Archive for May, 2011

Hidden Treasures in San Diego

May 17, 2011

This blog is an amalgamation of several hidden food treasures I have come across in San Diego.  In my never-ending quest for the best food spots in SD, I am always snapping photos from my cellphone of the latest and greatest.  Last week’s discovery came right after my 12 mile run (huzzah!) at Swami’s Cafe in Encinitas, California.  It’s not often I find myself that far up north, so when I get a chance it’s always fun to try out new places.  Since my run was up in Carlsbad, my friend Julie, a native San Diegan, had suggested Swami’s for breakfast.  I remembered reading a review of top breakfast spots in the December issue of San Diego Magazine, where Swami’s had made the list, so I was eager to try it.

Swami’s is truly a hidden gem in every sense of the word.  Right off Coast Highway 1, its in a undiscerning shack that barely even looks like a restaurant, with patio furniture outside and only a counter and a caffeine-watering station on the inside.  But don’t be fooled by its dive-y appearance, good food comes in many shapes and forms.

One glance at the menu and I knew I wanted to try their acai bowl.  Acai bowls are something I didn’t discover until I moved to California, where its a common find in breakfast and smoothie joints.  Acai is a berry native to South America that is chock full of antioxidants, which are said to have many health benefits.  Given the health-driven climate of California, it makes sense that one would find it here!  This particular acai bowl came with blended frozen acai berries, raspberries, strawberries, boysenberries, bananas and was topped with homemade granola, local fresh bee pollen, and shredded coconut.  A truly nutritious and delicious meal!

I didn’t take these photo, rather I found them on a fellow blogger’s blog called “In Between Thoughts.”  Thanks!

Anyway, another great find I recently came across was Currant American Brasserie in downtown San Diego.  I checked it out on the recommendation of my friend Jazz whose parents stayed at the adjoining Sofia Hotel on their last trip here.  Thanks to Restaurant.com, I scored an awesome deal and went with my friend Julie for dinner.  I scoped out the menu beforehand and knew I had to try their Asparagus Risotto with mushrooms, tomatoes, black truffle oil, and parmesan cheese.  Basically anything with truffle oil is a given for me.  I also arrived during their happy hour and ordered a cosmopolitan, which was delightful.

Last on my adventure list is Heaven Sent Desserts.  I recently had a friend from out of town visit and on our quest for San Diego’s best cup of coffee, we ended up at this cute bakery in the heart of North Park.  Being the coffee addict I am, I went for the Americano and a red velvet cupcake, while my friend Parry ordered a coffee and their Irish Angel, some concoction of chocolate, layers of cream filling, and maybe a hint of Irish cream?  Whatever it was, it was divine!



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