Foodie Itinerary: San Diego, CA

One of San Diego's Many Beautiful Beaches

This is a reposting from September 2011 as I head down for a visit with friends this upcoming weekend... Sunny San we love it here! I know, I know...everyone loves it here but we have a sentimental attachment since we lived in Pacific Beach for 3 years right after college, got engaged and got married here. We were young, poor, in love and on our own starting to define what our life together would look like for the first time. Incredibly happy memories filled with sand, sun & way too much drinking with good friends.

So all of this nostalgia means that our visits to San Diego tend to be a little different than our typical Gastronomic Globe Trotting. Instead of trying to track down the latest and greatest restaurant or looking for an authentic "taste of place" we tend to just stick to our old haunts (mostly in/near Pacific Beach) and hang out with friends. That being said, a lot of our old haunts are the perfect taste of San Diego to us (and pretty darn cheap since we were so poor!) so I think you'll enjoy some of our favorites when you're in town as well:
Weekly Menu: May 25-31, 2014
Sunday: Steak Stir-Fry
Monday: Memorial Day BBQ with Friends
Tuesday: Leftovers: Stir-Fry
Wednesday: Breakfast for Dinner
Thursday: Leftovers: Stir-Fry
Friday: In San Diego
Saturday: In San Diego
This is a short week for cooking so due to the long weekend and the fact that I'm heading out to San Diego at the end of the week for my best friend's baby shower (yippee!).  So keeping it pretty simple and pulling some stir-fry steak out of the freezer to whip up an easy, healthy stir-fry that will last most of the week.  I'll also make breakfast for dinner one night to use up some of the eggs, cheese and veggies I have on hand as well.  Simple, healthy and delicious.

As always if you're cooking for more than one or want a bit more variety please visit my menu archives and recipes to find other meals to round out your week. Happy cooking...
A Taste of New England Summer in San Francisco
From Sesuit Harbor Cafe in Cape Cod, MA

SavoryGirl's Favorite New England Lobstah Roll from Sesuit Harbor Cafe in Cape Cod, MA

Nothing says summer like a New England Lobstah roll and with this amazing heat wave we've been having in San Francisco lately it definitely feels like summer is upon us.  That and recently having the Bruins in the playoffs (I don't want to talk about it) was making me miss home a bit, so a homage to my New England roots only seemes appropriate. Particularly since a few weekends ago I found myself in the fortunate situation of staring down two food trucks, both of which proudly boasted their own version of the classic lobster roll (lobstah if you please!).  I, not so subtly, convinced my friend and co-worker to embark on a lobster roll taste-off with me...and while I know there are many other lobster rolls to be devoured in the city, consider this the start of a SavoryGirl journey down lobstah lane.

So first things first...I will say neither came even close to my favorite lobster roll from Sesuit Harbor Cafe in Dennis, MA shown above.  Let's be honest though, I'm not expecting to find a CA-made lobster roll that can rival an authentic New England one...but I sure will be happy trying!  Now onto the first two contenders...Sam's ChowderMobile and Lobsta Truck.
Weekly Menu: May 18-24, 2014
Sunday: Posole Soup
Monday: Grilled Salmon & Roasted Rapini with Tomatoes
Tuesday: Leftovers: Salmon and Rapini
Wednesday: Leftovers: Posole
Thursday: Pop-Up Crepe Dinner with a friend
Friday: Leftovers: Posole
Saturday: Dinner out with Friends
This week is a bit more normal than last week so I'm looking forward to doing a little more cooking.  First up is one of my all-time favorite meals...Posole Soup.  Such a hearty, spicy Mexican soup and relatively simple to make. Technically it's also not all that bad for you if you don't pile it full of cheese and avocado like I often do.  I'll try to be reasonable though, and I may actually swap the usual fattier cuts of pork for chicken to make it a bit healthier.  Then I'm making another favorite easy, healthy DIY dish...grilled salmon with roasted rapini & tomatoes.  Then easy breezy leftovers the rest of the week along with a couple of fun nights out with friends which I'm looking forward to.

