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“The Master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.”

Friday, April 22, 2011

Homies Cinnamon Rolls in East Village

I love cinnamon rolls in general, but I usually don't go out of my way for them. This time around, I had one of those online coupons for these delicious rolls from Homies Cinnamon Rolls in the East Village of Downtown San Diego. What an awesome name! I mean, how can you pass up a good deal? Little did we know we went for the half dozen large rolls instead of the regular sizes. The rolls we got were freakin' huge! I really would have been happy with eating half a roll, but you know me, I don't quit when it comes to food. So I ended up finishing that roll like a big boy that I am. I'm so proud of myself...

Homies Cinnamon Rolls in East Village, Downtown San Diego

To be more specific, we got the Homies Raging Raisin Cinnamon Roll. What another fun name. I wish I had a cross-cut photo to share. I got to keep that in mind next time. No joke, the rolls have to be some of the best I've tasted. It wasn't dry and it had plenty of raisins, cinnamon, and that delicious sugary gooey frosting. The frosting was out of this world and literally leaked in between the layers of the rolls when warm. So good!

Homies Cinnamon Rolls in East Village, Downtown San Diego

Besides the Raging Raisin cinnamon rolls, they also have Original, Awesome Apple and Pecan Pleasure. Now that I look back at it, I should have gotten some other flavors to try out instead of getting all of one kind. Those other flavors are starting to call to me. Some may say that's crazy talk, but I hear them sometimes. HAHAHA! At least that gives me a reason to come back.

Homies Cinnamon Rolls in East Village, Downtown San Diego

To be honest, I messed up. I only bought one coupon when I should have bought more. That's what sucks about these coupons sometimes. It's such a gamble when you want to try out new places that are out of your norm that you don't want to be stuck with extra coupons. That shit cost money. Then there are times when you hit the jackpot like Homies Cinnamon Rolls and wished you bought more. I guess that's the nature of the beast, but I'm glad they exist so I can get my grub on. But man I should of got more. Check them out...

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Homies Cinnamon Rolls
1021 Market Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Thursday, April 21, 2011

PubCakes' Beer Cupcakes in La Mesa

Everyone that knows me knows I love sweets. And cupcakes are no exception. I also happen to love a cold glass of fine craft beer and San Diego has no shortage of that. San Diego has a great craft beer scene that's recognized on a national level. Lucky for me. So, where am I going with this you may ask? Well, cupcakes and beer is awesome in its own right. But what about beer flavored cupcakes? That's right, you read that right. PubCakes created two things I love and some how fused the two to create some unique flavors I haven't tasted in cupcakes. Crazy! I didn't think it would work when I heard about it, so I went in without any high expectations and suddenly became a believer in these treats. The combinations work...

Top Ten Cake Cupcake at PubCakes in La Mesa/San Diego

Punkin' Vegan Cupcake at PubCakes in La Mesa/San Diego

The trip to PubCakes in La Mesa/San Diego was a spontaneous one. I always wanted to go there but for whatever reason, it just never panned out. I was craving sweets and more specifically, I was craving cupcakes. Having eaten at Babycakes in Hillcrest and Sprinkles in La Jolla just recently, I wanted to go someplace I haven't been to. And that happens to be PubCakes.

We headed over to PubCakes and since I looked over Google Maps, I had a good idea where it was. Their location is small and very easy to miss. I wasn't aware that it shared space with a small coffee shop called Treehouse Coffee and actually completely missed it the first time. From what I remembered, they didn't have any large signage for PubCakes or at least I didn't see any. So, just take note on that when you go there.

Stoned Portzilla Cupcake at PubCakes in La Mesa/San Diego

Beer for Breakfast Cupcake at PubCakes in La Mesa/San Diego

By the time we got there, it was pretty close to closing time. I was hoping to get all six flavors that they had. Instead, we were able to get four flavors in the large size and the rest in the mini size. The first two cupcakes above is the Top Ten Cake and its Karl Strauss Tower Ten IPA, cayenne caramel, cherry, and ancho chilies. I like this one and it has a little kick to it but not too much. Just enough and that's coming from a guy that doesn't do well with it. The Second is a Punkin' Vegan and its North Coast Brewery Old Stock Ale, pumpkin, and maple topping. Unfortunately I didn't get the chance to taste this one and was eager to try my first vegan cupcake. Maybe next time...

