This past weekend, we made the trip out to Valle de Guadalupe located in the mountains between Tijuana and Ensenada. It has been nearly 7 years since the last time we visited and my oh my do things change. I didn’t remember seeing anything like […]
Lately, we’ve been venturing out to TJ after a few years hiatus due to the craziness going on. It used to be, before we moved to SD, that we would jump in the rental car right after landing at the airport and head straight for […]
I’ve been wanting to visit Heritage Park (adjacent to historic Old Town) for quite a while and we finally went a couple of weekends ago. If you’re into Victorian homes and their architecture, it’s worth a visit. Although some of the houses are businesses and can’t be toured, there is a small visitors center and a tea house that the general public can check out. There is also a short uphill trail that winds behind the houses and once at the top, you get an amazing view of the city. The houses were moved here from various locations in the city centre- the visitor’s center was originally located on Banker’s Hill. I’m glad there is a place here where these beautiful historic homes could be moved and preserved. It would be a shame if they were razed to make room for retail space or apartment buildings. Next time we return, I am hoping to get a chance to have tea at the Coral Tree Tea House.
2454 Heritage Park Row
Old Town San Diego, CA 92110
In between the Waste Not, Want Not show and the Pasaje Rodriguez art shows, we went for dinner to fuel up for a night filled with adventure. Tonight we are trying La Querencia in the Zona Gastronomica district. After our delightful dining experience at Mision […]
The morning after dining at Mision 19, before our horrendous 2.5 hour wait to cross back over the border, we had breakfast at Mariscos el Mazateno. It was a busy Sunday morning and this place was bustling. The aromas coming from the open kitchen were enough to get our appetites going and before we knew it, we ordered quite a bit for breakfast.
I started with the sauteed spicy shrimp tacos which were piled with a generous serving of shrimp, enough to make 2 additional tacos! So far, so good; I am impressed. Also ordered were the octopus tacos cooked in a black bean sauce which was quite an unusual surprise that speaks to the blend of cultures in Tijuana and works very well. Lastly, I had to try the seafood soup that came in a large bowl complete with a bundle of warm tortillas. By this time, I was beyond full but how could I leave without having the soup? It was more of a taste as we left most of it unfinished. If I could have crossed the border without the terrible time commitment involved, I would have taken the rest of my soup to go. Ahhh, there’s always next time.
Mariscos el Mazateño
Calzada Tecnologico, No. 473
Tomas Aquino, Tijuana, Mexico
We made it out to Santa Cruz again and headed to the tasting room at Bonny Doon. It was our first visit to the SC location as we used to frequent the location in the town of Bonny Doon (my favorite). Besides their tasty wines, […]
If there’s one unique place in San Jose, CA it’s the San Jose Tofu Company. A tiny shop on Jackson Street in Japan town, one could easily miss it. This shop is basically a doorway with a small room where the tofu making action takes place. You can step right up and purchase anywhere from 1- however much you want for a very reasonable price, $2 each! What I like about this shop is they make a limited amount of tofu and when it’s sold out for the day, that’s it. Although I must say, a few days ago they were sold out by the time I got there and I was a bit disappointed. The next time I made sure to get at least two blocks of super fresh tofu.
One of my favorite ways to enjoy tofu is an uncomplicated raw preparation (hiyayakko) of green onions, ginger, soy sauce, and dried bonito flakes. Super simple, super fresh, and highlights the natural creaminess of tofu.
This is not so much a recipe, but lose guidelines for an easy way to enjoy soft tofu. You can use as much or as little tofu or ingredients as you want. There’s almost no way to mess it up so have fun and just go with it. Here’s what you will need:
1 block tofu (or any amount you want to eat)
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 stalk green onion
1 tsp minced ginger
togarashi (japanese chile pepper mix), a dash
dried bonito flakes, 1 package
heirloom tomato, 4 slices