Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Today I discovered a fantastic food delivery service company called Manivela. Manivela – Spanish for “crank” as in the center part of the bicycle focuses on food delivery service from any restaurant in the uptown and downtown areas. Best part is they deliver food to your door by bicycle. That’s right any and all restaurants in the following areas: North Park, Down Town, Banker’s Hill, Hillcrest, Mission Hills, University Heights, Normal Heights, Kensington, South Park and Golden Hill. They really support local independently owned restaurants, which is exactly what San Diego needs to thrive. Being a local business owner I know how important it is to support other local business owners. Don’t you think things just taste and feel better when you are eating at a local independent restaurant versus a chain restaurant? What are you are getting is heart and soul so why not have it in the comfort of your own home. It’s a great way to practice being green by not wasting gas to drive and pick up take out. Hopefully they will be expanding to your area soon. This is just another perk for me to move to a more urban area! Not sure which area but someplace where they deliver food on bikes. I’m counting the days!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Comfort Food for the Soul
Last night I had the pleasure of eating at The Red Door in Mission Hills. The ambiance was great! I felt like I was eating inside an old Mission Hills home. It had the perfect homey feel to fit the comfort food I was about to have the pleasure of indulging myself in. We started with the Grilled Romaine Heart Salad, flash grilled, with candied walnuts, julienne granny smith apples, and served with a roquefort vinaigrette. The best thing about this salad was the dressing and the salad would have been perfect if only it was served warm and grilled. It was cold and didn’t taste grilled at all. It was more like an icy wedge salad.
I had the Turkey Meat Loaf with mac n cheese, green beans and carrots. The Turkey Meat Loaf had a nice kick to it. The BBQ sauce was on the side and served cold but I prefer my meat loaf to have the sauce spread on top of the meat loaf and cooked with the meat loaf. Don’t get me wrong, it’s always nice to have an extra side of sauce on the side but you got to have a nice glaze of it on top of the meat loaf too. The mac n cheese was the winner of the evening! It was creamy, rich and the cheesy top was golden brown and cooked to perfection. I would have been satisfied with just a big bowl mac n cheese.
My close family friend had the Grilled Prime Flat Iron Steak served with Yukon baked potatoes, season fresh vegetables, and cracked black pepper sauce. The steak was cooked exactly to her liking (medium). The sauce was flavorful and if you like pepper then this is the dish for you. Over all The Red Door was satisfying which is exactly sensation you want when you eat comfort food but it wasn't "To Die For". I would like to go and try a few other things on the menu. The Burger looked amazing! I will go back again and give this place another try and suggest you check it out too.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Hello and thank you for checking out my blog! I am so excited about it. My first entry is titled Amuse Bouche. For those of you who don’t know an amuse bouche is a single bite sized hors d’oeuvre. They are not ordered from a menu by patrons, but, when served, are according to the chef’s selection alone. These are served as an excitement of the taste buds to both prepare the guest for the meal and to offer a glimpse into the chef’s approach to cooking. With that said I hope you enjoy my amuse-bouche for you and it excites your taste buds. Here you will find recipes & restaurant reviews from not only my home San Diego California but any place I travel to as well. I hope you find it informative and useful for all you’re dining out & cooking adventures. Not only do I love to eat but I love to cook. I really can't decide which I like more but I know food is my passion. I have decided to dedicate this year to finding out which route to take… to cook or to eat and tell. I entered in a culinary arts program that begins next week to learn more about food and the chemistry and creativity behind it. Also I decided to write a blog about all restaurants’ I eat at and the recipes I challenge myself to create this next year. I hope some how I discover my passion about food and what it really is? To eat, to cook, to please and excite others, To Dine For.