The next sets of photos are the Stoned Portzilla and Beer for Breakfast cupcakes. The Stoned Portzilla is Stone Smoked Porter, coffee ganache, and caramelized coconut. I'm a sucker for coconut and caramel so I obviously enjoyed eating this one too. The Beer for Breakfast cupcake is Alesmith Wee Heavy, bacon, and maple cream cheese frosting. I also didn't get the chance to taste this. They say everything tastes better with bacon and were wondering if this was the case too. But I didn't get an answer.

Stoned Portzilla and Cup O'Hefen Cupcake at PubCakes in La Mesa/San Diego

Here, you can see the minis that they offered. These suckers are small and look at the size of it compared to the regular size. I just popped one of these in my mouth whole without any problem. You can even compare it to my hand. The mini being shown is the O'Hefen cupcake which is Ballast Point Wahoo Wheat, coriander, and citrus buttercream. Out of all the ones I've tasted, the O'Hefen is my favorite. It's very light and tasty. Too be honest though, I didn't think it was worth the price and it'll be the last time I order the minis. I mean $1.75 for that? It's really hard to enjoy and savor something that small. It's half the cost of a regular cupcake and physically a quarter of the size of a regular one too or smaller. Think about that...

Cup O'Hefen Cupcake PubCakes in La Mesa/San Diego

All in all, the mission for some awesome cupcakes was a success. But let me tell you, their cupcakes compared to the other cupcake shops are smaller. In fact, I would say they are the smallest ones I came across. They got the smallest regular size cupcakes and the smallest minis that I've tried in town. Don't get me wrong, the cupcakes at PubCakes are pretty damn good and recommend them to try. But it's one of those things that I just can't help but notice as well as the steep price. It won't stop me from coming back, but it sure would limit me as to how many times I would go there when there are other options. But check them out anyways, I'm sure glad I did.

7229 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92115

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

More from The B Spot in Kearny Mesa

Sometime ago, I made another not too recent trip to The B Spot in Kearny Mesa to try out their other delicious burgers. I've been craving these cheesy burgers ever since I had my first bite nearly a month ago and made a few visits in between since then. You can check out my first post on The B Spot by clicking here. This time, I ended up getting the Pastrami Burger seeing as that I love all things pastrami sandwiches and a side of fries. And let me tell you, it was pretty darn good. Too bad the photos I took do it no justice. Oh, I forgot to mention, this thing is huge just like their other burgers and sandwiches. I also included a pic of a cross-cut of the burger. You can see the cheese oozing out of the meat patty called the Juicy Lucy from the east coast. So GOOD!

Pastrami Burger @ The B Spot in Kearny Mesa - San Diego
Pastrami Burger, Cross-cut @ The B Spot in Kearny Mesa - San Diego

A buddy of mine, Hoheezee got the enormous burger called the B-B-Beast. Yup that's what they call it and it's such an awesome name for it. It's so big that a regular Joe won't be able to complete it, but not big enough to scare serious eaters or food competitors. This burger was stacked and Hoheezee took a moment to figure out how to tackle it. He ended up cutting it in half and that didn't turn out that well. It made an already messy burger even messier. This just so happens to be a good sign since I never had a great burger that wasn't messy. Strange, but it must be some unwritten rule...

The Beast Burger @ The B Spot in Kearny Mesa - San Diego

Well, it was another terrific visit to The B Spot in my old stomping ground of Kearny Mesa. I can't wait for the next one as my cravings call for delicious burgers. And that'll be soon enough. So check them out!

The B Spot
4646 Convoy St, Ste 103
San Diego, CA 92111

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Ice Cream @ Ghirardelli in Gaslamp | SD

The weather's been awesome in San Diego and by watching the news every now and then; it sucks to be anywhere else outside SoCal. At least that's what it seems like. I mean, it really is "America's Finest City". And with it being pretty warm these days, its perfect timing to have ice cream if you're looking to have a reason to have some. Not that I needed one in the first place. So, that brings me to Ghirardelli in the Gaslamp District for some cold refreshing dessert to cool me off and satisfy my sweet tooth. It's the ideal location for outside seating and people watching in downtown.

Chocolate Sample @ Ghirardelli Chocolate Company in Gaslamp - San Diego

What I love about Ghirardelli besides the delicious ice creams is the free chocolate samples that they hand out as you enter. The ones we got are the Milk Chocolate with Caramel Filling. Man, were these too good! I just love caramel and the chocolate to caramel ratio was perfect. That soft and smooth gooeyness is mouth-watering to say the least.

