milk, Haupia Foam & Roasted Coconut Flakes!

This one was to die for in Kauai!

It was still wonderful here, but not quite as much syrup.…

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Mekong Cuisine Lao and Thai – Convoy

Mekong Cuisine Lao and Thai – Convoy

My family and I love Thai food!  In fact, we probably eat it once per week on average.

We were pretty bummed a couple of weeks ago to find The Great Thai BBQ in National City had closed.  We knew it was coming, but we’d had a void to fill.

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Mekong Cuisine Lao and Thai

Thankfully, a couple of days later we were up in the Convoy area.  We needed to grab lunch, so a quick search brought us here to Mekong Cuisine Lao and Thai.

Apparently, it used to be another Thai restaurant but was taken over a year ago by the current family.…

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Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce

Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce

Who loves hot sauce!? We were contacted by Gringo Bandito to test out their hot sauce lineup. I have been known to add hot sauce to many a meal so it was great to have a chance to try something new.

 

There are three main varieties they currently sell, red, green, and super hot. You may or may not recognize the blond gentleman on the front of the bottle. It’s Dexter Holland, the lead singer of the band The Offspring. I love The Offspring, especially in high school. It is awesome he created his own hot sauce. …

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Roast Sandwich Shop at the Liberty Public Market San Diego

Roast Sandwich Shop at the Liberty Public Market San Diego

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Look what I found recently at the Liberty Station Public Market!  Roast.

It’s a small eatery inside the market that just made it’s debut a few months ago.

I decided to go check it out one day after eating lunch with some friends at Corvette Diner (since I was in the area!).

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Inside is no frills.  There isn’t a lot of room, but they seem focused with their menu which is a good thing.

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They specialize in roast beef, chicken, pork, and meatballs.

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Drinks are served up cold straight from an ice cooler.…

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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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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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