Dec 312013
 

It’s almost 2014 in Taiwan already – just a couple of hours away! I’m really excited to be spending it here, but talking about San Diego makes me miss it a bit already, too. This past year has been full of yummy meals – S and I have settled on a few favorites, which I’ll recap here.

Where we eat for late-night dinners, or when we crave Taiwanese food/milk tea drinks:

Infini Tea

Iced Milk Drink with Pudding & Honey Boba ($3.85)
Infini Tea’s Iced Milk Drink with Pudding & Honey Boba

Infini Tea opened in the Spring and has quickly risen in popularity. Their most ordered item is the Iced Milk Drink – a copycat of LA’s Half & Half Tea House’s famous drink (post coming soon). It’s basically milk blended with ice to make a slushie, and sweetened with brown sugar syrup and served with typical milk tea toppings. We usually choose pudding and boba, or pudding and coffee jelly. I really enjoy this drink, and we also like most of the food items here, such as the Braised Pork or Five-Spice Beef.

Tea Garden

Tea Garden's Pork Chop over Rice

Tea Garden’s Pork Chop over Rice

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Tea Garden’s Black Tea Latte

Tea Garden has been our go-to place for a couple of years now, actually. This spring, they moved to a new location just a couple of blocks from the old place, and have expanded their food and drinks menu. Above are two popular items: the Fried Pork Chop over Rice, and the Tea Latte, which is my favorite drink. It’s basically sweetened tea with a layer of foamed cream on top, sprinkled with sea salt. It’s recommended that you drink it from the rim without a straw, and taste the tea “through” the foam. Tea Garden makes the best version of this tea drink, compared with others that I’ve had. 

Both Tea Garden and Infini Tea open until late – at least 12AM on weeknights – so we visit for late-night or post-badminton dinner quite often. They are both great places to grab quick, cheap meals.

Tajima Ramen House

Tajima's Spicy Miso Ramen

Tajima’s Spicy Miso Ramen

The ramen here isn’t the most authentic, but I like the spicy miso here because it isn’t too salty like spicy miso tends to be. I like the soft-boiled egg, and the kakuni pork belly that you can add to the ramen. It’s fatty and delicious.

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Dec 312012
 

Wow, 2012 just flew right by. Last year on New Year’s Eve, S and I were sick – booooo! For our first meal of the New Year, we cooked frozen dumplings. Haha.

First meal of 2012

First meal of 2012

I moved from Berkeley to San Diego in March, and spent my last two months in the Bay Area eating as much as I could. Some of my favorite Berkeley/ Bay Area restaurants are:

The Brick Pig’s House

 

The Brick Pig's House

La Note

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Gary Danko

 

Bakesale Betty’s

 

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After moving to San Diego, S and I ate a lot of good food, discovering new restaurants and revisiting old favorites. It was difficult to compile a manageable list of our favorites from 2012, but here I’ve managed to round up some of the clear winners:

Carnitas’ Snack Shack

Pork sandwich (schnitzel, pulled pork, bacon, pepperoni, pickle relish, Shack aioli on a poppy seed bun), $9

Coop’s West Texas BBQ

Gelato Bus Stop

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Manna BBQ

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Ramen Yamadaya

 

 

Class 302 snowflake ice

I also did a bit of traveling, and ate a lot during my trips to Seattle and Texas.

Finally, I did a bit of baking and cooking:

BBQ chicken mac-n-cheese

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Jam Kolaches

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Salted caramel chocolate cupcakes

Vanilla mousse cheesecake

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White chocolate macadamia nut cookies

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It was definitely a delicious and memorable year, and I’m looking forward to another year of eating and learning in 2013! Thanks to everyone for reading and following, and happy new year!!