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Sea Rocket Bistro: Local and Sustainable Dining

Sea Rocket Bistro

My sister P came down for a visit and while I was locked up all day at work, she was enjoying the gorgeous sunny day with Bella at the beach. Yep, I was jealous.

On Friday, we were going to Orange County to hang out with our family for the weekend but decided to grab dinner first to let the traffic die down before heading out. It is Southern California, after all. Our Traffic has a life of it’s own.

I decided dinner in North Park would be fantastic to show my sis around. North Park is an extremely delightful area of San Diego filled with tons of neighborhood restaurants, shops, and all the charm of a great community.

Sea Rocket Bistro was recommended to me by a co-worker as they are known for serving delectable local seafood that has been sustainably caught. Scrumptious food with a conscience? YES, PLEASE!

Sea Rocket Bistro: Sea Urchin Crostini

We started off dinner with a Sea Urchin Crostini. The Sea Urchin was harvested right in Point Loma and was served on grilled bread with lemon and smoked salt. A few bites of lightly dressed greens and onions were served on the side to accompany the unctuous sea urchin. The urchin was wonderful fresh and although I appreciated the texture contrast the smoked salt added, I thought it was not needed. Delish, nonetheless.

Sea Rocket Bistro: Grilled Halibut Street Tacos

We took advantage of one of their Happy Hour specials by ordering a plate Grilled Halibut Street Tacos. These were a pleasant surprise as the halibut was perfectly grilled—moist and the charred flavor from the grill was awesome. The corn tortillas were tender and light—and for only $3 a pair, these tacos are a must!

Sea Rocket Bistro: House Sangria

And what is a dinner without cocktails?? My choice of the night was their house sangria—colorful with a good amount of fresh fruit and basil. I thought the sangria was refreshing but a tad on the lighter side for my preference.

Sea Rocket Bistro: Mixed Seafood Stew

My sister ordered the Mixed Seafood Stew — a stew with clams, mussels, fish, piperade, leek, and fennel. The stew was served with warm ciabatta—which I was happy to polish off for my sister. I’m a sucker for fresh, warm bread.

Sea Rocket Bistro: Seared Scallops Special

I chose one of the specials for the night for my entree— Seared Scallops served on top of a corn puree with additional corn and English peas. The veggies were wonderfully al dente that featured the sweet flavors of the corn and peas. And as for the scallops—-perfectly seared! They were naturally sweet and were harmonious with the veggies.

The decor of the restaurant was funky yet modernly-minimal. As for the staff, they were quite friendly and helpful.

Sea Rocket Bistro is an establishment that leaves you feeling great after dining there. The seafood is well prepared and with a firm commitment to sustainable practices. And with that, you can be sure that both your tummies and conscience will be well taken care of.

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New City, New Digs….and The California Burrito

One thing is for certain….. You never know what life will throw at you.

Or where it will lead you for that sake.

So, as the new year rang in, I found myself moving to a new city to begin a new chapter.

The exciting thing about moving to a new area always entails things like finding new farmers markets, discovering local eats, searching for the perfect coffee spots, and most importantly— locating the closest Trader Joes.

Of course, the most difficult thing of moving is really just trying to adjust. Which can be a tough thing for a gal whose not fond of change. But luckily for me, I can console myself by gazing at this view each day.

 

Ocean Beach (San Diego, CA)


That’s right, Friends. I can now call gorgeous San Diego, California my home. 🙂 Not a bad place to live, eh?

San Diego has quite the food scene with access to local farms, fresh seafood, neighborhood eateries, and benefits greatly from the multicultural community with its cuisine. But when I began thinking of the “quintessential San Diegan dish” to write about, only one thing came to mind.

And that was The California Burrito.


California Burrito

 

The California Burrito is indigenous to San Diego and has brought the area quite the fame.

 

California Burrito

 

In simplest terms, it’s a ginormous flour tortilla that is wrapped around chunks of Carne Asada, Cheese, French Fries, and Sour Cream. Oh yes—you read correctly. French Fries are INSIDE the burrito!

 

California Burrito

 

I like mine with some guacamole (hey–anyway to get some more fruits/veggies in my body), cilantro and doused with tons of salsa/hot sauce. SO GOOD!

I know what you may be thinking. But don’t judge it until you try it. 🙂

And do yourself a favor, when you do try it—come hungry or split it with a buddy. Because no matter where you get your California Burrito, it will be huge.

As in, close to the weight of a puppy. True Story.

 

California Burrito

 

It’s been 10+ years since I’ve had a California Burrito. And I have to admit, it’s still darn good. But unless you have the metabolism of a 15 year old professional athlete, it’s not something you can eat every day.

 

Lolita's Taco Shop (San Diego, CA)

 

I grabbed my California Burrito at Lolita’s Taco Shop–a popular local joint. Their version of the Cali Burrito was well executed. They stuffed in a good amount of quality Carne Asada but next time I’ll add in pico de gallo and cilantro. With that much stuff going on inside the burrito, it needs a little bit of brightness to cut through it all.

And with that dear friends, here’s to my new city, new digs, and upcoming Foodventures in San Diego!

 

Lolita’s Taco Shop
7305-A Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 874-7983