Blush Ice Bar + East-West Kitchen recently opened in San Diego. Blush Ice Bar is a popular bar and raw kitchen concept with a location in San Jose. The San Diego version also adds a East-West kitchen menu designed by Chef Daniel Barron.

I have to confess, I was interested the minute I saw their signature pink Blush cocktail. They actually offer a range of blush cocktails, a mix of spirits, fruit puree and frosted ice and you can even build your own version.

I was also curious about the East-West Kitchen menu. We experienced Chef Barron’s food during one of his pop-up dinners a few years ago and had a good time.

Lychee Passion

We tried three different blush cocktails and my favorite was the lychee. Made with Three Olives Vodka, Alize Red Passion and Soho Lychee, this drink was lovely shade of pink and full of lychee flavor. 

Hamachi Spoons


This blueberry cobbler dump cake is a sweet and easy dessert to make for any occasion. It’s also a little better for you than a traditional dump cake as it doesn’t used a canned filling.

Dump cakes don’t have the most appealing name, but they sure are easy to make. Most dump cakes start with cake mix, canned pie filling and butter. Dump all the ingredients into a pan, bake, and out comes this dessert that’s similar to a fruit cobbler. I have to confess, while I’ve made them several times, I was always hesitant to put up such a recipe.


Soda & Swine’s second location inside Liberty Station recently opened. The new place is much larger (it occupies the former space of Roseville Cozinha) and has more parking too. The menu is the same and I really like all the natural lighting and outdoor dog-friendly patio. 

There is also a pretty cool foosball table running through the middle of the restaurant, which can be reserved for larger parties.

For those unfamiliar, Soda & Swine specializes in meatballs. There are a variety of flavors or you can build-your-own. You can also choose the style it is served in, such as slider, submarine, a la carte, or with spaghetti. They also have a long list of side dishes too.

I went to check out the new location with CC for lunch.

Dirty Fries