mmm-yoso!!! is a food blog. Three friends share the writing responsibilities here. Kirk, who is busy with work right now, Ed(from Yuma) who is busy with retirement right now and Cathy, who is blogging this post for you right now.
I've written a good portion of the posts on this blog about local Markets and Grocers, usually mentioning that most have in store restaurants...and then showing you some of the meals from those restaurants.
This Indian grocery store doesn't have a hot foods area.Located on Miramar road, just West of the 15 between Black Mountain Road and the North entrance to MCAS Miramar, the signage caught our eye.
The "Simply South" advertisement of 'fresh batter made here' is why we began shopping here regularly. This very clean, well stocked, quite large Indian grocery has been here since 2011. There's a good selection of fresh produce, yogurts, pre-packaged naan, a whole aisle of just coffees and teas and malt beverage drink mixes and an open refrigerator of various roti. Rice of all types along the far wall, frozen foods(35 doors) along the entire back wall.Other brands of dough (in addition to the Simply South brand made here) for making fresh Dosa, Idli and Uttapam are also sold in the refrigerated area. Sweets and kitchen/household items are also sold here. There are also aisles of sauces, spices, mixes and snacks, none of which did I take photos...it's almost overwhelming for someone who doesn't know brands. I must say that everything I have purchased here has turned out to be very good...but I've spent a lot of time reading the labels for ingredients.Beverages (Indian beer in the refrigerator), syrups...pretty much a regular grocery store...with the most interesting area in front of the cash registers. Yes, I'm pretty certain the words "Kwality Ice Cream" on the storefront signage caught your eye in that second photo. The Founder of Kwality, a Food Technologist and Flavorist, pretty much began the company while studying at Rutgers University. The photo above, my first taste of 'pistachio nut' had such a complex blend of other flavors (saffron, cardamom and others) all complimenting the nutty pistachio flavor.This Falooda Drink for $6 is probably the most wonderful and decadent flavor blend I've had in a very long time. Falooda noodles, watercress seeds, rose syrup, rose kulfi and malai kulfi. The flavor mix was refreshing and cooling and so very different.
The ice cream here makes shopping so much fun.
Cash & Carry 9252 Miramar Road San Diego 92126 (858)566-4819 Open Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat-Sun 9-9 Website
Thanks for stopping to read mmm-yoso!!! Cathy is writing today; Kirk and Ed(from Yuma) are busily researching places and food items.
Some days, I just want a simple meal-sandwich or salad, maybe a coffee. Ending up at Panera, Subway or Starbucks makes for a dull post. I've taken photos of every food item consumed for almost a decade, those don't necessarily show up on the blog but this time, simple foods from a locally owned place are worth sharing.Just a few weeks ago, while driving along 163 South, we noticed this signage over what had been a Starbucks, turned briefly into Pizza Studio (another one of those 'customizable' pizza places) (which, after six months, had a 'Closed for Remodeling' sign on the window). (I did write a post about Pizza Studio, but it was very negative and proven by the sudden closure so it was deleted). Lil' Farmers Cafe is in the same parking lot as Mitsuwa Marketplace,Chopstix Too and (soon to be open) Nishiki.The ubiquitous, hipster, reclaimed wood wall was already there......as was the walk along refrigerated glassed in area.The simple menu (nothing is priced over $5.99 except for the 'to go' organic beverage packs which serve 12) is pretty much all customizable.You can choose your bread and toppings for a sandwich......as well as salad ingredients if you want something added or not included in the menu selections.The beverage selection is interesting (as is the pricing variance between 12, 16 and 20 ounces) and I really like the organic coffee. The concept of a Bacon and Bean salad ($5.49) is interesting. For the first order, I wanted my personalization to be the lettuce choice and the salad dressing (Oil and vinegar, which was mixed thoroughly and in a perfect proportion). Lettuce, bacon, garbanzo and kidney beans, fresh tomatoes and Parmesan. This was very large, very fresh and just right (I am always afraid when the lettuce is already mixed in with dressing, but the technique used here is correct, with no excess 'pooling' at the bottom of the bowl). The Mister ordered a Farmer Panini ($5.49) Roast beef, cream cheese, tomato, onion and (our addition) sprouts. Panini'd and on sourdough, this was a really good sandwich. We ended up speaking with the manager, a very nice lady, who told us the owner is a former San Diego Socker. We've seen him in the restaurant the times we have visited; he is keeping an eye on things and looking for feedback and ways to improve the menu.Another visit had me craving a simple salad. Farmer Greens ($4.49), a nice mix of arugula, spinach, red pepper and roasted tomatoes (I chose sesame dressing) is very good (roasted tomatoes would be a great salad add-on in the future; such great flavor) and hit the spot. The Mister had another menu item in mind, the pesto-chicken flatbread ($5.99). The flatbread (a whole grain dough; very nice) is first warmed, then the items placed on top, then it's all placed back into the small oven for about one minute to melt the cheese and warm the chicken and the flatbread gets a bit crispier. Pesto, chicken, Mozzarella and shaved Parmesan are the only ingredients and truly is all that are needed needed. Again, the flavors are just right.You may or may not have noticed a small area at the bottom of the small menu. Ice cream. 