Category Archives: Restaurants in San Diego

Seasonal Cocktails, Compliments of RA Sushi

Throughout the month of November, RA Sushi in Downtown San Diego will be serving “The Perfect Pear” of seasonal cocktails. Infused with the crisp flavors of fall, the Pear Martini and Asian Pear Smash will be available for a limited time for $8 each.

The Pear Martini tastes like a bite of fresh, ripe pear, with an added kick. The Asian Pear Smash is a lightly spiced and refreshing cocktail bursting with fall fruit flavors. Mix up one of these cocktails for a Thanksgiving feast, or stop in to RA Sushi at 474 Broadway for one of these delicious drinks from Nov. 1-30.

RA was kind enough to share the recipes with Sedimentality, so we are passing them on to you. Enjoy! And remember: during the month of October, RA also has a sushi roll and wine special, and 100% of the profits benefit breast cancer research. I’ll drink to that!

Pear Martini:

1.25 oz. Absolut Pears vodka

.5 oz. St. Germain Elderflower liqueur

1 oz. pear nectar

.25 oz. fresh lemon juice

Splash Prosecco

Preparation: Combine vodka, St. Germain, pear nectar and lemon juice in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into glass. Top with Prosecco.

Asian Pear Smash:

1.5 oz. Absolut Pears vodka

.5 oz. falernum

1 shiso leaf

1.5 oz. pear nectar

.25 oz. fresh lemon juice

Splash of soda

2-1 inch pear slices

Preparation: Muddle pear and remaining ingredients. Shake and pour in a glass over ice. Garnish with pear slices.

About RA Sushi

RA Sushi Bar Restaurant, an upbeat, unconventional sushi bar, opened its first location in Scottsdale, Ariz. in October 1997. RA is best known for successfully combining distinctive sushi with a trendy, hip atmosphere. RA in San Diego is open for lunch seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner is served from 3 to 11 p.m. and the bar remains open until 1 a.m. or later daily. Happy Hour food and beverage specials are offered Monday through Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. The Flying Fish Lounge food specials are available on Sundays from 8 to 11 p.m. with drink specials from 8 p.m. to midnight.

RA has 25 locations across the country.  Enjoy RA Sushi in Arizona (Ahwatukee, Mesa, North Scottsdale, South Scottsdale, Tempe and Tucson); California (Chino Hills, Corona, Huntington Beach, San Diego, Torrance and Tustin); Florida (Palm Beach Gardens, Pembroke Pines and South Miami); Georgia (Atlanta); Illinois (Chicago, Glenview and Lombard); Kansas (Leawood); Maryland (Baltimore); Nevada (Las Vegas); and Texas (two Houston locations and Plano). Look for RA Sushi on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, and check-in at RA Sushi on Foursquare. Visit www.RAsushi.com for more information.

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San Diego Highlight: Bottlecraft Beer Shop and Tasting Room

I left San Diego for one year of culinary adventures throughout Southeast Asia, South America, and Europe… and now, I’ve come home to even more. It seems there is a culinary revolution happening in San Diego right before my very eyes, and I can’t tell you how excited I am about it!

It all started a few weeks ago when the husband and I tried out a new craft beer store and tasting room near our house, Bottlecraft.

My loyal readers know that I am more of a wine person than a beer person, but I certainly do love a good ale ever so often… in fact, I would never turn down a craft brew! So needless to say, I was ecstatic to find such a down-to-earth staff in a store with an impressive variety of craft beers.

Bottlecraft’s concept is simple: customers purchase bottles to go, or they can sample the day’s picks with a tasting. Bottlecraft offers two flights each day, with the concept and the beers constantly changing (last Tuesday was “Belgian whites” or “Mystery beers”: all of the beers were covered with a brown bag for a little added fun! The staff member told me they also have movie nights and plan to have educational classes in the future).

I was as impressed with the knowledgeable staff as I was with the prices (flights have ranged from $5 to $11 for very ample pours of four different beers). Two added bonuses? Bottlecraft is dog friendly (Bella’s excited!!!) and they allow customers to bring in food and enjoy dinner/snacks while sampling beers.

Bottlecraft is a perfect place to have a casual evening with friends, a great start to a night out, or, if you’re “old and married” like Ryan and I, a perfectly acceptable Thursday evening! :) And speaking of Thursday evenings, Bottlecraft also introduced me to the gastrotruck movement in San Diego: we happened to stop in on a Thursday night, which is the night that Tabe BBQ stops by Little Italy. And this, my dear readers, is where I leave off for now, as I feel that both Bottlecraft and Tabe BBQ , my two new favorite things in San Diego, deserve their own posts. Next post: Tabe!

