They just made my wish..Dining at Tin Fish!

Fried Fish Tacos

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San Diego’s coastal seat makes it an ideal destination for adventurers and sun seekers. Whether you’re hiking along the sandstone cliffs of Torrey Pines State Reserve, walking through the frothy surf of Coronado Beach or admiring the postcard-worthy scenery at La Jolla Cove, you’ll find little reason to stray far from the city’s natural wonders. Spend a day at Balboa Park – the city’s definitive cultural hub – and soak up the stunning setting while exploring the many museums, theaters and gardens that call this 1,200-acre park home. Though it’s tempting to spend your whole vacation exploring, don’t forget to carve out some time for a San Diego history lesson: America’s Finest City proudly shows off it’s military and maritime heritage with two well-regarded (and highly interactive) museums.(travel.usnews.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Tin Fish – Oceanside

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes: 

All fish tacos, Clam Chowder

Southern California is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

You have Hollywood, the wonderful beaches of San Diego, the Gas Lamp district and one the best places for fish tacos I have ever had.

Let’s talk Tin Fish!!

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A Celebration Party in your Mouth..with Wings over at FireHouse!

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There are two generally accepted Buffalo wing origin stories and they both involve Teressa Bellissimo, co-owner of the original Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York. The Italian restaurant and bar was founded in 1939 by Bellissimo and her husband Frank Bellissimo, but it would take two decades before Anchor Bar would make its mark in food lore. The first story comes courtesy of Frank Bellissimo and takes place on an undetermined date in the 1960s. According to Frank, the culinary innovation happened when the restaurant received an incorrect shipment. Instead of getting the typical chicken backs and necks for use in Teressa’s famous spaghetti sauce, they got wings. “[The wings] were looking at you, like saying, ‘I don’t belong in the sauce,’” Frank recalled in a 1980 New Yorker article. Not wanting to waste perfectly good chicken, Frank asked Teressa to try to make something new with the unwanted ingredient. She cut them in half, deep-fried them and dunked them in hot sauce. The famed appetizer was born.

Dom Bellissimo, the couple’s son, later disputed this story and, instead, gave a more detailed version of events. Bartending late one Friday night in 1964, Dom wanted to treat a couple of regulars to a late-night snack. Acknowledging that this was at a time that “Roman Catholics still confined themselves to fish and vegetables on Friday,” Dom asked his mom in the kitchen to whip up something special to be eaten at exactly the stroke of midnight, turning Friday night into Saturday morning. Taking the leftover chicken parts, which were often wings, Teressa chopped them in half, deep-fried and poured hot sauce on them. Serving it with celery and blue cheese dressing from the restaurant’s house salad, it was love at first taste for the barflys. Word got around and, within weeks, the “Buffalo wing” was the pride of the city.  (foodandwine.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Firehouse No. 1 – San Jose, Ca 

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

9

Recommended Dishes: 

Spice Crusted Chicken Wings, The Firehouse Cheeseburger, Shoestring French Fries

There are a few things that go hand and hand with a ice cold beer..

Beer with sliders..

Beer with ribs..

and my favorite.. 

Beer with chicken wings!

One of my favorite pubs to enjoy a great tasting ice cold draft beer with some unique flavorful wings is Firehouse No. 1.

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Tasty Grub that will Tickle your Tonsil when your Dining at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles!

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The earliest American chicken and waffle combination appears in Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 1600’s, when home cooks made waffles and topped them with pulled chicken and gravy. A different, decidedly soul food-inspired approach to the pairing worked its way into popular culture much later with the opening of Wells Supper Club in Harlem, New York. The restaurant, known simply as “Wells” to regulars, opened in 1938. Wells became a late night hotspot for jazz musicians, who would stop by late at night after their various gigs. The musicians, arriving too late for dinner but too early for breakfast, enjoyed the appetizing compromise of fried chicken and waffles. Before long, Wells was frequented by the likes of Sammy Davis Jr. and Nat King Cole (who held his wedding reception there).

Wells managed to inspire a nationwide trend. In 1976, a Harlem native named Herb Hudson opened a Los Angeles restaurant dedicated exclusively to the pairing: Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles. Hudson’s Motown connections helped to launch the restaurant, making it a popular destination for music industry professionals and performers in the Los Angeles area. Over the years, the restaurant has become an established part of the Hollywood food landscape. Roscoe’s is so well known, in fact, that President Obama took time out of his busy schedule in 2011 to make an unscheduled stop there. In case you’re curious, he ordered the “Country Boy,” Number 9– three wings with choice of waffle, potato salad or French fries. Here’s hoping he chose the waffle.

