Everyone in San Diego goes to 99 Ranch Market to buy the Asian essentials they need to fill their pantries. Whenever I’m in San Diego, my parents always make a trip here and sometimes I even buy a few things to bring back to Phoenix with me because even though there are Asian markets here, they are still far and few between. The variety isn’t really up to par yet either.

However, a competitor has now opened: the Zion market just across the street from 99 Ranch Market! Zion is Korean owned and operated so instead of the traditional Chinese food options, they have Korean ones. My sisters and I decided to stop here after church one day to get some Korean food that we’ve been craving. We shared a Bibimbap that was more than enough for the three of us. I also loved going to Zion because they had a Paris Baguette Bakery Café inside, which are everywhere in South Korea!

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Bibimbap

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Take away sandwiches

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Paris Baguette Bakery Café

I have a friend who used to live in San Diego who couldn’t stop talking about D Bar when I told her that I was going there for a visit. She absolutely loves it there so, of course, my sisters and I decided to go there for a late night snack and dessert one night. We tried making a reservation, but that didn’t work out so well because the table they say was reserved with us wasn’t cleared yet. Apparently the people just weren’t into leaving. Anyway, we ended up having to wait for quite a while, but did eventually get a table. Inside, we noticed that there seemed to be three areas to the restaurant: areas for drinks, dining, and desserts. This seemed appropriate since D Bar is known for not just their desserts, but drinks and dining as well!

We ended up ordering three things to share:

D.C.B.: Dates, Crue Fries, & Crispy Brussels
Southern Fried Belgian 2.0:  Fried chicken, Bacon & Maple Sugar Waffle, Tillamook cheddar, Honey Mustard, & Sweet Potato Fries
Cake & Shake: 3 layer chocolate cake, Madagascar Chocolate Frosting, & Vanilla shake

I especially though the D.C.B. platter was delicious because it allowed us to try three of their famous appetizers. The D Bar Dates part consisted of three local organic Medjool dates stuffed with Marcona Almonds, Manchego Cheese, and wrapped in Applewood Bacon. The Crue Fries are essentially garlic parmesan fries covered in mac sauce, melted cheddar jack, aws bacon, ranch dressing, and chives. But, the Crispy Brussels were my favorite! I loved how the flash fried brussel sprouts were served with a sriracha honey glaze, toasted hazelnuts, and a shaved brussel sprout salad. Yum, yum, yum!

D photo adventure:

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During my trip to San Diego, I went downtown, downtown with my sister who works downtown. Then we met up at Papa Luna’s Empanadas for lunch. Located right across the street from her office, she’s been here a few times, and I’m glad she recommended this place because it was quite delicious! We got three empanadas, a classic caesar salad, and an Arnold Palmer style half iced tea half lemonade to share. It was more than enough food!

We decided on these three delicious empanadas:

Carne Molida: Lean Ground Beef, Green Olive, Hard-boiled Egg, Potato, Raisin
Empanada de Choclo: Sweet Corn, Cotija Cheese, Fire Roasted Peppers
Philly Cheesesteak: Sautéed Top Round, Cheddar, Grilled Onion

An empanada-style photo adventure:

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I have been to this delicious, but unassuming pizza place before, but I never realized how close it was to Downtown San Diego and literally in my sisters’ neighborhood! My three sisters and I visited here for lunch after spending a relaxing morning at the beach. Since there were so many of us and even more varieties of pizza, we got to taste a total of 8 pizza slices! We each ordered one slice first then went back and each got a second slice since the pizza was so delicious and we were all so hungry after the beach!

Bronx Pizza is one of my absolute favorite pizza places because the pizzas are thin, but large; the toppings are fresh; each slice only cost $2.50; and the place is so busy that the pizzas are always being freshly made. They also always ask you if you want your slice heated and if you do, they take your slice and stick it back in the oven for a minute so your pizza is delicious and piping hot. Yum!

A teletransporting photo adventure:

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The other day was my friend’s bday, so we decided to go somewhere close by our hospital for brunch. I have heard that this place called SNOOZE is really good, and the line is always sooo long every time I walk past it. We went fairly early so we wouldn’t be stuck in line. Brunch was a success! The food was really good. I got the breakfast pot pie and she got a breakfast burrito – both excellent choices! Because it was her birthday, they also brought out a pancake with a candle to celebrate! It was really nice of them and also very yummy. The atmosphere there is really cool too! I would definitely go again =)

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A breakfast pot pie – sausage gravy over flaky crust. Hash browns = amazing

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A HUGE breakfast burrito

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A complimentary pancake

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Cool light decor

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