S&M Sausage and Meat is the newest concept by Scott Slater (owner of Slater’s 50/50), focusing on a menu of exotic game meats and creative twists on traditional dishes.

The casual eatery has a cheeky, playful vibe. The bar area has its own name (“Swine Bar”) and the walls are decorated with an eclectic collection of art, and a wall of Nicolas Cage.

After ordering at the front, it’s open seating. Once seated, your server/expert will come over and greet you. You’re provided a set of cards which allows you to indicate when you need service, when you want to be left alone, and when you’re ready for your check.

There is also a meat counter full of exotic sausages which you can purchase to take home, as well as a variety of sauces of other gift ideas.

Sausage Board

This warm and hearty casserole is creamy, cheesy and easy to put together. It’s the perfect weeknight meal.

I do not like that it gets dark so early now. During the summer, we would regularly eat dinner between 7-8 PM. But now that it gets dark so early, I’m already hungry before 6 PM. As a result, I don’t have much patience for elaborate dinner meals. Which is why casseroles are so nice. You throw everything together and stick it in the oven, and then it’s ready to go.

This past weekend, the popular 85ºC Bakery and Cafe chain opened its first location in San Diego to record breaking crowds waiting for the fresh breads, drinks and cakes that the bakery offers.

As much as I wanted to stay away, I couldn’t resist. I actually ended up visiting twice: once during the soft opening Thursday night and again on Saturday evening. They had a few deals during the grand opening weekend that I couldn’t resist!

I’ve posted about 85C before, having visited several of their other locations in Southern California. For those unfamiliar, it’s a chain originally from Taiwan that opened its first US location in Irvine a few years ago. Since then, the chain has expanded throughout California, with several stores opening in Los Angeles and in Northern California.