Gladys Knight, a patron of the original Wells, started her own chain with gospel singer Ron Winan in 1996—Gladys and Ron’s Chicken and Waffles. Other soul food restaurants feature chicken and waffles on the menu, including Lo-Lo’s in Arizona and Lucky J’s in Texas. Thomas Keller’s famed restaurant Ad Hoc in Napa has been known, on occasion, to serve lemony fried chicken with crispy and delicate waffles. And in Harlem, Melba’s Restaurant serves up eggnog waffles with strawberry butter and buttermilk fried chicken. While it may sound strange, Melba’s combination is so tasty that she beat out celebrity chef Bobby Flay in a chicken and waffles “Throwdown” on Food Network.(pbs.org)

Today’s Restaurant

Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles – Southern California

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes: 

Chicken & Waffles of Course!! and the sides of your liking..

There is is a new American staple that has hit the taste waves and it’s not your normal breakfast.

We’ve heard of the Grand Slam Breakfast with pancakes, eggs and your choice of bacon,sausage or ham.

We’ve heard of Waffles and your choice of bacon, sausage or ham.

How about something different added to the waffle?

Time to invite someone else to the table..

That’s fried chicken for breakfast paired up with a glistening golden crisp waffle.

No place pairs them up better than Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles!

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Exquisite Dining near the Sea over at 333!

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Oceanside is situated on the Pacific Coast named quite literally because of its location.   Its history begins in the agriculture-rich San Luis Rey Valley, which was first explored by the Spanish Explorer Portola in 1769, followed by the founding of the Mission San Luis Rey de Francia in 1798.

The Mission, with its vast fruit orchards and cattle raising activities included a large population of Native Americans. The Indians who were gathered at the Mission were called “San Luisenos” by the Franciscans, later shortened to “Luisenos.”  Indians were instrumental in building the Mission compound as they provided the labor.  Mission San Luis Rey was the largest building in California when completed and was the most prosperous of the missions, earning the name “King of the Missions.” (oceansidechamber.com)

Today’s Restaurant

333 Pacific – Oceanside, Ca 

Average Cost

$31-60

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes: 

Sweet Chili Calamari, California Rolls, Steaks, Vegetable Stir Fry

So every year, we take a family trip to a fun and exotic location.

This year we decided to go to the sunny and beautiful San Diego, California country to enjoy the awesome weather, San Diego Zoo, Safari Park and Seaworld.

Gathering family together is always a pleasant and memorable experience for me, but also how we get down when it comes to food.

We decided to go out to eat and boy did we do it big at a restaurant right off the beach called 333.

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I Beg your Pardon..I’m busy eating at Inchin’s Bamboo Garden!

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Chilli Chicken, Chowmein, Fried Rice with Manchurian, the list goes on… And as our mouth waters, we wonder: are these scrumptious creations Chinese or Indian? Truth be told, this newfangled cuisine coined as Indian Chinese actually exists. It’s true, it’s even featured on Wikipedia. But contrary to popular belief, it isn’t all that trendy. Desi Chinese actually dates back to a few hundred years ago created by the small Chinese community from the Hakka region that settled in Kolkata in the late 19th century. And before you knew it, this version of “Chinese” food had tickled the taste buds of people all over India adopting it in their own way, from Chinese Bhel Puri to Chinese Idli, spring rolls in canteens to momos on the streets.

So what really is Indian Chinese? Simply put, it is the Indian adaptation of Chinese cooking techniques and seasonings with a unique tadka. It’s aimed at pleasing our desi palate, with a larger offering of vegetarian dishes of course. Yes, Chinese food is the most popular foreign cuisine in India surpassing Italian or Thai. This is why a majority of restaurants dedicate a section of their menu to Chinese food. And this is not just the case in India. People across the world, especially in Malaysia, Singapore and North America, surprisingly relish this cuisine to no end (and who can blame them?).
(food.ndtv.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Inchin’s Bamboo Garden – Sunnyvale, Ca

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

2

Recommended Dishes: 

The rice was good. Just not my cup of tea for the other dishes

Fusion food comes in all types of combinations. Vietnamese and Chinese food blended together.

