This stir fry cauliflower dish is a healthier twist on the classic Mongolian beef. It has the same great tasting sauce, but without all the calories.

Mama Testa, known for beating Bobby Flay on the Food Network’s Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, relocated its restaurant to Mira Mesa late last year. We never were able to make it to the original location in Hillcrest, but I’m glad they re-opened and we were finally able to pay them a visit.

The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating and offers an extensive menu of dishes.



We started our meal with complimentary chips. They have a huge salsa bar with about a dozen different salsas and other various pickles which you can help yourself to.

Croissant Taiyaki is a chain in Japan that sells a hybrid croissant taiyaki dessert.

Taiyaki are fish shaped filled pancakes, a popular street food in Japan. Pancake batter is cooked in cast iron fish shaped molds and usually filled with azuki bean paste, though sometimes you’ll find other fillings like chocolate and custard. I’ve always had a fondness for these treats because they are so cute to look at and there’s a similar street food in Taiwan that I grew up loving, though those are round rather than fish shaped.

After The Cronut® was created, we saw all sorts of croissant hybrid creations pop up in the US, so no surprise that a similar phenomenon happened in Japan. Here, sheets of croissant dough are cooked in the fish shaped molds and filled with azuki paste, chocolate or custard.

They have several locations in Tokyo, usually conveniently located near the train stations.