99¢ a scoop ice cream. Only chocolate, strawberry and vanilla flavors (which can be made into a shake). Excellent, extra creamy, 'old fashioned' (to my tastebuds) ice cream. It reminds me of the 10¢ squared/not round scoops of wonderful ice cream from Thrifty's. The bottom of the menu 'flatbread' choice is a sweet version ($4.99). Again, the bread is first warmed, then spread with Nutella and sliced banana, folded over itself, warmed a bit more (the bread is almost toasty) and topped with caramel and chocolate sauce. This was good, if not a bit too sweet (I think a dollop of fatty whipped cream might cut the sweetness, but really have no complaints).
Each visit we've shared a cup of the organic coffee, which is very good. There are no claims made about other organic items here; the freshness on each visit has been remarkable. It's nice to have a local place to enjoy a good, simple meal.
Lil' Farmers Cafe 4240 Kearny Mesa Road San Diego 92111 (between Ross and Trex, just across from the In-n-Out) (858) 430-6554Website Open Mon-Fri 8-6, Sat 10-6
mmm-yoso!!! is the name of this food blog. Kirk, Ed(from Yuma) and Cathy share in the writing of posts on this blog. Today, Cathy is writing, so the guys can have a bit of a rest while seeking out and enjoying more of their cravings.
The Mister and I had wandered into this (currently under re-construction) mall, with the initial plan of grabbing lunch at Ryan's Cafe and stopping for an elusive blueberry fritter for dessert, only vaguely recalling Kirk's post from more than two years ago. But since parking was compromised, we ended up a bit farther in the parking lot, and upon passing J&T, decided to eat here instead.Walk in, order and pay. Your food will be brought to you. Yes, that is the entire menu, both behind the cash register and on the back of the business card. There are a few variables, as you can see. Tables of various size and height are in the front area, along with a water dispenser, napkins and condiments on the counter and there are also a few tables in the back.Our 'first time' order. Simple, served simply...as street food is in Thailand. A salad (all the salads are the same base of vegetables) topped with chicken ($6). You have a choice of three dressings: spicy lime, peanut vinegar or lemon grass. You can specify a spice level, with 5 the top end (3 is as high as I would go as a first timer; it was enough). The other items are described below.The Chicken Satay appetizer ($3) is served without the skewers (yay)...grilled chicken thigh pieces (flavorful) and some cucumber along with a nice (and not too sweet) peanut dip. This could be a light meal.Combined with a chicken Tom Yum soup ($3), definitely a meal. The spicy sour TomYum, made with lime as well as lemongrass and chilies hit the spot on the chilly day we were here. It wasn't too crazy spicy though; I could taste the various ingredients.Above is a cross section of a lettuce wrap. The order of three wraps for $3 could be a meal for me, easily. Great fresh flavors with a good delicate spiciness contrasted with the cool/crispy iceberg used for wrapping is a perfect combination.Also sticking to the appetizer portion of the menu, fried tofu ($3) was another excellent item. The order is topped with crushed peanuts as well as fresh cilantro.Returning a couple of weeks later to meet up with cc, who wrote this post about that visit, she and TC and I shared the above abundant meal. I'll just describe the 'new to you' items. Since I read Kirk's post after the first visit, I knew we had to order the wings. Ignore the feathery parts; the wings were fried properly and were quite meaty. The came with a sweet/sour sauce for dipping, but were quite good without it.The tofu Pad Thai plate ($7), TC's usual choice, was quite good and there were leftovers. The Shrimp salad ($7) included 5 quite large freshly grilled shrimp, again with the variable of the dressing. The Mister and I returned for another visit and this time chose the calamari salad ($7)...again, same fresh greens, choice of dressing (I do seem to like the spicy lime the best, but all three are quite good) and this time topped with freshly grilled to tenderness calamari pieces. Another excellent salad.This time, we tried the Tom Kha soup, with shrimp ($4). I wanted to try the J&T version of this coconut milk based soup and was not disappointed. Three large shrimp were in the pint sized container. Quite wonderful, and something I will return and order.