Malaysian food or even to Tex-Mex food.

How about Indian and Chinese food?

Well Inchin’s has the spot for you to get a taste of what it may be like to combine this Asian combo.

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Fresh Greens to Go over at Pluto’s!

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Salads composed from even a few ingredients make a nutrient-rich meal. The greens alone have calcium, iron, potassium and B vitamins. Many salad basics, including tomatoes, sweet peppers and the greens, are chock-full of antioxidants. Add high fiber and low calories into the mix and you can’t go wrong including a salad in your daily diet. (healthyeating.sfgate.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Pluto’s – San Jose, Ca

Average Cost

Under $10

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes: 

Fresh Salad ingredients of your choice with freshly cut meat of your desire

Eating healthy is a good thing!

My carb loving friends would beg to differ but I promise you that you will feel 100 times better if you incorporate natural foods in your diet.

What are natural foods you may ask?

Basically, if you can kill it or grow it then that is natural.

Let me take that back and even say this in even more detail.

If cavemen ate it, then you should eat it. It’s the best way of living!

Anywho..When I am looking for something healthy,flavorful and fresh it is usually a salad.

And I tell ya..There is a great place for that which they call Pluto’s

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True Finger Licking Fixings over at Orchard City Kitchen!

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Fusion Cuisine is actually not new. It has been around for a couple of decades. Chefs started to merge cuisines around the ’70s. Culinary legends like Wolfgang Puck among others introduced this concept. He actually laid down the foundation for this technique. He is the brains behind the common culinary fusions and pairings. An example of which is the fusion of European cuisine with Asian cuisine, commonly referred to as Eurasian cuisine. This was easy for Chef Puck because of his knowledge of both cuisines. He was originally trained in Europe, but he is thoroughly familiar with the Asian dishes. Eurasian basically combines two cooking techniques and dishes, so you can end up with poached tofu, for example, which generally mixes European and Asian method of poaching.(multiculturalcookingnetwork.wordpress.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Orchard City Kitchen –  Campbell, Ca(Pruneyard)

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes: 

Korean Fried Chicken, BBB – Bacon, Biscuits, Honey Butter, Pretty Much everything on the menu

Finding a Pub with a great food menu can be tough sometimes.

These usually have 1 or 2 dishes that are good, but the overall menu has no flavor.

A great Pub will not only have a great drink selection but also great tasting grub.

I know the spot that has it all!!

Let’s talk about Orchard City Kitchen….

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I feel like a Billionaire Mobster when I’m scarfing at Rockin Baja Lobster!

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Shrimp, crab, and crawfish boils are a Louisiana Cajun tradition and can be found across Louisiana and can even now be found along the Gulf South. But it is the more popular crawfish boil that is most closely associated with Louisiana. The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival in Louisiana has been named one of the top 10 food events by USA Today[3] and is a showcase for Cajun music and culture. Major crawfish boils are held by churches and other organizations as fundraisers throughout the spring. Tulane University holds an annual “Crawfest” in April, and the University of New Orleans holds an annual crawfish boil for all students at the end of the spring semester (Students unwinding on Crawfish and Unprecedented Fun—SUCAUF). Smaller events can be found in backyards and parks throughout April, May, and June. Locals traditionally eat crawfish, as well as crabs, without tools such as shell crackers or picks.(en.wikipedia.org)

Today’s Restaurant

Rockin Baja Lobster – Old Town, San Diego

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

9.5

Recommended Dishes: 

Lobster Corn Chowder, Signature Baja Buckets

Americans don’t gather around for just barbecue.

We flock for seafood boils as well.

What’s a seafood boil?

A seafood boil would be considered a get together where you boil potatoes, sausage, corn on the cob, some great seasonings and most of the time shrimp, crawdads or crab.

I won’t be boiling myself today, but dining at a restaurant that does.

Let’s talk Rockin Baja Lobster..

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Celebrate before it’s Gone..Today I kicked it off at Le Papillon!