The World Famous Hot Fudge Sundae @ Ghirardelli Chocolate Company in Gaslamp - San Diego

When I come to Ghirardelli, I always buy the The World Famous Hot Fudge Sundae. I always tell myself that I'm gonna order something else to try. But that doesn't turn out well and I revert back to my old personal favorite. How can you choose anything other than perfection? If it isn't broke, why fix it right? Anyways, the sundae is two scoops of vanilla ice cream overflowing with freshly homemade hot fudge, topped with whipped cream, chopped almonds and a cherry. This sucker is sweet with all that hot fudge and they don't skimp on this at all. Lots of it. You also have the option of it being served in a waffle bowl for a buck more. I decided not too this time around. It's also a good thing we parked a couple blocks away too since we needed or should I say I needed to work it off. But it's all worth it!

Coffee Ice Cream @ Ghirardelli Chocolate Company in Gaslamp - San Diego
Rocky Road Ice Cream @ Ghirardelli Chocolate Company in Gaslamp - San Diego

The others got the basic one scoop of ice cream instead of going all out like I did. Nothing wrong with that since their ice cream flavors are all fantastic. For some reason, the photos didn't turn out that well, but the first photo is the Coffee and the bottom is the tried and true Rocky Road.

As we eat our ice creams out on the outdoor patio you can just feel all the eyes on you as passers walk by. Every time I got a spoon full into my mouth, I look up and see someone salivating over my sweet treat. I smile and they smile back. Life is great!

Ghirardelli Chocolate and Ice Cream Shop
Gaslamp District, San Diego
643 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Seafood @ TJ Oyster Bar in Bonita | SD

During Lent, I've been avoiding eating meat on Fridays, which is pretty tough for me. But the good thing is, I have no problems eating seafood and it gives me a chance to try out new dishes that I normally wouldn't order. And that brings me to TJ Oyster Bar in Bonita and their awesome 99 cent everyday fish tacos that they are known for. I've posted about them before and I want to post something different than just fish tacos since they have other great delicious offerings on their menu.

Burrito Meal at TJ Oyster Bar in Bonita - San Diego

I normally get the regular fish tacos for under a buck and this is the first time I ordered one of TJ Oyster Bar's burritos. Keep in mind that these burritos were ordered two separate occasions. The above photo shows what the burrito meals look like. It comes with a small serving of salad that I thought was meh. It wasn't memorable at all and wasn't enough to be honest. I've had more greenery on a burger than what was offered. But that's ok; the burrito is what's important. It also came with rice too.

The next sets of photos are some cross-cuts of the burritos. The first one is the Marlin Burrito. The marlin burrito is pretty heavy. And I don't mean physically, but in a fulfilling sort of way. The sizes of their burritos are smaller than your regular California Burritos at other taco shops. Despite being smaller, I feel just as full when finished as those. Crazy! It's so good, but I can tell you that it's not for everyone. So, try the taco version first but with cheese.

Burrito Meal at TJ Oyster Bar in Bonita - San Diego

And then you got the Seafood Burrito. I really love this one and it's cheaper than the marlin and shrimp burrito! It's filled with so so many goodness! It's basically filled with everything seafood-wise that they offer packed into the burrito. So flavorful and fresh and so awesome on how they not skimp on the seafood itself. I almost thought that they would just put some kind of filler to the burrito. Nope, not at TJ Oyster Bar! Good for them and that's the reason why I'm a repeat customer and will continue to be...

Burrito Meal at TJ Oyster Bar in Bonita - San Diego

Don't want to go with the burrito and want something more manageable? Well, don't worry they have the Seafood Taco. It's a dollar more than the regular fish taco, but damn is it worth it! As you can see in the photo, they put a lot into the taco and it's more fulfilling than the regular one. You can't go wrong with this one. All I can say is that it's delicious.

Burrito Meal at TJ Oyster Bar in Bonita - San Diego

Just to throw it into the mix, I added a photo of their popular 99 cent everyday Fish Taco. It's like having Taco Tuesday everyday. It's one of the best fish tacos in San Diego if not the best. It's that good. Enough said. Trust me! But give it a shot for yourself and let me know what you think.

Burrito Meal at TJ Oyster Bar in Bonita - San Diego

So, have you tried TJ Oyster Bar? Let me know what you think. If you got some places for me to go try and to check out, let me know also. I'm always willing to try new places.