Happy to have found this small casual restaurant, even though I should've known about it from reading this blog...
J&T Thai Street Food 5259 Linda Vista Road San Diego 92110 (619) 294-7500 Website Open Tues-Sat 11-midnight, Sun noon-9 and Monday 11-10
mmm-yoso!!! is a food blog. Kirk and Ed(fromYuma) and Cathy are the usual bloggers. Things pretty much work out that when one doesn't feel like (or can't) blog, one of the others has something they can post. Today, Cathy is writing.
A few weeks ago, The Mister and I were headed to the Vallarta Market in Escondido, planning to eat lunch beforehand either in the store (link is about a different location of Vallarta; but the food court inside all stores have the same food selections) or at the Farmer Boys, which shares the same parking lot...However, seeing this signage at J&M's (also sharing the same parking lot)...well...had to stop. The week after we had been here, this small ad appeared in the Union-Tribune. It looks like a June-only promotion. When looking at the regular menu, chili is not listed anywhere.The interior decor is newer, neat and clean, there is a separate closed room for meetings and wonderful friendly waitresses.
Some of you may remember there used to be a Spires Restaurant (a small Southern California chain of Traditional American Diners, since 1965) in Escondido which burned down in 2012. J&M's opened here in 2013 with the same owner and many of the same employees.
The regular menu is straightforward and has two 'added value' menus at the back for both breakfast and lunch (these special menus are served anytime).Therefore, breakfast it was. The #3 ($6.99). One and a half slices of French toast with two eggs and bacon. This was great, just enough and everything fresh, tasty and quality (and perfectly poached eggs).From the 'regular' menu, the appetizer of onion rings ($4.99). One size only. 20 fresh breaded and perfectly fried whole slices of onion. For the first time ever, The Mister and I did not fight over who got the last one; we were full from sharing this giant serving. THE chili bowl ($5.69). If you know, or care much about chili...this is great. No beans, tomato, peppers (just a hint of the typical mild/red bell pepper flavor and possibly Anaheim chilis), onion, spices of cumin and garlic with a bit of chili powder heat. This would be perfect on a cold day.
We will be going back soon, in case the Chili Extravaganza really is over at the end of the month.
J&M's 1215 E Valley Pkwy Escondido, CA 92027 (between Harding and Ash) (760)745-3710website open 6-11 daily
Thanks for (continuing to) dropping by mmm-yoso!!! a blog about food. Today, Kirk as well as Ed (from Yuma) are both resting and Cathy is filling in with a post long on photos of an event and of food.
Last Saturday, it was 'that time' of the year- the first Road Test of floats which will appear in the 127th Tournament of Roses Rose Parade which will happen on January 1, 2016. The Theme for 2016 is "Find Your Adventure", which will guide the activities and designs for floats.