Bottlecraft Shop and Tasting Room

www.bottlecraftbeer.com

2161 India Street (between Hawthorn and Ivy)

info@bottlecraftbeer.com

Little Italy’s Puerto La Boca

An Argentine restaurant in an area of San Diego called “Little Italy”?

Stranger things have happened.

I fell in love with Puerto La Boca years ago. Dollar empanadas on Tuesday nights? Happy hours with decently-priced glasses of house Malbecs and Torrontes? And delicious chimichurri? What is not to love?

They certainly hit “happy hour” on the dot, but what La Boca does best is meat. True to Argentine fashion, they serve up delicious cuts of beef that are grilled in the Argentine style: a little salt, and call it a day. Simplicity at its best.

What surprised me most about La Boca is their delicious parillada: a selection of meats that is enough food for two–perhaps three–people. Chicken, pork, morcilla (blood sausage), chorizo, skirt steak, and short ribs complete this sizzling platter, served with crispy french fries and polished off with (of course) a glass of Malbec. Those a little too greedy to share can delight in their picana: a cut of sirloin unlike others found in traditional U.S. steak houses. It is a delicious, flavorful cut of beef and incredibly popular in South America.

La Boca also offers delicious starters: the beet and red onion salad with a simple balsamic is a healthy starter to a protein-rich meal, and their octopus is a fabulous and flavor-filled appetizer.

To channel their inner “porteno”, diners must finish up their meal with an alfajore (Argentine cookie). See my post on these delicious little biscuit-y treats!

It is nice to know that when I leave Argentina, there will be a place in my neighborhood which will serve up some of the foods I will miss the most. And for San Diegans who can’t make it to Argentina for an authentic parrilla any time soon, La Boca is just a short drive away.

Puerto La Boca is located at 2060 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 234-4900

Open Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm

Puerta La Boca in Little Italy

An Argentine restaurant in an area of San Diego called “Little Italy”?

Stranger things have happened.

I fell in love with Puerto La Boca years ago. Dollar empanadas on Tuesday nights? Happy hours with decently-priced glasses of house Malbecs and Torrontes? And delicious chimichurri? What is not to love?

They certainly hit “happy hour” on the dot, but what La Boca does best is meat. True to Argentine fashion, they serve up delicious cuts of beef that are grilled in the Argentine style: a little salt, and call it a day. Simplicity at its best.

What surprised me most about La Boca is their delicious parillada: a selection of meats that is enough food for two–perhaps three–people. Chicken, pork, morcilla (blood sausage), chorizo, skirt steak, and short ribs complete this sizzling platter, served with crispy french fries and polished off with (of course) a glass of Malbec. Those a little too greedy to share can delight in their picana: a cut of sirloin unlike others found in traditional U.S. steak houses. It is a delicious, flavorful cut of beef and incredibly popular in South America.

La Boca also offers delicious starters: the beet and red onion salad with a simple balsamic is a healthy starter to a protein-rich meal, and their octopus is a fabulous and flavor-filled appetizer.

To channel their inner “porteno”, diners must finish up their meal with an alfajore (Argentine cookie). See my post on these delicious little biscuit-y treats!

It is nice to know that when I leave Argentina, there will be a place in my neighborhood which will serve up some of the foods I will miss the most. And for San Diegans who can’t make it to Argentina for an authentic parrilla any time soon, La Boca is just a short drive away.

Puerto La Boca is located at 2060 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 234-4900

Open Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm

Pho Express San Diego

Pho Xpress San Diego

I predict an explosion of Vietnamese cuisine within the next few years. Americans already love French cuisine, and we have welcomed Asian food like Thai meals with open arms… it is only a matter of time before diners realize that Vietnamese cuisine–with its French influence–is the next culinary hot spot.

Pho Express, located on 6th Street in Downtown San Diego, is one of several examples of delicious Vietnamese cuisine in San Diego. Showcasing the French influence with sandwiches on delicious, fresh baguettes, Pho Express stays true to Vietnamese cuisine with their pork, daikon and cilantro sandwiches ((Banh Mi Xi Xiu) and their pate and daikon sub, the Banh Mi Dac Biet. At $4 per sandwich, passing up Subway’s $5 footlongs for a delicious, ethnic sub is an easy choice.

Recommended: Highly

Perfect for: on-the-go lunch, take out, casual lunch with friends, traditional Asian cuisine, those in the mood for new and exciting cuisines/flavors

Pho Express is located at 1125 6th Street (between C and B St.) and 6533 Mission Gorge Road. 619-284-3268

Interested in more Vietnamese food in San Diego? Check out Noodle House in Ocean Beach.