My best guypal of 7 years (who brings me some of the foods you see in my blog and owns the DLSR camera which I moochoff) was long due for his original December Birthday gift. He teased me a long time ago when he first introduced me to fine San Diego Dining, that I never once took him out or splurged on him on a real steak house.
Unfortunately back then I was supporting (and still am) my family, paying off one massive credit card, hospital bills and other financial misfortunes that fell on me. After 2 years of somewhat carefull planning, saved up some dinning money and snagged a coupon from Restaurant.com I surprised him with a fancy dinner over at the Greystone Steakhouse located at the heart of the Gaslamp District in San Diego. This is only of the most highly praised and reviewed steakhouses in SD and its worth every penny I paid. Continue reading →
California is one of the major US states that is densely populated by Filipinos. If you ever visit San Diego, just drop by the Mira Mesa or National City districts and you will find yourself surrounded by various Philippine and other Asian themed supermarkets that makes any Pinoy feel closer to their culinary home land.
For most Filipinos though one thing they miss the most are the Pinoy street foods and beer foods that are often peddled at any street corner back at home. Unfortunately, foods like isaw, fishball, betamax, balut and kwek kwek are hard to find here in SoCal. Enter a homely eatery in National City called Kalye Hits off of 8th St. They serve various Pinoy favorites like aboved mentioned and other Pinoy Pulutan Favorites.
Over the weekend I had the weirdest cravings for Kwek Kwek. Kwek Kwek or Orange Quail Eggs are deep fried hard boiled eggs. Other variations of the recipe use duck or chicken eggs but the small size of quail eggs and its soft creamy yolk texture is the most popular and commonly used. Kwek Kwek can be eaten as is and is popular mid afternoon snack. We would dip then in spicy vinegar mixed with finely chopped onions/garlic or with a sweet gravy sauce. Or dip it in the same sweet and sour sauce for spring rolls.
I was very lucky that a friend of mine was in Kalye Hits last Friday and I offered to pay him a few bucks for a tray of freshly fried Kwek Kwek. Since the quail eggs are so small come out slightly larger than tater tots and are easy to snack on. There are many variations of the recipe you can find online and youtube and I should probably learn how to make some. But the team at Kalye Hits are good at what they make so I’ll gladly give them my few dollars instead everytime I have a Filipino Street food craving.
One of the perks working in the Hospitality industry and in a 4 star hotel to boot, is that every now and then I get some awesome freebies. Today one of the nice pastry chef offered me this gluten free chocolate cake.
Unfortunately still rich in calories. I crave into temptation and took two bites.
2 days ago my boss discussed how the CDC and various news outlets were forecasting the Flu fallout in California. The expectation of a massive widespread of the flu to be less than 2 weeks. Unfortunately there some unfortunate few around the San Diego County and even my work that are ill.
Tonight, I spent half my evening bleaching and disinfecting the house. On my hands and knees scrubbing the floor with scalding hot water mixed with bleach. The walls and the most commonly used electronics were not spared.
Here’s to hoping that I don’t get another cold or flu relapse