The parade is being sponsored in conjunction with the National Park Service, a bureau of the Department of the Interior. The National Park Service, formed in 1916, preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.The Mister and I left home early, stopped for a quick snack (you'll see, below) and arrived in Pasadena just in time to park, stop at Starbucks, walk over the Metro tracks and South on Raymond Avenue, where the floats were lined up for their 7 a.m. Road Tests.This is the Shriners Hospitals for Children float entry (I haven't found a title or artist rendering for it) in a 'ready for foam' stage of construction. It looks like a Shriner Bear in a fire engine. You can see the small rectangular cutout in the front, where the 'observer' will be looking out onto the parade route so he can tell the 'driver' of the float if there is a reason to slow down or speed up.This is the City of Los Angeles 2016 float in its most basic stage of construction. The float is titled "Discover Los Angeles" and you can see several things: a sunshine, maneuvered to its low position so as to meet the height requirements along the Parade Route; to the left, an outline of the Capitol Records Building and just underneath that, the "spotter" for this float, in a red shirt...while just to the right of center (behind the man on the bicycle) are seen the legs and arms of the 'driver' of the float. Even at this point, the Road Testing has them communicating via headsets.This is the Lutheran Hour Ministries 2016 float entry, "Jesus is the Light of the World", foamed and ready for color. That's a lighthouse in the back, with the top down, a position tested for the float to be able to fit along the Parade Route.This will be the 2016 entry for Rotary International. This float, in its foamed and 'cocoon' stage (I haven't found a title). I can see a cute squirrel and snail as well as a grasshopper and lovebirds. "The Tree of Life's Adventures" is the 2016 entry of the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs, another Service Organization. Colors are marked for decorating and the rectangular slot for the 'spotter' is just under the 'deck' in the center; quite well disguised.The Kiwanis entry, "Children, Our Treasure" looks like a bright, fun float. Here, it is backing into the construction/decorating barn (at Phoenix Decorating Company), fitting through the doorway which is the maximum height and width every float needs to be able to collapse down to along the parade route.Lions Clubs International is showcasing more of their philanthropic work with "Camps for All Abilities".Finally, the City of Alhambra's 2016 Rose Parade float entry is "Parks Make Life Better" and is a small diorama of the City archway, along with park benches, climbing tower, slide and soccer net.
I know, you are here for the food. The Mister and I haven't been on a 'road trip' since January and didn't want to hit traffic. Most of the food we bought was consumed in the car while driving.
We stopped first at Cream Pan, which opens at 6 and is convenient from the 5 freeway. This wonderful Japanese Bakery has changed just a bit, adding the dumpling warmer/reverse refrigerator and removing some of the interior seating. The ham and cheese croissant is still $2.50. The pecan cinnamon roll is now made with chopped pecans instead of halves. Both are still wonderful and amazing pastries. We also purchased some sesame rolls for meals at home, and no strawberry croissant!
Cream Pan 602 El Camino Real Tustin, CA 92780 (714)665-8239 Open 6 a.m.-4 p.m. seven days
After the floats, we drove up Lake Avenue to the original location of Roma Market (link is post about the Escondido/San Diego County location). The Pasadena location is only about a block North from Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles, where we stopped about two years ago. This store is smaller than the not large Escondido location and more interesting. Mr. Rosario Mazzeo, who has worked here since the 1950's, was busy preparing "The Sandwich"($5.50) as well as working the deli counter. He is very friendly and said to us "this is what I do, all day, every day". The simple three meat, one cheese, olive oil on a fresh Italian roll sandwich is perfect. We also purchased one fresh made Burrata ($2) to bring home.
Roma Market 918 N. Lake Avenue Pasadena 91104 (626)797-7748 Website
Following Roma, while eating the The Sandwich in the car, we drove to the Saturday Pasadena Farmers Market, which was enveloped in fog. The overcast day made the fruits and vegetables bright. We stopped at the one vendor who has prepared Mexican food and purchased a chile relleño burrito ($2.50). It's not large but is filled with flavor; a good snack while walking around.
Pasadena Saturday Farmers Market Parking lot of Pasadena High School.
Soon enough, we were headed East on Route 66. The line at The Donut Man was around the side, back into the parking lot. Being able to watch the bakers in the back was fascinating. We bought two donuts and headed home.
The Donut Man 915 E. Route 66 Glendora, CA (626) 335-9111 Website
We made our final stop at Tom's Farms, because we got to the 15 after a *lot* of traffic and honestly, I needed to use 'the facilities'.
We grabbed some ring bologna to go with the bread and cheese and veggies that had already been purchased that morning and headed home. Got back just before 1 p.m..
