We recently revisited Myung In Dumplings, a Korean Chinese dumpling chain originally from Los Angeles, which was once featured on one of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown.

Not much has changed since our first visit. The menu is almost the same, except for the addition of a stir fried noodle dish.

Our meal started with some complimentary banchan dishes.

Clam Noodle Soup

We recently revisited Bottega Americano to check out their brunch menu. We’ve previously enjoyed our dinner visits as well as the desserts in their marketplace section. Brunch is such a big part of the San Diego lifestyle and it’s always fun to see the creative takes restaurants are offering.

Brunch was previously served only on Sundays but recently was expanded to also include Saturdays.

Almond croissant, Chocolate croissant, Cinnamon roll with candied bacon

After we placed our orders, the server brought over a selection of fresh baked pastries to tempt us with. The pastries are cleverly priced at $4 each or 3 for $9. I already had two that caught my attention so it only made sense to get that third one.

All were good, but my favorite was the almond croissant. It was buttery, flaky, with a rich nutty flavor. I’ve always found French almond croissants to be far too sweet, covered in powdered sugar and filled with a sweet almond paste. This version was much less sweet, letting the true almond flavor to really shine through.

Baked French Toast

This Sunday is both Super Bowl Sunday and the Lunar New Year’s Eve. We plan on celebrating both and trying our best not to miss our favorite traditional foods for both occasions. For those looking for inspiration and ideas, I’m sharing some of my favorite Super Bowl and Lunar New Year recipes as well as what I plan on serving tomorrow. I’ve been so excited for this food holiday!

Lunar New Year Recipes

5 Minute Chinese Buns

Chinese Sesame Bread with Scallions

Chinese Style Garlic Green Beans

Crispy Golden Pork Belly

Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

Lo Mein

New Year Cake

Pearl Milk Tea

Salt and Pepper Wings

Smashed Cucumber Salad

Taiwanese Pineapple Cakes

Tea Eggs