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Food Adventure Collage.

carnitas snack shack. c-level. world famous. woodstocks. terra american bistro. buddies. corbins. casey's cupcakes. mandarin beijing. nazca grill. eiffel tower restaurant. gordan ramsay burgr. in-n-out. bankers hill bar and grill. los primos. bistro sixty. ruth's chris.

Welcome.

... to a place I like to call my very own. *waving hello*

I invite you to enjoy reading about the food adventures that I have with friends, family, and colleagues.

I adore food and I cannot just choose one particular food that is my fave.

Food is really is my favorite. Enjoy!

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Restaurant at The Pearl [2.0]

I was very fortunate to experience Bistro Monday at The Restaurant at The Pearl -- all thanks to the generosity of Greg S., the owner of the hip boutique hotel in Point Loma. After reading about my New Year's Day experience at the restaurant [clicky], Greg invited a guest and I to enjoy a hearty comfort meal on their popular Bistro Mondays.

I invited my good friend, 2010 InfluenceSD's Blog of the Year winner Junvi, one beautiful Monday evening at the end of March. I was excited to share the delicious culinary experience with Junvi since she has never been here before. We arrived promptly at 6:30 PM and took a small peek of the menu since copies were located on the host stand.

[outdoor pool area]

[bar area]

In January, the sliding doors / wall to the pool area was closed because of the cold air. This evening, the doors were wide open because it had been a warm day. Thomas sat us right in front of the bar, closest to the host stand. Our server greeted us and explained that they were trying out new items for Bistro Monday. I looked at the online menu earlier (of course) and decided on the duck confit, so I was happy that it was still on the revised menu. Score!

The menu on Bistro Mondays at The Pearl consists of mouth-watering French-American entrees that you can order a la carte, or a three-course prix fixe meal ("three-fixe") for $25. The regular menu is not available on Mondays, however that's what makes Bistro Mondays so special!

Junvi, being a vegetarian, was quite pleased that they had a vegetarian option and that the kitchen accommodated her request for no meat on her appetizer.

I started off with the "Soup du Jour", which was a tomato bisque with chives and a hint of butter. Oh, was it heavenly. The creaminess of the soup warmed my throat and my taste buds were going crazy. I absolutely love a good bowl of tomato soup -- the only thing missing was the grilled cheese sandwich. Wait... there was one!

For her appetizer, Junvi ordered the "Bouef Pain Grill" minus the "Bouef" (beef). As much as the house roast beef would have made this appetizer MORE amazing than it was, I loved the crunchiness of the crusty baguette, the gooey-ness of the French Camembert cheese, and the small tang of the oven roasted tomatoes. We dipped the mini sandwich into my soup and it sure was yummy. The first courses did the trick... we couldn't wait for our main entrees!

The first time I've ever had duck confit was at the Napa Rose at the Disney's Grand Californian in Anaheim. It was one of most the succulent piece of meat I've ever had. A piece of that crunchy skin and duck meat melted in my mouth. I wanted to experience that again so I ordered their "Canard Confit". Now, THIS is why, The Restaurant at The Pearl became of my favorite restaurants in San Diego. The duck is superb. Outstanding. A work of culinary art. I couldn't stop eating it because it was that good. Yep, I didn't need my knife anymore as the moist duck meat fell off the bone. The vegetables were crisp, not overdone and they paired up nicely with the duck.

Junvi ordered the vegetarian quiche with haricot vert almondine. I love, love LOVE haricot vert because they are thinner than the regular green bean. It's the same reason I love the Chinese long bean. The quiche was creamy and flavorful -- not to mention what makes a great quiche is that flaky, buttery crust, which it definitely had.

For dessert, I opted for the strawberry crepe with fresh mint and whipped cream. It was delicious and tart in flavor, which I'm not that fond of, but the cream balanced the flavor out.

I have a weakness for creme brulee. Junvi's creme brulee was perfect and a great way to end our Bistro Monday meal. I actually finished it for her.