Tom's Farms 23900 Temescal Canyon Road, Corona, CA 92883Website
mmm-yoso!!! A food blog with variety, not templates. Kirk is catching up with his jet lag and Ed (from Yuma) is doing his 'research' so as to write some more interesting posts. The post today is written by Cathy.
The Mister and I dropped in last week and here's a peek at *some* of a lot of activities (and only two food items) going on at this 2015 County Fair. There will be a part 3. Parking in the free lots means you are dropped off at the front entrance gate. You get this viewpoint if you were lucky to ride on the top level of one of the Double Decker buses that are used for the free transportation. Stepping into the first building to the right of the entrance, you'll see the Theme Exhibit with displays and education of County and World's Fairs and Balboa Park, where the Panama-California Exhibition was held in 1915, celebrating the opening of the Panama Canal and touting San Diego as the first port of call in the USA for ships going North after transversing the Canal in the Westward direction. Walking to the left from the main gate entrance is the Paul Ecke, Jr. Flower and Garden Show, with displays centered around the theme of "A Walk in the Park". (Keep this area in mind when I begin to speak about the food at the fair, below.)The Floral Specimen Contest inside the Sleep Train O'Brien Hall (first building on your left after entering) has amazing displays of varied beautiful stems as well as other floral and design contests. Design in Wood Competition this year has a Fair Theme Division and this beautiful bench is so much more than just seating.
The Photography and Art competitions, Home and Hobby, Gems and Minerals are all to the right after the entrance (past the Theme Exhibit building). There are, of course, carnival rides, games of skill (or chance) and animal judging (animal auction is July 4).
I suppose you are more interested in the food items here. There were several things we wanted to try, but it came down to only two meals. First, a decent shared snack.Inside the Paul Ecke, Jr. Flower and Garden Show area, cornered by Bing Crosby Hall and the O'Brien building, you will find this setting. Where for $10, you can purchase this meat and cheese box or a fruit and cheese box. (The beverage shared was a very nice Sangria).
There were two salamis (one fennel, the other more of a hard salami) two cheeses (smoked Gouda and Provolone) fresh baguette slices, peppers, artichokes, olives and capers and some very fresh sweet cantaloupe. This was an excellent find and we will stop in again on one of our next visits to try the fruit/cheese box and some wine...
But it just wouldn't be the Fair if we didn't turn at the first right from the Midway... Yep. We did. $12.75 with tax. Low carbs! Enough for two and it counted as dinner. This was easily one pound. Great, smoky pulled pork lightly mixed with a spicy-sweet BBQ sauce; really good. That was placed on top of chili beans (slightly spicy) which were placed on top of crunchy, large, spiced with dry rub pork rinds (the rinds that did get 'wet' from the chili beans were tasty and another texture) all topped with a very nice, fresh slaw. This was an excellent meal.
There is so much to see and comprehend as well as taste that one day just doesn't do it. The daily contests, the competition entries, the skills and hard work all year have been preparing displays.
Thank you for once more stopping to read mmm-yoso!!! Kirk is recovering from his European vacation, Ed (from Yuma) is enjoying his American vacation and Cathy is here in San Diego, sharing part of her Staycation.
We are beginning to have some overcast, warm and humid days now...'bad weather' some call it. Driving down to the Ocean Beach area of the City and parking at the beach makes it all tolerable. North and South views from the public parking lot on Sunset Cliffs near Lifeguard Tower 2 are beautiful and the ocean breeze is brisk and refreshing.Turn around, back to the street and the orange based signage at Newbreak greets you. It's been there since 1993. The seating area can hold around 50, there is free wifi (and plenty of outlets)...but of course, the Cafe is why we stopped here. Fresh baked pastries and bagels and home made breakfasts and lunches. Gourmet coffees and a wall of tea leaves to choose from.Additionally, there is a good selection of gelato available. This day, I decided on soup and a half sandwich ($6.99) Yes, you see full slices of the baked here multigrain bread, but from the smaller end of the loaf, making the small sandwich declared to be a half. The sandwich is the "New-B-Ken-OB": turkey breast, bacon, avocado, Swiss, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise.
