Mid-Week Round Up || November 7, 2018

I had a blast (as usual) on Halloween. By 7pm, I finished all my candies! Yey! I felt bad at some point because of my early cut-off. Next year, what I have in mind is to pack sets of candy in small bags and just hand it over to them. I gave the kids the liberty to choose.

San Diego | Liberty Public Market

 

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Liberty Public Market is a 7-day a week Public Market and event venue offering the best of what the region has to offer. Showcasing a rustic environment with prepared foods, beer, wine, specialty cocktails, produce, fish, desserts and pastries, pastas, arts and crafts, a test kitchen, pop up dinners, and educational driven events. —SOURCE

Serendipity 3

Serendipity 3 is a renowned celebrity favorite thanks to its famous original New York City location, whimsical desserts and frequent appearances in film. Begin with its famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate drink that blends 20 different kinds of chocolate into an icy cocoa concoction. Indulge in unique takes on classic dishes like the colossal dinosaur-sized BBQ Ribs, Monster Meatballs and Spaghetti and hundreds of other items.  — Source                        

                         

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With an old-fashioned ice cream parlor décor, Serendipity 3\’s setting is colorfully appealing to both adults and youths. Expect the pleasantly unexpected at this casual, quirky dining and drinking destination located just off the Las Vegas Strip near Caesars Palace\’s front fountains. —SOURCE

Me and my sisters-in-law waiting in queue.

                       

Interiors transcends a colorful ambiance that appeals to adult and children. The vibe is still comfortable which makes this place perfect for meet-ups and get-together with friends or families (if the place is not packed). Make sure you come here at off-peak hours to avoid a long queue.

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We came there for dessert. While waiting for our order, I was pa-simple looking at other customers table. Servings are HUGE. But, I was still surprised to see what Serendipity has in-store for us.

The Best Red Velvet Cake. Moist, not too sweet (for my taste) and creamy. Delicious!

It\’s delicious as well but, the serving was overwhelming I felt full right away. I think 1/4 of the serving will do for me the next time. Better yet, share it with someone.
Fried Oreo…Sinfully good!
This chocolate-y drink looks innocent at first but, wait till the alcohol runs straight into throat…
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More alcohol-based desserts for adults!
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Whoa! We finished everything! 

                         
The next time that I\’m here, I\’ll definitely try their other desserts and classic dishes.

Customer-service: OK. 
Cleanliness: OK. 
Price Range: $$-$$$ 
Crowd control: Pleasant
XOXO

Eating Out in San Diego

Eating out in San Diego has a diverse array of food choices. From buffet, fast food chain, cafes etc. San Diego has it. It may take me a lifetime to try everything but, I need to start somewhere.  

1. Mongolian Stir Fry

Stir Fresh was started by a family of Mongolian Barbeque eaters with 25 years of mongolian dining experience. When relocating to San Diego County in 1996, we could not find a Mongolian Barbeque restaurant, so we opened our own. We serve Mongolian Barbeque in the traditional way, with the finest of ingredients including white breast chicken and the traditional sesame seed pocket biscuit (shau Bin).  —Source


                       

What I like about this is they serve the vegetables, meat, seafood and sauces buffet style. Feel free to help yourself! Price range is between $11-15 (approximately) drinks not included. Comes with either rice and sesame bread but I chose the latter. Rice makes me full at a faster! ( I need to have my seconds…LOL)

Watch the video for this is how they do the cooking. These guys are more entertaining though. 




What I didn\’t like about the grill was, if a previous customer picks a spicy sauce. The next person in line will likely have a spicy mix and it happened to me. I\’m not a big fan of  spicy food. The Rancho Penasquitos branch is spacious and clean. I don\’t like the mess on the buffet area. It\’s largely, caused by customers who accidentally drops or spill the sauces, veggies etc. I understand when the staff can\’t simply clean it right away because of the queue. I think cleaning the mess promptly if the queue is lesser.

2. Arby\’s 
My first time to try the fish sandwich. Yum! We frequent the Point Loma branch. 

                           

3. Turkey Leg (from Seaworld) 
Bigger and juicier as compared to the Universal Studios Singapore version (where I experienced it the first time).
          