As the evening grew, the lighting of the outdoor patio highlighted The Pearl's pool. A movie was playing on the big screen and it was getting cooler. Guests packed the outside pool area, the dining room, and the bar. It was certainly a busy Bistro Monday!

We thanked our server for having us. We chatted it up with Thomas about what other special events were going on at The Pearl, including upcoming Dive-In Theatre movies before we called it a night.

Thank you, Greg, for another FABULOUS experience at The Pearl. I will surely be back for a number of delicious entrees (Meyer Ranch short rib & flat iron steak) , including Chef Spencer's "Best Burger in Town" as part of my quest to find the best burger in San Diego.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

The Shrimp Guys - Corona, CA

When my family and I found out at Lucas' (my second cousin) 2nd "Yo Gabba Gabba" birthday party that they were going to have BOTH the street taco lady AND a shrimp truck, we were so darn excited. You don't even know! I mean, who does that? My cousins do and it was freakin' awesome.

It was certainly a happy day for my tummy.

theshrimpguys truck was started by my cousins' friend, and models those fabulous shrimp trucks that you see in Hawaii. I've seen a few and eaten at Macky's in the North Shore (see my Hawaii blog post), and it was my FAVE meal in Waikiki. So, you can imagine my reaction to the thought of a similar shrimp truck arriving and setting up shop in their driveway.

When there was word that they arrived, we all went outside to witness what we called (don't laugh) an "epic" event as they backed up the truck and got all situated. The shrimp guys prepped away for a good hour before opening up their truck to reveal the serving window.

Quickly a line formed, and Mike and I hung out for a while before hopping in line. They printed out a personalized menu (attached by painter's tape) of the delicious goodies they were going to serve the excited guests.

I knew exactly what I was going to order to reminisce about my garlic butter shrimp in Hawaii. Mike ordered the same thing. Grace & Jeff let us sample their coconut lime shrimp, loco moco, and raspberry chipotle glazed shrimp skewer.

My parents ordered before we did and lookie here, my dad's loco moco is served. Oh, looked so good! Loco mocos are a traditional Hawaiian dish which consists of steamed white rice, a grilled hamburger patty, topped with a fried egg and brown gravy. I have never been disappointed by any loco mocos I have eaten. The meat was tender and brown gravy with sauteed onions was succulent. I created perfect bite that included all ingredients, even the yolk. Yum. Something told me for a second that I should have ordered this, but I held true to my garlic butter shrimp.

I like coconut - but I don't love it. When I think of coconut in somewhat an "Asian" dish, I think of panang curry, and I do not like the taste of curry. You just read my entire logic of why I did not order the coconut lime shrimp dish. However, I did taste it and it was good. The shrimp was cooked perfectly. It did not have an overpowering flavor of coconut, but a nice balance between the sweetness of that and the tartness of the lime.

Whoo wee... the raspberry chipotle glazed shrimp had a KICK! It started off sweet and then POW, hello chipotle peppers. I do not take spicy foods well, so to a normal person, it's probably not that spicy at all. It was a good piece of shrimp, though!

"Number 22!!!!!" That was us! Mmm... steam coming from the rice and the garlic butter shrimp. It smelled like we were in Gilroy, CA, Garlic Capital of the World. I love how they doused the sticky steamed rice with the garlic butter sauce. I examined the shrimp first to make sure that they were all cleaned well (my pet peeve) and sure enough, they passed my shrimp test. Duh-li-shus. The shrimp was cooked VERY well and it was downright yummy. Who doesn't like garlic & butter? I forgot to mention that these are nice, medium sized shrimp and they give you a good ol' portion.

Yes, it was an unexpected food adventure this particular weekend in Corona, as I expected the usual Filipino food like the pancit, lumpia, ginataan, a big lechon pig and Auntie's crispy fried chicken bites. Oh yeah, we also did, minus the lechon, but had bonus food!

So, thanks, Shrimp Guys (and my cousins) for making our day! Too bad you're in up Los Angeles.... btw, I'm the one who asked you if you guys were on Twitter... *smirk*
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