July 2, 2015
Recently I went on a food tour with Bite San Diego, the North Park one. We were able to take in interesting North Park sites as well as sample some of the best the neighborhood has to offer. Not only is North Park the oldest neighborhood in San Diego, it used to be a wilting lemon grove and is home to the oldest operating Chinese laundromat in the city. It’s also home to many a historic bungalow, which makes the architecture in the area unique.
Stop 2 was Crazee Burger, a unique local burger joint specializing in exotic meats and local craft beer. This place was packed, but we found some seats and were provided Waygu Beef Sliders, which were actually quite filling. Our guide suggested to us to try some snacks to share as well as some locally-crafted beers if we were interested. The Waygu Beef was quite tender!
Waygu Beef Sliders
June 30, 2015
Recently I went on a food tour with Bite San Diego, the North Park one. Their website boasts that “We’re Bite San Diego, America’s Finest City’s food tour company. Join us on our adventures inside the restaurants that have impacted San Diego’s culinary scene. We will lead you on an exploration of the history, roots and reasons San Diego is becoming a food mecca for locals and world travelers alike.” We were able to take in interesting North Park sites as well as sample some of the best the neighborhood has to offer.
Not only is North Park the oldest neighborhood in San Diego, it used to be a wilting lemon grove and is home to the oldest operating Chinese laundromat in the city. It’s also home to many a historic bungalow, which makes the architecture in the area unique.
Stop 1 was Splash Wine Lounge & Bistro, which was voted “Best Wine Bar in San Diego” last year. This spot has over 100 wines from around the world. We tried the flatbread and tour patrons were welcome to purchase wine from the dispensers. The flatbread was quite fresh and delicious.
Bite of flatbread
June 27, 2015
A quick scan of breakfast locations in Central Phoenix brings up tons of options, more than ever, really. Since it’s summer break, I’ve had the chance to try some. One of my breakfast adventures was Vovomeena located on the southeast corner of Thomas and 7th Avenue.
Vovomeena, along with Tuck House and Mornin’ Moonshine, are owned by DJ Fernandes. The menu at Vovomeena, named after his Portuguese grandmother, boasts an interesting menu that combines indie, European, and Southern cuisine. I read online that DJ Fernandes went to school in New Orleans. I guess this breakfast and brunch place reflects his unique life. What’s most special about Vovomeena, though, is its cold-brewed coffee that’s infused with different flavors. We tried the Flight O’ three coffee flavors so that we could try more. They were delicious. The food, also, of course. I mean, who can turn away a Portuguese Donut atop two eggs over easy atop apple jam atop pork chop atop waffle atop pool of maple syrup?
So many choices
Flight o’ three coffees
Flight o’ three coffees with something added
June 24, 2015
A couple months ago, when I had friends in town, we went on a walking food tour through NTC at Liberty Station, the city’s former Naval Training Center on Point Loma. Through the tour company, Bite San Diego, we walked around to 5 different restaurants and got to try a small sample of dishes from each location. One of our stops was at Point Loma Tea, a small, quaint shop that sells all variety of loose leaf teas. Take a look!
The cute sign at the front with handwritten chalkboard tea of the day specials – these were the teas being sampled that day!
Although I am not really a tea drinker, it was so fun to see the shelves of teas lined up against the wall. Apparently, this wall was the “fun” wall, with special flavors – a couple of them even had chocolate infused inside!
What I WAS able to partake in, however, were the biscuit and scone samples that were provided as part of our tour. The lemon curd topping was so good that I ended up purchasing two jars – one for my friend and one for myself!
I almost felt like I was stepping back in time – a delicious and refreshing stop on our tour!
June 23, 2015
Since I was up in Paradise Valley visiting the Barry Goldwater Memorial Park anyway, I decided to swing by Paradise Valley Mall, which I had never visited before. Located smack in the middle of the mall complex is Chompie’s. I’ve heard about Chompie’s since I first moved to Phoenix. I think there was an article about them in the Arizona Republic way back then when I first started working at the paper. I’ve wanted to visit a Chompie’s location ever since then, but honestly just never got around to it, mainly since they don’t have a Central Phoenix location. Well, since I was in the North Phoenix area anyway, this was the perfect opportunity!
Personally I love New York-style bagels. These bagels are famous around the world for being chewy and boiled. Chompie’s bagels are just that, especially since they were started by the Borenstein family who moved from Queens, NY to Phoenix to start this business. I’m glad they did because even though this is my first time eating a bagel I bought at Chompie’s, you can also buy their bagged bagels at local grocery stores. Of course I will admit that my egg bagel sandwich was way better than any bagel sandwich I could make at home with my their bagged bagels!
Notice the NYC decor
So many baked goods to choose from
So many cream cheese spreads
Egg bagel with scrambled egg … so much egg … so delicious!