                       


4. Project Pie (Chula Vista)
Read my review in my previous post. They also accept military discounts. If not in uniform, just show them a valid military ID.



5. Roadem Korean BBQ

Barbecue buffet where you don\’t need to stand and get your food. Everything is served in your table. You just need to choose your \”food package.\” It costs $11 (if my memory serves me right) excluding drinks.
We opted for beef, pork and seafood \”package.\” It has kimchi, rice, egg and other side dishes. Once you\’ve finished anything from the food choices, the staff will be giving you another batch.

Manila Sunset derived its name from this beautiful Philippine scenery – for in many ways, the food of Manila Sunset evokes the same nostalgic feeling. They bring back the memories of old-fashioned homecooking and traditional celebrations: Pasko, Simbang Gabi, Flores de Mayo, weddings, homecomings and other joyous occasions. 

Manila Sunset specializes in a few but unique and hard-to-find Filipino foods such as Bibingkang Galapong and Puto Bumbong which are traditionally found in church plazas and roadside stalls only during the Christmas Season. Our best seller, Pancit Malabon is prepared from an original well-guarded recipe from the fishing village of Malabon from which the name of the delicacy came from. Even in the Philippines, there are only very few cooks who know how to prepare this delicacy. source

Clockwise from upper left side: Pork BBQ, Halo-halo, Lumpiang Gulay, Arrozcaldo. One of the few Filipino dishes that Manila Sunset has.
When I want my dose of Filipino food, the National City branch is our go-to-place. My favorites are Bibingkang Galapong (by far the best that I\’ve tasted even I was in the Philippines) and Puto Bumbong. Just take note that they are packed during lunch and dinner time. They have lots of customers aside from the dine-in orders, they cater to to-go customers as well. Waiting time will depend on the customers present. Especially on their busy hours. Not recommended for those who are super hungry.

7. Seasons Buffet in Barona Casino

We hope you’re loving the changes to our award-winning buffet! You’ll enjoy our new Ship of Seafood, featuring favorites such as smoked salmon, smoked whitefish, and bay shrimp. And our Baked Potato Bar is a big hit, where you can deck out your spud any way you want! –source

Love this award-winning buffet! Peak hours queue are crazy! (waiting hours 45 minutes to 1 hour). They have good control of the crowd. So once you get inside it\’s not crammed. Moving around to get food is easy.

They provide cookies for those who are in line. If you are waiting in the casino area, they provide coffee, juice mix concoctions, chocolates, soda and water for free.

Macadamia Cookies


Side note:

Porto\’s Bakery & Cafe

My brother-in-law Jon gave us this delectable bread as pasalubong.

                          


I don\’t know what they call this bread. It has a cheese filling inside that compliments. Delish! Makes me want to go in Los Angeles just to sample what the cafe has to offer.

                         
Till next food trip! 


Project Pie

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I was surprised when I found out someone brought Project Pie in Manila. Good job! Way ahead than Singapore, Dubai and Hongkong.

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Broadway, Chula Vista Branch
                     
Originally Project Pie started in Las Vegas. They expanded the business to California with a branch in Hillcrest and Chula Vista. 

Interior is minimalist concentrating on neutrals. The place is spacious and clean.

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On the left check -out the hanging iPad. You can take pictures and post in their instagram account @projectpiecv

I feel like, the place was designed for social media. The wall paper makes a nice backdrop for selfies and group pictures. Lighting (best at daytime) can give you a nice glow.

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Love the hanging light bulbs.

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Ate Marilou and I ordered by number. We decided that we want to try everything first before customizing. I find their dough different because of a certain soft crisp with a little bit moist.

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Starting Left-Up (clockwise): Prosciutto #7, Nutella & Banana for dessert, Pepperoni #2, Grilled Chicken #6. I like #7 the best. It has this minimal sweet and salty taste that mixed well and is far from the typical tomato pizza sauce. 

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Remember to clean as you go…

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We are kilig with the cute manager hihihihihi. He gave us a free pizza. (He\’s the manly dude in black)

Will definitely comeback to try other numbers and experiment with the toppings.
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Manila enjoy Project Pie!

XOXO