San Diego Food of Love

So every other month (or at least I try) I head down to San Diego to visit my family & friends. For anyone that’s ever been down there, the sights are amazing. Weather is perfect and the food is on point! Instead of a recipe from me during the week of January 24 – February 1, 2012, I decided I’d go on a food adventure. Because let’s face it, when you’re on vacation, you just want to eat! I did happen to cook one dish and those were my baby back ribs. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to share that recipe with you all but for now, here’s what I ate while down in sunny San Diego!

My first stop straight off the plane was of course Mexican food. Who can go wrong when it’s OooOOoOOOOH so right! Try carne asada fries. Tender and crispy golden brown french fries topped with carne asada, cheese, sour cream & guacamole. Forget Happy Meals, THIS is a HAPPY MEAL!

Next up took me to Eastlake, CA where on Wednesday nights there are food truck meets and most of the popular food trucks make their way out and gather for a mobile food extravaganza.

I decided to take a stab at some BBQ and Super Q was the truck. I had their sliders. One was beef brisket and the other pulled pork. Both exceptionally delicious!

If anyone remembers Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race, season 2 featured a truck from San Diego called Devilicious.

Check out Devilicious’ video promo from Food Network here.

I had their Philly Cheese Steak and that thing was heaven!

White & Black cookie. I never had the chance to taste it. Left it in San Diego.

Here is the Double Stout Beer Brat from Curiocity

That ended the food truck escapade. Afterward I still got a burrito. Below is a hefty bean & cheese burrito from Cotixan on Mira Mesa Blvd. One of the late night stop shops whenever you need a midnight snack!

The next day, the family and I took my oldest daughter to Disney on Ice: Toy Story 3 at the San Diego Sports Arena which is now called Valley View Casino Center. Afterwards we ate near Point Loma at this seafood spot called Mitch’s.

Thinking my daughter would eat, I ordered a grilled chicken & cheese burger with fries. She ate some chicken and some fries. The rest was either eaten by me or taken home.

But I wanted to try their fish tacos. We ordered the beer battered rock cod & the other grilled. Pretty tasty. I’d go back.

Mom ordered crab cakes & fries with a side of cole slaw. Here are more fish tacos we ordered.

And finally their jam packed clam chowder. Delicious!

The next day we decide to bum around and find ourselves near La Jolla, CA. Beach town, upscale, ritzy all in one. Below you’ll find yourself a Jamaican jerk chicken pizza.

So Saturday morning, my buddy and I decide to hit up The Trails Eatery after a long morning playing some disc golf at Morley Field near Balboa Park. Pretty fun if you’ve never tried it. The Trails Eatery was also featured on Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible by Chef Robert Irvine, one of my favorite celebrity chefs.

I was feeling lunch so I went with a BBQ bacon burger & fries.

Ahh so over the weekend I decided to cook! Here are my famous BBQ baby back ribs!

So another spot featured on Food Network. See a trend yet? This one from the show Heat Seekers featuring two chefs, Aaron Sanchez & Roger Mooking, who travel the nation finding the hottest and spiciest food and challenge each other to the duel.

Got a free quesadilla appetizer coupon so used that. Below are the salsas. I forgot the names but clockwise went from mild to hot starting from top left.

My chile colorado. No taste. Tortillas were ok made by a “tortilla lady” who freshly makes tortillas to order outside the restaurant as part of a show bit as well.

Sunday just after noon I met up with a friend for one of the greatest burger spots in San Diego. This place is pretty much the only place in California where you can order Juicy Lucy style burgers done right. Those type of burgers consist of a burger patty stuffed with cheese. Although the adventure didn’t start there. We went a different direction. Seafood! The place is originally called the B Spot but now it’s called Bao’s Awesome Burgers & Sandwiches (BABS) located on Convoy. If anyone remembers I was one of the originals to test out the #11 (not on the menu). It’s the hottest burger they have but they have significantly redesigned it to be even hotter! I didn’t take my chance though. Picture and video of the challenge below:

The shrimp po boy above and the langostine lobster po boy below.

Deep fried Canton chicken wings. Amazing!

Another random outing for Mexican food is from Rigoberto’s off Miramar Road. These are 5 rolled tacos with guacamole & cheese.

Before heading back home I made sure to bring back a care package for my in laws. Pollo asado burritos carefully packaged.

Lastly, can’t forget the ever refreshing fresh watermelon slush with boba from Bobalicious in Mira Mesa & a Cali ATC from Submarina.

The end…

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