As always if you're cooking for more than one or want a bit more variety please visit my menu archives and recipes to find other meals to round out your week. Happy cooking...and enjoy the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend!
SavoryGirl’s Recent Eats!
As you all know, lately I've been making strides in rebuilding my social life, making new friends, reconnecting with old friends and generally just reminding myself how to live the good life now that I'm on my own.  When you live in a city as food-obsessed as San Francisco, an active social life often means a gastronomic tour of complaints from SavoryGirl on that!  So I thought I'd share my iPhoto journey of my past 10 days eating out...enjoy!
Bar Jules in Hayes Valley

Bar Jules in Hayes Valley

First up!  Bar Jules in Hayes Valley.  I bus by this adorable cafe restaurant twice a day on my way to and from work...and while it has always caught my eye this was my first visit, which I was very excited about.  Come to find out, that excitement was well warranted!  I loved everything about this place...the food, the atmosphere, the service, the crowd...everything. There are a lot of amazing restaurants in my fair city, but to be honest, there aren't many that I immediately put on the "I'll definitely be back" list.  Even before I had a taste of the food I had a feeling Bar Jules would be making the list, but as soon as I had my first few bites it was firmly planted there.
Weekly Menu: May 11-17, 2014
Sunday: Leftovers: Spicy Beans & Greens Stew
Monday: Bruins Game then Sushi with Katherine
Tuesday: Leftovers: Spicy Beans & Greens Stew
Wednesday: Dinner with Allison
Thursday: Healthy Turkey Tacos
Friday: PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support) Fundraiser Event & drinks for a Rose's birthday
Saturday: Leftovers: Tacos
So the good news is, I suddenly have a very active social life! The bad news is that means my menus are likely less than helpful to others since I'm eating out a bit more and relying on leftovers best I can in between so that I still have time to work out and do other things after work.  But of course in order to have those leftovers that means I need to make sure I'm cooking plenty on the weekends to stock the don't you worry, SavoryGirl cooking is still alive and well!  Luckily for this week my freezer is still pretty stocked so it will be an easy week.

First I'll be relying on frozen leftovers of a delicious, healthy Spicy Beans & Wilted Greens stew I made about a month ago.  Then later I"ll pull some frozen ground turkey out of the freezer and make healthy tacos or taco salad depending on my mood.  You know me - I always have the fixings for tacos on hand!

I'm excited that all of my efforts to figure out who I am and what I like to do in my free time now that I'm solo is paying off!  Of course I'll have to keep an eye on the waistline and budget if so much of my social life continues to revolve around food/drinks...but I do live in one of the greatest food cities in the world after all! That being said, if you need a bit more variety and inspiration for the week's meals please visit my menu archives and recipes to find others to round out your week. Have a great week...and of course, Go Bruins Go!!  
Weekly Menu: May 4-10, 2014
Sunday: Roasted Halibut with Banana-Orange Relish and Broccoli Rabe
Monday: Leftovers: Beans & Greens Stew (frozen from 4/13) 
Tuesday: Leftovers: Fish Tacos  
Wednesday: Leftovers: Beans & Greens Stew
Thursday: Bruins Game with Friends!
Friday: Leftovers: Beans & Greens Stew
Saturday: Eat Out
Just returning from a fabulous vacation in Mexico, I'm keeping this first week back easy and healthy.  Easy means lots of leftovers, healthy means lots of veggies and fish with minimal fat but still delicious.  So the only new recipe this week is the halibut dish I'm making on Sunday.  The relish will bring me back to all of the amazing fruit I was eating in Mexico and as you all know broccoli rabe (or rapini) is my all-time favorite leafy green.  The rest of the week I'll be eating leftovers when I'm not eating out.  Repurposing Sunday's fish into yummy fish tacos and a stew that I made back in April and froze half of specifically for a week like this.

As always if you're cooking for more than one or want a bit more variety please visit my menu archives and recipes to find other meals to round out your week. Happy cooking...and of course, Go Bruins!!