Fresh made vegetarian lentil soup in a quite large bowl accompanied my 'half' sandwich. Quite a delightful, fresh meal. That day, there was a chalkboard listing of a Cubano panini ($7.99). You may be able to tell it was double the size of the other sandwich. Ham and chicken breast, pickles and two different house made spreads (one was red pepper based and had a nice spice) properly panini'd served with some thick crunchy potato chips made this another quite large meal.
We also had shared a large pour over French Roast coffee ($2) which was excellent.
Newbreak is a San Diego staple for a number of reasons. There is so much to appreciate in our great County. Thank you for reading!
Newbreak Coffee & Cafe Sunset Cliffs San Diego 92106 Website(619) 226-4471 M-F 6-3, Sat-Sun 6:30-3
mmm-yoso!!! a blog about food...and acquisition of such food. Todays post is written by Cathy, while Kirk and Ed(from Yuma) are resting.
I've written quite a few posts under the "Markets & Grocers" category of this blog. It seems that new and old grocery stores of every ethnicity have some sort of in-store eatery. More than two years ago, I wrote a short post only about the restaurant inside the Del Mar location of Whole Foods. There is a theme-named restaurant inside *every* Whole Foods and I thought I'd share about eating in the restaurant from the menu and from store purchases. Walking into the La Jolla location (near Torrey Pines Golf Course), you'll notice the restaurant next to the main door...Looking straight ahead There are more-or-less lunch and dinner food items you can purchase by the pound (soups are priced by the bowl size). There are also sandwiches, pizza that can be made whole or purchase by the slice and bakery items you can purchase by the each.
However, if you drop by when the store opens, at 7 a.m. daily... The by-the-pound items are more 'breakfast-y' in nature... The sandwiches and pizzas also carry a 'breakfast' theme.
You can select your foods, pay and then have a seat inside Torrey Pints or at one of the small booths in front of the cash registers.Here is a rather large purchase (±$9)(a full pound) which includes beets, chorizo, scrambled eggs, turkey sausage links, a piece of veggie quiche and cheesy bacon potatoes. Actually, I am fascinated by the breakfast pizzas here, especially this whole egg-asparagus one. The whole pizza is baked and on the counter, then if you would like, it is re-heated in the pizza oven (which this was)...and still the egg yolk is runny. Within the Torrey Pints seating area, we noticed the signage of daily specials (most of which we have partaken in). There is always a home made sangria of the day available. The menu includes creative items, made from fresh items from the store. The burger is wonderful; we usually always seem to order it. So here's one of our Friday lunches...The Winter Caprese salad ($8) is made with red and yellow beets, herbed honey pine nut ricotta and served with arugula, pine nuts and drizzled beet oil.The Mediterranean plate ($7) has cauliflower tabbouleh, no-oil hummus, lavash cracker and a tomato-onion salad. Refreshing, flavorful and all veggie treats. The Whole Foods store is fascinating, clean and always has something new. Sometimes the prices are really good, sometimes not; you just have to know your prices (the regular price of Whole Foods brand Ricotta cheese is $2 a container less than the regular price of Albertsons brand Ricotta)
Whole Foods 8825 Villa La Jolla Drive La Jolla 92037 (858)642-6700 open daily 7a.m.-10p.m. Torrey Pints open Mon-Sat at 11, Sunday at 10 website
Thank you for stopping in at mmm-yoso!!! just to read about food. Kirk and His Missus are sad to be leaving Europe right now. Ed (from Yuma) and His Missus are happy to not be in Arizona right now. Cathy and Her Mister are in San Diego and enjoyed a lunch in an office park...
