Trying new things

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.  ~Voltaire

Greetings friends! I know it's been a long time. Well, I have been busy working, dating, and socializing.

I did have a good food day yesterday so I thought I would share with you while my impressions were still fresh in my mind.

One neighborhood that I have been checking out more is Point Loma, a seaside neighborhood. I wanted to have a nice lunch at Tender Greeens before going grocery shopping at Fresh and Easy.  Tender Greens is a great place for when you want something healthy and delicious. I have heard about it but hadn't had the opportunity to go there.

Since I got my smartphone, I have been all about Foursquare. Several users mentioned a few must try items: Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, Hibiscus tea, and the steak sandwich. I was a bit overwhelmed at the menu. There are salads, big and simple, and the option to make any protein into a sandwich, a hot plate(entree), or a salad.

The daily special was a chicken sandwich with roasted red peppers. I probably should have written the ingredients down but I didn't think about it until much later. I ordered the chicken sandwich, a side of the Yukon Gold, and the Hibiscus tea. The sandwich was on toasted ciabatta, perfectly toasted and crisp. The aioli was just enough to accentuate the chicken and peppers, not overpowering. It was served with a simple salad with large thin slices of apple and a light vinaigrette. The potatoes were creamy, smooth, and flavorful. I'm not sure if there was butter, cream, or some broth for flavor. 
I like the Hibiscus tea which I have had at Mexican restaurants (AKA Jamaica). It's a bit like cranberry. I probably would have gotten a little sugar with it next time.
My lunch was a little pricey, close to $20 but I think it was worth it. Next time, I''ll get the steak or chipotle BBQ chicken with the Yukon Gold potatoes. 

I had met up with my friends, Ellie and Betty, for dinner and drinks at Princess Pub in another great neighborhood, Little Italy. Ellie had mentioned their Fish & Chips Burrito. I'm sold. Betty and I had ordered a great drink, Shandy, a mix of 7UP and Lager. 

The Fish & Chips burrito was absolutely fabulous. I had the beer battered fish version which was wonderfully crisp and airy. The burrito also had avocado slices, shredded lettuce, and diced onions.  I would definitely order it again. I also got their apple crumble which I was a bit disappointed with as parts of the crumble were overbaked. Services was spotty and disappointing as our waitress was gone for over half an hour. Other than that, it was a great and casual experience.

I'm meeting Betty for dinner tonight at Pamas Bar & Grill in Kearny Mesa. It's the first day of San Diego Restaurant Week. I love this time of year as many excellent restaurants have a prix fixe dinner (and now lunch). We had gone to Pampas last year and I was really pleased with my meal and the service. I'll try to remember to take some pictures this time. 

Until next time, bon appetit.

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