TJ Oyster Bar
4246 Bonita Rd
Bonita, CA 91902

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Broken Yolk Cafe, Gaslamp District | SD

Had some late breakfast at the Broken Yolk Cafe in the Gaslamp District in downtown San Diego and that means I'm about to have my grub on with their generous servings. I've never been to this location and was actually surprised to see a good amount of people as we entered considering it was a weekday. The photo below doesn't really show it, but there was. It's also much bigger than I expected from just judging it from the outside. I also liked how it was spacious and that large fan in the middle of room is pretty cool.

Breakfast @ Broken Yolk Cafe, Gaslamp District - San Diego

Since it was such a nice day, they had the windows up where we were sitting. And the photo below shows the view we had of the patio and the building across the street. Not much of a view, but I liked it and there wasn't that much street noise that would be considered annoying.

Breakfast @ Broken Yolk Cafe, Gaslamp District - San Diego
Breakfast @ Broken Yolk Cafe, Gaslamp District - San Diego

Let's get back on topic. And the whole reason why we went to Broken Yolk Cafe would be the food. Since they serve breakfast, I'm a sucker for eggs. I love them! I'll eat them at any hour of the day. They're SO GOOD! I got the John Wayne Omelet which is prepared with four eggs with your choice of two sides. Knowing the omelet is going to be pretty big, I picked fresh fruits and toast. The John Wayne omelet is mushroom, onion, American cheese, chili and more cheese. Man, did I enjoy it! I loved every bite of it and I was stuffed. Yum!

Breakfast @ Broken Yolk Cafe, Gaslamp District - San Diego

The next photo is the Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap meal as well as a cross-cut shot of it. I took a bite of this and thought it was ok. It tasted like any other chicken wrap out there. The fries tasted good though.

Breakfast @ Broken Yolk Cafe, Gaslamp District - San Diego
Breakfast @ Broken Yolk Cafe, Gaslamp District - San Diego

Another meal that we got was the French Dip under the American Favorites section of the menu. The French Dip is basically sliced beef stacked on a French roll and served with Au Jus dipping sauce (not pictured). I didn't get a chance to taste this, but it's a good sign when the plate has been cleared. I also have a photo of the cross-cut too.

Breakfast @ Broken Yolk Cafe, Gaslamp District - San Diego
Breakfast @ Broken Yolk Cafe, Gaslamp District - San Diego

I really enjoyed my meal and have no complaints what-so-ever. The service was great as well. So, I'll definitely be back for more. This time, I may try out the other locations since there are five of them. Pacific Beach, Eastlake, La Costa, Gaslamp/East Village and San Marcos.

Broken Yolk Cafe
355 6th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Delicious Flavors of Hello Panda! Yum!

Let's get back on the topic of snacks. It's a topic that I love and really enjoy. I mean, who doesn't love snacks? Well, this time around, my OCD tendencies came out when there were a variety of flavors available for Hello Panda. It's a snack that I love when I was a kid and still do as an adult now. These delicious biscuits filled with yummy cream are hard to ignore. And as you can see, I ended up getting whatever flavor they had in stock. So, here they are...

Hello Panda in different flavors

Hello Panda in different flavors

The flavors of Hello Panda that I ended up getting are the biscuits with Choco Cream, Strawberry Cream, Double Choco Cream, and Milk Cream. Here are some shots of the colorful packaging, which I'm a sucker for as a designer. Those are the kinds of design details I pay attention of besides the snack itself. Now which one did I favor more? Well, flip a coin. That's how much I enjoy eating them and would grab whichever is closet. So good...

Choco Cream - Hello Panda in different flavors

Strawberry Cream - Hello Panda in different flavors

Double Choco Cream - Hello Panda in different flavors

Milk Cream - Hello Panda in different flavors

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Burgers @ The Beer Company, San Diego

Brought a buddy of mine along with my trusted point-n-shoot camera and Groupon voucher to try out The Beer Company in downtown San Diego right off Broadway. We went during lunch on a weekend to catch a few college basketball games and of course for some grub. We got ourselves situated and comfortable as we waited of the waitress which wasn't long. Let me tell you, one half is well lit from the available light through the windows. And the other is pretty dark. I see what they're trying to do, but I'm not a big fan of eating in the dark in dining areas. But the place in general has a lot of potential with a large bar.