Yes, I've writtena total of three other posts about Green Acre, one of our favorite places to grab a tasty, fresh (and according to the menu, healthy) lunch. This lunch was enjoyed at the Campus Pointe location. The parking is better and the restaurant seating area is larger than at the 'original' Nautilus location. It's a bit more of a walk to see the garden area, but you pass it when going to the parking area and the walk is always pleasant after a meal. Asking for water as your beverage gets you more than enough in a pretty decanter.The "Agua de Dia" (water of the day)($2) was watermelon cucumber and very refreshing. The Mister ordered a steak salad ($12) and the freshly picked greens along with beets, orange pieces and pickled onion were various and so brisk in flavor...a different green, a different taste...the side of buttermilk dressing was almost unneeded. The medium-rare cooked steak was lightly coated with a fresh chimichurri and so very flavorful. (That's a pretzel bun, served on the side) This was a Friday (when I don't eat meat) and the house made Black Bean Burger ($10) was my order. The medley of black beans with some spices and formed into a patty, served with Smoked Cheddar and avocado on a grain based bun was really tasty, fresh and satisfying. Fresh lettuce and tomato as well as pickled onions help to enhance the 'burger' flavor and there is a small side salad topped with a champagne vinaigrette, as well as a scoop of tasty quinoa salad. Still, we also ordered a side of Root Fries ($4) which come with sides of house made mayonnaise and catsup. Perfectly fried potato, sweet potato and beet cut into symmetric sticks and fried then lightly salted...the catsup reminds me more of a marinara and the mayonnaise has a distinct lemon flavor.
All in all, another nice meal in an unexpected location.
Green Acre 10300 Campus Point Drive San Diego 92121 (858) 450-9907 Website Open M-F 7am-3 pm Happy Hour 4-7. Thurs and Fri
Thanks for stopping by to read mmm-yoso!!! Kirk is still on vacation, as is Ed (from Yuma). Cathy is busy with people who want to be on vacation while writing a post a day...about another few meals enjoyed.
I really try to cover different foods and parts of the County each day when I keep the blog going while Kirk is on vacation and realize I skipped the South County area entirely this time. Bad me.
Here's a post showing a few visits to one of our favorite places in Chula Vista.Look to the far left..the blue and red signage on the building frontage pushed back a bit. "Manna Restaurant" Pancake House-Chinese Fast Food. THAT's why we pulled into this parking lot.
Manna was very crowded that first time with people waiting to get in the door. Vanessa's Deli and Water Store had two empty tables. That's how it started. We now come to this parking lot and pick either Manna or Vanessa's for a meal. Here is a link to a recent post about Manna from fellow blogger, cc. (My post about Manna is forthcoming.)Asking if we had to order and pay first, we found out there is table service (and a quite large menu with many photos; more items than shown in the menu in above photo).After our orders were taken, I noticed both an ice cream area and a small freezer filled with ice cream Novelties in front of it (to the left in the above photo) and (straight ahead in the photo) at the wall was the Water Store area.Soon, two salsas and a small Vampiro ($4.49) were brought out. Beet, carrot, celery, apple, orange and lime, freshly juiced, filtered and poured into the cup: no ice. That's how it's done right.The #3 Combo ($10.99). This three item plate included a chile relleño, lomo enchilada and chicken sope along with rice, beans and tortillas. This was all very good. The sauces, salsa and guacamole stood out with their brisk fresh flavors. The lomo torta ($5.25) was served on a very freshly toasted, large torta roll, with a layer of beans, beef tenderloin (very flavorful); fresh avocado, along with lettuce and tomato made this a wonderful sandwich.
Vanessa's serves breakfast all day and we've taken advantage of that.Huevos Enmola ($6.99) (eggs in mole sauce). So wonderful and a different breakfast. Two over easy eggs on top of two corn tortillas, covered in a (slightly sweet) fresh and smooth mole, accompanied by beans and potatoes.Vanes Pan France (French toast topped with strawberries and cream)($6.75) Of course, strawberries and cream are a standard item in any fruiteria...but topping French toast- so special!
Oh, that's not burned toast; squaw bread is used here (another idea I can't believe I hadn't thought of). It's heartier and still, there is a good crust formed on the edges and the inside is still light and fluffy. Healthy decadence!Being a fruiteria, you know at least one order here has had to be a small pico de gallo ($6.25). Mango, orange, cucumber, jicama, watermelon, papaya, pineapple, topped with squeezed lime, chili powder and salt (homemade Tajin) brings all the flavors together.
Fresh, quality, satisfying. So glad we accidentally found it. Hope your weekend will be good!
Vanessa's Deli and Water Store 600 F Street (at Broadway), Suites E and F Chula Vista 91910 (619) 585-8102 Mon-Sat 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sun 7:30-7:30