July 29, 2014

SanSai Japanese Grill - Inexpensive and Delicious Japanese Food in San Diego

If you're in the San Diego area and in search of inexpensive, delicious Japanese cuisine, check out SanSai Japanese Grill.

I decided to order items that our entire family could share, so I ordered a Chicken Plate (teriyaki chicken), which comes with rice and two different Gourmet Salads, and I chose the Sumi Salad and the Corn and Bowtie Pasta Salad.

I also ordered a side of Vegetable Fried Noodles.
All of the servings were VERY generous and the prices were VERY reasonable, however, the chicken wasn't as tasty as I thought it would be.  The noodles were quite good, and the salads were both very good.

I would definitely try SanSai again, but I'd probably order something other than the chicken (I heard their sushi and tempura are really good).

SanSai Japanese Grill
10545 Scripps Poway Pkwy. Ste. A
San Diego, CA 92131

July 28, 2014

Top 10: Seattle Eats

These are my top 10 eats from our family's trip to Seattle:

1. Vanilla Bean Ice Cream from Molly Moon's - The ice cream was delicious; in a Cinnamon Waffle Cone - even better!

2. Calexico Pizza from MOD Pizza at the Seattle Center Armory - Tangy and spicy, the pizza was fantastic!
3. Chicken Club Sandwich from Ivar's Acres of Clams - Topped with bacon, and with lots of fries - so filling and satisfying!  And you can feed the seagulls outside the leftover fries!
4. Roaring Start Breakfast Buffet at Gregory's Bar & Grill - A reasonably-priced buffet with several hot and cold options.
5. Country Omelette from Pancake Chef - Stuffed with ham, potatoes, and green onions, this was a delicious and filling breakfast.

6. Club Sandwich with Tater Tots from Snoqualmie Candy Factory & Cafe - Made fresh, the sandwich was delicious with the accompanying tater tots!

7. Turkey, Bacon, and Avocado Sandwich from Applebee's - How can you go wrong with a combination of turkey, bacon, and avocado?
8. Ice cream from Seattle Bay Creamery Ice Cream at Miner's Landing - even in 50 degree weather, ice cream is always a hit!

9. Ham and Cheese Omelette with Hashbrowns from 13 Coins - A nice way to start the day - with a delicious omelette and hash browns!

10. Country Club from Jimmy John's - Such a fresh and satisfying sandwich!

July 27, 2014

Mile Marker 13.50 Route 72 Scenic Point

Photos taken from scenic point near mile marker 13.50 Route 72 (Kalanianaole Highway) on Oahu.

July 26, 2014

Award-Winning Gelato at Bella Gelateria

Having recently won the 2014 North America Gelato World Tour Championship, Bella Gelateria was a must-try while in Vancouver.
Mint Chocolate Chip

Stracciatella (Chocolate Chip)

Old Fashion Chocolate

Chocolate Maldon Sea Salt
Prices are pretty high, even for kiddie sizes, but the gelato is really good. I had the Chocolate Maldon Sea Salt, which was smooth and creamy, with a hint of saltiness.

They have quite an extensive menu of flavors, but samples are limited to only 3 flavors.

If you love gelato, definitely check out Bella Gelateria if you're in the Vancouver area!

Bella Gelateria
1001 W Cordova St
Vancouver, BC V6C 0B7, Canada

July 25, 2014

Ramada Maingate at the Park - Close to Disneyland with Free Amenities

Our family has stayed at the Ramada Maingate at the Park twice, and both times our stay was great.  Not only is it close to Disneyland, but it also offers complimentary continental breakfast, free parking, free WiFi, and all rooms are equipped with a microwave and refrigerator.

Both times we stayed in a 2 Queens Bed Deluxe Room. 
I love how the rooms come with a mini refrigerator and microwave (perfect for all the leftovers we usually ended up with after dining out), and the air conditioning worked great and cooled down the room fairly quickly.

Another great thing about our room was the view of the fireworks.  You can watch the fireworks from various areas on the property, and several other rooms have a great view as well.  We could easily watch the fireworks through our window or from the balcony (shot below is taken from the balcony).

The complimentary continental breakfast, served in the pool house daily from 6:30am-9:30am, consisted of donuts, bagels, cereal, hard-boiled eggs, fruits, biscuits, gravy, bread for toast, assorted condiments, orange juice, milk, and coffee.  Items were quickly replenished if running low, and the staff overseeing the breakfast was always very friendly.
Complimentary Breakfast

There are numerous other restaurants located within walking distance.

Other amenities/services/etc.
  • Free parking
  • Kid-friendly pool
  • Laundry facilities
  • Disneyland Ticket Sales
  • Free wi-fi
  • and more!
    Laundry Facilities
Final Thoughts
Lots of amenities (many of which are complimentary), great service, and a convenient location are just a few of the reasons why we enjoyed staying at the Ramada Maingate at the Park.

I can't wait to check out the new suites the next time we visit!

Ramada Maingate at the Park
1650 S Harbor Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92802

Thank you to the Ramada Maingate at the Park for hosting two nights of our stay.  Gratuities and remaining nights were paid on our own.

July 24, 2014

Paul's Omelettery - My Favorite Breakfast Spot in Vancouver

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, so I was very much looking forward to having breakfast at Paul's Omelettery.
3 Pancakes with Side of Pan Fries

Side Bacon

Dan Cakes: 2 Pancakes, 2 Eggs, Bacon
The 1306 Omelette
Inside of The 1306 Omelette

I had The 1306 Omelette, which was my favorite breakfast during our time in Vancouver.

The Omelette, which was filled with shiitake, oyster, & button mushrooms which were sauteed with garlic and onion, was mixed with cheddar, edam and cream cheese to create a winning combination.

There is no kids menu (but they did offer my kids some coloring books and crayons), so my kids shared the 3 Pancakes, a side of Pan Fries, and a side of Bacon.

The pancakes were on the sweet side, and almost cake-like, but they were still really delicious.

Service was excellent, and Paul's Omelettery is definitely a great option for breakfast lovers!

Paul's Omelettery
2211 Granville St
Vancouver, BC V6H 3G1, Canada

July 23, 2014

Il Gelato - Scoops of Divinity!

I can never say "No" to desserts, so after dining at a restaurant that didn't serve desserts, I made sure to find somewhere to get desserts, and that place was the Il Gelato Factory in Iwilei.

Decisions, decisions...
Oreo Mint and Lilikoi Cheesecake

I got a single scoop worth of 1/2 Oreo Mint and 1/2 Lilikoi Cheesecake (a special flavor of the day).

Both flavors were super good, but of the two my favorite was the Oreo Mint.  It had just the right amount of mint flavor combined with all the delicious Oreos and chocolate.  It was divine!

I definitely can't wait to try other flavors!  And hopefully the Oreo Mint will still be available!

Il Gelato
501 Sumner St., Suite 501
Honolulu, HI 96817

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