Calamari Fritti - The Beer Company San Diego - Gaslamp

But let's get back to the food. For starters, we got the Calamari Fritti. Its golden brown calamari with house made cocktail sauce. It was quite good and you can actually taste the squid which were a pretty good size and cooked perfectly. No small pieces here. But I did wish that they seasoned it a bit more after the fry. And I usually prefer my calamari with some kind of tarter sauce than what they had. Other than that, I would order it again. Oh and as usual, add more calamari pieces to the dish. How can restaurants be so stingy with calamari?!? Squid is cheap!

Mushroom & Onion Burger - The Beer Company San Diego - Gaslamp

Craving for burgers lately, I got the Mushroom & Onion Burger. Its half pound, mid-west Angus beef, sautéed mushrooms, onions, Swiss cheese and steak fries on the side. The burger was ok. I asked for medium and when I got it, it was cooked more than I hoped. So it wasn't dry, but was getting there unfortunately. If it was cooked more to my likings, it would definitely better than just ok cause the sautéed mushrooms and onions were very tasty.

BBQ Hickory Burger - The Beer Company San Diego - Gaslamp

And last but not least is the BBQ Hickory Burger. This is a half pound, mid-west Angus beef, onion rings, bacon, cheddar and BBQ sauce with beer battered fries on the side. No complaints there...

The service at The Beer Company is good. It's a nice place to just chill and hang out. It's real spacious and plenty of TVs to watch the games. They have a pretty big menu that's sure to satisfy the whole group in your party. But, that can also be overwhelming for some others who can't make up their own mind. Like me. Oh well. In the end, I would definitely come back again.

The Beer Company
602 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

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Surefire X300 Weapon Light Flashlight

I've had this Surefire X300 Weapon Light for time now and messed around with it a bit and took some detailed photos to share. Let me tell you this. This flashlight is awesome and one of the best if not the best weapon light around. I'm very impressed with it. For such a small light, the X300 packs a punch and a bright one at that. It's one of my brightest lights that I have. I loved it so much; I ended up getting two for a great price. So, enough with words and more with photos...

Surefire X300 Weapon Light Flashlight

Surefire X300 Weapon Light Flashlight

Surefire X300 Weapon Light Flashlight

As you can see, the Surefire X300 uses two lithium cr123 batteries. I also added the Surefire 6PX Pro flashlight to compare its size. They are both rated at 200 lumens of light output. With the small head unit, the X300 produces the same amount of light but with a bit tighter hot spot. While the 6PX Pro floods more. More photos here or click on any of the images shown...

Surefire X300 Weapon Light Flashlight

Surefire X300 Weapon Light Flashlight

Here's a product description off of Amazon... "The SureFire X300 features a high-efficiency LED that generates 110 lumens of brilliant white light focused by a Total Internal Reflection (TIR) lens to produce a tight beam with good reach and significant surround light for peripheral vision. The LED has no filament to burn out or break and generates tactical-level light—enough to overwhelm an aggressor's night-adapted vision—for 2.4 hours per set of batteries. The high-strength aerospace aluminum body is Mil-Spec hard anodized for superior toughness and corrosion resistance, and is O-ring and gasket sealed to make it submersible to 22 meters. The X300 Rail-Lock system comes with adapter plates permitting rapid attachment to and removal from either Universal or Picatinny rails. An ambidextrous push/toggle switch provides one-finger operation for either momentary or constant-on operation. Optional pistol grip switches permit operation with the top grip finger, leaving the index finger free to operate the handgun trigger. Other switches are available for operating the X300 when attached to a long gun. FITS: Handguns and long guns with Picatinny or Universal rails. Adapter mounts available for several non-railed handguns."

Surefire X300 Weapon Light Flashlight

Surefire X300 Weapon Light Flashlight

I also wanted to share photos of the lights on weapons which they are intended for. It only makes sense since they are weapon lights. So, here are some pics of the flashlights on a Smith & Wesson M&P45 as well as on a rail of an AR15. They both make an awesome combination. So much so, that this is the setup that I'm sticking with. More photos here...

There you have it. Some detailed photos of the Surefire X300. No point in going into detail about the light since there are some many sites out there that do a great job reviewing it. Better than I can that's for sure. Besides, it's just a terrific tool that's basically second to none. You can't go wrong. Let's just say that I'm very happy with the X300, the end.

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