Aug 222014
 
[Las Vegas] Noodle Asia

Last post from my June Vegas trip! S and I often stay at The Venetian hotel, since we can usually get a pretty good deal for rooms through Priceline. One of the “casual” restaurants that we like in The Venetian is Noodle Asia - after all, a good bowl of beef noodle soup is a great [...]

Aug 082014
 
Spicy City revisit

First up, an announcement: I am doing an Instagram giveaway today! Be sure to follow jinxieats for details on how to enter! :)  – It’s been quite a long time since I visited Spicy City, one of the most popular Sichuan restaurants in San Diego. S and I recently went with a couple of friends, and we ordered some [...]

Jul 302014
 
Iceskimo Revisit

I posted about Iceskimo, a summer snow-shaved ice pop-up shop, just a couple of weeks ago, and S and I have already made several revisits because we really loved the snow ice there!  We visited with a couple of friends so that we can try more flavors… haha. Yes, I will steal your food if it [...]

Jul 252014
 
It's Boba Time

It’s Boba Time is a milk tea/drinks franchise shop that recently opened up on Convoy, replacing the old Yoshinoya spot. Due to S’s deep and undying love for all things milk tea, we had to go check it out. The interior was quite cute – one of the walls was a painted mural, and there [...]

Jul 142014
 
Iceskimo (Grand Opening)

Iceskimo is a summer pop-up store in San Diego, serving snow-shaved ice! I was ultra-excited because I love snow-shaved ice, and my friend said that she visited during the soft opening and really liked it. I saw that there was a grand opening event two Saturdays ago, with free snow ice in the afternoon, so of course [...]

May 142014
 
Szechuan Chef

Recently, a friend of ours had a birthday celebration/get-together – she wanted Sichuan food, and we decided to try out Szechuan Chef, a relatively recent (opened last summer) Sichuan cuisine addition to Convoy St. These Sichuan restaurants all have three-character Chinese names, and sometimes I get them mixed up… Szechuan Chef’s Chinese name is also [...]

May 022014
 
[LA] Mama Lu's Dumpling House

Recently, S and I were in LA for a friend’s wedding, so we took the chance to hit a few restaurants/spots on our LA “to-do” list. One of them is Mama Lu’s Dumpling House (Chinese name: 一口福), which serves what in Chinese is called mian shi (literally, “flour food” – noodles, dumplings, pancakes, etc – [...]

Apr 282014
 
Tea Garden new menu items

Recently, S’s and my beloved Tea Garden has introduced several new menu items, including mini hot pots and other traditional Taiwanese dishes. The hot pots, I wasn’t so impressed with, but there were a few things that we have tried and really enjoyed. Oyster pancakes are a classic Taiwanese snack, and S’s hometown, Fengyuan, is [...]

Apr 182014
 
[Recipe] Taiwanese Three-Cup Chicken

Three-cup chicken is a classic Taiwanese dish and one of my favorites! Actually, I did some fact-checking about this dish, and turns out, it originated from Jiangxi Province in China. In the original rendition of the dish, the “three cups” referred to 1 cup each of the following ingredients: lard, sweet rice wine, and soy [...]