Thai food is my top obsession, and even though I write about burgers more often than anything else, I’d pick a big bowl of coconut curry (green or panang) as my last meal. At home, we’ve mastered several types of curry, but other endeavors, like perfecting peanut sauce, and making pad thai that doesn’t turn into a gloppy ball of sticky noodes, have been trickier. So, when I got an invitation to attend a class at Hipcooks, San Diego’s newest cooking school, I signed up for “Thai One On”.
I haven’t been this excited about coffee cake in… ever. Cookies? Yes. Cake? Uh-huh. Brownies? Ok, now you’re just messing with me, that one’s obvious…. but coffee cake? Until I tried the chocolate chip flavor from Kona Coffee Co. in Hillcrest, I never really craved the stuff. Let me break it down for you: the marble cake is like the inside of the moistest muffin in the history of Everdom and the crumble topping is like chocolate chip cookie dough. Get all the details of this and other flavors on San Diego Sugar.
Sometimes, when I write for more esteemed publications (and not just my own blog), I’m forced to whittle down my excitement about food, which translates to keeping my gushing to a minimum and trying not to sound too crazed. Most of the time, that’s not too difficult, but making sure I didn’t sound like a pre-teen squealing over the Biebs was harder when it came to the fried egg sandwich at The Grant Grill. I’ll just say this: I am very glad that I ate this sandwich with no witnesses, because it probably looked like I was making out with it. In the article text, I say that the Grant Grill treatment may be the best thing that’s ever happened to an egg sandwich, but this sandwich is also one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. Read all about it, and two other notable egg dishes in the April issue of San Diego Magazine.
So many people dismiss San Diego as a town that’s not serious about pizza. I beg to differ. Sure, we’re no New York, but there’s plenty of pizza worth shelling out for. Here are my top 5 favorite spots.
Who goes to the best burger joint in San Diego (according to San Diego Magazine, three years running) and orders a salad? This girl. And I have no hesitations about it. Burger Lounge may be known for cranking out some top-notch grass beef burgers, but for me, it’s all about the mixed veggie salad.
If you think sprinkling some chocolate chips on top of pancakes or mixing a mashed up banana into the batter is exciting, just wait until you see what Snooze has done to the popular breakfast item.
Hash House is known for big portions that no one but a Sumo wrestler could manage to finish, long lines, and a solid brunch. You hear a lot of good things about their bennies, giant pancakes, and fried chicken, but when it comes to burgers, it’s crickets. In a town as burger obsessed as San Diego, this is a little suspect.
It’s no surprise that the return of bathing suit season coincides with several bars around town developing low-calorie cocktails. One bar that’s really excelled is Eden. To get a preview of what’s shaking, click through to the blog post on sandiegomagazine.com.
Burger Lounge is well-known for having some of the best fast-casual beef burgers in San Diego, but the turkey and veggie burgers are both worth trying, especially if you need a break from beef.
Seb’s Panini offers several takes on the classic Italian sandwich. Among the savory options you’ve got Melty Americano, a panino composed of turkey pastrami, bacon, cheddar, tomatoes, and a dash of aioli.