Le Parfait Paris opened this weekend in downtown San Diego. The French-owned catering company has had its presence at farmer’s markets and a corporate office in the Mission Gorge area that is open to the public on weekdays.

We visited the corporate location earlier this year and sampled some of the offerings made by Chef Jean François Fays, who is from the south of France. At the time, I knew the downtown location was in the works and I’ve been following the progress ever since.

On Saturday morning, I was browsing catching up on Facebook when I came across the announcement that they were open. They had opened at 8 am and we stopped in around 11 am. While the store was up and running, it was clear they were still working to get things set up.

(Love these open windows!)

The bakery and cafe offers a variety of classic French pastries, breads, macarons, and cakes.

With pumpkin season upon us, I had to visit Trader Joe’s, which each year manages to top its previous year of pumpkin flavored goods. There’s a few non-pumpkin items in this post too!

Pumpkin Mochi


By far, my favorite of the pumpkin goodies this year, but then I really love mochi so I might be a little biased. The orange colored mochi skin is filled with a rich pumpkin spice ice cream. So good! I need to go back and get more.

Pumpkin Waffles

We really enjoyed this too. The waffles have a light pumpkin spice flavor.

Tsujita LA

Tsujita LA is known for their tsukemen, also known as dipping ramen because the cooked noodles are served separately from the concentrated broth and then manually dipped in as you are consuming them.

We fell in love with Tsujita’s version two years ago and haven’t yet experience any that even comes close. A lot has happened since our last visit. At the time they were only serving ramen during lunch. Now they serve it all day and opened a second location, Tsujita Annex, located literally across the street, which also serves their noodle dishes. We decided to stick to the original location for this revisit since we heard the food quality is more consistent.

Ajitama Tsukemen

This is my favorite item to get here. It’s their signature tsukemen accompanied by a soft yolk seasoned egg.

The noodles here are thick and a little wavy, which helps to catch the broth. They have a nice bounce to them too. The broth, of course, is the real star. It’s concentrated, rich, full of pork flavor with pieces of braised pork belly inside.