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Of course, food is influenced by history as much as vice-versa, and the French Revolution was no exception. The birth of the Republic of France laid the foundation for the modern restaurant to flourish. According to Larousse Gastronomique, the French culinary encyclopedia, although taverns, inns and cafés had served food and drink to the public for centuries, the first restaurant as we know it was opened in around 1765 in Paris by a bouillon seller named Boulanger. At the time, clear soups such as those Boulanger sold were considered restorative; hence the term “restaurant.” However, as the encyclopedia explains, “the first Parisian restaurant worthy of the name was the one founded by Beauvilliers in 1782 in the Rue de Richelieu, called the Grande Taverne de Londres. He introduced the novelty of listing the dishes available on a menu and serving them at small individual tables during fixed hours.”

Following the revolution, the abolition of the guild system that controlled who could be a butcher, baker or cheesemaker and how they did their jobs made it easier to open restaurants. Also, since so many aristocrats fled or were executed, their former cooks and servants had to find new employment. Paris became the center of the new restaurant scene, which, to some degree, it remains today. (smithsonianmag.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Le Papillon – San Jose, Ca

Average Cost

Above $61

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes: 

Truffled Hamachi Tartare with Meyer Lemon and Pea Shoot Emulsion, Dungeness Crab Soufflé with Lemon, Saffron and Caviar, Sugar Snap Pea Soup with Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms,Salsify Soup with Duck Royale and Truffle,Pinot Noir Braised Duck Breast with Sour Cherry, Sage and Black Forbidden Rice, Grilled Loin of Lamb and Braised Shoulder with Caramelized Yogurt and Barberry Reduction

I’m not going to make this long because I want to make sure I can actually publish this during Valentine’s Day.

It’s hard being a blogger sometimes; either you enjoy the day then write about it later, or sacrifice a piece of your enjoyable day and do it right then.

For my reader friends..

I will always do the sacrifice!!

Let’s talk romantic French dining at Le Papillon..

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Time to Celebrate and Bang your Drum..Happy Chinese New Year at Fu Lam Mum!

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Chinese New Year 2016  is the Year of the Monkey

The Monkey’s Traits: Sharp, Smart…

People born in a year of the Monkey are witty, intelligent, and have a magnetic personality. Personality traits, like mischievousness, curiosity, and cleverness, make them very naughty. Monkeys are masters of practical jokes, because they like playing most of the time. Though they don’t have any bad intentions, their pranks sometimes hurt the feelings of others. Monkeys are fast learners and crafty opportunists.

They have many interests and need partners who are capable of stimulating them. While some like the eccentric nature of Monkeys, some don’t trust their sly, restless, and inquisitive nature. Although they are clever and creative, monkeys can’t always exhibit their talent properly. Monkeys like to take challenges and they prefer urban life to rural.

How “Monkeys” Should Keep Healthy

Usually Monkeys are very healthy, partly due to their active lifestyles, and wanting to experience the flavors of life. If they do experience illness, it is usually of the nervous or circulatory system. People born in a year of the Monkey often spend more time at work. Therefore Monkeys need to remember to take breaks to save their energy during their busy schedules. Since Monkeys usually do more outdoor activities, they should pay attention to safety, and while traveling or driving.

The Best Jobs and Careers for Monkeys

When it comes to their careers, Monkeys work very hard. They can adapt to different working environments. Good career choices for monkeys are accounting and banking, science, engineering, stock market trading, air traffic control, film directing, jewelry, and salesmanship.

How to Build Relationships with “Monkeys”

In relationships, Monkeys are not very quick in settling down, as they tend to be promiscuous and are easily bored. However, once Monkeys get a perfect partner, they commit to him/her in every possible way. Since Monkeys love to talk and are sociable, they can be communicated with easily.(chinahighlights.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Fu Lam Mum – Mountain View, Ca

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

9

Recommended Dishes: 

Egg Flower Soup, Fish Fillet with Black Bean Sauce, Beef short ribs with black pepper honey sauce, Yu Choy with Garlic, BBQ Pork Fried Rice

Happy Chinese New Year Everyone!

I know I’m posting this as a belated New Year wishing, but how could I post this before I can even celebrate the New Year my silly humorous friends.

Anywho..

We non Asian American’s may not celebrate in the full heart of the meaning of Chinese New Year but we definitely try.

Being that my wife is Chinese, it makes me personally try to celebrate it even harder.

What better way to celebrate Chinese New Year than with unique authentic  Chinese food from Hong Kong.

Our Chinese New Year celebration meal will begin at Fu Lam Mum!

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